Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to spoil a loved one with a thoughtful gift, and while (unlike last year) you might be able to take them out for dinner or cocktails this year, we think the best way to show you care is with a present they’ll actually love. If you want to make a real difference, you might want to consider supporting a Black-owned business, so we pulled together gift suggestions for every kind of valentine. If you can’t find something you like, then head over to our Black-owned business directory, which now has 101 businesses in total.
For the valentine whose Zoom background needs perking up
This striking sunrise print could be a focal point on a blank wall or part of a gallery.
For the valentine who has a lipstick for every occasion
This classic red feels very appropriate for February 14.
For the valentine who is green fingered
For the valentine who can’t even keep roses alive
They’ll need a planter too. This one by home-décor brand Copper Dust caught our eye.
For the valentine who is feeling seriously burnt out
For the valentine who always has a hair tie on their wrist
Native Mix sells all manner of sustainably made hair accessories, such as headbands and hair clips, but we particularly like this scrunchie.
For the valentine who is chilly (even when the thermostat is cranked up)
Bespoke Binny does a number of colorful fleece-lined throws and blankets. We like this yellow and black one.
For the valentine who accessorises, even on a video call
For the valentine who is decidedly casual on Zoom
For the valentine who always writes a thank-you note
These calligraphy lessons from Studio Oudizo are done over Zoom; it offers a £90 package that includes all the tools you need.
You could bundle it with this tasteful pad from Rhodia, too.
For the valentine who appreciates ambience
For the valentine who already burned through their Boy Smells gift set
For the valentine who likes a project
A candle will be way more satisfying if they poured it themselves.
For the valentine who never says no to a nightcap
For the valentine with a five-cups-a-day habit
For the valentine who wears her hair natural
This set by Afrocenchix — which includes shampoo, conditioner, and hair cream — is made with aloe vera, and coconut and avocado oils. It also comes with a limited-edition African print bag.
For the valentine who can get ready in five minutes
For the valentine who can spend at least an hour in the bath
For the valentine who Whatsapps her hairdresser
For the valentine who has a nail polish for every occasion
For the valentine who is indecisive
For the valentine who takes an XL-size anti-bac everywhere
For the valentine who doesn’t want much
And finally … something to wrap their gift in
We really like this tropical orange-and-white paper from Tihara Smith.
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