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Ah, it's that time of the year again...
Whether you love it or hate it, Valentine's Day is just around the corner and despite the abundance of traditional gifts available it's sometimes difficult to find the perfect gift for that very special someone in your life.
If you want to show your other half how much they mean to you coming up with something original, thoughtful and that won't break the bank is quite challenging.
According to a 2013 study the types of gifts people like to receive aren't exactly what we would expect. The study concludes that people in very close relationships prefer receiving experiential gifts as opposed to material ones. Researchers concluded that “recipients of experiential gifts will feel more connected to their gift giver than recipients of material gifts, irrespective of whether the gift is consumed together.”
Experts also point out that creating pleasant memories with your significant other will help increase trust within the couple, which in turn helps relationships last for long periods of time.
That, however, raises a completely different set of problems (we promise we're not trying to make life even more difficult...)
Finding an experience that both of you can enjoy can be just as challenging. Well, science comes to the rescue once again! An article published in the the Journal of Marketing in 2015 found that people are more likely to favour a handmade gift. The study concluded that a handmade item is perceived to carry the artisan's “essence”, making them more desirable and more personal.
Therefore, if people like to receive handmade things as opposed to machine-made ones but also prefer receiving experiential gifts instead of physical things, the best Valentine's Day present ideas have to be thoughtful, personalised experiences for two!
We came up with a list of top 3 such experiences for you to consider as well as our own alternative versions, just in time for Valentine's Day!
This idea is great because you get to spend time together and learn something new together which also helps build trust and confidence. Also, the food that you end up learning how to cook will always remind you of the lovely time you spent together enjoying this gift.
There are many cooking workshops to choose from but our personal favourite is this YO! Sushi workshop for two.
However, if you or your significant other prefer spending quality time at home, we have a perfect alternative: Our Luxury Japanese Sushi Kit!
This organic kit provides you with all the ingredients necessary to make the perfect authentic sushi in the comfort of your own home and build some lifelong memories together with your loved one!
If you and your significant other enjoy the finer things in life this activity is the best option!
A cheese and wine tasting evening is more creative than a standard dinner date and it will surely be something to be remembered for years to come.
Alternatively, if you are looking for a more intimate experience or can't find the time to visit a vineyard, you can bring this wine and cheese tasting experience to life in your own home with one of our cheese and wine hampers.
Create the perfect sophisticated atmosphere for your loved one with this generous hamper gift idea.
There is always a huge pressure around this time of the year for couples to go over the top with extravagant gifts in order to demonstrate their love for each other. In the hustle and bustle of trying to outdo everybody else we often forget that the most beautiful and meaningful memories are created when we enjoy life's little pleasures together.
After all, home is where all the best memories are made! Celebrate this beautiful truth together by having a romantic night in this year.
We recommend dinner, a film and one of our irresistible luxury sweet hampers for this romantic occasion.
We hope you've enjoyed our alternative Valentine's Day gift ideas! Let us know what you think in the comment section below. We love hearing from you!