Valentine’s Day—the notorious holiday hated by some and loved by others. Young girls adore the special (wear-your-best-red-outfit) holiday, full of paper hearts and candy coated sweets, while many of my 20-something friends (self included) tend to shy away from festivities promoting the over-hyped greeting card holiday. This year I’ve had mixed emotions over Cupid’s day. My friends and I gaffed at the Midtown East brunch spot obnoxiously decorated with oversized red hearts (think the Valetine’s Day dinner scene from Sex and the City). However, it warmed my heart when my coworker handed me a valentine earlier this month from his daughter who couldn’t wait until the arrival of February 14th. Whether you look forward to the romantic holiday or could go a year without the influx of sweet nothings, you may be compelled to purchase a gift for your sweetie. Jewelry, flowers and candy for V-day are outdated so here are some personal gift ideas to show your special someone you really care.
Gifts for the Guys:
Nike iD Custom Shoes: It’s a known fact that men love their shoes just as much as the girls so this Valentine’s Day give your shoe connoisseur a pair of his own custom Nike iD kicks. You can customize any of Nike’s iconic shoes from Air Max’s to Jordans according to your guy’s favorite colors and style. Prices range depending on shoe.
Apple TV: For the tech-savvy guy in your life, the Apple TV makes a great gift. Using this small device your man will be able to watch TV, Netflix, or sports while having access to his music library and photos. You can even play content directly from your iPhone or iPad and at only $99 it’s a reasonable price.
Golf Lessons from a Pro: For the aspiring Tiger Woods in your life, give him the gift that’ll keep on giving and help him with his swing. The Golf Academy at Chelsea Piers offers private and semi-private lessons for golfers at all levels. This can be a gift for both of you—just think maybe if he gets enough time at the Piers he’ll stop practicing his putting skills in the living room. Prices vary depending on class package.
Brew His Own Beer: If your guy loves to sip fine brews, a beer making kit may be the ideal gift. There are many kits on the market but keeping it local, Brooklyn Brewshop offers numerous starter kits from IPAs to the intriguing Jalapeño Saison. They’re even offering a Valentine’s Day Beer Making Class in DUMBO. Beer making starter kits are $40.
Gifts for the Gals:
Cooking Class: For the aspiring Top Chef, treat your lady to a couple’s cooking class. You’ll learn something knew in the kitchen and she’ll be sure to appreciate spending an afternoon together. Rustico Cooking classes offers numerous courses in making everyone’s favorite Italian meals from pizza to a Northern Italian feast. On average classes are $100 per person.
Starbuck’s Verismo: If your girlfriend needs her daily Starbucks fix, buy her the new Verismo coffee maker. For the first time she can make her favorite Starbucks latté, espresso or coffee at home by the cup. The Verismo starts at $199.
Broadway Musical: It’s hard to go wrong when taking your love to a Broadway musical but this Valentine’s Day score major points and take your girl to see the Tony-award winning Once. It’s the most romantic play running right now and the great music and surprising humor is sure to satisfy everyone. Ticket prices vary.
Birchbox Subscription: For the beauty product lover, give her a subscription to Birchbox, the new company bringing grooming, beauty and lifestyle products into your home. Every month your gal will receive a box filled with her favorite high-end beauty products, plus it’ll remind her of your superior gift-giving skills long after Valentine’s Day is over. A 12-month subscription is $110.