A Professional Matchmaker's Guide To Unique Valentine's Day Gifts 2017

Like clockwork, when Valentine’s Day rolls around, I get a slew of emails from both ladies and gents asking for advice on what to get that special someone. Their concerns are legitimate. While the wrong gift can mean relationship ruin, the right one can put you on the path for longstanding love.

My top gift picks for 2017 are unique and include something for everyone. Whether you are dating a foodie fashionista or an intellectual man who is also a child at heart, you will be sure to find something that your sweetie will love.

For a chance to win one of these gifts, tweet me using #TheDatingLounge by February 20th and tell me about your Valentine’s Day plans. I will select a winner on the 21st and DM you if you won.

For the woman who puts her statement necklaces on display...A Bead And Leather Necklace

When your sweetie devotes the top of her dresser to her collection of statement necklaces, you can bet that an addition to her set is the way to go. This stunning necklace from Fairchild Baldwin will knock her head over heels. The unusual combination of rich leather and deep sultry beads will have her planning outfit combinations as soon as she locks eyes on her new favorite accessory.

Fairchild Baldwin Bella Necklace
Fairchild Baldwin Bella Necklace

For the foodie with a sweet tooth...A Box Of Dark Chocolates

If your sweetie orders dessert before dinner or always has a few candies stashed in her purse, then she will love a box of these gourmet chocolates from Heifer International. Their set of dark chocolate sea salt caramels will make your mouth water just looking at them. Plus, you can feel good about your purchase, since proceeds from the sale go toward helping families struggling with hunger and poverty.

Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels From Heifer International
Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels From Heifer International

For your girlfriend’s children...Emojis Galore

Do not make the mistake of getting your girlfriend a gift and forgetting to pick up something for her kids as well. Check out Top Trenz where you find fun gifts for her daughter or her son. For her daughter, you can grab an emoji overnight duffle, some fun candy socks, or a bubblegum-scented poop pillow and for her son, you can grab a pizza or LOL power bank. This is the perfect way to show them you care. For bonus points, pick the icons that the kids use most in their texts. They will love you when you show up that thoughtful gift.

Emojicon gifts From Top Trenz
Emojicon gifts From Top Trenz

For the girl who goes to art galleries every weekend...Lucite Jewelry

If your girl loves to spend her weekends soaking in the latest contemporary art and museum exhibits, she will be over the moon when you present her with a piece from Monies. This statement jewelry is the type of thing that will have anyone look twice, which means it will be right up her alley. If you really want to thrill her, get her a matching bracelet and necklace.

Monies Lucite Necklace
Monies Lucite Necklace

For the fashionista…A Foxy Fur Coat

If your girl stays on top of the latest trends and wouldn’t be caught dead in last season’s trends, then a coat from Damiani NY is for her. Not only are the coats incredibly warm, but they also offer an unexpected pop of fox fur color that looks great with any outfit. Pick a style in her favorite color to truly win her heart.

Damiani NY Red Fox Fur
Damiani NY Red Fox Fur

For the girl who loves a good pamper session...Paraffin Hand And Foot Treatments

Any woman who goes to the spa for her birthday every year or who needs to have the latest anti-aging face serum will be overjoyed to receive a goodie bag from Glove Treat. The hand and foot treatments are loaded with moisturizing paraffin wax and coconut oil to help restore dry, winter-worn skin. You will love that all the products are one-size-fits-all, and your lady will love the excuse the goodies gives her to curl up on the couch and treat herself to a relaxing evening.

Glove Treat Paraffin Hand And Foot Treatments
Glove Treat Paraffin Hand And Foot Treatments

For the person with a home worthy of an Architectural Digest feature...A Chic Table

Do you feel like you are walking into an interior design set whenever you visit your beau’s apartment? Then you can be positive that a table from Ethnicraft is the way to go this February 14th. All of Ethnicraft’s furniture is created with emotion and function in mind, so you can be sure that any piece you choose will be sure to delight.

A Chic Table From Ethnicraft
A Chic Table From Ethnicraft

For the girl who already has her summer vacation booked...A Sweetheart Beach Float And Matching Cooler

If your girl has Google Flights saved as a favorite or gets daily emails from Virtuoso, then you know that a vacation-themed gift is the way to win her heart. In the depths of winter, a sweetheart pool float and matching drink cooler from Ban.do will get her excited for a romantic summertime getaway for just the two of you. Plus, the float is so big that you can lounge on it together.

Bando His And Hers Heart Pool Float And Heart-Shaped Beach Cooler
Bando His And Hers Heart Pool Float And Heart-Shaped Beach Cooler

For the European jetsetter...A Stylish Italian Handbag

Whether your lady is constantly in Italy for business or plans a trip to a different European country each summer, she will be over the moon when you surprise her with a Leghila purse on the 14th. These bags, which are crafted in Italy, are as practical as they are stylish. The neoprene material from which they are made is eco-friendly and easy to wipe down. With one of these bags on her arm, your girl will think about you wherever she goes.

Franzy Handbag From Leghila
Franzy Handbag From Leghila

For the next Top Chef...An All-Purpose Frying Pan

Does your date prefer to wow you with home-cooked meals instead of going out to eat? Then one of the frying pans from HexClad is a no-brainer. Pair this with a romantic card so you give her practical coupled with romantic. This cookware will delight both techies and foodies with its hybrid combination of stainless steel and nonstick qualities. With one of these beauties, whipping up a savory stir fry dinner or a gourmet pancake brunch will be a breeze.

Hexclad Pot And Lid Set
Hexclad Pot And Lid Set

For the girl who loves the beach.... A rope bin and outdoor carpet

Any woman who loves going to the beach is also going to have a collection of towels to take out into the sun. What could be nicer to get her than a stylish and versatile bin from The Rope Co.? You can get her an outdoor rug to match the bin. She will be so happy with this unique, yet practical gift.

The Rope Co. towel bin.
The Rope Co. towel bin.

For the girl who loves to get glammed up for an evening out...An Eye-catching Clutch

Any woman who spends hours perfecting her night out look will love one of the trendsetting clutches by From St Xavier. This brand offers one-of-a-kind accessories that are a must for all the fashionable women in your life. The intricate beading and unique designs will capture her heart and impress her friends when she brags how thoughtful your gift is. You can choose one like this that says “Wow” so you can really wow her!

From St Xavier “Wow” Clutch
From St Xavier “Wow” Clutch

For the girl who loves v-neck shirts...A Y-Chain Necklace

If your lady has it going on up top and knows it, delight her with a y-chain necklace from Elizabeth Stone Jewelry. The shape of the necklace is simple enough that it will go with a variety of outfits. Better yet, the drop chain that hangs from the sparkling bauble in the center exudes a sexy elegance that she will love and that will leave you wanting more. Pair this with a statement ring and she will be the braggiest braggart to all of her friends about your great gift choices.

Titania Druzy Necklace and Moongazer Cuff Ring from Elizabeth Stone
Titania Druzy Necklace and Moongazer Cuff Ring from Elizabeth Stone

For the edgy minimalist... Simple yet edgy earrings

Yes, these earrings are as cool as they sound. Not only are these beauties from Yuwei Designs 24K gold-plated, but they are also fierce and clean at the same time. Any girl who loves straightforward fashions and understated, yet eye-catching accessories will drool over a pair of these.

Unicorn Earrings and Black Onyx Long Bar Earrings from Yu Wei Designs
Unicorn Earrings and Black Onyx Long Bar Earrings from Yu Wei Designs

For the fashionable foodie...This fun handbag

If your gal has it set on her calendar when the new Michelin star ratings are coming out and she is also the height of fashion, she will appreciate this thoughtful gift. These handbags from Tea & Tequila Trading are handcrafted in Mexico and then sold out of London; a very interesting combination!

Tea & Tequila Trading Beaded Lobster on Black Bag
Tea & Tequila Trading Beaded Lobster on Black Bag

For the one who values a gift from the heart...A Custom Playlist

Regardless of whether you are pinching pennies or not, a thoughtful, creative gift is always an excellent option for Valentine’s Day. If your special someone is the sort who prefers meaningful mementos over commercial clutter, take time to curate a special playlist on iTunes or Spotify. Bonus points if you include a few new songs that you know your sweetie will love. The tunes will be a fun addition to morning workouts or evening chill sessions.

Spotify playlist
Spotify playlist

And for your guy...

For the intellectual guy...A Lucite Backgammon Set

Do you feel like you are walking into a James Bond set whenever you enter your guy’s apartment? Then a chic board game from Wilouby International will be right up his alley. Not only will he love how stylish the lucite looks on his coffee table, but he will also love the excuse it gives him to invite you over again for a romantic game night.

A Lucite Backgammon Set from Wilouby International
A Lucite Backgammon Set from Wilouby International

For the guy who works hard but knows how to have fun...A Set of Bourbon And Scotch Glasses

You love that your guy is dedicated to his job and always seeks new ways to grow his career. You also appreciate that he knows the importance of kicking back and relaxing from time to time. That is why a matching set of glasses from Vital Industries is the way to go. Pair it with a bottle of his favorite scotch or bourbon and you will have him head over heels for you.

Bicycle Rocks Glasses from Vital Industries
Bicycle Rocks Glasses from Vital Industries

Which gift will you choose this year? Whatever you decide, make sure that it is thoughtful and reflects your sweetie’s interests. Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day! And don’t forget to tweet us #thedatinglounge !

Samantha Daniels is a well-known Professional Matchmaker and Dating Expert as well as the founder of The Dating Lounge, the exclusive invitation-only iPhone and Android dating app for upscale people looking for real relationships. The Dating Lounge focuses on the initial attraction between two people as well as on a person’s dealbreakers and preferences when it comes to dating. This approach ensures that members will have a greater likelihood of long-lasting connections.

You can follow her on Twitter @Matchmakersd and IG: @samanthadanielsdatinglounge. For more information, go to www.SamanthaDaniels.info or www.thedatinglounge.net

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