The Alternative Valentine's Gift Guide

gift guide tips and tricks Valentine's Day

I don't know about you guys, but I find Valentine's Day icky.
So this year I'm channelling my anti-Valentine sentiment into an alternative gift guide. Because Valentine's doesn't have to be overly mushy, and can be the perfect way to support small businesses this year!

Better than an engagement ring

1. Glitter Parasaurolophus Dinosaur Brooch

Dinosaur brooch by DesignosaurYEAH
This beautiful laser cut brooch by designosauryeah comes in a whole host of colours. There are more dinosaurs than the Parasaurolophus, but I've been lusting over this one for myself for a while now. I think this is the perfect way to give jewellery on Valentine's Day without being a walking cliche.

2. A Single Pink Rose Pin

Single pink rose lapel pin
Don't get me wrong, I'm a gal who loves a bunch of flowers. But flowers on Valentine's Day - yuck. At least this one is an excellent addition to anyone's pin collection, and it won't die (even if the love does). Check out punkypins to see what else you can spoil your loved one with.

Getting up close and custom

3. Make your own tea

Tea mixology workshop
I'm an avid tea drinker like most Brits. The idea that someone would take the time to make a tea based on my personal tastes is about as romantic as it gets. It's also a great way to show that you actually know someone well.

4. Nine Stamp Destination Print

Custom Betsy Benn print
This print is such a lovely way to celebrate the key places in your relationship. Whether it's where you've lived, your holidays, where you want to travel, Betsy Benn has you covered!

Put some love in your tummy

5. Let's Hang Out Sloth Cookies

Sloth cookies
Everyone knows the way to someone's heart is through their stomach. Edible treats will always go down well. But ditch the chocolate box and go for something a little more heart-warming, like these sloth cookies by Honeywell Bakes.

A punderful card

6. You Had Me At Aloe Card

You had me at aloe card
Crazy plant gals and pals alike will love this plant pun card. Better yet, a little aloe vera plant as an accompanying gift! Green is the new Valentine red.

Looking up to the stars

7. Star Balloon Decorations

Star balloon
Want that wow factor in the morning? Sneak downstairs and pop these up as decorations before they wake up! After all, star gazing isn't too easy in a town or city, so bring them to you courtesy of Meri Meri.

8. Space Mountains Wall Art

Space mountains print
These space mountain prints by Dots and Ink Pots are so beautiful and instantly romantic. She hand finishes each one with gold accents to make sure those stars shine just for you.

If your Valentine has a sense of humour

9. I Hate You The Least Brass Kiko Frame

I hate you the least brass frame
Serve up a bit of sarcasm this Valentine's Day with the most unromantic way to tell someone they're your favourite. These frames can be customised with your own message if you wish.

Quite literally warm and fuzzy

10. Chenille Heart Patch

Chenille iron on patch by ONRSHOP
Even if you're a little prickly like me, this will just melt your heart. The lovely chenille finish to onrshop's patch is quite literally warm and fuzzy - and a great way to update a jacket or top you love.
And that's a wrap! However you decide to celebrate, make sure you support small whenever you can. These makers put their heart and soul into everything they do and that means a lot more than a generic 50p card from the supermarket!

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