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Valentine’s Day 2020: Unique gift ideas for him, her, and them

By Inés Fung 7 February 2020

Ah, Valentine’s Day, the perfect excuse to spoil your significant other (or friends and family, Valentines don’t discriminate) and let them know you’ve been paying attention all the times they’ve dropped hints. No matter who you’re shopping for, and if you’re looking for a new experience or a personalised present, you’re bound to find something special for them in our Valentine’s Day 2020 gift guide.

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If your sweetheart is far away from you this Valentine’s Day, get them a matching bracelet (US$98) from Bond Touch so you can feel each other’s presence whenever, wherever, with just a touch. As long as you’re both wearing the sleek bracelet (synced to one another, of course), the bracelet will light up with a colour of your choosing and buzzes at a natural vibration pattern that mimics you and your partner’s touch. It’s even waterproof, so you’ll never miss a moment.

Another heartfelt choice for long-distance lovers is a solid reminder of the times you’ve been able to enjoy together. If you’re based in Hong Kong, local designer TSH Jewelry creates personalised jewellery (from HK$400) in a range of finishes with coordinates of your choosing engraved by hand. They also offer real handwriting and fingerprint engravings, if that’s more up your alley.

Love your Valentine to the moon and back? No need to rewrite the stars with these unique star maps (starting from US$45) from Under Lucky Stars that are also independently verified to ensure scientific accuracy. You can commemorate birthdays, engagements, first dates… the star’s the limit! Bring your map on the go by getting it in the form of a phone case, so you’ll always have a reason to smile when you check your phone.

Foodie fantasies

If you have a coffee snob in your life, they may already have an entire brewing kit tailored to their own preferences. But for those of us who don’t know our light roasts to our darks, show you care by signing your Valentine up for an artisanal coffee subscription. Handpicked, fresh, and locally roasted speciality coffee straight to your doorstep will make even the grumpiest non-morning person smile. Local favourites The Cupping Room (HK$280 per month, with a minimum subscription of three months) and The Coffee Academics (HK$256 per month) both offer monthly subscription services of premium coffee beans from all over the world, tailored to your tastes.

Got your eye on a strong and gin-dependent woman? Take them out to enjoy an intimate guided gin-making tour from local distillery Two Moons (HK$300 per person). The bilingual tour is on every Saturday and is capped at a maximum of only six people per session. You’ll be welcomed with a drink, walked through the gin-credible history of the spirit and the distillery, and embark on a blind tasting of all the botanicals they use before finishing off with a proper G&T.

Is your darling is more of a wino? Make your life easier by sending them a cheeky themed box of wines from Wine Moments. The Dinner For Two (HK$380) wine box comes with sparkling wine, a bold red, and a sweet white that are matches made in heaven with a romantic dinner. After dinner, turn the lights down low for a movie night with Netflix & Chill (HK$715) or perhaps something spicier accompanied by the Kinky Wine (HK$730) box. The possibilities are endless.

Get crafty

Making art has never been easier, and now you and your sweetheart can do it together with a customised paint by numbers portrait of each other, or your pets, or the restaurant where you had your first date. Send your photo in to Mii Creative and they’ll hook you up with a paint-by-numbers kit (US$79.99) that includes a high-quality canvas with pre-printed numbered contours, your own water-based acrylic paint set, along with brushes of different sizes. The finished piece could never look bad, and you know why? It’s because it’s painted with love.

Pheromones are a powerful part of why we’re attracted to the people that we are. If someone smells good to you, it usually means that their genetically-based immunity to disease differs most from yours, which in turn means that you will have more powerful offspring. This Valentine’s Day, impress your boo with a personalised perfume-making workshop to create a scent that’s uniquely intoxicating to both of you. Intime Artisan de Parfum and Artisenses both offer one-of-a-kind fragrance crafting workshops.

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Inés Fung

Part-time editor

Currently based in Hong Kong by way of Calgary, Inés has always had a passion for writing and her creative work can be found in obscure literary zines. When she’s not busy scouring the city for the best gin-based cocktail, she can be found curled up with her journal and fur-ever friend Peanut. Don’t be surprised if you cross paths with her and she already knows all your mates.