Valentine's Day can be tough. There's the romantic dinner bit and especially the buying gifts part of the day that some of us dread. Forget boxes of chocolates, roses, cufflinks, ties and other boring, uninspiring gifts – make February 14 extra special by showering your significant other with some unique and thoughtful gifts that put a spin on the traditional Valentine’s Day presents and remain useful even after the day. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Aptly named the Atlas of Attraction, the Aesop gift set is a no-fuss and practical gift for Valentine's Day. Choose the pack ‘A Curious Connection’ which pays homage to the magnetic pull of connection, from the galactic to the cellular. In it contains a compatible coupling of two body care signature favourites, the aromatic geranium leaf body cleanser and citrus-based mandarin rind concentrate body balm to hydrate dry skin.
Available at all Aesop stores
Is your idea of love riding into sunsets with palm tree-lined avenues to you? Bust into song or serenade your loved one with this ukulele that borrows a page from those cheesy romance novels with its 80s-esque aesthetics.
Available from all Swee Lee stores
Sensual massage, anyone? Our choice of body oil is the refreshing rose geranium orange body oil from local brand Emmaluvs. The sweet floral blend will reinvigorate your senses (and romance) while the luxurious and smoothing concoction will keep your skin supple and glowing.
A dozen roses? Boring. Giant pastel blooms? Meh. Make your bouquet unique this year with the addition of some fresh cucumbers. That's right, these special bouquets come with three Japanese cucumbers and a 700ml bottle of Hendrick's gin. If your Valentine is someone who is most unusual, here's the perfect gift.
Available from hendricksvday.com
To make things special, always go for personalised gifts. The botanical prints from the folks at The Print Florist are hand-drawn with bespoke typography. Not only is it a thoughtful gift, it also sits pretty as art in the living room for all to admire.
Available from Gifts Less Ordinary