12 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas You’d Love To Get, Too

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Finding the best Valentine’s Day gift shouldn’t be so difficult. But just in case you’re in a rut, we here at RateX put together this list of gift ideas to help make the most of your special day with your S.O. And for all the single boys and girls out there — this is also a pretty good list of gift ideas you can give yourself.

We’ve also included tips on how to give similar gifts without burning a hole through your wallet. Look out for the On a budget? tips for every item!

1. Bag it up

Herschel Supply Co. Bag Valentine's Day

(Source: Lazada)

Item:
Herschel Supply Co.
Little America Full-Volume
Navy/Red Rubber Backpack (25L)

Price:
S$67.50 on Lazada

Everyone can appreciate a good and stylish backpack. Unlike picking out purses or attaches, finding the right backpack design is more forgiving since they’re made for casual settings and outfits. Herschel Supply Co. bags simple and clean enough that almost anyone would appreciate them. They’re no Louis Vuitton or Coach, but it’s sure to give you points for style and thoughtfulness.

On a budget? 

Drawstring bags are more affordable and are no less useful and stylish. Especially popular among the sporty, these bags can come in different designs and can be used anywhere from the gym, to the classroom, or to the beach.

2. Woo them with words

Love Poems Valentine's Day Goodreads

(Source: Goodreads)

Item:
The 100 Best Love Poems of All Time
by Leslie Pockell

Price:
US$9.05 (~S$11.93) on Amazon

“Words don’t come easily,” as Tracy Chapman once sang (or Ronan Keating, depending on your musical tastes), and not just for the hard times in relationships. Even when you’re truly in love, it’s not uncommon to find yourself speechless at the right moments. So why not let the masters of the written word help you express your feelings?

On a budget?

You don’t need to be a poet to show how you truly feel with words. A heartfelt letter can mean so much more than any gift. Grab a pen, some nice stationery, and start writing down how you truly feel for your loved one. Letterwriting is truly underrated.

3. Old school is not dead

Cassete USB Amazon Valetine's Day

(Source: Amazon)

Item:
Cassette Tape USB Stick Flash Drive
1 GB

Price:
US$16.09 (~S$21.21) on Amazon

Bringing back the magic of a mix cassette tape today isn’t as difficult as it a few decades ago, especially with this cassette tape USB stick. A few clicks are all it takes to put your loved one’s favourite songs into the tape, but the packaging exudes a similar nostalgia.

The 1 GB variant is to challenge you to make the most of the space by selecting only the best songs, but if you want to include photos or beloved date movies, there’s also a 16 GB variant, which should be more than enough for a treasure trove of memories.

On a budget?

If you’ve already used up your entire Valentine’s Day budget for other date activities, a Spotify playlist with a dedication in the description could be just a sweet.

4. The couple that plays together…

Nintendo Switch Amazon Valentine's Day

(Source: Amazon)

Item:
Nintendo Switch
Neon Blue and Red Joy-Con

Price:
US$299.00 (~S$394.08) on Amazon

Any gaming console would serve the same purpose, but Nintendo is known to delight both kids and adults (and even seniors). Whether you’ve been gaming for all your life or for all of the last five minutes, Nintendo will always have a quality game for you. The Nintendo Switch, its latest hit console, is no different.

It’s a pretty big investment, but if you’re ready and can afford it, the Switch could translate to hours upon hours of fun for you and your girl/boyfriend. Whether you’re at home or taking an especially long bus ride home, the Switch is a fun way to bond and connect with each other. (Or a fun way to pass the time while waiting for your Valentine’s date to get ready for a night out.)

On a budget?

Tabletop board games don’t always come cheap, but they’re definitely less pricey than entire gaming consoles. And board games are a fun way to change the pace. Most board games can be played by more than two players at a time, and it’s not so bad to take your eyes away from a screen from time to time.

5. Kindle the love

Kindle Amazon Valentine's Day

(Source: Amazon)

Item:
Kindle Paperwhite
6″ Hi-Res Display
Built-in Light and Wifi

Price:
US$99.00 (~S$130.48) on Amazon

Alright, that was a horrible pun, but trust us when we say the Kindle is a great gift for any book lover. It’s lightweight, easy on the eyes, and he/she will never run out of books to read as the Internet is an expansive library of digital books. Reading actual books will never stop being an experience in itself, but the Kindle is always a welcome addition to a bookworm’s arsenal.

On a budget?

Get them the books they’ve been dying to read for so long. It can’t get any simpler than that. You can even borrow it after your boy/girlfriend reads it.

6. Make a statement

Statement Shirt Valentine's Day Amazon

(Source: Amazon)

Item:
Single, Taken, or Hungry
Statement T-Shirt

Price:
US$17.99 (~S$23.71) on Amazon

After some expensive gifts, let’s dial it down a bit — a gift isn’t about the price tag after all. Sometimes, a great Valentine’s Day gift is about making it memorable, something you can look back to and smile at.

As the love for food comes naturally in Singaporeans, this statement t-shirt will be an appropriately quirky gift. And we can bet you’re probably going to be giving this gift over a nice meal in a restaurant, or a simple feast in a hawker centre.

On a budget?

Paint them yourself on a shirt! Here’s a great WikiHow guide on how to do this. Share the expenses with a friend and you’ve got yourself a wallet-friendly personalized gift.

7. Let them shop!

Sephora Gift Card SG Valentine's Day

(Source: Sephora SG)

Item:
Sephora Gift Cards

Price:
Denominations of S$ 20, 30, 50, 80, 100 on Sephora

Buying makeup is a feat unto itself. With all the brands, the variants, and even just the type of makeup, the uninitiated could easily fall victim to a fancy name or cute packaging without properly evaluating its quality. And the same goes for many other products, like skin care products, gadgets, or clothes. That’s where gift cards come in.

It’s probably not wise to give nothing else but a gift card to your Valentine’s date — go shopping with them for some quality time together, at least! — but gift cards can be a great gift for someone who enjoys picking out their own gifts-to-themselves. You can then focus on making that day more special in other ways, rather than spending a week or two (or more) agonising over the perfect V-day offering.

On a budget?

Take your Valentine’s date shopping. You can set your budget together — your spending power isn’t the only way to impress your date — and you can spend quality time together walking around a mall or a shopping arcade.

8. “Cool” gift ideas

HyperChiller Valentine's Day

(Source: HyperChiller)

Item:
HyperChiller
Iced Coffee Maker

Price:
US$29.99 (~S$39.53) on Amazon

Taking the time to scour Amazon for great finds can be rewarding. We found this HyperChiller, for example, that promises to chill your hot morning coffee in one minute. For the non-coffee junkies, it’s also perfect for cooling any type of drink: tea, juice, wine, liquor.

While we love this product, the lesson here is that somewhere out there is a cool and functional gift idea waiting to be found. Flowers and chocolate never hurt, but give ’em something they can use all the time and they’ll appreciate your thoughtfulness.

On a budget?

Buying a regular coffee tumbler and customizing it with stickers and paint is a cute alternative to a high-tech coffee maker. Pair it up with a bag of their favourite blend and you’ll have their hearts a-flutter in no time (and not because of the caffeine).

10. A collection of memories

Canon SELPHY CP1200 Lazada Valentine's Day

(Source: Lazada)

Item:
Canon SELPHY CP1200
Wireless Color Photo Printer

Price:
S$165.00 on Lazada

One of the sweetest Valentine’s Day gifts that are also fun to make is an album of photographs of you and your S.O. Print them directly from your phone, in which we’re sure you have oodles of photos together and put them in an album.

On a budget?

If you don’t have a photo printer at home or it’s not fitting into your budget, Photobook Singapore has a nice collection of custom album designs for about S$40, give or take.

Another idea? Put the printed photos in a simple cardboard box, and include small gifts — a mixtape, a flower, a small box of chocolates (or a ring, for those ready to take the next step). Trust us — guys and girls alike will melt with this gesture.

11. Pocket full of sunshine

Fossil Men's Leather Valentine's Day

(Source: Lazada)

Item:
Fossil Men’s Leather Wallet
Turk RFID Blocking
With Removable Passcase

Price:
S$89.00 on Lazada

A new wallet is a great way to show your affection to your partner. Aside from being functional, a stylish and durable wallet is bound to be useful and sentimental when given as a gift. (At the same time, it’s a low-key way to improve his/her fashion sense.)

On a budget?

A phone case or a keychain are equally sweet gifts, especially when given on Valentine’s Day. That’s bound to be a memory they carry with them in their pockets every day.

12. Plan for the future (dates)

Date Bucket List Uncommon Goods Vale tine's Day

(Source: UncommonGoods)

Item:
Date Night Bucket List

Price:
S$23.70 on UncommonGoods

It’s hard enough thinking about Valentine’s Day gift ideas. Constantly thinking of fun date ideas outside of the usual movie or dinner date is just as difficult. While there are many variants of the date bucket list products, we can’t help but find the cardboard canister and the popsicle sticks irresistibly cute.

On a budget?

Make your own date bucket list. Grab a bunch of Post-Its in different colors, write down date ideas, fold them up, and put them in a nice container. You can even come up with ideas together on Valentine’s Day itself!