Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and with teddy bears and chocolate hearts adorning the aisles of drugstores, it can be tempting to grab something generic. Let’s be frank, gift giving is hard, especially when you’re searching for one that represents your love.
Although your first thought may be to flood your sweetheart’s day with oversized stuffed animals and red candies, but we urge you to resist. Those gifts can be cute on occasion, but this year give your gal something you can enjoy together, because after all, the basis of Valentine’s day is to celebrate each other.
We’ve taken some inspiration from the man of L-O-V-E himself, Mr. Sinatra to guide you to the perfect gift for the girl that you can’t live without.
L – Is for the way less is more.
You don’t need 1,000 red roses and the biggest oversized teddy you can find to impress your sweetheart, it’s the simple gestures that make the biggest impact. Craft up a sultry cocktail made specially for your love bug. Combine all the ingredients into a gift bag with the recipe attached for your honey to open at the beginning of your date. Then mix up these magic love potions together and enjoy all night. Ps. Stick with their names below or personalize them for a signature touch.
Tito’s Love Bite
- 1 ½ ounces Tito’s Handmade Vodka
- 1/4 ounces raspberry liqueur
- 1/2 ounces blanche absinthe
- 3/4 ounces raspberry syrup
- 1 ounce pineapple juice
- 1/2 ounces fresh squeezed lime juice
Add all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Top with raspberry drizzle and garnish with fresh raspberries.
If she’s not into sweet concoctions, go for gold with a cocktail that will warm up all her senses.
Heart of Gold
- 1 ½ ounces Jack Daniel’s No. 27 Gold
Pour Jack Daniel’s No. 27 Gold into a rocks glass and enjoy.
O – Is for the other dates to explore.
Most Valentine’s dates are spent at a dinner for two in a restaurant filled with tightly packed tables. Change up your annual tradition and show your appreciation for your partner with an at-home date.
You can get elaborate with a string-lit backyard cinema or simply supply her with matching heart pjs and cozy up for a fire - either way pair your date with a martini to match.
Ballotin Cherry Chocolatini
- ½ ounces Ballotin Original Chocolate Whiskey
- 2 ounces *Ballotin Chocolate Cherry Cream *New item. Coming soon.
- ½ ounce vanilla vodka
Rim a martini glass with chocolate syrup. Add all ingredients in a shaker over ice and shake. Strain into rimmed martini glass and enjoy.
V – Is venturing outside of the (chocolate) box.
Have roses been your go to for the past four v-days? Add the element of surprise by transitioning to a more sophisticated expression of love. Get your gal a gift that she can enjoy for more than a night – a bouquet of rosé.
Our French rosé wine bundle is the perfect gift to begin a night for two. Each one expresses unique hints of ripe fruit ranging from dry to sweet. For those who want to make their partner’s night even more special, write love letters on each and hide them around the house for her to find.
E – is even more gifting ideas to explore.
Not everyone has the same budget to spend on their honey, but whether you’re willing to drop $2 or $200 there are plenty of options to spoil her.
If simplicity is what you’re looking for we have two words. Champagne. Gummies. These delicious treats are a cute way to put a twist on ordinary Valentine’s Day sweets. Leave them out before work with this punny love quote attached, “Roses are red, violets are blue, these gummies are ALMOST as sweet as you.”, and you’ll have your girl cheesing all day long.
Going all out to show your love? Pair your home cooked meal with a bottle of Z Alexander Brown Red Blend and accessories to match. Some of our favorites are Coravin Wine System, Nachtmann wine glasses or a crystal wine decanter.