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DP’s Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Treat the ones you love with gifts they'll actually want—you can seal with a kiss.

Some say that Valentine’s Day is a made-up holiday that’s only cute for kids in classrooms exchanging punny cards and pink-wrapped Kit Kats. We say: that’s just because you haven’t found the right gift yet. There are so many ways to show you care on Valentine’s Day and they’re definitely not limited to grocery store milk chocolates and 1-800-Flowers.

This is your opportunity to show that you know them best. That may look like simply leaning into what you already know they love (everything Westman Atelier, for example) or it could be broadening your horizons together (whether that’s a paella kit or a necklace with a spicy side hustle). So what if the holiday is made up? Why miss an opportunity to treat the people you love?

Fluffy pink feathery clutch bag
Fluffy and fun! Gift her a fabulous pink feathery clutch from Loeffler Randall. Photo courtesy Loeffler Randall

There’s little that can take the place of a romantic getaway à deux. Book a few nights at the Madrona hotel in Healdsburg, CA, where the “Do Not Disturb” sign will come in handy post wine tastings. Rooms from around $600/night

If you are going to finally leave the bedroom, do it well. Gift her a fabulous pink feathery clutch from Loeffler Randall and make a reservation somewhere fabulous for her to take it. $295

Or get them a bag that sends a message: the very best weekender from Lo & Sons. Whether they’re spending more time at yours lately or you’re hinting at planning a getaway together, or both. From $150.50

The Madrona Hotel, Healdsburg, CA
Book a break at the Madrona hotel in Healdsburg, CA, venue for romantic getaways since 1881. Photo by Sanfranman59, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons
Woman wearing sunglasses carrying a weekend bag
The essential weekend bag from Lo & Sons—whether you’re planning a trip à deux at home or away. Photo courtesy of Lo & Sons
Dish of paella with mussels and crayfish
Do they love to eat? Treat them to a paella kit, the perfect recipe for a date night in. Photo by Brillante, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Speaking of spending more time at yours, make it count with a paella kit, special pan included, from Matiz. Pick up a bottle of good Spanish wine, find a great playlist, and you’ve got yourselves the perfect date night in. $94.99

Your offers of a massage don’t go unappreciated, but if they need something a little stronger, turn to the Mini Theragun. The original is a little intense, but this smaller version really does the trick. From $200

“Some men treat women as objects . . . and some women treat objects as men.” The wise woman who made this observation would approve of Crave’s small but mighty Vesper vibrator. Quiet, plugs into a USB, and best part: with its sleek design, it doubles as a necklace. $165 

Woman wearing a black jacket, white top, and black vibrator necklace
Definitely not your typical V-Day gift. The Vesper 2 vibrator necklace comes in three colors: gold, rose gold, and black. Photo courtesy of Vesper
Bag of heart-shaped strawberry-flavored lollipops from Williams Sonoma
What could be sweeter than a strawberry-flavored heart lollipop? From Williams Sonoma

If you’re ready to buy new clothes for each other—a milestone in any relationship—we recommend The Great’s cozy quilted henley ($150.50) for her and some better-fitting Rag & Bones for him ($225).

Sometimes just giving someone a heart-shaped lollipop is enough. Willams Sonoma’s strawberry bag of suckers will make anyone smile. $25.90

Is it notes of sandalwood, musk, and vanilla that bring them to mind? Or maybe it’s tuberose? Whatever it is, it’s so them. So why not bottle it? Olfactory NYC makes a simple three-step custom scent kit that ultimately results in a bottle of perfume that’s made for them, by them. From $85

Woman creating a ersonal scent at an Olfactory NYC stall
The personal touch. Let them create their own own signature scent with a custom perfume from Olfactory NYC . Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for Jetblack
Red Heart Cone Chair
One for you, and one for them. Cosy up in two Heart Cone Chairs from 1958 designed by Verner Panton. Photo courtesy of Raissoné

You love them, and they love to make a splash. The iconic, geometric, Pop Art-inspired Heart Cone Chair designed by Verner Panton and upholstered in a lipstick red hue says “I love you” in full Technicolor. First editions from 1958 produced by Plus-Linjeold available at Raissoné, 16 Crosby Street, New York, NY 10013 (646-781-9699). $6,500, or $13,000 for a pair

And at the end of the day, just know that you can’t go wrong with the Westman Atelier Clean Glow Trio, even though you tell her all the time she looks beautiful with or without makeup. From $115.34

All prices were correct at the time of publication.

Hero photo of heart cone chair designed by Verner Panto courtesy of Raissoné

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