Alternative Valentines Gifts

Looking for some ideas for alternative Valentines Gifts? You’ve come to the right place!

I went to our village shop this morning to get the papers and some milk.

There was a queue of about six men — waiting to be served — all clutching gaudy black and red cards and boxes of chocolates or bunches of overpriced cheap flowers, wrapped in cellophane.

Wow — I thought — what lucky women those chaps are married to… what thought and care has gone into these Valentine’s gifts.

It lands on the same date every year — February 14th — yet these men had clearly forgotten clean about it and were all hurriedly making last minute purchases. Their wives must be so grateful.*

* said with massive heavy dose of sarcasm

My boy and I don’t celebrate Valentine’s day. We made a mutual decision, years ago, to save our money and show a declaration of love, spontaneously, on a random day in the year. And that works for us.

But for those of you that do celebrate your relationships on February 14th, why not buy a gift that is a little more meaningful — and long lasting — than the last minute flowers from the garage/corner shop/supermarket (delete as appropriate)?

Here are my favourite alternative Valentine’s gifts!

A lovely subscription from the Willoughby Book Club

Either 3, 6 or 12 handpicked books, in the subject that your loved one likes best. Choose from fiction, cooking, gardening books — each one beautifully wrapped — with one book delivered each month! You can even include a personal message with the first book.

See for more details.

 Alternative Valentines Gifts — A book club subscription
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 Alternative Valentines Gifts — A book club subscription
Photo Credit: The Listed Home.
 Alternative Valentines Gifts — A book club subscription
Photo Credit: The Listed Home.

Dedicate a tree to your loved one.

For a truly unique and long lasting present, why not dedicate a tree to your favourite person? You can do this through the Woodland Trust; choose from a newly created site or mature woodland. Whichever you go for, it’s such a thoughtful gift and the money raised will help to protect the UK’s beautiful woodland environments.

For more details visit The Woodland Trust and hug a tree today! :)

 Alternative Valentines Gifts — Dedicate a tree
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Send a piece of cake though the post for a year!

If your lover has a sweet tooth, surprise them each month with a yummy piece of cake! Packaged to fit perfectly though a letterbox, those clever peeps at The Cake Nest bake delicious cakes — carrot, Guinness and chocolate, or lemon to name a few — and post them to your loved one!

Have a look The Cake Nest for more details of this and also other delicious gifts that they have on offer.

 Alternative Valentines Gifts — A cake club subscription
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Sadly, it’s a bit late for this year!! As a non-celebrator of V-Day, it didn’t occur to me what the date was; until I saw the queue of men at the shop this morning.

But drop some not very subtle hints for these alternative Valentines gifts; and feel safe in the knowledge that there’s another 365 days until the next February 14th!

Happy non Valentine’s day everybody! X

Caro Davies editor of The Listed Home
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Caro Davies is a former art-director turned writer and content-creator, and editor behind UK lifestyle blog The Listed Home. She writes about home-related topics, from interiors and DIY to food and craft. The Listed Home has been featured in various publications, including Ideal Home, Grazia, and Homes & Antiques magazines.

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7 thoughts on “Alternative Valentines Gifts”

    • Radox?? RADOX?? Ohmygoodness — these men need a lesson in ‘what to buy for a lady’!! :)

      It could be worse though.My friend once asked he husband for a lovely scented candle. He bought her a Glade one, from the supermarket!! Haha! At least she saw the funny side! :) X

  1. I love these ideas! We don’t really celebrate it either, maybe a card if we remember. I do like the idea of the book subscription though; I might add that onto my birthday wish list :) #sharewithme

    • Thanks so much Jess! I like the sentiment of Valentine’s day but it seems like a lot of people feel forced into making a grand gesture, rather than doing something because they want to. It really struck a chord with me, seeing all those men who’d put no thought in to a gift for their partners. I would rather have nothing if there’s no thought behind it! X


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