When it comes to gifts for Valentine’s Day, a lot of people go the relatively safe route and give their special sweetie some combination of roses, chocolates, and/or a teddy bear holding a balloon that says “I love you.”
While there is technically nothing wrong with these traditional types of Valentine’s gifts, this year, you want to give your love something a bit more in tune with what he or she really likes.
To do that, it’s important to first think about his or her personality, interests, and more—as well as how serious your relationship status is.
For example, the following gift ideas are fun, romantic, and sure to be appreciated on February 14:
A Date Night Jar
If dinner and movie date nights are losing their luster, surprise your significant other with a jar full of other date night activities. All you need is a mason jar, Popsicle sticks, paint or glitter pens, and scrapbook paper; all of these things can be purchased at a local craft store. Then start brainstorming. If you’re struggling to develop ideas, start with broad categories first, such as active, artsy, or sentimental. Then fill in the blanks with ideas like a YouTube art class night or a day trip to a historic town in your state.
Once you have a nice selection of ideas, use the paint pens to write one on each Popsicle stick and label the jar with the paper. Tie some ribbon around the mouth of the jar if you wish, and voila—you have a meaningful, homemade “from the heart” gift that will solve the “I don’t know, what do you want to do?” question for weeks on end.
Lingerie or Sleepwear
To add some spice to your Valentine’s Day, you can’t go wrong with a sexy set of lingerie or sleepwear. For intimate relationships, these are no-brainer Valentine’s Day gifts for women. If you are not sure of what size to purchase, wait until she is out running errands and take a peek in her drawer to get this important bit of information. As a romantic twist on this idea, a woman could select a beautiful piece of lingerie for herself as a gift to her special someone.
Personalized Beer Glasses
If your sweetheart adores going to microbreweries and can rattle off his or her fave local IPAs with ease, you can toast your love together with a pair of pint glasses that you etch yourself with your initials, along with a six-pack of tasty brews. Thistlewood Farms offers instructions on making these custom beer glasses; start by purchasing two plain pint glasses, letter stickers, and etching cream. Draw an outline of a heart on each glass, add the stickers of your initials with “plus” in the middle, and then apply the etching cream with a brush inside the heart outline while wearing gloves for safety. Leave the cream on for as long as recommended and peel off the stickers and cling after washing it off. You should be able to see the etched surface of the heart surrounding your initials.
Have a Romantic and Special Day
Getting away from the usual candy and flowers gift for Valentine’s Day does not have to be expensive or stressful. By knowing what makes your sweetie tick and choosing a gift based on these interests, you will enjoy a beautiful and romantic day of love together—no teddy bear or balloons required.