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.

18 Smart Products To Help You Kick Off Summer

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Whether you’re trying to spiff up your backyard barbeque or cultivate your green thumb, these summertime gadgets will help you celebrate the season from solstice to the dog days.

1. Rosé Wine Glasses; $60 for Two

Rosé Wine Glass
Amazon

Why It’s Cool: Wine not? When the temperature rises and beer isn’t your thing, reach for the rosé. Riedel’s machine-blown SST (see, smell, taste) wine glasses will give the sparkly stuff ample room to breathe, making every refreshing sip worthwhile.

Find It: Amazon

2. Nerf N-Strike Elite Surgefire; $19

Nerf SurgeFire
Hasbro

Why It’s Cool: The N-Strike Elite SurgeFire (say that five-times-fast) sports a pump-action rotating drum for maximum foam-based firepower and holds up to 15 Nerf darts in its arsenal.

Find It: Walmart

3. Bushel & Berry Plants; $34

plant
Amazon

Why It’s Cool: You don’t need to have a green thumb to create a brag-worthy garden this summer. Besides producing snackable mid-season berries, these open-growing bushes can be planted immediately for easy set-up to make you look like a botanical pro.

Find It: Amazon

4. Inflatable Donut; $11

An inflatable pool toy shaped like a pink donut with sprinkles
Amazon

Why It’s Cool: When the only dunking you’re doing is taking a dip in the pool, a 48-inch inflatable donut is the perfect way to stay afloat.

Find It: Amazon

5. Star Spangled Spatula; $21

American flag spatula
Amazon

Why It’s Cool: O say can you see by your grill’s charcoal light / Meats so proudly we cooked … with a star spangled spatula. Depending on the specific model, these all-American grilling tools (designed in New Jersey and made in Chicago) are made of a combination of walnut and stainless steel or nylon. As an added bonus: 5 percent of the proceeds go to the Penn Abramson Cancer Center.

Find It: Amazon

6. Mlb Hot Dog Branders; $6 AND UP

MLB San Diego Padres Hot Dog BBQ Brander
Amazon

Why It’s Cool: Take your hot dogs, sausages, brats, and more out to the ballgame without ever leaving your grill. These branders (which come in a variety of different designs repping teams across the country) from Pangea Brands are dishwasher-safe and made of ceramic-coated cast iron.

Find It: Amazon

7. Una Grill; $145

grill
MoMA Shop

Why It’s Cool: This portable charcoal-heated grill is as efficient as it is stylish. The compact size lets you cook at the park, on your deck, or anywhere in between.

Find It: Una

8. Hamburger Grilling Basket; $21


Why It’s Cool: Made of steel and finished with a non-stick coating, this grilling tool flips four burgers at once and maintains perfect burger proportions to guarantee nobody stays hungry for long.

Find It: Amazon or Walmart

9. Copper Fire Pit; $120

metal fire pit
Amazon

Why It’s Cool: The grill isn’t the only place for a roaring fire this summer. This 100 percent solid copper fire pit makes for the perfect gathering spot at your next BBQ, or just to warm up after a cool summer evening.

Find It: Amazon

10. Bendy Straw Pool Noodle Float; $10

Bendy Straw Inflatable Pool Float
Amazon

Why It’s Cool: Inflatable pool floats shouldn’t be boring, and this bendy straw float definitely does not suck. This unique spin on traditional pool noodles is sure to make for some cheesy jokes, but at least you’ll be comfortable floating in the pool or at the beach.

Find It: Amazon

11. Griddler Deluxe; $115

Cuisinart GR-150 Griddler Deluxe
Amazon

Why It’s Cool: If you’re looking for some serious panini power, this griddler offers up a versatile lineup of six cooking options in one. And with dual-zone functions you can sling burgers while searing filets and sautéeing vegetables all at the same time.

Find It: Amazon

12. Vintage Snow Cone Maker; $32

Vintage Snow Cone Maker
Amazon

Why It’s Cool: With its old-timey design, dual cone shelf, and endless flavor options, this snow cone maker is guaranteed create a cool treat.

Find It: Amazon

13. Dachshund Corn On The Cob Holders; $6

Dog Corn Holders
Amazon

Why It’s Cool: While meat-lovers will inevitably scarf down a lot of hot dogs this summer, vegetarians who happen to love another kind of dog will be smitten with these stainless steel, Dachshund-shaped corn on the cob prongs. They’re a fun spin on a summer grilling favorite.

Find It: Amazon

14. Ice Cream Sandwich Maker; $20

Ice Cream Sandwich Maker
Amazon

Why It’s Cool: Four sandwiches are better than one, especially when they're of the ice cream variety. Make four ice cream sandwiches at once with this homemade spin on a classic cold treat.

Find It: Amazon

15. Ue Wonderboom; $62

Bluetooth speaker
Amazon

Why It’s Cool: Besides delicious food and great company, some memorable tunes are required for the quintessential barbeque. This portable Bluetooth speaker offers up some booming sound in a small package, and with a battery power of 10 hours on a single charge you can keep the party going all night.

Find It: Amazon

16. Rollors Game; $50

Rollors Backyard Game
Amazon

Why It’s Cool: When you’re sick of bocce, hate horseshoes, and you’re over cornhole, you might want to take up “rollors,” a family-friendly game that combines your favorite traditional backyard festivities into one game for people of all ages.

Find It: Amazon

17. Hammock; $177

hammock
Amazon

Why It’s Cool: Rest easy knowing that this 100 percent hand-woven and hand-dyed cotton hammock contributes to artisan job-creation in Thailand.

Find It: Amazon

18. VSSL Survival Essentials; $45

Emergency Survival Tent Outdoors
Amazon

Why It’s Cool: Compact, convenient, and durable, the VSSL Shelter can come in handy when things don’t go quite as planned. The device—which features a lightweight emergency shelter all within the handle of a compact, weather-resistant aluminum LED flashlight—is designed to keep you safe under the worst conditions.

Find It: Moosejaw

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A version of this story first ran in 2018. It has been updated to reflect current availability.

11 Unusual Cutting and Cheese Boards

Fred & Friends, Amazon
Fred & Friends, Amazon

Planning a wine and cheese party? Make sure what you're using to serve snacks is just as cute as your food is delicious.

1. Mouse Trap; $21

A cheese board shaped like a mouse trap

Fred & Friends, Amazon

At first glance, this item just looks like an oversized mouse trap. Ingeniously, the snapping part of the trap can be removed to reveal it's actually a cheese slicer. A chunk of cheese can be displayed and sliced on the 9-inch-long board—just don't invite any mice to the party.

Find it: Amazon

2. MOUSE BOARD; $30

A board shaped like a mouse hole with a mouse-shaped cheese cutter on top

Fred & Friends, Amazon

If a mouse trap is a little too macabre for your shindig, consider this adorable alternative. Assemble your cheeses on the 8-inch-long board and slice them up with a mouse-shaped knife that can be stored in the Tom and Jerry-esque mouse hole at the bottom.

Find it: Amazon

3. STATE SLATE; $20

Cheese and crackers arrayed on a slate cheese board

Bison Hill Stonecrafts, Amazon

Celebrate cheese from all over the United States with this patriotic slate. You can even grab a piece of chalk and write down the names of all the cheeses for hungry guests. Creator Bison Hill Stonecrafts will even personalize your board with a laser engraving, if you'd like.

Find it: Amazon

4. Log and Axe; $25

A cheese board shaped like a cut tree trunk

Fred & Friends, Amazon

Give your cheese a rustic presentation with this log and axe set-up. The solid beech cutting board is shaped like a log and comes with an axe-shaped knife to help you bring out your inner lumberjack.

Find it: Amazon

5. Mariner Wheel; $35

Invite all your sailor friends over for snacks with this nautical cheese board. When each of the four differently-shaped knives are placed into their respective holes in the board, the board looks like a ship's wheel.

Find it: UncommonGoods

6. Cheese Degrees; $20

A cutting board with a protractor design

Fred & Friends, Amazon

Make sure everyone gets an even amount of cheese with this obsessively precise cutting board. Whether you want perfect cubes or exactly portioned triangles, this cheese board can help ensure that everything is perfectly sliced.

Find it: Amazon

7. The States; $28

A cheese board in the shape of New York state

Amy Stringer-Mowat and Bill Mowat, UncommonGoods

Celebrate your home state with a bamboo cutting board created by New York-based woodworkers Amy Stringer-Mowat and Bill Mowat. You can see all the available state shapes in this PDF.

Find it: UncommonGoods

8. Voodoo Doll; $20

Pull out this voodoo doll-shaped board when you're feeling a little vindictive. You can hack away at meats and cheese and then store the knife appropriately in the wooden doll's back.

Find it: Overstock.com

9. Ampersand; $48

Delight your guests with some knowledge about where the ampersand comes from while using this board, which lets you fill a twisting line of crackers around three different cheeses.

Find it: UncommonGoods

10. Say Cheese; $19

A cheese board shaped like a smiling mouth

Fred & Friends, Amazon

Smile! It's cheese time. This mouth-shaped cheese board looks just as happy about the selection as you do. Underneath all the food, the board says "say cheese" in the center.

Find it: Amazon

11. The Obsessive Chef; $27

A cutting board with measurements on it

Fred & Friends, Amazon

This product comes with a series of lines to guide the cutter, including how to medium dice, small dice, brunoise, fine brunoise, batonnet, allumette, julienne, and fine julienne. The lines are burnished instead of printed, so they'll never get worn away.

Find it: Amazon or at one of the retailers below:

Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers and may receive a small percentage of any sale. But we choose all products independently and only get commission on items you buy and don't return, so we're only happy if you're happy. Thanks for helping us pay the bills!

A version of this article first ran in 2017. It has been updated to reflect current availability.

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