Dating & Relationships

13 Unique Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas In 2023 If “I’m The Present” Does Not Work For Your BB

Unique Valentine’s Day gift ideas 2023


14th February is a day of romantic dinners, whimsical date ideas, and a gazillion floral bouquets. But as we all know, Valentine’s Day also comes with the big question: “what on earth do I get BB this year?”. For those scratching their heads, below are 13 unique gift ideas to consider for every type of partner, from the serial cuddler to the Netflix addict:


1. For starry-eyed lovers – Name a star after your partner



Image credit: @starregistration

This Valentine’s day, get boo a gift that shines as bright as them. Name a star after them to show them that your love is universal from $34.90. You’ll be given a star that’s visible from our Little Red Dot so you’ll be able to see it when you’re stargazing in Singapore.

What’s even better is that there is a lifetime registry so your star will last forever – just like your love.


2. The long term BF/GF – Couple’s 100 question card game


Regardless of whether you’ve been dating for 3 years or married for 30, freshen up your next conversation by giving your other half a couples-themed card game.

Image adapted from: Amazon, Walmart

Much like New York Time’s Famous 36 Questions That Lead To Love, the Our Moments – Couples Edition ($6.48) card game features 100 thought-provoking questions to ask your partner. Keep that relationship spark going with questions that range from the curious PG13s to the wild R21s that you can only ask once the kids have gone to bed.


3. The boo who always misses you – Portrait night light


Image credit: SwanGift

Brighten up your SO’s nights literally with a personalised night light. Perfect for the ones who incessantly say “I miss you”, bae will now be able to see your illuminated face every single night before going to bed.

Turn your favourite picture together into a dreamy moon lamp ($53.43) from Swan Gift or USB picture lamp (from $28.08) from Shopee.


4. The CBD hustler – Bespoke cufflinks



Image credit:
Gift Less Ordinary

Think thoughtful jewellery and watches and necklaces may come to mind, but what’s often forgotten are cufflinks. For that CBD hustler who dresses up frequently, a bespoke cufflink is a meaningful yet practical gift that’ll have him feeling dapper during important presentations and meetings.

Customise your gift with his name on engraved cufflinks (from $83) or initials set in monogram cufflinks ($49). Not just for the men, these are also a gift option for the ladies out there with more delicate designs such as cursive rose gold cufflinks (from $84) which also comes with engraving services.


5. The Netflix buff – Portable projector from $50


From “The Queen’s Gambit” to “The Platform”, we just can’t get enough of Netflix shows and movies. If you’re the couple that breezes through one season within a day, get your other half a portable projector for a gift you can use together. 


Image credit:
@lumosprojector

Lay back, relax and be the ultimate potatoes as the pair of you enjoy your favourite shows with your new “home cinema”. Prices start from $66 for a portable projector, and you can refer to our full guide to home projectors to check out the best-rated ones out there.

P.S. To “spoil market”, whisk your babe off her feet with a bottle of themed Peaky Blinders alcohol ($69) or a selection from ReserveBars’ Valentine’s Day Gift Guide (from $13) for whiskey and spirits to go with your movie night. 


6. The serial cuddler – Couple’s arched foam pillow



Image credit:
Shopee

For most couples, cuddling is great – until one person ends up with a severe case of pins and needles. Save your big spoon from the nightly shortage of red blood cells in their arm with the couple’s arched foam pillow – a nifty product they’ll thank you for.

You can find a specialty couple’s cuddle pillow” ($64) on Shopee made with comfortable memory foam material.


7. The “no, I’m not an alcoholic” – Cocktail shaker set


Image credit: @vostinicocktails

They say they can’t drink, but you 200% know that ain’t true. For those that appreciate a good tipple, gift a cocktail shaker set so they can train up to be a cocktail connoisseur at home. This is a gift to your loved one, but if you think about it, also a gift to yourself – since you’d be on the receiving end of that margarita once it’s shaken up and ready to go.

Get your stainless steel cocktail shaker bar (from $37.58) from Shopee and while you’re at it, add on a set of cubic stainless steel ice cubes ($15.90) to be extra fancy.


8. The BB who loves scents – Customised perfume


Image credit: @shersyt

For the girlfriend who appreciates a good fragrance, bring her to a customisable perfume lab to create her dream scent this Valentine’s Day.

There are several in Singapore you can visit, including Maison 21G and Oo La Lab, both of which offer customised bottles priced around $100. While you’re there with her, be sure to recommend the floral scent – because “you make my heart go bloom bloom.


9. The one who can’t bake – DIY Hojicha basque burnt cheesecake kit



The cake will come out perfectly sweet – just like BB.

Image adapted from: Bake Starters

Baking together is an experience that every couple should try – it’s affordable, fun and at the end of the day, you get to eat something delicious that you made on your own. But if the both of you can’t bake to save your lives, skip the supermarketing and surprise your boo with a fancy DIY baking kit

For something Valentine’s Day-appropriate, consider decadent sweet treats like a rich Hojicha Basque Burnt Cheesecake ($34.95) or a Oolong Panna Cotta With Brown Sugar Syrup ($28.95). 


10. The plant parent – Edible garden kit


Image credit: @superfarmers

With the rise of urban farming, many of us know an aspiring “plant parent” or two. Should that be your partner, get him or her an edible garden kit to complete the collection.

Superfarmers checks off both the practical and aesthetic boxes with their kang kong, Chinese kale, and chye sim kits that you can purchase as part of the Microgreens Starter Kit Gift Set at $45 for a package of 3.  

Read our article on plant-growing kits to also find out more about bonsai sets, hydroponics kits, and eco cubes.


11. The one with a DSLR – Customised “film roll”




Image credit:
Shopee

This is for your special one who owns the photographer’s trinity of a film camera, DSLR, and subscription to Adobe Lightroom.

If you’re looking for something that falls within their realm of interest, consider a personalised pocket “film roll” (from $13) for a unique gift this Valentine’s Day. Be sure to pre-order it soon, advance notice is needed for preparation and mailing. Though, is there really such a thing as a late gift? Every day can be Valentine’s Day when you’re in love.


12. For the coffeeholic – A customised tumbler


Image credit: Shopee 

Give bae a new way to carry their cup o’ joe to work with a customised tumbler. You can select from a variety of bottle colours and fonts to customise it to their liking.

It doesn’t have to have their name on it – you could even put a pet name that the both you share to make it even more special. Get your partner a personalised egg tumbler for $13.90 or a personalised slim tumbler from $14.90.


13. For the stressed out workaholic – A romantic couple’s spa session


Unwind and let your worries melt away with a soothing couple’s spa sesh. Rid yourself of those pesky knots with an invigorating couple’s massage and cap it all off with a relaxing dip in a pool or a steam sesh in the sauna together. After all, the couple that relaxes together, stays together. 

Get away from the hustle and bustle of our concrete jungle and visit quiet spas like Joya Onsen Cafe which has a Japanese Onsen experience from $41.80, or Kenko Wellness Spa for a variety of reflexology massages from $60.


Gift a unique present this Valentine’s Day


It’s not that the usual watch, wallet and jewellery aren’t lovely gifts for Valentine’s Day – they absolutely are. But if you’ve been in a relationship for a while, those could likely have been given aeons ago. We hope these unique gift ideas help spark some inspiration for a refreshing gift this year!

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Cover image adapted from: SwanGift, @shersyt, @etsy
Originally posted on 5th February 2021, updated by Gabriella Nadine on 31st January 2023.

Kezia Tan

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