There’s nothing quite like the moment when you see their eyes light up as they open the perfect gift from you.
If you haven’t bought your Valentine’s gifts yet, time is running out. Especially if you’re hoping to avoid the cliches, and make your Valentine’s Day this year something to remember.
Don’t worry, we compiled a pretty comprehensive list of ideas for every person in your life, from significant others to friends and family. The rest is up to you.
For The Short-Term Relationship
So you’ve been casually dating for a couple of months. But, now it’s Valentine’s Day, and you’re in that “do we celebrate or not” phase. It’s okay to do a little something special for that new person in your life without going over the top or freaking them out.
DIY “Favorites” Basket
Have you noticed that they always wear Burt’s Bees chapstick or order lemon-flavored desserts when you go out to dinner? Notice the little things and put them together in a basket. Throw in a red rose or some chocolates to make it feel more like a V-Day gift. They most likely won’t be expecting much, but this thoughtful gesture will for sure win you some extra brownie points.
Give Them a Treasure Hunt
Why just take your Valentine out to dinner when you can spice up the evening with a few twists and turns that will be sure to put a smile on their face. Here’s an idea: hide a card under their car seat with romantic instructions on where to drive to continue the adventure. Send them to their favorite local coffee shop with a special order and tip your baristas generously to play along.
For a more affordable option, center the treasure hunt around the house. Give them the first card that can have a riddle or hint as to where the next card is hidden. Surprise them with the last card by either writing the address of the restaurant or even the coordinates of your backyard for a picnic.
Whether you live at the gym or go every once in a while, most people want to feel good when they go. Get a Gymshark set for a unique but practical gift, so they can look good and feel good. Add a Kodiak Flapjack & Waffle Mix to the gift basket for fun, and if you’re feeling super fit, think about an Orangetheory Fitness membership.
Check out Ticketmaster and StubHub for things going on in your area, and buy some tickets to a play, concert, or event. You can’t go wrong with a fun time, and it will be a great memory, despite the length of the relationship. Don’t forget to look at Groupon for other “things to do” around you!
For The Long-Term Relationship
“How many of these have we done again?” Don’t let your Valentine’s Day get repetitive year after year. Keep your significant other always guessing and excited for February 14th with these ideas:
Personalized Tasty Cookbook and Tasty Kit
For the Foodies out there, you’re set up for success if you get them a Tasty Cookbook or a Tasty Kit. Customize their cookbook with seven different sections based on their personal tastes and interests for $24. After choosing your categories, you have the option of writing a personal message on the inside page. Tasty also sells three different kits: the baking kit, the cooking kit, and the pizza kit; they are all $59.99 and come with 7-9 essential utensils.
DIY Date Night Jenga
Break the stereotypical “flowers and chocolate” routine with a gift that can add some excitement to date night. Buy a Jenga set, and make a list of loving questions, declarations or dares. Include activities such as “I love you because..,” “Plan a weekend trip,” and “Give them kisses.” With a fine-point pen, write a different activity on each block. Stack the blocks and wrap it up in the original box. Watch with excitement when they realize it has a fun twist.
Plan a Weekend Getaway
Who says that traveling has to cost a fortune? Google Flights can be a lifesaver, especially when it comes to spontaneous weekend trips. One of the best features of Google Flights is the fare calendar that will show you the lowest prices for any given day. Use these tips and tricks to get the best bang for your buck in the most ideal vacation spot! If you don’t already have an account, Hotels.com is an excellent way to rack up travel rewards. Many of the bookings are flexible, and you don’t have to pay any crazy fees. For the nature-lovers, plan a weekend camping trip or “glamping.” Make s’mores, stargaze, hike some trails, and enjoy time together.
Craft Beer & Girl Scout Cookies
Pick up their favorite craft beer and a couple boxes of Girl Scout Cookies. Use this Girl Scout Cookie locator to track your favorite ones! February is the prime season to get your cookies, and beer complements them well. Put together a flight of different beers and place the cookies next to the corresponding pairing. Don’t have a beer paddle set? Get one here, or do it yourself! If they’re more into bourbon, it also pairs well with Girl Scout cookies.
Get Them A Meaningful Subscription Box
You know them like the back of your hand at this point. Surprise them with a subscription to products tailored toward their interests. Are they passionate about their faith? Love wine? Sports fanatic? Make-up addict? Oreo-lover? For more subscription boxes, check out this ultimate list.
For The Platonics
Who says Valentine’s Day is all about celebrating your partner? It’s all about celebrating the people you care about. Check out these recommendations for the most cherished individuals in your life:
There’s nothing sweeter than that split moment when kids are being little darlings instead of pulling the dog’s tail or repainting your walls. Make them a DIY Valentine’s Wheel with rewards to celebrate when they’re on their best behavior or if you have free time on a weekend. Incorporate activities like “you choose the movie,” game night, build a fort, play dress-up or go on a hike. The kids will love the adventure and quality time spent together. It’s a win-win in our book.
Chances are your mom likes lovely gifts, but she loves spending quality time with you more. Something as simple as taking her out for mani/pedis, shopping or even cooking a homemade meal together will go a long way.
After dealing with your sassy teenage years, your mom deserves an endless supply of wine. Probably not in the budget, huh? Get her this wine “glass” or take her to a local wine and paint class. You don’t need to be 21 or drink to participate, and you two can create some masterpieces together!
Is he an outdoorsy dad or more of an urban dad? BBQ master or football fanatic? Upgrade his grill game with some unique BBQ sauces or a recycled hockey stick grill tong set. Or choose the more sentimental approach and take him on an outing or adventure just for the two of you.
Visit them. It might sound “duh…”, but FaceTime is not only a handy iOS feature – it is also significant to the older generations. Bring them flowers, a photo of you together, or even better – a Fracture!
If you slacked during the holiday to get your bestie something special, make it up to them on Galentine’s Day. Say thanks to your BFF for all those late night phone calls, motivational texts and memes that always make you feel 10x better. For the ultimate bestie gift list, check out these ideas. If you’re trying to spend the time with them, Valentine’s Day movies are never a rarity, and your enjoyment of them shouldn’t be either. Plus, popcorn.
You could always cuddle with a Ben and Jerry’s pint and watch Breakfast at Tiffany’s by yourself. Sad ending, you say? Perhaps. Don’t get us wrong – we’re big fans of romance, but remember to celebrate love of all kinds this Valentine’s Day! Or just use it as another excuse to buy those pair of shoes you’ve been eyeing for months.