Searching for the perfect Valentine's Day gift? Here are 15 ideas you'll both love.
Whether you think it’s romantic or cheesy, Valentine's Day is the holiday of romance. In the spirit of keeping things romantic, we've come up with 15 gifts you can give to each other, or get together. Either way, you'll both enjoy them!
"Roboth" Listening Headphone Splitter
Sure… you could each bring your own music players, but sometimes it’s more convenient — or just more fun — to share. Simply plug this adorable little guy into your mP3 player, attach two sets of headphones and enjoy (modcloth.com, $14.99).
Photo: Roboth, Uncommon Goods
Let's get the obvious out of the way. It’s a pretty good assumption that whatever your plans are for the night, they'll likely wrap up in the bedroom… if you play your cards right. Make it more than just an ordinary night in the bedroom with something you’ll both find sexy. We like this red hot number from Jezebel. The sexy demi bra, low-rise thong and garter belt are not overly naughty... but they’re not too nice, either (macys.com, garter $17; thong, $11; bra $27).
Photo: Lingerie, Macy's
It’s the ultimate couple's meal. It’s decadent, it's sexy and you get to feed each other. These stoneware pots, small enough to fit into the microwave so that you can melt your chocolate quickly, make it easy. What you do with it after that is up to you (petrossian.com, $32).
Photo: Fondue, Petrossian
A Tandem Bicycle
Silly? Perhaps. Fun? Most definitely. The Mongoose R5600 Wanderer comes in a sleek blue, and is made of a surprisingly lightweight aluminum. Once the weather warms, it will provide you with lots of opportunities for goofy fun (sears.com, $321.78).
Photo: Tandem, Sears
Let's face it. Even the most lovey dovey of couples can run out of meaningful things to say to one another. Dig deeper with questions that challenge and inspire. These cards contain a variety of thought-provoking and simply sweet prompts. Which of your partner’s possessions would you like to throw away? Which obstacles have brought you closer together? Learn something new about each other, or just let these cards act as a reminder of the things you already know and love (tabletopics.com, $25).
Photo: Table Topics
Pick out something for your home that you'll both like. If you’re just starting out, go small but inspiring. This time travel poster from 826 Valencia is not only affordable, but the proceeds from its purchase go to support the youth literacy program, 826 Los Angeles (826la.org, $19.99). Or if you’d like something more personalized, spring for a customized painting of your favorite books. Send photos of your books to Jane Mount, and she’ll deliver a colorful and totally unique print (etsy.com, $170 for an 8x10).
Photo: 826 poster, 826 LA
Your story is a special one. When you eventually start a family together, you’ll want to share it. This beautiful, leather-bound book preserves your treasured memories, and also offers prompts that help you chronicle your life together (redenvelope.com, $59.95).
Photo: Memory book, Red Envelope
An Herb Garden
This gift is twofold: First, you'll have the fun of planting something together. Later on, you’ll get to use your very own herbs for cooking. The kit contains three compostable rice hull pots and saucers (made from rice hulls), compressed soil wafers, certified organic seeds, wood plant markers and planting instructions. Choose an Italian, French or culinary herb trio, or customize your own mix (olivebarn.com, $24.99).
Photo: Herb Garden, Olive Barn
The Digital Harinezumi
The what? The Harinezumi is a small, artsy camera that imitates the old 110-film format when in still mode, and the original super 8 when in movie mode. The camera’s designers describe it as "a sort of sketch book," a tool for recording every small bit of your life together (aplusrstore.com, $220).
Photo: Camera, A Plus Store
Valentino Strip 1200tc Egyptian Cotton Sheets
Yes, there is a sexy aspect to these silky smooth linens but, beyond that, they offer both elegance and sumptuous comfort. Made from the finest 100% ELS (Extra Long Staple) Mercerized Egyptian cotton, these babies, which can be personalized with your monogram, are so comfy you’ll never want to leave the bed (luxorlinens.com, $253.99).
Photo: Sheets, Luxor Linens
Maybe gazing dazedly into each other’s eyes is getting a little too intense. Get a new furry friend on which to lavish some of your attention. Picking him out together, naming him together, and then walking him and caring for him together will provide you with just one more way to enjoy each other (adoptapet.com). Is an animal with two legs too much for the two of you? Start with a fish, and give him this cute Fish Hotel as his abode (abodeon.com, $27).
Photo: Fish, Abodeon
Perhaps you spend your days lazing about outdoors, feeding each other grapes and reading poetry to each other. Probably not. Either way, you'll still love these poetry books, which are as pretty for their artwork as for the words on their pages. Ugly Duckling Presse is a nonprofit art and publishing collective that produces small to mid-size editions of new poetry, translations, lost works and artists' books. They average more than 25 titles a year, and a subscription gets you one of each title for that year. Have your grapes at the ready (uglyducklingpresse.org, $150).
Photo: Poetry, Ugly Duckling Press
Saeco Via Vanezia Espresso Machine
Consider how much better breakfast in bed would be if it was served with a perfectly-made espresso. Right? Obviously, you need this espresso machine. Not only will it look sleek on your counter, but it can provide you with endless cups of espresso, cappuccino and lattes (crateandbarrel.com, $299.95).
Photo: Espresso, Crate and Barrel
In our age of technology, the good, old-fashioned game night has sadly gone by the wayside. Which is why the two of you should make a pact to switch off the TVs, computers and smartphones for the night, and enjoy each other’s company with a game of Mancala. The game is simple, yet highly addictive (fao.com, $16.99).
Photo: Mancala, F.A.O. Schwartz