Buying romantic Valentine’s gifts for her only gets more difficult as time passes. But that difficulty represents a reason to make the effort not only to find something but to find something that demonstrates real appreciation and sustained attraction. The goal, when you’re looking for the best Valentine’s Day gifts for her, or simply romantic gifts for her?
Finding an unexpected gift that triggers a feeling adjacent to the initial thrill she got from the idea that you wanted her. What’s required is a little creativity and a little risk-taking (also, a semi-decent wrapping job). The articles below are, in essence, tribute. And that’s entirely the point. If you wouldn’t leave it as an offering at a large but tasteful shrine to your wife or partner’s best qualities, it’s just not romantic enough to make the cut.
Alain de Botton’s excellent book How To Think About Sex More is worthy reading for anyone struggling — as your wife likely is — with the fuzzy handcuffs of monogamy. But the title is a bit on the nose. Better to ramp up to that work with Small Pleasures, a slight tome from England’s reigning poet/philosopher of the domestic. What is long term love but the serial sharing of short term pleasures? What is more deserving of our attention?
There’s no greater joy than being comfortable in one’s home and no better means of accomplishing this than slipping into a cashmere sweatsuit. This relatively simple offering from State checks all the boxes (◻soft, ◻attractive, ◻clingy in a good way). Once she puts it on, you’ll struggle to get her to take it off. But that’s how the game goes.
Put the kids to bed, and take a bath together.
There are bath salts you buy at CVS. And then there’s this luxury blend, made up of Dead Sea salts and clay, coupled with essential oils of cedar atlas, neroli, geranium, calendula, Moroccan blue tansy, and bergamot. It’s a gift for both of you.
Over the course of her 27-year tenure as Vogue’s Creative Director, Grace Coddington became cultural standard bearer for a romance on par with Shelley or Degas. Coddington’s art direction favored the sumptuous — and, naturally, the expensive — but story was at the core of her work, which inevitably featured female protagonists caught in flagrante and in love. Under the unfortunate cover of this collection lies the stuff of fantasy, glimpses into what ardor looks like in the absence of logistics.
There is such a thing as a practical romantic gesture. Research suggests that mothers in general and new mothers in particular often feel “touched out.” In essence, they overdose on non-sexual intimacy. The solution? Create some boundaries. Encourage some time alone. Give mom a means of escape. The sign is really just a commitment to ensuring that she has time alone, which will, in turn, lead to time together.
There’s nothing better than feeling warm, rich, and — if circumstance permits it — medieval. There’s a reason that fake fur blankets have been proliferating out the cold confines of the mid-century modern mafias minimalized mansionettes: Netflix and warm beats Netflix and chill any time. Want to make the blanket extra special for a mom? Dictate that it is hers and only hers. A little ownership can make anyone feel regal.
Left unpolished, even gold turns dull. All the more reason to invest time and energy in making sure that her ring (remember the gut punch looking at that receipt) is all shined up — as it should be. The key here is not to wrap the present. The present is you looking after the ring. It’s a metaphor. She’ll get it. Bonus: This thing cleans and sanitizes eyeglasses, toothbrushes, and razors.
The good times roll, which is how they get away from us. All the more reason to take captured moments and present them beautifully. It’s tempting, to be sure, to skimp on frames. Like pillows and divorce lawyers, they seem illogically expensive. A really great piece, however, can make a massive difference. This platinum-plated number from L’Objet feels specific and celebratory, but not saccharine, which is good enough reason to stomach the price.
The couple that plays together stays together — not because toys make a difference, but because communication does. By leaning into the strangeness of gifting someone a vibrator (albeit one that allows you to get a buzz on as well), you’re also leaning into a conversation about sex and reaffirming your commitment to keeping the bed alive.
By and large, fake flowers are a bad call. No one wants a rayon cloth rose. That said, flowers are very nice and, more specifically, flowers in the bathroom are very nice. These silk hydrangeas look real, go nicely in a simple vase, and can really dress up a toilette. Keep them next to the Poo-Pourri. Better yet, keep them in front of the Poo-Pourri.
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