Celebrating the Day of Love: A List of Heartfelt and Unique Valentine's Day Gifts

By Kathryn Simmons on February 12, 2013

Photo Courtesy of blog MintStyle

February is the month of pink and red hearts. Romance is in the air, and stores are filled with a wide selection of roses, chocolate, jewelry, and stuffed animals holding hearts that bear the phrase “I love you.” These are the staples of Valentine’s Day. This is the one day of the year that singles dread and the one day that couples run out and search frantically for the perfect gift, a gift that is thoughtful and will capture that special someone’s heart all over again.

However, staples of this day aren’t as thoughtful and heartfelt as you may think. Sure, they are sweet, but they are also commonplace and cliché. If you want to get your significant other’s heart to really melt and to remember this Valentine’s Day, here’s a list of 20 unique gift ideas. Some even have a twist on the classics–and most won’t break the bank.

  1. Write “I love you because…” notes to place in balloons; blow them up and spread them throughout your bedroom for your Valentine to capture each message. Or, for more fun, give or hide them at various points during your date.
  2. Plan a picnic in the park where you can watch the sunset and then look at the stars.
  3. Dedicate and register a specific day to your significant other. Included in the package is a framed certificate and an online profile you can personalize with photos, videos, his/her favorite song, and a message from you.
  4. Make a scrapbook that can hold pictures and mementos that mean something to both of you.
  5. Give your Valentine a mixed CD of songs. You may even want to add a recording of a special message of your own in there.
  6. Create a drink or dessert together, trying all kinds of ingredients. Be sure to record the ingredients so you can make it again the following year.
  7. Draw some inspiration from the classic love story of Romeo + Juliet and get your significant other a lovers chest filled with vanilla-scented rose petals, a bag of Valentine gems, three milk chocolate roses, and a poem by William Shakespeare.
  8. Make dinner for your Valentine, soft music playing in the background, and then go out dancing or go see a local band.
  9. Harness your inner writer and create a story for your love. If you maintain a blog, dedicate a post to honor that person.
  10. If that special someone loves chocolate, take him/her on a chocolates tour. Ask for a behind-the-scenes tour from your local chocolate purveyor.
  11. Write a message that can withstand time. A message in a bottle can do just that, and Timeless Message will place yours in a custom heart shaped bottle filled with rose petals.
  12. Plan a progressive dinner. Have appetizers at her place, the main course at his, and dessert at your favorite restaurant or pastry shop.
  13. Name a star after your significant other.
  14. Take a hint from the movie “The One”—great movie, by the way—and ask a local pastry shop if they can shut down for 30 minutes, or even provide a private room, for you love birds to share your favorite pastries. I know I always have a “hankering for an éclair.”
  15. Create an at-home spa. Fill a basket with candles, rose petals, a face mask, and bubble bath. Heat up towels for drying off, and then give your significant other a massage and foot rub.
  16. Guys—give your girlfriend a gift card for a manicure, pedicure, massage, or you can mix and match.
  17. Girls—go out of your way to make the day full of his favorites.
  18. Make homemade chocolate strawberries together.
  19. Recreate your first date.
  20. Hook up your iPod to a portable speaker. Carry it with you to a romantic hideaway and go dancing. Or, combine this with a date at your favorite restaurant, and ask your Valentine to dance right there in the parking lot.

I hope you’re able to get inspired by this list and create something truly unique and memorable for your Valentine. It may just be the best one yet!

I am a Clemson University alumna and a current grad student at the University of South Carolina--yes, you read that right. I am the Vice President of a non-profit organization that is devoted to service. I also market for them in addition to others who let me take them on as clients. I love art and graphic design, reading, traveling, spending time with friends and family, anything Castle (the TV show!) and singing.

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