If you’ve been reading MB long enough you might know that me and my Mr. don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day. We would just rather surprise each other randomly, and we aren’t big on gift giving in general. We both just tend to buy what we want. No expectations, no issues, no drama. I realize we are in the minority, but we’ve also been married for almost 11 years, so we just know what works for us.
Personally I’d rather use occasions to create memories by doing things together. So for each tangible gift I am suggesting today, I am also suggesting some sort of experience to go with it. So if you are wanting to do something more than just give a physical gift (or a card, chocolate, flowers, etc.), I’m going to give you ideas for a physical gift that is more of a symbol or the container of the actual gift.
But sometimes the best gifts are the simple ones — writing your love a heartfelt letter, taking them to dinner somewhere special to you guys (whether it’s a dive or something expensive, it doesn’t matter), or going to see a movie that you don’t really want to see but your partner does. A lot of my suggestions are travel related because I think travel is really important and that as Americans a lot of us feel guilty about traveling a lot. But trust me, these experiences will last a lifetime (and the surprise and lengths you go to to plan it will buy you brownie points for a long time!).
If you know someone that might need some help getting their partner a gift — send them a link to this post! And maybe a hint or two!
VALENTINE’S DAY GIFTS FOR THE CLASSIC GAL
CHOCOLATE — If your gal loves chocolate, it’s an easy gift to make cool. Kelly Wearstler has partnered with Compartes and has an entire line of cool chocolate bars. Make chocolate the theme of your gift and take her out for fondue! I feel like fondue is always a memorable experience.
LINGERIE — This lace bra is not only beautiful, but she can wear it all the time. It’s not just for nights if you know what I mean. Pair this with a surprise stay at a local luxury hotel (a one night staycation is all you need) and you are setting yourself up for a good evening.
CANDLE — Such a chic candle and the scent, burning rose, just sounds sexy. Candles make me think of bubble baths, with wine and music. Just sayin…
CLUTCH — This red clutch is 58% off (lucky you!). You could give her this gift a few days early, with a note inside (any maybe cash or a gift card) that says — go buy yourself the perfect outfit to wear with this clutch. You could even say where she’ll be wearing it — tickets to a play, the opera, a restaurant she’s always wanted to go to?
JEWELRY — A ring always looks good with a fresh manicure, hint hint.