How do you choose that perfect Valentine’s Day gift?

It is human nature to want to be loved. Though it is essential to show love, respect, trust, and admiration for our loved ones every day, Valentine’s Day offers us an opportunity to do something above and beyond. And, when that special someone in our lives takes the time to show us how special we are to them, it can make us feel fantastic. In fact, the joy that comes from the perfect Valentine’s Day can carry you for days and weeks, if not months.

But sometimes, it can be hard to come up with an idea that will suit your partner’s individual tastes. Thankfully, the team at Barr & Diachenko has put together a list of some great Valentine’s Day gifts, perfect for him or her.

Perfect Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day 2022

Check out this list of 10 perfect gift and experience ideas for Valentine’s Day 2022. Any one of these ideas will be sure to help you create a Valentine’s Day to remember.

1. Relax with a pampering spa day.

Self-care is often underestimated. But the truth is, we all need to take some time for self-love and care once in a while. Self-care offers a host of physical, mental, and emotional benefits, such as fostering resilience, helping us to live longer, and giving us the ability to manage our stress better. Whether you are planning a Valentine’s Day surprise for him or her, a day at the local spa might be just what the doctor ordered. And thankfully, there is no shortage of great spas in the Chicago area that offer amazing massages, pedicures and manicures, and facials.

2. Surprise your loved one with jewelry.

It’s true: diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Whether you want to pop the question this Valentine’s Day or a pair of diamond earrings are more your cup of tea, she’ll be sure to love whatever you wrap up in that little box. And jewelry makes a great gift idea for him too. Whether it’s a new watch, ring, chain, or bracelet, he will appreciate whatever you choose to surprise him with from your local jeweler.

3. Sip cocktails together from a Chicago rooftop.

There aren’t many cities quite like Chicago. With amazing rooftop views of the city and Lake Michigan, Chicago offers a perfect place for a romantic dinner several floors up. Whether you want to celebrate Valentine’s Day with an adult concoction or a mocktail, consider a night out at one of the many local establishments. Some of our favorites include I|O Godfrey, The Kennedy, VU Rooftop Bar, and Offshore.

4. Take in a show on one of the many Chicago stages.

The Chicago theater scene is second only to Broadway in New York City, meaning there are plenty of amazing shows to take in this Valentine’s Day. Whether you are looking for a show about love, or you want to take in a comedy, improv, drag, or burlesque show, there are ample options. Check out what’s playing for Valentine’s Day weekend at The Second City, Broadway in Chicago, or The Promontory.

5. Pamper yourselves with dual smile makeovers.

We all know the power of a smile. Unfortunately, as we get older, the whiteness of our teeth starts to fade, and we lose confidence when it is time to flash those previously pearly whites. This Valentine’s Day, why not get a smile makeover together? When you get a dual smile makeover, you don’t have to worry about inadvertently suggesting that your significant other has yellow or crooked teeth. Whether you want to get your teeth whitened, are interested in Invisalign before or after, or want to explore different ways to improve your smile quickly, Barr & Diachenko can help.

6. Get outside and try ice skating under the stars.

Getting outside to breathe in the fresh air, combined with some physical activity, is good for the heart and soul, both literally and figuratively. So whether you are a professional, can hold your own, or are a beginner, why not try ice skating under the stars this Valentine’s Day. Rent skates at Maggie Daley Park or take a spin around the rink at Millennium Park, right in front of the city’s most iconic landmark, The Bean.

7. Stay in and try a new recipe together.

With the pandemic lingering, many Americans are still trying to socially distance themselves. And if you are trying to keep a safe distance from others, perhaps this Valentine’s Day is one to celebrate from the comfort of your kitchen. A Valentine’s Day celebration could include cooking a romantic meal together. A quick Google search will provide you with many romantic dinners for two. But, our favorites include pan sheet salmon with brussels sprouts and creamy marry me chicken.

8. Enjoy an intimate cooking class together.

If cooking at home doesn’t quite float your boat, but you like the idea of learning to make a new recipe, why not sign up for a couple’s cooking class? There are plenty of cooking class experiences in Chicago where you can learn to make everything from ravioli to sushi to vegan delights. Cooking together is a great way to open up the lines of communication, and you’ll appreciate the partnership as you divide up the various kitchen duties.

9. Fondue for you.

If you want to take that romantic dinner up a notch, why not create your own fondue station at home? Bust out some meats and whip up a fondue coq au vin broth. Or save the fondue experience for dessert: gather up some bananas, strawberries, marshmallows, and anything else you want to dip in a fondue chocolate sauce.

10. Cozy up in front of the fireplace with a memory blanket.

Last but not least, one of our favorite gift ideas for Valentine’s Day 2022 is all about making memories. This requires a bit of advanced planning, but your significant other will be sure to appreciate the effort and the sentiment. A personalized photo blanket makes a great gift. And if you want to take it up a notch, order a personalized bottle of wine and some his and hers wine glasses. Gather it all up and head to the fireplace for a romantic evening for two.

Ultimately, Valentine’s Day should be a time where you remind the special person in your life how much you love them. The perfect gift doesn’t have to be expensive or flashy, but it should show them that you really considered their unique personality and what might bring a smile to their face. Thinking of a smile makeover with your loved one? Contact the team at Barr and Diachenko so we can discuss your smile goals.