With Valentine’s Day looming, the shops are heaving with cuddly teddies, roses, and lovehearts. I personally don’t like those kind of gifts so I thought I’d put together a small guide to some more unusual Valentine gifts.
1. Personalised Nutella
Staying on the theme of chocolates on Valentines, this is a nice variation and lasts a lot longer than a box of luxury chocolates (and most of the fillings in those chocolates leave a lot to be desired!). Brown Thomas in Dublin and Limerick are now offering personalised Nutella jars with your loved ones name on the label for €5.50 (gift box is €2.00 extra). If you can’t get into a store you can buy the “Be Mine” jar online here, but if you want a name on the label you do need to go in store.
2. The Book of Everyone
I came across this little gem recently when I was browsing gifts online and thought it was a great gift idea, and a lovely keepsake. Go to The Book of Everyone, put in a few details of your other half as well as your own name, and it generates a book about how great your partner is. You can edit a lot of the details too – favourite movie, a song that reminds you of them, etc. You can get the book sent digitally within 2 hours for a very reasonable £7.50/€9.60 or you can get it in paperback (£19.50/€25.10), hardback (£29.50/€38.00) or deluxe finish (£49.50/€63.90). Here are some examples below using my husband’s details 🙂
3. A Year of Dates
This is a very easy, cheap (free) Valentine’s gift – but I think it’s adorable and shows a lot of thought. The idea is that you plan out 12 dates, print the details out for each one and seal them in individual envelopes (fancy ones, of course!). Then your partner opens one a month for the next year. Best not to book any specifics with this, as a lot can change in a year and you might not be able to commit to pre-booked dates more than a couple of months out, but I think opening them on the 1st of each month and booking it in then means that they’ll always happen.
4. Name a Star
Ok ok ok – yes this has been done hundreds of times already!! But – I did find a little twist to the star-naming experience. Twin stars! On Star Register you can name side-by-side stars after you and your partner. I think it’s a lovely idea, and it means no lonely stars up in the sky if you get one each! All you do is pick the date to name the star (e.g. Feb 14th 2016 if it’s a Valentine’s gift, but this is a great idea for any occasion). Then you select the constellation you want the star in depending on the recipient’s birth date (e.g. Aries / Sagittarius) and lastly you have the option to include a message to appear on the Star certificate. This is €49.99 and you get a pack all about the stars, how to find them in the sky, and your certificates.
5. Couple’s Experience
Another one that has kind of been done to death, but I hear people saying all the time that they don’t have any inspiration about what to do or where to go. There are loads of ideas on Gifts Direct – from Spa days and food tastings, to more adventurous things like Hovercraft driving or hot-air balloon rides! The prices range greatly so pop online and have a look yourself if you’re thinking of this kind of gift – here are a few examples but there are loads on the website.
So I hope this post gave you some inspiration for Valentine’s Day gifts, or birthday gifts, or even for self-gifting! Make sure you share it with your friends to spread the inspiration and don’t forget to comment if you use any of the gift ideas and let me know how it turned out.
Thanks for reading!
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