Alternative Valentine’s Day Gifts That Aren’t Naff

Make it personal

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Words by Nicole Thomsen
February 8th, 2018

Boxes of chocolates, petrol station flowers and Hallmark cards are more often the port of call as Valentine’s Day draws closer. But forget them; it’s time to raise the bar.

Up the ante with our curated list of stylish, personalised gifts that tick all of the right boxes whether you’re a true romantic, a Valentine Grinch or a newfound singleton. From a bespoke perfume for the scent-sitive kind to a pop-up dinner that’s sure to tickle any foodie’s taste buds, we’ve got you covered. (Hint, hint, if your other half seems lost about what to get you, leave this page open for a little inspiration…)

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For the scent-sitive…

Step it up a notch from Tesco’s finest bouquet and gift them a bespoke perfume created from the scents of their favourite flowers instead. This unique service is available from Parfumarija, Dublin’s niche perfume boutique based in the Westbury Mall. The apothecary is home to many rare perfumes that you won’t find anywhere else in Ireland, making it the perfect destination for a truly thoughtful gift.

Shop here: Parfumarija

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For the foodie…

Candlelit dinners can be sweet but predictable. Treat their taste buds to an 8-course tasting menu at the Valentine’s Pop-up Dinner hosted by Horse&Choux at Two Fifty Square. Running from the 11th until the 13th of February, the night will consist of only the best ingredients and of course, free bubbles for everyone on entry.

Book here: Eventbrite

For the indulgent one…

Make it personal with a gift that has their name all over it – one of Burberry’s iconic monogrammed scarves. Embed it with their initials, your initials, or even a love heart. A truly luxurious and timeless gift that they will treasure forever. If it’s good enough for Olivia…

Shop here: Burberry

For the anti-Valentine…

While you may not be St. Valentine’s biggest fan that’s not to say you can’t celebrate in your own way and give you both a giggle with this witty card.

Shop here: Not On The High Street

For the beauty maven…

Better than a box of chocolates, if your loved one prides themselves on their appearance then Hot Air’s offer of unlimited blow-drys is a no-brainer. For €159, you can have as many blow-drys as your hair desires over the course of 30 days.

Book here: Hot Air

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For the singleton…

If you or a friend suddenly find yourself flying solo this Valentine’s Day then a night on the town is the ideal gift, and where better to mend a broken heart than at The Liquor Room’s Shred Your Ex party? Head down on Saturday, 10th February with a picture of your ex and do whatever you like with it – draw a moustache on it, use it as a coaster or shred it. Meanwhile, there’ll be upbeat music to dance away your sorrows as well as a comedy set and a Dumpster Swap Shop where you can trade any unwanted gifts from your ex.

Find out more: The Liquor Rooms

For you…

Who’s to say you can’t gift yourself a little something something come February 14th? Self-love should come first and foremost so why not say it loud and proud with this slogan sweatshirt? Whether you’re single or spoken for, snuggle up in this and enjoy a bit of ‘me time’.

Shop here: Warehouse