Forget boring bunches of flowers and caches of conventional chocolates. This Valentine’s Day, surprise your sweetheart with a gift that’ll last longer than it takes to make a dinner reservation at that fancy joint she loves. Find something she’ll really love almost as much as she loves you – almost. Whether your girl is a little bit quirky, a classic beauty or a fashion-loving trendsetter, shower her with something special from the E.S.P. Eat. See. Play. Valentine’s Day Gift Guide.
For the Fashionista
Heather Grey Rock Heart Tank
While you think your girl looks best in one of your button-ups, she can also rock a tee like nobody’s business. And since any ol’ top won’t do, all you need to know is one name: Alexander McQueen (of royal wedding dress fame). Their Heather Grey Rock Heart Tank has a relaxed fit and is printed with a black heart-and-skull graphic, mixing romance with a little bit of danger – something you like to think reflects your relationship. Oh, and it’s made in Italy, which you’re pretty sure is a very fashionable place.
For the Bath Buff
Yves Rocher’s Cocooning Kit
Although you’re barely able to pronounce all the products lining the shelves of her medicine cabinet, you do know they make her smell pretty great and her skin really soft. Instead of questioning that magic, help her pamper herself with Yves Rocher’s Cocooning Kit. Infused with organic Moroccan argan (ar·gan) oil, the oriental soap, shower oil and clay mask included in this set will leave her skin and hair feeling soft and silky. The delicate texture and subtle smell help recharge and relax the mind and body without any long trips to the spa. Fortunately, you don’t have to be able to pronounce it to know how much she loves it.
For the Sneaker Seeker
Converse Floral Lace-Ups
Since you can’t even begin to understand how women walk in heels and you’re tired of acting like her pseudo walking stick, it’s time to buy her a great pair of kicks. Add the requisite V-Day flowers to the equation with a pair of Converse Floral Lace-Ups that are emblazoned with a dark floral pattern that’s more Victorian romance than Grandma’s couch cover. These kicks marry style and function with the trademark Converse rubber sole and soft interior creating a comfy shoe that can walk 500 miles and then 500 more just to be that man to walk 1000…we think you get the point.
For the Sweet-Smelling Lady
Oh, Lola! from Marc Jacobs
Price: From $73.94
As your girlfriend reminded you last year with a pack of wintergreen breath strips, not all Valentine’s Day gifts have to be completely selfless. Fortunately, good perfume is the gift that will make your lady feel sexier and make you swoon like Pepé Le Pew. Oh, Lola! from Marc Jacobs blends fruity aromas like wild strawberry, pear and raspberry, with classic scents like sandalwood, vanilla, magnolia and tonka bean (we had to Google that last one, too). Packaged in an elegant bottle that screams “I swear I didn’t buy this at Walgreen’s on my way home from work today,” Oh, Lola! is a gift you’ll both love.
For the Bling Obsessed
Gold Braided Rop Miki Ring from Aurélie Bidermann
Despite their desperate attempts to hide it, the best-kept secret out there is that women love jewelry. As you take a moment to let that jaw-dropper sink in, we’ll point you in the right direction with the Gold Braided Rope Miki Ring from Aurélie Bidermann. This eye-catching, wide-band ring is plated in 18k gold and, best of all, is unique enough that she won’t suspect it’s an engagement ring for even a second. Checking off the three most important criteria (18K gold, over $100, French), this is one ring you won’t need to consult about with her best friend.
For Treating Yourself
Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist
Price: From $8.10
Contrary to the Facebook posts of your friend’s significant others, there is no actual award for “Best Boyfriend Ever.” But that doesn’t mean your loyalty, spontaneity and overall awesomeness isn’t worthy of some kind of reward. So after you purchased a worthy gift for your lady, treat yourself to a small something (upstaging her gift with a better gift for yourself is not great form), like Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist by Tim Federle. If you enjoy a drink and are even somewhat well-read (and judging by your Internet reading patterns, you obviously are), you’ll enjoy the clever wordplay and wry commentary in this book full of recipes, literary analysis, drinking games, bar bites and more.
By Jesse Husid and Arielle Sachar