Valentine’s gifting can be a minefield of choice. The not knowing if you should, or if they will, can be confusing enough before you even get into what they might want. Is it too cliché or too expensive? Do they already have one? We hope we can make this minefield a little easier to navigate for you, with our non-gender-specific Valentine’s gift guide for the thoughtful giver.


Where better to start with Valentine’s gifting than with something homemade, to show that you’ve put some thought and effort in. You don’t need to be Van Gogh to produce something beautiful either; a collage-style or sketch-drawn card can look just very appealing, or you could include a photo that means something to you both. For a thoughtful touch, think about your partners likes and interests or an in-joke you share, and include some reference to those on your card. The best part, a handmade card needn’t cost you as much as £1.


Flowers (for her) and socks (for him) are cliché Valentine’s gifts that you may be looking to steer away from this year. However they are cliché for a reason, few women don’t enjoy a gift of fresh flowers and few men have enough socks! So why not mix this traditional gift up a little, and tell that special someone in your life how much they mean to you throughout the year, not just on Valentine’s Day, with a monthly subscription of their favourite treat; flowers, socks, chocolates, beer, coffee – the list of options is endless.


Good things come in small packages. A pair of event tickets or an experiential gift voucher will slot inside your loved ones card giving them a gratifying surprise when they open it to find a gift that will make memories that last a lifetime. Think about their favourite artist or comedian, exhibition or gallery, or even their favourite festival. Not only will you most likely get to be their plus one, but you’ll get kudos for the originality and thoughtfulness involved in this gift.


If you and your partner have been together for a while, you’ll likely have lots of memories of fun things you’ve done together. Enshrine your favourite relationship moments in a gallery wall in your house, a daily reminder of all the amazing moments you’ve shared as a couple. What’s more, you can give this gift one special occasion at a time, starting with a single framed picture on Valentine’s Day, the next on a birthday or anniversary and so on. And you never need be stuck for a gift idea again! 


The newest kid on the Valentine’s gifting block is the adventure challenge book. Novel from a gifting perspective because it is an experiential gift that comes in a physical package to be gifted and unwrapped with excitement. The book contains adventures for you and your significant other to enjoy, with scratch off tasks that reveal themselves as each task unfolds plus space to record pictures of your progress. This is the Valentine’s gift that keeps on giving; 50 adventures to look forward to then 50 recorded memories to look back on.


We are firm believers that the best thing to give and receive on Valentine’s Day is quality time with your loved one. That’s why the age-old Valentine’s dine and stay hotel packages are always such a winner. Most hotels offer lower rates through the winter so a weekend away to spoil that special someone could be more within reach than you think. At the Griffin, our 2022 dine and stay overnight packages are just £85 per couple and include an overnight stay, three-course Valentine’s dining menu in the evening and breakfast in the morning plus fresh flowers in your room. Maximum brownie points… and the chocolate torte is pretty good too!

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