Navigating Valentine’s Day can be tricky business. Should you surprise your lady love with a romantic evening on the town, give her a practical item for the house or treat her to something special? The possibilities are frighteningly endless. But we have some ideas for you that will fit nicely with your Valentine’s Day plans, whatever they may be. And whether you go frugal or splurge, you’ll be sure to get a smile and touch her heart.
An inexpensive gift often requires the most thought. It can be useful or fun and totally frivolous. If your budget is limited, go with a gift that the two of you can enjoy together. The time spent with her will be appreciated far more than a lofty price tag.
Set up a cozy fondue sampling night, with Fred Flare’s Mini Fondue Kit. For just $10, she’ll get a small pot, metal stand, tea light, four metal forks and a 32-page recipe book. Grab some strawberries, mini marshmallows and pretzel sticks for a wonderful, dessert-filled evening.
Are you and your girl inseparable? The Tunes for 2 Headphone Splitter connects two pairs of headphones into one device. Jam out together and profess your adoration publicly. This funky heart-shaped connector comes in bubblegum pink and fire engine red and is compatible with a standard 3.5 mm ear bud socket.
Go the romantic route with Other People’s Love Letters: 150 Letters You Were Never Meant to See for $15.30 on Amazon. In this book, author Bill Shapiro pulls together notes of spring love, lust, gentlemanly romance, heartbreak, guilt and more. Curl up on the couch and read these passion-filled lines to each other. You may giggle. You may sigh. You may cry. But the letters will hep you appreciate each other even more.
Expanding your price range gives you a bit more breathing room. Don’t cop out on originality with a boring box of chocolates. Consider a funky spin on a classic gift. If your Valentine loves sweets, raise the bar with Candy Crate‘s 1980’s Sprinkled Pink Retro Candy Gift Box. For $34.95 she can enjoy many of her favorite childhood treats, from Bottle Caps to Gobstoppers to Pop Rocks. Cuddle up with The Breakfast Club, and revel in the sweet taste of nostalgia.
Or, step up the sophistication and head over to Tiffany & Co. Don’t panic — you don’t have to drop thousands to pick up something beautiful. Tiffany offers a small selection of quality gifts for $100 or less. The sterling silver heart lock, with its chunky build and stylish design, is perfect when fastened to a charm bracelet or long chain. And her heart will melt when she sees that Tiffany blue box.
Give a gift you both can enjoy, like an activity from Cloud 9 Living. The online company offers all sorts of experiences across the country, from food tours and racecar driving to scenic cruises and hot air balloon rides. Consider a local beer or wine tour, starting at $69. After sampling the local libation, maybe you’ll graduate to an educational lecture or even a winemaking class! Give the gift of experience this Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day can be an excuse to go all out and splurge on a gift she can keep forever. But make sure you find something worth the expense, something that’s both personal and timeless.
You can give your valentine something sparkly without draining your savings. Check out Jimmy Choo’s Glitter Case for the iPad at Saks Fifth Avenue. The designer accessory runs at $495 and packs a major fashion punch. She’ll definitely turn heads carrying this around.
Anthropologie offers a Crystal-Clear Trinket Box, mixing contemporary design and useful practicality. The $150 jewelry box has a clear Lucite structure for easy access and organization. The organically shaped geode stacked on top gives each box a unique artistic touch. It’s the perfect setup for future Valentine’s celebrations — perfect for holding any future jewelry gifts!
If you really want to splurge on the woman you love, head for Cartier. Their jewelry is timeless, classic and stunning. The Diamants Legers De Cartier Necklace features diamonds on a simple white gold chain. The necklace will set you back $4,725. (Did we mention their jewelry is also expensive?) But this gift will last a lifetime. And next year, you can probably just go ahead and skip Valentine’s Day.
Adrienne Smith is an Associate Producer for CBS Local. She’s currently making an app covering dollar slices of pizza in New York City, and graduated from Lehigh University with a degree in journalism and English. Follow her on Twitter here.