You either take Valentine’s Day seriously, or you don’t. There’s no such thing as ironic date plans, and you aren’t fooling anyone no matter how you attempt to re-categorize these plans. What matters is that you care, and those who really take the day seriously will show their appreciation for their significant other with a thoughtful gift to make the day even more special.
For many couples, date plans suffice plenty, but if you feel like being more involved in the holiday, we’ve compiled ten gift ideas that are hand-picked to delight your SO and inspire easy date ideas. Sure, classic gifts like chocolate and flowers are a nice token of appreciation as well, but a top quality Valentine’s Day gift will show your partner that you will go the extra mile to make the day special for them.
1. Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker
Bose’s SoundLink Color is a compact Bluetooth speaker that delivers a full and clear sound wirelessly from any Bluetooth-compatible device. Despite being one of the least expensive pieces of Bose equipment out there, the SoundLink Color still carries the Bose signature sound, well rounded with extra attention to the low-end. And on top of this, its 8 hour battery and compact form factor mean you can take it anywhere, from the backyard to the beach. Bring it along on your V-Day date and give your relationship the theme music it deserves.
2. Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Film Camera
The Instax Mini 8 from Fujifilm is a new take on an old concept: the self-developing camera. Saving precious moments on your phone is convenient, but process loses a bit of the magic in its digital form. The Instax Mini 8 offers a modernized take on the analog camera, shooting clear and light-adjusted photos onto real film singles, ready to be collaged, hung on the fridge, and more. The Instax camera comes with film and batteries, so you are ready to capture new memories right out of the box. This gift pairs exceptionally with an adventure to a new place.
Price: $59.95 (14 percent off MSRP)
3. Herschel Supply Co. Little America Backpack
Herschel Supply Co.’s Little America backpack is as known for its reliability as it is for its distinctive design. This iconic pack is a cute and useful gift for guys and girls, and you can gift it cleverly pre-packed for a day out. The Little America bag is large enough to hold a 15-inch laptop in a padded laptop slot, plus several books, and a large opening makes it super easy to load and unload. This stylish pack comes in over 20 designs, which makes it easy to find one to fit anybody’s personality.
Price: $73.10 and up
4. VonShef Wicker Picnic Basket Set
If a Valentine’s Day hike isn’t your cup of tea, you can splurge on a wicker picnic basket for a classy take on the Valentine’s Day date. The VonShef backset’s brown leather interior, checkered cotton lining, and brown leather straps offer a luxurious way to transfer a full meal using the basket’s ample compartment. This set also includes flatware and silverware for four people, opening up the possibility for a double date.
Price: $69.99 (30 percent off MSRP)
5. Wine, wine, and more wine
First of all, yes, you can buy wine on Amazon. Second of all, yes, you should totally go for it — as long as you aren’t shipping to a state that levies additional shipping costs. Amazon is currently offering a Buy 3 Save 25% promotion on all bottles, allowing you to save on a sampling of their collection of hundreds of artisan wines. You can show your sensual side with the 2012 Fifty Shades of Grey Red Satin, or the Naked Winery Climax Red Blend, but if you know your partner’s favorite, be sure to go for that first.
6. Vouchers for Lovers
A time-tested gesture of devotion, love coupons are a creative way to to give the kind of gifts that are easiest to give: moments of love. Some coupons have a higher chance of being rejected than others (don’t blame me if “End to Argument” doesn’t work as advertised), but “Breakfast in Bed” and “Candlelit Bath” are candidates for instant redemption, and are always appreciated. If you are looking for a slightly more sexual option, the Sex Checks are a solid pick, but there are plenty of options to choose from, so you’ll be sure to find a coupon set that balanced for your talents.
7. Woodwick Candle
When it comes to fancy candles, nothing outclasses the natural ambiance of a wooden wick candle, which offers a soothing crackling sound in addition to its elegant fragrance. Woodwick is my candle of choice for adding class to a night in. And while one candle is a nice gesture, many more smaller candles can really liven up a room for a romantic evening. How far you want to go with it is up to your will for adventure, but there’s a reason that this tradition is a mainstay for couples.
Price: $21.96 (8 percent off MSRP)
8. 50-70% Off Diamond Jewelry
It’s no secret that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but when diamond jewelry is 50-70% off, we might all be able to be best friends. Amazon has a large selection of pendant designs available, and there is a piece with real precious gems and metals inside of everyone’s budget. Do be sure to stick to non-ring jewelry though, unless you are able to diffuse a potential misinterpretation of your intentions.
9. Philips Hue Starter Kit
The Philips Hue light system is something that everyone can enjoy. This system is the core for “connected home” living, and allows any approved user with a smartphone to control the brightness and color of all the lights in your house. The Hue system is a quick way to enhance the mood in your room, plus it can be set to sync with notifications or alarm clocks for a more productive use.
10. iCollection Women’s Satin Robe
As on obvious last option, some evening wear is always an exciting addition to V-Day festivities, be it a luxurious silken robe or something a little more revealing. As for what style you prefer, that will ultimately be up to you, but for a quick buying note, lingerie can be purchased for yourself or your partner, so don’t sleep on the possibility to pick what they get to wear to bed.
Price: $14.18 and up