So the good news is that you’ve scored yourself a valentine this year. Good for you, because it’s no easy feat these days.
The bad news is that you have to worry about finding him a Valentine’s Day gift.
If you haven’t been together very long, it can be awkward to present your valentine with a present. You want something that says ‘I thought of you’ not ‘I’ve already picked out the names of our future children’. On the other hand, if you’ve dated for years you have to deal with that competition of who got the better gift. You don’t want to get him a measly box of chocolates and he ends up showering you with expensive trinkets.
Ditch the cheesy teddy bear and ‘I ♡ You’ mug because we both know that’s not want he’s hoping for. Experiences for gifts are way cooler. Here are 20 Valentine’s Day gifts for him that will show how much you care (without making him want to barf).
1. Classic Car Road Trip
How about cruising around the British countryside behind the wheel of a classic car? Petrolheads will love exploring the Malverns or the Cotswolds before stopping for a romantic picnic. You’ll get to see the most scenic bits of the country from the comfort of an Alfa Romeo Spider, following specialised routes designed for maximum driving pleasure. A romantic day road trip in a sexy car, with your man by your side. What’s not to love? And bonus, all your fuel is included in the price!
2. Honey Beer Tasting
Bees and bee-keeping are the way of the future. Without them, the planet would be in an even worse state. This experience combines bees and beer for a totally unique, educational experience. You’ll learn more about the community-based project, Bee Urban, while sampling honey fermented beers and ales.
3. Whisky Tasting
A whisky tasting is the classiest way to celebrate your love on Valentine’s day. And what better place to sip of the good stuff than at the haven that is The Soho Whisky Club situated above the bustling streets. You’ll revel in the exclusive space that houses over 600 varieties of whisky while enjoying an expert-led whisky tasting for two.
4. What’s Cooking Goodlooking?
They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. But if you’re as useless as cooking than I am, this might prove quite difficult. To work on your culinary skills together, gift him with a private cooking course at The Cooking Academy. After learning how to expertly transform simple ingredients into scrumptious dishes, you can battle it out in your kitchen at home with who can make the most impressive Valentine’s Day dish. As the saying goes, if you can’t handle the heat, get out of the kitchen!
5. Underwater Wine Cellar
If you’re looking for the most unique gift ever, then you’ve hit the jackpot with this one. The experience includes a wine tour of the world’s first underwater winery. Yes, you heard that right. Located off the coast of Croatia, Edivo Vina houses wines in clay vessels that age for 700 days in perfect conditions under the Adriatic Sea. This is a diving adventure like no other.
6. For My Deer
For the man who loves the great outdoors, whisk him away to the Scottish wilderness for the ultimate manly weekend. As well as waking up to a full Scottish breakfast in a five-star castle hotel, he’ll learn about the historic tradition of deer stalking. It’s a great way for the two of you to enjoy a romantic weekend away while he gets a taste for the stealthy pursuit of hunting for his own food.
7. Land Yachting
Have a blast with your boy with this fun and exciting activity. What on earth is a land yacht, you say? Well, it’s all in the name. A modern land yacht works in exactly the same way as a sea yacht does. The only difference is that it moves much faster. Prepare to be blown away when you fly/sail around in one of these beautiful contraptions.
8. Mail Rail Ride
There’s something seriously romantic about a handwritten letter. With all the DMs and Whatsapps these days, a good old fashioned love letter can make an ideal Valentine’s Day gesture; but it’s not exactly what I’d call a gift. For something really different, take him on a tour of the subterranean 100-year-old Post Office railway. As London’s “first social network” he’ll discover how long-distance lovers kept their romance alive during WW2 with hand-written letters. For a bit of adventure, he also gets to ride a miniature train that delivered letters through the ‘secret Tube’. Neat!
9. Weekend Getaway
If you and your boo are in need of a break from the city, then think about a Valentine’s weekend escape. Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is filled with exceptional history and beauty. It’s the perfect place to rekindle your love amongst the honey-gold Bath stone and natural hot springs.
10. Premier Motorsport Class
If you know anything about Motorsport, you’ll know that Britain has a long history of competitive motor racing. In fact, the world’s first track was in Surrey and there are still some incredible circuits to show for it. If your man has a need for speed, then this is the Valentine’s Day present for him. It’s an exhilarating, hands-on experience that neither of you will forget.
11. Movie Date Night
Plot twist – it’s a (scary) movie night. The best way to get snuggly is to cosy up together with popcorn and a scary film. Sure, you could stay in and burn microwave popcorn; or you could indulge him in a luxury cinema outing. Take him to the Film Club at Firmdale Hotels, home to arguably one of the fanciest screening rooms in London. The colourful leather armchairs and smell of freshly made buttery popcorn will certainly put you in the mood. It’s a guaranteed cuddle sesh and the perfect way to show your partner how much you enjoy spending time with them.
12. Lobster and Steak
Let’s face it, Valentine’s Day is going to be chilly in London. And what do we need to stay warm? Really, just two things. A cosy space and, of course, food. A bit of whisky doesn’t hurt either. If your man loves his meat, then treat him to this Scottish Highlands-meets-contemporary “Coo & Claw’ menu with cosy wooden beams and leather. Perfect for that romantic V-Day date night.
13. Flying Lesson
Picture this: you’re in the picturesque Hertfordshire countryside and you surprise your partner with a helicopter flying lesson for two. If your man is a budding pilot or just a thrill seeker, then this is the one. You’ll get an extensive training session before going up above the London skyline for the most thrilling experience of your life. It’s romance and adrenaline all rolled into one!
14. Prosecco Party
It’s always the right time to drink Prosecco. There’s just something about the bubbles that puts you in the mood for love. Treat your Sweetie to a three-course meal with bottomless Prosecco while you relax in the stylish M Threadneedle Street ambience. You’ll be giggling together in no time.
15. Chocolate Ecstasy
Just because you shouldn’t buy him a measly box of chocolates doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get him chocolate at all. After all, it is the quintessential Valentine’s Day gift. Keep your man curious by surprising him with a chocolate-tasting adventure through the historic streets of Chelsea and Belgravia. As well as satisfying his sweet tooth, this romantic city excursion will expand his list of places to buy London’s best-baked goods and luxury chocolates. You can casually drop hints about which treats are your favourite for whenever he’s in the mood for buying you chocolate.
16. Sunset in the Sky
Watching the sun set on London’s skyline? Romantic. Watching the sun set on London’s skyline from the top of the iconic O2 arena? Seriously romantic. For that Valentine’s Day gift for him that mixes the perfect amount of romance and adrenaline, scale the 380m walkway across the roof of the iconic 02. Head in the clouds with a glass of Prosecco, he’ll thank you for the best Valentine’s Day adventure yet.
17. Gentleman’s Massage
What better way to treat your man than with a 120-minutes of face and body treatments? Upon arrival, he’ll receive a Gentlemen’s Tonic Bloody Mary. And then it’s time for some serious TLC. He’ll leave feeling relaxed, refreshed and ready to take you out for that special Valentine’s dinner (wink wink).
18. Tour of Soho
This is not a typical walking tour and it’s definitely not one for the kids. If you’re looking for some real social history in all it’s weird, naughty glory, then look no further than this Sordid Soho private tour. Meander around Soho’s winding streets and discover stories about the characters who shaped this incredible (and freaky) area.
19. Hot Bod
If your valentine caught your eye because of his ripped abs and rock-hard abs, you should know that it probably doesn’t come naturally – he’s worked hard for his physique. The perfect gift for a gym junkie, treat him to private sessions with a personal trainer at The Langham Hotel. This ultra-luxury gym focuses on total wellness, with a spa, sauna, and state-of-the-art equipment. He’ll leave totally zen and totally beach-ready.
20. Wembley Tour
Does your man love football? How about craft beer? Let’s be real, the chances are that you answered yes to both of those. This Valentine’s Day gift for him combines them both and guarantees that you’ll be the best girlfriend in the world. After a private tour discovering the history of the UK’s best sporting arena, you’ll enjoy tastings of Britain’s best craft beer. You’ll make his whole year with this one…
Valentine’s Day Done Right
Valentine’s Day might be the most romantic day of the year, but keep in mind that romance looks different for everyone. It doesn’t have to be cutesy stuffed teddy bears and rose petals strewn on the floor. Whether it’s packed with adrenaline or soothes his soul, giving your valentine an unforgettable gift experience to share is the way to go.
Materialistic gifts are so last Valentine’s Day.
- 1 1. Classic Car Road Trip
- 2 2. Honey Beer Tasting
- 3 3. Whisky Tasting
- 4 4. What’s Cooking Goodlooking?
- 5 5. Underwater Wine Cellar
- 6 6. For My Deer
- 7 7. Land Yachting
- 8 8. Mail Rail Ride
- 9 9. Weekend Getaway
- 10 10. Premier Motorsport Class
- 11 11. Movie Date Night
- 12 12. Lobster and Steak
- 13 13. Flying Lesson
- 14 14. Prosecco Party
- 15 15. Chocolate Ecstasy
- 16 16. Sunset in the Sky
- 17 17. Gentleman’s Massage
- 18 18. Tour of Soho
- 19 19. Hot Bod
- 20 20. Wembley Tour
- 21 Valentine’s Day Done Right