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Best Valentine's day gifts

No corner shop boxes of chocolates here

Best Valentine's day gifts
15 January 2020

Valentine's Day, though sweet, can sometimes be a little naff. Chocolate boxes and roses are all well and good, but they are clichés. If you're with someone who's not into traditional romance those gifts are probably not going to go down particularly well, either.

So in the name of love (and in the name of you not getting in trouble this February 14th), we've collected some actually good Valentine's gifts. Romantic, luxurious and classy, these will put you in the good books for at least another year.

Below you'll find a book, quality booze, some bigger buys and Valentine's-appropriate clothing that won't make your eyes roll out of your head.

And if you don't have a special someone? Well you may as well treat yourself to something nice...

Valentine's Day: non-naff presents they'll actually like

Valentine's Day: non-naff presents they'll actually like

1. LRB Collection: 4 in a Bed

£5.99
Buy now from the LRB Store

For those of you with bookish partners, this London Review of Books essay collection combines romance with literature in utter style. Pieces about sex come from Mary Beard, Adam Phillips, Frank Kermode and more.

It's no trite Hallmark card affair, though. Here's the description from the LRB: "the pieces in this book look at divorce, bisexuality, boy toys, masturbation, impotence, bodice-rippers and involuntary celibates (incels), as well as the erections of Christ and the erotic fantasies of the French Surrealists."


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2. Mr Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur

£28.99
Buy now at Amazon

If your other half is a fan of espresso martinis, they are going to love this cold brew coffee liqueur. This is a bit less sweet than other coffee liqueurs, and with 100% Arabica beans so it's one for the real coffee-heads out there. Perfect for sipping together after that romantic dinner.

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3. Neom Organics Luxury Bath Foam

£22.00
Buy now at Amazon

Want to play it slightly safer? You can't go wrong with bubble bath, and this luxury bath foam from organic brand Neom is just the ticket. Made with marshmallow, aloe leaf, coconut and sweet almond, a blend of essential oils makes this the ultimate calming gift.

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4. John Lewis silk pyjama set

£120.00
Buy now from John Lewis

Nothing feels as luxurious as silk – and these gorgeous pyjamas will leave your partner feeling amazing. Available in blue and pink, the set is made from pure silk and has a wide seam and elasticated waistband for ultimate comfort.

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5. Le Creuset Heart-shaped casserole dish

£111.65
Buy now from Amazon

Cooking fans already drool over Le Creuset's beautiful kitchenware. So why not make it extra-romantic with this heart-shaped casserole dish? And it's not just stews or casseroles you can put in this bad boy: it can also be used for baking. So as well as looking good in the kitchen, it can also produce some very sweet looking heart-shaped cakes.

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6. Ugg Kent Robe

£125.00
Buy now from Ugg

You may know Ugg for its iconic boots, but it makes more than that. Made from 100% cotton French terry, this robe has a chevron print and is perfect for wearing around the house. You can also get slippers that match, if you really want to make someone's day.

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7. Jo Malone Pomegranate Candle

£48.00
Buy now from John Lewis

This will really get you in somebody's good books – Jo Malone is a prestige brand for a reason. This richly scented candle also comes beautifully wrapped, so it'll look good when you hand it over, too.

Scents include Lime, Basil & Mandarin, Wild Fig & Casis and Peony & Blush. But we have a particular soft spot for its Pomagranate Noir, which has notes of plum, raspberry and pink pepper as well as pomagranate.

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8. Apple Watch 5

£409.00
Buy now from Amazon

Alright, so it's definitely not cheap. But if you fancy splashing out this Valentine's Day, you can't really get much better than the Apple Watch 5. Available in three colours, the watch has GPS, an ECG app, heart sensors and a built in compass. It also has a beautiful display and a 30% larger screen than the Series 3 watches.

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9. Acqua di Parma Colonia Soap Bar

£12.99
Buy now from Amazon

This delicious citrus scented soap from Acqua di Parma will make your partner smell amazing – so you'll reap the benefits too.

You might not want to make this your sole Valentine's gift, unless you are trying to prove an unsubtle point about hygeine. But this makes a classy add-on present, particularly as the soap is made in Italy.


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10. Nintendo Switch Lite

£198.99
Buy now from Amazon

This handheld games console will make anybody happy this Valentine's Day. There are a huge host of games to buy for the console, too – Zelda, Pokemon, Super Mario Odyssey and more. Won't hurt for you to sneak a few plays, either...

This is the cheaper version of the Switch, one that can't be docked to play on your TV. But we find we play handheld 90% of the time anyway.

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