Flowers? Chocolates? You can do better than that! This Valentine’s Day, earn some serious brownie points with a thoughtful present she’ll really love…
Say it in photos
If you’ve been together for at least a few months, then there’s a good chance you’ve tracked the progress of your relationship with plenty of happy snaps, shared with the world via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Stalk your girl’s feeds for your favourite dozen or so photos, and curate your own little collection of magnets. You can order eight square magnets from MagnaPix for $20 plus shipping of around $7. Delivery takes five to seven days, so get ordering!
Jewellery with a twist
Sure, jewellery is something of an expected gift for Valentine’s Day, but this sweet, edgy pair of leather leaf earrings is not the traditional heart-shaped fare! Handcrafted from locally sourced leather by marginalized Muslim women in Northern India, the Zia metallic leather leaf earrings from Raven + Lily are available in gold and silver for $24, and gift-wrapping can be added for $5. Don’t forget to tell your date that proceeds from your purchase go toward funding literacy programs for the women artisans and their children in the community.
If you’re looking for that perfect little something and nothing quite clicks, these charming porcelain lovebirds could do the trick. Handmade by Etsy artisan Diana Parkhouse, the pair of romantic little keepsakes measure approximately 6 cm wide x 4 cm high. You can choose two words up to eight letters in length, each to be engraved into each bird, and the words can be personalized with different coloured glaze of your choosing.
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The gift of music
Want to offer a gift that is less about how much you spend and more about showing how much you care? If demonstrating your affection is the aim of the game, you can’t go wrong with a romantic trip down memory lane. Track down the singles music charts for the week you began courting your lady, and create your very own mixtape of the top 10 songs for the period. Pair it with a $20 iTunes voucher so she can create the soundtrack for your future, and voila — it’s the Valentine’s Day gift that literally serves as the soundtrack to your relationship.
Perfect little white clutch
When it comes to bags and shoes, ladies can never have enough of either. And when it comes to this sweet little Sseko leather clutch, you’re on to a winner. Firstly, it’s a thoughtful and unique Valentine’s Day gift. Secondly, it’s high quality, handmade in buttery soft leather and fully lined. Thirdly, it’s stylish and on trend, with a fresh chevron design etched into the front panel. But perhaps best of all, it’s a gift with conscience: Sseko Designs is an ethical fashion brand that hires women in Uganda to handcraft their gorgeous wares, in addition to designing and sourcing other ethically made products from around Africa. All this for $66 plus shipping — happy days!