Valentines Day Presents (For When It’s Not That Deep)

Valentines Day is around the corner, and agents of confusion are roaming around looking for who to stress and oppress. Gift giving is difficult enough, but even worse when it’s not clearly a relationship or entanglement; like it’s quite new, but you feel like you should at the very least acknowledge the romantic implications of the day. So you don’t want to go overboard and look overly eager, because you quite frankly are not, but then you also need to signal that you care (ish). Have no fear, Jola is here, and she has collated a few gift ideas for you!


Candles can be romantic, but I think that the absence of other gifts, makes them a thoughtful gesture. I personally adore scented candles, room sprays and diffusers, and love what they do to make a room more comfortable or inviting. In the spirit of not making things too deep, I would strongly encourage that you don’t go with any candles that have romantic names like “Love you forever” or “Sex with you or I’m die”. If you are in Nigeria, I would recommend Ariaba scented candles (starting at 4000 naira) or Lohn candles. For my UK people, the La Jolie Muse, Coconut Vanilla candle (£12) is pretty great. If you’re in the US, I would recommend the Champagne toast candle from bath and body works ($16) or a Forever Mood candle (starting at $35).

Treat Boxes and Snacks

You can never go wrong with treat boxes (unless the person you are gifting is allergic to something in the box, or the person gets food poisoning, or the delivery service is possessed by evil spirits etc). I will only be givng recommendations for people looking to send treat boxes in Lagos, Nigeria as that’s my stomping ground. Soooo, I would recommend one of the following.

  1. N12,000 Sweet treat box from Obi bakes it (brownies, cookies, mini vanilla loafs, chocolate covered strawberries and champagne)
  2. N10,000 “Love On top” box from Drizzle Bakehouse (4 mini sugar iced cookies, 1 large sugar cookie, 2 medium sugar cookies, 2 brownies, 2 loaf slices and a slice of cake)
  3. N20,000 “Afternoon tea box” from MogeeMagic ( 4 Scones, Madeira Cake loaf, 1 Tub Red velvet sable, 2 Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies, Cocoa Tea or Daughters of Botany Tea)
  4. N15,000 “Classic Love Box” from Tipsy Treats ( 2 drinks, 2 large strawberry daquiri jello shots, 1 mini cake, 1 bag of popcorn, 1 double chocolate cookie)

A Small House Plant 

An easy to care for house plant makes for a great gift. Plants like cactus, dwarf mass cane, spider plants or sanseviera (also known as mother in law plants) are pretty great. To make it slightly more exciting, you can ask the flower or plant store you are buying from for a more exciting planter or flower pot. You can also add mini packs of plant food and/or fertiliser. These plants start from N1500 and increase based on size.

A Book, or 2… or 3 

Surely you did not think a woman running a book club would skip over books as a gift? Come off it! Depending on the person’s interests, books are a great shout. Fiction, history, autobiographies, self help, comics, and even blank notebooks for your “friend” to record personal thoughts are a great choice. If you are stumped on what to get, the Happy Noisemaker Book Club has a few great options. If you’re still not sure, look for books written by masters of some of their favourite subject matters or hobbies .

A Class or a Subscription Giftcard

Relax. I know it sounds odd but look, we are still in a pandemic, and for the most part, we are stuck at home, unable to have the full social lives we would like to. There is ample time (unless your job is from hell) to try your hand at something new. So if they’ve mentioned learning to draw, paint, cook, take pictures, edit videos, etc. skillshare is a great gift to give/ You could also pay for a month or two (or 6) of a streaming subscription with a gift card; showmax, irokotv, Netflix, HBO Max, Hulu or Amazon Prime are all great options.

So, with these few suggestions of mine, I hope you are able to find something that fits your needs. I was going to add 3 phone charging cables (because they’re always getting lost), a customer card saying “it’s not that deep for us yet but here is a Valentines Day acknowledgment” card and a bouquet of flowers (not roses though). Do you have any more suggestions? Share in the comment section below


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