Every year leading up to Feb. 14, we all struggle with that urgent question: “What do I get my loved one for Valentine’s Day?” If the commercials and Facebook ads are to be believed, she wants chocolate diamonds, and he wants a shaving kit. But modernists aren’t like the rest: You want something stylish and worthy of your mid century ranch. So, forget the heart-shaped box and bouquet of roses—we’ve got the 8 gifts you can surprise your loved one with this year for a Valentine’s Day that won’t soon be forgotten.

Jewelry

Midcentury Modern Valentine's Day Palm Springs Breeze Block
Use the famed look of Palm Springs to say “P.S., I love you.” Image courtesy of finestimaginary on Etsy.

Modernist ladies may be difficult to buy for, but some of them still love one thing: jewelry. And with Palm Springs Modernism Week on the horizon, why not give them the architecture and design features the California desert is famous for in this stylish Palm Springs Midcentury Breezeblock Wall Necklace?

Yellow and white modernist earrings
Who needs diamonds when you can give the gift of retro style? Image courtesy of Magnolia.

If neckwear isn’t her style, try this set of Marigold Arch Earrings that capture the retro patterns of mid century style.

Glassware

Vintage-style glassware
Cheers to a happy future together! Image courtesy of Crate&Barrel.

Share after dinner drinks with your partner in new glasses he or she will love! These Jaxson Double Old-Fashioned Glasses have a clean look with a striking gold pattern that will elevate your dining experience.

Purse

Vintage-style black purse with bow
To have and to hold…all your accessories. Image courtesy of ModCloth.

Give the gift of vintage luxury with this Velvet Love Crossbody Bag. Its oversized bow is cute enough to make any outfit special.

Home Decor

I'm MOD about you print
This gift tells your partner how much you care. Literally. Image courtesy of TateMadeModern on Etsy.

If you are too shy to say how you really feel, let your gift say it for you. This Mod About You Print will light up their walls and their heart.

Victrola wood record player
Show that they make your heart sing with the gift of song. Image courtesy of Victrola.

Singing an original song to your partner can be terribly romantic. But let’s be real: not all of us have musical talents. So, you can share the gift of someone else’s music with a Nostalgic Victrola Record Player. Use it to fill your night with a bit of romance and dancing.

Midcentury-style lamp for Valentines day
Give a gift that says “you’re the light of my life.” Image courtesy of J Schatz.

What gift really says “you are the light of my life”? We’re going to go out on a limb and say a lamp. But not just any lamp! With a pleasing mixture of wood and stoneware, the Kuni Juu Table Lamp is a funky way to celebrate your modernist love.

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Make sure to also include a homemade coupon for a “Free 15 minute foot massage.” Image courtesy of InMod.

Look, we’re not saying you should spend your entire paycheck on a gift for your significant other. What we’re saying is that if you were to do something like that, wouldn’t the Grant Featherston Contour Lounge Chair be the best way to show you really love them? (In an unrelated note: If this is how you celebrate Valentine’s Day, will you be our Valentine?)

Want some mid century and retro-inspired music to go with your romantic evening? Check out Contemporary Music with Throwback Mid Century Sounds and The Music of the Mid Century.

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