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As much as we all love fresh flowers, there are some (admittedly cynical) reasons not to give them to your loved one on Valentine’s Day: Real flowers, by nature, don’t last. They also make a mess, dropping pollen and petals all over your table. And since some flowers can be poisonous if ingested, they’re not the safest choice to have around kids or pets. So if the object of your affection is allergic, has a mischievous cat, or would rather not spend their time cleaning up fallen stamen, we’d like to suggest the following alternatives. Here are 19 Strategist-favorite Valentine’s Day gifts that possess the best attributes of flowers without actually being real flowers.
BAGGU Standard Reusable Shopping Bag
A sustainable tote bag from Strategist-fave Baggu that’s emblazoned with a classic “thank-you bag” red rose.
In Full Flower
A coffee-table book that lets anyone enjoy an elaborate bouquet with no chance of sneezing.
Rifle Paper Co. Tapestry Memoir Notebook
This floral notebook from Strat-approved stationery brand Rifle Paper Co. will make to-do lists a tiny bit more romantic.
Boy Smells Cinderose Candle
Boy Smell candles have shown up on more than a few Strategist gift guides because their scents — including the above Cinderose — skew earthy and herbal rather than sweet and perfume-y.
Marimekko Unikko Cotton 3-Pc. Full/Queen Duvet Cover Set
Marimekko’s signature graphic flower print will make sure you and your valentine always go to bed happy.
Urban Outfitters Whimsical Floral Removable Wallpaper
This removable wallpaper will last forever. But if you get tired of it before then it’s also easy to take down.
A remarkably real-looking orchid that even prolonged absence can’t kill.
Winky Lux Flower Balm
A tinted balm made with chrysanthemums that adjusts its color when applied based on your valentine’s unique pH-level.
Smith’s Rosebud Salve
And one so moisturizing it turns even the driest lips into dewy petals.
Wake In Cloud Botanical Duvet Cover Set
A highly rated duvet set adorned with botanical drawings of dandelions and wild roses.
Lovepop Daisy Patch Pop Up Card
Recommended by teachers, this cheery pop-up daisy card will make any friend feel appreciated.
LEGO Flower Display
A perfect mix of romance and, well, Legos.
Meishe Art Vintage Flowers Poster Botanical Collections
A dorm-friendly (and easy-to-install) poster that’ll remind them of you while they study for that biochem exam.
Caspari Secret Garden Paper Dinner Napkins in Black – Pack of 20
Paper napkins so pretty that they’re worthy of cloth-napkin occasions.
William Morris’s Flowers
No design nerd could resist this stunning collection of Morris’s flower-centric creations.
Vintage White Rose Floating Black Frame by Drew Barrymore Flower Home
A framed print to zhuzh up their empty new digs.
American Floral Earrings
Earrings based on original brooch designs housed at the Met.
Else Lingerie Petunia Strapless Bra
This supportive and pretty embroidered petunia bra from our roundup of the best bras is the right balance of sexy and practical.
AHTONG iPhone 11 Flower Case
We’ve included an older version of this pressed-flower phone case in a ton of gift guides because, quite frankly, it’s nice to look at. And now it’s also available for the iPhone 11.
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