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Funny, touching and offbeat Valentine's Day gifts for under £10 a go

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Valentine's Day can be a rather awkward occasion.

On the one hand, you don't want to buy into the mass marketing machine that governs overpriced meals for two and squeamishly "romantic" gifts. On the other hand, not to get anything at all might come across as churlish in a long-term relationship.

Then there's the added complication of someone you've just met two weeks ago, or are dating but not exclusively. Will a present come across as try-hard? Or is your person of the moment actually expecting something? 

We've picked out 20 alternative gifts for Valentine's Day to match any level of tricky dynamic.

Whether you're after a touching token for your loved one that won't break the bank, or a flippant and witty offering that covers a not-sure-where-you-stand relationship, these offbeat gifts should do the trick. The best bit? They're all under £10. 

  • Moroccan Mint dark chocolate bar

    A refreshing and beautifully packaged bar from Award-winning London chocolatiers Rococo Chocolates.

    £4.50, Conran Shop

  • Fig+Yarrow Smelling Salts

    The modern spin on smelling salts, featuring an aromatherapeutic blend of rosemary, lavender and eucalyptus.

    £9.95, Luna and Curious

  • Passport Pocket Notebooks

    We love these jet-set notebooks from boutique stationery company Rifle Paper Co. 

    £8.75, The Paper Company

     

  • St. Eval Red Dining Candles

    Light up your dining table with these sumptuous red candles, handmade in Cornwall.

    £6.95, Divertimenti

  • Scrabble fridge magnet set

    For happy days spent word-playing on your fridge, look no further than this Wild & Wolf bespoke scrabble set.

    £9.50, Selfridges

  • 2011 Cantiga Rosado

    We're drawn to this Spanish wine on the deep salmon colour alone, but it's also got a lovely flavour redolent of summer berries.

    £5.95, Jereboams

  • The Book of the Kiss

    A collection of quotes from D.H. Lawrence, H.G. Wells and more on the delicate art of kissing.

    £6.50, V&A Shop

  • RUBBER CUBE STUD EARRINGS

    Modern minimalist earrings for lovers of all things chic.

    £5, Stories

  • PENGUINS LOVE ART PRINT

    A sweet but not overly-saccharine original piece from Scotland-based illustrator Nicole Allan.

    £8, Nic Allan

  • Love Egg Fry Mould

    What better way to proclaim your love than with an innovatively fried egg? Genius. 

    £9.50, NotOnTheHighStreet

  • Matchcarden City

    Green-fingered types will delight in this tiny house, complete with its own cress garden. 

    £4.50, Design Museum Shop

  • Chalk board with three wooden hearts

    Scrawl your message of choice - whether rude or romantic - on this retro-inspired kitchen board. 

    £9.95, Sass and Belle

  • Let's canoodle snack boxes

    These little snack boxes are perfect for a romantic al fresco dinner.

    £8, Paperchase

  • Pia bracelet

    A delicate and elegant stretch bangle with irridescent faux pearls.

    £3.50, Oliver Bonas

  • Louche Heart Gloves

    Create a barrier between your loved one and the icy winter chill with heart-print gloves. 

    £10, Joy

  • Some Like It Hot chilli seed set

    This cute Jalapeno chilli seed pack is seen here as a wedding favour, but you can personalise it using whatever message you like (we personally like it just with the main slogan). 

    £1.40, Wedding In A Teacup

  • HEART ORIGAMI NOTEPAPER SET

    Keep crafty types happy with this dainty origami set. 

    £9.95, Liberty

  • Chocolate and Praline Crisp biscuits

    Brimming with delicious flavour, these artisan biccies are irresistibly moreish. 

    £2.50, John Lewis

  • Acrylic magnetic photo frames

    Showcase your happy memories in these sleek acrylic frames.

    £8.95 for a medium frame, Muji

  • HEART SWOOP print

    And last but not least, a wonderful simple heart-themed print from Scottish artist Ingrid Petrie. It's a little way over our £10 budget but so worth it for the wow factor.

    £20, Mimosa Street

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