For your partner, friend, or even yourself – do something different this year, with our selection of the best sustainable and quirky Valentine’s Day gifts
Heart-shaped foil balloons and a cheesy teddy-bear? Come on now, we can do better than that.
Letting loved ones know that we appreciate and care about them is something that we should do 365 days a year. So, if you’re choosing to exchange gifts on Valentine’s Day, it makes sense that you’d want something that lasts and that recognises your unique quirks, taste, or desires.
With that in mind, we’ve rounded up 10 of our favourite gifts for a unique Valentine’s Day.
1. SOUL ANALYSE, affirmation jewellery
Affirmations have the power to pick us up when we’re going through difficult times, and they’re that much sweeter when they come from someone who loves and cares for us. The range from SOUL ANALYSE includes beautiful, affordable pieces, from rings to bracelets and necklaces, each featuring a supportive message.
2. Tam Mason, hand scrubs
This year has been tough on our hands. And with all the hand washing we’re doing at the moment, we might as well add a bit of self-care into the mix. The hand scrubs by Tam Mason are made in small batches in Somerset, using only natural ingredients, making for a luxurious treat. Whether you’re shopping for someone who already loves a bit of TLC, or someone who needs a nudge in the right direction, these scrubs are perfect for those looking for a soft touch.
3. Silentnight, Yours and Mine duvet
There’s a time and place for getting steamy between the sheets – but if you’re constantly battling with your partner over the temperature of your sleeping environment, this could be the gift that puts nighttime disputes to bed, for good. The Silentnight Yours and Mine duvet is a dual tog wonder – meaning that each side of the duvet is a different tog – 13.5 and 10.5 togs for winter, and 7.5 and 4.5 togs for summer. Now, a new duvet may not be the first thing you think of when you’re looking for a romantic gift but, ask yourself this, is there much more romantic than a good night’s sleep?
4.Gaia, biodegradable vibrator
Sexual pleasure is a core pillar of wellbeing, and if you’re looking for something to spice up your sex life – but you’re held back by the thought of contributing to landfill with cheap, plastic sex toys – look no further. This biodegradable vibrator from Gaia is powerful, versatile, and available from inclusive, non-gendered boutique Self & More. Up until midnight 14 February, you can treat yourself to 20% off purchases using the code: LOVER20. Good vibes all around!
5. Nude Life, Valentine’s Day life drawing class
Always wanted to give life drawing a go, but never got round to taking the plunge? Join Nude Life’s special Valentine’s Day drawing class, where you will be guided through a series of dynamic drawing exercises. Choose from two dates – 13 and 14 February – and let your creativity flow.
6. Hyggelight, growing candles
For the eco-conscious candle lover out there, look no further than the growing candles from Hyggelight. Available in a luxurious range of fragrances, the candles come with a seed-label and, once you’ve burned the soy wax away, simply fill the pot with compost and plant the label to sprout a beautiful bunch of wildflowers. It’s a gift that just keeps on giving.
7. At Your Beat, LoveBEAT dance class
Are you the kind of couple that likes to stay active together? At Your Beat is an online dance fitness company, and this Valentine’s Day they’re offering LoveBEAT, a high-energy session set to your favourite Valentine’s tunes. And the best part? It’s completely free. Sessions take place 14 February with partnered classes at 6PM and singles at 7PM.
8. Ellame Designs, DIY Macrame kit
Whether you’re new to macrame or are looking for your next project, for the crafter in your life, the kits from Ellame Design are a great place to start. To do together, or to sit back and admire, choose from a range of different projects and get making.
9. This Works, Love Sleep collection
It’s a two birds one stone situation with the Love Sleep collection from This Works. The pillow spray and candle are designed to help you switch off and tune out, with a blend of ylang ylang and patchouli which both relaxes and creates a sensual atmosphere – the perfect thing for the end of a long day.
10. WendyWooHandmade, phone holder
Sometimes, self-care is about pausing, putting down your phone and truly being in the present, whether that’s for a quiet moment of contemplation or an uninterrupted conversation with the person in front of you. These beautiful phone pillows remind you to do just that and they're handmade with love.