The Alternative Valentine's Day Gift Guide |
The Alternative Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

The Alternative Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Because Valentine's Day is for love of every kind

Written by –
Jess Ng
on February 2nd 2018
Born and raised in the UK, Jess is NONAGON’s resident historian turned marketer turned writer, drawn to Hong Kong by the lure of dim sum breakfasts and bustling city life. A foodie who loves to cook, food occupies 70% of her brain 90% of the time. When not eating, Jess can typically be found buried in a book or obsessing over making NONAGON’s Instagram #feedgoals.

Who says Valentine’s Day is reserved for lovers? Whether you’re single or coupled up, Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show some love to everyone you hold dear in your life. From your work BFF, to mom and dad, and even your feline friend, let them know how much you care with a thoughtful gift that is sure to make their day come February 14th. Keep reading for a round up of my favorite gift options for the occasion.

For Mom and Dad

Treat the ‘rents to a sweet set of matching ceramic tumblers with heart detail, and maybe a coffee date and some quality family time while you’re at it.

Alternative Valentine's Day Gift Guide: Ceramic heart tumbler mugs from Etsy |
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These are handmade by Orit Ben Arie in her home studio set in the Israeli countryside. She only produces between one to 10 of each item, making this gift extra special for its uniqueness factor.

For the Bestie

Candles are one of those luxuries which we all love but rarely buy for ourselves, making it the perfect indulgent gift for your best girlfriend.

Alternative Valentine's Day Gift Guide: Rifle Paper Co. floral candle |
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With notes of peony, white tea and sandalwood, this Rifle Paper Co. soy wax candle smells divine! I also love its ceramic pot, complete with that signature Rifle Paper Co. floral print. Let’s face it, it’s just too pretty not to buy for someone.

For the Work BFF

The work BFF is a man among men; the one who sees you at your worst (i.e. before coffee on the eve of that big deadline), yet still deigns to share office gossip and precious lunch breaks with you.

Alternative Valentine's Day Gift Guide: Handmade ceramic planters from Etsy |
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To show them your love and appreciation this Valentine’s Day, how about gifting them with a chic ceramic planter for their desk? As well as being a pretty distraction, plants create good energy in a space and improve air quality.

For Your Feline Friend

At the risk of sounding like the ultimate cat lady, don’t forget about your feline friend this month!

Alternative Valentine's Day Gift Guide: Four Fishies Cat Toys from |
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Sure, their idea of romance might be a dead rat, but at least you can count on your furry friend not to ghost you. Reward their loyalty with this set of four stuffed plush toys with hidden catnip inside.

Which gifts from the alternative Valentine’s Day gift guide would you like to receive?


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