Sure Valentine’s Day was created by Hallmark. Great excuse to dismiss it as amateur hour–especially if you’re a 24-year-old guy. I mean, what self-respecting, manly man wants to admit that he’s whipped on any occasion, let alone one that’s pre-determined by the girliest of all businesses. It’s so predictable.
Well, here’s the thing. Like it or not, if you really want to stand out just give into the gifting and fess up to that hottie you’ve been dating (or maybe the chick that rides the elevator with you daily). I can assure you that 20 years down the road, short of buying your middle-aged wife a silver Tesla, no Valentine’s Day gift is going to be a surefire pipeline to total devotion and all that comes with it (if you know what I mean).
Here are 5 unique ideas that say, “You’re hot”, but don’t necessarily mean you’re ready for marriage. Because, uh, let’s face it. If you have to read this, you’re just not.
Go Classy with Glassy’s:Whether you’re into “love” or “smooch”, GlassyBaby one-of-a-kind votive holders are a great way to say “be mine”. Fill ‘em up with red jelly beans or Guylian Extra Dark Truffles to sweeten the pot. Add to that, Glassybaby’s donating 10% of their sales from their SF store to local hospitals. What a way to say you care.
Keep the Love Coming: You may not be ready for a ring, but how about showing her that you’ve got at least a little commitment in you? Sign up for a 3-6, or even a 12- month gift subscription for a Love with Food box. Every month she’ll receive the best junk-free snacks out there–from Alter Eco Velvet Truffles to Fruit Bliss Figs to I Heart Keenwah clusters— and (even better) she’ll know that you intend to stick around at least that long!
Pamper Her with Tea and Pastries: You got Saturday morning handed to you on a silver platter this year. Make the most of it! Run out to her favorite bakeshop and splurge while she’s still asleep. Cinnamon buns, blueberry scones and the stickiest pecan roll you can find! Prepare a cup of Earl Grey tea to go with it and watch how your day unfolds.
Make Sure Things Gel: Nothing says “you get me” like a pint or two of her favorite gelato. Of course, presenting her with a couple of cute bowls from Fiasco Gelato shop along with the goods turns this statement piece into a legit gift.
Be “Class”-ic: Sign up for cooking classes for the two of you. Wine classes also work. Williams-Sonoma and Sur La Table have a fantastic variety of classes nationwide. Many local colleges do as well. Either way, you’ll set yourselves up for about a half-dozen date nights (caveman speak translation: me show girl want to see her more) and you might even end up with some mad knife skills. End the session with a night of cooking back at your place. This is definitely a gift with staying power.