Valentines Day has come a long way in recent years as an expression of love with all the trappings of romantic gifts and cards. A long way past a humble handmade card expressing an anonymous admiration for the woman in your life.
14th of February is the feast of St Valentine (a Christian martyr). In England (according to Chaucer), the day on which birds choose their mates.
It now means sweetheart or lover. The feast represents an opportunity for you to say how much you love her with a small gift. But how do you make it significant? How do you give the best Valentine’s Day gifts for wife without looking as if you simply bought something generic? Or, as if you are simply going through a routine with no real thought?
Best Valentine’s Gifts For Her
Put the sparkle back in her eyes, surprising her with the perfect gift. Here are twenty-eight Valentine’s Day gifts for her to get your brain working on finding the memorable for the love of your life.
#1: An Everlasting Rose: Hang on a minute–how trite is that? Everyone knows that red roses are for the 14th, which is why the supermarkets are full of them, and the cost of flowers goes up. But this is different–instead of live flowers, you can give a perpetually blooming plant for inside or outside. You can pay a lot (over £100) for a beautiful Swarovski crystal rosebud. Or a more modest amount (around £15) for a handcrafted wrought iron flower.
Roses are an iconic symbol of affection, and you can find them sculpted from fabric, recycled metal, crystal, ceramic and wax. You can find a decorative item that will perpetually bloom and delight your spouse at any budget range.
#2: A Living Flower: If you plan, you can choose a rose bush for the flowerbed, or a miniature for inside the house. Many have names, and you can match the name to your better half for a personalized gift. You can go a step further with “name your own rose”. More challenging as you need to grow it from seed, but you can then register it with the Amore Rose Registry. You will pay well under £20 for this unique experience. It may be a typical romantic gift, but you can still twist it to make it different.
#3 A Box of Chocolates: Chocolates are a cliché, but enhances your mood, melts in your mouth, and is the snack of choice by most women, with few exceptions. Confectionary as an item is universally popular, but consider artisan infused sweet’s raising your game. Keeping with the theme, consider the award-winning Pink Champagne Truffles from Lick the Spoon or handcrafted chef-created sweet delicacy’s from T&M Artisan Choc-o-late.
#4 Luxury Soap: Hand made soap and infused bath bombs is a big and little business. You can buy from a small soap maker on Etsy or indulge in a Spa chain’s range for a relaxing bath. When it comes to finding the best bath bomb or soap, consider the following:
- Ingredients–rose oil is in theme and great for sensitive and older skin, but other ingredients have useful properties.
- Scent–a significant part of the experience, most women have a favourite fragrance.
- Shapes–you can get handcrafted flowers and hearts, which fit beautifully with the theme.
Combine your handmade soap with a soap dish that allows the soap to dry between washes and prolongs its life. A wood rack or a ceramic plate with holes (for drainage) and feet work best after a soak in the bath.
#5 Candle Magic: Dining by candle light on your next date night is romantic. You have a broad range of decorative or infused candles. Tealight holders or scented wax melts fit with the valentines day sentiment. If you want to avoid a naked flame, consider a battery-operated light set. They give you the glow and atmosphere without the burning wax and the need for a fire extinguisher. Concentrate on the candle holders beauty. Turkish glass sets are exotically coloured and fit almost every décor.
#6 Carved Welsh Love Spoons: It is an old tradition, and nothing says I love you more than a Welsh love spoon. Unless you choose to hire a plane to write it in the sky. You can get a conventional design featuring hearts or commission a personalized design, including symbols that are significant to your own story.
#7 Wooden Hearts: A wood heart is another lover’s classic. By choosing significant woods, you can create a sentimental token to keep in a pocket or on a chain. Birth woods are one choice, but you can consider the language of flowers and choose:
- Rosewood–association with compassion and loving.
- Hazel, Walnut, or any other nut tree if you are still “nuts” about them.
- Olive–peace, fertility, wisdom, luck, and friendship.
- Fruit woods–for abundance and happiness.
#8 Heart Locket: The beauty of a pendant is that you can carry a reminder of those dear to you. You can get a simple pendent that holds one or two pictures or one that folds out to reveal an entire family of memories. A nice touch is to cut a piece out of an old map showing a significant location. The place you proposed as the filler?
#9 A Pen and a Journal: Despite the rise of digital media, handwriting is one of the best ways of capturing your thoughts, plans, and dreams. A beautiful handwriting pen set enhances the affair of keeping a notebook. It can be a daily diary, allow you to create a list or record your travels. If you have an unforgettable holiday or event coming up, a list to help in the planning is thoughtful for the organised or sentimental.
#10 Picnic Basket: You pay quite a bit more for a stylish picnic basket because of the additional work involved. A deluxe picnic basket encourages the two of you to pack a mini feast. Enjoy each other’s company on a date in some beautiful picnic spots, either near or far from your home. Your picnic basket could launch a new tradition for you both.
You can still get a picnic basket without the hefty price tag of a fancy basket. There are plenty of excellent picnic baskets for two under £30. That leaves enough change in the budget for a nice wine to toast the sunset, don’t forget the blanket.
#11 Tea for Two: China sets are practical and beautiful. You can find any design from a stacking travelling set to a pretty vintage collection featuring hearts and flowers. If your partner enjoys a brew, a set you can share is a charming idea. An alternative is to go for high tea and share a selection of bite-sized snacks. Conversation with tea for two in the best hotel in town, perhaps?
#12 Heart-Shaped Spoons: Many manufacturers offer a range of spoons for teas, coffee, or dessert. When you have spent years buying for your friend, it helps to think about everyday items with a loving twist. You can get teaspoons, measuring spoons (put love into every dish), and pot spoons. If you prefer vintage or antique spoons, you need to start searching earlier. If, you add a heartfelt spoon–you have plenty of choices.
#13 Music Box: “If music be the food of love, play on”–give a music box. Your spouse gets to hear your special tune all year round. The wonder of technology means you can present her with a fully customised music box–decoration and song or video. The digital age means you can record your voice singing your tune to make her smile, laugh, or cry, depending on your singing quality.
#14 Personal Jigsaw: Do you have a significant photograph or place? You can custom print your own jigsaw puzzle on timber or card to make it perfect and one-of-a-kind. Turn the completed jigsaw into a table mat or picture, depending on your preference. Glue the completed jigsaw onto a magnetic board for an individual noticeboard celebrating a shared memory.
#15 Commission a Portrait: Every guy with a phone is a photographer, that is one of the big changes that modern technologies bring to the world. Despite the plethora of snaps and images, there is still room for that exceptional picture–either a studio photograph or in paint. Nothing says ‘I love you’ quite as much as a desire to immortalize their image forever.
#16 Lingerie: Luxurious underwear is always welcome–if you get the sizes right. Do your detective work and double-check the labels on clothes, bra, and pants for the right size. If you buy too big or small, you are setting yourself up for tears on date night. Alternatively, opt for funny and cheeky pants with a sense of humour. But whether you get jokes or silk, the correct fitting is essential.
#17 Theme Jumper: Now everyone is into the Christmas jumper, you can get plenty of jumper designs. Funny, rude, or sweetly sentimental amazon.com and Etsy have themed sweaters. If you want a practical jumper with all year-appeal, shop for a Fair-Isle or Scandinavian design featuring hearts in the coloured bands.
#18 Fizzing with Joy: Something pinkish and bubbly is another traditional gift. It has the advantages of being welcome and delicious. You can add a pair of ornamental flutes to the present, but most wives are happy with their preferred alcoholic sparkle. It may be tradition and expected, but cold fizz is always welcome.
#19 Special Lunch Box: You can get absolutely anything in any style if you look hard enough. The rise in popularity of bento-style boxes means a heart box on amazon.com is affordable and cute. Reminding her every time she eats at work or on travels.
#20 Aromatherapy Necklace: There is nothing more uplifting than being able to enjoy a personal cloud of fragrance without the harsh overtones of chemical air sprays. Aromatherapy necklaces or a bracelet use pure aromatherapy oils for them to choose a scent to match their mood.
#21 Cute Hot Water Bottle: February is a cold month, prone to frosts and icy rain. This classic hot water-bottle is ideal for providing a little extra warmth when you need it, latex-free and built to last. Alternatively, you can go looking for hand warmers for warm hands when out.
#22 Digital Photo Frame: A digital picture display lets you see your best photo’s–an updated way of displaying family pictures or your latest snaps. Most digital photo frames have other useful functions like playing music or acting as an alarm clock. Their primary purpose is to give you a space to share your memories, even if it is only the two of you.
#23 Garden Loveseat: A love seat allows both of you to enjoy a peaceful hour outside with your favourite drink. A seat promises awhile spend together in relaxed surroundings. It is ideal if she enjoys spending time peacefully outside.
#24 Chocolate Fondue: Putting together a whole fondue set is a way to indulge their fondness of chocolate. If you want to keep in theme, look for heart marshmallows and fondue forks with appropriate handles for a sweet treat.
#25 Magazine Subscription: There are hundreds of magazines catering to specialist interests that she’ll never see on the high street. Whatever interests they have, from astronomy to cake decorating–there is likely a magazine in digital or printed format. A year subscribing to a magazine will bring an entire year’s enjoyment.
#26 Musical Leanings: Perhaps your other half has always wanted to play a musical instrument? Most folks have a secret longing to play a musical instrument of some kind. Some have modest ambitions like wishing to master the penny whistle, while others have a yearning to play a grand piano. This means you need to know what musical instrument she wants to play. But music lessons are an excellent to create or reawaken an interest.
#27 Piece Of Gold Jewellery: Jewelled items are a love token that women receive throughout their lives to celebrate special occasions and feelings. You could get jewelry for every available occasion and never give a duplicate–but it would be a challenge to store it all.
A gold bracelet falls into the category of fun but transitory, or valuable and permanent. You can give charming bracelet wearable as a lasting romantic token of your affection. You can choose sets, gold earrings, necklaces, brooches, bracelets, anklets, piercings, and rings. You can get a modern designer necklace, bracelet, or classic antique from Etsy. When you can, give an item with deeper significance tagged to joint memories.
#28 Experience: The best gift is a memory she’ll hold in her heart. You can create your encounter by visiting a new place on a mini-break. Or opt for an organised event like handling hawks or drift racing. As more people reach peak stuff in their lives, they opt for a personalized gift to build memories and learn new skills.
Five Terrible Valentine’s Day Gifts For Her
If they have explicitly asked for one of the following, then it can be the best idea, but otherwise, avoid:
#1 Signing Up for a Weight Loss Program: They may be more of an armful than when you first met. But this is not the occasion to suggest that she needs to change her body. If your she wants to lose weight, she will sign up for her own weight loss program. If she is currently trying to lose weight, then support her goals by not buying sweets or alcohol–stick with non-edible treats.
#2 Exercise Equipment: Unless she has begged to get an exercise bike, avoid this category. However, you intend to express your care for her health, this comes across as an implied criticism rather than the best for her.
#3 Sensible Underwear: No female welcome’s sensible underwear from her husband. Today is about romance and loving–that means frills, lace, and a bit of gentle humour. Your best friend might be the most practical person on the planet. But when it comes to gifts for a woman, she expects to get frivolous and fun with a personal appeal.
#4 Random Perfume: It doesn’t matter how expensive it is; if it is not her preferred scent, she will hate it. Perfumes change on a lady’s skin and scent is uniquely personal. Scent is a lovely, but forget surprising her with a fragrance you don’t know for a fact is her favourite.
If she doesn’t have (as far as you are aware, a preference), take her to the shops for that expensive aroma. That way, she’ll get the pleasure of shopping and trying on a range of fragrances. Plus, she will wear the eau de toilette she likes rather than it expensively evaporating on a shelf. Better invest time together on a gift that delights than an expensive surprise that flops.
#5 Practical House Gifts: This is, the onetime when she expects affection–like all the other wives and girlfriends out there. It is time to wine, dine, and spoil her with impractical but meaningful valentine’s gifts. A new iron, toaster, or vacuum cleaner will hardly win you a husband of the year award. House items are only acceptable if they bring an enjoyable element into her life.
Give with Your Heart
The perfect gift is not the most expensive because the present is only a place holder for your thoughts. If you have a small budget, you can still create a memorable moment. Ideas for breakfast in bed or go for a walk on the beach for good memories. The best Valentine’s gift for her is the thought, care, and attention you put in to show you love her.
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