It’s complicated: A Valentine’s Day Gift Guide.

Love is a many splendored thing. Or maybe not. Depending on your current relationship status, Valentine’s Day can be filled with joy or be a minefield of awkward romantic mishaps. Whether you are “still figuring it out” or you’ve found yourself a real keeper, our resident gifting experts can guide you toward the perfect gift that will help you say exactly how you feel… or leave some things unsaid.

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In it for the long haul.

Even for the long-term lovers out there, Valentine’s Day can still be daunting. Committed relationships that stand the test of time are what many of us dream of. But how do you keep things fresh and give a meaningful gift to your beloved year after year? Try something that will last just as long as your love: stone. Hand-carved sculptures that symbolize lasting devotion like the Eternal Love Sculpture or the Unity Sculpture are the perfect reminder of your promise to take care of each other forever. And the best part is, they are carved from kisii stone, a material only found in Kenya and as rare and unique as your love.

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When you’ve found the one.

So you found the person you want to spend the rest of your life with, but it’s just not the right time to take the next step? Don’t worry! Choosing the right Valentine’s gift isn’t as hard as you think. The basic rule here is to avoid rings. Especially diamond rings. Don’t allow the possibility of any mixed messages; choose a piece of jewelry that says, “I’ve found my true love, but I still have a lot of school loans and weddings are expensive.”  The sterling silver Crystal Amulet Necklace or the Infinity Knot Earrings are perfect for conveying your infinite commitment without exactly setting a date.

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On the fence.

You’ve been dating a little while and introduced them to your friends, but you don’t really know what the future holds. Believe us: Now is definitely not the time to figure it out, because Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Don’t rush things, just find a gift that communicates how much you enjoy their company without implying commitment. This can be a bit of a challenge, but don’t feel limited to flowers and chocolate. The Kiss and Hug Necklace is a sweet way to show affection without saying the ‘L-word’ before you’re ready, or a scarf can warm their heart even if you still have cold feet.

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Why can’t we be friends?

Occasionally we find ourselves in a sticky situation where we’ve been hanging out with somebody a lot, but the sparks just aren’t flying. That’s OK. If you find that the words to let them down easy have been hard to find and you don’t want to be unkind on Valentine’s Day, consider gifts that are thoughtful but are in no way romantic. Nothing says, “you’re nice and everything, but let’s see other people” quite like giving a mug or a journal on the most romantic day of the year. And who knows! Maybe you’ll get lucky and they will get the hint, so you won’t even have to say it out loud.

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Singles Awareness Day

You don’t need a significant other to appreciate Valentine’s Day! Invite your friends out on a date and exchange gifts that show how much you appreciate their uniqueness and friendship. Host brunch or a Make-Your-Own Sangria Party and celebrate community. Or treat yourself to a home spa day. Make the day about friendship and self-care.

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Valentina

A Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Valentina lives in Lancaster, PA where she runs slowly, hikes often, and excitedly points out historical landmarks to friends and family. She is fond of curry and guacamole, and insists that vanilla ice cream is a waste of time and calories. Val is convinced that the greatest feeling in the world is stepping off a plane in a new place, and is a passionate believer that all the best days include books, baking, border collies, and bagpipes.

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