Show some love! 10 Valentine’s Day gifts for your spouse
Right from ages, gifts occupy an important place in people’s social lives. They help build relationships and also help mend broken relationships. Gifts can make one receive a favour, even sometimes when one doesn’t really deserve it. Gifts are sometimes a token of love and trust and play an important role in bonding people together.
Of course, some people give gifts only when they expect something in return, but true gifts should come from the heart. When people give, they ought to give willingly without expecting anything in return. Genuine gift-giving makes the recipient feel special and that alone should perhaps be more than enough reason to give more.
There are many reasons to give, including to celebrate special occasions like anniversaries, to appreciate someone special, to show love and to apologise.
It is often said that actions speak louder than words, and on many occasions, there is no better way to appreciate someone than through gift-giving.
Although there is no reserved day to give gifts, it is perhaps more important to do that in this season of love. Yes – it’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow!
Also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, it is celebrated annually on February 14. According to the Chambers 21st Century Dictionary, the day originated as a minor Western Christian feast day honouring an early Christian martyr named Saint Valentine. But later through folk traditions, the day has become a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance and love in many regions of the world.
It’s now the day when people show their affection for another person or people by sending cards, flowers or chocolates with messages of love.
Even for romantic partners, getting the perfect gifts can sometimes be an arduous task for their spouses, especially when they feel they got similar items for them in the past.
Be not dismayed. While you may be tempted to go for a more unusual gift idea this time round, stick with something that caters to your spouse’s interests – whether it’s a work-from-home gadget, wear, Netflix subscription or recipe book. No matter which present you pick, your spouse will appreciate it as far as it comes straight from your heart.
But if you are still confused about what to buy for your spouse on this year’s Valentine’s Day, the following is a compilation of gift ideas (culled from Good Housekeeping UK) for your better half – all of which can be purchased at either physical or online stores.
Gift ideas for your husband
Engraved wooden docking station
With just a few thousands of naira, you can give your husband’s essentials such as phone, glasses, watch, wallet, and keys with an engraved wooden docking station, which seamlessly blends function and fashion. You can customise the docking station by choosing from the different types of wood shades and add his name, initials, or monogram.
Take the guesswork out of gifting by signing your husband up for a monthly, bimonthly, or quarterly wine subscription. After all, a 2018 Harvard Medical Study showed that a glass of wine a day keeps the doctor away.
Custom family portrait
At your request, a good artist can create a custom illustration of you and your spouse that makes for a cute piece of home decor. You may also print out a photo of you or the family and add it to a gorgeous wooden clipboard, which he can place proudly on his desk at home or in the office.
Your husband does not have to be a tech freak to appreciate the gift of a wireless charger. Not only does the dock eliminate the look of messy wires, but it doesn’t have any annoying bright lights that’ll keep him up all night. But make sure to find out first if his smartphone is compatible with the wireless charger you plan to get him.
Leather watch box, wallet
Even if you’re not splurging on a new watch for your sweetheart this time round, you can still buy him a custom leather watch box for his watches. Pick between a three- or six-slot option, depending on the size of his collection.
Also, for a gentleman, you can’t really go wrong with the gift of a handmade leather wallet. You may also go for a compact leather key holder so he won’t have to keep dealing with any annoying jingling in his pockets.
Smartphone camera lens kit
With this pocket-size gadget, your husband can leave his bulky digital camera at home without compromising photo quality. When he attaches the macro or wide-angle lens to his smartphone, he will get Instagram-worthy shots, no matter his phone model.
Back and neck massager
Even if you are a pro massager, all the shoulder and back rubs you give him may pale in comparison to the back and neck heated massager, which follows the Shiatsu technique (which originated from Japan) to target deep muscles. With the back and neck massager, your spouse can switch between three different intensity levels, depending on how tight and achy he may be.
Eau de toilette with woodsy scent
Many men sure love to smell nice. This season, you can surprise your partner with eau de toilette with a woodsy scent, which perhaps has notes of bergamot, pepper, and amberwood. This scent can be overpowering, so remind your hubby to start with just a spritz or two when about to wear it.
Wireless Bluetooth earbuds
It’s the latest style, and your hubby likely wants to join too. Gone are the days you need to cover your ears with headphones with long wires to listen to music or make calls on your phone. Wireless Bluetooth earbuds like Apple’s AirPods are taking care of that now.
The wireless Bluetooth earbuds combine intelligent design with breakthrough technology and crystal clear sound. There are tons of (cheaper) alternatives to Apple’s AirPods should you be considering getting a pair for your hubby.
From working out to working from home, he will find a million ways to use these wireless earphones, which can sometimes last him for a whole day before recharging them.
If your hubby is a coffee or tea lover, he may appreciate this gift. With the battery-powered smart mug, your man can sip his morning coffee at his own pace without compromising taste. The smart mug can help control the temperature of the mug, and that of the content, through an app.
Gift ideas for your wife
You’ve probably bought many bracelets for her in the past. Now, what if you could get her something more romantic? With a good goldsmith, you can have a customised bracelet for your wife and remind her that she is so special to you every time she looks at it.
You can spell out her name or initials with gold or silver beaded bracelets.
Fresh rose bouquet usually dies within a week or so of its delivery. It’s time to get her something that lasts longer. Either at a physical or online store, you can get your wife a gold or silver heart-shaped box, which contains a rainbow, blue, or red preserved rose. With this, she can be reminded of your love long after Valentine’s Day.
It’s a fact that many women are much concerned about their appearance. Many don’t want even a single spot or wrinkle to appear on their skin. This is why you should show concern about your wife’s appearance.
In this season of love, you can surprise her with a skincare set. Of course, it has to be a set approved by dermatologists for skin concerns such as acne and ageing. When your wife’s skin starts to glow, you will be proud of her.
Wine tasting set
You can create an experience that you both can enjoy by giving her a mixed assortment of wine – red, white, and rosé. Wine makes a merry heart, and if you’re lucky, your wife may invite you to bed later to compensate you for the experience.
Weighted blankets basically feel like a warm hug. So when you’re not there to give her one, she can wrap herself in a twin, queen, or king blanket to keep warm, ease stress, and feel the love.
One-step hairdryer & volumiser
With this nifty brush, she can get a salon-worthy blowout in minutes. This quick-to-heat brush cuts her morning routine in half, which you know she will love.
You can complement this with a monogram leather cosmetics case. Even if she already has makeup bags, the monogrammed version is pretty enough for her next outing or vacation.
Bathtub tray caddy
For a fancy-feeling Valentine’s Day gift that’s actually affordable, you can look at getting a bathtub caddy for your special one this year’s Valentine’s Day. Notable features of the bathtub caddy include a wine glass holder (for her wine) and a stand that can be propped up for her to be able to read a book or use her tablet while in the tub.
Lingerie can be a perfect gift idea for ladies for all occasions. For this year’s Valentine’s Day, you can choose the best lingerie gifts for your wife. She might even choose to wear it for you that day. You can complement this with cologne and a box of chocolate that contains a mix of milk and dark pieces.
Cozy and practical, the waffle knit robe is perhaps a failsafe Valentine’s Day gift for your wife. Even if you’re not so sure of what size she could wear, there are some robe brands that come in two one-fits-all sizes – that is, there’s one for S/M/L and another for XL/XXL/XXXL. With this, you should at least be able to conveniently pick one for her.
It’s been sunny in the past few months, and as you probably know, the sun’s ultraviolet rays are not good for the eyes. Show your wife you care for her eyes this season by gifting her a pair of sunglasses. There are tons of brands which offer new and classic frames, lenses, and colours. Get your wife a pair that offers full UV protection and she will know that you truly care for her. Punch