oses are red, violets are blue…everyone gets flowers, so what’s new? Raise your hand if you’re tired of exchanging the same ol’ boring gifts, like chocolate and flowers, each February 14th with your sweetheart. This Valentine’s Day, why not surprise your special someone with a present that’s personal, unique, and sparks joy?
Intrigued? Keep reading for seven gift ideas guaranteed to pleasantly surprise your number 1. We’ll spill the tea on our fave outside-the-box picks — from silly to sentimental — that’ll score you points with your lover.
Check out 7 unique Valentine’s Day gift ideas for 2024…
#1. Favorite book and extras
If your partner always has their nose in a book — if they inhale novels or James Clear’s books even faster than snacks — you should search sites like AbeBooks for obscure editions of their fave titles. We’re talkin’ books with gorgeous cover art and vintage graphics they have never seen before.
You can pair this gift with a pretty bed-reading portable table, bookish tea cups, a weird-looking highlighting pen, or anything rare you can find on Etsy or Amazon. Complete the gifts with a sweet love note about how much joy it brings you that you both are creating your love story. Trust me, that’s a total romance home run.
#2. Matching undies? Definitely
Okay now, don’t click away. Matching underwear can be cute…in small doses. Gift each other a surprise pair printed with some hilarious inside joke or silly nicknames only the two of you would find amusing.
Picture waking up on February 14th, pulling back the covers, and cracking up over his-and-her panties with “snow” printed on the butt because of that one hysterical story from your ski trip where your partner kept slipping on ice. What better way to start the love holiday than with belly laughs?
#3. Photo collage art
Quick, check your camera rolls. I bet there’s a bunch of blurry but hilarious photo booth-style selfies of you and your boo, am I right? Well this year, take those pics from the camera to gallery wall art.
Some websites can transform your favorite snaps into chic collage pieces printed beautifully on archival paper in whatever sizes and frames you fancy. Display your relationship throughout the years in a creative way sure to spark smiles. Much better than images wasting away unseen deep in your iCloud, right?
#4. Personalized pillows bring sweet dreams
Want to gift cozy feels for your honey bun this Feb 14? Custom-printed pillowcases are romantic and practical Valentine’s Day gift ideas to flutter both hearts in 2024.
A creative example is recreating a love letter you’ve written to your partner as a pillowcase. Make sure it has your signature and a heart. When it’s finally time to catch those zzz’s, you’ll both be fawning at the thoughtful bedding even through your sleepy eyelids.
#5. Light up their life from afar
If you’re in a long-distance relationship, you need this. Or if your partner works a lot, keeping vampire hours coding into the AM, this is also for you. A thoughtful lamp is a creative way to always let them know that you’re thinking of them. That’s why these nifty touch lamps you control from your phone are perfect — no matter the miles between you both, you can tap an app and make it glow.
When your faraway or tech-obsessed night owl finally crawls into bed, your cute lamp greeting will make that exhausted face crack the sweetest, sleepiest smile. Such an Uber romantic gesture even from afar.
#6. Document your love story
If you two are nostalgic softies, custom relationship keepsake journals make incredibly thoughtful Valentine’s presents. Etsy is full of creatives who design prompts for capturing your favorite memories as a couple — first date mishaps, hilarious in-jokes, sweet nothings only you two would appreciate.
Leaf through its pages together, reliving all your epic adventures and lovey-dovey moments since day one. It’ll have you two smiling ear to ear about the past while getting pumped for the future together.
#7. Engrave ALL the things
Wanna know my tried and true trick for making any gift instantly more romantic? Personalize. Jewelry, flasks, cufflinks — you name it. Have your wedding song lyric or special nickname etched onto a gorgeous pendant. Gift champagne flutes inscribed with your anniversary date for toasting through the years. With customization, suddenly that basic gift idea becomes a one-of-a-kind treasure. And seeing their face light up knowing YOU specifically created it for them is priceless.
This V-Day, think outside the heart-shaped box. No more scrambling for last-minute generic gifts or settling for boring cards and candy. We’re going ALL out showing our nearest and dearest how cherished they truly are.
I hope these alternate Valentine’s Day gift ideas for 2024 inspire you to gift from the heart in a fresh new way. When your boo finally unwraps that custom present you painstakingly tracked down or created especially for them…oh man, that look on their face makes all the effort 110% worth it.
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