When it comes to Valentine’s Day gifts it really is the thought that counts. There’s nothing romantic about mass-produced Valentine’s-themed presents, so we’ve rounded-up a collection of thoughtful gifts that will make your partner’s life that little bit more luxurious. And at under £50, they won’t stretch your wallet too much either.
Panama notebook: £45, Smythson
Smythson stationary is a thing of beauty and a luxe addition to a stylish handbag that most of us wouldn't spash out on for ourselves. The panama notebooks can be monogrammed and they come in a range of colours. Our favourite is this bright pink – romantic but definitely not soppy.
2. Zara 'whatever I want' jumper: £22.99, Zara
Demonstrate that you’re fully aware of how things work with Zara’s slouchy ‘whatever I want jumper.’ Chic and comfortable in equal measure, this jumper has the added benefit that its designed to be oversized and only comes in medium or large, so there’s no need to try and guess your other half’s size.
3. LSA champagne coupes: £30, LSA
Toast to each other with these handmade champagne saucers from glassware favourite LSA. With elegant long stems, they're pleasingly deep, meaning a decent-sized glass of champagne and much less chance of spilling than with some cocktail-style glasses.
4. Pure Collection cashmere socks: £39, purecollection.com
Cashmere-mix socks are the ultimate little luxury: toasty warm, super soft and the perfect thing to slip on after a long day. These ones come in a range of different colours, including this pastel pink.
5. SKYE Blue Egyptian cotton sheets: £50, Habitat
Perhaps they're a bit more practical than romantic, but gorgeous sheets are the gifts that keep giving. There’s nothing wrong with standard cotton sheets, but Egyptian cotton is a whole new world of comfort. The 150 thread-count cotton somehow manages to be both snugglier in winter and cooler in summer, as well as being blissfully soft. They're really a present for both of you.
6. Urban Outfitters Structured tote bag: £36, Urban Outfitters
You can never have too many bags - which is why they make perfect gifts. This sleek piece from Urban Outfitters is accidentally practical because of its pocketed design and would work off duty with jeans, or smartned up for work. It’s got long handles which make for comfy carrying even if your other half favours a bulky winter coat. The unlined leather design keeps it chic and modern.
7. Barista Brothers cafetiere: £34, Trouva.com
If your Valentine is a coffee lover then this will make you extremely popular on the 14 February. Copper is warmer than chrome and less bling than gold which might explain why it’s the buzz word in homeware right now. This once is perfect for long Sunday brunches when you’ve got time for proper coffee. It’s a three cup volume which means one and a half each: just right to power you up for the day.
8. True Grace Moroccan rose candle: £38, True Grace
True Grace has become a favourite with candle enthusiasts thanks to its delicate, romantic fragrances and stylish designs. The rose fragrance makes a nice play on the Valentine’s Day classic and it burns for a total of 50 hours.
9. Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi: £27, ottolenghi.co.uk
If your other half is a culinary whizz, then Ottolenghi’s Jerusalem is a brilliant introduction to Middle-Eastern cuisine, suggesting exciting new flavour combinations and exploring the influences that made Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi the chefs that they are today. It’s a beautiful book, filled with 150 recipes and guaranteed to excite any foodie. Light but still indulgent, chermoula marinated Sea Bass would make a perfect Valentine's dinner.
10. Antropologie Jewellery case: £48, Antropologie
Even if you're not buying her jewellery this Valentine's Day, you can give her something to keep her trinkets organised. Anthropologie specialises in beautiful, indulgent items that make every day a little more glamourous and this jewellery case is the perfect example of that. It’s made from vegan leather in a dreamy blue shade. The interior is navy polka dot and has ring holders, pockets and a jewellery bag for delicate pieces. It’s the perfect gift if your other half travels a lot, and if you’re feeling extra-generous you could always slip a little something inside.
11. Porto stoneware dish: £40, The White Company
This heart-shaped dish is dual use. It’s oven proof dish, so if your other half likes to bake then she can make gorgeous heart-shaped tarts and puddings, a stunning conclusion to a dinner party. But if your partner is more Coco Chanel than Coq au Vin then it’s a gorgeous piece of homeware. Use it as a display piece on a coffee table, or keep it on a side table for keys and wallets.
12. Olivia McGill Pottery Espresso Cups: £25, Etsy
We’ve been lusting after some of Olivia McGill’s little porcelain cups since we saw them at a design fair and they make an ideal gift for one half of a coffee-loving couple. The designs are hand decorated in nature-inspired hues, like this blue-green design that’s reminiscent of a swirling sea.
13. Radley Sweetheart Purse: £32, Radley London
Okay, so this is pink and heart-shaped, but it’s also a really useful little leather coin purse. Plus, all profits from the sale are donated to the British Heart Foundation, so you can spend this week knowing that the money is going to a genuinely good cause, as well as towards an item she’ll get loads of use out of.
It depends whether you're in the mood for comfort of style. If it's the former then Pure Collection's cashmere bed socks, or Habitat's Egyptian cotton sheets will brighten up any day, but if it's style you're after than the Urban Outfitters tote is a classic piece that looks a lot more luxe than its £36 pricetag.
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