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Valentine’s Day gift: Out with the clichés, ingenuity is in

  • Published at 07:16 pm February 11th, 2018
Valentine’s Day gift: Out with the clichés, ingenuity is in
It’s that time of the year again. Love is in the air and it’s all sunshine and roses. There’s nothing sweeter than moments in time spent with the one you hold nearest and dearest to your heart. Wait a second, what? Gifts are involved? Yikes! Finding the perfect gift for the perfect person can be stressful to the point where it gets frustrating. Are you wracking your head for gift ideas that go beyond the usual clichéd ensemble of stuffed toys, chocolates, jewellery and store-bought cards? Well, we’ve got you covered. Above all else, you want to be genuine in your gesture of love. Here’s a list of adorable gift ideas to get you on the right track.

For the partner who loves to pamper themselves

Unwinding after a long day has never been more romantic than with scented candles. A good scented candle can cost you anywhere between Tk300-800, and come in a variety of fragrances. Keep the essence of a classic bouquet of roses with a rose scented candle, or fill the air with the smell of warm baked good with a vanilla one. You can find them at the Gifts section at Lavender or Unimart, or you can even order themed ones online from Newton’s Archive.

For the foodie with a sweet-tooth

Contrary to what the masses will have you believe, chocolates aren’t the only way to someone’s heart. You can just as easily appease their sugar cravings with a half-a-dozen box of donuts from Glazed or Krispy Kreme. Make your significant other roll their eyes with a cheesy note saying: “I donut know what I’d do without you.” Of course, homemade baked goods are as genuine as it gets when it comes to showing someone you care. Even if you aren’t an expert, you could try baking the basic brownies or chocolate cookies off of quick, easy recipes online. They’ll absolutely adore you for it!

For the creative visionary/aspiring philanthropist

If you often find your loved one lost in thought, the perfect gift for them could be a handy little pocketbook to jot down those fleeting ideas on the go. If they’ve ever expressed any interest in journaling, you’ve got your gift idea there! You can find beautiful pocketbooks and notebooks online on pages such as Stellar to match your partner’s aesthetic.

For the adorable book-nerd/bibliophile

It goes without saying that any bibliomaniac would love to get a book as a present, no matter what the occasion. You could give them your favourite book if they haven’t already read it. It’s heartfelt and sweet. If you don’t know which book to get them, have their best friend play the role of an informant. If you see them folding pages into dog-ears to mark them – gasp! What a crime – stop that nonsense immediately and give them cute little bookmarks. You can find a beautiful, quirky collection to choose from online at Newton’s Archive or Made With Love. The perfect gift for those on a budget, they cost Tk70 a pop!

For the tech-geek

You’re going to have to do your research if you want to get them fancy gizmos and gadgets, there’s no shortcut there. You could get them a solid set of headphones, or a unique pair of earphones if you happen to spot one at an electronics store. You could also get them a simple, yet classy laptop skin if you don’t want the hassle of interpreting specs.

For the beauty queen

It’s okay if you don’t know a single thing about the million shades of lipstick, and have no interest to learn. Your loophole lies with the handy makeup bag. Give your loved one a place to store her various makeup paraphernalia with a chic makeup pouch. You can find these at a lot of places, but to get you started, you can look online at pages like Made With Love, or get them for a reasonable Tk299 at Miniso, a store at Banani 11.