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9 EASY AND PRACTICAL VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT IDEAS FOR YOU

Noor Anand Chawla

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As soon as February rolls around, there is a palpable shift in the air. One welcomes the respite from cold weather and the onset of a pleasant spring season. The most notable emotion associated with spring is that of love, which is celebrated mid-month on Valentine’s Day. Whether you have a partner to share the occasion with or not, this day of love can be dedicated to any special relationship in your life—including parents, children and friends. The easiest way to celebrate is by sharing a token or gift that will stay with them in later years.

Hallmark and similar proprietors can be blamed for the association of this day with childish or cheesy gifts. However, the real joy of gifting is in the gift being appreciated by both parties. It should be practical, aesthetically pleasing and useful. It is not necessary to limit oneself to romantic or occasion-specific gifts. Think out of the box and your gesture will be appreciated much more.

If you are stuck for ideas with just a week to go, here are some helpful suggestions for easy and practical Valentine’s Day Gifts:

1. A PAIR OF HEADPHONES

There is no denying the fact that large chunks of our days are spent online. All forms of work, study and entertainment take place on our laptops. In multi-member households, the sharing of space can be an issue. A pair of premium noise-cancelling headphones work wonders for one’s concentration and will be appreciated by everyone.

2. GOOD-QUALITY WORKOUT GEAR

New year’s resolutions are still fresh on people’s minds. Even if they avoid gyms, workouts may continue with a run around the neighbourhood, or through virtual training sessions. Hence, good quality work-out gear is appreciated by everyone. Fortunately, track pants and sweat shirts can double as comfortable lounging outfits for lazy days!

3. STYLISH YET DURABLE LUGGAGE

People may not be travelling as frequently as before, but they will appreciate a present that reminds them of their globetrotting days. Additionally, durable luggage can be used to store items in one’s home as well, making it a practical gift for many reasons.

4. STAPLE ITEMS OF CLOTHING

Style and taste are relative, which makes it difficult to gift people seasonal and fashionable items of clothing. However, certain staple pieces like puffer jackets, warm scarves or outfits in neutral colours never go out of style and will be appreciated by one and all.

5. STATEMENT JEWELLERY

Jewellery is always cherished by adding value to the receiver. Whether for a man or a woman, personalised items of jewellery make for evergreen gifts. With a plethora of budget options now available on the market, you no longer have to break the bank to gift jewellery to a loved one!

6. THE LATEST IN TECHNOLOGY

Technology is constantly changing. It seems that in just the blink of an eye, some new gadget or ground-breaking tech staple enters our lives. Gifting the latest releases in technology are a good way to keep up with the times, while staying within the realm of practicality.

7. A STAYCATION EXPERIENCE

For those that are venturing out, a staycation experience is the best idea for health and safety. A luxury or boutique hotel can be chosen for a quick getaway, allowing the focus of the holiday to be on the hotel itself. You can stay indoors while making memories!

8. A MEMORABLE MEAL TOGETHER

If travel does not seem a feasible option, a beautiful meal in an outdoor setting may fit the bill. You could arrange a picnic for two in your local park, or cook and set a candle-lit table for two at home.

9. BOOKS WITH A NOTE

Nothing beats the old-school romance of receiving a book with a personalised note written within it. Books that are gifted are indelibly associated with the person who has gifted them, serving as poignant reminders of a time and space in one’s life, many years on.

With these simple tips for picking wonderful gifts, this Valentine’s Day may prove to be your most memorable one yet.

The writer is a lawyer who pens lifestyle articles for various publications and on her successful blog www.nooranandchawla.com. She can be found on Instagram @nooranandchawla.

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