Love it, loathe it or not too bothered by it – wherever you stand on Valentine’s, it’s ultimately a great excuse to treat that special someone in your life, but how about this year, doing it a little bit differently?
We say, for 2018, leave the clichés at the door and go alternative instead. Here’s our guide to help you out.
1. Book a class with Obby
If we’re talking alternative, booking a class with Obby has got to be at the top of everyone’s list.
Wherever your partner’s interests lay, you can be sure Obby has a class for it.
With hundreds of classes to choose from, one thing is guaranteed: it’ll make a great, alternative valentines gift for your better half.
2. Book them (and you) a massage
We admit, a spa day is rather cliché. But how about a quality masseuse coming to your home and treating you both to a couple’s massage?
You really can’t go wrong with a gift like this.
The likes of Urban Massage operate in London, Birmingham and Manchester.
3. Subscription to Mindful Chef
2018 is the year of healthy eating, but it can be hard to maintain the low-carb, nutrient-rich way of life when you’re working all day and have the kids to look after.
That’s where Mindful Chef comes in.
Funded by the likes of Sir Andy Murray and Victoria Pendleton CBE, Mindful Chef sends innovative, nutritionist-approved recipe boxes straight to your door. All their meals can be cooked in under 30 minutes and, most importantly, they taste INCREDIBLE.
This is the gift of a truly thoughtful partner – they are Deliveroo for brownie points.
4. “Date night cards”
Now this is alternative.
Each card includes a fun, romantic or adventurous date idea – there’s 52 of them – one for each week of the year.
Examples include: ‘cook each other your favourite meal’, ‘recreate your first date’, and ‘go for a drive, making only left turns until you reach somewhere interesting’ (just don’t drive in circles round the block).
5. Instant Print Coasters
Too many pictures, not enough wall space? Or perhaps your other half accuses you of taking too many photos? If so, these Personalised Photo Coasters may be the thing for you.
They’re a clever little way of enjoying those all-important moments. So if you’re guilty of taking a lot of photos, start scrolling and find the ones worth cherishing.
6. Cheese Hamper
We know we said leave the cheesy stuff at the door, but you can’t leave the cheese!
Ask your nearest delicatessen/cheese shop to include some Brillat-Savarin and Truffle oil and believe us, you’ll brie in your partner’s good books for a long, long time…
7. Best of British Beer
Sign your partner up to Best of British Beer’s Beer Club, where they’ll be able to choose the kind of beers they like, how many they’d like sent each month and that’s it, Best of British Beer do the rest.
8. Personalised map in a bottle / map of the stars
Warning: this one’s for the sentimental among you.
Choose any location that has a special meaning to you and your loved one – such as where you met or your wedding/honeymoon location – and get it in star or map form.
The map in a bottle by BOMBUS makes a perfect little keepsake and an inventive, albeit corny, Valentine’s gift.
The personalised Map of the Stars by GreaterSkies just looks damn right cool.
9. Fingerprint Jewellery
Capture fingerprints, handprints and footprints in stunning 9ct and 18ct rose gold, white gold and sterling silver jewellery.
Hold upon Heart are one of the UK’s leading fingerprint jewellers – and they’re extremely popular with parents.
A unique gift that is sure to be a hit.
10. Book a babysitter
You could say that we’re somewhat biased, but booking a babysitter and doing something spontaneous is a top, alternative Valentine’s gift.
Yes, you could buy chocolates, but do you think St Valentine pined for heart-shaped cocoa? Instead, why not book a sitter and have some time away from the kids? It’s a win-win.