All photos by Cat Agonis.

Valentine’s Day gifts are so obnoxious to shop for… If you just started dating someone, you may be in that awkward stage of not knowing just how much money to blow, or how romantic (a.k.a sexy) you should get. For those who have been dating a while, let’s be honest–the creativity (a.k.a. desire–you’re really just going through the motions at this point) may not be all there anymore. But fret not! This doesn’t mean you have to get a box of Russel Stover Chocolates and bottle of crappy red wine. I mean, you can if you want, but just please don’t. Bushwick and I are here for you with some pretty awesome gifts that you can invest in instead.

#1 Mullein & Sparrow’s, Non-Tobacco Smoking Blend

mullein and sparrow valentines day gift

Whether you think cigarettes are sexy, or downright gross, this is the perfect gift for your smoking partner. Instead of filling the air with tobacco, this nicotine-free smoking blend surround you with scents of cinnamon and clover.

While at Better Than Jam, also be sure to pick up your Valentine’s Day cards too. You could get crafty at home, but these are just as sweet and a time saver (pictured above).

Where to Buy: Better Than Jam, 123 Knickerbocker Ave.

How Much: $18

#2 Doggie-Poop Bags with Heart Prints

If your main squeeze has a pooch (or any pet), it’s always a good idea to get the fluffy one a gift. People ADORE their animals, and so they’ll love you for keeping them in mind on this special day. These heart-poop bags are the perfect add-on to another small gift.

Where to Buy: Bushwick Bark, 175 Knickerbocker Ave.

How Much: $10.99

#3 Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

circos valentines day

Don’t get cheap chocolates from CVS. It’s tacky and nobody enjoys biting into a dusty turd. Instead be sensual with this old-school bakeries super sweet chocolate-dipped strawberries. Seriously–Who wouldn’t enjoy the likes of these? Don’t tell me. I don’t want to know that person.

Where to Buy: Circo’s Pastry Shop, 312 Knickerbocker Ave.

How Much: $15/lb

#4 Kings County Seasonal Chocolate Flavored Whiskey

An expensive ass bottle of artisanal whiskey is already a great Valentines Day gift. Your significant other will know you spent $$ on the good stuff and then you can enjoy it… together. But this chocolate whiskey is the way to to go, because it’s Valentines Day and chocolate, so obviously.

Where to Buy: Big Tree Bottles, 43 Bogart Street

How Much: $22

#5 A totally awesome retro record player

valentines day record player

This list’s biggest splurge item by far, is also a worthy one. How cool would it be to get a retro-record player for V-Day, and some of your favorite records to boot? Totally cool. Music gets everyone in the mood, and I know you know what I mean.

For a more economic option at Vinyl Fantasy, also check out Saga (see below). This comic’s tale is also filled with romance from what I hear. $10.

Where to Buy: Vinyl Fantasy, 194 Knickerbocker Ave.

How Much: $65-$70

#6 An original fitted-cap

Fly dudes wear flat brims. Fly girls wear flat brims. Everyone looks good in a flat brim, and I guarantee every single person will look good in this particular flat brim, made specially by RDYAMIKS. Also, cheetah. Rawrr.

Where to Buy: Reflection Dynamiks, 1095 Flushing Ave.

How Much: $26