10 Couple's Gifts That You Can Both Enjoy This Valentine's Day

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This Valentine’s Day, don’t just do the standard flowers and chocolates. Instead, get your sweetheart something that you can enjoy together. From ravioli-making kits to date-night games, here are 10 couple's gifts that you will both love.

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1. Urban Cheesecraft Deluxe Cheese Kit

Urban Cheesecraft's cheese-making kit will fix up to 30 batches of five different kinds of cheese—mozzarella, ricotta, paneer, queso blanco, and chevre—all with easy-to-follow instructions that take just an hour. You just need is milk (either fresh or store-bought) and a little effort, and you and yours can be eating fresh, homemade cheese together in no time.

Get it at The Grommet for $55.

2. Repast Ravioli Making Gift Box

For an at-home date that rivals your favorite Italian joint, try out Repast Supply Co.'s easy ravioli-making kit. Repast provides all the necessary tools to get you started, including a special ravioli rolling pin, a ravioli cutter, olive oil, and semolina flour. Pasta night has never been so romantic.

Get it at The Grommet for $135.

3. Olympia Provisions Salami of the Month Club

Get the gift that keeps on giving: a cured meat subscription. The Olympia Provisions Salami of the Month Club sends out a new variety of sausage each month along with information about where each link is from and what it’s best paired with, so you can put together a perfectly curated appetizer plate for you and your significant other to enjoy. (If meat doesn’t fit your fancy, we also recommend the Pickle of the Month Club.)

Get it at Food52 for $160 for 12 months.

4. Marital Bliss Couple’s Card Game

Despite the name, the Marital Bliss card game is for couples of all kinds. The game is designed to inspire a full week of romantic gestures between two partners, sending both players on "secret missions" to carry groceries, cook dinner, and otherwise pamper each other while earning points. The person who has the most points at the end of the game can choose between a variety of rewards from their partner—like breakfast in bed or a romantic ice cream outing—but really, everybody wins.

Get it at UncommonGoods for $15.

5. Long Distance Friendship Lamp

If you’re far from your partner this Valentine’s Day, try out these lamps designed for long-distance pairs. Each of the two WiFi lamps alternates through an array of different colors when the other is touched, so you can wordlessly let your loved one know that you’re thinking of them, no matter how many miles separate the two of you.

Get them at UncommonGoods for $85 each.

6. Framed New York Times Crossword Puzzle

Show your partner how much a particular date in your relationship means with a framed copy of that day’s crossword puzzle from The New York Times. Signed by legendary crossword writer Will Shortz, the print comes with an extra copy of the puzzle so that you can solve it together without marking up your keepsake.

Get it at The New York Times Store for $150.

7. Omaha Steaks Valentine’s Day Dinner and Diamonds

Skip the steakhouse and cook up a romantic dinner for two at home with a Valentine's special from Omaha Steaks that includes everything you need to turn your kitchen into a fancy restaurant at a fraction of the price. This decadent surf ‘n’ turf dinner is specifically designed with date night in mind, and comes with a pair of free lab-made-diamond accent earrings—as if filet mignon and two chocolate lava cakes weren't romantic enough. (Even you already have plans for February 14, steak dinners are timeless—check out Omaha Steaks's other options for non-holiday feasts here.)

Get it at Omaha Steaks for $70 ($35 a person).

8. King Arthur Flour Bread Intensive

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Homemade sourdough bread is all over Instagram these days, but whipping up a loaf yourself isn’t easy. If you or your loved one has recently gotten into baking bread, there’s no place to sharpen your skills quite like King Arthur Flour’s baking school. The trek to King Arthur’s locations in Vermont and Washington state might be a splurge, but for many amateur bakers, it’s worth it for the expert tutelage. Intensive workshops on bready topics like sourdough, whole grain, and pastry typically run between three and five days and cost between $375 and $700, depending on length and skill level. Sure, it sounds pricey, but think of the money you’ll save on store-bought bread once you’re both expert bakers.

Sign up at King Arthur Flour.

9. Wine & Design Paint-and-Sip Art Classes

A painter dips a brush into a palette that sits next to a glass of red wine
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Just because cooking isn't your thing doesn't mean you and your partner can't enjoy making something together. Show off your creative side at a boozy art class, where amateurs can learn how to paint in a low-key environment, usually with a little wine to loosen up your paintbrush. It's perfect for those who like a little Pinot with their Picasso, but even if you don't imbibe, it's a great way to get the creative juices flowing while meeting new people and learning from local artists.

There are plenty of local studios that specialize in these “paint and sip” classes, but one of the biggest chains is Wine & Design, which offers classes at 82 locations throughout the country.

Check out Wine & Design for locations, dates, and pricing. Prices vary by location.

10. Wine Down Box

If your main squeeze is a wine snob or a cheese lover, a Wine Down Box subscription is the perfect treat. Each month, the company sends out a curated gift box that contains a bottle of limited-production California wine, a cheese, a charcuterie pick, and crackers, with a sheet that explains ideal pairings for those specific items. It’s hard to skip out on date night when it’s delivered straight to your door every four weeks.

Get it from Wine Down Box for $70 per month for one month or $63 per month for 12 months. Shipping is included.

Unlock Every Flavor Note in Your Morning Coffee With This Elegant Hand-Blown Glass

AVENSI
AVENSI

Even if you can’t match every single glass with the specific type of alcohol you’re supposed to drink out of it, you can probably at least spot the difference between a wine glass, martini glass, Champagne flute, and beer stein. Why, then, in a society so enamored with coffee, do we not afford the same level of care toward our coffee cups?

The inventors behind the AVENSI coffee glassware line want to prove to you that drinking your morning bean juice out of any old mug or paper cup is drastically affecting the taste, aroma, and overall experience of coffee, though you might not realize it.

Avensi coffee glass
AVENSI

They’ve adjusted glass shape, wall curvature, thickness, lip flare, rim diameter, bowl-to-rim ratio, and volume to devise the ultimate hand-blown glass for enhancing coffee’s diverse flavor properties, which you can further unlock by swirling the coffee around your glass to aerate and oxidize it—just like you would with a nice pinot noir. The ultra-thin rim is 60 percent thinner than a regular coffee cup, so each sip will flow across your palate like a gentle wave, and the hybrid thermal wall will keep coffee at your desired temperature for much longer than your regular paper or porcelain container without burning your hands.

The AVENSI glasses were developed and tested by an impressive array of world champion coffee experts, scientists, roasters, shop owners, and sensory experts across more than 30 countries. But you definitely don’t have to have an extensive background in the art and science of coffee to appreciate the subtleties of drinking it; the AVENSI glass delivers the perfect experience, and all you need to do is trust your senses.

There are three versions of the 14-ounce glass—Vida, Senti, and Alto—each slightly varied in shape and pairing recommendations. The tulip-shaped Vida goes well with sweet, well-rounded, and chocolatey coffee, the Senti has a wide diameter that maximizes aroma and pairs best with nutty, earthy, and caramel beans, and the hourglass Alto is ideal for fruity light roasts.

You can start with two Vida glasses for $45 on Kickstarter, or check out other buying options here.

If you’re wondering what else you should be doing to maximize your coffee experience, don't drink it as soon as you wake up, and invest in a good grinder.

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This Alarm Clock Makes You Chase It Down to Get You Out of Bed

Clocky the Alarm, YouTube
Clocky the Alarm, YouTube

Even self-proclaimed morning people sometimes struggle to rouse themselves from the warm abyss of deep-stage sleep. This, of course, can result in a series of haphazard jabs at your snooze button until you’re really running late, or the universally dreaded failure to ever hear your alarm go off in the first place. Meet Clocky, the nightstand pet designed to rescue you from all of your alarm-clock issues and anxieties.

Clocky is a rambunctious, responsible alarm clock who will perform a number of irksome yet effective antics to get you up and at ’em. First of all, he’s very, very loud, so you’re sure to be jolted from even the most corpse-like slumber. Then, he’ll roll away from wherever you’ve left him, continuing to emit a variety of noises while you’re forced to chase him down in order to curtail the cacophony. He can survive a three-foot fall, so you can station him atop your nightstand, and he’ll bounce right down the stairs, too, if that’s what it takes to get you moving. (He won’t, however, brew your morning coffee for you … but this alarm clock will.)

Clocky the alarm clock
Amazon

You can customize the snooze settings based on your preferences. Clocky’s default is to have the snooze button disabled, meaning that he’ll zoom away as soon as the alarm goes off. If you’re a little more forgiving of your own “just five more minutes” habit, you can choose for Clocky to let you hit the snooze button once, twice, or more before he rolls away—and you can also set the length of time your snoozes will last.

Sometimes you really do deserve to flake on sunrise yoga and burrow farther into your covers for an extra hour or two, so feel free to disable Clocky’s runaway feature before mornings when you’re planning to play it by ear.

You can purchase Clocky for $40 from Amazon.

Wondering how people ever woke up on time without fancy gadgets like Clocky to help them? Find out here.

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