Many people struggle to find the perfect present for their significant other. Roses can be cliché, and no one wants the awkwardness of buying a gift the recipient hates. Valentines with a definitive fashion sense can be especially difficult, but some key items are sure to satisfy. The gifts below cover a range of tastes while sticking to a high standard of style.
A Classic Handbag
Secret Admirer Heart Crossbody, $298, katespade.com
Contrast Material City Bag, $49.90, zara.com
ASOS Zip Pocket Tote Bag, $55, asos.com
ASOS Suede Embossed Croc Crossbody Bag, $43, asos.com
Their New Favorite Beauty Products
Beauty products make perfect Valentine’s Day gifts because they are personal and thoughtful without being overly elaborate or committal. For something substantial, choose a gift set, like the Glossier Phase 1 kit, available for $80 at glossier.com. It includes their signature milk jelly cleanser (which is free of fragrance, soap, and sulfate and includes natural ingredients like rosewater), a moisturizer, a perfecting skin tint, and moisturizing balm. For those who prefer individual products, Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics has some great, cheap options in their Valentine’s Day line. Try a creative item, such as the Unicorn Horn bubble bar or pomegranate and vanilla-scented Prince Charming shower cream, both of which run under $10.
Show your valentine the size of your love for them with these scarves, which simultaneously keep their neck warm and their look cool, making for a fantastic gift. Pick one that coordinates with their complexion and highlights their eyes or choose one in their favorite color, getting extra points for remembering.
Soft Geometric Scarf, $35.90, zara.com
Tickets to an Event
Offering a fun, romantic experience instead of a physical gift can also satisfy a valentine. NYU Ticket Central offers plenty of good deals, and searching on Groupon is another great option when trying to find something more tailored to your valentine’s taste. Try a painting class, visit the East Village Russian & Turkish Baths, or go for a mani-pedi! Whatever you decide, this plan is sure to be unforgettable.
Skip the jewelry cliché, which can be boring and too serious, especially for a budding relationship. Every chic young adult needs a stylish yet classic watch, and as an added bonus, they now have no excuse to be late to a dinner date.
It would not truly be Valentine’s Day without this treat, which has rightfully earned its popularity with its nearly universal satisfaction, effortless pairing with other gifts, and availability for those still unsure what to get their valentine. Bolder options include the Chipotle Truffle Set from Fine and Raw Chocolates ($28, fineandraw.com) or the gorgeous Taittinger Champagne Bonbons from Gotham Bar and Grill. To be safe or classic, try Terrain’s Pink & Gold Chocolates or a box from Jacques-Torres.
Pink & Gold Chocolates, $24, shop terrain.com
Taittinger Champagne Bonbons, $20, gothambarandgrill.com
Camille Larkins is a contributing writer. Email her at email@example.com.