5 Types of Valentine’s Day Gifts According to How Long You’ve Been Dating
Buying gifts for bae or (eek) a new crush is always a struggle between choosing sweet trinkets and over-the-top, awkwardness-inducing presents. You want to be thoughtful, but not *too* thoughtful; splurge on something nice, but not *too* nice. Depending on the stage of your relationship (if you’ve even had the DTR talk), the balance between these extremes is even harder to strike. Here at Brit + Co, we’re always game for unique gift ideas. Now, we’ve made it even easier for you to navigate Valentine’s Day DIY gifts and shopping with this breakdown of the type of gift to get your boo based on how long you’ve been dating.
If your relationship is more of a major mutual crush, buy something small.Sonix I Luv Sushi-Themed iPhone Case ($35), awesome Urban Outfitters Avocado Halves Socks ($20, set of three) or a thoughtful book, like The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb and the Killer Companies of the Silicon Valley Are Changing the World by Brad Stone ($32), will A) ensure that you don’t come off as too forward but B) will make them think about you every time they use it. What a win-win! If you feel like it’s too early to buy something, DIY a cute, funny card to make them feel special but not awkward about actually receiving a wrapped-up gift.
If you’re in the lovey-dovey beginning stage, DIY a present.fleece tie-blanket, toiletry bag or personalized emoji beanie. If you’d rather pick something up, opt for some nice alcohol and a mixer to play bartender with on V-Day.
If you’re totally going steady, get sentimental.2sistershandcrafted Custom Cufflinks ($58) or a framed picture of you two will give your boo allllll the V-Day feels. Or, let them know you want to keep making memories with two tickets for something low-key and planning-free, like a concert or trip to a local museum.
If it’s been a year or more, buy them something super nice they’ve been coveting.Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones ($350), The Rager Cooler ($109) with built-in speakers or a trendy CLUSE La Boheme Rose Gold Watch ($99). If you want to create an element of surprise and give a gift that keeps giving, find an awesome subscription box that’ll make them love you every time they receive their monthly package.
5. If you’re in it for the long-haul, go for experiences. If you’re roomies for life or married, choose to gift experiences AKA things that you can plan for, anticipate and remember together. Whether it’s a gift certificate for a cooking class, a booked hotel for a romantic weekend trip or tickets to a game you both love, there’s no better way to celebrate your relationship than spending time together.