It might be considered the most wonderful time of the year, but to those people in relationships, the holiday season comes with a lot of stress — stress about finding the perfect last-minute gifts for your significant other, of course. How do you say "I love you" with a present that is both practical and romantic? Does such a gift even exist? And don’t get me started on the right wrapping paper.
Gifting is hard in general, so when it comes to getting one for the person you love most in the world, the pressure can really build. First, know that it's OK to want to give a great present, and hopefully your SO isn't the type to call it quits over a lame gift exchange, but remember the whole relationship doesn't hinge on this. There are much better things to bond (or fight) over.
That said, I'd be lying if I didn't tell you how I've cried over trying to find a present that shows how much I care and understand my boyfriend while also making me look like a cool and considerate girlfriend. Trust me, it’s not worth the stress. At that point, you are better off just getting a gift card to your favorite restaurant or an IOU coupon.
In an effort to make your life easier, consider the presents below this holiday season. There’s something for everyone, and they are way better than the aforementioned gift card, promise.
A lot might change over the next five years, and this beautiful book will help you document it all.
Turn your illegible “I love yous” into beautiful art with this handwriting necklace
3. Must Eat NYC
This should be the year you finally go on all those dates you talk about. Use this book as a guide for the fun, romantic nights to come.
Remember the first place you met, or where your children were born? Never forget with this custom latitude longitude necklace.
You’ve probably seen this coloring book everywhere as of late, but it lives up to the hype. Finally, an excuse to color as an adult.
Have a musician boyfriend (or girlfriend)? Say "I pick you" in the corniest (but most adorable) way possible.
Whoever said books can’t keep you warm never saw this. For the literary nerd you love, this scarf has an entire book printed on it.
8. Foodie Dice
Let this be the year you stop ordering out, and learn to cook with these creative foodie dice.
This book is a collection of lists from all sorts of interesting creative people. Now you can read Galileo’s shopping list.
10. Tea Towel Set
A sweet tea towel set that doubles as a chore reminder. What could be better?
Store those keepsakes in this clever ticket stub diary, complete with lined pages to jot down the memories from the experience.
If your SO's greatest competition is coffee, remind them that coffee takes a backseat when it comes to them.
13. Homemade Gin Kit
Instead of Netflix and chill, how about DIY gin and chill? This kit is easier than you think, and obviously pretty. If it goes wrong, chuck it and buy a bottle.
For the nerdy SO who keeps the bright reading light on and you awake, you’re welcome.
Technically this gift doubles as a gift for yourself, but I don’t think either of you will mind sharing.
16. Wishing Ball
With this wishing ball, you can write down your hopes for the new year, your favorite things as they happen, and sweet notes to each other, all to unwrap this time next year.
Give this sweet and subtle necklace as a token of your love.
You might love your pet more than each other, and that’s OK. Celebrate the love with this incredible custom pet portrait.
If coffee is the third person in your relationship, you should at least learn more about her. This book is a start.
20. Love Mug
Say "I love you" and "I love wieners" all at once with this mug.
You can’t really go wrong with a simple statement necklace like this.
You can pretty much say anything to each other with this letter board. Or just post quotes from The Office. There’s not much more romantic than that.
For the sports fan SO, these blueprints are about as beautiful as you can get.
24. Portable Amp
This tiny portable amp is just plain cool, and makes the perfect stocking stuffer.
25. Beard Pack
Tell him to take care of his beard in the nicest way possible with this pretty beard pack.
26. I Love You Mug
Say it loud and proud with this mug.
New Year’s Eve is around the corner, and this book will come in handy for the party you’re hosting — or all the parties you will be hosting in 2016.
A custom portrait of the two of you. What could be cooler?
This sentiment makes me tear up just thinking about it. It’s the perfect way to say “I love you” and “we need more art in the house” all at once.
30. Gold Cat Ring
Are you cat people? This simple ring is sure to be loved.
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