While new couples likely want to impress their significant others on Valentine’s Day, live-in partners have probably traded in roses and lingerie for streaming television and commitment. And while this is a pretty standard relationship evolution, you still want to show the person you care — without having to needlessly part with your hard earned cash on a day that Hallmark popularized.
To compromise, why not get something that both you and your live-in other half will enjoy? Under the guise of thoughtfulness, treat yourself to the mattress of your dreams, a record player to unwind with or a fuzzy bathrobe that feels like a hug. Go ahead, buy them something that will also benefit you. No one said all gifts have to be selfless.
10 Valentine’s gifts for your live-in partner that are really for you
bathrobeNothing feels better than coming out of the bath, ready to wind down for bed and being wrapped in a luxe cozy bathrobe. One-size-fits-most, right?
Textured paisley fleece robe , $80 at Simons. Simons
vodka infused chocolatesThis sweet little bento box comes with gummy bears and cordials infused with Tito's Handmade Vodka. Not only does the set come with candy, it also contains a mini mule mug -- perfect for a late night tipple. Not that into vodka? The non-alcoholic version comes with "martini olive" almonds -- fresh roasted almonds dipped in white chocolate and painted to look like an olive.
"Vodka is always a good idea" CANDY BENTO BOX®, $37 at Sugarfina. Sugarfina
endy mattressThe box mattress to end(y) all other boxed mattresses. Does your partner always complain about you moving around at night when you're simply trying to find the perfect resting position while questioning just when you developed a relationship with the sleeping police? Well, with this mattress, you don't have to worry. With its zero motion transfer technology and cooling gel layer, you (and your partner) are going to be comfortable no matter what. Plus, with a 100 night trial and 10 year warranty, you’ve got nothing to lose. Bonus: they're Canadian.
$850 for a queen mattress at Endy.com Endy
couple's massageThere's no better way to way to relax than with a massage. So why not treat your partner to one while indulging in the same treatment, side-by-side? Unwind knowing they're right beside you, and probably feeling pretty good thanks to your benevolence. Rose petals optional.Instagram/@estheticaacadiadrive
subscription to chef's plateMaking dinner (read: grocery shopping) can kind of be a chore, so why not let a grocery delivery service take care of that for you? Chef's Plate brings meal kits right to your door. With dishes like Creamy Sundried Tomato Chicken Linguine, Thai Turkey Meatball Curry and Shiitake Mushroom Buddha Noodle Bowl on the menu, you don't ever have to worry about the question, 'what's for dinner?'. Let your partner make the first one.
From $9.75 per serving, with delivery at Chef's Plate. Chef's Plate
nespresso machineDo you and your partner love coffee? Say goodbye to your Keurig machine and find out why George Clooney agreed to do all those commercials in the first place. It's convenient, delicious and you can recycle the pods using the brand’s recycling bags or through a Nespresso store.
NESPRESSO VertuoLine Coffee and Espresso Machine, $169 at The Bay.Nespresso
record playerAn affordable, cheerful record player is always a great gift. This one comes in nine colours and will fit seamlessly into any room.
Crosley Electronics Cruiser Deluxe Turntables, $99 at Wayfair. Wayfair
instant potUnless you are living under a rock, you probably know that this ever popular multi-cooker -- according to the many Facebook groups devoted it -- is life changing. Make delicious one-pot meals in a fraction of the time all at the touch of a button. Okay, it's a little more complicated than that, but it will for sure make you an excellent Valentine's dinner.
Instant Pot® Lux 6-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, $110 at Amazon. Instant Pot
ticketsWhat better way to bond than to cheer for the same (or opposing) teams at a sports game? If sports aren't your thing, any entertainment ticket will do. Concert, ballet, musical, play... the sky's the limit depending on your budget. A Cineplex giftcard is always an excuse to leave the house.Instagram/@stevejelenic_realestate
vitamixThis is the grandmother of all blenders. Make batters, smoothies, juices, hot soups, frozen desserts, nut butters, nut milk, dough, baby food and more. There's a reason these powerful machines are so pricey -- they do it all, and efficiently.
S50, $490 at Vitamix. vitamix