Valentine's Day Gifts For Every Kind of Relationship


Now this is how you thank someone for a thoughtful Valentine's Day gift (paparazzi optional)!

Click through to find the perfect present for your sweetheart now.

Kristen Somody Whalen for WWD


For "Fun" Buddies

(AKA the more-than-just-a-friend you occasionally see for things that aren't dinner or drinks.)

Give a super-cool candle!
Mood lighting and subtle fragrance really add something to those 3 am hookups.

For Relationship Honeymooners

(You've been together for less than a year, but more than six months.)

Give something cashmere!
It says you're serious, just not jewelry-level serious. (Yet.)

For Crushes

(You're hoping that first date turns into a second, third and fourth.)

Give movie ticket vouchers!
It's like asking them out without actually doing it.


For Roomies

(Who do other stuff besides just share the rent.)

Give magnetic poetry!
Mix and match accordingly.

For the Engaged

(Or soon-to-be.)

Get fancy perfume/cologne!
Choose carefully—you might be smelling it for the rest of your life.


For New Parents

(But first, hire a babysitter and go out to eat.)

Give them some time alone!
Doing something awesome, of course.

For Unofficial Committed Relationships

(You don't need marriage to define love.)

Give a joke gift that's still sweet!
Conventions aren't your thing, but presents are...right?


For the Empty Nesters

(This isn't your first time at the V-Day rodeo.)

Give fancy versions of practical things!
It shows you know someone in a way chocolates never will. (Unless your spouse is Augustus Gloop.)
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My first episode of Valentine's Day anxiety was in the sixth grade. Having just made the move from elementary to middle school, I expected to celebrate the holiday with an inclusive stay-at-home-mom-hosted party similar to those of my K-through-five years. Instead, rather than the afternoon of lukewarm soda and Funfetti cake I'd hoped for, student council hosted a carnation sale. While billed as a fundraiser, everyone knew it was a popularity contest with very high stakes. Flowers cost $1 each, and were delivered during the last class period of February 14—if nobody loved you, everyone saw. Terrified of public humiliation, I spent the days leading up to the carnation swap wondering if I should secretly order some for myself (hey, it worked for Cher Horowitz!) just in case no one else did.

Thanks to my loyal group of friends, I pulled through with a respectable bouquet, only to learn that V-Day gifting stress never really ends. Because even if you have a special someone or are in a relationship, there's the whole matter of finding the perfect caring-but-not-cheesy, available-but-not-needy, romantic-but-not-clichéd present for the person you love/like/are-hoping-to-get-lucky-with-later-that-night. And frankly, carnations don't cut it for couples over 13 years of age.

Above, I've included some ideas that have been tested and approved by either me or people I trust. Click through to get shopping now, while you still have time—you do don't want to be that person rushing bum-rushing Hallmark on February 13, do you?

The Holly Bush

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