Don’t try to make excuses! Get him/her a present for Valentine’s Day. Although I have to admit, it is the male of the species that’s more likely to go to any length to avoid any kind of celebration of the day. That said, if it’s important to your partner, it should be important to you. I have taken the liberty of making things a little bit easier for you – with a quintessential gift guide.
You can’t go wrong with jewelry. It’s pretty and it will always remind her of you. Bareilly Bazaar has a fantastic range of traditional heirloom pieces to choose from. The pieces are versatile and can be styled either with Eastern or Western wear. My favorite? These pink Shauqueen earrings. They also have a 14% discount from 14th to 18th February, so get shopping.
Simi Q Art
This small business has really cute, rustic country vibe giftables. Think of them as stocking stuffers but for Valentine’s Day. What I love about their ‘hearts’ is that they aren’t red, but still cute. So she can carry them around anywhere without being too conspicuous. Right?
If you’re looking to splurge a little bit, you need to check out Spa Ceylon. I am absolutely obsessed with their Rose and Cardamom range. It’s just so sumptuous! Make sure you get her the candle as well. There’s 30% in-store and online until 14th February, so there’s that. They have great packaging, so you don’t need to worry about wrapping.
The Fashion Clinic
Get her a shopping spree at The Fashion Clinic. She’ll be able to order customised outfits, made to fit her exactly. The brand is a size inclusive business. Ask them about their Valentine’s Day discount.
Stationary is one of those things that all women love, but are sometimes hesitant to splurge on it. So this is your chance to spoil her! Truth be told, I often find myself browsing through their endless collection of notebooks, pens, stickers and so much more. Trust me, she’ll love it!
If your man has facial hair, then get him a grooming kit from Dari Mooch. Not just that, these guys have some pretty neat products to make your man feel (and look) better. And most importantly, smell better.
This is just one of those who brands that you cannot go wrong with. Elegant, classy and can be customised too. Wallets, briefcases, travel accessories and they even have perfumes now. Best of all, you can get them engraved for free. How about a little message from you to him?
Bombay Dry Fruit
A few snacks never hurt any body! Especially if they’re healthy, premium nuts and dry fruits. Package them in some cute jars that he can keep in his office. They also do great gift baskets, which look really good but that’s so corporate. Take the goodies and add your own flair to them.
If he’s a map geek, Mapped has the perfect little works of art for him. You can even get a custom map made. Get one of the city where you first met. Ask them if they could put a little heart on the exact spot where you met, perhaps? Sublte but romantic.
A Valentine’s Day present doesn’t necessarily have to be from one to another. It could be something for both of you, especially if you live in a shared space – it could be something you both need in the house, or an elaborate date night even.
This small business has the loveliest table linen and home accessories. They will add a touch of elegance and romance to your space. They also have a 14% discount from 10th to 16th February. Maybe ask them if they could customise something for you?
If you’re not in the mood to go to a cliched, over-priced noisy restaurant for a Valentine’s Day dinner, then consider ordering in. YummyMummyAndMe has authentic Middle Eastern and South East Asian specialties, and Pakistani food too, of course. Have a look at their menu and see what works for you, because they have 20% off for the entire month of January on their specials. We recommend this sharing platter that’s SO huge and filling that it’s good for dinner and snacking!
Saleha Qureshi Art
How about an art commission for your space? I really love the nostalgic work done by IVS graduate Saleha Qureshi. I know it’s short notice but maybe talk to her about doing a piece just for the two of you?