Any idea how you are going to spend your Valentine’s Day this year? Check out these Valentine’s Day gifts and ideas for some inspiration.
Yes, the pandemic is dampening our joy and romantic spirit and it is putting a strain on our finances and our relationships. However, this is no excuse to stop reminding ourselves, our significant other, and our loved ones how much we mean to each other in this season.
A symbolic gift and simple fun activities shared individually or together to build happy memories are sometimes what we need the most to remember that we do indeed matter, regardless of any life season.
Find out below how you can make your Valentine’s Day quite memorable with a few gift ideas and spontaneous activities you can enjoy either solo or with your loved ones.
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Valentine’s Day gift Ideas for yourself, your best friends, and girlfriends:
Romantic Juliet Valentine’s Day Bouquet
© The Real Flower Company
Available at The Real Flower Company
This year try a different Valentine’s Day bouquet with this combination of dusty pink and white roses with mint and lavender to complement the rose’s fantastic fragrance for a wonderfully elegant bouquet.
Gratitude | Eco Luxury Candle – 350 G
© Amaura London
Available at Amaura London
Unleash the power of daily gratitude within your soul with this gorgeous scented candle in stainless steel chrome to boost your mental health and improve your positive attitude to life.
Modern Abstract Cushion Cover
© Crescence Home
Available at Bycrescence.com
Add a pop of colour to your interior with this Eco-friendly cushion cover, with its mid-century inspired embroidery on the front surface that reveals a fabulous painterly abstract texture enhanced by an off–white natural cotton reverse.
Relax & Pamper Gift Box
© Amala Curations by MG
Available at Amalacurations.co.uk
Treat yourself and your loved ones to a fabulous at-home pampering session with this beautifully curated cruelty-free and reusable gift box containing six exquisite products accompanied by a personalised hand-written note which turns into beautiful flowers.
Supreme Models Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionized Fashion
Marcellas Reynolds (author) / © Abrams
Available at Amazon UK
As a high fashion connoisseur, get the first-ever book celebrating black models, featuring more than 70 women from the last 60 years, by showcasing stunning photographs, memorable covers, campaigns, runway shows, interviews, and editorials.
Lola & Mawu Bolga Storage Basket – Earthy
© Lowa & Mawu
Available at Lowa & Mawu
Support women’s communities in Ghana via this handcrafted basket that makes a fantastic planter or paper bin. Use it as storage for your arts and craft projects, and magazines around the house.
Three Monochrome Standing Planters
© Cox & Cox
Available at Cox & Cox
Bring the outdoors inside with this set of three monochrome dolomite planters which are perfect for your house plant, succulent or cactus. Style as a trio and create a playful display, or position in different areas of the home of a complementing scheme.
Valentine’s Day gift ideas for the men in your life:
Think Like A Monk (Hardback)
Jay Shetty (author) / © Thorsons
Available at Amazon UK
Get your loved one this empowering book which explores Jay Shetty’s time as a monk in the Vedic tradition to show us how to transform our mindset and attitude to life in order to clear the stumbling blocks to our potential and power, and access the calm and purpose that lie within all of us.
Debrett’s Men’s Style Pocket Book
© Sir Gordon Bennett Ltd
Available at Sirgordonbennett.com
This unique pocket book is a guide for the well-dressed modern gentleman that includes grooming tips for men interested in how to dress stylishly for every occasion in life.
Build Your Own Gift Box For Him
© Tartan Blanket Co.
Available at Tartanblanketco.com
Design a personalised gift box for your loved one by choosing from a recycled wool blanket, lambswool blanket or scarf, complemented by other carefully curated sweets and a personalised note that will melt his heart.
La Cafetiere Stainless Steel Stovetop
© Farrar & Tanner
Available at Farrar & Tanner
Treat him to a classic Stovetop Coffee Pot from French designers La Cafetiere that will remind him of you every time he drinks coffee. This Stovetop Coffee Pot with its rustic charm blends seamlessly into modern, minimalistic kitchens.
Valentine’s Day activities to enjoy together or by yourself
Start the day with breakfast in bed
This year Valentine’s Day is on Sunday. And what a perfect way to start the day than having breakfast in bed with your significant other. Such a simple yet powerful act of love is a strong reminder of how you can strengthen the bond between you and your loved one.
It is even more romantic when the partner who cooks the least volunteers to make breakfast for the two of you.
© Cathy Yeulet
Just make sure to stock up all your favourite breakfast ingredients and beverages a few days in advance to have a wonderful time together.
Play chess, scrabble or a jigsaw puzzle game
Another great activity you can indulge in on Valentine’s Day is playing one of your favourite get-together games such as chess, scrabble or a jigsaw puzzle. For those who have kids around during this lockdown, this is a great way to get the whole house involved in an intellectually stimulating yet fun activity that will galvanise your spirits, and it is bound to make you giggle as you find ways to put in your best behaviour for the day.
Watch a romantic comedy movie or a comedy show
Nothing brings people closer together than a healthy laughter, and Valentine’s Day is one of those days in the year when it is worth the effort finding ways to bring a smile on your face. A romantic comedy movie or a comedy show are fantastic options to explore, because the truly good ones definitely put you in a good mood for the day.
Having said that, I suggest you check out the upcoming Namaste Wahala Nollywood/Bollywood movie on Netflix that is due for release on 14 February. The romantic comedy depicts the love story of a hot looking Indian-Nigerian couple who fell in love after a chance encounter on the beach and wouldn’t let anything stop them from being together, not even their significantly different cultures and opposing parents. Just come and thank me later after your belly laughs.
Organise a dance party
There is no proper Valentine’s Day without heart warming music that reminds you of places you have been to, intimate moments you have shared, happy memories and events, and life obstacles that you have overcome either solo, together as a couple, or as friends.
Time to dust your favourite albums off, head to YouTube, Prime Music, Apple Music, or dig out your CDs and DVDs collection to put together your favourite music playlist.
© Leonid Yastremskiy
And dance like no one is watching, giving yourself permission to be carefree and blissfully happy for the day.
Have a karaoke night
I am sure by now that you have had so much fun at home with quite a few karaoke nights that you have become a professional amateur singer, even if only you can tolerate your singing.
How about getting your microphone out, selecting your favorite music playlist, and getting a few nibbles for your loved ones and yourself to sing Valentine’s Day away either in-person or virtually via zoom or Skype? And don’t forget to record your performances if you can, so that years later you could look back at those fond memories and remember the beautiful experiences that have sustained you throughout the years.
Treat yourself to an at-home spa day
A little at-home spa day is a fabulous and very sexy way to spend Valentine’s Day either solo, with your best friends, or as a couple.
Start your pampering session with a gorgeous facial to cleanse your face from all its impurities. Before your face mask, get your jade facial roller and Gua Sha beauty tools out, and gently massage your face to improve circulation and lymphatic drainage, so you look more glowing and less puffy.
Choose to immerse yourself next in a warm bath full of your favourite aromatherapy scents. Close your eyes, and simply sit in the enveloping bath, remembering your last spa day at L’Occitane Kupu Kupu Barong spa hotel in Bali or at the Royal Mansour spa in Marrakech. Follow suit with a back or foot massage and a nails pampering session to end the day in style.