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 midcentury ranch. So forget the heart-shaped box and bouquet of roses—we’ve got the 5 gifts you can surprise your loved one with this year for a Valentine’s Day that won’t soon be forgotten.
Modernist ladies may be difficult to buy for, but some of them still love one thing: jewelry. And with Palm Springs Modernism Week 2017 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?
If a necklace is not her thing, or your man needs a nice decoration on his lapel, then why not surprise him or her with an enamel pin from Mid Mod Pin? We’re quite fond of their rendition of the Tulip chair (pictured), but they have everything from a Swiss Miss to the Guggenheim to choose from.
Maybe this Valentine’s Day, you want to get something really nice you both can enjoy. At this point, you probably have your favorite Nelson clock, so why not try something new? Etsy craftsman Jetset Retro Design hand-makes era-style art and clocks, such as this Mondrian Clock, that are sure to match your decor style.
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 from J Schatz is a funky way to celebrate your modernist love.
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?)