ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Oh no not flowers! - Alternative Other Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

Updated on May 6, 2013
Source

Better than flowers?

Now it may be that Valentines Day is the one day of the year when you give/receive flowers and your partner would be disappointed with anything less. But for most people, flowers will just show a lack of thought or imagination. Is buying a dozen red roses for a hugely over-inflated price on Valentines Day really a romantic thing to do? I decided to come up with some alternative Valentines Day ideas, things to buy for your loved one, or things to do for them.

Make Your Own Truffles

  1. Make your own truffles – it really is quite easy – there are plenty of recipes on the internet you can use (here's one), and it smacks of the personal touch far more than shop bought chocolates.
  2. Cook a romantic meal at home for your loved one, or maybe you could cook the meal together before sitting down to enjoy your shared creation. You don’t even need to do much cooking, if you pick some nice bits up from the local deli, you can make a nice romantic meal without too much effort.
  3. ‘First Date’ meal out – If you are going to go for a meal out, try this for a bit of added romance. Even if (especially if actually) you live together, go out separately and arrange to meet up at a certain time at the restaurant. It will feel like you’ve just started dating again, for a few minutes anyway!
  4. Buy a Plant – A plant will last much longer than flowers, it’s more environmentally friendly as you aren’t killing the plant, and it is likely to be a lot cheaper than the over inflated price you will pay for a big bouquet of flowers around Valentines Day.
  5. Name a Star after them. A bit cheesy perhaps, but a sweet idea.
  6. Plant a Tree, it will remain a symbol of your love long after you are both gone.
  7. Buy your partner something handmade. Hand crafted items will come across as so much nicer and more thoughtful than mass produced products, despite the fact you haven’t made it yourself. Etsy is a great place to buy hand crafted items, and many items are surprisingly cheap.
  8. Buy something that will last all year. If your partner likes chocolates buy them membership to the Chocolate Tasting club. Your partner will get sent a new selection of their latest chocolate creations each month. There are other such subscription clubs for different types of products.
  9. Pay for your partner to have a massage / spa day. You can often go together, and there are treatments specifically designed for couples (such as a mud bath).
  10. Love cheques – these are IOU promises to do something for them at a later date, whenever they ‘cash in’ a cheque. You can buy these quite cheaply, or even more romantic, you could write your own love cheques. You could write a cheque for anything, a massage, a romantic meal out, a night away, looking after the children while they go out to a game. If you are feeling really generous, write them a blank cheque for them to use on whatever they like.
  11. Write a romantic poem for them, or get one written for you.
  12. Scatter some wild flowers with them in a favourite spot, and watch them grow throughout the year.
  13. Get a portrait or caricature painted of them, or of the two of you.
  14. Do something unexpected, surprise them. Perhaps do something they've been wanting you to do for a while but you keep not getting around to.
  15. Tell them you love them (hopefully you'll do this anyway, but just in case...)

Feel free to offer share your own valentines day ideas in the comments section below.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      Bancy62 

      4 years ago

      My wife and I discovered, quite by accident, a really great gift when searching for an alternative to flowers. There website is giveabighug.com and what they sell is a stuffed Big Hug. It really is unique and fun. We have purchased about 1/2 dozen since last July for young children as well as for sick adult friends. They were all really well received. I think it's worth checking out and worth sharing.

    • profile image

      Gerry 

      6 years ago

      The TickleMe plant sounds AWESOME ! Another great one --is instead of GIVING a box of chocolates, one time I took her TO a "box of chocolates" a vacation rental in Orlando called "Sweet Escape"-- everything there is candy themed--the house even had a giant cherry on the roof and an ice cream pool- - I told her I was taking the "sweetest" person I know to the "sweetest" place I could find : )

    • profile image

      kidsgardner 

      6 years ago

      Another great alternative Valentines Day gift is the ONLY houseplant that reacts to affection. The TickleMe Plant will close its leaves and lower its branches when tickled, or if you blow it a kiss. I give them to all my loved ones. Just search TickleMe Plant to find a greenhouse kit so your loved ones can grow their own special Valentines Plant. Thanks for your other ideas!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)