The 48 Most Romantic Gifts to Give the Love of Your Life

Shop these sweet gifts for their birthday, Valentine's Day or just because.
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Naoimh O'Hare - The Knot Associate Commerce Editor
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Naoimh O'Hare
Naoimh O'Hare - The Knot Associate Commerce Editor
Naoimh O'Hare
Associate Commerce Editor
  • Naoimh writes articles for The Knot Worldwide, specializing in shoppable roundups from gift guides to wedding fashion
  • Before working on editorial content, Naoimh wrote storefront descriptions for some of The Knot Worldwide's many wedding vendors
  • Naoimh studied creative writing at the National University of Ireland, Galway
Updated Jan 10, 2024
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Choosing romantic gifts for your significant other can feel a bit like walking through a minefield, no matter how long you've been together. Whether you've been dating for a few months or married for years, it's totally okay if you're unsure what to get your partner for their birthday, Valentine's Day or your anniversary. Wanting to find a gift as special as they are can feel a little daunting, but don't worry—we're here to help you score a memorable and meaningful present for your favorite person. We've searched high and low for the best romantic gift ideas, from luxe jewelry presents and sexy lingerie to cute keepsakes you can give them just because you want to treat them to something sweet. Below, you'll find the most romantic gifts that say "I love you" without words. (Psst: If you're looking for romantic couples gifts you can both enjoy, we have some great options for that, too).

1. Date Night Journals

Journals for Date Night for your special someone
Photo: The Adventure Challenge

What could be more romantic than a promise to spend more time together? The Adventure Challenge makes doing so easy, offering up fun new ideas that'll keep your calendar jam-packed with exciting dates for months. This set will keep you and your boo entertained from morning through night—it includes the brand's signature Couples Edition book and In Bed version, so you can connect over fun adventures and in the bedroom. Trust us, this romantic gift will keep on giving for a long time to come.

2. Huggable Love Letter

Love letter pillow unique, romantic gift idea
Photo: Personalization Mall

Love letters are undeniably sweet, but paper and cards are fragile and hard to keep in good condition over time. Memorialize a love letter to your special someone in an object that won't crumple or tear: a throw pillow. This creative, romantic gift is a unique way to showcase your affection and it comes with the stuffing, so you won't have to run to a craft store at the last minute.

3. Digital Love Notes

Cute romantic gift messenger box for love notes
Photo: Uncommon Goods

We've found a small romantic gift for lovers who like old-school romance but also appreciate the magic of modern technology. This cool gadget offers the best of both worlds, allowing you to use an app to send personalized love notes to your S.O. that'll show up on the device's screen. Every time a message is delivered, the heart on the front of the box starts to spin, alerting your partner to a new (virtual) love note. It's an especially romantic gift idea if you're in a long-distance relationship.

4. Sentimental Star Map

Personalized star map for your romantic partner
Photo: Twinkle In Time

Using the details of a meaningful time and place, Twinkle In Time can create a snapshot of the starry night sky from an important moment in your lives. Whether you want to commemorate the day you first met, when you got engaged or the day you said "I do," the options are truly endless. Once you have your date and location chosen, you can simply select the color and shape of your map (perhaps a heart?) and add a sweet personalized message alongside the coordinate details. This unique romantic gift comes as a paper print or framed for easy gifting.

5. Meaningful Necklace

Initial heart-shaped necklace romantic gift idea
Photo: Made By Mary

Jewelry can be an incredibly thoughtful present for any occasion, whether you're shopping for a romantic Valentine's Day gift or something for your spouse's birthday. This gold-filled necklace is doubly sweet, thanks to the heart-shaped design and engraved initials. As well as including each of your initials, you can add up to three mini heart charms to represent other family members.

6. Romantic Mapmaking Class

mapmaking class for your special someone's perfect gift
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Experiential gifts are a great idea, especially if it's something you and your partner can enjoy together. This online Romantic Mapmaking class from Uncommon Goods is an interactive activity that allows you to reflect on your relationship while making a unique piece of art. During the 90-minute workshop, you'll both get to create a love map inspired by different milestones you've shared (like your first date, a particularly memorable vacation, your engagement or your dream wedding). Bonus: You'll receive all the materials you need in advance (think quality paper and a frame), so there's very little prep work required.

7. Matching Underwear Subscription

Matching Underwear Subscription from MeUndies
Photo: MeUndies

Matching couples underwear is easily one of the most fun gift ideas on our list. It's a sweet way to twin with each other and it's top secret between the two of you. Strangely romantic, right? Choose from a variety of styles, colors and patterns to suit your personal preferences.

8. Dazzling Pavé Ring

Romantic Pavé Ring for the best gift for your partner
Photo: Blue Nile

A gorgeous ring makes for a super meaningful gift, whatever occasion you're celebrating. This dazzling piece is perfect for marking a birthday, anniversary or even Valentine's Day. It features two intertwining bands, one featuring micropavé set diamonds and the other made from a solid metal of your choice. It's a stylish (and symbolic) present that nods to your romantic connection and the life you share as a couple. Choose from three types of 14K or 18K gold or platinum to suit your partner's tastes.

9. Flower Subscription Service

Flower Subscription Service for the best romantic gift
Photo: BloomsyBox

Subscription services are great gifts because they keep on giving long after the celebratory occasion has passed. With BloomsyBox, your significant other can get a surprise delivery of fresh blooms every month. Simply choose the subscription duration, and they'll bring beautiful bouquets to their doorstep so their vase is always filled.

10. Personalized Love Song

Custom song romantic gift idea
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Anyone who frequently listens to love songs will fall head over heels when they receive their very own. Not much of a musician? Don't worry! Uncommon Goods has found an artist who will write the perfect tune for you. All you have to do is share some details about your love story with musician David Morgan and he'll take it from there. At the end, you'll get either a one- or three-minute song (depending on which one you chose) delivered as an MP3 audio file and a PDF of the custom song lyrics. Fair warning: It'll be a pretty hard gift to top.

11. Heart-Shaped Bamboo

Heart-Shaped Bamboo plant for the best romantic gift
Photo: Plants.com

If roses aren't their style, try a romantic plant instead. The stalks of this cute bamboo plant are shaped into a heart for a sweet (and creative) tribute to your enduring love. That's not all we love about it, though. Bamboo is also considered a symbol of good luck, so it'll bring positive vibes into both your living space and relationship. Choose from a single, double or triple heart design and add some chocolates for an extra thoughtful touch.

12. Kissing Mugs

Set of ceramic mugs shaped like kissing faces romantic gift
Photo: Uncommon Goods

As far as romantic gifts for couples go, this is one of our favorites. Wake up with a smooch from your loved one and make it so your coffee mugs can do the same. This ceramic set is made to look like two faces kissing, while the handles form a heart. Surprise your S.O. with breakfast in bed served alongside a steaming cup of joe in the new cups.

13. Unique Soundwave Art

Soundwave art gift from VoiceAndSound on Etsy
Photo: VoiceAndSound

Music is closely linked to memory, celebrations and, of course, romance. If you and your partner have a special song you both love, this unique piece of wall art could be just the gift you're looking for. It's modeled off a soundwave from your chosen track (like your first dance song or a tune you always listen to together) and can be framed for a display-worthy finish. Whether it's for a birthday, anniversary or another occasion, it's easily one of the most romantic gifts for him, her or them.

14. Your Initials as Eternity Roses

Mini initials made from preserved roses romantic gift idea
Photo: Venus et Fleur

Eternity roses are made to last, just like the two of you. That's what makes this such a special gift to give your spouse. Venus et Fleur's miniature preserved-rose letters come in a slew of romantic and vibrant hues for every letter of the alphabet. With proper care, they can last for over a year. Gift your person one with their first initial and one with yours.

15. Sparkly Tennis Bracelet

Sparkly Tennis Bracelet for the best romantic gift
Photo: Swarovski

In the mood to splurge a little on your other half? This sparkly tennis bracelet from Swarovski is worth every cent and is sure to impress your stylish significant other. It features dazzling crystals set in your chosen metal finish for a showstopping accessory they'll want to wear with every ensemble. Simple yet elegant, it's one of our favorite romantic gift ideas for a birthday, anniversary or Valentine's Day. (Psst, use the code Theknot10 to get 10% off your purchase).

16. Silky Lace Chemise

Silky Lace Chemise for the best romantic gift
Photo: Nordstrom

When it comes to presents, the best gifts for romance reflect your unique relationship. If your partner's idea of the perfect night at home involves physical intimacy, don't be afraid to choose something a little more daring than jewelry or flowers. Sexy lingerie is a great way to set the mood, especially when it looks as good as this gorgeous satin and lace chemise. It comes in a few different colors, so you can choose your partner's favorite hues.

17. Key in a Bottle

Key in a Bottle sweet romantic gift for your partner
Photo: Amazon

While they probably already know they have a special place in your heart, a little reminder won't hurt. This adorable keepsake features a small key tucked inside a corked glass bottle and comes with a label that reads: "You hold the key to my [heart]" for a cute touch. It's a simple yet sweet present to give your other half on Valentine's Day, your anniversary or even their birthday.

18. Cute Matching Sweatshirts

Matching anniversary date roman numerals sweatshirts romantic gift
Photo: NunusStudio

Here's a super romantic (and cozy) gift for couples celebrating their anniversary. These matching sweatshirts are custom embroidered with your anniversary date on the front and both of your first initials with a heart on the sleeve. You could also have their full name, "I love you" (and "I love you more") or a short custom message sewn onto the sleeve to make them really unique. (Psst, there are also crewnecks.)

19. Personalized Flower Pot

Customized flower pot for the one you love
Photo: Personalization Mall

How about a cute gift that speaks to your partner's favorite hobby? If they've got a green thumb or simply love relaxing in the garden, this personalized flower pot will let your love bloom. Available in red and purple, it comes printed with a sweet message that reads: "Love Grows Here." Add your names to the rim and fill it with their favorite flower for a surprisingly romantic gift for her or him.

20. Hand-Holding Mittens

Hand-holding gloves for your true love's best holiday gift
Photo: Amazon

If you're looking for cute gifts for your partner, it doesn't get more adorable than these hand-holding mittens. Perfect for romantic outdoor strolls, the set features a two-in-one mitten designed specifically for couples so you can grab their hand without risking frostbite. Don't worry, the set also includes two individual gloves for your other hands. Clever, right?

21. Unique Culinary Experience

Cooking experience for the best partner gift
Photo: Tinggly

Food and romance are intrinsically linked, which is great news if you're shopping for a foodie. Tinggly's Taste the World gift box is sure to impress anyone who loves trying out different cuisines and traveling the world at the same time. They can choose from over 1,000 culinary experiences worldwide, from private cooking lessons in Italy to mixology tours in Mexico. There are also plenty of options within the US, so they won't have to book an overseas vacation to use it.

22. Fill-in-the-Blank Book

Fill-in-the-Blank Book relationship book for the best gift
Photo: Knock Knock

Romantic presents don't always have to come with a designer price tag. If you're shopping on a budget but still want to give your partner all the feels, we've found the perfect workaround. This fill-in-the-blank book allows you to speak from the heart and remind your significant other of all the things you love about them. All you have to do is complete each prompt (making note of things like your appreciation for their patience, sense of humor or killer smile) before handing it over.

23. Massage Oil Candle

Massage Oil Candle for the best partner's gift
Photo: Maude

Some of the best romantic gift ideas speak to your partner's love language. This delightfully scented candle hits the nail on the head for three out of the five official love languages: acts of service, physical touch and gift-giving, of course. Once melted and extinguished, it doubles as a massage oil, so you can give your partner a romantic rubdown.

24. Romantic Couples Game

Personalized couples board game for the perfect gift
Photo: Personalization Mall

This fun take on the family-favorite toppling tower game is perfect for couples to enjoy together and is sure to make your next date night even more enjoyable. Each wooden block is laser-engraved with a prompt or love message of your choice and comes in a personalized wooden case for a thoughtful touch. Add conversation-starting questions, lighthearted challenges and fill-in-the-blanks activities to each piece to suit your personalities and interests.

25. Unique Wooden Watch

Wooden watch for the perfect romantic gift
Photo: Original Grain

Great personalized romantic gifts don't stop here, though. This unique watch will serve as a constant reminder of your love for them, especially if you have it custom engraved with their name or a sweet message. It's beautifully crafted from authentic Hawaiian Koa wood and stonewashed stainless steel and has a second, minute and hour hand with a date window. It's a perfect gift for someone who loves eye-catching accessories that are slightly different from the norm.

26. Heart-Shaped Tea Bags

Heart-Shaped Tea Bags for the best couples gift
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Looking for love gifts that are a little outside the box? These heart-shaped tea bags are a winning choice for anyone who likes to start their day with a fresh cuppa. The set includes 15 teabags in three flavors—English breakfast, Earl Grey and white berry—each with a label that reads: "The perfect blend." It's a sweet and creative way to celebrate how you complement each other in your relationship.

27. "You're My Person" Candle

Scented candle in You're My Person vessel romantic gift
Photo: Here for the Burn

If you need a loving gift for a "Grey's Anatomy" fan, this is just the thing to show them how much they mean to you. The soy candle with a cotton wick comes in a reusable black glass vessel labeled with the series' iconic phrase, "You're my person." Choose a scent that best captures your partner's tastes, like mango guava, musky amber or rose.

28. Pretty Peridot Necklace

Peridot Necklace for your best partner gift
Photo: Brilliant Earth

While red and pink are often the colors we associate with romance, they're not the only contenders in the mix. This pretty pear-shaped pendant proves that point with its striking green peridot gemstone and silver-tone chain. The gorgeous gem symbolizes love and devotion, making it an especially meaningful gift for a birthday, anniversary or Valentine's Day.

29. Custom Photo Socks

Personalized photo socks for your valentine's gift
Photo: Personalization Mall

You don't always have to opt for an ultra-romantic item when picking out gifts for that someone special. If your partner has a goofy side, a funny (and wearable) present is a great way to bring it out. These funky socks can be customized with two photos inside a heart-shaped design, along with a cute (or cheeky) custom message on the sole. Whether you want to include birthday wishes, a Valentine's Day note or something else, let these accessories do the talking for you.

30. Cute Matching Key Chains

Heart lego coordinating key chain romantic gift
Photo: HeartsForFriendship

How sweet are these coordinating key chains? They're made from real LEGO pieces that click together to form a heart. It's a fun take on friendship jewelry that you and your S.O. can easily carry with you wherever you go. Best of all, since it's an affordable and small romantic gift, it can be given at any time just because.

31. Star-Inspired Glasses

custom night sky glasses
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Leave them starry-eyed with this pair of custom glasses. Each is engraved with your names and a special date, along with a depiction of the night sky on your chosen day, like an anniversary or another special date. Choose between two beer glasses, two stemless wine glasses or one of each if you want to mix and match.

32. Date Night Painting Kit

date night painting kit for your partner on valentine's day
Photo: MonlixCandles

Whether you've got romantic birthday gifts or cute anniversary presents on your mind, we've got you covered. This date-night painting kit is designed for two and comes with everything you need for a cozy night at home, including two canvases, acrylic paints, paint brushes, easels, palettes and an inspiration deck to get you started. It even includes a soy wax candle and a hot chocolate or lemonade option for the perfect finishing touch.

33. Sheet Music Wall Art

Sheet music wall art for the best valentine's day gift
Photo: Canvas Vows

Sometimes, the most romantic gifts for your partner are a throwback to a special day in your lives, like when you met or got married. Turning your first dance song (or another sentimental tune) into a piece of home decor is a sweet gesture that'll score you some serious brownie points. This cool canvas can be printed with the sheet music of your chosen track and is available in a variety of sizes to suit your living space. Consider your partner's anniversary or Valentine's Day gift sorted.

34. Romantic Forever Rose

Romantic Forever Rose for your partner
Photo: The Forever Rose

If you're searching for sweet gifts that say "I love you," The Forever Rose has the answer. The brand offers an array of beautiful keepsakes, including this real rose preserved in platinum metal that can be engraved with a personal message on the stem. It even comes with an elegant glass vase in a luxe black box for a thoughtful presentation. Perfect for birthdays and anniversaries alike, it's a memorable way to express your feelings for your special person.

35. Relationship Strengthening Cards

Relationship Strengthening Cards for the best romantic gift
Photo: BestSelf

No matter how long you've been with your partner, there's always more to learn about each other. Spark new conversations (and make new memories) with this fun couple's card game. It has 150 prompts related to life, your relationship, intimacy and more to help you build a healthy, happy and lasting connection.

36. "Let's Toast" Reed Diffuser

Let's Toast reed diffuser gift
Photo: Homesick

Being in love with someone awesome is reason enough to celebrate and toast to the future. Instead of breaking out the bubbly, gift your partner this scented reed diffuser to set a romantic mood in your home. With celebratory notes of champagne, orange and grapefruit, it'll make any living space feel more luxurious—plus it will last way longer than a bottle of bubbly.

37. Gold Heart Earrings

golden heart earrings for your sweetheart
Photo: Gorjana

If tracking down affordable jewelry gifts for your partner is proving tricky, allow us to introduce you to Gorjana. The brand offers a range of understated pieces with a quintessentially Californian feel that won't break the bank. These gold-plated huggie earrings are especially cute and can be worn alone or stacked with other gems for an eclectic look. The dangling heart charms add the perfect touch of whimsy, which will impress any partner with an eye for playful accessories.

38. Blanket For Restorative Sleep

Bearaby weighted knit blanket romantic gift
Photo: Bearaby

Yes, sleeping next to the love of your life can get even better! Weighted blankets help stimulate serotonin (the happy hormone) and reduce cortisol (the stress hormone), as well as increase melatonin. This means your spouse (and yourself) will feel more relaxed and well-rested after every couch cuddle or night's sleep when using this Bearaby blanket. And what's more romantic than ensuring your partner feels relaxed and refreshed? It's the perfect gift to show them some love.

39. Personalized Comic Book

Cute custom book romantic gift for partner
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Create an illustrated keepsake of your relationship in the form of a personalized love book. You get to customize the cover design, names, genders and unique physical features of each character in this tome to create a heartfelt storybook about your relationship. They'll be in awe of such a thoughtful and unique romantic gift.

40. Sentimental Cuff Links

Silver cufflinks from TheSaltyHut on Etsy
Photo: TheSaltyHut

These stainless steel cuff links won't just be gifted to your significant other with love; they're also handmade with love. Personalize each one with your handwriting for an extra meaningful gesture they'll cherish forever. Want some inspiration for what to engrave on each accessory? These are inscribed with the words, "You're my forever," and the giver's name next to a heart, along with meaningful GPS coordinates.

41. National Parks Poster

National Parks of the US from NativeMaps on Etsy
Photo: NativeMaps

Do you and your partner enjoy going on romantic hikes? Make sure you never run out of locations to explore with this scratch-off poster. Behind the gold luster layer, you'll find 63 color illustrations of National Parks (like Mountain Rainier and Denali) to help inspire your next outdoor adventure. If you want to go the extra mile, pass it off with your next trip to the wilderness already planned.

42. Monthly Self-Care Subscription

Monthly Self-Care Subscription
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Great romantic gifts can be as simple as showing your significant other just how much you care for their wellbeing. If they're the type of person who's always looking after others, a self-care subscription is a great way to spoil them and encourage them to unwind. Every month, they'll receive a selection of treats designed to help them relax, like lavender-scent body spray and essential oil-infused bath fizzers. Choose the duration of the subscription (three or six months) and let them know something special is on the way.

43. Rustic Couples Getaway

Rustic Couples Getaway for the best valentines gift
Photo: Getaway

Go big with an "I love you" gift that'll whisk your partner away to a cozy cabin surrounded by nature. Getaway has outposts across the US within a few hours of many major cities, so getting there is easy. Once you check into your cabin, it's just you, your partner and the quiet ambiance of the natural world. It's the perfect opportunity to connect and unwind.

44. Photo Collage Clock

personalized photo clock for your partner on their special day
Photo: Zazzle

Romance meets nostalgia in this cute collage clock. The modern timepiece features a watercolor marble backdrop that can be customized with four of your favorite photos for a practical (and personal) gift. At the center, a sweet message reads, "So happy when we're together," for a touching tribute to all the joyful times you've shared and all the memorable moments still to come.

45. Romantic Music Box

A wooden music box from GiftyIdea on Etsy
Photo: GiftyIdea

Just like you, we're big fans of showing your partner you love them rather than just telling them. The best part? That doesn't necessarily have to mean grand gestures and expensive gifts. Sometimes, a small token is all you need to show your love and appreciation. This adorable music box is engraved with the words, "You are my sunshine." When your partner winds the handle, it'll play—yep, you guessed it—"You Are My Sunshine."

46. Delicious Cupcake Jars

cupcake jars for the best couples gift
Photo: Wicked Good Cupcakes

If your significant other has a sweet tooth, why not surprise them with a delicious dessert on their birthday or your anniversary? These tasty cupcake jars contain the equivalent of two regular-sized cupcakes layered with sweet fillings and decadent frosting for the perfect edible gift. Choose from a variety of mouthwatering flavors, like chocolate peppermint, vanilla sprinkles and salted caramel, to suit your partner's tastes.

47. Adorable Night Light

Personalized light box romantic gift idea
Photo: CharmcraftsCo

Personalized gifts always feel extra romantic. Don't believe us? Just look at this beautiful night light. The wooden box is intricately carved with stars and three lines of custom text, so they project onto walls when lit. Keep it simple and personalize it with "I love you" or add a special date, like when you first met, moved in together or tied the knot. Talk about a fitting gift for the light of your life!

48. Cookbook for Two

The Complete Cooking for Two cookbook romantic gift
Photo: Amazon

If your favorite plan for date night is cooking together, you two need this book. All 650 recipes are portioned for a pair, so you'll no longer need to halve or quarter recipes you've found online. There are even desserts! Need more convincing? It's a New York Times Bestseller and has sold more than 400,000 copies.

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