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Special Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for the One You Love

Valentine's Day is here again and we're back into the stress of buying a token of appreciation for the one we love. Even though I personally don't like celebrating Valentine's Day (even though I do have a significant other), I feel like it's a great excuse for you to do something really thoughtful for someone you love, it doesn't even have to be for your partner - why not send a parent, sibling or friend a Valentine's gift or card?

Valentine’s Day gifts don’t have to all be about flowers, hearts and candy; instead I’ve listed lots of ideas for Valentine’s Day that will surely bring a bit of joy into someone you love’s life.

Take a Weekend Trip

One of my favourite things to do is just spend time with my other half, and taking a weekend trip will allow you do just that. Whether you go for a staycation or head a bit further afield, there are so many options for things you can do.

If you’re on a budget, a night in a hotel in your local city could be the perfect option (I love spending a night in Manchester’s King Street Town House). For the best rates book on ‘shoulder nights’ Thursday or Sunday when hotels are usually less busy, and don’t forget to always ask for a complimentary upgrade, the worst they can do is say no!

City breaks like London, Edinburgh, York or Oxford are always fun, or you could head to the Cotswolds or the Lake District for a bit of peace and quiet.

If you don’t want to stay overnight, a spa day might be the perfect option for you. Carden Park in Cheshire just opened their brand new multi million pound spa and I cannot wait to try it out.

Whether you’re going to stay local, head across the country or fly internationally, don’t forget to check out AirBnb for cost effective options overnight options that are completely unique.

Food

They say that food is the best way to someone’s heart, and I completely agree! But eating out on Valentine’s Day can be overcrowded, expensive and you’ll most likely end up stuck with an unimaginative set menu. If like me you prefer to have free reign of the menu, make sure you do your research in advance to ensure that the restaurant is offering a menu that both you and your date will enjoy.

If you would rather stay in, then food gifts can be a lot of fun. One year I baked a heart shaped cake that went down a storm! You could also make a hamper full of your partner’s favourite foods and snacks, or buy a pre bought one. These hampers from Harvey Nichols are so good, and the baskets make amazing storage afterwards (I have three from past gifts…). Personally I’m hoping for these cupcakes made by Masterchef: The Professionals Exose Lopo-Ndinga, and Manchester’s Hey Little Cupcake always have gorgeous options too.

Having a romantic meal in is always a fantastic option as well. M&S and Waitrose both usually offer great 3 course meal deals with wine for Valentine’s Day, and you can do all the normal Valentine’s Day romance stuff in the comfort of your own home (and whilst wearing pyjamas).

Fragrance

Buying perfume or aftershave for Valentine’s Day is properly the easiest gift you can get, and it’s also the one I went with this year. My other half is receiving Paco Rabanne’s 1 Million this year (don’t worry, he already knows) which he’s been asking for, he’s also a big fan of Sauvage by Dior. Both are classic fragrances that can be worn by any man, so are easy picks if you’re not sure what fragrance to buy.

For women my favourites are Jo Malone, I wear Wood Sage & Sea Salt almost daily, Gucci Bamboo, or if you’re looking for something a bit more wallet friendly try Zara’s Vetiver Pamplemousse which is as fun to wear as it is to say.

Technology

Tech presents are always so useful, and will be well received by anyone. Instax cameras are perfect for capturing special moments and come in so many colours. I find it’s nice to have a physical photo in my hand rather than on my phone, and they’re perfect for slipping into your wallet or framing.

If you’re feeling super generous why not go for a pair of fancy headphones – Apple Airpods or Beats will make anyone feel very special.

Lingerie

Maybe it’s a cliche, but every woman loves lingerie and it always makes a perfect gift (as long as you get the right size).

My favourite brands are Figleaves and Calvin Klein, and ASOS is great for finding gorgeous sets that won’t break the bank. If you’re not ready to go full lingerie, why not try a pair of silk pyjamas or a luxury robe from The White Company.

Jewellery

Again, another cliche but we’re already there so why not? Valentine’s Day is such a lovely time to buy jewellery. Thomas Sabo is one of my favourite places to get thoughtful pieces from, their charm bracelets and charms are amazing, and they offer engraving too. Arlo Jewellery has gorgeous unisex jewellery, and you can never go wrong with a classic watch for the man in your life.

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