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14 unique Valentine's Day gift ideas

Updated 15 January 2024

If you're the kind of couple that doesn't "do" Valentine's Day, each time the 14th February rolls around you'll be familiar with quiet panic. What if your partner decides this is the year they're going to get you a gift anyway?

You've got two options: go all out cheesy and embrace the hearts, roses and pink, or think outside the box for a quirky gift they'll never expect. If you're in the latter camp, this gift guide is for you.

Grind espresso martini kit

1. Espresso martini set

Espresso Martini Gift Set, Grind Coffee, £45

Want a shortcut to romanticising an evening in together? Mix an espresso martini in a cocktail shaker. Not only will you feel elegant and grown up, the caffeine will recapture the magic of the early days of dating, when flirtation was fuel enough to party the night away.

We love this set from Grind which comes with a cocktail shaker, vodka and both ground coffee and beans for the garnish.

Sculpd at home candle making kit

2. Candle making kit

Sculpd candle making kit, £39 for one candle or £50 for two.

Couples that clay together, stay together, which is why we love the air dry clay sets by Sculpd.

Their Valentine's collection features this ultra cute candle-making kit. Sculpt and decorate your refillable candle holder before pouring soy wax with a fragrance of your choice. You can even create your own letter stamp to give it a personal touch.

Le decouverte boisée perfume set

3.Perfume discovery set

Byredo Discovery Set Boisé, £42

Swedish perfume brand Byredo is known for its cult unisex scents. Included in this woody discovery set is the popular library-inspired Bibliotheque and musky Mojave Ghost, featuring notes of ambrette and sandalwood. If they (or you!) fall in love with a new scent, you can redeem the cost of the discovery set towards it.

Make your own signet rings

4. Signet ring kit

Signet ring kit, The Workbench, £155

Whether you're single, newly coupled or long-term loved up, this ring making kit is a special way to celebrate where you are now.

Created by jewellery designer BFFs Katie & Kirstie, The Workbench's ring kits are a world-first. They include all the tools and materials to make your dream ring at home, before you post it off to be cast from planet friendly recycled metal.

Commes des garcons converse

5. Comme Des Garçons Converse

Comme des Garçons PLAY x Converse canvas high-top trainers, £140

If they're a Converse-wearer, they'll be delighted to own a pair of these beauties. A design classic, they'll be able to wear your heart on their sleeve shoes. It's also worth checking out Converse's 2024 Valentine's Day collection.

Connect card game packaging

6. Deep & meaningful conversation cards

The School of Life Connect cards, £26

In any couple, there's usually one person who's full of would you rather questions. They'll love this: prompts for deep and meaningful conversations about life, love and the universe.

Gower cottage brownies

7. The best brownies by post

Gower Cottage Brownies, £20.95 including next-day delivery.

Money can't buy you love, but it can buy you the next best thing: these gooey, mouthwatering brownies. The gluten-free version is particularly special - light and crispy on top but fudge-like on the inside. Next day delivery's included in the price, so it's a lovely way to show a friend who lives further away that you're thinking of them.

Love you Marmite jars

8. Marmite lover set

Love You 250g Marmite jar set, £24,99

This one's an especially great gift if you personally hate marmite. They'll be reminded of your love for them each time they open the cupboard to make a slice of toast.

Instax printer

9. Polaroid phone printer

Instax Square Link, £129.99 and heart film

Get all the joy of a polaroid camera without having to remember to bring it out with you. With the Instax Square Link you can print photos straight from your phone's camera roll to turn them into items to treasure.

Fluffy Amercian style pancakes with bacon and blueberries

10. Pancake brunch for two

'Pancake galore' experience for two, £60, Where the Pancakes Are

With three London locations, Where the Pancakes Are serves one thing all day – you can probably guess what. It's the perfect Valentine's Day date idea for the would-be Jack Johnsons of the world.

The get ready grooming kit

11. Grooming kit

The Get Ready Grooming Kit, Selfridges, £60

Help them go from shower to showtime with this get-ready kit from Selfridges, featuring a face mask, cologne, bath and shower gel and more from premium skincare brands.

Home massage in flat

12. At-home massage voucher

Urban at-home massage, from £59

If they're always asking you to rub their shoulders, they will love you for this one. Urban (that's us!) makes it easy to get a massage, beauty or clinic treatment in the comfort of home. Just choose your treatment and the time and place, and a vetted mobile therapist will come to you at home. They'll bring the treatment table, you just need to provide some towels for a spa experience day at home.

Gift cards start from £20 (towards massages starting at £59), or get in on the relaxation with a back-to-back or couple's treatment.

13. Dishoom naan kit

Vegan Sausage Naan Roll Kit, Dishoom, £20

Surprise them to an iconic London breakfast - in bed - with a Dishoom naan kit. You'll get all the ingredients needed to make a vegan or bacon naan roll, plus ingredients for a glass of chai tea each.

Vinyl from honest jons

14. A special record

Jalen Ngonda, Come Around And Love Me 7" vinyl, Honest Jon's, £8.99

Carefully placing the needle down on a new record is a much more romantic ritual than hitting play on Spotify. If they're already a record collector, find something new for their collection at London-based Honest Jon's, like this from 'one to watch' soul musician Jalen Ngonda.

Valentine's Day present ideas 2024

With Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries and now Valentine's Day, it's easy to run out of gift ideas for the man in your life.

Here's a few ideas to spark inspiration:

  • Monogrammed leather wallet

  • Private whisky tasting session

  • Gourmet olive oil or Maldon sea salt

  • Noise-cancelling headphones

  • At-home beer tap

  • Theragun massage gun

  • Scratch-off movie poster or travel map

  • Bedside wireless charging stand

  • Premium skincare set

  • Cinema subscription

When time is of the essence, quick and thoughtful gifts can still make a lasting impression. Surprise her with a bouquet of her favourite flowers, complemented by a home-cooked dinner. Take it up a notch with a specially curated playlist, featuring songs that bring back memories for both of you. You could also go down the breakfast in bed route, or get her a last-minute gift card for her favourite store or an instant digital gift card for an at-home spa treatment.

There's an art to writing the perfect message.

Pop culture ideas:
- If you're into the traitors, "I'll always be your faithful"
- For Taylor Swift fans, "You're Taylor-made for me"
- If they're forever on TikTok they'll appreciate the "Then I go and spoil it all, by saying something stupid like..." format as well as "I think I like this little life"

Classic and cute:

- "If you remember me, then I don’t care if everyone else forgets.” Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami
- "Love is being stupid together", Paul Valéry
- "Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love."- Albert Einstein
- I love you more than coffee

If you're stuck for things to get your girlfriend for Valentine's Day, a good place to start is to imagine her daily routine. Where would she appreciate a little luxury? A few ideas to get you started:

  • Gym or fitness gear

  • Reusable water bottle or coffee cup

  • Lingerie

  • Skincare or bath and body products

  • A silk eye mask, pillowcase or hair bonnet

  • Cinema subscription

  • A meal out

  • Monogrammed purse

  • Jewellery

  • Her favourite food

  • Specialist coffee or tea

  • Candles

  • Flowers

  • Framed photo of a cute memory together

Navigating the early stages of a relationship means V day is a balance of thoughtfulness and simplicity. Gift him an experience, such as tickets to a concert or comedy show or a hands-on cooking class you can go to together. Alternatively, consider something customised (a mug, keyring, t-shirt...) with a nod to an inside joke or something he's mentioned he loves. Another thoughtful idea is getting him something inexpensive you've noticed he doesn't have, whether that's a nice water bottle or indoor plant.

Transform Valentine's Day into an unforgettable experience for your wife. Surprise her with a meticulously planned date night, perhaps revisiting the location of your first date. Indulge her senses with a luxurious spa day, allowing her to unwind and rejuvenate. Express your love through a heartfelt letter reflecting on specail moments or a romantic gesture that reflects the depth of your connection.

According to a 2024 survey carried out by Opinium, going out for a meal and cooking for each other were found to be the most popular ways Brits like to treat their partners on Valentine’s Day.

Still stuck for ideas? Make it easy with an Urban gift card

Still stuck for ideas? Make it easy with an Urban gift card