Valentine’s Day Gifts and Outfit Ideas (Plus Some Anti-Valentine’s Ideas)

Valentine's Day Gifts and Outfits Ideas (Plus Some Anti-Valentine's Ideas)
So Valentine’s Day is just 11 days away, and now is the time to think about what gifts you’re going to get him, what gifts you’d like for yourself, and what outfit you’re going to wear on the day (if you’re going out, that is)! My Valentine’s Day gift guide and outfit ideas have you covered – whether you love it or hate it, there’s something for everyone here!

I’ve included three outfits, one a little quirky and one classic, but both “very Valentine’s”. And if you’re looking for something for the 14th but want it to be a little more subtle, I’ve got a great going-out look for you that doesn’t scream red and pink or everything hearts!

The gift guide has things for her and things for him, but who’s to say you have to drop hints – there’s no reason why you can’t get any of these things for yourself? But if you’re super-against Valentine’s Day or are single right now, there are lots of things for those who don’t want celebrate with hearts and flowers: Again, it’s time to treat yo’ self, ladies!


Don’t forget 2016 is a leap year so you are, as tradition has it, “allowed” to propose to your man on 29th February – little known fact but I actually proposed to my husband! On Valentine’s Day itself I’ll publish a post telling the story of how and why (mine wasn’t a Leap Year proposal however)…!

Finally: If you’re really stuck about what to do for Valentine’s Day and don’t want to venture out into the cold, just stay in and drape yourself in this giant red bow. I’m sure he’ll appreciate it 😉

Are any of these gifts or outfits speaking to you – if so, which ones? Are do you “do” Valentine’s Day, or not? Tell me in the comments or tweet me @notlamb!

Valentine's Day Outfit | Something that says "Valentine's" subtly
1. Sweater | 2. Trousers | 3. Clutch | 4. Earrings | 5. Boots

I love this outfit – it’s grown up and elegant with the merest hints of Valentine motifs on the sweater: A few white hearts, and just one red. Go for blacks, browns and other neutrals as an alternative to all the red and pink you’ll see on the day, and don’t forget some pretty gold heart earrings (you are, of course, allowed any jewellery that says Valentine’s).

Valentine's Day Outfit Ideas | One quirky, one classic
1. Dress | 2. Bag3. Heels | 4. Dress | 5. Earrings | 6. 6. Belt | 7. Bracelet 8. Clutch | 9. 9. Heels

I couldn’t decide between these two dresses, so I included them both. The skater-style hearts dress is full-on Valentine’s but I added patterned heels for some great pattern mixing (plus who doesn’t want that Moschino bag)? The red midi dress is an absolute classic – it’s a close match for the red dress I wore on Christmas Day, and in this style and length you’ve got yourself a classic LRD (little red dress) that will last for years. The strappy black heels, bow belt and lips clutch (similar to the Lulu Guinness one but a steal at less than £65!) add all the romantic elements a Valentine’s Day outfit needs.

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas | For her

1. Watch | 2. Choker | 3. Earrings | 4. Socks | 5. Robe | 6. iPhone 6/6s case | 7. Personalised monogram keyring (this takes a week so order straight away) | 8. Lipstick | 9. Hot water bottle

Whether it’s Valentine’s Day or not, all these items make great gifts for yourself, for a girlfriend / your sister / your mum, or as things to drop hints about!

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas | For him

1. Star Wars ‘Rebel Alliance Emblem’ cufflinks | 2. Cufflinks | 3. Trunks | 4. Tie | 5. Mug | 6. Stackable box of candy

Although men can be difficult to buy for, retailers do get quite creative for Valentine’s Day with plenty of motif ties and underwear as well as mugs with messages of love on them. If you want to really score points with a Star Wars fan, these red ‘Rebel Alliance’ emblem cufflinks are sure to win him over. And if all else fails, just buy some heart-shaped sweets – job done.

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas | For singletons or yourself!

1. ‘Mould Your Own Dream Boyfriend’ kit | 2. Two-pack t-shirts | 3. Mirror | 4. T-shirt | 5. Gold charm | 6. Steve McQueen book | 7. Travel wallet & luggage tag

I think I’ve saved the best for last: The anti-Valentine’s Day gifts. Asos have lots of anti-boyfriend / anti-love t-shirts like the “All You Need Is Love Vodka” one here, as well as a kit to mould your own boyfriend. The best thing though? The Steve McQueen book – I gave this to my sister for Christmas, and we didn’t put it down all day… The book is all pictures of that bad boy (hardly any writing). Now that’s what I call a great (anti) Valentine’s gift…!!



P.S. Like this post? You might also want to see my Valentine’s Day outfit from last year!

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  1. 9 February 2016 / 9:48 pm

    Very cute outfits! I clicked on more than one thing… love that skater dress so much! And I can't wait to hear about the story of you and your hubs, how sweet!

    • 13 February 2016 / 2:24 pm

      Thank you Tori – the skater dress has been very popular!! The proposal post will be up tomorrow…!!

    • 13 February 2016 / 2:22 pm

      I love that hearts dress too, Carolyn!! Thank you sweetie, glad you liked them xx

  2. 7 February 2016 / 1:48 pm

    Haha .. the BF kit! Great looks too! Usually we stay home with take out on V Day. If we go out somewhere nice, we'll do it the day before or after and avoid the crowds … geez, so old & sensible! 😉

    Thanks SO much for being a part of Fun Fashion Friday!

    Dawn Lucy

    • 13 February 2016 / 2:22 pm

      The BF kit is hilarious, isn't it Dawn Lucy…?!!! We don't do much on V Day either – good idea to avoid the crowds!! Thanks hun x

  3. 5 February 2016 / 2:01 am

    I love this post…it just made me happy. I think my handsome husband would look divine in those diesel boxers!
    I am from Canada and I love reading your posts to get a different perspective.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

    • 5 February 2016 / 5:31 pm

      Hehe they're fun, aren't they Amy…?!! And thank you, that's really sweet of you to say! xx

  4. 4 February 2016 / 9:50 pm

    Love all outfits and gifts Catherine!! Anti-Valentine's Day gifts are awesome, never thought of it! Maybe because it feel like I've been married all my life hehe. xo Zuma

    • 5 February 2016 / 5:30 pm

      Thank you Zuma!! I LOVE the idea of anti-Valentine's gifts, it makes a change from chocolates and roses (which are better during the rest of the year I think)!!

  5. 4 February 2016 / 2:01 pm

    Yes to that YSL lipstick for me. And Steve McQueen, for me too : > Great selections here – we don't celebrate but we love each other to pieces every day. xox


    • 4 February 2016 / 3:54 pm

      Hehe I think a lot of us would happily fight over Steve, wouldn't we Patti (my sister's obsessed with him)! And thank you, wonderful to hear there's lots of love in your life! xx

  6. 4 February 2016 / 12:31 pm

    I LOVE (get it)! EVERYTHING! Swooning over here, I am a total sucker for Valentine's, everyone needs love, you can't get enough of it and I'm happy there's a day to celebrate it. I was hovering over a red vintage quilted Moschino recently but now I want the one you've featured here! Gorgeous post x

    • 4 February 2016 / 3:52 pm

      That bag is the bomb, isn't it Vicki…?!! Love the lips clutch too 😉

      Thanks sweetie! x

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