Picking out a Valentine’s Day gift can be so, so stressful. This is the holiday of love, after all. How do you pick a gift that’s going to show you put a lot of thought into what your sweetheart wants and needs? How do you convey all of your love with one simple present?
Luckily for you, we have a few ideas. But first, before you can pick one of our top 19 Valentine’s Day gift ideas for your sweetheart, you’ll need to identify your partner’s love language.
The Five Love Languages
If you’ve ever been to relationship counseling or read a self-help book on relationships, you’ve likely heard about the five love languages: words of affirmation, quality time, physical touch, acts of service and receiving gifts.
The theory is that everyone has a love language or two that speaks to them the most. Some individuals highly prize quality time with their partners and they will always take that over a gift, while others prefer presents, as gifts show them that their partner took time to think about what they like and shop for them.
But even if your partner’s love language isn’t receiving gifts, you can still purchase a perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your sweetheart based on their love language. For partners who prefer words of affirmation, you might give them a personalized or engraved gift that reminds them that you’ll always love them because it literally says, “I love you.”
For those who love quality time, maybe consider purchasing an item that you can both use together, like a present that makes it possible for you two to explore a new hobby together. For those who prefer physical touch, you might pull out all the romantic stops and choose a gift that’s, well… Going to lead to some physical touching.
For those who prefer acts of service, you might want to go with a more practical gift — something that’s going to make their daily lives easier. You might even decide to go with the budget-friendly gift of simply removing something from their to-do list. Maybe you take care of the kids and tackle the household chores for a day while they go off to the spa, all before you reconvene and rendezvous for a romantic dinner.
And if your partner’s love language is receiving gifts, don’t think you got off easy in the gift-giving department. You’ll still need to put a lot of thought into the gift you purchase for them. Try to pick something that shows you truly thought about what they like most. They might read a lot into the gift you give them and what it says about your relationship, even if it’s just a box of chocolates or a Cupid coffee mug.
So, think about your partner’s love language and what makes them feel the most loved. And if you’re unsure, just ask them! Then, pick out a gift that’s going to show them that you know how to make them feel loved this Valentine’s Day. Here are a few ideas to help you out.
Valentine’s Gifts That Say, “I Love You”
Give your significant other their much-needed words of affirmation, even when you’re not around, with a V-day gift that says, “I love you,” on your behalf.
Jewelry is a staple in every Valentine’s Day gift guide, but don’t think you need a big budget in order to treat your sweetheart to some new bling this season. This mini coin bracelet is a delicate, minimalistic piece that they can wear every day or with any outfit. Plus, it’s under $50 from Nordstrom. Every time your love looks down at their wrist, they’ll see the miniature heart engraving and be reminded of you.
If you want to go even more personalized, you might consider this similarly delicate bracelet that’s customized to include a message written in your handwriting. Don’t like your own handwriting? You can also order a bracelet with the custom message of your choosing in a selection of various fonts!
Flowers are another gift that easily says, “I love you,” every time your partner looks at them. However, fresh flowers usually only last about one week if you’re lucky. But that’s not the case with Venus et Fleur’s flower arrangements! They are designed to last an entire year. For a more literal “I love you” message, go with the I Heart You bundle that’ll spell out your undying love with the help of beautiful roses.
A photo is worth one thousand words, and with these upscale photo calendars, you’ll get 12 photos, which is basically 12,000 words. Personalize this desktop calendar with your favorite photos of you and your sweetie so they’ll always have a visual representation of your love every time they look up at their laptop.
Valentine’s Gifts You Can Enjoy Together
For partners who prefer quality time over everything else, go with a Valentine’s Day gift that you can enjoy together.
For the gourmand in your life, a cheese sampler might just be the perfect fit this Valentine’s Day. And who doesn’t love cheese anyway? This gift set comes with half of a pound of six different cheeses, which you can mix and match with other accompaniments to build an impressive charcuterie board.
What’s more romantic than a Valentine’s Day picnic? Not much! So, if your local weather allows for it, go to a scenic spot to celebrate with this two-person picnic hamper set. If the weather isn’t ideal, opt for the living room floor instead.
This basket has absolutely everything you need: plates, forks, knives, spoons, wine glasses, napkins, salt and pepper shakers, a picnic blanket and even a bottle opener. It ships from Amazon, too, in case you’re shopping at the very last minute and need that next-day delivery!
If your spouse is more of a true crime podcast person than a picnic person, you might want to go with one of these monthly solve-a-crime subscription boxes. There are a lot of options to choose from, depending on how difficult or grisly you want your mysteries to be. It’s also nice that this is a gift that keeps on giving, with monthly deliveries, guaranteeing quality time for months to come.
This is a fun new take on sending your partner flowers for Valentine’s Day. Matilda’s Bloombox sends you fresh flowers, but then allows you to arrange everything yourself (with a guide, of course, so you’re not going in blind). The DIY flowers will be a lovely reminder to your partner that you love them, but then you can actually arrange the flowers together, for some extra quality time that results in a unique gift.
Ultra-Romantic Valentine’s Gifts
If you and your honey are both thinking about one thing and one thing only this Valentine’s Day, go with a perfect gift that’s going to lead to a little frisky time.
Yeah, yeah — you could go to your local department store or mall and buy the same lingerie that every other shopper is giving their partner this V-Day… or you could opt for a more luxe and stylish piece from Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty collection. The ultra-hot options include pieces for both men and women, and there are a range of options to fit every body type.
10. Lily Silk Sheets
Slip into something slinky and then slide into bed this Valentine’s Day. These sets of sheets and pillowcases come in more than 10 colors, in sizes ranging from twin to California king, and provide a moisture-wicking sleep experience that’s suitable for both warm and cold sleepers, while also promoting better hair and skin care. It’s a gift that’s good for both getting a little shut-eye and having some after-hours fun.
If you both really need to relax before things get spicy and you’re not sure a glass of wine (or two) will do the trick, opt for a CBD-infused couple’s bubble bath. These bath salts contain 240 milligrams of CBD (20 milligrams per scoop), for a relaxing, rejuvenating self-care experience that promotes a sense of well being.
But if you and your sweetie are more into the bubbly than the CBD, there are few options sexier than a bottle of Dom. This luxurious bottle is sure to impress even the most discerning, snobby wino in your life. Upgrade your gift with a custom engraving on the bottle, for a unique keepsake.
Practical Valentine’s Gifts
Make your sweetheart’s life a little bit easier, with one of these favorite gifts.
Let’s face it. Planning regular date nights can be difficult and time-consuming, and, all too often, the responsibility of that planning falls to one person in the couple. There’s finding a restaurant, making a reservation, buying tickets for any entertainment, arranging for a babysitter, etcetera.
Tell your partner that you’re taking over date night planning for the foreseeable future, for one less thing on their plate, and prove it with this handy date night planning kit that’ll inspire you both.
If your honey spends a good amount of time on their hair every morning, they already know this ultra-luxury hair dryer. The creme de la creme of hair dryers, it’s on the pricey side, but it’s worth every penny. Practical, time-saving and just the thing to take your honey’s hair care routine to the next level, they’ll definitely use this gift every day.
If they just don’t have time to go to the spa every week for that much-needed massage and you know they’re seriously stressed right now, but your own hands are getting a little tired from all those shoulder and foot rubs, go with this practical gift that will work out all your partner’s kinks while they simple sit back and relax (or work).
Valentine’s Gifts That are Just Plain Cool
Don’t think any of the above options are a good fit? Go with one of these Valentine’s Day gifts that are just plain cool.
You can find lots of fun, personalized Valentine’s Day gifts on Etsy and these personalized sky maps are a crowd favorite. They feature a map of the night sky and constellations that reflect a meaningful date. For example, you can enter the time, date and geographical coordinates for the place and time you and your sweetie met, and then the art piece will show what the night sky looked like at that very moment in time.
This Valentine’s Day gift ticks a ton of boxes. It’s something you can enjoy together. It asks you to use your words to express yourself via daily love notes. It’s a three-year journal, which shows your sweetie that, yes, you do intend on this being a long-term relationship. And it’s available on Amazon at an incredibly budget-friendly price point.
How many couples can say that they’ve had their portrait done? Now, you can count yourselves among that small number. These custom watercolor portraits are easy to order and, no, you won’t need to sit still for hours at a time as a fussy artist labors over your looks. Just upload a photo and you’re good to go!
Does your newlywed wife love all things fashion? Then she may prefer a custom wedding dress illustration over a custom watercolor portrait. Just as easy to order via uploading a photo of your wife’s dress, this is one gift that she definitely won’t be expecting.
Found the Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift?
Remember — even if your Valentine’s Day gift isn’t 100% perfect, that doesn’t mean your relationship isn’t 100% perfect. Forget the stress and pressure associated with Valentine’s Day and just have fun picking out a thoughtful gift for your favorite person. You might just find that loosening up a little will help you pick the perfect present.
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19 Valentine’s Gifts For Your Sweetheart:
- Nashelle Mini Coin Bracelet
- Custom Handwriting Bracelet
- Venus et Fleur Flower Arrangement
- Walnut Desktop Photo Calendar
- Murray’s Cheese Sampler
- California Kitchen 2-Person Picnic Hamper Set
- Monthly Solve-A-Crime Subscription Box
- Matilda’s Bloombox
- Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty Collection
- Lily Silk Sheets
- High CBD Formula Bath Salts
- Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage 2006
- Date Night Bucket List Kit
- Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer
- Shiatsu Back, Shoulder and Neck Massager
- Personalized Sky Map
- Our Q&A-A-Day: 3-Year Journal for 2 People
- Custom Watercolor Portrait
- Custom Wedding Dress Illustration