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23 Valentine’s Day Gifts Under £20

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With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about the ideal gift for your partner. Whether you’re looking for something deep and meaningful, or a lighthearted gift that nods to an inside joke, we’ve scoured the internet and pulled together some thoughtful gifts, all of which come under £20. While most of the 23 gifts are available on Amazon, we’ve found some options elsewhere, too, for those who like to shop around. These include gifts for bookworms, gifts for chef-y types, and gifts for those with (not so) green fingers.

For the valentine whose cardio is karaoke

This microphone connects via Bluetooth to Spotify, YouTube, and Alexa — no app required.

For the valentine who sings in the shower


Seven a.m. rendition of “Easy on Me” entirely optional.

For the valentine who prefers a bath

For the valentine who always takes a bite of your dessert

Alessi Coffee Spoons

These sweet heart-shaped spoons are the right size for a nibble of someone else’s tiramisu.

For the valentine who loves to cook the dessert

Le Creuset Stoneware Ramekin

These ramekins stack up so they’re easy to stash away.

For the valentine who stays up late reading

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This striking novel takes place over the course of one day. For fans of Eimear McBride.

For the valentine who is in three book clubs

This bookmark has a handy pointer so they can remember exactly where they are in the new Franzen book.

For the valentine prone to doomscrolling

This relaxing pillow spray will help soothe them at bedtime.

For the valentine who needs a screen break

For the valentine who runs a little cold

These thick socks would be ideal whether worn on a hike or during back-to-back Zoom calls.

For the valentine who still surprises you after all these years

For the valentine who’s a cautious gardener

For the valentine who’s a chaotic gardener

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If they can’t even keep a pothos alive, this faux option is very convincing.

For the valentine who is a visual thinker

Don’t forget to add in the winner of our (exhaustive) hunt for the best pen.

For the valentine who would happily eat cereal for every meal

A pack of four, all in pleasant pastel shades.

For the valentine who grinds their own coffee beans

For the valentine who loves chocolate

For the valentine who loathes chocolate

For the valentine that leaves a trail of bobby pins in their wake

The little ledge on this jewellery stand will stop earrings and hair grips going walkabout.

For the valentine who cares not for Carex

Cate Sevilla, Strategist contributor and author of How to Work Without Losing Your Mind, told us that whenever she’d use this spray “at work or anywhere in public, I’d get compliments on how nice it smelled”.

For the valentine who only wants a card this year

For the valentine who only wants a card “and something small” this year

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23 Valentine’s Day Gifts Under £20