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Valentine’s Day, love it or hate it, right? I am firmly in camp love it, but I can totally see why it sometimes comes across as completely over the top. I have put together this gift guide, with the help of some lovely brands, to give alternative gift ideas for those who want to celebrate, whilst avoiding cliches.
For those who need some TLC…
Life can be tough. Why not get the one you love something to show how much you care, and help them put themselves first this Valentine’s Day?
Disney Princess Face Mask Collection
Who says Disney is just for kids? This Disney Princess Face Mask Collection, featuring 4 beloved Disney princesses, is the perfect sweet gift for a loved one or friend this Valentine’s Day. Each mask has different soothing and calming properties, with an image of Ariel, Cinderella, Belle and Aurora to choose from.
Sensationail Express Gel Starter Kit
Buying for a self-confessed gel nail addict? Why not treat them to the Sensationail Express Gel Starter Kit? It comes with an LED lamp, USB lead and mains adaptor plus 10ml of Express Gel polish. Red Your Profile is a deep red shade – a total classic and perfect for Valentine’s Day! Available online and in store at Boots.
Dear Barber Grooming Kit
Featuring a gentleman’s fragrance, shampoo and gel, the Style & Go Collection from Dear Barber is the perfectly packaged gift for the man in your life this Valentine’s Day.
Another fantastic men’s grooming company is men-ü, who I have featured in past gift guides. You can find a whole host of brilliant products and gifts on their website inclufing their Liquiflexx, pomade and clay.
This Hot Pink balm from Dr PawPaw won’t break the bank, but will definitely brighten up Valentine’s Day. Created from a blend of PawPaw (otherwise known as Papaya) fruit, aloe vera and olive oil, with added colour pigment, this moisturising vegan friendly balm is a must for any handbag.
Must Have Gift Kit
The Must Have Gift Kit from Note Beauty would make a lovely present. Featuring an eyeliner, mascara and classic red lipstick, this kit has everything you need whilst being cruelty free and packed with essential oils, vitamins and minerals.
Looking for vegan, cruelty free hair products? Cake Beauty offer a range of fun products that would make brilliant gifts including this Curl Whip mousse and The Curl Friend defining curl cream, available at Boots.
Combining traditional products with a modern feel at an affordable price, Bulldog Skincare have a range to choose from including razors, beard oil and shower gel.
Looking for nourishing, restorative skincare without the luxury price tag? iMantara sell body wash and body lotions, which look and smell gorgeous but are priced at just £12.95 each.
Want to get your loved one a bottle of their favourite fragrance? Scentsational offer a huge range of perfumes and beauty products at affordable prices. This Hugo Boss scent is gorgeous and would make a lovely gift.
For those who need a Break Away….
Want to treat your partner with a night away? Buyagift have a selection of fantastic gift vouchers for Valentine’s Day including breaks away like this Luxury One Night Stay with Dinner and Fizz for Two, which can be redeemed at a number of venues across the UK.
For those Private Moments…
What better time than Valentine’s Day to spend some time together intimately….
YES YES Company Lubricants
Hypoallergenic lubricants don’t have to be boring, as The YES YES Company prove with their range of natural, vegan & vegetarian organic products including both water and plant oil based lubricants as fantastic alternatives to other brands.
So Divine Smooth Operator
Whether you’re looking for some solo-fun or planning a night in with a loved one, the Smooth Operator portable massaging wand provides quiet but powerful vibrations, can be used to massage the whole body, and is water resistant, making it a versatile addition to your collection.
Black Lace Robe
Looking for lingerie? Perfect4u Fashion have a full collection of tasteful, as well as more risqué items to choose from including this delicate Black Lace Robe, which can be worn over lingerie or alone to excite this Valentine’s. The brand offer stylish designs for sizes up to 28.
For those who Could Use a Stiff Drink*…
No judgement, sometimes all you want for Valentine’s Day is a nice drink of something alcoholic. If you think your loved one would like nothing more than a bottle of their favourite tipple, here are some gift ideas…
Coole Swan Irish Cream Liqueur*
Irish cream liqueur isn’t just for the festive season, Coole Swan’s blend of single malt Irish whiskey, white Belgian chocolate and fresh, natural cream provides a deliciously smooth and original taste. This gift set, featuring a 700ml bottle with two branded glasses, is available exclusively from John Lewis.
Brewdog Punk IPA*
Is your partner partial to a good ale? The Brewdog Punk IPA, available as a personalised gift set from Getting Personal, comes with 2 cans of Brewdog Punk IPA and a personalised pint glass, making it a brilliant gift for any pale ale lover this Valentine’s Day.
Mermaid Pink Gin*
Mermaid Gin, produced in the Isle of Wight, has created quite the stir in the gin world, for good reason. Mermaid Pink Gin is delicious, soft and fruity with no added sugar. Smooth and refreshing, this beautiful bottle makes a gorgeous gift, or why not treat yourself and enjoy with the girls?
Vonshef 9 Piece Cocktail Set*
Cocktail fans? The Green & Brushed Gold 9 Piece Cocktail Set from Vonshef is not only a great gift idea, you can also make yourselves cocktails as a fun, alternative activity for Valentine’s Day itself. The set includes everything you need to mix and muddle your drinks (as well as a handy recipe book), all you need is the ingredients!
For those who need Something Practical….
Not necessarily the most romantic of gifts, but especially for those who have recently moved in together, bought their first home or are jetting off on honeymoon, these more practical gifts might be just what they want for Valentine’s Day…
Who doesn’t love getting cosy on the couch? This beautifully soft and luxurious Grey Faux Fur Throw, from Beautify, would make a lovely gift as well as the perfect addition to a bedroom or lounge.
Bring a smile to their face every time they arrive home with a Personalised Doormat from Gift Pup. There is a whole range to choose from, but I must admit a soft spot for this Infinity Mr & Mrs Doormat, which we have had personalised with our surname. It’s washable and anti-slip, and made with 100% recycled backing.
Tesalate Double Towel
Tesalate specialise in towels which are both sand-resistant and ultra absorbent. This brilliant Towel for Two, in an eye-catching Bohemian design, is perfect to pack for a special holiday or honeymoon. Although pretty big when laid out, the towel can be folded up small and placed in the included travel bag, making it compact as well as practical.
Like your fizzy drinks? Sodastream can make your drink go from regular to sparkling at the touch of a button. This gorgeous pastel pink design of the Sodastream Spirit would make a lovely alternative gift this Valentine’s Day. The Hydration Pack is on special offer currently, with the Lemonade and Raspberry & Mint Soda Presses and additional bottles included. If you already have a Sodastream, or are looking for a more budget friendly gift idea, the Pink Blush My Only Bottle is priced at just £8.99, allowing you to take your sparkling drink out and about with you.
Vonshef Stand Mixer
Buying for a keen baker? The Vonshef Stand Mixer has 8 speed settings and a pulse function, making baking breads, cakes and desserts simple. The mixer comes with a large stainless steel bowl and has a head that tilts, allowing easy access for adding ingredients, checking progress and removing the bowl once you are done.
For those who are Hopeless Romantics..
Your Special Memories Hoop
Sparks & Daughters have a range of sentimental gift ideas including this Your Special Memories Hoop. The embroidery hoop wall hanging is personalised with your favourite image. I chose one of our wedding photos, as I love it, and it is going to take pride of place in our new home.
Reasons Why I Love You… Print
I love a personalised gift and this Reasons Why I Love You print from Getting Personal not only includes several spaces for photos, the text can also be fully personalised with your own reasons for why your partner is special to you. I asked Ed if he could create this one for me and I love it!
Friends You’re My Lobster Personalised Notebook
An absolute must-have for any Friends fan, this You’re My Lobster Personalised Notebook can be personalised with your loved one’s name (up to 14 characters) and is sure to be appreciated.
For those who like a Touch of Luxury…
Fox and Chave have an extensive range of silk ties and scarves to choose from with designs inspired by the arts, history and nature. I was sent across a gorgeous silk tie and a pretty patterned silk scarf, both of which are hand-finished, made with sustainable high-quality silk.
For those who like Getting Hands on…
Is your partner into crafts, or perhaps they like a good games night? These alternative gift ideas double up as fun Valentine’s Day activities to enjoy together…
Valentine Heart Cross Stitch Kit
This Valentine Heart Cross Stitch Kit, available from Love Crafts contains everything you need to make the beautiful heart design, perfect for Valentine’s. Inside the pack are beads, a ceramic button, perforated paper, threads, needles and the chart and instructions.
Exit – The Game
Maybe you aren’t into romance as a couple, or just fancy something a little different this year. EXIT, the escape room game, has 13 different adventures to choose from, which can be played as a couple of a group of up to 4 people. It includes the riddles and intrigue you’d expect from an escape room, but is small enough to take away with you, if you are planning a getaway this Valentine’s.
For those with a Sweet Tooth…
If your partner loves their sweet treats, these gifts tick all the boxes!
You can’t beat a good box of Belgian chocolates, and Guylian have you covered whether you are looking for a little something or a romantic treat. Their 105g Heart Shaped Box contains 10 delicious heart shaped chocolates, whilst the 42g mini box has 4 praline filled hearts, the perfect little budget friendly token of your love.
Personalised Giant Jazzie
Looking for something a little different? This Personalised ‘Sprinkled With Love’ Giant Jazzie is everything you never knew you needed. Bringing back a heavy dose of nostalgia, and able to be personalised with a short message of your choice on the heart in the centre, this giant jazzie is possibly the sweetest gift I have seen (plus it weighs and incredible 1.7 kill and measures 12″ in diameter!)
I am a total Popcorn Shed convert, having featured them in several gift guides over the past year. They have a vast selection of Popcorn Gifts available but their traditional Popcorn Sheds are still my favourite, coming in a variety of tempting flavours like Berry-Licious and Pop ‘n’ Choc. You can also get a Popcorn Gift Jar, full to the brim of yummy popcorn.
Creative Cocoa Discover Gift Box
The Creative Cocoa Discover Gift Box from Whittard Chelsea contains Peanut Butter and Sticky Toffee Pudding hot chocolates, mini mallows and a pair of tall glasses. The perfect gift to enjoy curled up out of the cold with this Valentine’s.
For those who are Green-fingered…
Looking for something as an alernative to a bunch of flowers from the supermarket? The Urban Botanist have an eclectic selection of products including Ecospheres and Terraniums, which come ready assembled or as a DIY project, for those a little more green fingered. I absolutely love the Duo Baby & Petite Ecosystem which I was sent, with the lights and engraved disk. The flasks are made from recycled glass and contain a selection of tropical plants and natural ball moss, handpicked by botanical experts. Once in place, the ecosystems require no care – you don’t even need to water the plants as the contents are kept hydrated by the bed of hydro grains.
Items featured in this gift guide have been gifted, however all words and images are my own.
*Please drink responsibly