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Staying in for Valentine's Day? Buy these gifts for yourself instead

The best Valentine's Day gifts for you in 2022.

David Watsky Senior Editor / Home and Kitchen
David lives in Brooklyn where he's spent more than a decade covering all things edible, including meal kit services, food subscriptions, kitchen tools and cooking tips. Before, during and after earning his BA from Northeastern, he toiled in nearly every aspect of the food business, including as a line cook in Rhode Island where he once made a steak sandwich for Lamar Odom. Right now he's likely somewhere stress-testing a blender or the best way to cook bacon. Anything with sesame is his all-time favorite food this week.
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$55 at Amazon
A fluffy, cooling pillow upgrade
Cosy House Bamboo Pillow
See at Trade Coffee
Great coffee that just shows up
Trade Subscription
$248 at Amazon
Sony WH-1000XM4
Splurge on better sound
Sony wireless noise-canceling headphones
See at Sunbasket
A few easy-to-make meals
Sunbasket meal kits
$45 at Bombas
Seriously comfortable footwear
Bombas gripper slippers
$148 at California Cowboy
A shirt made for après ski (or lounging in)
California Cowboy High Sierra
$157 at Amazon
Pummel whatever ails you
Sportneer massage gun
$439 at West Elm
A comfy chair for your derriere
Steelcase Series 1
$199 at Amazon
Oculus Quest 2
Oculus Quest 2
VR for one

As RuPaul puts it at the end of every episode of Drag Race, "If you can't love yourself, how the hell are you gonna love somebody else?" Wise words from a wise queen. Speaking of loving self-love, Valentine's Day is as good a time as any to indulge in the practice. Even if you've got a sweetheart to shop or cook for, nowhere does it say you can't shower yourself with a little something on the side.

Many of these gifts you might find especially comforting during these colder, winter months. So go ahead, love on you a little this Feb. 14 with the best Valentine's Day gifts to give yourself. 

Find more of CNET's best gift picks and ideas for Valentine's Day 2022.

A good cooling pillow is ideal for anyone who runs hot at night. What's extra-special about this bamboo memory foam model is that the bottommost layer is removable, allowing you to customize its density.

Waking up to find you've run out of coffee can make for a rough start to the day. Make that scenario one of the past with new and interesting coffees that just show up on the regular. Trade is not only one of our favorite coffee clubs but it's also one of the most affordable, with a subscription starting at just $12.50 per bag.

Battery Life Rated up to 30 hoursNoise Canceling YesMultipoint YesHeadphone Type Over-ear wireless headphonesWater-Resistant No IP rating

I'm so done worrying about what I look like with overhead 'phones on. I personally just find earbuds annoying and easy to lose and they don't definitely cancel outside noise as well, if you ask me. 

CNET's David Carnoy gives Sony's WH-1000XM4 headphones an Editors' Choice Award. Grabbing a pair of these for Valentine's Day equates to some serious TLC for your eardrums.

Read moreBest headphones in 2022

Read our Sony WH-1000XM4 review.

I've tried all of the top meal kit services and Sunbasket is still my No. 1. The recipes are simple to follow but you end up with interesting meals you might never think to make, like Korean BBQ meatballs with avocado-orange salad. 

Sunbasket will also give you a massive discount to try it, equaling $90 off of your first four deliveries of meals for any new subscriber. After that, just cancel if you don't like it or keep it rolling if you do.

Staying in requires comfortable footwear.  Bombas specializes in indoor gear to keep your feet warm and cozy and the brand's gripper slippers are just the thing to treat yourself to this February.

The grippers come in a variety of knit patterns in both men's and women's sizes.

This smart shirt was designed to be worn after skiing, meaning it's extremely warm and cozy. It's also got a small hook on the front for sunglasses and two pockets in the back: one zippered to keep things dry -- phone, wallet -- and another made to hold a can or bottle of beer. 

If you're going to pay $148 for a shirt, you'll want it to be sturdy and also look good. This shirt ticks both boxes. It comes in a slew of cool patterns, but note that it's a true slim-fit so definitely go up one size as the website recommends.

I turned 35 and now everything aches, especially after I do something wild like downhill skiing or carrying groceries in from the car. A massage gun can help smooth out some of those nagging cramps and sore spots. 

Sportneer is one of CNET's top budget brands for best massage guns and this model can be had for just $100 right now on Amazon.

Speaking of pain relief, if you don't have a comfortable desk chair, it is high time you treated yourself to one. And why not make it a stylish one while you're at it? 

The Steelcase Series 1 is what I roll around on all day and I absolutely love it. It has great back support and a comfortable cushion, and feels extremely well-built. It's not cheap but my rear end appreciates the high-end pads and ergonomic design. 

Don't mind a funky color? Steelcase has it for $349 but only in select shades. And if you desire more desk chair suggestions from someone who has planted their tuchus in dozens, refer to our list of the best office chairs in 2022.

The Oculus Quest is just an amazingly great VR headset, one that requires no tethering to a PC and delivers wholly amazing immersive experiences. Become the hero of a Star Wars story. Climb virtual mountains. Paint using a 3D canvas. Get fit in simulated boxing classes.

If you splurge on one thing for yourself, make it this. Unlike certain other game systems right now, this is one you can actually get.

Read CNET's Oculus Quest 2 review for further convincing.

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