Gifts Most Welcome: A Gentleman’s Valentine Checklist
Gentlemen. With the flurry of the weekend’s grand sporting event behind us, it is time that we draw your attention to the sensitive day of St. Valentine’s. It’s quite likely that you’ll ignore all information included below until around 6pm on February 14; however, we thought that we’d make it easy by providing a simple check-list to ensure that you don’t screw it up again this year. Valentine’s Day can be incredibly sappy or begrudged (and, for those of us who work in the fashion world, non-existant), so think of unexpected ways to charm & delight.
Make Dinner Reservations — 8:30 is the prime time. New York favorites include ABC Kitchen, Vinegar Hill House, The Breslin, Brucie and Dressler. And plan some sort of adventure to follow the meal, because nothing’s more thrilling than racing through the City, hand-in-hand, with new memories in the make.
Flowers — Surprise her with an office delivery… and another for when she gets home. Roses can be staid (however, if you go with roses, request a simple bouquet with no fillers); try anemones, peonies (ladies love peonies) or ranunculus. Avoid flowers in a box or deli roses at all costs. Steer clear of a sappy sentiment; instead, use a phrase that just the two of you share. Promise she’ll smile.
Get the Gift — Whether it’s jewelry (yes: we like jewelry), an unexpected trip or that bag she won’t shut up about, put time aside one night after work and get it this week. If you’re polite and smile pretty, we’ll even wrap it pretty for you (you know girls love untying our purple ribbon). Oh, and if you’re stumped about what to get her, we’ve taken care of that with our Gentleman’s Guide to What She Really Wants for Valentine’s Day.
Confirm the Babysitter — Sometimes the most romantic gift is a night out for just you two. Call the babysitter. Now. Oh, and tell the babysitter to play dumb when your better half calls over the weekend. Surprises are nice.
Don’t Forget the Card — Because you know all the good cards will be gone by next Monday… If you’re one for cheek & nostalgia, pick up one of those pass-around-elementary school cards (we all remember Lisa & her choo-choo-choose me sitch) and if you want to be sentimental opt for one of our calligraphed cards from Bernard Maisner (212 872 2570).
Monday, February 13:
Double-Check the Babysitter — Just make sure she’s not sick; it’s flu season.
Follow Up with the Florist — It’s best to ensure that both bouquets are ready & set for tomorrow’s delivery.
Seem Entirely Clueless that Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day — If only she knew what you have cooked up…
If You Ignored the Above List — We (will) have a blog post just for you. Stay tuned for our Last Minute Valentine’s Gift Guide.
Tuesday, February 14:
Breakfast in Bed — if you want to go full camp, surprise her with breakfast in bed. No matter if it’s just a cup of coffee (red cup for extra sappiness) or a full-fledged, home-cooked sweep, it’s the thought that counts.
Chocolate — Stop by your local chocolatier or specialty shop (212 872 2758) to pick up a truly delightful mix of chocolates. Refrigerate with a bottle of champagne (yes, that means picking up a bottle would be a good idea).
Leave Early & Surprise her at the Office — It may be slightly unrealistic but it also would be pretty awesome. Chocolates & champagne would make it over-the-top. But just think how fun it would be to leave early and make a mad-dash for a dusk-time adventure (Top of the Rock at sunset, perhaps?). The rest should unfold from there.
And guys: have fun with it.
We also think Valentine’s Day is entirely silly and unnecessary. However, it’s the extra steps you make that turn it into something special.
Gifts Most Welcome:
Show Your Love:
Cannon oversees all social at BG — from sending out tweets to managing all that is posted here on 5th/58th. The best Valentine’s gift she ever received was a rose a beau welded for her.