Top Valentine Gift Ideas: For him & her

With less than a week to go, it’s easy to turn to panic-buying for that significant other. And whilst I always condone that showing love for your other half should not be limited to a single day, it’s always nice to have another reason to show your loved one that you care.

So I’ve put together a list of my top gift ideas, for guys and gals – to hopefully inspire some of you. Not saying that any of these are overly original, and bar a couple one the higher end of the budget spectrum – most are rather reasonable and genuinely thoughtful gift ideas.

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Something personalised

So this is one is a bit of an obvious one, but nothing beats a good ol’ personal gift. I’m not necessarily talking about something that you get engraved or personalise with your photo etc. It could be something that you know that person truly cares about or likes. For example, the typical valentines gift would be red roses, but if you know she likes white roses – that extra touch shows you know them well.


Ok so not everyone will have the budget for buying jewellery for a valentines gift. But for the lucky few that do, some ideas include bangles/bracelets for women (check out these from Thomas Sabo) and for men, nothing says I like you a lot like a nice watch does!


I think books are another quite personal gift that can show just how much you know and understand someone. It’s also not always an obvious gift choice and can be overseen. It’s also a good gift choice for either him or her. I recently purchased the ‘Seven Brief Lessons of Physics’ by Carlo Rovelli, as I knew my other half is obsessed with the cosmos.

Romantic getaway

Again, another idea for those with a bigger budget. But if you can afford it, a romantic getaway is a dream gift for anyone! It doesn’t necessarily need to fall on vaentine’s either, you could simply purchase the tickets and book for a quiter season. If you’re unsure you could simply print off a fake airline ticket and enter the destination as ‘You decide…’ and then you can book it together for a time that suits you both. They would appreciate the big gesture and you can ensure you have time to both save and plan everything for that special trip.

Photo scrapbook

For the couples that have been together for a bit longer, the sweeter gifts tend to be the ones with a bit more thought into them. A simple photo scrapbook or collection of your photographed moments throughout the years is a very thoughtful gift. There’s no excuse for those saying they are not “craftsy” or “creative” either, as there are loads of sites that will create these for you. Check out photobox, where you simply need to upload your photos and specify dimensions.

The perfect scent

I always say this is a gift for you and for them. A gift for them because you are giving it to them, and a gift for you, because you get to enjoy the gorgeous scent! So if you are buying him/her the scent, make sure it’s one you like too! There’s loads of great perfumes out there but I tend to prefer the classic brands like Chanel, Dior, CK, etc. Chanel do great scents both for him and her. For the guys in your life, check out Chanel Bleu and the ladies (depending on age) I would suggest Chanel Coco Mademoiselle or the classic No. 5.

Something they want

Ok, shock horror, that you would actually consider getting some they actually want?! But no seriously, this is kind of an obvious one. Simply asking what they would like and them having a good answer, is another issue. If the person you are buying for has a particular interest or hobbie, then buying them something towards that will be very appreciated I’m sure. Luckily my other half’s obsession is whiskey, so I can look at investing in a good whiskey for him. If he was into sports cars, then I may run into some trouble getting him one of those! I admit, I’m sure girls are easier to buy for in this instance. They generally have things they need to replace or top-up, make-up is a good starting point for this. One can never have enough mac lipsticks in her life!

Have you bought your other half a valentines gift yet? Do you even celebrate valentines day? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me at @arcasela.

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