Ah Valentine’s Day. V day. The day of rom-coms with friends. The day of love.
Also, it’s the day you never realised was so soon after Christmas?! Is it just us, or does it feel like you’ve used all of your best gift ideas for your other half only recently?
If you’re in need of some gift inspiration, take a look at our top buys to spoil your loved ones/ yourselves – we’re not judging.
We can’t have a Valentine’s blog without mentioning chocolates and flowers. With this trio of gift wrapped boxes from Butler’s, you get a delectable selection of truffles, pralines and caramels in milk, dark and white chocolate. And yes, you read correctly, it’s a trio. Two for you, one for them. That’s the kind of maths we like.
Flowers have been the leading symbol of romance for decades, but they always have such a sad ending. By treating them to these faux peonies from Peony, your other half will be able to enjoy the perfect blooms and be reminded of your romantic gesture all year round.
If you’re looking to venture away from the classics, our growing range of men’s grooming and beauty is a great place to start. Jaguar’s eau de toilette is sure to sweep him off his feet, boasting a rich and sophisticated scent inspired by the iconic shape and style of timeless Jaguar car models. However, if he’s got every scent under the sun, this washbag from Danielle is the perfect gift, and comes complete with a full shaving kit; including a shaving brush, travel mirror, razor and more.
If his beauty routine is fine as is, let’s head to his wardrobe. This infinity scarf from Muk Luk (aka snood) is the perfect choice for keeping him warm in this chilly weather, while these chic cufflinks from Links of London are ideal if he wears suits every day.
As well as chocolates and flowers, there are more classics when it comes to buying for the ladies. Perfume is sure winner, so treat her to this indulgent Liz Earle set, in a choice of their mesmerising fragrances with a hand wash and beautiful nude polish.
Jewellery is another obvious one, but you can put your own special twist on it by choosing a piece just for her.
This Bronzo Italia necklace features a simple disc with an elegant engraving of her initial, alongside a shorter chain with a sleek fixed bar at the centre.
Pilgrim’s beautiful star sign necklace is another potential, featuring an engraving of constellations with crystal accents, for each birth month. Any questions over whether you really know when her birthday is will be out the window
It’s always cute to follow the V-day theme with your gifts too, it will melt her heart like Yankee Candle’s Summer Loving collection. We love this solid red and glitter duo from OPI, a devastatingly gorgeous effect when either of them are worn alone or together.
If your woman is a trend-lover, trust as when we say this, she will love you forever if you surprise her with the Bkr in Baby Heart. This chic glass bottle is perfect if she’s a gym bunny or wants to subtly prove her super-cool style to colleagues.
Oldies but goodies
If you’ve been with your partner for a long time, it’s always nice to give a nod to where your relationship began. You could gift this GPO Memphis vinyl player with a vinyl of ‘your song’ for an extra special touch. It plays at three speed levels (33, 45 and 78rpm) as well as having stereo amplifier, FM radio, CD, MP3 and WMA compatibility – just the right amount of a modern twist.
Equally, retro is one of those trends that doesn’t seem to be leaving us for a very long time, so works just as well for younger crowds too. From outfits to hairstyles, anything from the 20s to 90s (yes, the 90s can now be considered ‘retro’) is instantly on our ‘to buy’ list.
Polaroid cameras are back with a vengeance, we can’t get enough of the authentically vintage-looking shots, so treat them to this Polaroid Snap Touch 13MP Camera, allowing you to snap, print, and share all of their favourite photos instantly, using the downloadable app and Bluetooth connectivity.
If they’re not into any of the above, we’re betting some form of foodstuff is the key to their heart.
Take olives. If you hate them, you really loathe. But if you love them, you are obsessed. With this set of 20 pouches from Oloves you get two delicious varieties perfect for snacking on or adding to your favourite dishes.
Steak is the ultimate Valentine’s meal, the perfect indulgence to spoil you both on the day. Treat them to premium cuts with Donald Russell’s assorted selection, including ribeye, sirloin and flat iron.
If you need to cater to a sweet tooth, the Monty Bojangles Sweet Shop Favourites set includes soft fruit jellies, a selection of retro boiled sweets, and traditional bon-bons.
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