Valentine's Day Gift Ideas, Usual and Unique

Crib our gift list, and add your suggestions.


Two years ago, a dear friend sought my advice on what to get his girlfriend for Valentine's Day. His idea? A lamp. Because nothing says I love you quite like a lamp....

Don't get me wrong — I'm all about practical gifts. But when it comes to Valentine's Day, I believe sentiments or surprises should come from the heart, and be about the person you love, not about fulfuling their lighting needs.

After a little bit of coaching, my friend settled on a necklace from a local artist. His girlfriend loved the gift, not only because it was pretty, but because it would remind her of him throughout the day, even when they were apart.

Remember too, Valentine's Day doesn't have to be about spending a lot of (or any) money. The way to a loved one's heart can be found through something simple, like a heartfelt handwritten Valentine or a homemade dinner.

Here are a few Valentine's Day ideas, spanning the realm of sentimental to materialistic. The list certainly could be longer, so please help add to it by leaving your thoughts in the comments section below.

  • A handwritten (or drawn) note or card
  • A mix CD
  • Dinner, out or at home
  • Flowers (roses, or not)
  • Chocolate, mmm, chocolate
  • Breakfast, possibly in bed
  • Take a cooking class together
  • A stuffed animal, book or game
  • A Betta fish (nothing says love like a solitary fish that fights to the death)
  • Manicure and/or pedicure, massage gift certificates
  • iPod gift card
  • Sporting event tickets
  • Jewelry
  • A coffee mug from a local potter, plus a pound
  • Boxers with hearts on them
  • A lamp (I kid... see above)
David Ertischek February 06, 2012 at 06:36 PM
I would actually suggest not getting a betta fish as I have not had success with keeping them in Boston area water.
cher February 07, 2012 at 12:43 PM
here are two winning gifts i've given in the past: a copy of a loved one's favorite childhood book. vintage valentine cards.


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