Meaningful Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas
The true origin and meaning of Valentine's Day is actually rather unknown, shrouded in mystery with a myriad of theories. While there may be many opposing ideas of how it truly began, the modern Valentine's Day is all about romance and celebrating love. We know there many feel discontent with the commercial sense of the holiday - a "Hallmark" holiday as some refer to it as - but we embrace the old world romance of it!
Lovers should celebrate each other every single day, in little ways and in big ways. With that being said, why not use Valentine's Day as an excuse for a special way to recognize your love? We've compiled a few "gifts" or gestures to make your Valentine's Day romantic and meaningful...
We adore Oh My Deer's whimsical quotes and artwork. A meaningful and sweet framed graphic could serve as a conversation piece in your home decor and a constant, daily reminder of something special you and your love share. This is another Van Gogh quote that we love.
How about a fun way to jot down every special moment? We love the idea of a guided 5-year journal, but also just giving your love a beautiful blank leather-bound journal and doodling fun dates and writing random memories could do the same.
Pictured above is just our Brand Manager Megan's favorite candle of all time, but why not head out to a local shop in your area and pick out a fragrant candle (or two or three!) and enjoy a candlelit dinner at home? Memory making is key to a meaningful Valentine's Day! Tip for candle shopping: the aromas of sandalwood or vanilla are said to be the best mood-setters for romantic nights!
Oh, the art of old fashioned letter writing. If you're a fella reading this gift guide (perhaps your beauty sent you the link as a hint?!) ... we're confident nothing would make your love swoon more than a love letter. If you're a wife, girlfriend, or fiance, those men put on a tough exterior but jotting down some things you adore about your man would soften him up in no time. Plus the best part is that you can keep these letters for a lifetime of trips down memory lane. Photo by Laura Gordon, calligraphy by September Letters.
Above is one of the sweetest jewelry gifts we can think of! A coordinates bar necklace (horizontal) can be customized to the latitude and longitude to any specific location. You can look up the location of where you two met, where he proposed, or any special place and keep it close to your heart! Here is one that is vertical in orientation, one that has multiple bars, and one with round pendants.
Above is one of our favorite beauty brands, Herbivore Botanicals. One really thoughtful gift idea, perfect for your best friend, sister, or mum too, is a mini care package. We love the Rose Quartz Hair Perfume + the luxurious Orchid Facial Oil + the Calming Bath Salts for a pampering package. How sweet!
How about a romantic day trip? Okay, this is a little unfair because unless you live in the south of France (LUCKY YOU if you do!), Chateau de Moissac probably couldn't be a quick day trip for you... but a romantic gesture doesn't have to mean expensive items. Like we keep saying - memory making is the key and sweeping your love off his or her feet to an unexplored little town for the day could be it for you! Photo by Laura Gordon.
Flowers. Simple as that. Ladies, be sure to give your guy a bit of guidance because they can't be expected to read our minds (can't believe we're admitting that!). If you send your guy to a professional Fine Art style florist, they can guide him to creating a remarkable bespoke floral arrangement for you - one that you'll cherish forever if you dry it or snap a photo! How pretty is this arrangement by Forage and Fleur? Photo by Sawyer Baird...
Make dinner together. Pick out a fairly simple recipe and a sweet treat for desert, light a candle (see above!), and play some oldies to set the mood and you'll not soon forget that special night. Might as well look adorable while cooking right? We're loving the adorable linen half apron above...
Eek, we fell in love with this antique ring and ring box photographed by Laura Gordon for the Grant's Scottish wedding! Does your love have a thing for antiques? We've scoured the internet for some similar options and found some stunning similar pieces. Look around at vintage shops for unique things that your love with adore and will surely be one of a kind. Here is a unique-shaped box, a grey box, and a stunning vintage French glass box!
Does someone have a big trip coming up? Gifting something relatively small, but meaningful, can make such an impact. If you are engaged and plan to jet off somewhere for your honeymoon, give your sweet bride to be or groom to be a customized passport holder as a way of saying I can't wait to make memories there with you... so sweet.
And last but not least... we have one solid choice for the lucky man in your life! The man-version of a bouquet of flowers: his favorite liquor. Better yet? Schedule a whiskey tasting event to enjoy with him. Photo by Laura Gordon from Katie Grant's Scottish wedding...
We're champions of meaningful, tangible love. We advocate simplicity and humility. This Valentine's Day, we encourage lovers everywhere to think beyond just the department store pre-packaged gift and think about making memories with the one you love!