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If you’re a parent, Valentine’s Day plans can look a little…different. Whether you have a baby, toddler, tween or teen – chances are this will be a day like any other where you run after them, rather than carefully planning a romantic evening.
And even if they manage to fall asleep at night without fussing, you may be too tired to go out and would rather enjoy a quiet, comfortable night (that’s me). That’s the life of parents.
As self-care advocates who encourage gift-giving to ease the chaos of parenthood, we’ve put together a list of gifts to give your partner – or any parent you know – for Valentine’s Day. These gifts are a great gesture for those who just need an extra boost after a long day.
1. Keep it simple with socks: £14
You can never have enough socks, right? I don’t know about you, but I love receiving a new pair of socks, they’re such a simple and underrated gift! These cozy Love Heart socks from Next make an adorable gift.
2. For parents who can’t find a babysitter, why not bring the restaurant to them?: £99
This Valentine’s Day, why not indulge in a restaurant experience at home and enjoy a sumptuous dinner for two? Dishpatch offers luxury ‘to-go’ dinners that you can cook at home.
3. Give them the gift of getting cozy with a cup of hot chocolate or tea: £149.99
This Ember Mug is a game changer. Its function is more than just keeping your coffee hot, you can even set the right drinking temperature, so your coffee is neither too hot nor too cold.
The mug then maintains your preferred temperature for up to 1.5 hours with the Ember Mug 2, 295 ml and up to 80 minutes with the Ember Mug 2, 414 ml – so your drinks stay perfectly hot!
4. Help them relax on the sofa with this heated blanket: £109.99
This Beurer Nordic heated blanket in taupe is ideal for a movie night at home on Valentine’s Day. Soft and fitted provides an excuse for the best evenings at home.
5. Parents will thank you for the peace and quiet with these headphones: £179
These Shoks OpenFit headphones are a personal favorite, the best thing is that they don’t actually dig into your ears, they float above and allow you to enjoy all day comfort and listen to your personal soundtrack, while remaining fully aware. the environment you’re in (aka what your kids are doing).
6. Encourage them to dress up for Valentine’s Day with this lipstick personalization kit! £269
YSL Beauty Rouge Sur Mesure is a must-have for mothers who don’t have time to go out and buy lots of different lipsticks for different occasions. With this device you can create your own colors for any mood! It is the first personalized lip color creator that allows you to create up to 4000 lipstick colors at your fingertips. Crazy.
7. Sometimes parents want to spark romance at home: £45
Luxurious candles are a great gift to set the mood after a busy day. Kalmar Love candles are perfect for changing the energy in a room at any time and creating a romantic atmosphere.
8. Give them a gift to help them deal with post-natal hair: £20
This pre-shampoo treatment can instantly hydrate dry hair, add shine and reduce frizz, and help reduce breakage dramatically. Philip Kingsley’s elasticizer even reduces breakage by 46%* after one use.
9. Help mum feel organized when everything feels messy: £279
With this Beautifek Box you can get ready in less time, with less effort while getting better results with a sophisticated lighting system. Bonus points for this easy to remove makeup organizer!
10. Nothing says ‘here, put your feet up and rest’ like new pajamas: £59
This comfortable Laura Ashley button up through pajama set is a must have for moms who don’t want to dress up this Valentine’s Day and just want to spend the night at home watching a movie!
11. Instead of having to go to the shops, give them a book at their fingertips: £84.99
For me, a Kindle is a must because I never have time to go to the store and buy a book. Being able to read an interesting novel in the comfort of my own home is probably the most romantic thing I could ask for.
12. Give the gift of dancing! Something like that? £29.99
The presence of Echo Dot Alexa means parents can enjoy a better audio experience, this 5th generation version comes with clearer vocals, deeper bass and lively sound in any room. Sometimes all you need to relieve stress is to dance like no one is watching.
13. Help parents feel good about themselves: £10+
A Treatwell voucher means you’ve got everything from haircuts and nail treatments to spa treatments, massages and facials – this one covers it all.
14. Sometimes parents also want to relive their childhood: £58.99
Give the gift of the game they’ve been dreaming of! The newest game Marvel Spiderman 2 is one that has become increasingly popular in the last few months, so immediately get one for your gamer friends.
15. Grooming for dads – help busy dads with this self-care trimmer: £35.69
The Philips OneBlade 360 Flexible 5-in-1 shaver and trimmer for face and body is the ultimate grooming tool for trimming, trimming and shaving any hair length. The latest innovation makes this easier than ever, thanks to an innovative 360 blade that ensures less travel and more comfort – a must-have for any grooming routine and makes the perfect gift.
16. When you can’t give the gift of sleep, but can cushion the blow: £20
Countdown to a perfect night’s sleep with the finest oil collection – Tisserand Sleep Better blend contains calming Lavender, warming Sandalwood and soothing Jasmine 100% pure natural essential oils. You can turn your bedroom into a sleep sanctuary after a busy day with the kids.
17. Massage at home? Yes, please: £89.99
Give the gift of helping tired parents relax after a long day with this muscle massager. The stylish Beurer massage gun can be used to relieve tense muscles in a targeted way. The massage gun impresses with its light and ergonomic shape for comfortable treatment.