Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Every Couple Out There

JOHN LEGEND AND CHRISSY TEIGEN

Say what you want about Valentine’s Day, doing something genuinely kind and a little bit over the top for your partner is good vibe. Here’s how to give a romantic gift—on February 14th or any day of the year—that fuels the fire, instead of igniting a blowout fight. Step one: know which clichés are fair game. Teddy bears are generally a bad idea, chocolates will work just fine, and sex toys are appropriate on a case-by-case basis (like when you’ve known someone for more than three dates). These gifts should go over exceptionally well; while they’re typical, they’re also the kind of crowd-pleasers that ensure your night goes off without a hitch.

1. Flowers That Don’t Suck

Instead of grabbing an $8.99, cellophane-wrapped bouquet at the bodega or grocery store, upgrade to a real-deal arrangement from an actual florist. It’ll be bigger, more beautiful, and possibly come with a nice vase. It’ll also win you quadruple romance points. To order something that will really blow your partner away, check out these tips from real-life florists. Hint: baby’s breath is to be avoided at all costs.

The Bouqs white spray orchid bouquet

2. A Serious Piece of Jewelry

If you’re going to go the jewelry route on Valentine’s Day, good for you. Even better if you spend more than $50 and/or buy your partner something you know they really want—like a dope signet ring with an exotic stone or their monogram engraved on top—instead of whatever sparkly thing the Internet told you to buy. One note: If marriage is on the table, avoid rings altogether. Not proposing on Valentine’s Day is perfectly respectable but pulling a ring box out of your pocket and having it not be an engagement ring is not your best move.

David Yurman heirloom exotic stone signet ring

Miansai 14K yellow gold signet ring

3. A Getaway That Has Nothing to Do with Valentine’s Day

An experiential gift is always a good idea, especially since it’s also for yourself. Just try to keep the agenda somewhat romantic. Renting a fully equipped camper van and touring Big Sur is rustic in a good way; a week in the wilderness with nothing but a tent and a flashlight might be taking things too far. If your partner isn’t an outdoorsy person, rent a stylish AirBnB or book a swanky hotel room and plan an exotic escape. Need some ideas that aren’t Ibiza? We can help with that.

Getaway House tiny cabin rentals

The Surfrider Malibu hotel

4. An Excuse to Put Your Slow Jam Playlist On

If you want to go for a non-traditional Valentine’s Day gift—like a gadget, book, or piece of clothing—try to keep romance in the picture by writing a sweet card to go with the gift. A smart speaker or fancy turntable is not only an excellent thing you really wanted to buy yourself, but also a recipe for more dancing at home. Make the card more about that last part and you’ll make a seamless transition from selfish gift-giver to Valentine’s Day pro.

Love smart turntable

5. A Top-Notch Meal, Made By You

This is the easiest and cheapest and most standard Valentine’s Day gift option, and one of the best too. That’s because everyone loves to eat delicious food they didn’t have to cook themselves. If you’re a novice in the kitchen, cheat the system by signing up for one of those meal kit services like Blue Apron or, for the health nuts out there, Sun Basket and Plated. You can always quit after week one.

Sun Basket healthy meal delivery

Plated seasonal meal delivery

If you’re up for buying your girlfriend or wife lingerie, more power to you. If Agent Provocateur is not your scene, something simple and slightly more practical is still sexy. A silk slip for her, some good-quality boxer briefs for him, wrap it up nicely and include a card (in case you haven’t noticed, cards are key on V-Day) and you’ve won the game.

7. High Quality Booze

Showing up to greet your partner on Valentine’s Day with a bottle of whiskey in hand is kind of a raffish thing to do—which, depending on your partner, just might work out brilliantly. Whether you’re newly dating or have been together for years, getting drunk on Valentine’s Day isn’t always the worst idea. Forced romance can be awkward AF.

Del Maguey Mezcal Chichicapa

Barrell New Year 2019 bourbon

8. A Lazy Day That Someone Else Prepared

Does your partner work crazy hours? Is she pregnant? Don’t go to a loud, crowded restaurant. The most romantic thing you can do is let that your partner straight-up chill in a bathrobe with some sort of expensive candle burning in the background. Simone le Blanc and Fountain Greetings put together all of the ingredients for you, or you can assemble your own day-off kit if you’re creative like that.

Simone LeBlanc staycation mahogony box

Fountain Greetings relax and renew gift box

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