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Whether you're celebrating an anniversary, a holiday or an important life event, giving a thoughtful gift to your S.O. is a wonderful way to show your love. But choosing the perfect present can be a tough challenge. To help, we rounded up 34 gifts for your significant other that are thoughtful, useful and delightful. One strategy for finding the right present is to consider small luxuries your partner would never buy themselves (think: a silk sleep mask or a delicious-smelling candle). Or, incorporate small details of your relationship—like a favorite song or your go-to date night activity—for a practical and thoughtful present. Ready to get shopping? See 34 of our favorite gifts for your significant other, below. 

Gifts for Your Boyfriend

Finding the perfect gift for your boyfriend can be tricky. Either he already has everything, or he's extremely picky. That's why we rounded up 12 picks that are clever, thoughtful and practical.

You can't go wrong with a sentimental gift. Give him a custom map that shows the exact location of where you two met.

The Modish Home Where We Met map, from $39, Etsy

Make his bachelor pad smell better with this cult-favorite candle. The scent is an intoxicating blend of amber, cocoa, vanilla and cedar. Plus, when it's used up, he can use the unique glass for cocktails.

Le Labo Santal 26 classic candle, $75, Nordstrom

A silk sleep mask is something your boyfriend might never buy for himself. But the luxe fabric will block out light as well as soothe and protect his skin. He'll be totally hooked after one use.

Slip silk sleep mask, $50, Sephora

We know—fancy soap? But hear us out: this yummy-smelling duo will instantly elevate his vanity and make his bathroom feel like a full-on spa.

Aesop Resurrection Aromatique hand wash & hand balm duo, $125, Nordstrom

If your boyfriend is a total bookworm, he'll appreciate this thoughtful gift. This collection binds classic novels in unique cloth covers. Gift him Wuthering Heights and write him a note including the iconic quote: "Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same."

Penguin Classics Wuthering Heights, $20, Target

Does your boyfriend already have everything? Consider gifting him an annual membership to Italic, a retailer that sells all kinds of goods (clothing, kitchenware, towels and more) without any kind of mark up.

Italic annual membership, $120, Italic

He probably has a nice television, comfy couch and coffee table, but a soft, plush throw blanket? He likely hasn't purchased one himself. You can snuggle underneath it together for your next movie marathon.

UGG Whistler throw blanket, $98, Nordstrom

This popular jacket has a near-perfect rating due to its sleek design and unmatched warmth. Your boyfriend can throw it on whether he's wearing slacks, jeans or sweatpants for extra warmth and still look polished.

Patagonia Better Sweater zip jacket, $139, Nordstrom

Expand his wine collection with a two-month subscription to Winc. After completing a short online quiz, he'll get a curated selection of wines delivered right to his door (which you can enjoy together, of course!).

Winc two-month subscription, $100, Winc

Has he hopped on the quarantine sourdough train? Give him this sleek bin to keep his creations fresh.

Anthropologie Baker bread bin, $40, Anthropologie

If your beau loves to travel, he'll adore this gift. These packing cubes will help keep everything in his suitcase, carry-on or duffel bag totally organized on your next vacation.

Calpak 5-piece packing cube set, $58, Nordstrom

Turn his shaving routine in a self-care moment with this best-selling kit that's dermatologist-tested. Read: it won't cause any stubborn razor burn or irritation.

Bevel shaving kit for men, $90, Amazon

Gifts for Girlfriend

Shopping for a gift for your girlfriend? No need to panic—we have 12 thoughtful items that she'll absolutely love.

A silk pillowcase is a splurge she likely won't get for herself. Treat her to a luxurious sleeping situation with this top-rated one. Added bonus: silk protects the hair and skin, so she'll wake up feeling extra-refreshed.

Brooklinen Mulberry silk pillowcase, from $59, Brooklinen

If no gift seems right, pick up a Volcano candle from Capri Blue. The best-selling scent is a crowd-favorite, and it comes in a sparkling jar that serves as a piece of pretty decor.

Capri Blue Volcano iridescent jar candle, $32, Anthropologie

Dagne Dover creates fashion-forward bags with organization in mind. Each item has several compartments to hold essentials: keys, wallet, laptop and more. This weekender tote is ideal for any upcoming flights (it slides right on top of a standard carry-on or suitcase) or road trips.

Dagne Dover London carryall bag in Large, $185, Dagne Dover

Give her current pajamas an upgrade with this washable silk set. It's pretty and practical.

Lunya washable silk set, $178, Lunya

Calling all Schitt's Creek fans. This chic gold necklace is bold and clean, which means she can easily layer it with existing pieces in her collection. Plus, the initial is a welcome departure from typical heart-shaped jewelry.

Anthropologie Block Letter monogram necklace, $38, Anthropologie

Another creative jewelry idea? Give your girlfriend this delicate engravable bracelet. It's a simple, sweet gift that will show how much you love her.

Mejuri engravable bar bracelet in Sterling Silver, $60, Mejuri

Does the lady in your life love to cook or bake? This apron is a lovely gift for your girlfriend because it's so practical—she'll use it every time she's in the kitchen.

Anthropologie Trudy apron, $30, Anthropologie

She may have lots of home goods, but these unique floral coasters will be a welcome addition to her collection. Plus, your purchase will support a small, woman-founded company.

Wildflower Graphics sandstone coaster set, $33, Wildflower Graphics

Prep for your next wine and cheese night together with this gorgeous decanter. She can use it anytime she hosts a gathering in the future.

Anthropologie Deca decanter, $42, Anthropologie

Looking for a simple gift for your significant other? Gift her this stunning vase and fresh flowers. It'll make her day.

Jungalow Genie vase, $89, Jungalow

Help her unwind with some much-needed self care. With this handy kit, she'll be able to achieve a salon-worthy pedicure right in the comfort of her own home.

Olive & June The Pedi System, from $70, Olive and June

If she's makeup-obsessed, gift her something she'll actually use. These lip glosses are uniquely formulated to nourish the lips and add shine without any stickiness. Give her a kiss and see for yourself.

Kosas mini Wet lip oil gloss set, $25, Nordstrom

Gifts for Partner

Getting the perfect gift for your significant other is all about being thoughtful. Show your partner you care with these lovely picks that will work for any kind of couple.

Celebrate the occasion with a personalized video greeting from your partner's favorite celebrity. Choose from singers, actors, athletes, reality television stars and more on Cameo.

Cameo personalized video greeting, from $10, Cameo

If they start every day with a cup of coffee, they'll love this present. It's an easy handheld device that will froth milk in seconds so they can enjoy a homemade latte.

Zulay milk frother, $14, Amazon

There's a reason this belt bag sold out immediately after it was released. It's an on-trend, practical accessory that your partner can easily slide across their shoulders or fasten to their waist.

Calpak Luka belt bag, $45, Nordstrom

Maybe your partner isn't into nail polish. Purchase this buff kit for them, which will provide the same level of self care as an at-home manicure set without the hassle of painting their nails.

Sundays Buff Kit 02, from $65, Dear Sundays

Switch up their morning coffee routine with this superfood latte kit made by Instagram-famous band Golde.

Golde Superfood Latte kit, $77, Golde

Say how you feel with a song. This adorable throw comes with the iconic lyrics from "Home" by Edward Sharpe and Magnetic Zeroes printed on it.

PCB Home throw pillow in Home Is Wherever I'm With You, from $20, Etsy

Journaling is an expert-backed form of self care (which we could all use). Get them started with this best-selling journal made by Papier.

Papier The Jag lined notebook, $27, Papier

If you and your partner love to dance, purchase this bluetooth speaker so you can have an at-home dance party whenever you're together.

Bose SoundLink Revolve Bluetooth speaker, $199, Nordstrom

Who doesn't love a good charcuterie board? This unique serving platter will come in handy whenever they host (or on your next date night).

Agate cheese board, $78, Anthropologie

One way to buy a thoughtful gift is to be intentional about where you purchase from. For example, Boy Smells is an Instagram-favorite brand that's queer-owned. This set includes three colorful candles from their Hypernature collection.

Boy Smells Hypernature 3-pack votive candle set, $48, Nordstrom