February 14th leaves plenty of us racking our brains trying to think of the perfect Valentine’s gift ideas for our loved ones that shows how much they really mean to you.
There is no need for the day to be overly costly or super cheesy. If petrol station flowers and over-crowded restaurants aren’t your thing, then coming up with unique gift ideas can be a struggle. This year, surprise your other half with a thoughtful and individual gift that they really will love without your credit card taking a huge hit. We’ve come up with our top Valentine’s gift ideas to really show them you love them this February.
Date Night Jar
Many couples get stuck in a constant loop of always visiting the same places and doing the same things for their date nights. Yes, you might love visiting your favourite restaurant, but heading out somewhere new and unknown can be a real treat for both you and your other half.
So, get your thinking cap on and come up with a selection of different date ideas that you would usually never do, write them down and put them in a ‘date night jar’.
It might include trying out a new restaurant, going for a romantic walk, or heading for a day out somewhere nearby. It even could be super out-there and be a class of acro-yoga or rock-climbing. It’s an excellent Valentine’s Day gift for those on a budget, that want to make a big gesture that you can both enjoy throughout the year.
Create A Home Spa
Everyone loves a bit of pampering and relaxation from time to time – and if you don’t want to splash out on a pricey spa day for the two of you, then try creating your own at ‘home spa’. Home spa sessions can make for great Valentine’s Day gifts for both men and women, and if you have a bathtub at home, then you’re already halfway there.
Run a luxurious bubble bath for when they get in from work on Valentine’s Day, stock up on some indulgent bath products like Lush bath bombs and essential oils. Now – set the scene by putting on some relaxing music, light the candles for that lovely soft glow and let them soak in the tub for as long as they like.
A Surprise Parenting Break
For busy parents, an amazing Valentine’s Day treat can be a surprise break from the kids. Plan ahead and organise for your little ones to spend the whole day, and maybe even night, with grandparents or other family and friends. This gift idea is perfect for giving yourselves some much needed alone time, and even get a lie-in in the morning!
This day off doesn’t necessarily have to be on Valentine’s Day itself, choose a date that fits into your busy lives and work schedules – but you can still surprise them with the tickets in your Valentines card!
Book A Trip
Instead of rushing to a local shop for last minute Valentine’s Day gifts, book a spontaneous trip that the two of you can enjoy together. Is there somewhere you’ve been meaning to visit? Maybe, somewhere your partner has always wanted to see? Maybe they have family in a far-off place they haven’t seen for a while?
Wherever you choose to go, this big gesture is a chance to spend some quality time just the two of you and make some memories that will last a lifetime.
Treat Them With… Chores?
One of the most thoughtful Valentine’s gifts is a break from their usual chores. If there is a chore that your loved one always does or something they keep meaning to get done but hasn’t found the time – do it for them for Valentine’s Day!
It might seem like a small gesture but giving them a slightly easier life will be very much appreciated. If they always load the dishwasher or cook dinner, or do the laundry, then take on that chore for the week to give them a break. It won’t cost you a penny but will probably earn you more brownie points than a fancy dinner or shiny necklace.
If you’re a little late, you can still get those brownie points by making it a Valentine’s Day weekend celebration! Now there’s time to get the gift that shows you really know your other half by getting something personalised, that will mean a lot to them. There are endless opportunities online for personalised Valentine’s Day gift ideas (Etsy or NotOnTheHighStreet) – so you are sure to find something that they will truly adore.
You could even surprise them with a sound wave print of their most loved song, or a cute map of their favourite place in the world. You can personalise everything from jigsaws to cushions, so think outside the box!
A Thoughtful Subscription
In today’s modern world, no matter what your love’s passion is, the chances are there is a subscription to something just perfect for them! If your other half loves cooking, treat them to a recipe service such as Hello Fresh.
If films and TV are more their cup of tea, then a Netflix subscription will go down a treat. There are subscription services for just about any Valentine’s gift ideas you can think of, including socks, books and even jewellery!
Our favourite: The “Reasons Why I Love You” Jar
If you are looking for Valentine’s gift ideas that are truly sentimental and make your loved one smile, create your own ‘reasons why I love you’ jar. The idea is simple: fill a jar with little notes, each saying a different reason why you love them or are grateful for them. Now set the rules – they can read only one card each day. It will brighten their days and remind them of all the little reasons why they mean so much to you.
Happy Valentines everyone!