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4 Feb 2022

Valentines Day: the best gifts whatever your budget

We've run down our favourite gift ideas to inspire you this Valentine's day - no matter who you're buying for or what your budget is
Laughing couple in a kitchen

Valentine's Day is coming up on 14 February. It can be a great opportunity to show you really care about someone, and a special gift can make it particularly memorable.

And the best part is that you don't have to fork out a fortune to really make someone's day - showing you care isn't always about splashing out. But if you do want to buy a gift, we've listed Valentine's Day gift ideas to suit any budget, from £6 to £135.

Valentine's Day is primarily a celebration of romance, but it doesn't have to just be for couples. If you're buying for a friend or family member (or even if it's just for yourself), they will surely appreciate a thoughtful gift.

We think any of these Valentine's Day gifts will impress the special person in your life. Plus all of them perform well in our tests, so you know they'll be worth your money.

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Valentine's gift ideas for less than £11

John Lewis pizza cutter - £6

John Lewis pizza cutter

You don't have to spend big to make your other half happy. If you both enjoy a good pizza (and, let's face it, who doesn't?), this excellent pizza cutter combined with a romantic night in and you rolling your sleeves up to make your favourite flavours will go down a treat. Or just buy one.

Either way, this lovely-looking cutter will be a lovely reminder of your special evening, and you'll appreciate its superior slicing power at many romantic evenings to come.

See our pick of the best pizza cutters to see how it fared in our tests.

Or buy now from John Lewis for £6.

Prestige Inspire Carbon Steel Non-Stick Round Springform Cake Tin - £10.49

Prestige Inspire Carbon Steel Non-Stick Round Spri

For aspiring home bakers, a quality cake tin can make the difference between a sweet treat and a kitchen disaster.

This springform cake tin from Prestige really takes the biscuit. It's incredibly durable, easy to clean, and is so non-stick that you don't even need to line it.

The spring mechanism is smooth, so crumbling cakes will be a thing of the past.

This is just one of our favourite cake tins. Head to our review of the best cake tins to see how it compares to others.

Or buy it now from Prestige for £10.49.

Valentine's gift ideas for £15 and under

Kent & Stowe Premium comfort gloves - £12

Kent and Stowe Premium comfort gardening gloves

For the gardening-enthusiast in your life, a lovely new pair of gardening gloves will be a much-needed gift.

Practical and stylish, we enjoyed the softer leather feel of these Kent & Stowe gloves and were impressed at how they protected from thorns and nettle stings.

To find out how this pair compares to others we tested, head to our pick of the best garden gloves.

These gloves vary in price and different retailers, but can currently be bought in a variety of colours and patterns for around £12 at Dobbies.

Why buy a bouquet of roses when you could grow your own? Use our guide on how to grow roses to really wow your Valentine.

Lidl Veuve Delattre Champagne - £12.49

Lidl Veuve Delattre Champagne

To celebrate those special evenings without breaking the bank, this Lidl Veuve Delattre champagne may be the perfect gift for your loved one.

At just over £12, it ranked far higher than many pricier brands in our tests, with a subtle, clean and fruity flavour.

To see how it compares to other champagnes, see our selection of the best champagne.

Or buy now at Lidl.

TP-Link Tapo P100 Smart Plug - £12.49

TP-Link Tapo P100 Smart plug

A smart plug might not be the most romantic gift, but hear us out - as it's certainly one of the most useful as you can turn appliances on or off remotely, or set it on a timer.

You plug your appliance into the TP-Link Tapo P100 Smart Plug, and it plugs into your wall socket. It works with any wi-fi router, giving you full control via your smartphone. It's compatible with Android and iOS operating systems, and while you can't use 'Hey Siri' activation, it is compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant.

This is one of our favourite smart plugs, and at under £13, it makes an inexpensive and thoughtful gift for any tech whiz.

To see how it fared in our tests, see our full TP-Link Tapo P100 Smart Plug review.

Or, buy now for £12.49 from Amazon, for £12.99 from Very, or for £14.99 from Littlewoods.

Valentine's gift ideas for £30 and under

Sony MDR-XB50AP - £29


These Sony in-ear headphones make a great gift this Valentine's day, and their quality is fantastic for the price point.

The sound is smooth and clear, with minimal leakage from the ear buds. The line-in mic also lets you access Google or Siri and take calls.

For under £30, we think these headphones are a bargain.

To see the full results from our testing, see our Sony MDR-XB50AP review.

Or buy now from AO or Boots Kitchen Appliances.

Kenwood Smoothie 2Go SB056 Smoothie Maker - £29.99

Kenwood Smoothie 2Go SB056 Smoothie Maker

For smoothie-lovers or general kitchen whizzes, This Kenwood Smoothie 2Go Smoothie Maker makes a great gift.

It produces smooth smoothies as well as a range of dips and sauces, and is incredibly easy to use.

It can be a little loud but, at just under £30, it's still great quality for the price.

See our Kenwood Smoothie 2Go SB056 Smoothie Maker review or buy now for £29.99 from Currys. For around £7 more, you can also buy it at Amazon.

Valentine's gift ideas of £50 and under

John Lewis and Partners Stainless Steel Pasta Machine - £35

John Lewis and Partners Stainless Steel Pasta Mach

This John Lewis Pasta Machine is another great gift contender for romantic date nights cooking together at home (especially if you love Italian food).

It works great for rolling and cutting a range of pasta shapes, from spaghetti to lasagne sheets. The machine itself could be fiddly at times, but we were impressed at the quality you get for your £35.

To see how it fared against other pasta machines, see our full review of the best pasta makers.

Or buy now from John Lewis.

Kitsound Diggit 55 - £49.99

Kitsound Diggit 55

This Kitsound Diggit 55 portable Bluetooth speaker combines clear sound with a stylish design, and would make a great gift for music fans.

It can be used both inside and outside, being highly water-resistant, dust and sand-proof, and having a detachable stake for garden use.

To see how it fared in our tests, see our full Kitsound Diggit 55 review.

Or buy it now from Robert Dyas (low in stock).

Valentine's gift ideas for £70 and under

DeLonghi Genio S Touch EDG426.GY - £64.99

DeLonghi Genio S Touch EDG426.GY

For the coffee addict in your life, this DeLonghi coffee machine brings cafe quality right into the kitchen.

It produces great quality coffees while being compact and easy-to use. Its compact size (27.3 x 11.2 x 28.8cm) also makes it a great fit for smaller kitchens.

Keep in mind that it requires capsules rather than coffee grounds, which can be slightly pricier and more difficult to recycle. For more on eco-friendly coffee pods, see our guide on recyclable, reusable and compostable coffee pods.

See our full DeLonghi Genio S Touch EDG426.GY review to see how it fared in our independent tests.

If you want to buy now, the cheapest price we found it for was £64.99 from Very.

For gifting to the true caffeine aficionados in your life, start the year on a high with one of the best coffee machines for 2022.

Amazon Kindle 2019 (10th gen) - £69.99

Amazon Kindle 2019 (10th gen)

The Amazon Kindle makes a fantastic gift for any bookworm, especially those who like to read their favourite books on the go.

It's simple and easy to use, with a straightforward start-up and a great search facility.

It comes with built-in LED lights to make reading at night a complete breeze. Plus it's light, compact, and easy to carry around with you.

See our full Amazon Kindle 2019 (10th-gen) review to find out more.

Or buy now for £69.99 at Amazon or Argos.

Couple taking selfies with an instant camera

Valentine's gift ideas for £150 and under

Apple AirPods (2019) with standard charging case - £109

Apple AirPods (2019) with standard charging case

Apple AirPods can make a great gift for anyone, and some of the older generations are great quality and cost a lot less than the newer models.

The 2019-gen Apple AirPods are wireless and connect with Bluetooth. They have a remarkably clear sound, and come with a charging case to keep the battery up between listening sessions.

You can connect them to your other Apple products, such as your iPhone or Apple Watch, and they feature 'Hey Siri' voice assistant activation. They also work with Android devices.

To see how these headphones fared in our tests and how they compare to cheaper models, see our full Apple AirPods (2019) with standard charging case review.

Or buy now for £109 at Amazon.

Don't want to pay this much for headphones? Use our headphone reviews to find some fantastic models at much cheaper prices.

Fujifilm Instax SQ1 Instant Camera - £119.99

Fujifilm Instax SQ1 Instant Camera

To make keepsakes you can hold on to, an instant camera can be a great present for anyone with a keen eye for photography.

This Fujifilm Istax SQ1 is one of our favourites. The images it produces have a surprising amount of definition and detail to them, and our experts liked how the colours turned out. It's also straightforward to set up and use, although the shutter button is quite sensitive.

To see how this instant camera fared, and to browse its competitors, head to ourbest instant cameras.

Or buy the Fujifilm Istax SQ1 for £119.99 from Amazon, Argosor John Lewis.

Want to surprise your Valentine with an amazing picture of your pet? See our expert tips on how to take great photos of your dog (cats also included)

Cadac Safari Chef 2 - £134.99

Cadac Safari Chef 2

For happy campers and backyard barbeque devotees, this Cadac Safari Chef 2 mini barbeque cooker makes a great gift this Valentine's day.

It's a compact and portable gas-fuelled cooker, which is light enough to take on hikes or short walks.

The cooking surface is quite small, so it may be better-suited to cooking a romantic meal for two rather than a whole family meal.

To see how it fared in our tests, see our full Cadac Safari Chef 2 review.

Or buy now from Amazon.