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10 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas That Aren’t Chocolates or Roses

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Celebrated every year on February 14th, Valentine’s Day has long been synonymous with love and affection. Originating from ancient Roman traditions, it has evolved into a day dedicated to expressing romantic sentiments. Whilst in some countries the day’s scope has expanded to include friendship, in the UK the main focus remains on partners and significant others, making it a special occasion for couples to exchange thoughtful gifts. As we approach this day of love, let’s explore its history and take a look at some heart-warming gift ideas to make your Valentine’s celebration truly memorable.

A Brief History of Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day has its roots in ancient Rome, where mid-February marked the time of the Lupercalia festival—a fertility celebration. The feast involved rituals to ward off evil and promote health and fertility. Over time, the church adapted this pagan festival, associating it with St. Valentine, a martyred priest.

The romantic connotations of Valentine’s Day became more prominent in the Middle Ages when it was believed that birds began mating season in mid-February. Chaucer and Shakespeare further popularized the idea of love during this period.

Love birds seed card showing two love birds sitting together on a perch, making it an ideal gift for Valentine's Day, weddings, and anniversaries

By the 18th century, exchanging handwritten notes and tokens of affection became a common Valentine’s Day practice. Today, the tradition has transformed into a celebration of love, with people exchanging cards, flowers, and gifts to express their feelings for one another. Below you will find ten fabulous ideas for gifts to give your loved one this Valentine’s Day.

Hanging Heart

£3.00

hanging Heart decorations

With their delicate cut-out design these simple hanging heart decorations exude elegance. The lightweight metal allows them to sway gracefully creating a mesmerizing display with even the gentlest breeze. Available in a choice of pink or grey, each hanging heart is only £3.00, with 75p of the purchase price being donated to the Fair Trade Foundation.

Seed Card 

£3.50

Seed cards are a perennial gift that keep on giving year after year! Often enthusiastically described by our customers as “a card and gift in one”, your loved one can plant the card in the garden or a pot and watch as their own flowers grow and bloom. At just £3.50 each, they’re blooming marvellous.

Oil Burner with Hearts

£8.99

oil burner with hearts, deep pink

Ideal for use with wax melts, fragrance oils, or essential oils (available separately), these pretty oil burners are adorned with a scattering of heart-shaped holes that allow candlelight to gently diffuse while your loved one’s favourite fragrance swirls through air and caresses their senses. Romantic Tip – as well as being used for fragrance, essential oils can be diluted in a base oil and used for massage. The recommended dilution is one drop of essential oil to 19 drops of base oil.

Backflow Incense Burner

£6.00-£28.00

There’s a backflow incense burner to suit all tastes, from serene split bamboo and pebble pools to dragon castles and cauldron-stirring witches. Whatever your significant other loves most (apart from you, that is), they are sure to be charmed by the mesmerizing downward flow of fragranced smoke. To make the smoke go down, these burners require backflow cones (sold separately) which come in a variety of enticing fragrances and cost only £3.99 for a pack of 24.

Soapstone Heart Tealight Holder

£9.95

soapstone heart tea light holder in red

The simple elegance of these heart-shaped tealight holders make them a delight to behold. An incredibly tactile material, soapstone gets its name from its soft feel, thought to be the result of the rock’s high talc content. Mined and carved by hand in Kenya, chunks of soapstone are soaked in water to soften them prior to shaping and carving. Adding further to its appeal, soapstone is mined without mechanisation and it is surprisingly sustainable. Once a quarry is depleted it is back-filled and after 5-10 years the soapstone begins to reform.

Hemp Hearts Dreamcatcher

£9.95

Hearts Dreamcatcher

Gracefully suspended, this alluring hanging decoration features three heart-shaped dreamcatchers intricately woven from the finest hemp, adorned with feathers that dance with the gentlest breeze. Like a guardian of love, it weaves a spell that filters dreams, capturing negativity in its intricate web and allowing only the most beautiful dreams to caress your loved one’s night.

Lovebirds Windchime

£10.00

love birds metal windchime

This enchanting windchime, meticulously crafted with a luxurious brass finish, showcases two affectionate lovebirds perched within an open heart and surrounded by a profusion of flowers. An embodiment of romance, this piece is an ideal gift for celebrating love on Valentine’s Day.

Floral Soap Gift Set

£14.95

Floral soap gift set

Surprise your loved one with this exquisite collection, featuring four individually boxed, small-batch handcrafted bars. Made by Alter/Native by Suma, the floral collection is perfect for the season of love. It’s SLS- and parabens-free, cruelty-free, and is suitable for vegans. The set contains bars of soap, shampoo, and conditioner in a romantic rose & geranium fragrance, with a facial cleansing bar containing luxurious cocoa butter to nourish the skin. We think this gift set would make a cherished pampering gift, especially if paired with a floating coconut shell flower candle.

Crystal Tealight Holders

£25-£30.00

Available in romantic rose quartz or stately agate, the natural beauty of these large gemstone tealights are a sight to behold.

Associated with love, relationships, and (should you need it) forgiveness, rose quartz is a cherished crystal revered for its connection to the heart chakra. It’s romantic hues not only evoke elegance but also radiate an unmatched natural elegance.

Agate is a banded form of chalcedony, which is a mineral of the quartz family. It is a grounding stone that fosters emotional balance and stability. The highly polished surface of the agate tealight emanates a bold charm while the unpolished underside of the piece reflects its inherent grounding properties.

Every crystal tealight holder is natural and therefore unique. The shapes vary widely as does the depth of colour, with every one in our stock being breath-takingly beautiful.

Silver Feather Ring

£48.00

925 Silver Feather Ring

This stunning 925-marked silver unisex ring takes the form of an elongated, gracefully curled feather, embodying the essence of romance and freedom. The open back design not only adds a touch of modernity but also allows for easy adjustment, ensuring a perfect fit for your loved one. Imagine the gentle touch of this feather, delicately gracing the skin, a subtle reminder of the lightness and elegance that love brings into our lives.