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We hate lame, cliché Valentine's Day gifts—flowers die and cheap jewelry looks... cheap. However, we do like chocolates. (Are you taking notes?) Point is, we can understand how easy it is for partners to get caught up in what they're "supposed" to buy, so here's a few alternatives that we think are a bit more practical and fun than a coupon for a free trip "downtown."
1. Grey Ant Status sunnies: They're fun, they're red, they're on-trend and who doesn't need another pair of sunglasses in LA? ($189, Karmaloop)
2. Plush Puffs marshmallows: Gigantic marshmallows available in flavors like Vanilla Bean, Chocolate Chipetta, Simply S'mores, Peppi-Mint and more. They're available at Whole Foods, which totally means they're good for you and we won't listen to any arguments to the contrary. ($5.99 per pack, PlushPuffs.com or in specialty food stores)
3. iHome portable speakers: Again, they're red and they're practical—for listening to your tunes at work or on the beach. And they're rechargeable, so no more battery drama. ($49.99, Amazon)
4. By Samii Ryan feather hair clip: Unless you're new here, you probably already know that we freaking love feathers, especially wearing them in our hair. The designer chooses each feather color based on Native American meanings—the one we chose here symbolizes intuition and hearing. ($15, BySamiiRyan.com)
5. Santa Maria Novella massage candle: Made with all natural plant ingredients, the melted wax makes a warm massage oil as the cotton-and-paper wick burns. Bonus: the wax's melting point is at body temperature, so it won't burn your skin. ($70, Santa Maria Novella, 8411 Melrose Place)
6. Lip Elixirs gift box: A set of four cocktail-flavored lip balms packaged in a gold candy box. Because no matter what Mad Men says, keeping a cocktail shaker in your office is a bad idea. ($36, LipElixirs.com or Fred Segal Salon, Santa Monica)
· All Racked LA gift guides [previously]