Surprise Her This Valentine’s Day with the Same Gifts Presented Differently

by Mira

If you’ve exhausted the usual Valentine’s Day gift arsenal of chocolate, roses, and plush animals holding big hearts, there are ways to turn each such gift into more of a surprise.

Chocolate, flowers, love hearts, wine, tea, coffee and jewelry don’t get tired as gifts go. Women will always enjoy them. But there are ways to make these gifts fresh by approaching the ideas from a different angle. Rather than buying her a ring, which may look too close to an engagement ring, why not get her a jewelry-making starter kit to play with? Similarly, rather than getting her an expensive perfume, which she may or may not like (just because you like it doesn’t mean she’ll wear it), why not let her pick a perfume or some other beauty products on her own?

There are also quirky ways to make chocolate interesting. You can get nicely-wrapped chocolate pieces with wrappers of different colors and present them to her in a unique zipper-bag-shaped glass bowl, for instance.

This can be also the time to give her a gift you both could use -- apart from the chocolate, that is. There are some nice gizmos out there for chilling wine. So if she likes wine, you can surprise her with a bottle of white wine that goes well with chocolates, one that you have chilled that day with your new contraption after presumably drinking some of that wine yourself so that the chiller could fit in.

Buy her favorite chocolates and present them in a hand-blown glass bowl shaped like a zipper bag. It looks wonderful with candy or chocolates in it. Perfect for M&M’s, jelly beans, Starburst fruit candy and other candy. This works for longer-term storage. But for Valentine’s Day you can fill this bag with all sorts of small chocolates. Ferrero Rocher hazelnut chocolates would look really nice in this glass bowl. They’re super good but not super expensive: less than $20 for 48 pieces in golden wrappers. You can mix them with other Ferrero chocolates. I’m showing both boxes below.

Zipper bag lookalike, made from hand-blown glass

Corkcicle Wine Chiller

Speaking of which, if you two drink wine, you’ve probably saved a nice bottle for the occasion. If it’s white wine or rosé, it needs to be chilled. As it often happens in a family or in the home of a couple who likes to eat various things and try various wines, there may not be enough room on the door of the fridge for your wine now and then. So then it makes sense to invest in a wine chiller. Corkcicle have already made a name for themselves on this market with their BPA-free plastic chiller. It’s easy to use: you just place it in the freezer for 90 minutes, and then the non-toxic freeze gel will work its magic: you just insert it in the bottle. Then all it needs is a quick rinse and you can use it again. It was introduced on the market in 2012 and that same year it officially became one of Oprah’s Favorite Things.

Jewelry Basics Box Kit

I’d venture to say that most women would like to make jewelry, whether they know anything about it or not. It’s fun and relaxing, and you can unleash your creative side, making many necklaces even without any training. So your girlfriend/wife will most likely be very pleasantly surprised at such a gift, no matter how busy or uncreative she is or thinks she is. It’s so easy to embrace jewelry making as a hobby! So a starter kit is a great present idea for her.

Starbucks Gift Card: $25 or $50

Get it on Amazon

Who doesn’t love Starbucks coffee? Yes, it’s expensive, yes, there are other coffee houses around with, arguably, equally tasty coffee and a more artsy feel, but would you say no to a Starbucks gift card? I doubt anyone would, except someone who’s got a beef with the idea of corporations ruling the world, as one famous book by David C. Korten puts it. And yet most of us complain about things like big bucks and music too loud, or payment for wifi when it comes to Starbucks. So unless you know your girlfriend/wife never steps into a Starbucks coffee house, I think she will enjoy a gift card allowing her to stop by Starbucks every day for lunch for a while, or next time she goes to the mall with her girl friends.

Apart from being a nice present for your partner or a dear friend for Valentine’s Day, this gift card is, indeed, as one reviewer on Amazon suggests, a great idea for someone who’s done you a favor.

Sephora Gift Card: $25, $50, $100, $250

Get it on Amazon

Women who love makeup and/or their skin love Sephora. They have Clinique, Shiseido, and all the major perfume houses, some of them, like Lancôme and Dior, not only with perfumes but with face, eye and other creams as well. Rather than getting your girl perfume, let her pick whatever strikes her fancy in a Sephora store at the mall or online. Of course, if you can get that perfume as well, I’m sure she won’t mind. Unless you two really don’t have the money for it. But if you do have the money for some nice perfume, better try a Sephora card this time, see how she feels about it. Chances are, she will be delighted.

Amazon Gift Card

You can choose any amount from $0.15 to $2,000

Flowering Tea Set

This flowering tea set is pure beauty. There are 6 blossoms and one 16 oz glass teapot. Each blossom makes three pots. The blossoms are made of organic green tea, amaranth flower, osmanthus flower, organic oolong tea, organic black tea, lily, jasmine flowers, jasmine-scented organic white tea, lavender flowers, hibiscus flower. It comes in a hand-made dark-mahogany bamboo case.

The tea is delicious, so you get both looks and taste.

Enjoy your Valentine’s Day!

Updated: 01/08/2014, Mira
 
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Mira on 09/18/2015

Yes, for some reason I love glass too. I also like clear tea cups!
I remember you mentioned white chocolate in the past, and I may have commented on how I like cheesecake made with white chocolate. You have now inspired me to try some such recipes at home :)

DerdriuMarriner on 09/18/2015

Mira, Your gift ideas are great (except that I way prefer white chocolate ;-]). In particular, the flowering tea set is extraordinary since the choices are welcoming, the packaging is classy (I love mahogany), and teapots in glass always seem to say "I'm giving serving quality products in a quality product since heat does not make me break."

Mira on 04/04/2015

Valentine's Day is a nice occasion to give your special someone or other women in your life nice gifts.

WriterArtist on 01/15/2015

Loved the ideas you have presented for Valentine gifts. Many a times it matters how you present your gift; a lovely quirky gift, an interesting wrapper or a surprise gift box - all these make difference. Perfect for Valentine's day.

Mira on 02/11/2014

Thank you for your comment, Violette! I think the guy who made those flowering teas is a true artist.

VioletteRose on 02/11/2014

These are really some great gift choices, the flowering tea set sounds wonderful!

Mira on 01/09/2014

Thank you!

ologsinquito on 01/09/2014

These are all really good Valentines Day ideas.

Mira on 01/09/2014

Yes, some people start getting ready for it early :)

WriterArtist on 01/08/2014

There are some great ideas for Valentine's day. I did not realize the day is approaching so fast.

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