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.
Our undergarments might have taken a backseat in 2020, but with a new year upon us, we're feeling inspired to reprioritize our most intimate clothing layer — especially in time for Valentine's Day. Because hey, what better way to kickstart a season of self-love than by treating yourself to a confidence-boosting set of lingerie?
We turned to trusted intimates brand Adore Me to set us straight on trends for the year ahead, featuring size-inclusive bodysuits, romantic bustiers, lacy babydoll styles, and everything in between. Luxe sets start at $24.95 with free shipping and exchanges, and if you're not sure what style would work best for you, Adore Me has an at-home styling service called the Elite Box. You can try everything on from the comfort and safety of your home, keep what you love, and send back the rest totally hassle-free. Need more to pique your interest? Scroll ahead to see the silky lingerie and loungewear pieces we're adding to our cart.
Adore Me Svana Contour Set ($24.95): You can't go wrong with this playful satin cherry print and lace design.
Adore Me Luana Camisole & Short Set ($24.95): It was about time for a PJ upgrade, and this silky set is perfect for sweet dreamin' and lounging around the house.
Adore Me Gynger Unlined Set ($24.95): Va-va-voom! Hands-down the sexiest piece in the collection, this bra boasts a fiery red bow and skin-showing cups — literally confidence in a bra!
Adore Me Evetta Unlined Set ($24.95): This barely-there flouncy lace set is for when you'd almost rather wear nothing at all.
Adore Me Desirae Robe ($24.95): Take your self-care to the next level with this so-soft robe with subtle lace detailing.
Adore Me Clarisse Unlined Bodysuit ($24.95): This floral lace bodysuit with adjustable attached garters is straight out of our lingerie fantasy.
Adore Me Charlize Unlined Set ($24.95): If plum is more your power color, you'll love this sheer lace set.
Adore Me Helene Cheeky Plus (5 for $20): Our underwear drawer needs a little TLC too, and these comfy undies with coverage are the answer.
Adore Me Kaia Contour Plus Set ($24.95): Cutouts are all the rage, so why not have them in your underwear too?
Adore Me Kaia Contour Set ($24.95): Oh, and it comes in fire engine red — yes, please!
Adore Me Clarisse Bodysuit ($24.95): If you weren't sure about bodysuits, let this classic style change your mind.
Adore Me Corina Push Up Bustier ($24.95): Like more volume in the cleavage area? This sexy corset situation is for you.