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Not to brag, but I’m pretty awesome at giving gifts. I don’t always give people what they want, but what I end up giving them is usually pretty damn fun. Think confetti-coated bottles of wine and punny stuffed animals (one time in college, I got someone a bottle of whiskey and a stuffed frog, and said stuffed frog became a fraternity heirloom, so #winning).

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But when it comes to Valentine‘s Day, I’m at a complete loss. It probably has something to do with the fact that I stopped doling out V-Day gifts once I graduated the fifth grade and was no longer required to pass out valentines to everyone in my class, and maybe a little bit to do with the fact that I’ve never been in a relationship on Valentine’s Day. Either way, I’m bad at it (though my talent for self-gifting heart-shaped boxes of mini Reese’s cups is unmatched).

That’s where style expert Lilliana Vasquez of The LV Guide comes in. She’s teamed up with T.J. Maxx and Marshalls for Valentine’s Day to put together a comprehensive gifting guide for every person in every possible situation. Some of these tips are perfect to send on to your partner to give them a helpful nudge in the right direction, and others are perfect if you’re at a loss at to what to by for your S.O. So, if you, like me, are relatively inept in the gift-giving department, read on for some of Lilliana’s expert tips!

Gifts for Her:

Casual Dating…

casual dating

Lilliana’s tip: You may not know her favorite color or ring size just yet so it’s best to pick out something classic. Try a simple pair of oversized stud earrings, a delicate bracelet or on-trend pendant necklace—all for a designer look that’s sure to impress!

In a Relationship…

in a relationship

Lilliana’s Tip: You probably have a sense of her style and know her usual go-to pieces so purchase something she can wear with the jewelry she already owns. If she likes to make a statement, go for an ear cuff or set of midi rings or show your flirty side with “love” and “xo” stud earrings.

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Getting Serious…

getting serious

Lilliana’s Tip: At this stage, you’re starting to build a life together so invest in a piece of jewelry that she’ll be able to wear when celebrating special occasions and milestones in your relationship. Try a pair of beautiful chandelier earrings or a glamorous cuff to take her outfit to the next level.



Lilliana’s Tip: For a truly special lady, two presents are always better than one! Gift her with a fabulous red tote or weekend bag and slip in some beautiful designer lingerie or perfume as a bonus gift that she’ll never expect—it will make her feel like a million bucks!

Date Night for Her…

date night for her

Lilliana’s Tip: When it comes to fashion, stand out in a sea of red by opting for a softer palette. Try a pale pink blazer over an on-trend, feminine blouse with jeans for a more casual look or a beautiful rose patterned dress with designer heels and a metallic bag for a date night look that’s sure to turn heads! Pastels are a huge trend for spring, but who says you have to wait to wear them, why not start now?!

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Gifts for Him:

gifts for him

Lilliana’s Tip: If you’re having a hard time thinking of what to get your guy, don’t be afraid to go after a classic. According to a recent survey from T.J.Maxx and Marshalls, guys want a watch this Valentine’s Day. You can’t go wrong with a brand name timepiece! To make it even more special, engrave it with a personal message, a line from your favorite song or your anniversary date!

If You Want Something More Personal…


Lilliana’s Tip: No matter what the holiday, men love tech! So this Valentine’s Day present him with the latest quality, sleek headphones and on-trend tech-cessories like touch screen-friendly leather gloves or a portable speaker!

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Gifts for Both:

For Candy Lovers…


Lilliana’s Tip: If you’re short on cash but big on love, try this easy gift that says I (heart) U! The survey also indicates that men and women agree gourmet chocolates and candy are always a safe and delicious bet! It’s a treat that your sweetie is sure to love. And, bonus: you can reuse the basket again and again!

For Real Couples…


Lilliana’s Tip: Why shop for me when you can shop for we? Create a couples retreat for Valentine’s Day that you can both enjoy. Set the mood with simple touches like a cozy throw and embroidered “love” pillow for the couch paired with a set of whimsical champagne flutes and a lovely scented candle to make the perfect gift that you can share!

Shop T.J. Maxx and Marshalls now for some of Lilliana’s suggested gifts! 

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