It’s that time of year again, where we get ourselves in a tizz about what to get for Valentine’s Day. It’s not an easy decision. If you’ve just entered a new relationship, do you play it cool and get a card, or do you go all out with a balloon and bear sent to your kind-of-partner’s workplace? I would suggest that the latter is a little too keen.
If you’re married or been with your partner for a while, is Valentine’s Day still significant? Also, you have expectations (whether high or low) set from previous Valentine’s Days. So, do you top last year, or slowly try to play down this expensive and cheesy hallmark holiday.
No matter what your relationship status, the same burning issues still arise:
How much do you spend?
What will your partner get you? This is a real pickle. If you get something cheaper or less significant, you feel guilty, if you get something more expensive or lavish, you feel short changed.
Last year I got whisked away to Paris, while in return I gifted my husband with a Transformers Bumblebee model (which he loved, btw).
However, this year I’ve no clue what to get. I kind of want to think outside of the box, but then again a useful gift might be better appreciated.
So while I’m searching, I thought I’d share some Valentine’s Day gift ideas to suit all budgets, with some out of the box suggestions to boot. I thought it would be easier to write a series of articles, for him, her and for couples. So watch this space for more updates.
This first Valentine’s Day article is about gift ideas for you, the ladies. As that is of paramount importance.
So girls, if any of the suggestions tickle your fancy, stick this article under your other half’s nose by any means possible. Leave it open on your shared laptop. ‘Accidentally’ email it to him (it was meant for a friend, of course), or go the whole hog and print it out and leave it on the coffee table. It’s the only way he’ll know.
Budget Valentine’s Day gift ideas for her
Shloer celebration fizz – £2.99
Now, while I wouldn’t condone this as your only Valentine’s gift , your partners onto a good thing if he presents your main present with a bottle of Shloer’s non-alcoholic fizz.
As a non-drinker, I feel that its high-time we had a pretty drink to celebrate with. So far, when pushing the boat out, we’ve resorted to Tropicana and the fail safe- Coke.
Of course, we always treat ourselves to the original bottle of Shloer. However, they’ve cottoned to the this gap in the market and brought out this extra-special range of drinks which just make your special occasion that little bit more special.
Shloer celebration comes in White Bubby – made with white grape – and Pink Fizz – a mixture of red and white grape juices. As you can see from the picture, the bottle is so darned pretty that I don’t want to open. I best save it for the special day itself.
Shloer celebration is available in all supermarkets, so if you don’t drink but want some fizz, put an order in with Mr.
Collection smokey eye palette – under £5
Collection smokey eye palette
I was never too sure about Collection 2000 back in the day, but since it’s rebranded itself as Collection, it’s really upped its game in terms of colour, quality and wear-ability.
I’ve tried another version of Collection’s smokey eye palette, (see my review here), as well as reviewing their chunky eyeshadow crayons in their work the colour range (review here) so I’m a fan.
This pretty palette contains all you need for the perfect smokey eye, so it would make for a great look on Valentine’s Day and beyond.
See my attempt at the fabled smokey eye (sorry about the lighting):
Smokey eye with Collection
Mid range Valentine’s Day gift ideas for her
Front Cover Colours of the catwalk – in the pink £19.50
You can totally embrace your girly side with this Front Cover range. I’ve used Front Cover cosmetics before in a festive fist idea roundup, and there’s a reason they keep popping up my gift reviews. Quite simply, they’re great gifts!
In one neat box you get most of what you need to create a new look, with complementing shades. This collection is no different, with a hot pink nail polish, three varying shades of pink lipstick, complementary blue eyeshadows and an eyeliner and mascara to boot.
See an eye look I’ve create here with the range. The colours are vibrant, highly pigmented and crease-proof:
The Frontcover set is a great mid-range gift, more expensive and higher quality than some of the cosmetic briefcases you get from Debenhams,
but far cheaper than buying individual brands. I’d be glad to receive this as a gift on any occasion.
Paul Mitchell’s Ethicool Bonus Bag – £24.50
Paul Mitchell Ethicool shampoo and conditioner
If you want the gift of great hair this Valentine’s Day, take a look at Paul Mitchell’s Ethicool range. There are three sets in the range – Tea Tree (for hydration), Relaxingly Cool (for strength) and Lemon Sage (for body).
Each set contains a shampoo and conditioner, tailored to different hair types. I tried the Lavender Mint
Bonus Bag, and was really impressed with how sleek my hair looked afterwards. There wasn’t the usual kinks and fray – its high quality ingredients does really give you salon hair.
What’s more, Ethicool is an environmentally-friendly range, with its tea tree being carbon neutral as Paul Mitchell supports Conservation International, a forest carbon programme.
Superdry Minis gift set for her – £29.50
Superdry fragrance gift set
Do you remember the days of the £5 fragrance collection gift set from Boots or Superdrug? I do, as I was the lucky recipient of many.
Obviously this was during my school days, and I could enjoy squirts of Miss Sixty, Charlie and more in cute handy little bottles. I may jest now, but I loved them at the time.
However, fragrances have moved up a notch, and you can now give (and receive) the gift of a fragrance set without cringing.
Uber-trendy Superdry have brought out a gift set which contains four embossed 25ml bottles from their coveted Neon collection. Not only do they contain very unique scents, the bottles and their sleek outer packaging are nothing short of what you’d expect from a brand that loves attention to detail.
The range includes:
A blend of Bergamot, Pineapple, Galbanun, Water Fruits, Jasmine, Rose, Sandalwood, Vanilla and Musks. It’s a deahy mix of floral, sporty and sweet.
A light fragrance combining Mandarin Zest, Blood Orange, Blackcurrant, Orange Blossom, Pineapple, Cedarwood and Musks. As you’d expect, this perfume has a very citrus-y zest to it.
A flower-based scent containing Juicy Pear, Apple, Melon, Lily of the Valley, Petals of Jasmine and Musks. You can smell the floral notes, but there’s also a hint of aqua about it and has a passing similarity to Davidoff Cool Water. At least that’s what I think.
A blend of Fresh Figs, Green Leaves, Lily of the Valley, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Dry Amber, Coconut, Tonka and Musks. This fragrance had the most distinct scent. Very sweet, with more than a hint of Parma Violet sweets about it.
You could even do a straight swap with your other half as there is a matching fragrance gift set for him. That’ll put paid to any budget issues.
Splashy-splashy Valentine’s Day gift ideas for her
Tiffany & Co bracelet – £100+
If you want your partner to splash the cash (let’s be honest, who wouldn’t?), there are some high-end gift options that would make for an unforgettable treat.
Yes, I know it’s high on every girl’s wish list and usually stays there, but owning a little piece of Tiffany’s is just lust-some.
Now I’m not a designer/big brand girl, but when I received the beautiful blue box which contained the pretty velour pouch and this gem, I was pretty pleased…
It may be a bit too steep a gift for Valentine’s Day (I received the bracelet in the pic for my birthday), but as any Tiffany-lover knows, nothing says it better.
If you want an experience rather than a product, how about suggesting the idea of a spa day to your other half? It’s the best way to unwind and you’ll feel totally pampered throughout. There are some great spas dotted up and down the country, with many offering Valentine’s packages and couples treatments, so it’s well worth doing your homework before declaring your interest.
So there you have it. A variety of Valentine Day gift ideas for her (which is you). So start dropping those hints early.