The best Valentine's Day gifts 2018: great ideas for her and for him

Treat your significant other to some top presents this year

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If chocolates and a bunch of supermarket flowers aren’t going to cut the mustard this year, or you fancy spoiling your better half (or yourself), there’s a host of techie treats, unforgettable experiences and luxurious pressies out there that are perfect for Valentine’s Day. 

Instead of a soppy cuddly toy, why not opt for a steamy coffee machine, grown-up slushy maker, or even a sailing day for two to get pulses racing? We’ve rounded up some great ideas to buy you some brownie points in the year ahead, or to cheer you up if you loathe the 14th of February.

Flowers for Valentine's Day

Best Valentine's Day gifts

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If you'd rather give drinks than flowers...

Best Valentine's Day gifts

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Or why not give an experience that will be remembered for a lifetime?

Best Valentine's Day gifts

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Read on for our pick of the best gift ideas for this Valentine's Day.

Best Valentine's Day gifts

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1. Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons Break for Two

Indulge in as many ways as you like with this romantic overnighter for deux

Specifications
Best for: A romantic weekend
Gift Type: Experience
Reasons to buy
+ Experience plus something to keep+ Enjoy it together 
Reasons to avoid
- Could be longer (for the price) 

A good general rule of thumb for Valentine’s Day is that if it’s got a French name, it’s got to be a winner, and this logic certainly applies when it comes to a stay at Raymond Blanc joint Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in rural Oxfordshire. 

This romantic gastronomic experience for two encompasses an overnight stay in one of the country house hotel’s plush Junior Suites, the ideal setting for l’amour, but the big seller is a fabulous, button-bursting five-course meal at the hotel’s two-Michelin-starred restaurant. And, as a sweet finishing touch for foodies, you’ll also get a copy of Monsieur Blanc’s Foolproof French Cooking to keep that Gallic magic going all year round. 

Best Valentine's Day gifts

2. 100 Red Roses

A traditional choice that never fails to impress

Specifications
Best for: Traditionalists
Colour: Red
Gift Type: Flowers
Reasons to buy
+ Bold statement + Select day delivery 
Reasons to avoid
- Don’t last forever 

If you want to make a bold statement this Valentine’s day, then there’s no better way to say it than with this standout bouquet of 100 Red Roses

Okay so flowers might seem like a cop-out, but this massive bunch certainly make for a nicer gift than a wilted garage bouquet you can pick up for a fiver on your way home, and it definitely says you’ve made the effort. Serenata Flowers offer select day delivery at a time of your choice, so you can opt for an exact day and time when your partner is home – how easy is that?  

Best Valentine's Day gifts

3. Rega Planar 1

A traditional record player that makes for a thoughtful gift for music lovers

Specifications
Best for: Music lovers
Colour: Black
Gift Type: Tech
Reasons to buy
+ Sleek design + Great sound quality 
Reasons to avoid
- Nothing for the price! 

There’s something ever so nostalgic about listening to vinyl, and if you and your S.O. have a favourite record, then this turntable could make for a grand and romantic gesture you both can enjoy. If you’re not too clued up on turntables, then don’t panic. 

The Rega Planar 1 is incredibly user-friendly and pretty budget friendly, too. Its sleek, glossy finish won’t look out of place in any modern or traditional home, and it features a low 24v motor which reduces vibrations for a refined sound quality like no other. Customers who have experienced the sound of this turntable really can’t fault it (although that also somewhat depends on your taste in music). 

Best Valentine's Day gifts

4. Uuni 3 Portable Wood Pellet Pizza Oven

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore

Specifications
Best for: Foodies
Colour: Silver
Gift Type: Cooking
Reasons to buy
+ Cook pizza in just 60 seconds + Easy to set up 
Reasons to avoid
- Outdoor use only 

If you’re looking for something a little more unique than just going out for a cheeky Nando’s, then this wood oven would certainly heat things up nicely. This portable pizza oven is perfect for gardens or outdoor kitchens, heating up to 500 degrees Celsius and allowing you to cook fresh pizza in just 60 seconds! 

This is a great gift idea if you’ve recently moved into a new home together and is handy in the summer as a more efficient BBQ. You will need to stock up on wood pellets and make sure you clean the oven regularly for the best results, but if you and your hubby and total foodies, this is the gift that keeps on giving. 

Best Valentine's Day gifts

5. Sailing Weekend in Devon

An action-packed weekend for budding sailors; plus a bit of a jolly, too

Specifications
Best for: Couples bonding
Gift Type: Experience
Reasons to buy
+ Gift for 2+ All inclusive 
Reasons to avoid
- Can’t guarantee the British weather 

If you want to do something this Valentine’s Day rather than just give a material gift, adventurous experience days have become increasingly popular as a romantic gift idea. This sailing weekend for two is a great way for you and your partner to spend some quality time together, and what better way to do so than on a luxury 40 foot yacht just off the Dorset coast. 

Once purchased, this weekend trip can be booked any time between April and October, which means you can save it for a time when the British weather is most likely to be on its best behaviour. 

You’ll get all your food and drink included, starting with waking up to a gorgeous breakfast on the yacht, followed by an action-packed day of learning how to sail and then a fun evening of dinner and drinks at your chosen location. It’s the perfect romantic getaway. 

Best Valentine's Day gifts

6. KitchenAid 175 Artisan 4.8L Stand Mixer

The Rolls Royce of stand mixers, the Kitchenaid is a real treat for Bake Off obsessives

Specifications
Best for: Bakers
Colour: Various
Gift Type: Cooking
Reasons to buy
+ High spec + Great-looking 
Reasons to avoid
- Takes up a lot of space 

Whether they love Bake Off or just have a very specific set of dough-based interests, the Kitchenaid Artisan Stand Mixer is the ultimate baker’s must-have. While many of you might (rightly) tremble at the prospect of buying your other half a kitchen appliance on the most romantic day of the year, this is pretty much as glamorous as they come, in a range of bright shades and more dramatic colourways – all you have to do is pick: are they more of a Noel or a Sandy? 

That they’re pricier than your average mixer also helps, as it’s something they probably wouldn’t think of buying for themselves, even though they’ve almost definitely daydreamed about it. Plus, there’s a chance you’ll get cake out of it, so really, it’s more like a gift for both of you...

Best Valentine's Day gifts

7. Swarovski Stone Bangle

A subtle sparkler with just the right amount of bling

Specifications
Best for: Date night
Colour: Rose gold
Gift Type: Jewellery
Reasons to buy
+ Delicate and sparkly + Gift boxed 
Reasons to avoid
- One size only 

Whether your other half has a collection of shiny things to rival Mr T’s or tends to go more minimal on the jewellery front, this sleek bangle by Swarovski is an excellent middle ground. In so-now rose gold, and finished with four lines of silk pave, it ticks a lot of boxes trend-wise, but isn’t so fashy that they’ll be over it by March. 

Slender and delicate, simple and refined, but with just the right amount of bling, it’s the Goldilocks’ porridge of jewellery: juuust right. The only potential issue is its fits-all sizing: because there’s no choice when it comes to dimensions, very petite wrists may have trouble keeping it on, but as it’s engineered to fit most it’s a reasonably safe bet. 

Best Valentine's Day gifts

8. Chanel No5 Parfum Bottle

A good-looking, great-smelling gift they can use all year

Specifications
Best for: A classic gift
Gift Type: Fragrance
Reasons to buy
+ Sensuous grown-up fragrance + Gorgeous bottle 
Reasons to avoid
- On the small side 

If it’s the only thing that Marilyn Monroe saw fit to wear between the sheets, it’s got to be good. The original go-to for glamourpusses, Chanel No5 is still a great choice for your love, with a timeless scent that’s still as sensual today as it was at launch in 1921. 

Packed with floral notes including heady jasmine and rose grown in Chanel’s own fields in Grasse, and offset by clean, powdery notes, it’s a grown-up scent with a distinct hint of vintage glamour, and we’ve yet to meet a woman who doesn’t like it. Plus, there’s no try-hard arty bottle that you’ll keep accidentally knocking over on the dressing table, just a classic stopper bottle that exudes old school finesse.  

Best Valentine's Day gifts

9. Sage Barista Express Coffee Machine by Heston

Support your partner’s coffee addiction with this professional espresso machine from Heston

Specifications
Best for: Coffee aficionados
Colour: Silver
Gift Type: Tech
Reasons to buy
+  Milk frother +  Automatic coffee grinding 
Reasons to avoid
- A bit fiddly 

Appliances are often assumed to be off limits when it comes to gifts, based on the fact that most people don’t want something they need, they want something they want. However, we think this Barista Express Coffee Machine by Heston would go down an absolute treat with all the caffeine lovers out there. So, if your other half is always pestering you for change to get their morning Starbucks, this professional style espresso machine will satisfy their daily fix. 

The machine features an inbuilt grinder which automatically grinds the correct dose of beans for your daily coffee, and if a latte or cappuccino is the drink of choice then the high-pressure steam milk frother will ensure barista quality coffees every time. Some users found it a little fiddly to set up at first, but after a few goes, we promise you’ll feel ready to enter the next national barista championships (yes, it’s a thing). 

Best Valentine's Day gifts

10. Smart Margarator Pro Slush Maker

Whip up some tasty cocktails on date night with this slushy machine

Specifications
Best for: Cocktails
Colour: Black and Silver
Type: Appliances
Reasons to buy
+ Keeps drinks cold + 3.6 Litre capacity 
Reasons to avoid
- Noisy 

If you didn’t get a slushy machine as a kid, did your parents really love you? Make your partner’s childhood dreams come true with the Smart Margarator Pro Slush Maker, which can make any frozen drink in minutes, and the best part is, as an adult, this usually involves alcohol. Think Margaritas, Daiquiris and Pina Coladas, all whipped up in around 10 minutes or less. The jug is dual-walled which keeps drinks cool, especially in the summer, and it has an easy-press dispenser so you’ve got cocktails on tap. It’s easy to set up and low-maintenance to clean, but it does make one hell of a racket. Worth it for the delicious slushy though!  

Best Valentine's Day gifts

11. Nintendo Switch

A gaming gift to celebrate your favourite Player 2

Specifications
Best for: Gamers
Colour: Black, red and blue
Gift Type: Console
Reasons to buy
+ Play together or alone + Huge variety of games 
Reasons to avoid
- Might get a bit competitive 

If you ask us (and you kind of did), the Nintendo Switch is a surprising contender for most versatile Valentine’s Day present. If the intended recipient prefers to play solo, they can hole up and disappear into Skyrim or Zelda; if they’re feeling sociable, you can play together in tabletop mode or even beam it to the TV for an old-school vibe. With a variety of games and a huge abundance of minigames to choose from, it really is the gift that keeps on giving, whether you’re having a romantic evening at home pelting each other with blue shells, or hosting a high-tech games night for your most competitive friends. 

Canon SELPHY CP1200 Photo Printer

12. Canon SELPHY CP1200 Photo Printer

Instantly turns your smartphone snaps into physical photos

Reasons to buy
+Streamlined design+54 photos per charge+Water-resistant prints

Pictures are essential parts of the experiences you share with people you love, whether those images capture time spent at concerts or the destinations you passed through on road trips. 

This sleek photo printer lets you turn pictures you snapped with a smartphone or tablet into physical photos you can put on your wall or desk. 

Upon buying this product, you'll find a power cord in the box, but if you prefer using a battery, it's an extra accessory. Also, when buying ink and paper, you'll need to pick up Canon's dedicated "photo packs" that contain enough supplies for certain numbers of pictures.

Beats Solo 3 Wireless

13. Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones

On-ear Bluetooth headphones with fantastic battery life

Reasons to buy
+Integrated Apple W1 chip provides seamless pairing+Up to 40 hours of battery life after a full charge

If your loved one is an audiophile, these upscale headphones help him or her gain a renewed appreciation for much-adored tunes. The Beats Solo3 Wireless are also great for people who prefer to listen to their tunes in noisy environments, such as while walking to work in a busy city, thanks to their neat noise-cancelling tech.

The ear cups do a nice job of blocking external sounds, although when a person listens to bass-heavy material, the thumping beats are easy for others to hear in a quiet room. The wide variety of colours and finishes makes it easy to bring a stylish element to the gift.

Tile Combo Pack

14. Tile Combo Pack

Handy Bluetooth trackers to help your beloved to stop losing things

Reasons to buy
+Contains both the Tile Mate and Tile Slim+Bluetooth range of approximately 100 feet+Allows a misplaced phone to ring even it’s on silent

Do you know someone who always loses things? This gift set gives them two different kinds of Bluetooth trackers. It's possible to attach one to a keyring, while the other is designed to stick into something that includes a pocket, such as a wallet.

These gadgets offer maintenance-free use and should work for a full year before requiring replacement.

When that time comes, your recipient can take advantage of a program that allows getting new Tiles as needed for lower than the original price.

Also, the corresponding app shows an item's last location, even if it's not inside Bluetooth range.

NIX Advance High-Res Digital Photo Frame

15. NIX Advance High-Res Digital Photo Frame

An unobtrusive frame that lets you show off your favourite photos or videos

Reasons to buy
+Works with SDHC and SD cards, as well as USB thumb drives+The LED backlight display delivers excellent brightness+Built-in motion sensor automatically turns the frame on and off

Since most smartphones have high-quality cameras, it's easy to quickly accumulate pictures you can't wait to show off.

This digital frame meets that need by working with your memory card or USB drive and displaying all the material on it in a slideshow-like format. It even works with videos. Set this frame on any flat surface with the included stand.

Also, you'll be amazed how easy it is to set up this product, even if you love tech but hate the process required to start using just-purchased gadgets. By using the remote control, you can easily flip through photos, too.

AUKEY Touch-Sensitive Bedside Lamp

16. AUKEY Touch-Sensitive Bedside Lamp

An ultra-modern nightstand accessory that offers vibrant mood lighting

Reasons to buy
+Three possible brightness levels+Compact, appealing design+Several colours to choose from

Want a little mood lighting in the bedroom? Look no further than this streamlined lamp. Place it on a bedside table and appreciate how you'll still have enough room for an alarm clock or another crucial item.

Tapping on the base allows you to pick from one of three brightness levels of white light or select from numerous colours. It's also possible to pause the lamp when it changes to a favourite colour.

Consider this gadget an updated version of the lava lamps that became so popular decades ago, and notice how it makes the bedroom more appealing in seconds.