Pucker up, buttercups. Photo courtesy H&M.
Valentine's Day can bring out the best and worst in us all. The idea of someone standing outside your window John Cusack-style might make your knees buckle. For me, I'd be like, 'Dude, it's -30 out there. And seriously, it's 2014 - where did you find a boombox?' Same goes for rose petals (cheesy), chocolate-covered strawberries (overrated - chocolate covered bananas are way better), and anyone who plays the saxophone. Not that there's anything wrong with that. It's just..again, it's 2014 - where did you find a saxophone?
Yet sometimes, I am a surprising sucker for romance. Impromptu slow dances by the fire, Nicholas Sparks movies (I KNOW! I Can't. Help. It.), little love notes left on a Post-it note, pink peonies, or a bottle of champagne? I become so predictably starry-eyed that you might as well wrap me up in a red satin bow, pour a chocolate fountain on me and put The Bachelor on repeat and I probably wouldn't even notice.
There's a very fine line between romance and cheese but when it comes to love, effort is everything. Whether you're the trunkloads of flowers type, or prefer to keep your romantic gestures short and sweet, I've rounded up 50 pretty gifts to help make her (or his) heart go pitter patter this Valentine's Day. Don't even try to figure it out - love makes zero sense. Sigh...isn't it the best?