Valentine’s Day 2020: Gift ideas, top retailers, tips & tricks

Don't panic about Valentine's Day this year. Here's your guide to buying romantic gifts, top stores to buy from and generally winning at Valentine's Day. You've got this.

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Come February 14th each year, couples wonder if their other half is planning everything, singles loudly express their distaste for the “Hallmark Holliday” and let’s not even get started on people who just started dating and now have to navigate a relationship land mine with more precision than a bomb disposal squad.

But it doesn’t have to be that stressful! Just do whatever makes you and your partner happy – and if you’re single, celebrate yourself! Whether you want to go nuts with a hot air balloon ride and wine or just want to spend the night in with pizza (and probably still wine), Valentine’s Day can be whatever you damn well please.


Valentine’s gifts for her

Alive 10 Function Remote Control Vibrating Love Egg
Alive 10 Function Remote Control Vibrating Love Egg

Lovehoney

Sleeveless Fit & Flare Baroque Flocking Dress
Sleeveless Fit & Flare Baroque Flocking Dress

Suzy Shier

Romantic Italy River Cruise - 10 Days Tour
Romantic Italy River Cruise - 10 Days Tour

Uniworld

Short Necklace with Leaves and Glass Stones
Short Necklace with Leaves and Glass Stones

Reitmans

Crystal Diamante Heart Drop Earrings
Crystal Diamante Heart Drop Earrings

PrettyLittleThing

Asymmetric Band Ring in 14K Yellow Gold
Asymmetric Band Ring in 14K Yellow Gold

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Fujifilm Instax Mini Link Smartphone Printer
Fujifilm Instax Mini Link Smartphone Printer

Amazon

8-day Romantic Europe River Cruises & Tours
8-day Romantic Europe River Cruises & Tours

U River Cruises

Heavenly Luxe Must-Haves! 5-Piece Full-Size Brush Set + Luxe Travel Case
Heavenly Luxe Must-Haves! 5-Piece Full-Size Brush Set + Luxe Travel Case

IT Cosmetics

Romantic Hawaiian Getaway with Daily Meals
Romantic Hawaiian Getaway with Daily Meals

Trafalgar

Valentine’s gifts for him

Fossil Sport 41mm Smartwatch with Heart Rate Monitor
Fossil Sport 41mm Smartwatch with Heart Rate Monitor

Best Buy

Paris: Staycation Near The Famous Sacre Coeur of Montmartre
Paris: Staycation Near The Famous Sacre Coeur of Montmartre

Hostelworld

Fujifilm Instax Mini Link Smartphone Printer
Fujifilm Instax Mini Link Smartphone Printer

Amazon

Men's 4-Piece Skincare Starter Kit
Men's 4-Piece Skincare Starter Kit

Saks Fifth Avenue


Best retailers for Valentine’s gifts

1. Boohoo

A classic choice for Valentine’s Gifts that you can’t go wrong with.

Anyone who’s panicking about Valentine’s Day should head straight to Boohoo for the perfect gift for the special lady in your life. These guys know what’s up.

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2. 1-800 Flowers

Flowers will always do the trick. Here’s an online flower shop you can trust to deliver in time for Valentine’s Day.

What’s a romantic holiday without a bunch of roses? 1-800 Flowers has a huge range of flowers suitable for the special lady in your life.

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3. The Bay

Perfect for everyone. The Bay stocks fashion items, accessories, homewares and more.

If you enjoy shopping shopping a vastly varied catalogue of products in one place, you’ll adore browsing the shelves at The Bay.

How to choose a Valentine’s Day gift

Choosing a Valentine’s Day gift is not rocket science. Simply use a few key factors to help you navigate around gift buying pitfalls and you can’t go wrong.

How long have you been dating for?

I’m going to come right out and say this: buying expensive and overly romantic gifts for someone you just started dating is not cute, it’s creepy. It puts unnecessary pressure on the relationship, which you can be fairly sure won’t be around for much longer. A more relationship-age appropriate gift might be buying tickets you can both use to upcoming gig or festival, or even just treating them to dinner.

Personality, personality, personality.

Hopefully if you’ve been dating for a while, you have some idea of their personality and what makes them tick. Get all psychological on them and find the WHY of how they spend their time. Do they exercise a lot? It could be because they love getting physical in the outdoors, are a high achiever in all things (including their body), or they place a high value on image. Or it could be all three. Asking the why will help you unlock personality ticks and find the perfect gift – even if it has nothing to do with where you originally started.

Age matters. But not as much as you think.

What’s more important is the life stage they’re at. Are they at university? Working full time? About to welcome in their first child – or grandchild? Numerical age isn’t as important as life stage. And if you think getting a woman over 30 years old skin repair products is a good idea, you have another thing coming. Actually, any woman. That is a terrible idea and you need to rethink your present buying game.

Hobbies. Or more importantly, what do they want to do but haven’t done so yet?

Hobbies are an easy and obvious place to scrape ideas from. And hey, it works for a reason! A snowboarder will never say no to a new pair of goggles and a budding MasterChef will love the gourmet ingredients you got them. But if you want to go a step further, what’s the one thing they want to do but haven’t yet.


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