My best affordable Valentine’s day gift ideas for all types

Valentine’s day is so near! I can see the snow drops and daffodils poking out of the ground, which is always a good indication that the big day is fast approaching. 

More than ever we need these little signs of hope that spring is around the corner and lighter days are coming. Valentine’s day is the perfect time to give yourself or someone you love a much needed pick-me-up right now. 

If you are buying for yourself, your partner or just looking at ideas to drop hints to a loved one – I have compiled a list for gifts to suit all types. From the classic flower bouquet to interior decor treats.

Valentine’s day gift ideas for the flower lover

Fresh flower subscription services have become hugely popular and quite rightly so! Why buy just one bouquet when you can give the gift of a fresh vase of blooms every month. 

Bloom & Wild will send you or your loved one beautiful flowers straight to the door every month – for as long as you want. It’s the gift that (literally) keeps on giving.

Subscriptions start from £20 a month.

Or, if like me, you are loving the dried flower interior trend, that is everywhere right now, then why not purchase a bloom that’ll last a lifetime. 

Eco-friendly and chic, dried flowers and grasses range from delightful pampas to bunny tails and lavender. These make for an Insta-worthy accessory to any decor. 

Treat your loved one to a pretty pastel arrangement for spring or a more minimal natural bunch of pampas to give that beachy look to their abode. 

Little Deer offer a range of impressive dried plumes from a wide selection of beautiful grasses in natural or pretty dyed colours from £9.50. Shop them from below:

You might also consider faux flower option, I have listed my favourites out here.

flowers galore. Image: a-board-in-london.com

For the interior savvy

We are all spending more time at home than ever before – add this to the fact that we are having to invite our colleagues and class mates to take a peek into our home on Zoom calls all day, every day! No wonder many of us are mad for interiors right now! 

So, what do you buy the interior lover for that special day? Something to make their home still feel like a lovely sanctuary. 

H&M home range is nailing every interior trend, in an affordable way, combined with the ease of being able to shop online. Glass and ceramic vases are everywhere and the bigger they are, the bolder the statement. 

Why not add a few plumes of pampas with one of these pretty vases for a super special gift:

Ending on the ceramics and glass theme, we have a big contender to the throne here – trend-conscious Anthropologie (I LOVE their stuff) have a selection of candle and holder sets in a range of shapes all with a beautiful pastel-hued pattern. 

Any style-conscious lover would be very pleased with any of these gifts for Valentine’s:

Accessories make this bedroom dreamy. Image: @thestables

For the fashion-forward

Valentine’s day falls between that transeasonal period (winter to spring) where even the most sartorially savvy are scratching their heads over what and how to dress. 

Help a loved one emerge from the cold and get spring-ready with some gorgeous accessories.

What is not to love about this Anthropologie headband? The appearance of a carefully constructed bow combined with a big trend (tie-dye) and topped with embellishments. Brighten up any outfit and ease yourself or a loved one into brighter days to come. 

Many of us have lusted for a long time over & other stories’ ability to design some of the best trend-forward and affordable jewellery. For those who are accessory magpies, these geometric, gold-toned earrings tick several trend boxes. Shop them below:

You should also check out my style shop – section, where I regularly update my favourite clothes, accessories & shoes!

For the bearded lover

If you or your lover is sporting a magnificent beard, then here are a couple of lovely gifts for that lumberjack in training! 

Beard oil is something I have never heard of until the last couple of years but now it’s everywhere. Be sure to buy the sweetest smelling and most delicious one out there – after all it could be you kissing it! 

Award-winning barbers in London, Murdock, may be closed for the time being but you can still buy their fantastic set of grooming products online. Their beard oil is a real treat blend of oils which are 100% natural Kiehl’s lightweight Nourishing Beard Grooming Oil boats a woody fragrance, uniting cedar, sandalwood and eucalyptus essential oils. Combing oils with exfoliating salicylic acid it clears away any unsightly “beardruff”!

Woodland table setting. Image: Elena Popa photography

For the budding gardener 

There is no doubt in my mind that gardening is totally trending! Again, being stuck at home so much of 2020 and now 2021 is turning us towards making the most of the space we have. Plants are truly good for soul. 

So, in gearing up for spring, whether you or your loved one has a tiny terrace, small patio or enormous plot – when tending to plants, we can do it style! Chic but practical is the name of the game for the garden lover.

What could be more beautiful than this Haws copper watering can to tend to your indoor jungle or newly sprouting bulbs. Elegant and hand-polished, worth every penny. 

We are lucky to have so many gorgeous stores in Bath, including Toast who have a range of lovely outdoor products. This elegant watering can is made from iron and has a matt black finish, making it a perfect gift for those with a monochromatic style. 

Valentine’s day gift ideas for the beauty queen

Ok, we’re in lockdown but whether it is for those endless Zoom meetings or for just cheering ourselves up around the house, the beauty queen is still aching for a little shake up/inspo/overhaul of their beauty regime.

Health and wellness is such a priority right now. And, having dewy, youthful and glowy skin makes me feel a tad more radiant in these dark days. Here you can find all the products that are on my current beauty wish list!

Highlighters are brilliant for this, if you’re about to have a meeting you can just apply and let the light reflecting particles do their job. Bouncing off the light to create a youthful and bright appearance. Just don’t forget to prep your skin first with a gorgeous mask.

I love Beauty pie and highly recommend these two products as a lovely gift for the beauty lover. Or, why not sign them up as a member where the can access great savings. Memberships start from £5 a month.  

JAPANFUSION™ BIO-CERAMIDE DEEP MOISTURE MASK, typical price £100 or become a member and pay £12.12

TRIPLE BEAUTY GOOD LIGHTING LUMINOUS TRIO, typical price £35 or become a member and pay £9.56

For the chocolate devourer

Giving chocolate for Valentine’s day is a classic, so why reinvent the wheel if your lover just loves chocolate. 

We need a little treat right now and with these yummy ones you can be rest assured that they are ethical brands too. 

Ocelot have the coolest packaging, each flavor has its own design hand-drawn by co-owners, Matt and Ish. Super cool. 

Packed with delicious and delicate flavours, the brand is part of the Direct Cacao organisation for bean to bar makers, buying directly from farmers for a higher price than the Fairtrade standard and also pays a fair living wage to workers. The external FSC cardboard box can be recycled and uses water-based inks, and the inner plastic is compostable. 

Starting from £5.50 or gift cards can be bought from £10.00

Seed & Bean are an organic, small scale and ethical company with packaging that is 100% compostable. They offer an amazing array of flavours like Cornish Sea Salt Bar. They offer a range of gifts like fab collection hampers or bundles and even a £15.93 subscription box! What is not to love…

These cutely packaged chocolates would make great gifts for Valentine too:

Valentine’s day gift ideas for the underwear connoisseur

Ann Summers does not have to be the only place to shop for Valentine’s day underwear, and for that I am thankful. 

I am in love with this silky and slinky ‘pretty in pink’ midi dress from Anthropologie. Sip champagne on your evening in on Valentine’s with this figure-hugging garment that oozes vintage nightdress glamour.

Who better to design women’s underwear than women themselves? Dutch label Love Stories, by stylist Marloes Hoedeman, creates underwear rooted in comfort. Her designs include delicate lace, velvet, gorgeous colours and cute patters. 

This raspberry pink bralette comes with floral cream lace, so beautiful!

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