Valentine's Day gift guide: ideas for you, your lover or a friend

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Anna Pollitt

Planning to show some love this Valentine's Day? 

Here are 25 beautiful gift ideas for partners, friends, family members - or yourself.

Need a greeting card to match? Here are the funniest anti-Valentine's Day cards to send and receive.

  • Literary lovers

    The School of Life's edit follows four thinkers - Stendhal, Alain de Botton, Roland Barthes and John Armstrong - as they grapple with the big L (£65, Culture Label)

  • Cocktail hour

    A retro classic in a sturdy gift tin, this Tipplesworth set comes with all the ingredients to make a strong Old Fashioned (£19.99, Selfridges)

  • Evergreen

    Cacti are sturdy, low-maintenance and long-lasting - just like your love. We dig these geometric concrete planters from Geo Fleur (£16, Geo Fleur)


  • Stay buff

    Footwear aficionados will cherish this luxe valet box, containing every tool imaginable to keep leather shoes in shape (£150, Cheaney)

  • Goldfinger

    We're big fans of Clarice Price Thomas, who handcrafts all her intricate-yet-subtle jewellery designs. This Antumbra ring is sterling silver and plated in yellow gold (£160, Clarice Price Thomas)

  • Pump it...Louder

    Give them a floating portable bluetooth speaker and win their love forever* (£109, ICE Orb Floating Bluetooth Speaker, Amazon)



  • Made to share

    Few things say "I love you" like a giant slab of chocolate - and this one comes with creamy caramel white chocolate hearts (£7.50, Hotel Chocolat)

  • Your heart on his wrist

    Anniversaries, nicknames, affectionate messages - get them discreetly engraved on the side of these solid brass cufflinks by Man Gun Bear. You've got 30 characters to play with. (£75, Not On The High Street)

  • Brew-tiful

    The tea drinker in your life will love the award-winning Magisso cup that infuses loose leaf brews to the desired strength through a tilt-and-stop mechanism (£17.95, Bluebird Tea Co.)

  • Service with a smile

    Because breakfast in bed is always a winner. Habitat's wooden folding Tiffany tray comes in natural wood, white or red (£25, Habitat)


  • Summer dream

    Give smoked meat fans the miniature version of Weber's original iconic weatherproof kettle barbecue for picnics and parks in the spring - or even a chilly day in February if you're brave (£59.99, Oaktree)

  • Tee-off

    There's a touch of dark romance about RADDAR7’s quality cotton-jersey Extravaganza tee-shirt (£40, Wolf and Badger)

  • Never-ending love

    This beautiful gold-plated timepiece will make her smile every day (£145, Abbott Lyon)

  • Not on the shelf

    Sometimes the simplest things say it best (£9.95, Menkind)

  • No knickers

    Sir Plus does a lovely line in women's boxers and we're crushing on the heart print ones for Valentine's (£20, Sir Plus)

  • Funny Valentine

    This Mr Valentine print by Davies Babies will add a surreal and stylish touch to his favourite space (£49,

  • Serving suggestion

    Make like Mad Men with this weighty decanter made from thick mouthblown glass (£55, John Lewis)

  • Big softie

    Let them snuggle up with the language of love (£58, Anthropologie)

  • Dinner date

    Crockery that need to get a room - for dining or hanging (£45, Melody Rose)

  • Say it with cheese

    Somerset cheesemakers Godminster only make this "outrageously creamy" heart shaped cheddar in February, so get your orders in now (£4.79, Abel & Cole)

  • Kiss me quick

    A lip balm with swagger, Hourglass's No.28 Lip Treatment Oil has a mix of oils, vitamins, active ingredients and a hint of colour - oh, and a 24kt gold-plated tip.

    (£32, Harvey Nichols)

  • Lock it down

    Be it for a bridge or a bike, this rose gold metal padlock is much less imposing than most (£12, Urban Outfitters)

  • Happy feet

    This pair will go straight to the top of the 'favourite' pile (£8, Selfridges)

  • A new flame

    Let warm notes of amber crystals and tuberose set the scene (£40, Bella Freud at Liberty)

  • My superhero

    Gift Wonder Woman and her Lasso of Truth to keep tablets safe (£9.99, Truffle Shuffle)


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Anna Pollitt

Anna is a freelance writer and editor who’s been making her dime from online since 2007. She’s a regular at, ITV News and Emerald Street and moonlights as a copywriter and digital content consultant. The baby is borrowed.

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