Let’s be honest, looking for Valentine’s Day presents isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But whoever you may have on your shopping list, Eliza’s on hand to help you nail it this year.
You might have a sports addict to buy for (Gymshark’s a firm fave over here), someone who is a gold jewellery obsessive, a perfume lover (you can never go wrong with Jo Malone, IMHO), or plan to just treat yourself. Whatever the category, we have put together our favourite gifts bound to make all your loved ones happy. Looking for something else? Then head over to read more of our gift guides for the ultimate inspiration.
And what’s even better? The team’s top picks are all under £100.
Thank us later!
Read on for the best gifts for Valentine’s day 2023
A subtle heart-engraved ring
Chosen by Hannah Thompson, Beauty Content Creator
I love receiving jewellery for special occasions and have made a practice of buying pieces for myself when I reach certain milestones. For me, this ring is the perfect gift. I love that the heart engravings are a subtle connection to Valentine’s Day. It’s a classic piece and something I’d wear every day.
Chic and thoughtful stationary
Chosen by Krissy Turner, Fashion Editor
I’m not one for cheesy Valentine’s gifts, so I’d much rather receive something thoughtful and cute. In my case, that’s a chic leather notebook, since I’ve been banging on about being more organised and using my phone’s Notes app less in 2023. To some, a notebook might feel unromantic, but I’d be thrilled to unwrap this lovely navy one – it shows my other half was listening when I read out my new year’s resolutions!
The ultimate subscription gift
Chosen by Lucy Robson, Audience Development Lead
Okay, so at first glance, a subscription present like this might seem unromantic. But please bear with me. In these cost-of-living-crisis times, what could be more thoughtful than the gift of music and saving on a monthly outgoing?
I speak from experience as I received a Spotify subscription as a gift last year. I can safely say, I was bereft when it expired (those ads kill me!). If you’re still not convinced, try setting up a fresh, new account for your beloved, complete with a curated playlist of all your favourite songs.
Sustainable (and stylish) studs
Chosen by Sam Beattie, Commercial Director
I love jewellery that is just a bit different but also super-wearable so these pearl drop earrings would be a welcome pressie. The heart studs nod to Valentine’s Day but the pop of turquoise ensures they steer clear of cliché territory. I like that Ottoman Hands really champions sustainability; all its pieces are made from recycled materials – these are 21ct gold-plated on a recycled brass base – and handmade in small batches.
A cute PJ set
Chosen by Lottie Franklin, Fashion Content Creator
These super-soft PJs are at the top of my Valentine’s Day treat list (to myself!) Stripe & Stare have got the comfiest knickers around so I know this pyjama set will be just as dreamy. Made from silky soft Tencel™ Modal, an eco-friendly and biodegradable fabric, these PJs will wash well over time, be gentle on your skin and let you sleep easy. They’d be ideal for packing into a suitcase for holidays and wearing on repeat at home.
A classic wardrobe staple
Chosen by Hannah Blake, Managing Director
I have been swooning over these shirts for some time. They are a wardrobe essential and made with the best, sustainable materials. What’s more they also offer cute monogramming; I’ll definitely be getting ‘love’ embroidered on the inside of the collar for Valentine’s Day!
Something to brighten up their desk when WFH
As chosen by Tivina Elliott-James, Picture Editor
I am totally one for something cheesy on Valentine’s Day, so it’s got to be flowers for me! But hold up, don’t think I’m talking about a dozen red roses because even I have to draw the line somewhere. These parrot tulips are stunning – I love the frilly edges – and are a variety that you don’t see everywhere. I’d go for the mint-green colour but Flowerbx also has a deep-red version available. Fresh flowers aren’t something I buy often so these would be an extra-special treat.
A statement vase, that’s fun and unique (just like them!)
Chosen by Annie Wells, Creative Director
While food is the way to my heart, it doesn’t last forever, whereas this adorable strawberry vase will. It’ll add the perfect pop of colour to your home and is bound to be a talking point. If you’re lucky maybe you’ll even get given some flowers to put in it as well – a 2-for-1 gift, what more could a girl want?
The gift of reading
Chosen by Rebecca Fearn, Beauty Editor
My true love language is books. Over Christmas I saw a TikTok of a girl whose boyfriend had made her an advent calendar of a new book every day. I nearly fell over, because that would be the *perfect* homemade option for me. For V-day, I’m hoping someone (prob just myself, TBH) will be so kind as to pick me up a voucher for Daunt, the independent bookshop where I spend most of my time during beloved Hampstead weekend trips. I’m seemingly incapable of walking out with anything less than three new titles, so this gift would also really help my bank balance – whoever’s buying can choose any amount between £10 and £300.
Some colourful glassware
Chosen by Sally Newall, Acting Editor
I’m a sucker for colourful homeware with a back story, so these tumblers are basically my dream gift. They’re handblown on the island of Murano – considered part of Venice, A.K.A the City of Love – and are recognisable by that distinctive dappled pattern. There are lots of lookalikes about, but these are the real deal; made by independent artisans, no two are the same. Give me a pair of these, mix me a cocktail (negroni, please), and consider my heart won.
Their favourite fragrance
Chosen by Laren Tayyip, Editorial Assistant
I love everything about Jo Malone’s fragrances; from their beautifully wrapped boxes to their luxurious scents, receiving one is always an exciting experience. I chose this particular perfume because peonies are my favourite flowers, and mixed with red apple, jasmine, rose and gillyflower, the result is both soft and seductive – just how I like it!
Some decent activewear
Chosen by Sarah Whalley, Videographer
As much as I love chocolate, booze and flowers, I prefer a practical present that I can use on repeat. Some might get offended if their partner bought them gym leggings for Valentine’s Day, but as someone who spends a lot of time training, this is my ideal gift. You can never have too many gym leggings IMO. Having tried many pairs over the years, Gymshark is always my go-to, they’re super comfy, hug you in in all the right places and are squat proof.