Valentine's Gift Guide!

I'll admit that I'm not the best at these types of things... I've received several emails, FormSpring questions and Tumblr Asks about the art of gifting on Valentine's and I promised to try and post on it. To be quite honest, I go the same route every year (a bit different, of course, but still...). What I mean by that is I really like to do a "gift basket" of sorts. Doesn't have to be a legitimate basket, but I like to get a bunch of little things and put them together to create one larger gift.

I should also preface this by saying Valentine's Day is my favorite holiday of the year. Seriously. Of all of them. It's my favorite. Even when I was single, I loved it. The reds and pinks and hearts everywhere! Flowers galore and mushy goodness... I'm a fan! But sometimes the gift giving can be a bit tricky because maybe you've only been dating for a week, maybe you're not official, maybe he has everything or maybe your lady really hates the holiday? Well here are a few ideas that I've curated and maybe they'll work for you, too!

These are appropriate for him or her... significant others or just friends! Photogs, type nerds, and people on the go!

Who? The Photog Who Loves Coffee
What? A Nikon (or Canon!) Lens coffee mug + a supply of their favorite coffee!
Where? Photojojo (and your local supermarket)

Who? The Beer Lover
What? All Natural Vegan Beer and Cedarwood Soap
Where? Etsy

Who? The Rustic Romantic
What? A Repurposed Barn Door Hand-Carved Love Plaque
Where? Etsy

Who? Someone On The Go!
What? A messenger bag or backpack from Fossil
Where? Fossil

Who? Anyone Special!
What? Optometrist-style Valentine's Print
Where? Etsy

Who? Your Biking Pal
What? A Tandem Bicycle Print on a Repurposed Book Page
Where? Etsy

Who? The Graphic Designer or Type Nerd
What? Vintage Type Wood Blocks
Where? Etsy

Who? Your Gal with Stretched Ears
What? Pink and Floral Plugs
Where? BMA Modified

If you're still not sold on items like this or if you want to avoid going the online route, try doing what I always do! Grab a bag or basket or box nearby, fix it up with some fancy stuffing, add in your love's favorite candies, sweet treats, handmade coupons (think: Good For One Back Rub, or You-Pick Movie Night), their favorite DVD! You can even bake them cupcakes or cookies!

I find that little things like that go a long way! I think Valentine's Day should be used as a day to show your partner that you love them and you know them. Try to think of things that are a little less "expected"! Maybe their favorite movie from when they were younger? Their favorite candy? Make sure it comes across that you listen to them and you "get it."

Etsy is also a great resource for one of a kind prints for your special one! Not only will you get a custom piece of art, you'll also get to decorate your living space, too!

What is the best Valentine's gift you've received? What about given?


  1. lovin your ideas.

    ok, this might sound strange but i think cheese and chocolate together would be awesome! like a whole basket?

  2. What cute ideas!

    This year has been so busy so far that I can hardly believe Valentine's Day is less than a week away!

    I gave my dad the Nikon mug for Christmas [he's always the hardest to shop for!] Normally he'll say thank you and then jokingly berate me for spending money on him, but this year, he seemed to really like it and appreciate the thoughtfulness behind it.

  3. Love these sweet ideas, especially number one. ♥


  4. Thats so funny, I just bought one of those coffee mugs for my man. I can't wait to get it in the mail!!

  5. I'm in love with the Vintage Type Wood Blocks and the fossil bags! Great ideas!

  6. I bought some beer soap for myself one time. My bf at the time just said "What a waste of beer!"

  7. LOL, I totally thought the soap was fudge...XD

  8. those plugs are adorable! If I had stretched ears I'd probably want those plugs.
    Totally recommend any type of bag from Fossil. I have a messenger bag in the loveliest caramel colored leather.
    LOVE IT!

  9. I love these ideas! I really think that the "gift basket" idea is great. You can put things that the person you're giving it to likes, plus a few things that you like. That way they will be able to try something new. I know I would probably include a bag of coffee or a box of peppermint tea! :)

    I think that one of the best valentine's day gifts I've ever received was a set of Nancy Drew books from my Mum and Dad. I loved Nancy Drew so much! It makes me want to read the series again! :)

    Also, those plugs are beautiful! I just started stretching my ears (I'm at 16gs), but I am almost tempted to buy them so when I do get to the size I want, I will have them! Decisions, decisions! ;)

  10. I love all of them. very sweet yet unique :)

  11. Those stretchers make me wish I had the balls to gage my ears....
    They're so beautiful!
    Great finds as always!
    -Cara Mason

  12. Good call, Kaelah! I would never be able to come up with such good finds/ideas.

    Those plugs have been on my must-have list for a while now. And I keep seeing them everywhere. My one ear is being stubborn and won't stretch as fast. Waiting...impatiently!

  13. i like u. ur a cool chic with killer taste in music and a unique style. glad i stumbled across this killer blog!


  14. That mug kills me every time I see it. It's a must have.

  15. I bought my boyfriend that camera lens mug last year for his birthday :) if i buy him anything camera or cooking utensil related, he is SOOOoooo happy. so cute :)

    xo Moorea

  16. Finally, when planning a trip for Valentine’s Day it is very important to make sure you select a location which both you and your partner will really appreciate.


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