February 14 can be an eye roll-inducing holiday — and for good reason. Cheap, chalky chocolate, sappy, insincere cards, and the societal pressure to be paired off is pretty distasteful. However, if you're feeling even the slightest bit of stirring in your cold, black heart, there areValentine's Day gifts that aren't cheesy to gift that special someone.
For those down to do Valentine's Day on their own terms, the first step is to reclaim the holiday from the romantic industrial complex. American romantic ideals are stuck in the 20th century, and there are way too many kinds of affection to fit into one cramped, mass-produced, chocolate box.
It's also important to emphasize that love transcends gender and sexual orientation and monogamy and can be platonic, sexual, asexual, and any mix of the three in a way that ebbs and flows and follows no linear timeline. But beyond any philosophical musings on the nature of love, there is one great unifying truth: people love presents.
I mean, who doesn't want a gift from someone they're sweet on? (Ok, there are people who hate presents, so you should make sure you're aware if that is the case and respect their wishes. Consent is queen, y'all.) But for those who know their significant other, FWB, BFF, or person will open their arms to a gift on a day that happens to be February 14, look no further than this list for Valentine's Day gifts that are NOT cheesy: