Cupid’s arrow strikes again—Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! For newly engaged or newlywed couples, this holiday calls for an extra special celebration. Whether you’re going out for a fancy dinner, having an intimate at-home date night, or hitting the road for a weekend getaway, there are a few things that can make Valentine’s Day that much more romantic, starting with the right gift.
To help you prepare for the day of love, I’m sharing a variety of sweet—and sultry—items that make for simple yet thoughtful Valentine’s Day gifts, no matter the type of celebration. I should also mention that these are all tested and approved by me (and my partner)—and as a shopping writer whose job it is to research and try the highest quality products on the market, I stand by these recommendations.
From a sexy lingerie ensemble to my go-to perfume and a clever take on a traditional gift, read on for the best Valentine’s Day gifts for every type of couple and occasion.
Let’s be honest, it’s not Valentine’s Day without lingerie. So, surprise your love with this fiery red teddy by luxury lingerie brand, Journelle. The intricate lace design speaks for itself, while the halterneck closure and the delicate front bow accent create subtle yet sweet details. What sold me on this piece, though, is the plunging V-neckline and open-back design.
Price at time of publish: $95
Valentine’s Day presents the perfect opportunity to go deeper with your partner and get to know each other a little better. This couples’ card game prompts you to build on your already special connection with 150 questions and wild card tasks. You’ll be asked to share things like “What do you think my perfect date night would be?” and “What do we have in this relationship that you never thought was possible?” This is the ultimate date-night-in activity—and I’m saying that from my own experience.
Price at time of publish: $21
Get your partner (and yourself) in the mood by rolling on a bit of this unisex pheromone perfume. The oil-based formula blends with your skin’s PH to create a one-of-a-kind scent that’s especially alluring. Trust me, it works.
Price at time of publish: $17
My partner and I keep gifts simple for Valentine’s Day, as we prefer to celebrate the holiday by splurging on a nice dinner or outing together. Instead of a luxury gift, I’m giving him this double-sided picture frame and filling it with two of our favorite photos together—one from our anniversary trip to Honolulu and a silly one on the back that he can turn to when he needs a good laugh.
Price at time of publish: $19
Dressing up is part of what makes going out with your boo so fun, and what’s better than a sumptuous new outfit to hit the town. For this Valentine’s Day, I ordered a chic matching pant set from Princess Polly, which I’ll be pairing with an oversized leather jacket and heels. It also comes in a luxe satin black finish if you prefer a silkier look, as well as an array of other colorful options.
Price at time of publish: $60
Treat your spouse to a luxury Eau de Parfum that’s oh-so-intoxicating. I recently got this warm and spicy scent and it’s become my go-to for special occasions. With top notes of juicy rose, pink peppercorn, and almond oil, all you need is a few spritzes to last you through date night.
Price at time of publish: $69
I’m obsessed with this adorable, personalized beaded pouch. I recommend ordering with your name in pink or red to embrace the romance of the holiday. Plus, if you’re planning a celebration with your favorite friend, this clutch is a luxe gift—especially for the bride-to-be in your life! You can customize everything from the contrasting colors to the font and text.
Price at time of publish: $128
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Chloe Caldwell is a Commerce Writer for Brides who specializes in shopping and lifestyle topics. She has more than five years of journalism experience writing about all things fashion, beauty, travel, and wellness.