Valentine’s Day is almost here — are you ready? Unsure of what she’ll like? Well, here’s a guide: No teddy bears, please, and Candy Hearts are being discontinued this year, thank the chalky heavens. If that leaves you stuck on gifts for Valentine’s Day, eat some chocolate and calm down. Here are the best (least corny and most caring) presents that say you really care and happy V-day, baby.
Instead of Red Wine
Tequila Avión Reposado
Replace a bottle of boring red with a Valentine-crimson box of Tequila Avión Reposado. Produced from rare Blue Weber agave in the highest region of Jalisco, Mexico, this warm expression is a labor of love, with notes of spices, dried fruit, vanilla, and oak. I mean, that just sounds romantic. Plus it’s special, created slowly in small batches under a time-intensive distilling process, much like your feelings for her.
Instead of a Box of Chocolates
Double Chocolate OHi Superfood Bars
Let’s be real, a box of chocolate is overdone. She isn’t going to like all the flavors and will probably feel sick (or guilty) after eating them all. (And we will eat them all.) Get her protein bars instead! Order a box of raw superfood OHi Bars, which taste sweet and make your body feel amazing. They’re also pretty expensive and flown in from Hawaii. Sure it’s a major chocolate holiday, but if you plan on being *ahem* active together, nosh on these paleo, plant-based, kosher, and grain-free pieces of heaven. They have a Double Chocolate flavor tastes indulgent.
Instead of Lingerie
Obakki Cinder Blanket
Please don’t guess her lingerie size when the sexiest, most luxurious blanket is one-size fits all. Made of 100-percent cruelty-free cashmere-like acrylic, Obakki’s Cinder Blanket is the perfect Valentine’s Day gift, especially paired with a homemade foot-massage coupon. Obakki shares the love by donating all proceeds from the blanket toward providing basic needs to people in South Sudan, Cameroon, and Uganda. And a man who gives back is very sexy.
Instead of Jewelry
One Eleven SW1 Solar Watch
I’ve never liked jewelry picked out for me by a man and odds are, neither did your Valentine. Moreover, most “Valentine’s Day” jewelry isn’t realistic (and looks corny). You want to get her something she can wear every day, and therefore think of you more. Enter: the One Eleven solar watch set that includes two removable straps (one leather, one nylon), with a matte green dial and water-resistant build. It’s both a quality and sentimental gift. Go the extra mile with an engraving of your initials or a cute nickname you call her.
Instead of a Photo of You
Framed Movie Poster
Living in different apartments gives you the perfect opportunity to add heartfelt mementos to her wall. Instead of a framed photo of your mug, find a good-quality vintage poster of a film you both watched together and loved. Every couple has one (or six) movies that stand out in their unique relationship. If you’re into different genres either buy her one of her fave flicks or accept your doom, as Godard said, “a man and a woman who do not like the same films will eventually divorce.”
Instead of Dinner Out
A Night at a Hotel
Take the money you’d spend on a candle-lit dinner in a crowded restaurant and spend it on a night’s stay at a relaxed yet sophisticated boutique hotel, like Kimpton Hotel Born in Denver (or any Kimpton Hotel, really). While being elegant and situated directly downtown, Born maintains a fun and creative vibe with epic floor-to-ceiling window views, homey wood design, killer craft beers on menu, and a smattering of commissioned artwork hidden around the property. Grab the Valentine’s Day “Binge and Better” package, with a $20 movie credit, cocktail credits, fitness passes, and other swoon-worthy perks.
Instead of a Card
Duh, man. Whether it’s a single flower or a bouquet, men will never understand the true power of flowers. Even if she says they’re impractical: Get. Her. Flowers. Here’s how they work: We know they are functionally useless, so it’s a sign you’re going beyond practicality and simply thinking about her. They make her feel special, they’re a surprise, and when she sees those flowers in the future she might think fondly of you. A card will get tossed or lost. Rule of thumb: go modest but not cheap on the blooms. A massive bouquet of blood-red roses from a new fling is scary, not romantic.
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