Love is in the air,
But so is this virus.
So wash your hands!
This Valentine’s Day marks almost a full year in lockdown, here in Leicester. Like many, I naively hoped that our lives would have returned back to normal by now. I pictured the usual Valentine’s Day options being available to us – how wrong I was! It will certainly be a little different to our usual date night, but I plan to embrace the challenge of trying to make it a memorable one.
Greg and I have been married for 7.5 years, and were together for a number of years before that; so it can be a challenge a times to buy gifts. We’ve done all of the gimmicky gifts, and Valentine’s milestones gifts, as well as the cliche ones; of course, you can never go wrong with chocolates and roses, but these days, we prefer things that are a little more personal and unique.
If you’re looking for some unique, personalised gifts for him or her, these are some of my favourite ones this year –
Gifts For Him
Enigmagram – I was sent one of these Enigmagram puzzles recently and absolutely loved it. For anyone who is a fan of escape rooms or puzzles, this is a great option. There are a series of puzzles to solve, which creates a code to unlock a personalised message.
Bracelet – Greg wears a beaded bracelet which the girls made for him (it is pastel blue and pink!). Personalised bracelets are a lovely option if you’re looking for something special. You can have the names and birth dates of any children or pets (because they matter too!) inscribed on beads or the clasp, or other dates of importance – first date, engagement, wedding date etc. There are a good range of Etsy stores that sell these.
Personalised Cufflinks – Similar to the bracelet, but an alternative option if your other half wears a lot of formal workwear.
T-shirt – When we had our eldest, one of my best friends bought a lovely t-shirt for Greg. The slogan was ‘Daddy, established 2015’ – it was a really sweet idea, and is a t-shirt Greg wears very regularly still! There are endless t-shirt designs to suit everyone; for Greg, anything related to golf, engineering, ‘man things’, or his favourite movies are a sure winner. If you’re stuck for ideas, Pinterest is a great source for inspiration.
Wash Bag – This is a lovely option if your other half travels away with work – its a nice little reminder that his loved ones are thinking about him whilst he is away. There are again lots of options on Etsy and Not On The Highstreet, as well as Next.
Heritage Plaque – This is admittedly a little gimmicky, but a fun option. Like the standard blue heritage plaques, this is customised to display their name, date of birth and brief description about them. You can make your plaque as funny or sensible as you want – Google images is a great source of inspiration, and also giggles for this one.
Print – Etsy has lots of customised print options. From the night sky on a significant date, to contemporary couple art, there is something fitting for all.
Gifts for Her
Necklace – Jewellery is always a winner! One of my favourite options, that never goes out of style, is an initial necklace. Jewel Editions has beautiful, classic and elegant necklaces. Their initial disc necklace come in gold, rose gold, and silver. I have the E initial disc necklace which is crafted out of 18k gold and 925 silver, making it affordable, but built to last. To see more images of this, scroll to the end of this post. There are also script initial letters, if you’re looking for more of a statement piece, or sideways initial necklaces if you’re looking something a little more unique.
Personalised Dressing Gown – I’ve certainly spent a significant amount of time over the last 12 months in my dressing gown, and it looks like there may be many more months of this left! These can be personalised with names, His/Hers slogans, Husband/Wife, or monograms.
Stationary Set – You are never too old for personalised stationary. Etsy is another great source for these – options range from notebooks with monograms/initials on, inscribed pens, personalised journals, notepads, stationary boxes, note cards, and organisers.
Art Work for Above the Bed – Greg and I currently have one large painting above the bed, but this is something we are looking to change up in our room. There are lots of lovely modern and contemporary pieces which are very on trend at the moment, for above the bed. If you’re thinking of some customised His/Hers pieces for above the bed, check Pinterest out for some ideas.
His Hers Pillow Covers – I always think this looks really sweet, especially when done in script style writing.
Personalised Chocolates – I know I said I was going to steer clear of the classic chocolates and roses, but seriously, who doesn’t love receiving chocolates? Cadbury’s do personalised gift boxes, which can be ordered online. If you’re looking for something a little more unique, there are again lots of options available on Etsy.
Personalised Prosecco – I’m personally more of a wine girl (there are options for that too), but if your other half is a big prosecco fan, you can purchase personalised bottles or gift sets.
Travel Set – I know it feels like travelling is still forever away, but once normality returns, this is a lovely gift to have. There are several Etsy stores who offer beautiful designs – leather trio sets which include a passport cover, luggage tag, and a travel wallet, with elegant monograms or initials on each item.
Valentine’s Day is certainly going to look a little different this year, but it won’t be any less special. I would love to hear how you’re planning to adapt your Valentine’s Day to keep it interesting whilst in a lockdown – pop your Valentine’s Day plans on my latest Instagram post, and I’ll share my favourite ones in my stories.
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