Think Outside The Box (Of Chocolates) With Our Ultimate Valentine's Day Gift Guide

News flash: February 14th is almost here!

For him, for her, for your gals and for yourself, don't forget to show love to all the important people in your life this Valentine's Day.

There's a widely-held belief that buying Valentine's Day gifts is lame because it feeds into the holiday's capitalist undertones. But listen, if your, your partner or your best friend's love language is "receiving gifts" or "acts of service," then there's a good chance they would enjoy getting a little something to open come February 14.

Sure, you could embrace the holiday crowd-pleasers and go for the box of chocolates or rose bouquet route... but the perfect Valentine's Day gift is one that's part sentimental, part useful, and maybe a little bit sexy, too.

Sounds challenging but don’t panic about what presents to purchase just yet because we swept the internet and rounded up great gift ideas to please the pickiest of Valentines — from forgetful friends to stressed-out SOs, chronic complainers, eco-obsessives, and more.

Here, we've collected our favourite thoughtfully chosen gifts and indulgent treats to make all hearts skip a beat. 

Treasured Tresses:

Bring Spring-feels a little early this February, with a gorgeous 100% silk scarf that can be worn in six different ways. We particularly love it trailed through a loose braid, but it equally freshens up a look, tied to the strap of your handbag. 

Temptation White Silk Scarf,  €49.95, Avoca 

Food Love: 

Cast Iron Heart Casserole, €200, Le Creuset 

Show yourself some love, with slow-cooked, hearty one-pot meals, side dishes and sweet treats made in this. 

Gift of Silence:

Wireless Noise Cancelling In-Ear Headphones, €159 at Sony

Roses are red, these Sony headphones are pink, but what really makes them a star, is that they let you enjoy undisturbed sound wherever you are. 

Stationary Indulgence:

Compliment Pencil Set, €10.50 at Ban.Do

These old school pencils each come packed with a unique complement that will boost your confidence by at least 158 per cent. There's a ten in a pack that you can either keep all for yourself for when your ego has had a knock or you can give them your gal pals when not even gin will work as a pick me up. 

The Essential:

Shower Wine Glass Holder, €12, Sipski

Because drinking in the shower is a need, not a want. The silicone backing adheres to your shower or bath wall and holds your wine steady for when you're busy doing other shower tasks.


Book Club:

Vagina A Re-Education, €16, Amazon

Written by a founding editor of The Pool, 'Vagina: A Re-Education' charts the story of all things vaginal, encompassing fertility and hormones, pain and arousal, sex education and more, with the goal of empowering women with vital knowledge about their bodies.

ALl The Cheese:

'Love Is In Gruyère' Tickets, €15, order here 

To show our appreciation for all-things Galentine's this year, we're hosting a cheese and wine evening in Café en Seine, with special guest, Love Island's Greg O'Shea

Gather your gals and enjoy cocktails on arrival, wine tastings throughout the evening and more cheesy canapés than you could dream of! 

The Luxe Location: 

'Suite Living' offer at The Westbury, €340 per night - Book here. 

Treat your best gal to a taste of the 'Suite Life' at The Westbury. Whether you're celebrating a particular event or a long-awaited friend-anniversary, stay in the Westbury Suite, complimentary breakfast overlooking Grafton Street each morning, as well as a lavish three-course dinner for two in the award-winning WILDE restaurant. **Warning: Some difficulty returning to normal life afterwards, might ensue. 

All Packed

Chaptal Large Wash Bag, €70, Take Monday 

Simply your friend's travelling life forevermore with a premium wash bag, cleverly designed to gather the chaos of everyday life on the road, or off it. Every stitch has been inspired by actual travel-experiences – hours spent in-flight, unpacking suitcases, gathering wires, forgetting chargers... Made with Italian coated canvas, Japanese watertight zips and biodegradable TPU and they're super lightweight, machine washable and chic as hell too! 

Witch, please. 

Hex Your Ex, Anti-Valentine's/Galentine's Book, €12.59,  Eason

Designed to make bad relationships a thing of the best and gain control on allowing only positive energy into your life. The hardback book contains over a hundred spells, potions and rituals. Think Rachel, Pheobe and Monica on Valentine's Day...just without causing an actual fire.

HEAD-TO-TOE LOVE

Warm Heart, €48, Moccis

Whether you're staying put on your couch this Valentine's day or you're out for a night on the tiles, you'll want to slip into something comfortable like a pair of Moccis. A hybrid of a sock and a slipper all in one, they are the first and only luxury sewn Swedish moccasins to bring fashion, function, and fun to your footwear wardrobe. Oh, and they come with the Victoria Beckham seal of approval. 

He loves me, he loves me n–

Bouquet Subscription, €22 a month, BouqetBox.ie

Who says men should be the ones sending you flowers? Each week BouqetBox.ie design a new bouquet to be sent to your Galentine. They carefully choose from what's in season and on-trend to design a bouquet that's even more beautiful than the last. 

It's The Little Things: 

Breakfast In Bed Coupon Card, €5, Rodo Creative 

The only thing that could make getting breakfast served in bed, is cashing in a coupon as an incentive whenever one might choose!

SOMETHING CLASSIC:

Skagen Dark Tan Watch with Gunmetal Dial, €89, Weirs & Sons

If you're looking to splurge on a timeless gift this Valentine's Day, a simple, classic watch is sure to be a winning gift.

Something Thoughtful:

Your First Date in a Picture Frame, starting from €195, FirstDates.ie

This takes a little bit of forward planning (and a decent memory), but after that, you just share the location of your first romantic date and a little bit about it and let their photographers work their magic – using your backstory to capture your special place in a way that's unique to you. Then they print it, frame it and then deliver it straight to your door. Brownie points banked. 

Scent Discovery: 

Le Labo Eau De Parfum Set, €25, Mr. Porter 
Ideal for those looking to adopt a new signature scent, or strongly hinting that they should. The set comes complete with five of what the label calls its "most loved fragrances" and most are unisex too. Win-Win!

Let Your Words Do The Talking:

M&S Meal Deal Card, €3.50, Designist

When you've been going out for years, sometimes keeping it simple is the best option. This greeting card designed by Twisted Doodles, a Dublin-based artist. It pays and odes to one of the greatest creations of our time - the M&S meal deal! The card is blank inside for you to pour your heart out. 

Something You Can Both Enjoy:

Jameson Guided Tour, From €22, Jameson

If you're into them but it's been strictly casual, an experience gift for two sends the right message and get you the date you've been longing for. Ideally, you'll want to feel out the situation/talk about feelings before you do this (lest they accept the gift and then take someone else as their date).

Snap Happy: 

α6400 E-mount camera with APS-C Sensor, €1,049, Sony 

Make sure you never miss a special moment with your SO again, or an OOTD pic opportunity, in her case. 

Smell So Good:

'You' Eau De Perfume, €58, Glossier

A sexy, scent-altering aroma that adapts to your body and makes itself yours. Also comes in a clutch bag-friendly solid form.

the gift of good skin:

Best Face Forward Collection, €45, Boots

Who doesn't want good skin as a gift? If you're at a total loss for what to get your Valentine this year, this Best Face Forward set from No7 at Boots makes for the perfect gift. 

Shine Bright:

Love Heart Neon Light, €80, Amara

Already the light of her life? Why not, ahem, light up her living room with this romantic pink neon wall mount. 

A Classic Alternative:

Hotter Than Hell Candle in Pina Colada, €16.59, Flamingo Candles

A slogan candle that lets her know just how attractive you think she is the perfect alternative to a cliché present. Packed with eco-friendly good stuff, a light pina colada fragrance, this jar will keep her happy and can be quite the mood setter...if you know what we mean.

Sweet Dreams: 

Beauty Sleep Collection, 125, SlipSilk 

We spend a third of our lives in bed. Yes, a third. If that isn't enough of a reason invest in quality bed accessories for your bestie, we don't what is. Plus, you'll be her last thought before bed each night. 

Obsessive Opulence: Mattetrance Lipstick, €38, Pat McGrath 

For major brownie points, treat her to lipstick from a brand she always talks about but never wears. Not only will it show you listen but its festive shade makes for the perfect Valentine's lip. 

Main image by Irish Tatler

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