22 First Valentine's Day Gifts to Give the One You Love

Mark your special milestone with one of these romantic presents.
First Valentine's Day Gifts for Your Other Half
Photos, left to right: MonlixCandles, Brooklinen
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Alison Meehan
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Updated Jan 26, 2024
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Love is in the air! Whether you're celebrating your first Valentine's Day with your new partner or your first since becoming a fiancé or spouse, we're here to help you make the moment feel extra special. Shopping for first Valentine's Day gifts may seem like a lot of pressure, but it doesn't have to be stressful. Our advice? Consider your partner's tastes and the length of your relationship to help you find an appropriate gift for your first Valentine's Day. If you've only been dating for a few months, picking something to help you get to know each other better is a good idea. On the other hand, if you've recently got engaged or tied the knot, you can take inspiration from this major milestone when shopping for your significant other. Whatever your relationship status, these first Valentine's Day gift ideas will ensure you hit all the right notes.

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Gifts for Your First Valentine's Day Together

Celebrating your very first Valentine's Day together? Awww! There's nothing like the first flush of love to bring on the warm and fuzzies (and a few nerves too). If you're looking for a first valentine gift for your boyfriend or girlfriend, these new relationship gifts will show your boo just how much you care. From romantic keepsakes to fun date-night activities you can do together, you're sure to find a suitable Valentine's Day gift on our list.

Zodiac-Themed Pendant

zodiac sign necklace for your first valentine's day gift
Photo: Gorjana

Show your partner you've been paying attention with this gorgeous zodiac-themed pendant. The reversible mother-of-peal charm features the name of their star sign on the back and the corresponding symbol on the front for a versatile piece of jewelry they can rock with any outfit. It's a meaningful (and stylish) first Valentine's Day gift for your girlfriend or boyfriend that shows you've made an effort to get them something personal. (Just remember to double-check their birthdate and astrological sign beforehand).

Spinning Heart Messenger

Spinning heart messenger valentine's day gift
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Here's a super sweet first Valentine's Day gift for him or her: A cute heart messenger that spins anytime they receive a text message from you. This clever gadget hooks up to an app you can use to send your S.O. a short message—once they receive it, the box will let them know, and they can open the lid to see what's displayed on the screen. It's an especially thoughtful gift if you're in a long-distance relationship or spend a lot of time apart.

Couples Party Game

fun couples party game for valentine's day
Photo: Amazon

You don't always have to make a grand romantic gesture to find a great first Valentine's Day gift for your new partner. If you and your S.O. like to goof around, this couples' party game will ensure you have loads of fun on your next date night. It includes 150 cards with fun questions like which celebrities would play you in a movie, who could last the longest without a cell phone and so many more. Expect to learn a little (or a lot) about each other with this one.

First Valentine's Day Teddy

First Valentine's Day Teddy Bear Gift
Photo: Zazzle

Every couple is different in how they approach romance, especially when they first start dating. If you think your partner would appreciate a sweet and sentimental gift, this cute teddy bear is a great pick. Each side of the bear's shirt features a red plaid heart and a short message that reads "Our First Valentine's Together," followed by your names and the year. Such a sweet keepsake will show your valentine just how much you adore them and what this romantic milestone means to you.

Custom Decision Dice

custom decision dice for the best valentine's day gift
Photo: QISTUDIOStore

In the early stages of a relationship, it can be tricky to decide on small things like where to go for dinner or what to do for date night. Eliminate the awkwardness (and save yourselves some time) with these custom decision dice. Each metal die is engraved with various cuisines and activities to help you choose what to eat or do together. It may seem simple, but it's one of the best first Valentine's Day gifts that'll work wonders for your relationship.

Scratch-Off Movie Poster

scratch-off movie poster for the film buff on valentine's day
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Are you dating a movie buff? Show some appreciation for their favorite pastime with this cool movie poster. It features 100 famous films (including "Mean Girls," "Forrest Gump" and "The Godfather) they can scratch off after they watch each one. Team it with some delicious popcorn and get ready to snuggle up together on the sofa for your next movie marathon.

Date Night Box

Date night box for the best first valentine's day gift
Photo: MonlixCandles

If you're a creative couple who always likes trying new things, here's a gift for your first Valentine's Day that you'll both love. This cool kit is designed especially for couples and comes with everything you need to craft your own candles, including soy wax, two wicks, two tins, fragrance oils and a set of instructions. It also includes two bottles of lemonade and a deck of conversation cards to help you connect with your boo.

Gifts for Your First Valentine's Day Engaged

Your first Valentine's Day as an engaged couple only comes around once—and it's arguably one of the most romantic milestones you'll share with your fiancé. If your engagement happened pretty recently, you're probably feeling more loved up than ever and ready to pick a cute Valentine's Day gift to mark this unique stage in your relationship. Check out these first valentine's engaged gifts below to wow your future spouse.

Cute Kissing Mugs

kissing mugs for valentine's day
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Bring out your fiancé's sentimental side with these cute coffee mugs. They're made from porcelain and shaped to look like two faces kissing each other, while the handles form a heart. Equal parts sweet and practical, they'll make your morning routine feel a little more romantic. Add your partner's favorite coffee beans or hot chocolate for a Valentine's Day gift you can use even after you get married.

Romantic Vow Books

romantic vow book gift for valentine's day
Photo: The Art of Etiquette

Now that you're engaged, you're already in a pretty good position to pick a thoughtful first Valentine's Day gift for your future spouse. This pair of vow books will show them just how excited you are to marry them, which is probably the best gift of all. Each one is filled with 14 ruled pages you can use to write inspirational quotes and ideas for your upcoming wedding and features a romantic phrase on the cover that reads: "The best is yet to come."

Plush Cotton Bathrobe

plush fluffy bathrobe valentine's day gift idea
Photo: Brooklinen

How about a relaxing at-home spa day to celebrate your first Valentine's Day as an engaged couple? Leave the wedding planning aside for a bit and encourage your partner to chill out with this plush bathrobe from Brooklinen. It's made from 100% cotton and comes in a range of colors, so you're sure to find a shade that suits your S.O. Grab one for yourself too, plus a few goodies (like face masks and candles) so the two of you can unwind in style.

Love Letter in a Bottle

Love letter in a bottle Valentine's day gift
Photo: Personalization Mall

Just because you're officially engaged doesn't mean you should stop wooing your partner. Remind them why they fell for you all over again with this romantic love letter in a bottle. Your names will appear within a heart on the bottle, while the letter will feature the date and your message. The bottle will also be filled with silver confetti for an extra-special touch.

Engagement Photo Book

engagement photo book gift idea
Photo: PikPerfect

Looking for a first Valentine's Day gift that'll wow your fiancé? Check out PikPerfect to create a custom photo book filled with your favorite engagement photos. Choose from several styles (including flush mount albums and lay flats) for a sentimental keepsake they'll treasure forever. Just don't be surprised if this beautiful gift provokes a few (or many) happy tears from your spouse-to-be.

Matching Underwear

Matching Underwear gift for valentine's day
Photo: MeUndies

If you're engaged to someone with a great sense of humor, this cheeky matching couples gift will make them laugh. A set of matching underwear from MeUndies is guaranteed to brighten up their day and allow you to coordinate with your partner in a fun way. Choose from a broad range of colors, patterns, sizes and styles for a Valentine's Day gift they may not expect but will definitely love. If you're feeling extra matchy-matchy, you can even sign up for a subscription to receive new pieces every month.

Romantic Mapmaking Class

Romantic Mapmaking Class
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Perhaps your partner is more into experiences than getting new stuff. Help them make memories (and art) with this virtual Romantic Mapmaking class from Uncommon Goods. During the 90-minute workshop, you'll learn how to create a love map based on milestones in your relationship, like your first date, your favorite vacation and your engagement. You'll receive all the materials you need in the mail beforehand, so you won't have to do much prep in advance. If you're feeling particularly proud of the finished piece, have it framed to display at your wedding.

Gifts for Your First Valentine's Day Married

While your wedding day (obviously) grabbed the most attention, your first Valentine's Day as a married couple is still a moment worth celebrating. Now that you're settling into your new life with your spouse, you probably know what kinds of gifts they like. Still need some inspo? We've curated a list of first Valentine's Day gifts to match your newly married status, whether you want to make a grand gesture or keep things simple and heartfelt.

Meaningful Wall Art

Personalized romantic wall art gift
Photo: Uncommon Goods

If you're looking for a meaningful first valentine gift for your husband or wife, this unique artwork will give them all the feels. Printed on luxe matte paper, it features two intersecting street signs with your names and two important dates in your relationship (think: when you first met or your wedding day). It's a sweet way to commemorate when your paths crossed for the first time and bring a personal element to your home decor. Choose from several framing options so you can hang it up right away.

Online Cooking Classes

online cooking class for a foodie valentine's day gift
Photo: Sur La Table

Do you and your new spouse love getting creative in the kitchen? Make mealtime feel extra special with an online cooking class from Sur La Table. You can choose from various cuisines, including Italian, French and Thai, to suit your palate and preferences. Not only will you learn to prep and cook a meal from scratch, but you'll also be shown how to plate your dishes for a beautiful presentation. We can't think of a better way to celebrate your first Valentine's Day after getting married.

Date Night Journals

date night journals from The Adventure Challenge
Photo: The Adventure Challenge

Add a spicy touch to your valentine's gift with this pair of date night journals from the Adventure Challenge. One is the brand's best-selling notebook filled with scratch-off activities to switch up your date nights, while the other is a sexy book that'll inspire spontaneity in the bedroom. Equal parts naughty and nice, this romantic gift is guaranteed to help you connect with your spouse on a deeper level. You'll score some serious brownie points with this one.

Wine and Cheese Set

wine and cheese set from Harry & David
Photo: Harry & David

If you're celebrating your first Valentine's Day as newlyweds at home, make it memorable with some wine and charcuterie. Perfect for foodies, this set comes with a bottle of sparkling wine, a ceramic chiller, cheese, roasted almonds and seeded crackers—basically everything you need for a delicious feast with your spouse. Bonus: You can use the ice bucket again for future occasions like birthdays and anniversaries.

Unique Soundwave Art

unique soundwave art for valentine's day
Photo: LudovieWallArt

You don't have to wait until your one-year anniversary to get your spouse a gift inspired by your recent wedding. Relive your first dance all over again with this unique soundwave art. The walnut plaque is engraved with an acoustic rendering of your favorite track, with your names, wedding date and the song title appearing underneath. There's even an option to add a QR code to the front or back that your partner can scan to play the song on their phone.

Mini Concrete Fireplace

mini concrete fireplace for valentine's day
Photo: Rocky Luten, Julia Gartland

How about a Valentine's Day gift that brings a cozy ambiance to your home? Gift your spouse this mini concrete fireplace and get ready for relaxing date nights basking in its warm glow. Suitable for indoor or outdoor use, it only needs a match and some rubbing alcohol to ignite the flame, so you won't have to worry about sourcing any other fuel. It's also food-safe, so you and your love can use it to toast s'mores for a gooey V-day treat.

Personalized Love Coupons

Customized romantic love coupons
Photo: Personalization Mall

You don't always have to splurge to find a sweet and thoughtful gift for your valentine. Whether you're shopping on a budget or keeping things simple this year, these personalized love coupons are a great idea. Your spouse can trade in one of their 12 customized "vouchers" for a reward, like breakfast in bed, a romantic getaway or control of the TV remote. You can also add your own ideas to reflect their favorite things (or get them out of any chores they hate).

Romantic Cabin Getaway

romantic woodland getaway for two
Photo: Getaway

If you want to make a big deal out of your first Valentine's Day after marriage, why not whisk your spouse away for a romantic overnight stay? Getaway offers cozy log cabins that you can rent just several hours away from major cities (like New York, Atlanta and Dallas) so you won't have to spend all day driving to your destination. It's a lovely way to encourage your partner to recharge, especially if they're still recovering from all the wedding planning.

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