Whether you’re a lover or a fighter, February 14 can be a fairly stressful day. You’ve got to come up with the perfect gift, the perfect night and, if you’re feeling confident, a romantic hotel to end it all on—that is if you want the night to end with love songs blaring and not crying alone in your car to classic breakup songs. Don’t stress: we've got Valentine’s Day ideas in Washington, DC, to make sure your day goes off without a hitch.
When is Valentine’s Day?
Valentine’s Day falls on Sunday, February 14, 2016.
Dinner and date ideas for Valentine’s Day in Washington, DC
Valentine’s Day gift ideas
Valentine’s Day ideas for her under $100
Win her over with thoughtful twists on the (often overplayed) classics: Think saltine toffee in place of chocolate, tabletop diamonds and other inspired gifts. Traditionalists can also call on the city’s best florists and reserve a table at one of Washington, DC’s most romantic restaurants.RECOMMENDED: Valentine’s Day ideas for Washington, DC
Valentine's Day ideas for him under $100
If there’s one thing years of scanning gift guides has taught us, it’s that recommendations for men are often absurd. It’s not that we think guys won’t appreciate decorative baseball bats, diamond-studded money clips and fashionable axes. It’s that we know they won’t. Before rolling your eyes at another over-the-top list, have a look at our far more reasonable selection of stellar Valentine’s Day ideas for him. Round out the night with dinner at one of DC’s most romantic restaurants and a bottle of wine.RECOMMENDED: Valentine’s Day ideas for Washington, DC
Anti-Valentine's Day ideas
Whether you’re newly solo, happily single or filled with the burning rage of a thousand exes, these anti-Valentine’s Day ideas will convey the proper sentiment. Forget the romantic restaurants and florists—we’ve got all the bitter sweets and tool bags you need.RECOMMENDED: Valentine’s Day ideas for Washington, DC
The best shopping in DC
Washingtonians aren’t exactly known for flamboyant style—something you realize after moving to DC—but that doesn’t mean we lack fashion sense. Vintage aficionados unearth unique finds in 14th St NW emporiums, including Dr. K Vintage for menswear, Junction for funky clothing and accessories, and Blues Hard Goods for retro denim. If you're looking to revitalize your wardrobe, Ginger Root Design's tailoring service is renowned across town and the store also carries locally designed jewelry and accessories for men and women. Redeem is the place to go for edgy international designers. But there’s much more to prime shopping in DC than clothing. The city is strong on bookstores that offer more than the latest bestsellers—Kramerbooks also contains one of the city’s best coffee shops. If you're looking to round out your vinyl collection, head to Adams Morgan for Crooked Beat Records and Smash Records.