Practical Valentine’s Day gift ideas for him, her, and all budgets
Yes, that time of year has come round again, when you might be waiting in anticipation as to what your other half will gift you, and thinking what you could bestow in return. It’s always a tricky conundrum, especially in my case, after three years of marriage. I’m not sure whether to get a card, something small, or forget the whole thing.
One thing I have learnt though, is that useful, practical gifts are much better recieved than grand gestures. Case in point - one anniversary I spent a rather handsome sum on cufflinks with a Big Ben working clock. They've been worn about a handful of times, mainly saved for weddings. Whereas if I buy Mr something that he'll actually use, like moisturisers, I know it'll be better recieved.
So this Valentine's Day, in an attempt to buck the trend of grand gestures, my gift guide is on the rather practical side. So enjoy my Valentine's Day gift guide for him, her, and all budgets (note, if anything on the 'her' section catches your eye, be sure to keep this page open when your other half is around, there is no bigger hint).
Practical Valentine’s gift
ideas for him and all budgets
Palmers Coconut Oil body lotion (£3.99)
If you're really stuck for ideas this Valentine's Day, why not give the gift of soft skin. Most men are neglectful in this area, so it's a useful budget gift. And worst case, if he doesn't use it, you can make the most of it and boast good skin.
Fuzz busters - Gillette Fusion Pro-Shield (£12) and Braun Series 3 wet and dry shaver (£139.99)
One thing I’ve learnt is that the world is divided into two types of men – men that shave, and men that trim. With the trend for the hipster beard has meant that facial fluff is out of control, thankfully there are still some among mankind that to still like to keep themselves relatively clean-cut.
If your Mr is a shaver, how about this Gillette Fusion Pro Shield shaver, which has a Flexball to get around the tricky contours of the face, and at £12, it’s a snip (no pun intended) and falls nicely into the budget category.
My husband sits on the trim side of things, so this Braun Wet and dry shaver with a long hair trim attachment is ideal, plus it’s super practical as you can use it in the shower, with foam, water or just dry. All this fancy-pants functionality doesn’t come cheap though, as it retails at £139.99. So it’s the perfect gift if your man is serious about his grooming, plus, being Braun, it’s built to last.
Practical Valentine’s Day gift ideas for her and all budgets
Nelson’s Arnicare Bath and Massage balm (£8.55)
This multitasking oil can be used in the bath, as a massage balm or as a body oil. The balm smells of lavender goodness, and contains arnica extract, evening primrose oil and sweet almond oil. It’s the perfect de-stress and is much nicer than those sports injury medicinal balms out there. Also, as I leant massage as a couple’s Valentine’s Day review, this is the perfect balm to practice with.
Olverum Bath Oil (£23.50 for 125ml, £36.95 for 200ml)
Keeping with the oils theme, Olverum bath oil can be a luxurious gift for ‘me’ times. The oil is highly concentrated and contains 10 pure essential oils. It is said to be a great stress reliever and helps aid sleep. Like Nelson’s Arnicare, Olverum can also be used to ease aching or sore muscles. And with its unisex scent, he’ll probably be using it too.
Revlon Perfectionist 2 in 1 dryer (£39.99)
This is the stuff of blow-drying dreams, I was super excited when I received this Revlon 2 in 1 dryer in the post. It’s apparently the upgrade from a tangle teaser, and is a hairbrush, hairdryer and styler in one. With a soft paddle brush, 3 heat speed settings and Ionic (read: gives you shine) technology, this might just be the hair saviour I am looking for. I have spent years trying (and failing) to do at-home blow dries, as I just can’t operate a hairbrush and a hairdryer at the same time. So I can’t wait to ty this out. If you’re as much a blow drying novice as me, this is worth a look.
Filofax personal organiser (approx. £50)
OK, so I threw in one of my wish list items which might be a bit too practical for some. But since starting my own business, a Filofax has been on my wish-list. Not just because they’re so pretty, but I realised that the old fashioned diary is a great way of keeping abreast of your commitments when technology i.e. phone calendars, let you down. I found this out the hard way, when I missed a vital Monday meeting after a weekend away, and my phone only reminded me about it 15 minutes before the event.
This personal-sized organiser is great as I can take it with me on the weekends, and without sounding pretentious, the buffalo skin finish in beautiful, and the refillable inserts mean it’s an investment, rather than a cost.
And if all else fails…
Milk Tray (£8.49 for 360g, £12.99 for 530g)
All because the lady loves Milk Tray. This is a gift that you can both enjoy, not just because it’s delicious, but a box of chocolates is so much more presentable an gift-appropriate than those jumbo round tins of Quality Street and Roses that you see stacked up in the supermarket. Buy them for your personal bingeing, but for gifting, keep it classy.