If you’re still showing up to your date on Valentine’s Day date with chocolate in one hand and flowers in the other, you’re doing it wrong. Not only will they wilt and be devoured within a day, tops, but they lack in creativity. Instead, say “I love you and want to contribute to your life in some meaningful way” with practical romantic gifts they’ll actually use for years to come.
Pampered and practical
If their beard leaves your skin feeling like you’ve undergone a surprise microdermabrasion session, treat them to this Art of Shaving Gift Set complete with pre-shave oil, shaving cream, after-shave balm, a brush and 5-blade razor to guarantee a shave smoother than a baby’s bottom every time. Let them skip vacuum day with the help of the Beard Bib. Seal it with a kiss—and the Beautyhabit Martial Vivot Beard & Face Oil loaded with antioxidant-rich CQ10 and nourishing hemp seed oil.
Toss out their old dollar store bath products and swap them for the Lush Life bathing kit so full of cruelty-free cleansing goodies it’ll last them the better part of a decade. Who knows, the Lip Service rich beeswax balm might be the treatment they need to get down to business.
A couple’s massage lasts an hour, but a massage chair lives forever. The Brookstone S6 Shiatsu Massaging Seat Topper turns any chair into a therapeutic, tension-releasing experience—even that ratty old rocking chair.
Setting the mood is crucial, too. Whereas candles melt and tip over, the Moodo smart home fragrance diffuser connects to Bluetooth allowing you to craft the perfect hazard-free scent, be it Neroli Citrus or Floral Musk—fire hazard not included.
Wear their heart on your sleeve
Before hectic days, it often takes an army to fall asleep. The Plum Pretty Sugar Floral Robe and Eye Mask Set is the sweetest way to wish them sweet dreams (and maybe, just maybe, land a starring role in them).
They say fewer things are more offensive than gifting someone a treadmill, but that doesn’t hold true for a pair of super-sturdy hiking shoes that you can both enjoy together. The Merrell Men’s Ontario Mid Waterproof hiking boots feel lightweight enough to carry you through those uphill battles, with breathable mesh fabric to reduce sweat and odor (which are never fun during your post-hike romantic date). Don’t forget the ever-necessary Wilderness Rucksack made of waterproof wax canvas for those larger-commitment hikes.
If you can’t be together IRL, quite literally wear your partner around your wrist. It sounds weird, but hear us out. The Bond Touch Long Distance Couples Bracelet Set prompts a vibration on the other bracelet when you touch your bracelet’s screen. You can even create your own romantic secret code. For example, five taps might mean “Can you pick up toilet paper?”
To have and to hold
Some people don’t realize that stuffing all your belongings (gym clothes included) in a plastic bag isn’t going to cut it. For the active busy bee, they’ll be thankful to use a Swim Outlet Nike Large Training Duffle every day from the office to the gym and to the grocery store to cut down on single-use plastic.
To help facilitate your mid-commute check-in conversations, get them the 3-in-1 Dashboard Car Phone Holder that’ll prevent their precious phone from falling under the gas pedal (that’s one way to watch your entire life flash before your eyes).
The way to their heart is through the stomach
Having your entire home smell like delivery is basically an aphrodisiac. Give them the gift of anytime-pizza with the Sharper Image Pizza Box Oven that allows you to whip up your favorite pie in less time than it takes to pre-heat the oven, no matter how you slice it. If you’re lucky, they might even offer you a bite.
Speaking of slicing, every budding and accomplished chef knows that behind every great meal is a great set of knives. The Fleischer and Wolf Seville 7-Piece Knife Block Set will have them julienning their way to your obligatory Valentine’s Day dinner in no time. Plus, from a design perspective, there’s something incredibly sleek about a bunch of linear stacked knives nesting in a minimalist block.
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