A Valentine’s Day to Remember – The Best Gifts for Your Valentine

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. If you used up all your gift ideas for Christmas, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! While a cute card and flowers can go a long way, we want to give you some out-of-the-box ideas to consider. From inexpensive, sentimental gifts to pricier items to surprise your sweetie, here are 10 Valentine’s Day gift ideas for your significant other.

Beer or Wine Subscription Club

If your beau is a wine or beer lover, give them the gift that keeps on giving. Sign them up for the Beer of the Month Club. With different membership options starting at $27.95, they will get a hand-selected monthly shipment of microbrews from around the world.

If your significant other is a wine connoisseur, gift them a subscription to the Tasting Room for $40. Once they sign up, they’ll fill out a survey about their preferences/taste and receive a new bottle from around the world each month. No matter their beverage of choice, discover new spirts and brews and share a glass of wine or a cold one with your one and only; cheers!

Specialty Candy Gift Sets

While you can’t go wrong with the old faithful of Valentine’s Day gifts, think outside the box (of chocolates) and shop for specialty candy gift sets from Sugarfina. From vodka-infused candies to decorative gift boxes and mix-and-match DIY candy options, you can find a gift for your significant other that will tickle their taste buds and touch their heart.

Fitness Tracker

If your beau made a resolution to step up their fitness game in 2018, this is the perfect gift to help them keep track of their milestones. With so many different models, you can find a fitness tracker that fits their style. Why not get one for both of you so you can work on your fitness together? Find one on the Fitbit website or check for deals on Amazon.

Engraved Jewelry

Want to score some points this Valentine’s Day, check out these personalized engraved necklaces. Pick your anniversary, first date or any other significant milestone and inscribe it on a pendant for your love to wear. They’ll have a special keepsake to remind them how much you love them, and you’ll have a reminder so you’ll never forget the important dates!

Spa Day For Two

We can’t think of anything better than sharing a relaxing day at the spa with your beau. Start off with a duo sauna or steam with cucumber and lemon water in hand followed by the ultimate full body massage. Find a spa near you and book this well in advance to secure your day of serenity.

Pajama Set

Whether you buy a full set, a robe or some matching onesies, PJ’s are a great gift to help your significant other feel warm and cozy. Go with the classic hearts or red and pink theme, or find a funny matching pair you can wear together. Everyone has a daily morning routine whether it be shaving, moisturizing or putting on makeup, a great add on to the warm and fuzzies gift could be a Harry’s grooming set or Sephora gift set.

The Latest Gadgets

Good communication is essential to any relationship and a new phone or tablet can help you keep in touch with your loved ones. Reliable tech is especially important in a long-distance relationship. Whether you exchange frequent text messages or prefer FaceTime, make sure you can keep in touch. If you don’t want to shell out the cash after the holidays, but still want to surprise your sweetie, check out great deals on Gazelle certified refurbished devices. Score a like-new smartphone or tablet for less and still have cash left over for a Valentine’s Day date.

DIY Sentimental Scrapbook

You probably have lots of cute pics of the two of you on Facebook or Instagram, but how many actual prints do you have? Grab some of your favorite shots and put them together in a photo album or scrapbook. This is an inexpensive gift and the perfect idea for the craft or DIY enthusiast. Your guy or girl will love looking back at all the memories you’ve shared.

Yours and Mine Glasses

Whether you have trouble remembering whose cup is whose or you just want some nice looking glasses for a cocktail or nightcap, check out this cute Yours and Mine set. You can toast to your love and keep your drinks to yourself.

Romantic Getaway

If you really want to pull out the big guns, plan a romantic getaway for the two of you. You can go somewhere exotic, or stay close to home and go camping and unplug for an intimate weekend away. If you’re worried about costs, check for deals on Travelzoo and Groupon, or plan a staycation or a romantic picnic. You can ditch the dinner crowd and enjoy the time with just the two of you.

If you start planning now, you can make this Valentine’s Day one your guy or girl will never forget. No matter where you are in your relationship, you can find a gift that will make your significant other feel special. Whether it’s a new relationship or you’ve been together for years, enjoy Valentine’s Day with your special someone.

10 Fun Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Couples

Whether it’s a new relationship or you’ve been together for years, holiday shopping can be stressful. Unlike the big-ticket items that go under the tree, you can have a little more fun with less-expensive gifts for your beau’s stocking. In this gift guide, I’ve put together some of my favorite items for under $25. So as you hang your stockings by the chimney with care, here are 10 stocking stuffers for when love is in the air.

Couples Mugs & Holiday Mugs

Heat up the cold winter nights with hot chocolate or your favorite beverage of choice. Go the romantic route and get cute couples cups or give your girlfriend or boyfriend a festive holiday mug.

Wireless Earbuds

Help your girl or guy rock out to their favorite holiday music or workout playlist with a new pair of wireless earbuds. For under $25, these Bluetooth earbuds are perfect for the office, travel or the gym.

Funny Face Coasters

 These Funny Face Coasters do so much more than prevent rings on your coffee table. Slip them on your nose to change your appearance; we guarantee they’ll be a hit for a night in or a holiday party!

Texting Gloves

 With these touch-screen gloves, your sweetie’s hands will stay warm and he or she can still use their mobile device. Whether they want to post the perfect selfie or send a holiday snap, these texting gloves will make your boyfriend or girlfriend feel #blessed.

Bubble Bath or Body Wash

 Make sure your girl or guy feels fresh, clean and pampered this holiday season. This Everyone 3-in-1 Soap smells delicious and can be used as a shampoo, body wash or bubble bath; perfect for a little TLC.

Gift Cards

Gift cards are the best stocking stuffer for the girl or guy who has everything. Grab an iTunes gift card, a gift card to their favorite store or restaurant, or a Visa or American Express card they can use wherever they want.

Custom Phone Cases

 Have a favorite pic of the two of you? Grab the best photos from Facebook or Instagram and turn them into a personalized phone case. 

Date Night Activity Vouchers

Do you have a special activity you love to do together? Whether it’s movie night, ice skating or a wine and paint outing, grab a few date-night deals and surprise your sweetie with a night out on the town.


From gourmet chocolate to holiday favorites like candy canes and chocolate snowmen, candy is the go-to stocking stuffer for anyone with a sweet tooth.

Festive Socks

Socks were the gift you were never excited about as a kid, but most adults appreciate a cute, comfy pair. No matter what your S.O. is into, find a pair to strike their fancy and keep their feet warm and toasty.

Enjoy the holidays with your special someone. Grab one or a few of these items to fill their stocking and spread the holiday cheer!

8 Essentials To Discuss Before Moving in With Your SO

Your relationship is going well and things are falling into place. One or both of you think it may be the right time to take the next step and move in together. Before you just spring into action and get busy with moving, make sure you take the time to talk to your partner about these important factors.

His place or yours?

The first question is, where are you going to live? It’s all too easy for one or both of you to assume you already know the answer. Maybe your beau thinks you’re just moving into his place or perhaps you think your place is perfect for you both. If you’re moving in or vice versa, remember this: it’s no longer your place or his, it’s both of yours. Sounds simple enough, but that means you will need to share your space. He may want to hang up his sports or Star Wars posters, and although that may mess up your feng shui, you have to remember he wants to feel at home, too. On the other hand, if you move into his place, what will it take for you to feel comfortable? Whose furniture will you keep and what will be discarded?

The best solution may be for both of you to find a new place together. That way it’s not yours or his, but a neutral location where you can start your next chapter together. Even if this is what you want to do, there are still some things you have to talk about. Discuss must haves and simply cannot do; do you want to stay close to family? Will one of you be commuting while the other has an easy two-minute walk to work? Take these things into consideration as you’re looking for your new place.

One or Both of You May Need to Adjust to the New Space

Whether you stay at one of your places or find a new apartment, it’s going to take some adjusting. Even if you were spending nearly every night together, it’s not quite the same as living together. Get ready to learn some new things about your significant other and your similarities and differences. For example, does he have an open door policy and like to have buddies over to play video games while you prefer a quiet evening in? Is he a neat freak and you have a tendency to get cluttered? These are the types of discussions you’ll need to have early on.

You will also learn about how much space each of you needs. Now that you’re spending so much time together, you may have to carve out some alone time to pursue your individual interests.

If you’re living in a new place you should also discuss what is required for each of you to feel safe. If you’re in a new or unfamiliar neighborhood, you may also want to consider some easy DIY security upgrades like a wireless alarm system or motion detectors. Also, it may help you to come up with a leaving-the-house checklist to remember to lock your windows and doors but also to make sure electronics are powered down before you leave the house.

Bills, Bills, Bills

If you haven’t discussed money with your partner, this is a topic you should tackle before you move in together. Will you write a check to your SO and he will write a check for both of you? Will you write separate checks? What about your utility bills? If he insists on having ESPN but you never watch TV, will you split the cable bill evenly or is that his responsibility? Money is an unpopular topic to talk about, but it will save you some headaches if you have the discussion early.

Who Gets the Dog?

If one of you has a pet, who will handle the responsibilities like walking the dog or cleaning the litter box? If it’s your dog, your partner may just assume you will handle everything, but what happens when you’ve had to work late and you come home to find out your beau didn’t walk the dog or feed him?

Talk about how things will be different when you live together. Will you both care for the pets or will it be one person’s responsibility?

Take Out the Papers and the Trash

In addition to the responsibilities that come with a pet, how will you divide household chores? This is something you really need to talk about because if you just assume one person is in charge of a certain chore, it may make one of you resentful if you’re constantly stuck with a task you hate.

You may want to designate responsibilities like you do the cooking and he does the dishes and you do the laundry and he cleans the bathroom. Or you may want to devise a system where you rotate responsibilities. You can do whatever works for you just do yourself a favor and make sure you talk about this!

Why Do You Want to Live Together?

What is the real reason the two of you want to live together? Is it simply easier to split the rent versus paying for two places, or is it for convenience: so neither of you have to pack an overnight bag? While these are added perks of cohabitation, they shouldn’t be your underlying motivation. As you can see, living together is a big adjustment, and one you should discuss at length before making a rash decision. Make sure the desire is there and that you’re not just doing it for financial necessity or convenience.

Discuss Expectations

What does moving in together mean? Believe it or not, it may mean something different to each of you. In many cases, men and women have a different view of what living together means. While some may think it’s a step toward engagement, others may have a different idea entirely. One of you may want to get married in the near future, while the other isn’t thinking in those terms yet. Before you move in together, make sure you communicate about what you both want from the relationship. It may be hard and scary to bring up the topic, but it will save you a lot of anguish in the long run if you’re both not on the same page.

Remember: You’re Teammates, Not Roommates

When you share an apartment you will naturally discover some unflattering things about your partner. This is a great chance for you to learn to embrace the good with the bad and learn to communicate and pick your battles. At the end of the day, remember, you’re significant other isn’t just another roommate who splits the rent and you only see on occasion. You’re joining forces, you’re sharing space, and hopefully you’re making memories that will last a lifetime.

If you think you are ready to move in with your boyfriend or girlfriend, make sure you sit down together and have a heart to heart. Good luck, you’re taking an exciting step in your journey together!


7 Signs Your First Date is Going Great

If you’ve been online dating for any length of time, you know that first dates can be very hit or miss. Sometimes, you just don’t seem to hit it off at all. In these cases, you exchange an awkward hug at the end of the evening, and call it a night. Sometimes, however, you receive a call or text the next day asking to hang out again. Dumbfounded, you wonder if he or she was on the same date as you.

While we can all laugh about these awkward encounters, sometimes you simply hit it off with someone right away and your first date goes off without a hitch. During these times, however, you may be wondering, “am I the only one who feels this way?”

To avoid these misunderstandings, we wanted to look at tangible evidence that indicates a date is going well. We came up with this simple checklist you can use to analyze your outing; here are seven signs your first date is going great!

[ √ ] Genuine Face Time

I’m not talking about the FaceTime app on your iPhone, I mean face time as in eye contact, nodding, and smiling. If your date is too busy looking through his or her phone instead of at you, it’s a good sign they may not be interested. Pay attention to this, it’s definitely bad form to scroll through your phone and ignore your date.

On the other hand, you can tell if your date is really engaged in the conversation by his or her body language. Is he or she reacting to the conversation, leaning in, nodding, smiling or laughing?Smiling can also be a good indicator of mutual attraction.

[ √ ] The Conversation Flows, Easily

Are you and your date able to have a normal conversation, or are there a lot of awkward pauses? If you’re able to converse comfortably, it’s a good indication that you feel at ease around each other. It’s an even better sign if you’re able to crack jokes and share your sense of humor.

Of course, if the conversation doesn’t flow freely, don’t write your date off just yet. Remember, everyone can have first-date jitters, and it can be hard for some people to open up right away. You also don’t want your date to feel too much like an interview with pre-rehearsed questions.

If you’re enjoying yourself and having a normal conversation, rest assured things are going well. This is a good sign that you can at least communicate, and as you know, that’s a non-negotiable foundation piece for any successful relationship.

[ √ ] They Make You Laugh

Not every first date is going to be a comedy show, and it really shouldn’t be, but if you’re able to laugh with your date from the get go, you’re already ahead of the game. Plus, this means you’re probably pretty comfortable with him or her, which isn’t always the case when you meet someone new.

[ √ ] You Have Things in Common

While we all have heard “opposites attract,” it’s a lot easier to get to know someone when you have some common interests. Plus, this sparks ideas for future dates if you’re both into similar music or movies or enjoy the same types of activities.

[ √ ] You Get the Feeling They’re a Good Person

I once found myself on a date where the guy yelled at our waitress because his tacos were breaking. Newsflash, genius, hard-shell tacos crack when you bite into them. I knew right away I didn’t want to be on a date with someone who was that rude to other people.

First impressions are very important, and you can generally tell when someone has good intentions. Pay attention to the way your date talks to you, the wait staff, or anyone else you interact with. If they’re generally courteous to the people around you, they’re most likely a nice person, or at least on their best behavior for the date, as they should be.

[ √ ] No One Pulls the “Something-Suddenly-Came-Up” Move

We all know the classic get-out-jail-free or get-out-of-this-date-now lines; “I think I left my straightener on,” “my friend needs me to pick him up…”, etc. If your date suddenly bolts with a lame excuse, it’s a safe bet the evening is a wash. But if you met up for dinner and are going somewhere else for coffee or dessert or you’re still sitting and talking long after your plates have been cleared, it’s safe to say you’re both having a pretty good time.

Now, this doesn’t mean you want to have a marathon, all-night first date, but if no one is in a rush, go with the flow and enjoy getting to know your date.

[ √ ] The Long Kiss Goodnight

OK, don’t get too excited, some people don’t kiss on the first date, out of principle. When you part with your date, however, pay attention to if he or she leans in for a kiss or hug, or just awkwardly walks away. If there’s some sort of comfortable embrace, there may be a second date or at least an “I had a wonderful time” text.

Of course, if you don’t hug or kiss, don’t jump to the conclusion that all bets are off just yet. He or she just may need a little more time to get more comfortable with you.

Keep an eye out for these positive indications while you’re on your date. You generally know right away if you want to see the person again or not, but if you pay attention to the signs, you will have a better idea if your date is on the same page.

How can you tell your date is going well? Let us know in the comments below!

The Perfect Season to ‘Fall’ in Love

It’s the season of Pumpkin-Spice Lattes, flourishing fall foliage, cool, crisp autumn air, but most of all, fall is the season of love. The temperatures may have cooled off but it’s time for the romance to heat up. Here are five reasons why autumn is the perfect time to date, and maybe even fall in love.

Plenty of Cozy Date Ideas


When you really take a moment to think about it, there are SO many fun things to do in the fall. Sure, you may need to be a little more creative, but that gives you a chance to try something new!

Go to your local Oktoberfest, snuggle up on a hayride, enjoy some pumpkin beer, go apple picking and make your own hot cider, or carve pumpkins. Just because the weather is a little cooler, doesn’t mean you should hide indoors. Need some inspiration? Here are 20 fun fall date ideas.

Playing Dress Up

After college, we don’t have as many opportunities to dress up for themed parties. So when Halloween comes around, we need to take advantage of this time for some festive fun! Couples costumes are a great way to celebrate the season with your new or longtime beau. Brad and Angelina may not be high on the list this year (too soon?), but there are lots of ideas for fun couples costumes!

Don’t feel comfortable going the couples costume route with your new guy or girl? Challenge each other to come up with the funniest or most creative costume. If you’re more on the edgy side, you can go with politically incorrect ideas. This year’s front runners include Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Just make sure you know your audience, if you plan to wear one of these to a Halloween party.

Scary Movie Marathons


Grab some Halloween-themed snacks, candles, warm blanket, and cuddle up for a scary movie marathon. There’s nothing like snuggling up next to your love to watch some classic Halloween movies. If you’re easily spooked, it’s the perfect excuse to get a little closer.

Haunted Houses


What better way to bond than being chased by ghosts and chainsaw-wielding mad men? Haunted houses are the ultimate, thrill-inducing, heart-pumping date night. Hang onto your significant other and hold on tight!

Before the Holiday Rush


We all know the holidays can be stressful. Making travel plans, finding gifts for loved ones, and attending family gatherings. As a result, people are naturally looking for love during this time of year. When you’re dating in the fall, you have a companion for all those awkward family gatherings (if you’re ready for this step) and a plus one to your office holiday party.

Don’t hide from the cool weather, get out there and have some fun; you never know who or what is waiting for you!

What are your favorite fall activities?