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6 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas (That Aren’t Flowers)

Gift alternatives to explore, ranging from date night additions to timeless pieces for keeps

February 14 is just a couple of days away now. For those who are coupled up, how goes your Valentine’s Day planning?

Whether you’re able to spend time together this year or you’re still celebrating love month apart, this is still a great opportunity to express gratitude to and for your significant other. On that note (and no pressure): there must be more to Valentine’s Day gifting than flowers, though, right?

Learning your partner’s love language is always a smart place to start, but if gift giving is already in the cards for you (and chances are, it is), start here. Ahead, Valentine’s Day gift ideas for when you want to offer more than just flowers for the occasion. 

A Spa Day

Perfect for partners who work hard…and deserve to rest and relax hard, too. At The Spa, packages such as the Couple’s Retreat are perfect for Valentine’s Day. This is two hours and 15 minutes of pure R&R that features the spa’s signature Mind and Body Flow massage, plus your pick between the Casmara Facial or The Spa Signature Men’s Facial. You’re also free to customize your spa day with add-ons like the reawakening eye ask and a reconditioning hair and scalp care treatment.

A Chic, Bespoke Cake

For the sweet tooth in your life and for whom you believe a store-bought cake just won’t do. Across Instagram, independent bakers have put up shop to offer customizable cakes that look as good as they taste. Custom cakes at establishments like Mae Cakes are available in the following sizes: Bento, 6x3, 6x4, 6x6 and a two-tier option.

An Everyday Wristwatch 

If your S.O. isn’t keen on jewelry, a classic timepiece is always a great gift alternative. It’s a practical choice, too, since you have a range of styles you can shop (casual watches, formal watches and sports watches) that you can bump against your Valentine’s Day budget (watches can go for anywhere between ₱3,450 and ₱178,170). Consider Japanese watch brand Seiko: a sizeable selection of items is available on their Lazada flagship store, where giftwrapping and bags are available, too.

A Dessert Bouquet

Dinner date plans already ironed out? Cap off the evening with a bouquet (of premium dessert, that is). On, you not only can stock up on all-time favorite ice cream brands like Ben & Jerry’s, Carmen's Best and Häagen-Dazs, but you get the option to woo your partner with an ice cream bouquet. For ₱100 on top of your ice cream order, you can have your dessert specially assembled in a bouquet with the works: wrappers, ribbons, a gift card and a kraft box included.

A Beauty Bundle 

For a partner that’s big on skincare, you can bet that something by Ole Henriksen will be well-received. For your consideration: the Shelfie Stars Skincare Favorites Set or the 3 Mega Wonders™ Skincare Set. Nothing says I care like playing occasional enabler in your partner’s self-care routine.

A Premium Graze Box

How else can you elevate the charcuterie board? For an extra special occasion such as V-Day, you can go big with Aperitif’s Le Fleur Valentines 2022 Collection. It’s just one way you can bring luxury home and make your next wine count for something more. The graze box includes four types of premium European cheeses, cold cuts (Prosciutto, Mortadella and Salami), Aperitif’s private label jams, olive skewers, a six-inch heart shaped Truffle Salmon Caviar Pie.

On another note: if your S.O.’s love language includes all things tech and cool gadgets, we have gift list covering that, too. Up next: Gift Ideas For Your Techie Valentine.

Art Matthew Fetalver

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