30 unique Valentine's Day gift ideas your other half will love

Say goodbye to cliché Valentine's Day gifts and hello to the Real Homes edit of what to buy your significant other this February the 14th

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We admit it: Valentine's Day gifting is a confusing minefield. Whether you are buying for him, for her, a foodie, someone who loves football, or, perhaps it's a new for 2021 Valentine? Oooh. Either way, the Real Homes Valentine's Day gift guide can help.

Wave goodbye to supermarket red roses, ridiculously large teddy bears, impractically uncomfortable underwear and everything in between – those gimmicky gifts no one ever uses, we are talking to you! – and take a look at our 30 lovely gift ideas below. None of which scream cringe, all of which they'll actually use. We love to hear it.

Oh, and we should mention that whatever your relationship status – single, married, engaged, living together, or maybe it's complicated – there's something for everyone. Keep scrolling for the ultimate guide for the 14th of February – a day we forever love to hate.

In search of more gifts? We’ve got you covered with our gift hub.

1. A flipping lovely personalised spatula for a foodie – from Not on the High Street

Personalised 'I Flipping Love You' Metal Spatula

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This sweet personalised gift can be used by your partner on a Sunday morning while making pancakes, on a summer's afternoon to flip burgers or to flip those Monday morning eggs to be served on avocado toast.

Personalised 'I Flipping Love You' Metal Spatula | £23 at Not on the High Street
Made from 304 stainless steel, this spatula has a bamboo handle and you can personalise it with their name. View Deal

2. A LEGO bouquet with a difference

LEGO Creator Expert Flower Bouquet Set for Adults

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If you want to get your other half some flowers this year but don't want to fall into that cliche, then gift them some LEGO flowers – they'll last for years and years, and they'll have fun building them, too.

LEGO Creator Expert Flower Bouquet Set for Adults | £45 at Argos
This eye-catching LEGO set features 15 stems with realistic petals and leaves – they are even made from plant-based plastic, produced using sustainably sourced sugarcane, yet still super colourful. View Deal

3. A whisky decanter for their favourite drink – from Amazon

LSA Whisky Arran Decanter

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Every whisky lover needs a decanter to store their favourite drink in style. And, a good decanter will keep your whisky looking the part in your kitchen (or on your drinks trolley) and tasting fresh.

LSA Whisky Arran Decanter | £110 £88.15 (save £21.86) at Amazon
This one litre whisky decanter comes with a stylish walnut base, and it has tapering walls. It's hand wash only, and it's on sale!View Deal

4. Date night tokens for inspiration post-lockdown – a Not on the High Street find

Personalised Glass Bottle Date Night Tokens

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If you are a couple who is constantly umming and ahhing about what to do come date night – cinema, home cooked dinner, restaurant? – then this jar can help inspire you. 

Personalised Glass Bottle Date Night Tokens | £26.50 at Not on the High Street
This lovely gift can be personalised to say your names, and inside lives 15 maple tokens that read date night ideas. All inside a glass bottle with a cork lid. And, it looks nice on display, too!

5. Treat them to the comfiest double cotton pyjamas from The White Company

Double-Cotton Pyjama Set With Bag

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Because pyjamas are a great gift for anyone, especially while in lockdown. These are comfortable enough to spend an entire Saturday in, and they come in blue or pink.

Double-Cotton Pyjama Set With Bag | £80 at The White Company
We are dreaming (no pun intended) of wearing these pyjamas paired with fresh sheets. They come with a travel bag for staycations, they're made from 100 per cent cotton and they have pearl buttons. We love!View Deal

6. Check out these NOTHS personalised Champagne glasses

Couple Champagne Coupe Glass Set

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We think these lovely Champagne glasses would look great on your bar cart –alternatively, they're a lovely keepsake if you just want to display them.

Couple Champagne Coupe Glass Set | £39.50 £29.63 at Not on the High Street
We love these vintage-style Champagne coupes, and the fact they can be personalised makes them that little more special. A lovely gift, and something you will keep forever.View Deal

7. A Scooms silk eye mask so that they sleep like a dream

Scooms Silk Eye Mask

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Okay, so an eye mask has the ability to transform your sleep – we would know as we use one every day. If you are like us, then it's important to buy one that's of good quality, and this one is made from Mulberry Silk to keep your lashes fluttering and your skin looking (and feeling) lovely.

Scooms Silk Eye Mask | £25 at Scooms
This silk eye mask comes in lots of colours – we have it in Champagne – and it comes with a lovely bag for when you're packing it to go away. It's elasticated, and free from chemicals and toxins, too.View Deal

8. Bring the spa home with this gift set from Not on the High Street

'Home Sanctuary' Personalised Organic Spa Gift Set

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Whether you'd usually celebrate Valentine's Day at a spa, or, perhaps you think your other half deserves a rest, this spa kit can help them unwind.

'Home Sanctuary' Personalised Organic Spa Gift Set | £39.90 at Not on the High Street
Included comes everything from soap to a candle, bath salts, a face mask (the beauty kind!), an organic cotton muslin and reusable makeup pads. A truly lovely and thoughtful gift.View Deal

9. Buy them a trendy print of their favourite football team – from NOTHS

Custom Contemporary Print Of Any Football Stadium

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If you are buying for a football fan but are fed up of having distasteful memorabilia scattered around your home, then get them this surprisingly lovely looking print and personalise it to their favourite team. 

Custom Contemporary Print Of Any Football Stadium | £9.95 at Not on the High Street
We think this custom print would look great in a home office or hallway, and it's printed on semi-gloss finish 310gsm fine art paper. Just choose your preferred size...View Deal

10. Gift them a bottle of this rosé Champagne that's sold at John Lewis

Taittinger Rose and 2 Glasses Set

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Not only does this Champagne taste lovely, but it's pink to go with the whole Valentine's theme, and we can confirm that it looks lovely on display – ours is currently sitting proudly on our bar cart. 

Taittinger Rose and 2 Glasses Set | £55 at John Lewis
This gift set comes pre-wrapped, and included is two matching glasses for enjoying this full-bodied drink. How is it pink? 15 per cent of it is still red wine from the vineyards of Ambonnay and Bouzy, and there's at least 30 per cent Chardonnay in there. A lovely mix!View Deal

11. For partner who struggles to sleep – the Simba Sleep Spray

Simba Sleep Spray

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If your partner struggles to fall asleep or stay asleep, then gift them a bottle of sleep spray this Valentine's Day – they will forever thank you. 

Simba Sleep Spray | £13.50 at Amazon
Just add two to three sprays of this to your pillow and let the dreaming commence. It smells lovely – it is made from a natural blend of essential oils – and it comes in a lovely glass bottle.View Deal

12. A classic box of chocolates from the one and only Hotel Chocolat

Hotel Chocolat With Love Valentine Chocolates H-Box

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Because if you are going to go down the clichéd route of chocolates, you are going to want to make them the best. Introducing, Hotel Chocolat's Valentine's box... 

Hotel Chocolat With Love Valentine Chocolates H-Box | £12.95 at John Lewis
This box of chocolates is made up of 14 irresistible heart-shaped chocolate caramels, fruits, tipples and pralines. Sounds delectable. View Deal

Instax Mini Link Smartphone Printer

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If you really want to treat your other half and get them something that they will actually use, then the Instax Mini Link Smartphone Printer is an awesome gift. They can use it to print their favourite memories...

Instax Mini Link Smartphone Printer | £109.99 at Argos
Available in lots more colours (for those who aren't keen on pink) this printer makes an easy job of treasuring memories. Connect it wirelessly to your smartphone, select the photos you want to print and choose a template or add a doodle. It can also print in 12 seconds and from one charge, it can be used 100 times.


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14. A VonShef fry up pan for an easy clean up every Sunday morning

VonShef Grill Pan Non Stick Aluminum

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Yes, you can now buy one pan to cook an entire full English – it's the present your Valentine has always wanted.

VonShef Grill Pan Non Stick Aluminum | £27.99 at Amazon
With a copper interior, this practical pan is also nice looking. Non-stick, too, with four compartments – for eggs, sausages, bacon, and your veg. View Deal

15. A Valentine's Day gift idea that gives back – this eco-friendly Dopper water bottle

Dopper Original Drinks Bottle

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A practical Valentine’s Day gift? Yes, they do actually exist. This water bottle is the perfect gift for your eco-warrior significant other.

Dopper Original Drinks Bottle | £12.50 at John Lewis & Partners
Each Dopper bottle saves around 40 plastic disposable bottles a year, plus, five per cent of the brand's profits go to the Dopper Foundation, which helps provide access to safe drinking water worldwide. Taking this bottle outside? The lid on it doubles as a cup!View Deal

16. Say it with metal wall mounted lettering from Umbra

Umbra Mantra Love Wall Decor

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Couldn’t have put it better ourselves! Stick this to your wall with ease and sing the song every time you see it. We used to have this in our kitchen and we loved it!

Umbra Mantra Love Wall Decor | £35 £21.07 at Amazon
This wall decoration from Umbra is perfect if you are buying for a home-loving other half. The slogan comes in 10 parts, so you can shape it however you like. View Deal

17. A cute alternative to chocolates – love you a latte biscuits from Biscuiteers

love you a latte letterbox biscuits

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The perfect little token if you don’t go all out on Valentine’s Day gift ideas but still want to show some appreciation, we think. And, if your Valentine isn't too keen on chocolate. Oh, and they can be posted through a letterbox...

Love you a latte letterbox biscuits | £25 at Biscuiteers
Biscuiteers have lots of gorgeous iced biscuits that make a quirky alternative to chocolates. This box is great for coffee lovers, and they're chocolate flavour.View Deal

18. A feel-good make up bag from Not on the High Street

'You Look Lovely Today' Blush Pink Pouch

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What could be a nicer Valentine's Day gift idea than a daily reminder of how lovely you look? They can use this bag to store their makeup, skincare or brushes.

'You Look Lovely Today' Blush Pink Pouch | £22 at Not on the High Street
Made from canvas with a black cotton lining and a metal zip for closing, this makeup pouch comes in a gift box that can be personalised, if you want to make it extra special. View Deal

19. Treat him to some sheepskin slippers – from ASOS

ASOS DESIGN premium sheepskin slipper in beige

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If you have ASOS Premier, then you'll probably want to buy the majority of your presents from there – we get it. Slippers are a failsafe present for anyone, especially while we are all confined to our homes and our laminate flooring is colder than ever in the morning.

ASOS DESIGN premium sheepskin slipper in beige | £35 at ASOS
These slippers look mega comfortable, and they are slip-on to make his life easier. They're also slip-resistant and they have a leather sole. Built to last! They'll also fit nicely with in your home when he inevitably leaves them in the middle of the living room.View Deal

20. Buy some expertly-crafted cocktails for you both to enjoy at home – from NIO

NIO Cocktails

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Bring the bar home this Valentine's Day with help from NIO cocktails. Yes, you can get pre-made lovely tasting cocktails delivered straight to your door. Just choose a fitting glass and add the garnish.

NIO Cocktails | From £19.50 for a box of three
NIO cocktails will make a lovely Valentine's surprise for a cocktail-loving partner. Choose from 16 drinks – Negroni, Gimlet, Manhattan, Vodka Sour, Comsmoplotian – and choose your box size from three, six, or nine. View Deal

21. Write their favourite song lyrics on this lovely personalised vase from Not on the High Street

Personalised Poem Or Message Vase

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A keepsake they will treasure forever, this vase can be personalised to read their favourite song lyrics, a poem or even part of a story. 

Personalised Poem Or Message Vase | £110 at Not on the High Street
What a lovely gift! Glazed in satin cream with black handwriting, this vase is made from the finest porcelain. It'll look so lovely on show holding their favourite blooms! Order by the 1st February for Valentine's Day.View Deal

22. A personalised map 

Personalised Special Place Map Print

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Mark a special place or a special occasion with this sweet personalised map print. Your wedding day? The place you first met? Your favourite pub? The choice is yours. 

Personalised Special Place Map Print | £40 at Not on the High Street
Choose the typography and location, and then The Design Conspiracy source a vintage (or slightly newer, depending on your choice) map. View Deal

23. The ultimate Valentine's Day present for a meat lover – from Not on the High Street

British Letterbox Charcuterie

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Buying for a meat lover? This tasty gift can be posted through their letterbox to enjoy for weeks and weeks.

British Letterbox Charcuterie | £34 at Not on the High Street
This hamper is made in Dorset, and inside you'll find five of The Real Cure's most popular cured meats – all of which have a three month shelf life. From bresaola to salami, chorizo and more...View Deal

24. Plan your post-lockdown trip with this Lonely Planet travel book

Lonely Planet's Ultimate Travelist 2

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We might not be able to actually go on holiday right now, but nothing will stop us from planning. Gift this book to your travel-loving other half and start making notes.

Lonely Planet's Ultimate Travelist 2 | £19.99 £15.52 at Amazon
Packed full of amazing sights and attractions you need to get on your bucket list, this book would make a stylish addition to your coffee table. The insightful write-ups and inspiring photography are sure to get you motivated to start planning your next trip together, pronto.View Deal

25. A zen-inducing facial roller from The White Company

The White Company Rose Quartz Facial Roller

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Facial rollers are a hype we have recently gotten on board with – not to mention they make your dressing table look lovely. Great for using to apply serum, it can help keep your skin looking fresh, hydrated and it reduces puffiness.

Rose Quartz Facial Roller | £30 at The White Company
This facial roller makes a lovely gift since it comes with a lovely storage bag, inside an even nicer box. Use the smaller side on delicate areas – under eyes, around nose and mouth. The larger side should be used on your neck, chin, cheeks and forehead.View Deal

26. Make it personal with this illustrated portrait of the two of you – from NOTHS

Personalised Illustrated Family Portrait

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Looking for a thoughtful gift that might make those tears appear? This personalised portrait ought to do the trick. The talented Darcie Olley can draw a print of you both from a photo, with your names on, to display in your home.

Personalised Illustrated Family Portrait | £30 at Not on the High Street
Printed on 250 gsm acid-free card and available in two sizes. You can even add a pet to your print for an extra £5.View Deal

27. For a gin lover – this gin tasting set from Selfridges

Gin Didsbury Gin Spirit Of Life

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A small (yet tasty) gift so that your Valentine can try a few more gins on their list, this set is a lovely pressie.

Gin Didsbury Gin Spirit Of Life | £15.99 at Selfridges
Four 50ml bottles of gin come included in this pack – each a different flavour from the next. From blood orange and ginger to raspberry and elderflower. Just be sure to grab some tonic and lemons for the taste test.View Deal

28. A giant photobooth print of you both from Not on the High Street

Personalised Giant Photo Booth Print

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Collect your favourite couple photos or the pictures that hold the most memories and put them together in this personalised photo booth print. It's large so would great hung up or leaning against a wall as you can see above.

Personalised Giant Photo Booth Print | £65 £52 at Not on the High Street
A lovely way to display your favourite memories, this print can come framed – in a black or white option – and you can apply a filter to your photos. Add text on the bottom if you like, too. Also, every order plants a tree!View Deal

29. Surprise them with the best hair dryer around right now – the Dyson Supersonic

Dyson Supersonic™ hair dryer copper gift edition

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If you really want to treat your Valentine, then the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer would be the dream present!

Dyson Supersonic™ hair dryer copper gift edition | £299.99 at Boots
We have tried, tested and loved the Dyson Supersonic. It truly does change the game when it comes to blow drying your hair – we are talking totally dry, gorgeous glossy hair in five minutes max. View Deal

30. A subscription to their favourite homes magazine – Real Homes, duh!

Real Homes magazine February 2021 issue

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The gift that keeps on giving for 12 months, buy your valentine a subscription to Real Homes so they can get some inspiration.

Real Homes subscription | From £1 per issue
Snuggling up with a home lover on February 14th? They'll love this gift – choose from a print subscription, a digital one or the best of both.View Deal