Ready to make their heart flutter? Whether you’re looking for romantic gift ideas or tips on how to sweep them off their feet, “Your Trusted Cupid” brings you top-notch advice from relationship experts. This Valentine’s Day, step outside the heart-shaped box and treat your loved one to 14 Valentine’s Day gifts for a holiday they’ll never forget.

Picture of Magnificent Roses gift

Valentine’s Day. Who doesn’t look forward to the prospect of a heartfelt love letter scribbled on a pink-and-red paper heart? Add to that pastel-colored candychocolate truffles, and flowers, and Feb. 14 might well be considered the most romantic day of the year.

But after nearly two years of social distancing, masks, and the daily onslaught of glum news, don’t you agree we need more than a single day to celebrate love? In fact, the time to rewrite the rules of this festive occasion has never been better. If Christmas can have 12 days, it stands to reason that Valentine’s Day can — and should — have 14 days of romance dedicated to its commemoration. But before we completely reinvent this holiday, let’s talk about why it’s necessary.

Love in the time of Covid

The pandemic has blurred the boundaries that once clearly defined our lives at home, work, and school. Relationship expert and TikTok influencer, Eros Miranda, stresses the importance of making connections during these unprecedented times. “How can we use this holiday to come closer together?” poses Miranda. He suggests learning more about our partner’s needs.​ 

“Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to learn our love language,” says Miranda. “Maybe they want a partner who is closer to them more often. Maybe they want a partner that whenever they are feeling anxious, they can have a little extra help. This is a growth opportunity. Learn about each other’s love language, see how they want to love, and look at the holiday as an opportunity to see how you want to be loved.​”

What better way to reignite the love in 2022 than with a new 14-day Valentine’s tradition.

14 days of romance

There are many ways to approach this novel idea, but what’s most important is to make it personal to your particular circumstances. Here are some ideas:

  • Give a Valentine’s Day gift to your significant other every day from February 1st to the 14th. Is that not true love or what?
  • Spread the love around and give one gift each to 14 special people in your life. Recipients might include a love interest in addition to those on your Allentine’s Day list, which include a parent, child, grandparent, best friend, work colleague, and so forth.
  • Flying solo this year? That’s okay! Few loves are as important as the love of self — so go ahead and treat the Valentine that is you to 14 Valentine’s Day gifts of self-care during the month of February.

Most of all, embrace the idea that gift-giving is as important to your emotional wellbeing and happiness as it is to the recipients of your kindness and generosity. Here are 14 fabulous Valentine’s Day gift ideas to get you started on your new 14 days of romance tradition:

Valentine's Day roses gift

1. Timeless and traditional

For the classic romantic, you can never go wrong with roses. Red roses are always welcome, but you’ll win bonus points if the bouquet is in your intended’s favorite color.

Picture of British crumpets

2. Breakfast in bed

Treat your special person like British royalty with a breakfast of fluffy crumpets they can enjoy from the comfort of their bed. Don’t forget the Bloody Marys!

Picture of chocolate ganache

3. Chocolat s’il vous plait

If your sweetheart loves chocolate, you’ll find no shortage of options during the month of February. Champagne truffles, chocolate with nuts and caramel, rich dark chocolate, or a signature chocolate collection in a heart-shaped box — don’t you just love the tastes of Valentine’s Day?

Chocolate-covered strawberries for Valentine's Day

4. Decadent strawberries

Pretty Woman paved the way for romantics around the world to woo their love interests with a chic strawberries-and-champagne combo. But if champagne doesn’t fit the mark, we can also suggest the tried-and-true strawberries and chocolate pairing.

Valentine's Day buttercream cookies

5. Baked with love

Homemade baked goods are an especially nice way to express affection. From cupcakes to cookies, your special person will appreciate the thought and effort you put into the offering.

Coffee Lover's Tray

6. For the coffee lover

If your sweetheart loves coffee, it simply doesn’t get better than the gift of gourmet blends. Add a personalized mug, and they’ll enjoy their cup of joe even more.

Vintner's choice classic epicurean charcuterie

7. Charcuterie for your cutie

Gift a beautiful charcuterie board overflowing with fine meats, cheeses, nuts, and fruits. Don’t forget to include the wine.

Handmade glass earrings

8. Handmade from the heart

Who doesn’t love a handmade treasure? From a paper Valentine to a piece of jewelry, handcrafted cards and one-of-a-kind treasures are sure to win over the heart of your beloved.

Move Nite popcorn tin

9. Misty-eyed movie night

Gift your mate to a night of binge-watching their favorite romcoms — just make sure to bring the tissues and the popcorn.

Lobster dinner for two

10. Romantic dinner in

Nothing fosters connection quite like a delicious meal enjoyed in the comfort of your own home. Break out the china and fancy flutes; then dim the lights and enjoy lobster for two. Even better is you didn’t have to turn on the stove by having the meal delivered.

Valentine's Day gift heart necklace

11. Baubles, bangles, and beads

Give your honey a bit of shine and sparkle that they will cherish for years to come. It need not be extravagant — it only must come from the heart.

True Love Valentine Gift Basket

12. Fun for foodies

Is gifting food ever a bad idea? We think not. Send your favorite foodie something unique and special that you know they’ll enjoy—be it meat and cheeses or caviar.

Pink plantable seed paper bouquet

13. For the no-frills DIYer

A hug and 14 handwritten IOU coupons that they can exchange for special treats during February, including a dinner out, a foot rub, a DIY plant project you can do together, or a weekend getaway.

I Love You Personalized Heart Teddy Bear

14. Warm and fuzzy

Finally, don’t forget the littlest Valentine’s in your life! Teddy bears and other plush cuties are the perfect way to send your sweet ones off to sleep with a smile.

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Author

Rebecca Razo has over 20 years of experience in book and magazine publishing, editorial project management, and content creation. She has overseen the creative development of hundreds of books, and she writes across multiple categories, including art, DIY, home decor, lifestyle, and more. Originally from Southern California, Rebecca now lives in the Pacific Northwest where she enjoys hiking, reading, baking, and cuddling with her two dogs and cat.

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