What to Get for Valentine’s Day
February 14th is coming up: are you ready to show your loved one how much you love and appreciate them? Valentine’s Day is just a reminder to express your love and adoration to someone special in your life, and one way to do this is with a meaningful gift. You’ll want to make sure the Valentine’s Day gifts you get have meaning, but you also don’t want to spend an arm or a leg on your gifts, which is easy to do on Valentine’s Day!
Here are a few unique Valentine’s Day gift ideas to help you find an unexpected gift at an affordable price this year:
1. Gift an Experience
Instead of buying a physical product at a store, consider Valentine’s Day gift ideas that your recipient can experience. Nowadays, experiencing something special is more exciting than receiving the usual box of chocolates or bouquet of flowers.
Here are just a handful of experiences that are very unique Valentine’s Day gift ideas:
- Wine bar crawl – If the person you’re shopping for loves wine, then help them experience more than one wine tasting by hopping from one wine bar to another.
- Spa day – Everyone loves to be pampered, so a day filled with massages, manicures, and facials will be a welcomed Valentine’s Day gift for nearly anyone.
- Cooking class – Sign both of you up for a cooking class where you can learn how to make a new dish while spending quality time together.
2. Do Something According to Their “Love Language”
People experience and express affection for others based on five different “love languages”, which include:
- Quality time
Your job is to figure out which one of these languages is your loved one’s preference, and then base your Valentine’s Day gifts off that. For instance, if their language of love is physical touch, perhaps a massage would be a great gift. If their love language is service, maybe they’d love to receive the gift of having gourmet dinners cooked for them all week. The key is to pick the right love language and then come up with your own unique Valentine’s Day gift idea according to it.
3. Dedicate the Entire Day to Your Special Someone
Sometimes all that’s needed to express your love for someone is just to simply give them your full attention and be present with them. Being there for your special someone can make them feel as if they’re the most wonderful person in the world, which can go a long way in making them feel important and wanted.
Be sure to spend your time wisely, because it’s not enough just to be physically present. It’s what you do with your time that matters, too! For instance, spend time talking to each other or simply spend time on the couch all day watching movies you both love. Try not to allow distractions to interfere with your special moment on Valentine’s Day.
4. Give the Excitement of Anticipation
When you know that something fun is coming up soon, think about how happy and excited you feel as you anticipate it. Use this to your advantage when it comes to shopping for your Valentine’s Day gifts. Consider giving your valentine tickets to a future event or activity that you can enjoy together. It could be tickets to a show, booking a weekend trip, or visiting a museum you’ve both always wanted to go to. The most unique Valentine’s Day gifts are the ones that make you both excited to experience something new together.
5. Create Something Homemade
There’s something about homemade Valentine’s Day gifts that speaks to the heart. The fact that you took the time to create a gift from scratch and put your own creative spin on will show that it is very heartfelt. A unique Valentine’s Day gift like this will be much more meaningful and special, especially compared to an expensive gift you can buy at any store. Even if the end result isn’t perfect, the time and effort you spend making your gift will mean a lot to your special someone.
6. Hand Over a Small Token Every Hour
Rather than just getting one main gift, consider giving your valentine several small gifts. Don’t worry, you don’t have to break the bank to do this, either. Every hour let your loved one find something sweet, such as a romantic card, a new book, a picture of the two of you together, or a gift card to their favorite coffee shop, and they’ll be filled with joy and happiness all throughout the day. Little surprises like these can be all you need to make your loved one feel extra special on Valentine’s Day.
7. Make a “Love Potion” Kit
This idea stems from the classic gift basket that you can easily find in department stores, which is typically filled with a variety of goodies, from candy to specialty foods to themed items. But on Valentine’s Day, a “love potion” kit is far more appropriate and personal than any gift basket you can get at a department store.
All you need is a pretty basket or box to put all the ingredients for your potion in. You can get little glass jars decorated with bows or ribbons, straws with hearts on them, a heart-shaped ice cube tray, and of course, the “potion” itself, which can be anything red, like cranberry or pomegranate juice. Add other items to your gift basket that you think would be fitting for a “potion” that will put your loved one under your “spell”. Maybe their favorite candy, a mix tape CD, their favorite perfume, or something cozy for them to wear.
8. Fill a Bathtub Caddy
Who doesn’t love spending some quiet time relaxing in the tub? You can make your significant other’s time spent soaking in the tub much more enjoyable and convenient with a handy bathtub caddy. To make your Valentine’s Day gift special, fill the caddy with a scented candle, a glass of wine, a bowl of fruit, a clean face towel, a bar of heart-shaped soap, and even an iPad with their favorite movie or TV show downloaded for them to enjoy in the tub.
9. Find A Mug with a Sweet Quote
Mugs are a must for people who enjoy their morning cup of joe or their evening cup of tea. But, to make a mug a real token of love, you need to personalize it! This is one of the most simple and affordable Valentine’s Day gifts because you can get a mug at nearly any store (even the dollar store). Then all you have to do is paint a loving quote on the side of it for them to read and be inspired by every time they take a sip. Pair the mug with a bag of their favorite coffee beans or tea bags and you’ll be on your way to making their day for weeks to come.
10. Take Them on a Weekend Getaway
Surprise your loved one with a duffle bag prepared with everything they need to enjoy a weekend getaway! Prepare a whole weekend getaway for the two of you, and surprise them on Valentine’s Day morning with the duffle bag to really wow them. They’ll surely be excited to get in the car ASAP so you can whisk them away somewhere special. Just remember, only revealing the destination when you finally arrive will make this truly one of the most unique Valentine’s Day gift ideas you can give.
Make Your Valentine’s Day Gifts Unique This Year
Every store is filled with all sorts of items geared towards the “Day of Love” in early February, as avid shoppers look for the most unique Valentine’s Day gifts for that special someone in their lives. Whether you buy something in-store or you make your gift from scratch, your Valentine’s Day gift should have more meaning than a box of chocolates to really wow your loved one. Use your imagination and keep these tips in mind to come up with the most unique Valentine’s Day gift ideas your valentine will love!
Now that you know what to get for Valentine’s Day, it’s time to find the best deals!