Valentine’s Day might be the worst but romance is not. Here’s how to give a romantic gift—on February 14th or any day of the year—that fuels the fire, instead of igniting a blowout fight. Step one: know which cliches are fair game. Teddy bears are generally a bad idea, chocolates will work just fine, and sex toys are appropriate on a case-by-case basis (if you have to think about it, don’t do it). These gifts should go over exceptionally well; while they’re typical, they’re also the kind of crowd-pleasers that get the job done.
1. Flowers That Don’t Suck
Instead of grabbing an $8.99, cellophane-wrapped bouquet at the bodega or grocery store, upgrade to a real-deal arrangement from an actual florist. It’ll be bigger, more beautiful, and possibly come with a nice vase. It’ll also win you quadruple romance points. To order something that will really blow your partner away, check out these tips from real-life florists. Hint: baby’s breath is to be avoided at all costs.
2. A Serious Piece of Jewelry
If you’re going to go the jewelry route on Valentine’s Day, good for you. Even better if you spend more than $50 and/or buy your partner something you know they really want—like a dope signet ring from David Yurman—instead of whatever sparkly thing the Internet told you to buy. One note: If marriage is on the table, avoid rings altogether. Not proposing on Valentine’s Day is perfectly respectable, but pulling a ring box out of your pocket and having it not be an engagement ring is just cruel.
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