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Think Outside the (Chocolate) Box: A Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

The cynical among us look at Valentine’s Day as a corporate scheme to get people to spend money on cards and roses, but for those willing to put in the extra effort, V-Day is a golden opportunity to remind your significant other how much you truly care. The key is to buck tradition and avoid becoming a walking cliché. We asked the gals of Birchbox for their ideas on how to ditch predictable drugstore bouquets and chocolates, and go for something a bit more unexpected.

For the Adventurous Type

Locate the nearest indoor rock climbing center and sign you and your partner up for a day pass or lesson. If you’re one of the lucky few who live in a warm climate, consider surfing or skydiving. An exciting shared experience trumps a ho-hum overprice pre-fix any day.

For the Homebody

Cook dinner. As one of our female editors noted, “It's adorable even if it's a disaster.” Websites like Everyday Food and Epicurious have loads of free recipes at the ready. Or there’s always the delicious pork chop recipe we taught you back in January.

For the Fitness Fiend

A gym membership can easily be misconstrued. Instead, opt for a package of yoga classes.

For the Foodie

Can’t score a last-minute reservation? Mix things up and take a couples cooking class instead. Check your local culinary institutes for listings. HowAboutWe for Couples has tons of great listings.

For the Cinéaste

The art houses will be packed on the night of the 14th. One of our editors recommends a film screening at home with “a picnic on the floor and a ton of really bad '90s horror style, like “Scream,” “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” and “Final Destination.”

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