Last updated on Feb 23rd, 2021 at 08:08 am

If you’re anything like my husband and I, Valentine’s is pretty much just another day on the calendar…

That doesn’t mean that romance is dead. It just means, that after almost 20 years together, that romance looks a little different. When we first met we were 16-years-old. We scrimped our pocket money and got each other chocolates paired with hand-written notes. I still have my note!

Two decades down the line, I’m far more partial to a cute kitchen gadget, while he’s happy with a pair of socks or a new cellphone cover.

Of course, flowers and chocolates are nothing to be sneezed at, but here are some alternative gift ideas for those who enjoy a slightly different Valentine’s spoil.

For the woman who loves living life pool-side

A fun, practical gift that speaks to one of her favourite hobbies. Make it even better? Take the kids out for the afternoon and let her lounge by the pool with her favourite book!

Floating flamingo

Floating Flamingo
Floating Flamingo

 

For the powerful woman in your life

Gif the gift of being fearless (a gift for yourself or a loved one!). Be fearless in a bold and confident statement T by 1st for Women X Mantsho X Zozibini Tunzi.

Wearing one of these will remind you that you have everything you need within you to be who you want to be and do what you want to do. Wear it to show the rest of the world that you are a strong woman, clothed in self-love.

20% of the proceeds from the sale of the T’s will be donated to the 1st for Women Foundation to assist in the fight against women abuse.

Get them now at 10% off right HERE.

confident statement T

For the woman who has green fingers

Even if she’s got green fingers, she still needs to protect them once in a while. Gardening is hard work, and pulling out weeds can wreak havoc on a manicure! Get her some gardening gloves to protect her hands while she’s labouring in her ‘happy place’.

Gardening gloves

gardening gloves
gardening gloves

 

 

For the foodie in your life

A woman who loves to explore different flavours, and can really put on a great dinner party will appreciate an indulgent ingredient. Something that doesn’t come out of the usual ‘grocery budget’ and may spark a pang of guilt if she considers buying it herself.

Black truffle salt

black truffle salt
black truffle salt

 

For the one who enjoys her gin

Many women appreciate being able to settle down with a drink at the end of a long day, or enjoy a cocktail or two over the weekend. A trilogy like this also offers options! And who doesn’t want a few extra options in life?

Inverroche gin trilogy

Gin trilogy
Gin trilogy

 

For the woman who always feels the cold

Does she fetch a jersey at the slightest breeze? Or start shivering as soon as the temperature dips below 25 degrees Celsius. Show her some love with a gorgeous textured throw that she can cuddle up in when she feels chilly.

Cape Alpaca Textured Throw

Cape Alpaca Textured Throw
Cape Alpaca Textured Throw