10 Valentine gift ideas for the romantics out there

St Valentine is on his way, so why not embrace the romantic in you and give your partner something special, writes Esther N McCarthy

You’ve probably just got rid of all remnants of wrapping paper with snowmen on it and made use of those thoughtful gift receipts so you could make out like a bandit in the sales.

Vouchers have probably been used up, too, to cheer up what was, let’s face it, a pretty bleak January. So, whatever your feelings about Valentine’s Day, sure why not use it as an excuse to buy a nice little present for that special someone in your life.

You could light up someone’s life with a personalised lightbox, give your partner a laugh with a reworking of an Enid Blyton classic or pretend you’ve won the Euromillions and splurge on an Alexander McQueen satchel.

Spread the love, lads.

Of course, we all know the best things in life are free, so if you want to board the love train without splashing the cash, think lie-ins for the knackered parent, home massages for the busy bee, or home-cooked meals for the one who usually does the cooking.

I know which one I’d prefer.

Hint: It’s red, designer and costs €1,295.

I can sleep when I’m dead.

Designworks Studio Duille Nua 18ct white and yellow gold dewdrop branch necklace with 0.65ct pear-cut green tourmaline, €1,650. designworksstudio.ie

A monthly c o f f e e subscription from Badger & Dodo, from €115 f o r 250g. badgeranddodo.ie

Parody of Enid Blyton’s much-loved classic, 5 Go Parenting,€9.50. designist.ie and griffinsgardencentre.ie

Valentine gift bag, Ester’s Aromas, €20. estersaromas.wixsite.com/estersaromas

LED light box including 100 letters and symbols. €32.50, designist.ie

Alex and Ani, Because I Love You, rose gold, €126. Weir & Sons, Kilkenny Shop, and alexandani.com

Yoda Obi-Wan For Me mug, € 1 2 . 5 0 , M o s s C o t t a g e . www.moss.ie

Jo Malone London men’s cologne collection €98, Brown Thomas.

Alexander McQueen chain satchel, €1,295, Brown Thomas.

Heart of Gold, Alan Ardiff b r a c e l e t , €167, fromKilkenny Shop.

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