Stuck for Valentines gift ideas in 2021? A well chosen gift is a great way to show those you love how much they mean to you. So whether you’re with your loved ones this year or you’re separated due to covid, they’ll know you care. There are tons of ideas for gifting on Valentines, Palentines, Galentines or just treating yourself. Here is a showcase of various gifts whether you prefer traditional or unusual. The focus here is on two types of gift: subscriptions and hampers.
Valentines Gift Ideas: Subscriptions
Why not give a gift which lasts longer than one night? The benefit of a subscription box is the recipient receives it at regular intervals which reminds them of the giver and is something to look forward to! Here is our range of top picks for Valentines Gift Ideas 2021.
Subscriptions now come for a whole host of items and in varying lengths from a month or two to a full year. Traditional options include magazines, beauty boxes, beer and chocolate. The range of options doesn’t stop there, though! The best thing about the range of subscriptions is you can indulge anyone’s passion, whatever it may be. There’s a vast selection of items such as socks, seeds, snacks, scents, spirits etc. That’s just a few of the options starting with the letter “S”! A great site for browsing product types and review is https://www.allsubscriptionboxes.co.uk/
As this blog heavily features books, I have to mention some of the amazing book subscriptions available too! Many also feature author exclusives or other bookish items. Bert’s books has a selection of 12 different choices whether you like crime, fiction, non-fiction, Orenda Publishing etc. The Capital Crime book club is an excellent choice for crime and thriller fans because you get 2 books per month from only £10. If you’d like to spend more time reading with your Valentine, then the Couple’s Book Club subscription is the one for you! There are also subscriptions for Young Adult reads, many come with book themed extras, and Book Box Club gives you the option of just the book, or book plus extras. For more inspiration check out this best of list.
Valentines Gift Ideas: Hampers
Like subscriptions, hampers come in a wide variety. The vast majority involve food and drink, or cosmetics. But there are more niche ones too. Of course, you can always put together your own hamper, including products and items you know the recipient will love. Here’s our selection for Valentines Gift Ideas 2021.
It’s easy to put together a bespoke hamper of hand-picked goodies. To start you’ll need a container, such as the traditional wicker hamper or something more imaginative like a bag or keepsake box. This is what you’ll put your curated selection of treats into, so have a think about how big it needs to be. It can be fun to pick gifts around a theme, or just go for a range of your recipient’s favourites. If you’re doing a theme you could pick their favourite film or book and go for a copy of that plus items featured the film/story or branded items. Penguin books have an amazing range of bookish items from mugs and umbrellas to tea towels and prints. EMP and Forbidden Planet have a great range of branded merchandise for film, tv and bands. This includes clothes, figures, homewares and more. Other options are a hamper based around a hobby whether it’s cycling or crotchet, or around a regular activity e.g. coffee drinking. As an example this could include a grinder or milk frother (I love the aerolatte ones), beans, biscuits or chocolates, and a mug or travel cup.
Molton Brown have a great little article offering advice on creating your own bespoke hampers.
For pre-packaged hampers, there is a large selection of food and drink hampers at hampers.com, John Lewis and Selfridges. These can be general or more specific, I personally love the champagne and glasses set from hampers.com because champagne always elevates a celebration like nothing else.
Book hampers have grown in popularity in recent years. The idea is a bit of ‘me time’ so they typically contain a book and some snacks and/or pamper goodies. They tend to be geared more towards women. Don’t buy her flowers have a bookish care package where you can tailor the contents. Bookishly have a selection of book themed hampers. If you really want to push the boat out there are fabulous Classic and bespoke options at the Beautiful Book Company.
There is also a plethora of toiletries and grooming hampers and gift sets. The Independent did a great round up of best male grooming gifts recently. Many high street stores carrying their own selections for men and women (e.g. Boots, M&S). If you want to go a bit more upmarket, try John Lewis, Regency Hampers, or Look Fantastic who have a big variety for both men and women.
For a range of more unusual hampers try Not on the High Street. Their wonderful selection includes: crafting, flowers, massage, bee keeping, spa items, home fragrance, relaxation and sleep sets.