If you’re tired of giving the same old flowers and chocolates for Valentine’s Day, we’ve curated a list of unique gift ideas especially for you and your significant others.
There’s nothing wrong with being a plain Jane who likes receiving roses or chocolates, but sometimes it gets a little too boring when done over and over again. How about a money bouquet or having a portrait taken through a century-old camera? Or receiving an old school cassette mixtape with your favorite songs? Below, we’ve hunted down the most unique gifts you can give to your partner (or for yourself!) this Valentine’s Day.
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1. HAVE CLASSIC PORTRAITS TAKEN THROUGH A 100-YEAR-OLD CAMERA
Immortalize your love for your S.O. by having a private sitting session with Jovel Lorenzo of Box Camera PH. He uses a 100-year-old camera that he modified from scratch and captures his subjects as authentically as possible. Last year, real life couple Gabbi Garcia and Khalil Ramos took some portraits with him at GMA’s old Hollywood-themed gala and the photos looked spectacular.
2. GIFT THEM WITH A FOOD BOUQUET
Can’t decide what to eat? Gift your partner with all their favorite cravings arranged in a bouquet. It’s the right amount of romantic chaos to get you through Valentine’s day. Trust that local business Food Bouquet can turn anything into a lovely arrangement—even a milk tea drink and medicine tabs!
3. A PINTEREST-WORTHY MINIMALIST CAKE BY OLA BAKES
When all else fails, let them eat cake. Ola Bakes creates the quirkiest, prettiest cakes we’ve ever seen. Their heart-shaped cakes are the best, from the color palette to the sassy statements. Oh, they make vintage cakes too for the Lana Del Rey-obsessed girlies like us.
4. MAKE A CUSTOM CASSETTE MIXTAPE FOR THEM
Some of us may have been born much later than the 80s and 90s, but now you can enjoy handing a cheesy mixtape to your crush like how they did it back then thanks to local business Tape Beats PH. You can even customize your own cassette tape cover, design and playlist!
5. IIBIGIN UPCYCLED SHIRTS BY PROUDRACE
Who else hasn’t tried the viral couple shirt trend way back when? Well, it’s back and sustainable brand Proudrace made it even cooler with their upcycled statement tees. They’re one of one, so add them to cart ASAP while you can.
6. COMMUNITY PANTRY PH’S GULAY BOUQUET THAT BENEFITS OUR FARMERS
Inflation’s been hitting us hard since last year, especially our farmers. Thanks to Community Pantry PH, you can purchase a special ✨gulay bouquet artisanal arrangement✨ and in return will benefit our hard-working local farmers.
7. MATCHING UNIQUE JEWELRY CRAFTED BY ELEMENTARI PH
Called “alien jewelry” by their designer, Elementari PH creates pieces that’s out of this world. They’re all hand-crafted and features unique avant garde designs that you and your partner can match in. Elementari accepts custom, one-of-one jewelry designs that you can’t find anywhere else, which makes it extra special.
8. LEGO’S FLOWER BOUQUETS
What’s better than real flowers? Lego flowers. Sure, it takes three or four hours to build, but every little detail on this Lego set is astounding. No watering and pot-changing needed, it’s pretty low maintenance if you ask us.
9. THIS CARD GAME THAT CAN EITHER MAKE OR BREAK YOUR VALENTINE’S DATE
This card game by We’re Not Really Strangers has been viral for years now and it’s cool that lots of local Shopee stores have brought them here to the Philippines. It’s literally our intrusive thoughts asking the hardest questions in form of a deck of cards you can ask your partner and vice versa.
10. SOY CANDLE AND A BOTTLE OF WINE
Nothing else screams romance other than a candle-lit dinner and a bottle of wine. Local brands Saan Saan PH, known for their soy candles collaborated with wine store Some Love for a limited edition Valentine’s Day pack. Pour yourself a bubbly that tastes like crisp apple juice and light up a scented candle that reminds us of lemons.
11. FOR THE FRISKY COUPLES
We love how more and more local brands are breaking the stigma on sex toys. No longer seen as taboo, Jelly Time introduced a line of discreet yet stunning pleasure toys that you and your partner can play with. While you’re at it, grab yourself their water-based lubes before checking out for a wild ride.
12. SEE WHERE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WILL TAKE YOU THROUGH A TAROT READER
Anyone else feel the need to see things in order to avoid making mistakes? Yup, same here. Just to spice things a little this Valentine’s day, try booking an appointment with your local tarot card reader to steer clear from those red flags.
13. THE ONLY FLOWERS WE WANT TO RECEIVE
Maybe this is what Miley Cyrus was *truly* talking about in her hit song Flowers. Reward yourself with a money bouquet filled with blue bills after a day of hard work, because you deserve it.
14. PLAYLIST-MAKING IS A LOVE LANGUAGE ITSELF
Can we all agree that making playlists is an underrated love language? Let’s be real, who else hasn’t curated one specifically for their secret crushes? From romantic playlists to hugot podcasts, Spotify recently launched their Parinig Mo campaign—a “pag-ibig hub” that features singer Zack Tabudlo, episodes from Ang Walang Kwentang Podcast, Wake Up With Jim and Saab, and more. More good news, it’s available for both Spotify free and premium members.
15. CREATE UNIQUE POTTERY TOGETHER AT WABI SABI STUDIOS
Cultivate your inner artist by trying your hand in pottery. Wabi Sabi is a local business that lets anybody participate in their workshop sessions. It’s a fun activity that puts your patience and creative skills to test. You can create your own mugs, trinkets, and paint your ceramics together with your partner. What’s more fun than that?
16. CUSTOM LOLLIPOPS
If your partner has a sweet tooth, you can now customize your very own lollipop. Just check out Lollykiss on Instagram who have your favorite K-Pop idols and animé characters on their candies. You can even print your partner’s face on it for that extra sugar rush.
17. FOR ALL THE SINGLES, YOUR BAEKADA’S GOT YOU
For those seeing hearts and reveling in the romance of Valentine’s Day, good for you. But for those on the other end of the spectrum, they deserve all the love, too. No Valentine? You are not alone. Benedict Cua, Marvin Fojas, Nana Silayro, and Archie Larga has your back. Coming together as the Grab Baekada, the quartet is introducing all the comfort you need with curated lists available on the super app for all your shopping needs and food cravings. Filed as hugot like Para Sa Bulag Sa Red Flag, Para Sa Pinaasa, Para Sa ‘Di Nireplyan, Para Sa Nagpautang For Love, your scrolls on GrabFood and GrabMart just got easier and rewarding (hello, stackable promos) for the rest of love month. There’s no fooling around here, because in this barkada, you might not have love just yet, but you do have a belly full. We’re taking this win with all the single and blessed.
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