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    Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: What to Get the New Lady in Your Life

    11th February 2014

    Valentine’s Day is on FRIDAY, guys!


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    So you’ve been “seeing” “this girl” for not too long – maybe a few months, maybe less…maybe more – a-a-nd, whaddaya know? Here comes Valentine’s Day. Maybe she’s not your girlfriend (yet), but this holiday is kindofabigdeal in girl world, right up there with the Halloween in the Mean Girls universe. Don’t show up uninformed (and empty-handed) like LiLo.

    Even if she says “oh, I don’t do Valentine’s Day, don’t get me anything,” you probably still should. And by “probably” I mean “definitely.” You’ll surprise her, and she’ll say “Aw, you shouldn’t have,” and then “Oops, I Did It Again” will start playing (yes, even if there are no speakers anywhere to be found), and you will have fulfilled her ‘become Britney Spears’ fantasy and she will brag about how great you are to her friends and office co-workers for the rest of the month.

    Here are some V-Day gift ideas for that new gal that you’re spending an increasing amount of time with:

    1. Monogram Clutch, $32

    As a girl, you can’t have too many small bags that can hold all of your many, many small things. You also can’t have too many things that remind other people that they are your things. My favorite bag is a clutch made of these wrappers that say my name, and I’ve had it since the 8th grade and I still get complimented on it.

    2. Gem Cutout Mirror, $25

    Something about how you want her to experience the beauty you see every time you look at her…but better worded. Plus, these ones are shaped like jewels, so she will sense shades of the “standard” Valentine’s Day, but way cooler. Just make sure it doesn’t break.

    3. Cat Mug Set, $30

    Tell her she can be a crazy cat lady without being alone and she will NEVER FORGET YOU.

    4. Sushi Making Kit, $38

    Perfect for any girl who loves learning new things/D.I.Y. projects/sushi. It would also be a great present if you’ve heard her complain about how restaurant food is the absolute worse on Valentine’s Day so you could propose you make it for dinner together. No one-choice prix-fixe, no long waits for cold food, and no pressure from other restaurant patrons getting down on one knee. Personalized and intimate.

    5. Tower of Treats, $40

    Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE chocolates, but a Harry and David box trumps all food gifts. I had a brief flirtation with Edible Arrangements, but I came back around. This tower comes with the ultimate guilty pleasure (Moose Munch) and the taste-converting Royal Riviera Pears. Even people who think they don’t like pears love. these. pears.

    6. Flowers. $50

    Flowers are a classic. Roses are too romantic for an early relationship, so go for lilies or peonies. If you’re feeling ambitious, you could arrange one yourself, like I did for my mom (super romantic, I know). It’s surprisingly relaxing, and you can make it personal by including her favorite flower (sleuth it up on her Pinterest page for inspiration).

    7. Nutella Cookbook, $11

     If you know what she likes, get her a big, pretty book about it. This Nutella Cookbook, for instance, would be of great interest to many ladies I know.

    8. Earbuds, $39

     The pretty pink color feels Valentine’s-appropriate, but the earbuds can be worn year round.

    9. Softest Throw – Ombre, $35-$49

    Perfect for cuddling on movie nights. Upgrade it with a tub of movie theatre popcorn, Buncha Crunch, and a movie or two that both of you would like to watch (ie, don’t feel obligated to include rom-coms).

    Tell Us:

    Ever been through a “not quite in a relationship yet” Valentine’s Day? What’d you get her?

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    • Junior

      Although this isn’t our first valentine’s day together, we decided we weren’t buying gifts this year. Soooo I got her some nice tea, coffee and I need to pick up some flowers or a plant. Thanks a lot Hallmark

      • Style Girlfriend

        Hahaha, you’re doing it right!

    • Tod C

      Great ideas Megan. I know going outside of the box is always appreciated in my place. 2 years ago I hit the winter sales hard and got her warm pajamas and a new bathrobe – it went down really well and I got her to throw out the old nasty one.

      • Style Girlfriend

        Ha, I love it..everybody wins!

    • TJ

      What if our first date is like a day before valentine’s day? If it goes well, you think she would be expecting something? My friend says yes, I say maybe not. Maybe I should’ve just waited until next week to ask her out…

      • Jay

        Unless this is a woman you’ve known platonically for a while and are just starting to date, an actual present seems like it would probably be a bit too much right after a first date.

        That being said, keep an ear open for any hints to the contrary. If Valentine’s Day comes up and she says something like, “It’s been so long since anyone sent me flowers!” AND you know enough about her to be able to send her flowers without having to resort to creeper-level cyber stalking, then a nice, but not overly romantic, bouquet delivered to her work with a card, again not overly romantic, would probably score some major points.

        Absent that, I’d stick with just off-handedly acknowledging the date when you text her the next day. Something like, “Hey, had a great time last night, we should do hang out again soon. Hope you have a good valentines day” and leave it at that. (If she drops hints but you don’t know where to send something, sending her a picture of flowers along with the text could be a good middle ground – I’d still aim for light-hearted and funny over romantic though.)

        • gabi meyers

          I wouldn’t be expecting anything, especially if you’re going out for the first time the night before. I think Jay’s text suggestion is spot on!

          • TJ

            See that’s what I said, but my friend said she would expect something.

            • Style Girlfriend

              A gesture is “something!”

    • Bob

      Has anyone actually done the infamous White Castle valentines?

      • Style Girlfriend

        I haven’t, but I did just find out they’re actually real a couple of years ago. My boyfriend at the time lived near one (just an was actually a very nice neighborhood!), and he pointed it out to me, joking that’s where he was going to take me for Valentine’s Day. Too weird!

      • Biscuit!

        It’s really hard to get a reservation. My friend and his wife have tried.

    • Max

      Wait, wait, wait. Is this gift ideas for the lady in our life or are you trying to give us ideas what to get you? If it’s for you, well played (slow clap). I guess we do owe you a little something since you’ve been trying to help us improve ourselves, one article of clothing at a time.

      • Style Girlfriend

        Oh, I think we’re well past the “new” phase, don’t you?

        • Max

          I’m sorry, you’re right. I’m just afraid this is moving way to quickly. Next you’ll be wanting to move in together and get a dog… Maybe we’ll just get you something a bit nicer, like a pair of Nikes.

    • Biscuit!

      So the ironing board cover was a bad choice?

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