24th November 2020

This Valentines Day, rather than stop and smell the boxed roses, knock your special someone off their socks with these 15 alternatives to sending flowers.

Modern lovers look no further. Rather than defaulting to the usual boring bunch of blooms that will die within a week, there are loads of unique Valentines Day gift ideas to make it memorable.

1. Indoor plant
Plants continue to lead in interior decorating trends and they’re a wonderful “next step” to sending flowers for a living gift that will last and last. For something decoratively different, try a beautiful terrarium for a stunning Valentine’s Day gift idea.

2. Perfume
Top up on their signature scent or fall in love with something new. If personal fragrance is too big a step in the relationship, choose an evocative home fragrance or quality scented candle to set the scene for special moments together.

3. Gym or yoga/Pilates vouchers
Give the gift of vitality with a membership or trial pass for your local gymnasium or health club, complete with a one-on-one session with a personal trainer – something that may normally be out of their reach

4. Active wear
Shoes, weights, running, swimming, outdoor or extreme sports all need good gear. Stretch the budget and kit out your boot camp baby in style with active wear fit for their favourite workout.

5. Bathrobe
A plush bathrobe to wrap around your special someone is supremely romantic. Box up with a big bow for maximum impact.

6. Everyday luxuries
Indulge you love with pretty things they’ll see every day. Little somethings to place by the bedside or atop surface to see every day and be reminded of you – vanity trays, trinket boxes, votive holders and jewellery holders to fill and display their treasures.

7. Vase
Even if you do give flowers for Valentine’s Day, why not add or include a beautiful vase as part of the gift to make it extra special and something that will last forever.

8. Tender tipple
Don’t forget a bottle of their favourite beverage – be it bubbly, bourbon or banana smoothie… tuck in a romantic recipe and a pair of special glasses to share.

9. Small appliances
Make their life (and yours!) just that little bit easier with a Valentines Day gift to indulge, inform, invent and inspire. From waffle makers to coffee machines, foot spas and smart speakers, give a gadget to pamper, process or help to produce the evening meal with ease.

10. Car wash
Leisurely weekend hours to while away with a bucket, sponge and hose in the hand are becoming a thing of the past for many of us, leaving our cars dirty and dusty inside and out. Give the gift of a sparkling ride to your special someone with a voucher for a professional car wash and vacuum!

11. Gaming gear
Level up the love by investing in a new console for the gamer in your life.
Grab a gift voucher or head for a high score in Valentines Day gifting by pre-ordering the latest game release or merchandise.

12. Vitamin packs
The perfect pick-me-up for your partner may come in the form of a customised vitamin program. Create a personalised pack with the help of your local chemist or health food store and give the gift of vitality.

13. Luxurious bedding
There are few things more luxurious than quality bed linen. Splurge on silk pillowcases to slip onto each night or go all out on a full set of 100% natural linen bed sheets.

14. A frame for life
Framed artworks bring a home to life and the investment in a custom frame for a special photograph or significant artwork adds even more meaning to a piece. Take the artwork to your framer for professional advice and a custom service or measure up and buy ready-made.

15. Gift voucher
Stuck for details but know what they love? Grab a voucher from their favourite store at your local shopping centre and they’ll love you forever!