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Moments Over Material: A Tailored Experiential Gift Guide

This year, opt for an intangible gift that both you and your significant other can enjoy together while creating new memories.

Gift-giving season isn’t quite over just yet. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, BWB is here to assist in the brainstorming process and help you find that perfect gift for your special someone. This year, instead of purchasing another wallet or pair of shoes, opt for an intangible gift that both of you can enjoytogether while creating new memories. BWB has not only curated five experiential gift ideas, we’ve also tailored each to the kind of person your partner is in an effort to make your Valentine’s Day with your S.O. a little more special and meaningful.

The Foodie


If your partner is someone who has an unconquerable number of restaurants bookmarked on Google Maps, can’t stop gushing about Netflix’s new show, The Final Table, and sits across the table from you waiting (im)patiently for you to disclose that you’re full so he can finish off your plate, a culinary experience would most definitely be worth looking into this Valentine’s Day. Cozymeal is an interactive service that brings in the nation’s top chefs and offers a variety of cuisines and food styles to celebrate the joy of gastronomy. Participate in a couple’s cooking class and put your teamwork to the test, or, for something a little more intimate, you can have a private dining experience with your own personal chef, either at their abode or yours. “You, me, and carbs”– gosh, is there anything sexier?

The Brainiac


For the one who loves solving riddles, puzzles and mysteries–take it to the next level and fully immerse yourself in the problem that needs to be solved–literally. Even if you’ve only been dating for a short period of time, an escape room could be the perfect icebreaker and excuse to leave behind the nerves and just have fun. If anything, this could be a compatibility test to see how well you work together under pressure! With seven different rooms, you can spend your Valentine’s Day anywhere from attempting to stop Jurassic Park 4 from happening to navigating the deep blue sea before your oxygen tank runs out. Take your pick.

The Artist


There’s a reason why they call it the Romance Era. A movement that drew inspiration from human emotion, love and art have always intertwined. Summon your inner Picasso with your partner at Muse Paint Bar–over a glass or three of wine, of course. All levels and ages are welcome, though there are events for couples, specifically. Themes range from scenic landscapes to your very own pet. Artist or not, a tipsy paint session is almost guaranteed to be a fun time and a different way to bond with your partner more. Throw some acrylic on the canvas, give it your best shot, and refrain from giggling too hard if art just ain’t their forte.

The Outdoorsman


Things are starting to get serious between you and your significant other, and you want to do something this Valentine’s Day to show how much you cherish him and your relationship. If this is the case, it might be worth investing in the gift of quality time. And if he’s fond of the great outdoors, a weekend getaway in a remote cabin could be the perfect solution. Better yet–how about a treehouse? Unplug from the urban noise in this charming AirBnB located in Hudson Valley, New York that is great for couples and stylishly decorated. Fully equipped with electricity, heating, and any and all appliances, you might forget for a moment how immersed in nature you are until you step out onto the sizable terrace of the treehouse and gaze into the wilderness. But don’t worry, there’s WiFi.

The Clown


Everyone wants to be with someone who makes them laugh until their breathing is dangerously compromised. Why not clutch your bellies together and go see a comedian to make you both fall out of your chairs? New York City is no stranger to the comedy scene, and the Comedy Cellar in West Village sits comfortably at the forefront. Having served as the stomping grounds for the likes of Robin Williams, Dave Chappelle and Amy Schumer, you won’t regret making a reservation here for two and embracing the more lighthearted side of romance. This is another great option for a first date– a no-pressure ambience and an effortless way to break the ice.

(Pro tip: If you’re not so hot about the spotlight, ask to be seated in one of the booths; you’ll be much less likely to get picked on by the performer!)

Image 1 Credit: Cozymeal Facebook page, Image 2 Credit: Escape the Room website, Image 3 Credit: Muse Paint Bar website, Image 4 Credit: Glamping Hub, Image 5 Credit: Yelp

Alicia Zhang

Originally from Los Angeles, Alicia lived in Shanghai for 11 years before moving back to the states to attend the University of Miami, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and minors in art and philosophy. Currently residing in New York City, Alicia applies her knowledge of strategic communication and design in her career. She enjoys painting, rugby, exploring, and more often than not, you’ll find her petting someone’s dog.

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