How to Win Valentine's Day

How to Win Valentine's Day

How to Win
Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is upon us and if you're in a relationship, there's a certain expectation that attention must be paid. Your affection cannot, of course, be measured in dollars and cents. Then again, show up empty-handed and you'll undoubtedly find yourself in the doghouse. The struggle is real—have you been together long enough for jewelry? Not long enough? What we do know is that you don't have to go nuts on silly, frilly Cupid-themed crap. So step away from the oversized drugstore teddy bear. Think outside the (heart shaped) box and pick up something that they'd actually like. We've put together a range of options for every stage of a relationship, along with some helpful tips on pulling off an authentically romantic (read: non-stressful, non-hokey) night.

Gifts for Her

Diamond slice necklace,
$140 / $111.98 by Julia Szendrei

Lugano rose gold watch,
$315 by Larsson & Jennings

Beaumont ring,
$150 by Pamela Love

A modern, lighter interpretation of the classically feminine scent

No. 5 Eau Premiere perfume,
$76 by Chanel

Italian cashmere sweater,
$188 by J.Crew

Northern star cuff,
$195 by Elizabeth and James

Organic cotton spa robe,
$98 by Coyuchi

Leather tote,
$158 by Madewell

Printed jersey pajama set,
$120 by Eberjey

Cherry bomb sunglasses,
$55 by Quay Australia

Gifts for Him

Personalized brass comb,
$40 by Izola

"Secret Plots and Alibis" notebook,
$98 by Stag

Brass cuff,
$78 by Craighill

Full-range stereo speakers deliver rich sound, plus a subwoofer with passive radiator delivers an added punch of bass

Bluetooth speaker,
$158 by Sony

Coffey grain Japanese whisky,
$68 / $64.99 by Nikka

Flyknit racer sneakers,
$150 by Nike

Canfield watch,
$650 by Shinola

Rugged twill briefcase,
$325 by Filson

Cypress fig candle,
$30 by Apolis

Smart battery iPhone case,
$99 by Apple


This is not the occasion to show up with flowers that came home with you from the grocery store. The Bouqs has quickly established itself as a popular service among the modern style set thanks to their easy-to-order, garden-inspired arrangements. But if you're crunched for time or for cash, just head to you local flower shop. Tell them your budget, even if it's just a few bucks and have them walk you through some options. Choose a single flower varietal and tell the florist you want a tight bouquet. When you're only buying a few stems, they'll ensure that they're quality.

The Meal

First off, skip the restaurant. The dining rooms are always over-crowded. There are cheesy, overpriced "romantic" specials you're forced to share. And you often feel rushed, so the next reservation can be sat at your table as soon as you put down your fork. So what's a gentleman to do? "Take matters into your own hands and cook something nice at your place," says Dorian Burns-Coyne, founder of Blade & Skillet. We asked him for a Valentine's Day game plan and he's provided everything you need, from a delicious dinner and wine pairings to dessert.

the Heart-Shaped Box

If you're going to go for some candy, don't make it an afterthought. Leave the oversized novelty boxes at the drugstore and spring for some quality artisanal chocolates. Here, a few of our current favorites:

Smoked cocoa nib brittle from Olive & Sinclair in Nashville, TN

Honey and fennel pollen truffles from Sixth Course in San Francisco, CA

Bacon salted caramels from Little John's Candies in Los Angeles, CA

Cognac truffles from La Maison du Chocolat in Paris, France