33 Unique Valentine's Day Gifts
Whether you need a unique Valentine’s Day gift for a friend, a family member or your significant other, there is no need to stress at the last minute! There are plenty of perfectly simple gifts, personalized trinkets and exciting experiences to choose from.
Go above and beyond the date night dinner-and-a-movie itinerary by taking advantage of local offerings and events or plan a little getaway to somewhere near or far. Take comfort in the vast options and check out these 33 unique Valentine’s Day gifts that will surely be remembered for years to come.
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- Foodie Valentine’s Day Gifts
- Relaxing Valentine’s Day Gifts
- Thoughtful Valentine’s Day Gifts
- Adventurous Valentine’s Day Gifts
Foodie Valentine’s Day Gifts
1. Cooking Classes
Treat your sweetheart to a unique Valentine’s Day gift where they can learn to cook like a chef. No matter what gourmet craving they have, you’ll find hands-on culinary classes offering menus that please all palates, preferences and dietary needs, each one led by a world-class chef. There are cooking classes in Philadelphia, cooking classes in Denver and beyond. There are even incredible international options like cooking classes in Abu Dhabi or cooking classes in Birmingham (UK). Find a cooking class near you to get started.
If you’d prefer to hang back at home, online cooking classes will virtually pair you up with master gourmet chefs from all over the world right from the comfort of your own kitchen.
2. Online Mixology Classes
For a low-key and unique Valentine’s Day gift, spend an intimate date at home with online mixology classes. Skip the crowded bar scene and learn to make your own craft cocktails from scratch! Online mixology classes let you tune in live to expert mixologists and bartenders eager to show you the best way to stir, shake, garnish and pour beautiful DIY mixed drinks.
3. Food Tour
Give a memorable and unique Valentine’s Day gift of a local food tour! What could be more romantic than exploring your city together, getting to know the markets, street food stalls, hidden gems and intimate eateries? A knowledgeable guide will help you find the best bites in your city while offering insight into local history and architecture.
You can find food tours in Boston, food tours in San Francisco and more. Book a food tour near you today.
4. Professional Pasta Machine
Bring the gourmet magic of fresh pasta home with the Marcato Atlas 150 Pasta Machine. Easy to use and solidly constructed out of anodized aluminum, this handy countertop appliance cranks out homemade spaghetti, fettuccine, lasagna and more with ease. This unique Valentine's Day gift will put a spring in your sweetheart's step as they whip up gourmet meals for you both to enjoy.
5. Private Chef Experience
Skip the reservation dash at restaurants around Valentine’s Day and enjoy a gourmet experience at home. Private chefs come to your location with all of the necessary ingredients and equipment to prepare a five-star meal. You pick the menu, and they’ll take care of the shopping, cooking, serving and cleaning up so that you can enjoy one another’s company.
You’ll find private chefs in Chicago, private chefs in San Diego and beyond. Find a private chef near you for a truly romantic and unique Valentine’s Day gift.
6. Foodie Gift Card
For a deliciously unique Valentine’s Day gift, give your special someone a foodie gift card they can use for a huge array of culinary experiences. These gift cards can be purchased in any amount over $10 and never expire. Your Valentine can then choose from world-class cooking classes, food tours, online mixology classes, cookware and other unforgettable experience gifts.
7. Virtual Wine Tasting
If you are the couple that enjoys unwinding with a glass of good wine, then plan a virtual wine tasting for a unique Valentine’s Day gift. You don't need to be near a vineyard to sample exquisite bottles; you can do it right from your own kitchen. In these live classes, world-class chefs and sommeliers will teach you all about the finer points of wine tasting with selections from around the world. You'll also learn how to serve gourmet food pairings to complement each glass.
8. Cast Iron Cocotte
For those who love to cook, a fantastic Valentine’s Day gift guaranteed to spruce up the kitchen is the elegant Staub Tall Cocotte 5 Qt. Loved by both chefs and home cooks alike, this cast iron cocotte browns, braises and more from stovetop to oven. The textured enameled interior requires no seasoning, making it good to go from the minute your sweetie unboxes it.
9. Coffee Classes
Skip the long lines at the café and become your own barista with coffee classes guaranteed to perk up Valentine's Day. These classes give you an in-depth look into roasting your own beans, brewing techniques, perfecting your pour and more so you can bring the charm of the coffee shop home.
10. Whiskey Tasting
Another unique Valentine's Day gift in the tasting realm, a whiskey tasting is a delightfully intimate way to sip and savor whiskey, scotch and bourbon selections from all over the world. Led by renowned scotch stewards with years of experience, you'll get to learn all about the history, distilling methods and tasting techniques behind your favorite spirit.
Relaxing Valentine’s Day Gifts
11. Bike Ride
A bike ride is a perfect way to combine a date celebration with keeping active and exploring new areas. Follow a few trails, ride along the beach, visit a special spot that will leave you both reminiscing or plan a scavenger hunt about town. This simple idea is an excellent starting point to create a unique Valentine’s Day gift for your person.
12. Pottery Class
Get creative and sign up for a pottery class together as a unique Valentine’s Day gift. Both beginners and experienced creators will get a kick out of making pottery side-by-side. Check out local studios and see if there are any couple specials, workshops or events for the big day.
13. Monthly Book Subscription
If you know someone who has always had a fond love of books, why not set them up with a monthly subscription for a unique Valentine’s Day gift? With services like Book of the Month, they can select from a variety of new titles to check out each month. This ensures your beloved bibliophile can keep up with the latest bestsellers and independent authors with ease.
14. Bathtub Caddy Tray
Giving the gift of self-care will surely be a hit with your significant other, especially if they happen to love a relaxing bath. Caddies and trays designed for bathtubs are unique Valentine’s Day gifts that have taken off in popularity. These trays let you prop up a book or tablet, light a candle, enjoy a mug of tea or a glass of wine, and have everything at the ready for relaxation.
15. Camping Trip
Combine romance with the great outdoors this year and set out for an adventurous camping trip for a unique Valentine’s day gift. If you are new to camping but have been looking for the perfect moment, start simple and visit your local camping grounds. Experienced outdoorsy folks can plan a weekend of hiking, mountain climbing, campfire cooking and relaxing.
Is the idea of leaving your luxuries behind a little intimidating? Try glamping! There is truly an experience fit for everyone and camping allows you to control the itinerary to match your needs.
16. Weighted Blanket
A comfort trend that will not be slowing down anytime soon is the weighted blanket. For those who have yet to try one out, the added weight in the material gives a calming effect and many use weighted blankets for combating stress, improving sleep and recreating the sensation of a warm hug! That alone makes this a practical, thoughtful and unique Valentine’s Day gift.
17. Hotel Stay
Sometimes the best way to celebrate is by staying in! Instead of doing that in your own home, book a room at a hotel you have both been wanting to stay at, even if it is only for one night.
Take naps, splurge on room service and check out the hotel bar. Keep it simple and use the occasion to spend quality time together for a unique Valentine’s Day Gift.
18. Spa Day
A day at the spa is an absolute classic when it comes to Valentine’s Day gifts, but now there are so many options and packages for every experience. Plan a couples massage or facial, hit the sauna or go big and do it all!
Thoughtful Valentine’s Day Gifts
19. Succulents or Potted Trees
Freshen up your significant others’ home or workspace with some greenery. Valentine’s Day is often associated with a big floral bouquet, but leafy plants, succulents and potted trees can really brighten up someone’s day — especially if they are known to have a green thumb.
20. Custom Couples Portrait
If you are in need of a unique Valentine’s Day gift for your partner, or you both want a beautiful piece of art to celebrate an anniversary, commission a custom couples drawing, art print or painting from an artist!
There are so many incredibly talented folks through social media, local art fairs, galleries and in your social circles that adore being commissioned for meaningful projects.
21. Tarot Deck
For the mystics and tarot lovers of the world, a new deck with sentimental value will be a stunning and unique Valentine’s Day gift to add to their collection. There are so many varieties of style, design, material and types of tarot to choose from that will match your partner’s aesthetic, preference and overall vibe. You can even customize decks or reach out to artists that commission unique sets.
22. Scratch Off Maps
There is nothing quite like being able to check off a destination from a bucket list. Scratch-off maps, like this one from Scratch Map, are becoming more popular, especially with how many designs are available to match everyone’s home aesthetic to be displayed rather than storing your list away in a forgotten drawer. Let your map inspire your vacations and use this unique Valentine’s Day gift as a plan for the future!
23. Polaroid Camera and Film
For the special someone who loves capturing moments and is always swapping out photos in their picture frames, a Polaroid camera with film is a unique Valentine’s Day gift that also holds a bit of nostalgia.
The camera makes every photo a little more special without taking endless options from your cell phone. Live in the moment and have fun with instant printed memories on film that comes in every color.
24. Custom Star Map
Bring the starlight indoors with a thoughtful star map print from The Night Sky that features a special date like an anniversary, birthday or another meaningful occasion. Customize your gift to show off the night sky, match a minimalist look or incorporate favorite colors and styles into the mix. The options are endless for you to make the perfect unique Valentine’s Day gift.
25. Volunteer at an Animal Shelter
There is nothing quite as heartwarming as spending time with adorable animals, so why not give the unique Valentine’s Day gift of volunteering as a couple to help out a shelter? Play with pups and kittens while learning how you and your friends can make a difference for them.
26. Travel Espresso Maker
Traveling can be difficult for the habitual coffee drinker, so why not take away the stress of not being able to enjoy a hot cup by gifting a mini espresso maker?
Whether you are backpacking, camping or traveling light, you can find portable and versatile espresso machines that stand up to the challenge of being a unique Valentine’s Day gift.
Adventurous Valentine’s Day Gifts
27. Exercise Class
An exercise class may not seem like a sweet gift to all, but for those who thrive while being active and trying new activities or routines, it is a no-brainer. Check out the options in your area and team up with teachers of spin classes, yoga studios, fitness retreats, aerial lessons or even races and challenge courses.
28. Ghost Tour
If you are a couple that loves new experiences and is fascinated by ghost stories and the supernatural, then why not book yourself a ghost tour for a unique Valentine’s Day gift?
It seems like most towns have their fair share of local legends, but feel free to look into a spook-centric getaway. Walk through haunted cemeteries, drive by the creepy old train tracks or even stay the night in an iconic hotel.
29. Night at the Theater
Whether you love local productions or big weekends out on Broadway, attending a play or musical can be a romantic and unique Valentine’s Day gift. Plan on a theater night together or take care of the arrangements for a wonderful surprise.
30. Concert Tickets
Going to a concert is a fun way to spend your Valentine’s Day evening, especially if you find tickets for an act that you and your significant other have been looking forward to seeing or it is a familiar show that has become a tradition. Go the extra mile and take a weekend trip somewhere to enjoy your concert for a unique Valentine’s Day gift.
31. Ice Skating or Roller Skating
If you are running out of unique Valentine’s Day gift ideas, why not take your special someone on a classic ice skating or roller rink excursion?
If you are in a location where February takes on that chilly temperature, a day out on the ice bundled up with a warm cup of cocoa is heavenly. More excited about roller skates? Find out when your local rink is planning a disco night, 80s celebration, Y2K party or any other fun theme.
32. Comedy Show
Give the unique Valentine’s Day gift of laughing the night away at a comedy show. Whether you are thrilled to see a favorite stand-up act or you are ready to watch an improv show, comedy is a sure way to liven up the evening.
Cut a rug for the holiday and take your partner to the dancing hot spot of their choice! Find a themed dance night at a local bar, scout out the best clubs in town or sign up for a dance class to learn how to waltz, salsa, tango, foxtrot or swing. Do what is most comfortable for you both and have fun out on the dance floor.
Valentine’s Day does not revolve around the gift giving, so there is no reason to be stressed by making this yearly decision. Relax and enjoy each other’s company. Allow a gift to enhance the day or simply be a thoughtful choice that is meaningful to the recipient in any way.
Have fun, be sentimental and let this guide of unique Valentine’s Day gifts inspire your plans for years to come.
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