Is the pressure getting to you? Finding a romantic gift for that special lady – for her birthday, holiday or Valentine’s Day – can feel like an overwhelming task. How do you find the right balance between cleverness, uniqueness and sentimentality? It turns out that all you needed was a little push in the right direction. Here are a few gifts we know the special woman in your life will love.
Sweet smell of love
I’ve yet to hear of a woman who doesn’t love a clever candle. This one is ideal if you had a love that was created via online dating. (Some of my best friends are married to people they met online!) It’s available in three scents: lavender, black cedar juniper, and lemongrass sage. I recommend the calming scent of lavender, which also helps with a good night’s sleep. The candle fills the room with its scent even when it’s not lit. It’s made from all-natural soy wax and contains no harmful ingredients.
Did you know? A 69-carat pear-shaped diamond Richard Burton gave to his then-wife Elizabeth Taylor in 1969 is largely considered one of the most romantic gifts of all time? The actor purchased it for $1.1 million, though today it’s likely worth twice that amount.
This customizable crystal heart immediately caught our eyes. It’s incredible how detailed the laser image looks – the 3D effect is very pronounced. Just choose the shape and size of your crystal and customize it with a personal message. Take it up a notch by adding an optional LED light base.
Did you know? The famed Hanging Gardens of Babylon was actually a romantic gift as well. According to popular lore, the gardens were built alongside a grand palace – known as the Marvel of Mankind – by the Neo-Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar II (who ruled between 605 and 562 BC). The gardens – considered one of the seven wonders of the world – were a gift for his wife who longed for the green hills and valleys of her homeland.
Everything you need
As we’ve said, it’s a challenge to put together a truly romantic and original set of gifts for your special someone. Thankfully, the folks at the aptly named Romance Helpers Store came up with this date-night collection. Gathered in a magnetic-close box, it includes three preserved red roses, flower petals, tea light candles, a bath bomb and more. If you’re looking for a wedding gift for good friends, you’ve found it.
Did you know? The Faberge egg has been considered a symbol of luxury and extravagance for ages. It too was a gift for a lovelorn husband. Russian Tsar Alexander III had the first one made to give to his wife as an Easter present in 1885. Though it cost only a few thousand dollars at the time, today it’d be worth about $33 million.
Coming up with original date ideas is a challenge that man has faced since the beginning of time. Well, maybe not that long ago. This kit offers some much-needed help. Included are 35 date challenges. Just scratch off a card and complete the task. They’re divided into categories so that you can choose what type of date you’re going on.
Did you know? The story behind the Taj Mahal deserves its own Netflix series. A dying 17th-century Persian princess asked for her husband for a mausoleum. In his grief and determination to make her wish come true, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan ordered 20,000 workers to design and build the structure, which today is considered to be the greatest architectural achievement of Indo-Islamic architecture. Total cost? About $1 billion today.
Always in bloom
Remember the “tale as old as time?” In the Disney classic, the enchanted rose would bloom until the cursed prince turned 21 years old. Then he would have to earn the love of another until the last petal fell. There are a dozen options to choose from with this light-up flower from Childom. The flower is wrapped around an LED strip light and powered by three AAA batteries (not included).
Did you know? Our final story of romantic gifts is perhaps the biggest yet: the Orlov diamond. Russia’s Count Grigory Grigorievich Orlov paid a small fortune for the 198-carat diamond before gifting it to Russian empress Catherine the Great to win back her heart. It didn’t work, but it did create a curse. To this day, many of the possessors of the diamond have committed suicide. Maybe next year, just get her a card?