9 personalized gift ideas for Valentine’s Day

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Yes, we know, we should show our love for those around us every day and not just on Valentine’s Day. At least, that’s what we say each time February 14 rolls around, but why not take advantage of this special day to give your partner, friend or family member a little surprise? While a lot of people say they don’t expect a gift, or even that they don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, receiving a personalized present is never a bad thing!

To make it even more special, we’ve come up with 9 custom Valentine’s gifts beyond your usual bouquet of flowers or box of chocolates.

  1. Serve something sweet in a personalized mug.
  2. Decorate their workspace with meaningful memories.
  3. Dust off your old photos.
  4. Add some love to ordinary errands.
  5. Get wrapped up in special memories.
  6. Go big with a gallery wall.
  7. Celebrate with a custom T-shirt.
  8. Get your kiddos into the Valentine’s Day spirit.
  9. Send a Valentine to clients and customers.

1. Serve something sweet in a personalized mug.

Starting the day off on the right foot is a must, and Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to have something a little more indulgent than usual for breakfast. Why not make it even more special by presenting it in a one-of-a-kind photo mug? After personalizing your mug with a favorite memory, make a decadent hot drink or fill it with your loved one’s favorite chocolates or candies.

2. Decorate their workspace with meaningful memories.

Whether your special someone works from home or travels to an office, brighten up their space with a photo gift or two. You could personalize a desk calendar with favorite family photos or create a one-of-a-kind mouse pad with a cherished photo and a sweet note. Or, swap out an ordinary framed photo on their desk for an acrylic photo block with a throwback wedding picture or a photo from your last romantic getaway. Sneak it onto their desk at home or tuck it into their work bag for a Valentine’s Day surprise.

3. Dust off your old photos.

A photo book is a classic gift idea that’s always a winner. Everyone has a collection of old photos; your first holiday together, your first date, the first time you cooked for each other…and Valentine’s Day is a great chance to organize and enjoy them again. Photo books are the perfect way to do that, but instead of just filling one with photos, why not include some text? That way it’s not just a photo book, but rather the story of your life together over the years. Once you’ve made it, leave it on your partner’s bedside table or on top of the book they’re reading – so when it’s time to settle down in bed, they’ll find a very special photo book to flip through.

4. Add some romance to ordinary errands.

A reusable tote bag for grocery shopping might not sound like the most exciting gift, right? But apart from being very useful and trendy these days, it can actually be turned into a wonderfully personal gift by adding something special. Maybe you have a quirky little inside joke going on between you and your loved one, a cheesy quote you both really like or a fun saying that your partner uses all the time. Whatever your ‘thing’ is, you can personalize your tote bag with a custom printed message or style it with a favorite photo or some beautiful artwork. Let the tote do the talking!

Vistaprint Tip

Giving a Valentine’s Day gift to someone who’s always on the go? Pair a tote bag with a personalized water bottle, so they’ll think of you wherever they are in the world.

5. Get wrapped up in special memories.

February is one of the chilliest months of the year…so cozy up and celebrate Valentine’s Day with a romantic evening at home. Relaxing on the sofa after a long day and a good meal is the perfect time to present your partner with a personalized fleece blanket featuring one of your favorite photos. For even more cozy comfort, add a matching pillow. If you don’t fancy using a photo of yourself, why not choose another beloved family member to be the star of the show: your pet!

6. Go big with a gallery wall.

We all have a bare wall somewhere at home. We know we need to do something with it, but just can’t decide what. Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to take the plunge – choose a selection of photos to create a picture-perfect gallery wall. It’s the perfect way to surprise your partner, family or roommates on Valentine’s Day, and bring a blank wall to life at the same time.

Using the wall as a blank canvas, create a display of different prints – here are a few ways to turn your favorite photos into gallery-ready art:

  • Canvas prints are a classic! And they’re available in 5 sizes.
  • Framed prints are the ultimate time-saving solution…they’ll arrive to your door matted, framed and ready to hang.
  • Metal prints are great if your home decor is already sleek and modern.
  • Wood prints will add a rustic, natural look to your DIY gallery wall.
  • Photo tiles are perfect if you live in a rented space, and are available in metal and canvas – so you’ll get a premium look that’s easy to remove and rearrange.

7. Celebrate with a custom T-shirt.

People always want a T-shirt when they go to a concert or travel somewhere new. So, why not create a tee that commemorates how much you love your significant other? Choose a template that captures their personality, or create a one-of-a-kind design with a favorite photo or customized message. They might not wear it to your next date night outing, but we have a feeling they’ll love wearing it around the house.

8. Get your kiddos into the Valentine’s Day spirit.

Instead of sending your kids to school with store bought Valentines, inspire them to create something that feels like *them.* Scroll through our classroom Valentine templates until they find one they love, then add their name to the back – and maybe even a class photo or funny message. Or, choose a coloring book-inspired design so their classmates can get creative on their own.

9. Send a Valentine to clients and customers.

If you own a small business, send some love letters to your professional mailing list this year. Use this holiday as a chance to thank customers for their continued loyalty, and to keep your business top of mind for clients of all kinds. Find a Valentine’s Day-inspired notecard design that reflects your business, add your logo and include a personalized note. Consider adding a discount code to incentivize them to stop by your business and make a purchase.

Vistaprint Tip

Get your small business fully into the Valentine’s Day spirit with branded wrapping paper. Just add your logo and offer to wrap up any in-store purchases so they’re ready to gift.

As you explore these Valentine’s Day gift ideas, remember that many of these suggestions can also be beautifully adapted for other upcoming celebrations. Feel free to recycle these ideas for Mother’s Day gifts, Father’s Day gifts, birthdays presents, or any special milestones throughout the year. It’s a wonderful way to keep the spirit of giving alive across all seasons.