Romantic Gift Guide

Sure, your Valentine deserves the best; but don't let the pressure to find the perfect gift wig you out this year. Take a deep breath and check out our guide to New York's best shops for romantic gifts--from lingerie for her to the latest gadgets for him. Then sit back, relax and let Cupid work his magic. (Photo: Justine Goodman)

Updated: January 20, 2010

Gifts for Her

La Perla

803 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10021

Every lady reserves the right to prance around in sexy undergarments, and this Italian brand sets the bra--er, bar--for sophisticated, high-end lingerie. If the price tags seem frightening, just remember that lingerie is the gift that keeps on giving--for both of you.

Rootstock & Quade

297 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

They say memories are tied to scents, and she's sure to remember you forever if you give her a beautiful bouquet (especially if you send it to her at work; chicks dig that). At this Park Slope florist, the plants, flowers, pots and vases all say you care enough to put some real time and effort into it--unlike the bodega-bought flowers all her friends will be getting.

Jacques Torres Chocolate

66 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Sometimes sticking with tried-and-true romantic gestures is a good idea, and nothing is more charmingly traditional than giving your girl a box of chocolates. Splurge for the designer confections at this fancy chocolatiere, and you'll be thanked with an affectionate hug and a cocoa-flavored kiss of appreciation.

In God We Trust

153 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

This Lower East Side shop is the go-to destination for any guy whose girlfriend is more into handcrafted chic than chain store mundane. She'll love whatever you choose, from to-die-for indie fashions to cool accessories (think leather motorcycle gloves) and jewelry galore.

Dylan's Candy Bar

1011 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10021

Your beloved might not be your childhood sweetheart, but that doesn't mean you can't get nostalgic together. A gift like Pez, an assortment of gummy candies, or a battery-powered lollipop that spins in your mouth will certainly inspire delight.

Gifts for Him

Apple Store

103 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012

It's OK to be an enabler, as long as it's electronic gadgets your man's addicted to. From iPods to MacBooks, this Soho wonderland has something for every guy who's a geek at heart.

Nickel Spa: A Men's Spa In Chelsea NYC

77 8th Ave, New York, NY 10014

In the year 2010, spa gifts aren't just for women. Giving your boo a spa-liday at this downtown men's spa is the perfect way to tell him you know how hard he works, and he deserves a little R&R. Nickel's luxurious treatments are all designed specifically for guys, so he'll feel manly and pampered all at once.

Steven Alan

103 Franklin St, New York, NY 10013

For the fashionable male, this uber-hip Tribeca shop is full of great gift ideas like moccasins, comfy and classy lounge wear and perfectly fitted jeans. At Steven Alan, you'll find plenty of ways to make him (and you, by extension) look good.


191 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

It's no secret that dudes love brew. This Brooklyn beer-lovers paradise offers an impressive selection of high-end varieties from around the world. Whether he's into Irish, Belgian, French or the most obscure Japanese beers, you'll find the right frothy beverage at Bierkraft, thereby reinforcing (yet again) that you really are the coolest girl on the planet.