Forget chocolates, flowers and ties – make February 14 extra special by showering your significant other (or your best friend) with thoughtful gifts that put a spin on the traditional Valentine’s Day presents. Here are some ideas to get you started.
For your lady
Words of affirmation
I Love You Because Tokens from Gifts Less Ordinary ($37.68)
Engrave not one but five reasons why you love your partner to bits on these pastel-coloured wooden hearts. You can write anything from ‘You’re the greatest’ to ‘You drive me crazy’, as long as the message is less than 25 characters, including spaces. The tokens are delivered in a drawstring bag tied with a larger wooden heart on which the recipient’s name is engraved on. Pro tip: hide the tokens around the house for your partner to find to brighten up their day!
Delightful Vegetables from Floral Garage Singapore ($46.40-$82.40)
When everyone is out buying a bouquet of flowers, stand out from the crowd by surprising your loved one with a vibrant bouquet of fresh vegetables. In place of roses, there are carrots, eggplants, broccoli, lemons and capsicum spruced up with green leaves for the ultimate veggie bunch. Yes, these are edible and can be made into a meal. Note: it’ll probably be best if your lady loves to cook and values practicality over romantic gestures, else it might not go over so well.
Apple of my eye
Evil Eye Bangle from Tory Burch ($369)
Turn heads with this piece of jewellery from American brand Tory Burch. At first glance, it seems to be a delicate gold-tone bangle evoking the iconic evil eye good luck charm. But on closer inspection, you’ll find that it’s actually a two-hand timepiece featuring a navy and natural mother-of-pearl dial.
Swirl her away
Cuisinart Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker from Tangs ($458)
Soft serve ice cream on tap. Do we really need to say more? Pop all her favourite fresh ingredients into this magical machine, turn the dial and out comes freshly churned soft serve ice cream that’ll soothe every mood swing and make even the worst of days a little brighter.
For your man
One bag to rule them all
Bond briefcase from Faire Leather Co ($549)
If business travelling is a big part of your partner’s schedule, here’s a briefcase that’ll change his life. This polished and sleek bag has a compartment for everything – seriously, there are dedicated spaces for tech products of all sizes, from laptops to mobile phones, sleeves to organise mobile phone pins and tiny SIM cards, and even slots for business cards and his passport. Best of all, a trolley slot strap fits this bag perfectly for carry-on luggage so he spends less time rummaging and more time with you.
Preorder the briefcase (estimated delivery date in May 2018) at faireleather.co
Watch him tick
Watch movement David cufflinks from The Little Link ($99.90)
Here’s a cufflink with a difference for those who like to jazz up their formal business wear: the David is a solid (read: luxe) pair of rare watch movement cufflinks with movable knobs. Yes, that means they can be wound up to produce actual mechanical movement just like actual timepieces. We think that’s pretty cool.
Coopers DIY Beer Brew Kit from iBrew ($180)
Forget about household commercial brews and quench your beer guzzling partner’s thirst with some homemade beer. This easy-to-use beer kit includes everything you need to brew up to 23 litres (aka 30 bottles) of the golden elixir in your kitchen. It’s all done in four easy steps (to be honest, the hardest part is patiently waiting for the beer to ferment) and it’s easily the most rewarding DIY project you both will ever embark on.
A fresh slate
Undies from Bundies ($32-$179)
Ladies, if you’ve been looking for an excuse to throw out your man’s worn out and holey underpants, here’s your chance. Pick up a pair (or a multi-pack of three or six) of flattering, comfortable and sustainable undies at Bundies. These comes in three styles: knitted trunks, knitted boxers and woven boxers, all with soft stretchy Elastane Jersey waistbands that won’t cut into the skin or leave a mark. You can even sign him up to Bundies’ subscription box to receive new ones monthly or bi-monthly.
For your bff
Drunk in love
La Vie En Rosé Bloom Jar ($228)
Forget flowers and chocolates and treat your bestie to flowers and a bottle of Champagne de Venoge Rosé instead – because we could all use a little liquid courage to get back into the dating scene. The La Vie En Rosé Bloom Jar comes with a stunning bouquet of Kenyan red roses that will continue to bloom throughout the week.
Love More Collection from Kikki.k ($4.90-$24.90)
You know you can count on this Swedish brand to come up with an entire adorable stationery collection that you can’t stop gushing over. The Love More collection has scratchie cards that lets the receiver scratch a gold-foil heart to reveal a sweet message, jars that’ll hold 20 paper hearts containing heartfelt reasons why you love them and even BFF interlocking charm necklaces.
Cotton bedsheets from Sojao (from $198)
If you find yourself in your BFF’s bed more often than not, why not upgrade your sleepovers with some lush beddings from local start-up Sojao. Roll around in some lightweight and breathable organic cotton bedsheets that – wait for it – get softer with every wash. Bundle sheet sets include a fitted sheet, duvet cover and a pair of pillowcases. Available in white, navy, natural and stone.
Power Pack from Pure Fitness ($230)
As they say, ‘friends who workout together, stay together’, right? Gift the gift of health to your BFF (and you’ll benefit too!) with Pure Fitness’ Power Pack. The bundle includes a one-month pass to all Pure Fitness and Pure Yoga locations, $35 nood food voucher, $35 Pure Apparel voucher and, best of all, 2 guest passes so you can tag along too.
Lisse Luxe hair turban from Aquis ($46)
Give the gift of good hair day to your bestie – get them this unique lightweight hair turban from Aquis that wicks away water five times faster than regular cotton towels. Just gently squeeze excess water from hair with the turban and, without rubbing hair, wrap it around your head (secure with buttom at the bottom of the nape) and leave it on until hair is damp to the touch. Easy peasy.