Do you ever feel like Valentine’s Day has lost its personal touch? Call me an old romantic, but I miss the ‘good old days’ when you would get stuck into your paint pot and create a little token of affection for your primary school crush (or mum). With only a couple of weeks left to go until V Day, I wanted to share my favourite unique and unusual Valentine’s Day gift ideas that won’t break the bank …

Create a date-night ideas jar

So much more thoughtful than a box of chocolates (I don’t know about everyone else, but I’m still working my way through my Christmas stash!). Date night jars are wonderfully easy to make, and a great way to remind yourselves to set aside some quality time for one another. All you really need is a mason jar (an old jam jar?), a sharpie, scraps of paper and some bits to decorate it with. Some of my favourite, budget friendly ideas include:

  • A day out to a close-by historical landmark
  • Create a couple’s bucket list
  • Choose a new recipe and cook it together
  • Choose a one-off volunteer activity

Make a Valen-timeline Scrapbook

Make a list of all your special moments and highlight them in a memory scrap book. You can add extra sentiment by printing out photos from your favourite times and writing down the romantic details on the back. Our B5 Notepads make wonderful memory book keepsakes.

Get busy in the kitchen

Get crafty in the kitchen by donning one of our aprons and whipping up a romantic meal for two. I really like the easy recipes over on the BBC Good Food site; they have everything from simple Valentines cocktails and cookies to more elaborate brunch ideas.

OR … turn up the heat this February 14th and plan a candlelit bath, complete with homemade love heart bath bombs.

Valentines Scavenger hunt for your honey

Make them work a little for their gift with a creative romantic scavenger hunt. It doesn’t need to be complicated, just make sure you finish your clues with special Valentine’s surprise or treat. I really like adding a bit of humour to clues with some rhymes. For example, “You don’t have to search very far, the next clue is where you park the car.”

Scavenger hunts are also a great way to get the kids involved in the fun. You could ask them to help set up the clues or include them in the search. Our Dragonfly or Butterfly note cards come in perfect packs of 10 and make great clue cards.

Valentines notecards

Breakfast in bed

Get their heart fluttering with a cosy Valentine’s breakfast in bed. The more effort you put into this, the more it’ll be appreciated. Colourful fruit kebabs and hot, homemade pastries are a firm favourite of mine, especially during the cold February weather. Don’t forget to finish it off with a hot cup of tea or coffee. If they’re an animal lover, treat them to a new mug so they have a little keepsake to remind them of your tasty gesture.

Bonus Point: If you forget Valentine’s Day, this idea is a fast (and effective) way to get yourself back in their good books! But please don’t forget!

Surprise them with romantic getaway

If you’re planning on whisking your other half away for a well-deserved intimate break, why not hide the reveal in a getaway themed gift? Our stylish weekend wash bags are the perfect size for stashing a hotel voucher or spa token. Or why not start the packing for the with our statement tote bags?

scottish tote bag

Galentines Day

Nowadays, your Valentine’s celebrations needn’t end with your other half. A lot of girls (and guys) are casting aside tradition and spending time with the other loves of their lives – their friends! What a lot of people don’t know is that Galantine’s Day has an unofficial day of its own – 13th February. Don’t forget your gal pals this Valentine’s Day, gather your squad together for a boozy brunch, pamper sesh or cocktail evening and have yourselves a LOVE-ly day out. You could even make them up a little goodie bag filled with treats. Our sturdy tote bags come in lots of different designs, including our new Kingfisher Tote.

Still need extra Valentine’s gift inspiration for the animal lover in your life? Take a look at our gifts page for ideas inspired by nature.