Valentine's Day Gift Ideas
Valentine's Day sneaks up on us every year, but don't worry - we've got a whole raft of Valentine's Day gift ideas and deals to help you find the perfect present for your perfect person.
As we all know by now, Valentine's Day was invented by the Flemish in 1872 as a way of marketing Belgian chocolate. In the local dialect, it means "national eat chocolate day" but has in more modern times been appropriated by companies like Clinton cards as a vehicle for selling folded cardboard to the helplessly lovestruck.
This year, TechRadar is an official media partner to Saint Valentine himself and we understand that buying Valentine's day gifts can actually be pretty difficult!
So we've created the ultimate Valentine's Day gift ideas hub. From cards to gadgets, chocolates, flowers, jewellery, weekend breaks and more - it's all available online!
Valentine's Day: quick links
- Amazon: Valentine's Day Deals
- Very: Valentine's Day Deals
- John Lewis: Valentine's Day Deals
- Tesco Direct: Valentine's Day Deals
- Argos: Valentine's Day Deals
Valentine's Day Ideas
Below you'll find separate sections on where to order specific product types online, but first here's a rundown of some item suggestions to kick us off...
Very's gifts for Her: Save up to 50% on gifts for your special lady
Very's gifts for Him: Save up to 50% on gifts for your special man
London theatre tickets: Buy your loved one two tickets to see a show! There's some great deals online
Activities and experiences: Buy a track day, go rock climbing, fly a plane! Great deals on Amazon
50% off experience days: Very has a good deal on some great days out | Adventure days | Driving Days | Flying and Adrenaline | Food and drink
Health and beauty: Buy a spa day, a make-over, yoga lessons, massages, and all sorts of other pampering!
Champagne: The world's most romantic drink! The best deals are online
Perfume and fragrance: Amazon has up to 60% off for Valentine's Day
Lingerie and underwear: Buy something sexy for after dinner
Valentine's Day Deals
Foot massager: HoMedics FM-TS9-GB Deluxe Shiatsu Foot Massager - £48.42
Foot spa: Beurer FB20 Footspa with Pedicure - £25.99
Hair straighteners: ghd V Gold Classic Styler - Now just £105
Rollers: Remington AS7055 Big Style Roller Set - Reduced to £30
Fancy bedroom lighting: Philips hue Personal Wireless Lighting Starter Kit - £179.95
Games console: Nintendo 3DS Coral Pink - Now only £79
Handy gadget: Wacom Bamboo Solo Stylus - Pink - £6.39
Sleep smarter: Withings Aura Smart Sleep System - £249.95
Digital Radio: Pure Evoke Mio Orla Kiely DAB/FM Radio (Buttercup) - £133.47
Chocolate: Valentines Day Goody Bag - Super yummy for £18
Chocolate: Continental Tasting Heart - Chocolate love for £25
Camera: Nikon Coolpix L29 ( 16.44 MP,5 x Optical Zoom,2.7 -inch LCD ) - £39.99
Camera: Sony Cybershot W830 20.1MP Compact Digital Camera - Now just £69.99
iPod: Apple iPod nano 16GB, 7th Generation - Purple - £104
iPod: Apple iPod shuffle 2GB - Pink - £36.99
Headphones: Beats by Dr. Dre urBeats In-Ear Headphones - Monochromatic - £74.99
Headphones: Beats by Dr. Dre Solo2 On-Ear Headphones - Pink - £149
Personalised Phone Cases: ASDA Photo
Personalised Phone Cases: Photobox
Personalised Phone Cases: Vista Print
Valentine's Day Cards
LoveRadar says: Clearly a Valentine's Day card is the bare minimum for anyone in a relationship who still wants to be in it on the 15th February. And it's even more fun to send a card to someone you're not in a relationship with - you know, that person you've fancied for ages. And while you could look to the highstreet to supply your card, there are actually some pretty great online options too. Online you get more selection and total control over appearance, images and words.
Moonpig: Buy cards, flowers and gifts
Not On The Highstreet: Buy your cards and a whole range of gifts
Scribbler: Specialises in online card creation and delivery
Flowers for Valentine's Day
LoveRadar says: Probably one for guys to buy rather than the ladies, this one. And you might think it's cheesy as all hell to send flowers on Valentine's Day, but the ladies love a beautiful bouquet and for good reason - it really shows how special you think she is to buy her flowers. But don't be lazy and pick some up from the petrol station on the way home! Plan ahead, order online and get them delivered to her as a special surprise!
Flying Flowers: Flowers for all occasions with plenty of delivery options
Amazon: Yep, you can even buy flowers on Amazon and there's some great deals too
Interflora: Possibly the best known flower brand, get any flower any time!
Serenata Flowers: All sorts of flowers and bouquets
Chocolates for Valentine's Day
LoveRadar says: Everyone loves chocolates. Whoever you're buying for this year, you could do a lot worse than a really nice box of chocolates. And we don't mean a tin of Quality Street - proper, quality, delicious, amazing chocolates. There are plenty of brands that you can buy from online as well - here are the four key chocolate shops to order from:
Amazon: Not the most obvious chocolate retailer, but there are some brilliant deals on all sorts of top brands
Thorntons: The highstreet chocolate chain has a lot of options for online chocolate purchasing
Hotel Chocolat: Everyone loves Hotel Chocolat!
Cadbury: Britain's favourite chocolate brand has an online store too
Green & Black's: Organic Valentine's Day chocolate is the best Valentine's Day chocolate
Jewellery for Valentine's Day
LoveRadar says: Jewellery is super hard to buy for someone else, or it is for some people anyway. Others find it very easy, and to make things even easier - you can buy online! Amazon actually has a great jewellery section on its website, and there are plenty of other buying options as well. So whether you're looking for earrings, necklaces, bracelets, bangles, rings or whatever - consider the internet your buying companion:
Amazon: Amazon is actually a great place to search and find jewellery
The Jewel Hut: Lots of great options for Valentine's Day
Goldsmiths: One of the biest known highstreet brands also has a website
Holidays for Valentine's Day
LoveRadar says: OK, so not all of us can afford to buy a holiday for Valentine's Day. But if you CAN afford it, there is surely no better gift. And the great thing is that the internet makes finding the right choice - whether it's a quick city break or a trip to a tropical paradise - extremely easy. And there are always some interesting last minute deals to be had.
Thomas Cook: Find a cheap holiday for you and your loved one
Lastminute.com: Great for finding a last minute surprise weekend away
Restaurants for Valentine's Day
LoveRadar says: If you work long hours and don't get out much, it can be hard to work out where to take your loved one for that special Valentine's Meal you promised you'd book. Luckily there are some online services that make such things very easy indeed, and you don't have to be living in a big city to do it, either...
Amazon: Use Amazon Local to find a great deal on a meal for you and your special one
BookATable.co.uk: Lots of good deals at lots of great UK restaurants
Lastminute.com: Yep, this site even does table bookings
Single? Online Dating!
LoveRadar says: If you're single and resenting all the happy people who're planning a fun Valentine's Day treat, it could be the perfect time to get on the internet dating. Everyone's doing it these days!
Match.com: The world's number one dating website
eHarmony: Another popular option - it's now free to communicate with your matches
Plenty of Fish: Plenty of Fish is 100% free and very popular with the under-40s
OK Cupid: Another free option for online dating in the UK
Tinder: For Android | For iPhone - finding a date is as easy as swiping a screen, and it's free