Chic Gifts for Your Valentine

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

Choose one in a romantic blush color, perfect for date night as well as the upcoming spring months. Or opt for a classy black clutch – try a suede or fur finish if your Valentine has a bolder style.


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Secret Admirer Heart Crossbody, $298, katespade.com

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Contrast Material City Bag, $49.90, zara.com

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ASOS Zip Pocket Tote Bag, $55, asos.com

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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.

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0507406600A Huge Scarf

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.

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Soft Geometric Scarf, $35.90, zara.com   

Unknown-5   Liquorish Oversized Blanket Scarf, $43, asos.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.

A Watch

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.

Chocolate

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.

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Pink & Gold Chocolates, $24, shop terrain.com

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     Taittinger Champagne Bonbons, $20, gothambarandgrill.com

Camille Larkins is a contributing writer. Email her at violetvision@nyunews.com.

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