Valentine’s Gifts for him can double as Valentine’s gifts for you with these super fun, unique Valentine’s COUPLES gift ideas. If you choose one of these ideas together, you can take some of the stress out of V-day shopping. It seems like people either really, really love Valentine’s Day…or they really, really hate it. One thing that puts people off is that it’s a holiday that is supposed to be all about love but the expression of this love is, well, forced. Everywhere you turn you see advertisements for the “typical” Valentine’s gifts: Roses, jewelry, chocolates, same old same old.
I’m all for having a day where we express our love for each other because, well LOVE! But you know how I feel about purposeful and mindful giving. I think by breaking out of the mold and choosing more thoughtful gifts we can bring the surprise and LOVE back into Valentine’s day!
So as we approach Valentine’s Day here are some non-flower, non-chocolate, non-jewelry long LASTING gifts that will show your loved one how much you love them and give you something to look forward to.
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Valentine’s Gifts for Him (and you!)
Valentine’s Gifts for him that celebrate where you’ve been:
I love these personalized photo maps made by ThunderBunnyLabs on Etsy. You cut out pictures from your travels and place them in the corresponding state spot. They also have personalized photo display focusing on all of the USA National Parks. This would be so much fun to have on display in your home.
Another map idea is a scratch-off map where you scratch off the gold foil to show where you’ve traveled It’s is a fun way to display the places you have traveled together. You can purchase one for the United States or a World Map.
Valentine’s Gifts for Spouse that show where you’d like to go
If you have big plans for future trips together, here are some fun gift ideas!
A Vacation Savings Gift Box
If road trips are more your traveling style, a fun Valentine Gift for your spouse could be a Road Trip Gift Basket.
A Sentimental Valentine’s Day Gift for Him
This artwork that shows the soundwave from your “song” is not only beautiful but also sentimental. You can choose from many beautiful options created by ArtsyVoiceprint on Etsy.
I ordered these gorgeous leather key fobs from MadebyPerri on Etsy. There are tons of colors and options and best of all they will get USED! You could customize this with sentimental words, important dates, song lyrics, important GPS locations or a simple “Jack + Diane.”
Valentine’s Gifts you can enjoy together
Nothing says love like offering to share a hobby that your spouse already enjoys. Is there something he/she likes to do in their spare time? You could purchase a gift that helps you to do it together!
If he’s into rock climbing, buy a punch pass for you to go to a rock climbing gym together so you can learn all about it.
If he’s into gaming, buy yourself a controller and a new game for you to try together! Here are some gaming gift ideas for you
If she’s into reading, buy a few books from the best seller’s list that you can read together or an audible subscription. You could also print off some of the free bookmarks/punch cards I created for 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime Gift. Grab these free printable bookmarks by signing up for The Gifty Girl Newsletter and Free Printables Library below.
Valentine’s Date Night Exchange Ideas
Date Night Exchange
Talk to your spouse ahead of time about exchanging date nights this Valentine’s Day. Have each person to come up with one at-home date idea and one “going out on the town” date idea and get actual gift cards/supplies for the date. Here are a few ideas for you!
At home date ideas:
PAINT NIGHT: Painting supplies and Bob Ross on Netflix. Include a gift card for a favorite takeout restaurant
COOKING COMPETITION NIGHT: Ingredients for a Chopped dinner Challenge (have spouse pick your three ingredients!) and watch a chopped marathon!
AT HOME GAME NIGHT: Spouse Scattergories from The Dating Divas and Chinese Food
Non-Traditional Valentine’s Gift Ideas for your home: Furniture or artwork
Another gift idea is to purchase something that makes your home a little homier. I love the idea of my husband and I both picking out a new piece of furniture or artwork together and either buying it or putting money towards that for Valentine’s day. We can’t be the only ones who have kids with super cute furniture and no headboard of our own, right? It would be great to go on a Valentine’s date and pick out a new something together for Valentine’s Day, or spend the night cuddled up on Pinterest looking for ideas.
This would be a gift idea you should talk about beforehand so one of you isn’t empty-handed on V-day. I think this would actually be a great tradition to start!
I love the idea of buying a custom painting of your home like the beautiful one above from This Creative Nest .
What about creating a collage wall of photos of the two of you? You could pick out your favorite pictures (think wedding, vacation, candids) then pick out frames together and make a fun photo wall! This set of nine 12X12 frames from Amazon is an amazing price.
Year in review photo book
February would be a great time to put together a giant photo book from the previous year. You could go simple and create Chatbooks from your phone camera roll or Instagram, or you could do a little more in-depth book with photos from a camera. To make this really special you could write things and add memories to go with the photos. I have loved the books I made through the website Blurb (see above).
Valentine’s Couple Gifts that help you learn together
Our local “fancy” grocery store has these amazing couples cooking classes. How fun would it be to spend time together learning how to cook your favorite food? For locals in Utah check out these Harmon’s Cooking classes. And if you aren’t in Utah look at the higher-end grocery stores, or even cooking schools near you. There are also real time cooking videos on Youtube. Wouldn’t it be a blast to buy all the ingredients and cook along with Chef Jamie Oliver?
Another fun option would be to do the 3-month free trial of the Food Network Cooking app cooking classes! Sync it up to get a shopping list and then cook along with all of your favorite Food Network Stars! Find all about it Food Network Cooking Classes here
There are also great websites like CreativeLive where you can find online courses for so many different subjects. Learn about photography together, painting, software skills, how to open your own business etc etc. Learning something new together would be so much fun!
On MasterClass you can learn new things from famous people. Wouldn’t it be awesome to learn Mystery and Thriller writing together with David Baldacci? Or Magic Tricks from Penn and Teller? You could have a bunch of built-in date nights with these fun online courses!
What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? Did any of these unconventional Valentine’s Gift Ideas help spark a plan for you? I sure hope so!
If you are looking for something a little different, try out these other Gift Ideas for Him like: