Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for the Home Decor Lover

If someone in your life loves home decor, this Valentine’s Day gift guide is for them.

It’s February, and love is in the air. But that love might come with a price tag this time of year.

Between romantic meals, gifts, chocolates, and flowers, the price tag for Valentine’s Day can easily reach $50 per person, making it the third most-expensive holiday in the U.S.

That can also be a lot of pressure if your partner expects a gift. However, it’s not how much money you spend that makes a gift good, it’s the thought you put behind it.

While it’s standard fare to grab a box of chocolates and a dozen roses for your special someone on Valentine’s Day, why not get a little more personal? Speak your partner’s love language this February 14 and cater your gift to their interests.

For those whose partner is all about home decor, here are some great Valentine’s Day ideas.

Something that smells good

Valentine's Day Candle

A subtle, decorative addition, bringing in the gift of candles can pull double duty on Valentine’s Day. Yes, you’re giving a gift that looks great on any mantle, tabletop, or shelf, but the scent you pick is also important.

Consider grabbing a decorative candle that has rose essence mixed into its scent profile. You can inspire the love that surrounds Valentine’s Day with each lighting of this type of candle.

There are also other scents that naturally encourage feelings of love. They include:

  • Lemon
  • Jasmine
  • Vanilla
  • Lavender
  • Citrus
  • Violet

These soothing smells can help you forget about the worries of your day as well as help get you in the mood, allowing this thoughtful gift to win out on Valentine’s Day.

Something pretty

heart cactus

Another perfect, decorative element is a potted plant. Like with the candle, with the right choice, you end up with a great home decor piece that’s reminiscent of love.

You can go for a flowering plant that yields blooms in red, pink, or white, or you can let the plant speak the language of love itself. There are a lot of options, but make sure you pick something that’s a little easier to care for. You don’t want your “love plant” to have a short shelf life.

Begonias are a good option when you want flowers. They come in a variety of colors, so it’s easy to find buds of the appropriate hue. It also requires very little care to maintain. Geraniums are another good choice because their colorful flowers bloom year-round. Occasional watering and plenty of sunlight are all these flowers need to grow.

When it comes to romantic plants, nothing says, “I love you,” more to a home decor aficionado than heart-shaped plants. There are a surprisingly large number of options such as Heart Ferns, Hoya Hearts, and Heartless Philodendron.

A potted plant, whether it flowers or not, provides a long-lasting reminder of the love you have for your partner. It also looks great in almost every room of your home.

Something soft


For those thinking about cozying up with someone special on Valentine’s Day, the perfect home accessory/gift is a big, soft blanket. You can wrap up together, get close, and stay warm. It’s the ideal addition to a just-for-two holiday celebration. Not only that, but it could be that added decorative piece your couch needed.

From cotton to wool, fleece to cashmere, finding the right material for a throw means looking for quality. If you can touch it before you buy it, all the better. However, online user reviews should help confirm how soft it actually is.

Make sure to pick a color that matches or blends with your existing decor. You want the throw to look like it belongs in the room from the moment your partner opens your gift. If you’re working with a couch in a solid color, it’s definitely okay to pick a blanket with a subtle pattern or a bold, contrasting color.

Something sleek

valentine's day home decor

When your home-decor-loving partner has almost everything at home set up the way they like it, you have to be intentional with a gift. You don’t necessarily want to replace anything, but if you can pinpoint something a little older in the house, and upgrade it, you might have a great gift idea on your hands.

For example, the nightstand lamp is easily overlooked when decorating a room. It’s the lamp you read by, or turn on first thing in the morning while you’re still half asleep. It has a function, but it can take up a lot of room, not to mention how easily some topple over when you’re reaching for it in the dark.

Upgrade that lamp with one that’s touch-activated, small, and sleek. It will add a bit of a modern vibe to your bedroom decor, and its improved functionality will get high marks.

You can use this same philosophy to target other items around the house with an upgrade. Add in a video doorbell to replace a more old-school button. Get rid of the bulky stereo and swap in a cool, portable bluetooth speaker. By addressing the weaker points in your partner’s home decor, and making them better, you’re providing a functional and thoughtful gift that still speaks to how much you care about them.

When in doubt, customize


If you’re considering a Valentine’s Day gift that feels a little on the ‘meh’ side as far as ideas go, take it up a notch and personalize.

Want to give your special someone something functional, like coasters? It’s okay if you customize with pictures of the two of you together.

Thinking about some new glassware? It’s a little basic, but not if you find cups with your partner’s first initial etched into them.

Instead of only getting a dozen roses, buy the flowers and put them in a vase you’ve painted yourself. Sneak off to one of those paint-your-own-pottery shops and create something unique your partner can look at and love forever. They’ll see the effort you put into their Valentine’s gift constantly.

The thought really does count on Valentine’s Day

Whatever your special someone loves, catering to their interests on Valentine’s Day is a great way to show you’re thinking about them. If home decor is their particular passion, incorporating a little love into something for the house shows you care. It also helps you enhance the beauty of home.

Those who like to decorate appreciate when their home looks its best, but we aren’t always able to keep things in perfect shape. If you’re thinking about selling your home, but find it’s in need of a little loving care itself this Valentine’s, you have options. Consider selling your house on Sundae’s Marketplace.

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Kyle Spearin

Kyle is Sundae's Real Estate Editor. As both an investor and content marketing professional, Kyle combines his passion for real estate investing and educational background with his love of helping others. His experience with real estate tech companies, including contributing to BiggerPockets Pro, gives him insight into markets across the United States.