The best independent gifts for him and her this Valentine’s Day

Spread the love while shopping small for your one true love

Independent Valentine's Day Gift Guide

by Bella Evennett-Watts |
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Valentine's Day is fast approaching and, unlike last year, all the best independent shops and boutiques are open and ready for you to choose the perfect gift.

They were hit pretty hard by the pandemic and (like you and your partner) could really do with some extra love right now.

But, sometimes, the thought of traipsing through numerous unknown shops to find that ideal gift that's both sentimental but not too over-the-top, and in budget but not too cheap, is overwhelming.

That's why we've chosen our pick of the best independent gifts for him and her for £40 and under - now you can go ahead and spread the joy while shopping online for your one and only.

Check out: the best gifts for him and her from independent boutiques across the UK

Just so you know, whilst we may receive a commission or other compensation from the links on this page, we never allow this to influence product selections.


Independent Valentine's Day Gift Guide 2022

Portrait 'Hello Handsome' Card1 of 26
CREDIT: Wanderlust Paper Co.

Portrait 'Hello Handsome' Card

Compliment the gentleman in your life with this handsome Valentine's Day card, which comes paired with a matching envelope featuring a vintage-inspired golden address label.

Old Fashioned - Three Sheets2 of 26
CREDIT: Shop Cuvee

Old Fashioned - Three Sheets

A low-key Valentine's gift that pairs perfectly with a homemade dinner and a romantic night in.

Blue Nudes Patterned Paper3 of 26
CREDIT: Wanderlust Paper Co.

Blue Nudes Patterned Paper

Is this not the prettiest wrapping paper you've laid your eyes on? Printed in the U.K., using the finest quality paper, this gift wrap is almost too gorgeous to the torn open.

Smoke & Musk Duo Gift Set4 of 26
CREDIT: Earl of East

Smoke & Musk Duo Gift Set

This soy wax candle and home mist might be made in London, but they're inspired by California and the great outdoors. Smoke & Musk is a sweet blend of green balsam fir, wood smoke, and musky patchouli. Heaven-scent.

A4 French Love Print5 of 26
CREDIT: OldEnglishCo / Etsy

A4 French Love Print

Everything is 10 x more romantic in French, including this chic poster, which is handmade and printed on 220gsm fine art paper, using high quality archival inks to prevent fading over time.

Daisy Edge Side Plate6 of 26
CREDIT: KCHossak Pottery

Daisy Edge Side Plate

There's no time like the present to give the gift of hand-crafted homewares - especially when they're this pretty.

Ginger in love jolly gingerbread7 of 26
CREDIT: Biscuiteers

Ginger in love jolly gingerbread

Away from your long-distance lover for the big V day? Send them this cheeky little fella in the post to remind them you care. He's almost too cute to eat... ALMOST.

Small Mixed Dried Flower Bouquet with Vase8 of 26
CREDIT: Catkin & Pussywillow

Small Mixed Dried Flower Bouquet with Vase

For a gift that will last, opt for dried flowers instead of a fresh bouquet. This colourful bunch of blooms are enough to brighten anyone's day - plus, they come with a complimentary vase. Win, win!

Il Colle Prosecco DOCG Superiore Conegliano NV9 of 26

Il Colle Prosecco DOCG Superiore Conegliano NV

You can't go wrong with a bottle of Prosecco, especially when it's brought to your partner with breakfast in bed.

Love Potion Gin Maker's Kit10 of 26
CREDIT: Kitchen Provisions

Love Potion Gin Maker's Kit

If Gin wasn't already fabulous enough, it's in fact one of the world's original aphrodisiacs. Concoct your own love potion in less than 24 hours with magical colour-changing botanicals.

Pink Clay & Rosehip (Gentle, Exfoliating, Detoxifying) *Vegan11 of 26
CREDIT: By Frankie

Pink Clay & Rosehip (Gentle, Exfoliating, Detoxifying) *Vegan

For your pampered partner's gift, look no further than By Frankie for gentle, cleansing soaps, the ultimate indulgent bath time treat.

'Neon Insta Love' A4 Print12 of 26
CREDIT: Five and Dime / Trouva

'Neon Insta Love' A4 Print

Create your own Insta ambience at home with this bright print.

Ava Eye Mask13 of 26
CREDIT: Graham and Green

Ava Eye Mask

Give the gift of a good night's sleep with this blissfully soft cotton velvet eye mask with a natural cotton reverse. Perfect for ensuring a dreamy uninterrupted nights sleep.

Nude Body Candles14 of 26
CREDIT: Etsy / Cherryofyorkcandleco

Nude Body Candles

How gorgeous are these nude candles? They're all over the 'gram at the moment, and for good reason. Gift these coveted beauties to the avid instagrammer in your life.

Rye Crumb, Milk and Sea Salt Chocolate Bar15 of 26
CREDIT: Pump Street Bakery

Rye Crumb, Milk and Sea Salt Chocolate Bar

It's impossible to go wrong with a thick slab of chocolate. Why not gift your sweet-toothed crush this artisan choc from Suffolk based bakery, Pump Street.

Peanuts Love Mug16 of 26
CREDIT: Goodhood store

Peanuts Love Mug

We're obsessed with this adorable snoopy mug - and the apple of your eye will be too. With red lettering on one side and Snoopy on the other, what's not to love?

Cupid t-shirt17 of 26
CREDIT: th3rdlevel

Cupid t-shirt

A quirky and stylish tribute to the ultimate symbol of love this Valentine's Day.

Zomi Tumblers18 of 26
CREDIT: Kalinko

Zomi Tumblers

How gorgeous are these handblown tumblers made from the recycled glass from construction sites and beverage companies?

Bath bomb selection19 of 26
CREDIT: Mindful Extracts

Bath bomb selection

Full of the perfect ingredients to treat your partner to a relaxing bath.

Personalised chopping board20 of 26
CREDIT: Laurel House Designs

Personalised chopping board

This personalised heart-shaped chopping board will make a great kitchen keepsake after Valentine's Day.

Organic Beeswax Dinner Candles21 of 26
CREDIT: Skar Organics

Organic Beeswax Dinner Candles

Can be used to romanticise your Valentine's Day dinner, as well as making a sweet gift.

Tall milk jug with hearts22 of 26
CREDIT: Artisan Homeware

Tall milk jug with hearts

Hearts are the ultimate Valentine's Day symbol. Bonus points if you gift it with a bouquet of flowers since this jug can also be used as a vase.

Date Night Cards23 of 26

Date Night Cards

Start the year as you mean to go on with this box of date night ideas to keep the romance alive.

Personalised gift box24 of 26
CREDIT: Wellbeing Sisters

Personalised gift box

Show your partner how well you know them with this gorgeous gift box that can be tailored to your love's likes and hobbies.

Book of Wordsworth's Poetry25 of 26
CREDIT: The Folio Society

Book of Wordsworth's Poetry

If you can't find the words the express your love, give the gift of someone else's.

In Case We Forget memory book26 of 26
CREDIT: Martha Brook

In Case We Forget memory book

This luxury memory journal has been designed to give the best gift you can give: memories. It's perfect for taking a moment to capture good times so they are never forgotten.

Need more Valentine's inspiration? Check out these guides:

The best Valentine's Day gift ideas for him and her under £50

Last-minute Valentine’s Day gift ideas for him and her under £20

The best romance books to curl up with

Fun indoor Valentine's activities:

Make your own cocktail masterclass: Get the spirits out of the cupboard and become your own mixologists for the night... with the help of a cocktail recipe book or Google, of course.

Get creative in the kitchen: Set out a fancy menu for you and your other half and be adventurous with your cooking - try mastering your favourite restaurant meal that you wouldn't usually attempt at home.

Put together a pamper day: This year, Valentine's Day falls on a Tuesday, so with work the next day, why not take some time to relax and unwind with facemasks and cucumber eye patches? Go on, have a pamper...

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