If you’re newly dating someone cute, but you’re not exactly sure what’s happening, go for something sweet and simple: a plant, a cute card, or two slices of pizza at the movies.
Happy Galentine’s Day! If you want to surprise your best friend with a treat, consider a cool candle that smells like ivy greens, Glossier’s new-and-improved bee-stung lipstick, or a facial together at cult-favorite Heyday.
If little kids are always banging on the bedroom door saying they desperately need to tell you something (what? just ours?), and you want a shot of romance in your marriage, these candlesticks are so, so beautiful for intimate dinners. Meanwhile, Alex requests salami for every gift for every occasion, and Olympia Provisions is coming in hot with this heart box. LAST BUT DEFINITELY NOT LEAST, we are losing our minds in the office over this hands-free vibrator because omgomgomg.
For those in long-distance relationships who miss each other like crazy, you could send Ovenly’s salty heart cookie with funny sayings, gorgeous flowers from Urban Stems (they always get it just right), or a weekend getaway to look forward to.
What if you don’t care about Valentine’s Day but still want to be sweet? Pick out a book you know they’ll love, or sneakily swap out an old showerhead with this massage number. You could also make his or her favorite childhood dish. (As reader Kim says, “There was a five-year period of my childhood where I exclusively ate chicken fingers and caesar salad. A few weeks after telling my husband this story, I came home to an ‘elevated’ childhood dinner of buttermilk chicken tenders and a kale caesar with shaved parmesan and homemade croutons.” Hat tip!)
Thoughts? How do you usually approach Valentine’s Day?
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(Illustrations by Alessandra Olanow for Cup of Jo. Pizza photo by Alex Lau for Bon Appetit.)