It’s that time a year again, Valentine’s Day. If you are in a relationship, married or dating someone, you need to step up to the plate and get your sweetie a gift (even if you think of Valentine’s Day as a Hallmark Holiday!). The name of the game on this holiday is always creativity and thoughtfulness, so don’t worry if you are able to break the bank buying something.
Here are some suggestions for fun and unique gifts; there is something for everyone! And, for a chance to win one of these gifts, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me your best romantic date story. I will be selecting one winner every day until February 24nd and I will send you an email if you won!)
For the lady who loves the idea of love:
Some women are just obsessed with the notion of love. I am, but I guess that’s why I am a Matchmaker! If your gal is love-obsessed, be direct and get her “that” bag. I “love’ this denim one from Sondra Roberts with the word “love” on it or this one from Mary Frances that is handmade and tells her she is “loved” by you.
For the woman who lives on the edge of fashion:
These days, black is the still new black when it comes to fashion. If you want to show your gal that you truly understand her style, get her a black handbag like this with a rhinestone skull. Choose the cross body version or the tote from Ahdorned. She will be impressed.
For the woman whose bling is always fashion forward:
If your honey is always stopped at events and asked where she got her earrings or her bracelet, you need to get her a unique item from Rebel Jewels. She will be impressed that you were able to locate such a cutting-edge designer and she will be psyched that you showed up with jewelry that she can brag to her friends about.
For the lady who gives back and loves a little skin:
If your woman is the first to raise her hand to volunteer or donate her money or her time, she will be impressed if you give her a stylish present where 100% of the proceeds go to charity. Try choosing one of these gorgeous Lema J shagreen cuffs for her. She will be eating out of the palm of your hand!
For a woman who has a sweet tooth:
Candy and cupcakes are so 15 minutes ago especially if your lady love is health and body conscious. Instead, get her a handbag that looks like a box of candy or an array of cupcakes. She will styling and will love your playful attitude.
For the lady who is one of a kind:
If your SO loves everything in her world to be one of a kind, the perfect gift for her is a Salvage Sac. Each one is made with vintage towels of yesteryears cartoons and/or brands. You know what she likes- maybe a little Winnie the Pooh on one side and Gucci on the other?
For the lady whose life requires handsfree:
If your love is always in need of her hands, then a perfect gift for her is a stylish phone case that allows her to have her cell phone with her at all times but not in the way. Check out the Bandolier, it’s a stylish wristlet or cross body bag and you can add a thin wallet or card case to boot. She will be beholden to you.
For a beau who loves the kitchen:
If your honey loves to cook. An Instant Pot with a specialized instant pot cookbook by XXX is the perfect gift for him or her. Don’t be surprised if he has been eyeing it for himself but has been too lazy to order it. And the bonus, you get fed too!
For the guy who is a work-out fiend:
He’s mentioned to you in passing, about a million times that he would love to try a Fitbit. So, go ahead and get him something he’s been asking for. The newest and best version these days seems to be the Fitbit Ionic. He will be impressed!
For the woman who styles everything:
If you gal loves everything in her world to be stylish, grab one of these artisan phone chargers or a pair of these crafty headphones from Le Pom Pom. People will be stopping her on the street to ask where she got them and each time, this will make her think of you!
For the guy whose middle name is travel:
Much to your dismay, your guy travels a lot. I know you would like him home more but at least while he’s away, let him constantly be thinking of you when he looks at the personalized Dopp kit from Leatherology you got him for all of his toiletries. This way, you know you have his attention at least two times a day when he brushes his teeth!
For the woman who loves a touch of classic mixed with modern chic:
If your gal is a handbag lady, as most of us are, she will love when you show up with this Heat and Fury handbag. Made in England, which gives it, it’s classic side and made with cowhide, which gives it its style, this is a bag she will carry immediately.
For the significant other who has always wanted to see their name in lights:
If you are with someone who loves playful and kitschy things, get them a Clapperboard, a Lighbox or an “OMG” sign from Locomocean. Make sure you deliver it to her with your own special Valentine’s Day message written right on it. This is personal, sweet and a lot of fun!
For the gal who is always missing summer:
If your honey is always counting the days until summer, a great and unique present for her is a portable Minnidip pool from LaVaca. Sounds funny but it’s really clever, it’s easy to inflate anywhere and it comes in several very fun designs like this Watermelon one. Now all she needs is a Pina Colada and you are golden!
For the gal who kids need to give you the stamp of approval:
If you are dating a woman who has kids, especially daughters, you better buy her brood something for Valentine’s Day too. Her kids are the gatekeepers and buying presents always win brownie points. A cute idea are these Living Royal socks; they come in lots of fun designs and they are all the rage these days!
What else would you love for Valentine’s Day? Please let me know!
Samantha Daniels is a well-known Professional Matchmaker and Dating Expert as well as the founder of The Dating Lounge, the exclusive invitation-only iPhone dating app for upscale people looking for real relationships. The Dating Lounge app focuses on the initial attraction that two people have for each other on a date as well as a person’s deal–breakers and preferences when it comes to dating. This approach ensures that members will have a greater likelihood of long-lasting connections.