Valentine's Day Gifts For Every Kind of Relationship

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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

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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.
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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.)
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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.


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For Roomies

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

Give magnetic poetry!
Mix and match accordingly.
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For the Engaged

(Or soon-to-be.)

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


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For New Parents

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

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


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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?

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