While Valentine’s Day is all about celebrating love in all its forms, you don’t have to go down the heart-shaped, cheesy gifts route to do so. Instead, how about treating your loved ones to a thoughtful gift they’ll cherish forever, a tasty meal or unforgettable date night? Or all of the above? Consider this your ultimate Oxford Street Valentine’s Day gift guide.
Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him
It’s always nice to unwrap a gift, isn’t it? Whether the man in your life is into fashion, food, beauty or tech, we’ve got you covered. While it’s tempting to go down the novelty underwear route, these Intimissimi Uomo briefs, made of a blend of modal and silk, are so elegant and soft they’ll be guaranteed to please. For an eco-conscious fashion gift, try Benetton’s padded jacket, made from recycled plastic bottles. A fragrance is such a thoughtful gift as the sense of smell is closely linked to memory. If you’re unsure which one to go for, head into The Fragrance Store with him and let him choose, and it doubles up as a fun date. That said, we love their unisex fragrances like Gucci’s Memoire d’une Odeur. Swatch’s new Nothing Basic About Green watch is not only stylish, it’s durable and water resistant. If you have a higher budget, Microsoft’s Surface Pro 9 tablet now comes with new processors and optional high-speed 5G⁶ connectivity, ideal for professionals. You can never go wrong with a good cup of coffee, and Nespresso’s latest coffee machine will give you just that.
Valentine’s Day Gifts for Her
Lingerie for Valentine’s Day is a bit of a cliché, sure, but you could go down the tights and stockings route, and these shimmering diamante tights from Calzedonia are anything but boring. For a forever (and ethical) jewellery piece, look no further than Pandora’s lab-grown diamond bracelet, available in both silver and gold. Heart-shaped gifts don’t have to be cheesy either, as proven by Swarovski’s chic earrings and Kurt Geiger’s gorgeous rainbow bag, a heart-shaped iteration of their bestselling Kensington bag. If you’re staying in on Valentine’s Day, then I can’t think of a better gift than a good bath, enhanced with Lush’s limited-edition With Love range, including a bath bomb, argan body conditioner and passion shower gel. Lean into this season’s Barbiecore trend with these pink sunglasses, or improve her home workouts with a brand new yoga mat.
Valentine’s Day Gifts for Friends
Valentine’s Day should be about celebrating all kinds of love, and that includes showing your friends how much you appreciate them. You could invite them over for a movie night and gift them a lovely pair of new pyjamas or a cosy jumper, so you can binge-watch a tv show in comfort (HMV has all the shows and movies you could possibly ask for). If you’re going out, a new evening bag will always go down a treat, and Dune just so happens to have launched a red colourway of their popular Definitive bag, just in time for V Day. You can plan your next adventure with one of Muji’s hard-shell suitcases, or show your love with a tongue-in-cheek candle. For a fun gift that’s a little more personal, try Schuh’s exclusive hearts Crocs sandals, which you can personalise with an array of fun pins.
Valentine's Day Gifts Under £20
It is of course the thought that counts, and if you don’t have a huge budget, there are loads of meaningful gifts you can shop on Oxford Street, like Inglot’s Lip Icons gift set, which includes a trio of mini lipsticks. Bershka, Primark and Reserved have a great selection of affordable fashion for men, women and kids, including this faux-leather wallet. Head to Flying Tiger or Miniso for lots of fun homeware items and novelty gifts like this DIY Friendship mug set or this bunny humidifier set, perfect for those winter nights when the heating is on high.
Eco-Conscious Valentine’s Day Gifts
Show your love for our planet with some eco-conscious gifts this Valentine’s Day. This could be by practising circular fashion and buying vintage clothes from Beyond Retro, or if purchasing new, choosing a label that is striving to be more sustainable, like ECCO, which create shoes with their own Leather’s DriTan™ technology, in a bit to have a more water-efficient leather manufacturing process. For conscious beauty and home fragrance gifts, try The Body Shop, which champion cruelty-free products using natural ingredients, and have refill and recycling programmes in store. You can also buy refills at Rituals, who are certified B Corp in recognition of their work for the planet. Plus, for Valentine’s Day, Rituals are offering love-themed gift wrapping with tissue paper and ribbons, and if you’re a MyRituals member you will receive a free gift if you spend £45 (the bestseller 3-Step Skincare Routine).
Date Night Ideas for Valentine’s Day
Oxford Street isn’t just a great shopping destination, it offers plenty of unique date night ideas too. The Cinema at Selfridges is showing all the latest releases, like Mean Girls and the Oscar-tipped Poor Things. For an even more immersive experience, try The Twist Museum, with its mind-altering rooms that will make you question everything you know about reality. Similarly, The Outernet showcases the work of groundbreaking visual artists on giant ultra HD screens. You can even watch live gigs in their bar, The Lower Third. You can embrace your inner child with a game of crazy golf at Swingers, or axe throwing, shuffleboard and darts – and even karaoke – at Boom Battle Bar. However, if it’s a more traditional experience you’re after, then it’s got to be a special afternoon tea at the Bond St. Tea Rooms. For Valentine’s Day, the Bond Street Tea Rooms are offering 20% off their Winter Afternoon Tea, until 3rd March (Thursday to Sunday, 1pm to 5pm). Or if you fancy pushing the boat out, you can book a special Valentine’s Day package at the Radisson Blu Edwardian London, which includes an overnight stay, bottle of Moet & Chandon champagne and chocolate dipped strawberries. Alternatively, opt for a date night that ticks all the boxes: a romantic movie night, three-course meal, bottle of champagne and a stay in a luxury hotel room. The BoTree is offering just that with its special Valentine’s Day package.
Places to Eat and Drink
If all else fails, you simply can’t go wrong with a good meal or drink out. There are too many great options to choose from on Oxford Street, but to give you an idea, Brasserie of Light at Selfridges offers an eclectic mix of British and internationally inspired cuisine (including vegan and vegetarian dishes), and has a gorgeous setting to boost: a 24ft tall, crystal-encrusted Damien Hirst sculpture. You can enjoy breathtaking views of London while feasting on British fare and cocktails in the igloos at Willows on the Roof at John Lewis. The restaurant at The Cumberland is known for its delicious food and live music every night of the week. Taste the best croquetas in town at contemporary Spanish restaurant and bar Aqua Nueva. For pre-dinner drinks, try the Lower Third at Outernet, where you can also enjoy cocktails, music and art, or the Italian cocktails at Harry’s Bar (though you will be tempted to stay for the food, and you’d be right, the tiramisu is divine).