Ah Valentine’s Day gifting. A confusing minefield of chocolate roses, impractically large teddy bears and teeny tiny underwear... fear not, though, we are here to help you battle this holiday we love to hate with our Valentine’s Day gift guide. Whether you’re buying for him, for her, for a food lover, a home lover, or a not been around very long kinda lover, you will find the perfect gift here…
Gifting is never easy, but we’ve got you covered with our gift hub…
1. For all the love songs
The general rule for Valentine's Day gift ideas seems to be that if it comes in pink or red, then you can blag it’s a romantic present. Luckily, the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom comes in both Cashmere Pink and Fireball Red, so you can whisper sweet nothings into each other’s ears while listening to this compact speaker’s 86 decibels of clear trebles and booming bass.
2. A classic box of chocolates
Because if you are going to go down the clichéd route of chocolates, you are going to want to make them the best. Hotel Chocolat With Love Valentine Chocolates H-Box is made up of 14 irresistible heart-shaped chocolate caramels, fruits, tipples and pralines. Sounds delectable.
3. For capturing those precious memories
Oh, look – another example of how rosy hues instantly make anything an appropriate Valentine’s Day gift idea. If you really want to treat your other half and get them something that they will actually use, then the Fujifilm Instax Mini is an awesome gift. It takes stunning snaps with a retro vibe filter and instantly prints them out, plus there’s an all important Selfie mode for when you are taking those #couplegoals shots.
4. A whole lot of Lempi
Lempi conveniently means love in Old Finnish and, conveniently, the eponymous Skandinavisk candle smells divine – a classically romantic blend of rose and strawberries, garden peony and oakmoss. It comes in two sizes, so you can pick one to suit your budget, and how in Lempi you are feeling.
5. Just a couple of mugs
If you aren’t afraid of going down the slightly cheesy route, then as far as matching couple's mugs go, we actually think these Not on the High Street offerings are super cute.
6. A cute (if not slightly forward) neon lamp
Light up your Valentine’s life/bedside table with this neon light. Is this the kind of thing you can buy for yourself? We are going to go with a yes...
7. A to-the-point print
Say it like it is with this print from Jealous Gallery.
8. Go old school with a mix tape (kind of)
Ahh, a mix tape. Does it get more romantic? Yes, yes it does, with a mixed tape Bluetooth speaker. How 2020. You can control the speaker through your phone, and for such a small device the sound is great, plus it has four hours of battery life. Oh, and you can personalise the label too – up to you whether you go for something horribly soppy or use it to shame the recipient's music taste.
9. A Valentine's Day gift idea that gives back
A practical Valentine’s Day gift? Yes, they do actually exist. This Dopper water bottle is the perfect gift for your eco-warrior significant other. 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.
10. Say it with metal wall mounted lettering
Couldn’t have put it better ourselves. 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.
11. A cute alternative to chocolates
The perfect little token if you don’t go all out on Valentine’s Day gift ideas but still want to show some appreciation, Biscuiteers have lots of gorgeous iced biscuits that make a quirky alternative to chocolates. Oh, and if they don’t get this reference, we reckon you really need to think about whether you have a future with this person (or make them watch re-runs of Friends).
12. A feel-good make up bag
Naww, isn’t this cute? What could be a nicer Valentine's Day gift idea than a daily reminder of how lovely you look? Plus, this makeup pouch from Alphabet Bags comes in a gift box that can be personalised, if you want to make it extra special.
13. A budget friendly Valentine's Day gift idea. Literally
Does it get any more romantic than a reminder you can’t budget? Well, actually, we like the idea of a date night money box, and saving up for a movie night or fancy meal is way more fun than putting money in an ISA. This glass jar from Sass and Belle is cute as well as sensible.
14. A yard of ale
All men like beer right? And quite a lot of women, too, right? So a yard of it from Beer Hawk seems like a sound choice, if not slightly clichéd (for men, anyway). But they are craft beers and they do come in a very long box, so that’s novel.
15. A personalised map
Mark a special place or a special occasion with a personalised map print from The Design Conspiracy. You can pick the typography and location, and then The Design Conspiracy source a vintage (or slightly newer, depending on your choice) map. Your wedding day? The place you first met? Your favourite pub? The choice is yours.
16. Take them to the 500 best places on the planet
Not that you are hinting to be taken away or anything, but this Lonely Planet Ultimate Travelist is packed full of amazing sights and attractions you need to get on your bucket list. The insightful write-ups and inspiring photography are sure to get you motivated to start planning your next trip together pronto.
17. Make a scrapbook
If you’ve got plenty of time before the big day, why not make a personalised scrapbook of all those lovely memories you have together? Print off some photos, dig out the tickets stubs from the first film you went to see together, the first note they wrote you, the lid of the first beer you shared (don’t pretend you don’t still have all that stuff).
18. Hey Google, what's a good Valentine's Day gift?
We know. We are hilarious. But the Google Nest Mini would be an awesome gift for your Valentine, Galentine, or just you (self love and all that). This tiny thing can keep you updated on the news, the weather, your schedule, all the fun stuff. You can also play music.
19. A table that plays music
Not only is this a super stylish table in its own right, it's also a Bluetooth speaker! This table gives you 360-degree sound from the six speakers hidden within, plus it has two USB ports built in for charging your devices. This is a perfect Valentine's Day gift for someone who loves weird and wonderful tech. Know someone who loves a new interesting gadget to show off? A music playing table sounds like something they need, right?
20. A zen-enducing facial roller
We weren't aware that we believed in the hype of facial rollers but you know what, they look damn cute sat on a dressing table so we are willing to give them a go. This rose quartz one from The White Companycomes in a nice bag, in a nice box too so it's perfect for gifting.
21. The best bedding
Because let's face it, even true love isn't as good as the feeling of new bedding. We think The White Company is the best place to get your bedding – it's gorgeous, comes in lovely packaging and you'll find something to suit all budgets. They actually have loads of Valentine's Day gift ideas so check them all out.
22. The most stylish kettle
A kettle for Valentine's Day? We know, hardly says 'I love you' does it? But bear with, this is no ordinary kettle, this is a Smeg kettle, and it's pink! It does come in other colours too if pink won't suit your kitchen all year round – remember a kettle's not just for Valentine's Day.
23. An absolute dream of a hairdryer
If you really want to treat someone, the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer would be the dream! We have been lusting after one of these for what feels like forever *hint hint*, and we have tested it out and it changes the game when it comes to blow drying your hair; we are talking totally dry, gorgeous glossy hair in five minutes max.
24. A subscription to their favourite homes magazine
Snuggling up with a home lover on February 14th? Maybe your other half has big plans for a home transformation in 2020? Check out our subscription offers on Real Homes and Period Living magazines – you'll be in favour for the next 12 months, not just this one.