Nonchalant ~ Alternative Valentines Day Gifts

Alternative Valentines Day Gifts

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The way to a persons heart is through their stomach apparently, and while this may be true when it comes to V-Day, sometimes going for a more out of the (gift) box ends up being more effective.

We all know that dinner, chocolates and a bunch of flowers (size dependent) are safe, but maybe the ideas below will also lead to a highly satisfying V-Day.


Knowing a book someone would really enjoy shows that you truly do know them. It shows that you listen, that you’ve taken an active interest and also, you’ve actively gone to a bookstore and found the perfect gift for them. Equally, add a loving note at the beginning of the book, and every time your girl opens it, she’ll be reminded of how much you care. It’s a gift that keeps on giving!

Buying your partner your favourite book is always a good start, sharing what you found inspiring goes a long way.

And if you’re not a book person, here are some fun options as gifts:

Couple Bucketlist Book

Paperchase – £15

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Tickets to a theatre/concert/exhibitions

Similar to books, everyone has different tastes when it comes to the arts, and getting tickets to something your other half truly enjoys, shows not only that you care, but that you want to give them an experience they won’t forget. Yes, sitting through a 2-hour musical may not be your idea of a fun, but hey, grateful girlfriend means great V-Day night later. Listen to what bands they like, art, history etc. Bonus points if you learn a few key facts to drop in and look knowledgeable. Nothing says sexy, like smart.

And if in doubt, go with these:

The Book of Mormon

Lols all night long…

LOVETheatre have some great deals on tickets throughout Feb >

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Les Miserables

For the classy bird.

LOVETheatre deals for Les Mis >

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Secret Cinema

Immersive legendary theatre/cinema – can’t go wrong.

Check out what they have on offer here >

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Ok so this one may be reserved for those relationships that are longer term, but a piece of jewellery is a cliche that remains true. Jewellery is something that your partner can keep for a long time, and forever be reminded of you. It does not have to be expensive, and sometimes it is the small, inexpensive pieces that become the most sentimental.

Brands we’re a bit in love with at the mo:

Monica Vinader

Buckle Bow Pearl

Practical gifts

What does your partner like to do? What are their hobbies, interests, unfulfilled ambitions? What better gift than one that plays to this. If your partner is a budding artist, why not new paintbrushes? Budding skateboarder? How about new kneepads? Gifts do not always need to be romantic in nature, they can be something your partner will really use, and what’s more romantic than that! Plus, brownie points as it shows you want to actively take an interest in their interests.


Alright, so this one is part personal gift, part gift for them but come on, as the saying goes, Treat yo self! Lingerie is a great gift because it can make you feel sexy af, but it’s a gift that can come and go, and come again throughout the year. A partner should make you feel sexy and strong and what better way than with lace and silk?

Fishnet Lace Underwear Set

Topshop – £24

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(thank god we get to like Calvins again and it be ok)…

Topshop – £52

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One of the most common sentences across dating apps is, I love to travel or something to that effect; and while this does come across as both obvious and pretentious, it is true. Most people love travelling and seeing new places. This is a gift that can be combined with an anniversary, or birthday (hit two birds with one stone) and what better way to test your relationship than travelling together? The holiday does not need to be a 5*, all expenses paid, luxury getaway. It can be a weekend somewhere in the UK or an overnight stay in a new city. Broaden your horizons, and take your lover in a new city.

Check out our Travel Section for inso >

Alternative Dates:

Pizza Making for Two at BungaTINI, Covent Garden – £60

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Cheese & Wine Tasting for Two, London – £25

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London Underground Treasure Hunt for Two – £70

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The Slide at the ArcelorMittal for Two – £33

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We hope you have a great Valentines and be sure to let us know what you’ll be buying your significant other!


NL x

Annabel Sketchley
Annabel Sketchley

I’m a twenty-something Londoner who strives to consistently look on the bright side of life. By day I’m normally rushing around the city coffee in hand, and by night I’ll be found curled up on the sofa watching Kath & Kim.

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