It’s our favorite time of the year—that’s aside from Christmas and the FHM 100 Sexiest Victory Party; okay, it’s our THIRD favorite time of the year! But who’s counting, right? What’s more important is it’s now February. The love month. The okay-lang-magwaldas-para-sa-date month. The only month men are allowed to be ultra-cheesy.
But do you have any idea HOW to be cheesy? Are you and your lady constantly bickering about your lack of romance? Do you attribute your singlehood to your lack of wooing skills? Well, we’re going to solve these all for you! FHM will be dishing out daily how-to-be-a-Don-Romantiko tips the whole month of February!
Gents, flowers and chocolates are OG V-day offerings—you can’t get it wrong. But you also won’t get it completely right either, because there’s literally a crap-ton of other stuff you can get your girl to let her know that you love her/care about her well-being/want her to be happy.
Remember, ladies read way too much into the presents you give them (and the usual roses-and-Cadbury combo screams YOU ARE A GENERIC GIRLFRIEND). So here now is a list of cool presents any girl would love to receive this Day of Hearts, and what they all imply!
AN H&M GIFT CARD
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Comes in varying amounts and is painless to procure. Sneak it into a card and it’s practically a hall pass to play basketball this weekend while she goes and spends it all.
Available in all H&M stores.
MAGNETS FROM POLAGRAM.PH
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Pick a few of your sickeningly cute couple selfies and send them to Polagram so they can turn them into magnets she can stick on her office cube. Useful, hassle-free, but still senti.
A SPA DATE
Experiences trump presents, any day (unless your girlfriend is a materialistic mean girl). Book a whole-day spa session and splurge on a private couple’s room. And yes, you might have to book another room later—all that stroking and kneading just might get her feeling frisky.
A STAYCATION AT A BOUTIQUE HOTEL
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Try smaller hotels like Picasso and Cocoon for a more, ahem, intimate feel. Stuff the room with stuff she likes and if the room comes with a mini kitchen, cook dinner there too. Then proceed to wreck the bed (or not—you’re going to have to pay for that, too).
A DOSE OF CULTURE
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Let her IG to her heart’s content at Pinto Art Gallery or the Mind Museum. She’ll love the hipster vibe, you’ll love not sitting elbow-to-elbow with other dating couples at the usual dining spots for sweethearts.
Be a Violet Femme this February! Radiate mystery and whimsy with Heyjow’s pieces that feature this violet quartz in dreamy hues that will finish off your look with the glisten it needs. For a different take on romantic dressing, skip the red and go for the enigmatic violet. Go to heyjow.com to check out our Amethyst layering selection last week and read more about this February stone! ????
We cannot reiterate this enough: no diamonds on V-day unless you’re actually proposing. Stick to cute or eye-catching hardware she can use daily to jazz up her outfits—IG sellers like @heyjowph have cool accessories.
HER VERY OWN MEME
If she’s quirky-cool, grab a photo of her (preferably unflattering) and Photoshop some inside jokes on it, meme-style. Cost: virtually nothing (if you DIY and print it out and frame at home)—unless she takes the joke badly and it costs you your relationship.
HOMEMADE BAKED GOODIES
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Who cares if your brownies came from a box and are slightly burned on the bottom? You made them, and you made them with love, dammit! (Pro-tip: Top any baked good with ice cream, she won’t notice).
She's not a fan of pastries? Then check out our Valentine's menu that we carefully selected for her!
A PET THAT ISN'T A DOG OR CAT
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Easy, low-maintenance pets: bunnies, hamsters, and fish. Cheap-ish, cuddly (well, except for the fish), and spells “I’m a sensitive guy! Love me!” Nix the idea if she can’t even care for a plant.
A BUZZFEED ARTICLE DEDICATED TO HER
If you’re a member of the BuzzFeed Community, you can make your own posts. Make your own listicle-type sappy love letter to her with matching GIFs in true BuzzFeed style, publish it, then send her the link. D’awwwww!
REALLY, REALLY NICE LIPSTICK
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Since it’s V-Day and a time for kisses, see? And all girls know that makeup-wise, it’s a good time for lipstick. Check our NARS’ new Audacious line or MAC’s latest in lipcolor. Let her loose in the makeup store and enjoy 15 minutes of unlimited IG-scrolling solo outside.
AN EXPENSIVE PERFUME
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Just like we told you a couple of days ago, you can never go wrong by giving a perfume. A classy, classic present that’s often overlooked in favor of other fancy stuff, nice fragrance is romantic and old-school, but also serves the singular purpose of keeping your olfactory glands happy when you snuggle her. No one wants a smelly bae!