Valentine's Day Gift Guide:
You've Said, "I Love You"
Thoughtful Gift Ideas For Your Steady Bae
For the woman you love, the gift doesn’t have to be sexy, but it does have to be special.
“Three words. Eight letters. Say them and I’m yours.” That’s what Blair Waldorf said to Chuck Bass on Gossip Girl—and he couldn’t do it. But you did. And so did your girl, and now you’re living the dream.
Your relationship is in that sweet spot between old and new: It’s official, it’s comfortable, and you’re still pretty damn excited to have this woman on your arm. Valentine’s Day after you’ve said “I love you” is all about reminding her that no one knows her better or cherishes her more than you—and showing it with a killer (read: awesome, sweet and thoughtful all rolled into one) gift.
Save The Date
Looking for the perfect gift to say, “I’m committed to our future,” and “I get you,” at the same time? Snag a pair of tickets to a concert or event that’s months in the future. This could be a sports rivalry game she’s always fired up about or that Fleetwood Mac concert in August. If you can wrap it all up with a small trinket like a band tee or team memorabilia? Even better.
Do Something Together (Duh)
Here at SG HQ, we’re of the mind that experiential gifts are always a good idea.
Now, most of your time together is probably already spent doing what most couples in love do: making dinner, hitting up the farmer’s market, getting your car washed… You know what we mean – all those “We’re in love now so even running errands is romantic and fun” activities that get turned into a romcom’s montage scene set to a Katy Perry song.
For Valentine’s Day, though, it’s time to take it up a notch. Arrange for a special, not-so-everyday activity or date that’s prime for making lasting memories. If you guys love to ski, buy a couple of lift tickets to your favorite mountain online, and if you can swing it, tie them in with a new pair of gloves or goggles for her. If you both love to cook, why not sign up for a unique cooking class like “Great Pizza at Home” or “Korean Pancakes” (both offered at The Pantry in Seattle).
If The Shoe Fits
Blame Carrie Bradshaw: There are few things a woman loves more than a great pair of shoes…besides you, of course. She definitely loves you more than shoes. I hope.
Shoes actually make a killer gift, since 1) the only sizing you need to worry about can be deduced by a quick peek at her insole, and 2) no one takes it personally if a shoe doesn’t fit.
As for making sure the shoe fits, metaphorically-speaking, that depends. Does she rock stilettos on the regular? Is she kind of a sneaker head? Show her just how well you know her taste with a classic pair of heels from her favorite designer or some limited edition Nikes Dunks.
Hunt Down A Treasure
Track down something rare or collectible in her favorite genre. Maybe her favorite book is The Age of Innocence and your local bookshop has a first edition printing. If she’s been a Beatles fan since she was a kid, check your local record store for a vintage poster or vinyl pressing of her favorite album.
Don’t know where to start? There are plenty of online destinations that can help you find first edition printings, signed copies and rare records. (Try Abebooks.com or even Barnes & Noble for books, and that old standby, eBay, for all kinds of collectible pieces.)
Think Outside The (Blue) Box
For the woman who love jewelry (cough cough that’s most of us cough cough), skip the pavé diamond heart pendant and show your love with a unique piece from a smaller brand or independent designer.
A quick glance at her dresser (or, you know: her neck, wrists and fingers) should give you a good idea of whether she likes big, statement pieces or more petite, personal jewelry. Either way, treating her to something she’ll truly want to wear all the time ensures she thinks of you every time she puts it on.
To get you started… We’re obsessed with the alphabet rings from Brooklyn-based boutique Catbird (which you can also buy online), the cool cuffs and rings from from Giles & Brother as well as the sweet and dainty pieces from Jennifer Meyer (like this je t’aime necklace).
What’s the most romantic thing you’ve done for a woman you care about?
Taylor Davies is a fashion and menswear editor in New York City and occasional contributor to Style Girlfriend. She lives for croissants and swears by an Old Fashioned. You can find her blogging here and ‘gramming here.
And don’t miss our earlier Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: For When You’ve Said, “I Do”