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Published February 3rd 2020
Swoon Over These Quirky Romantic Alternative Gifts
Finding something different for your lover on Valentine's Day is no easy feat, but there's plenty of inspiration for alternative and unique gifts to suit all tastes.

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Do you need inspiration for Valentine's Day presents?

Whether it's something tongue-in-cheek, quirky or a twist on a traditional present, there's plenty to swoon over.

Here's a round-up of top romantic gifts and where to find them - instore or online - in time for Valentine's Day.

Love like a lobster

Lobsters mate for life so luxury chocolate company Chococo has come up with a delightfully different present idea of a chocolate-shaped lobster.

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What says love more than a chocolate lobster?

Wrapped in vibrant hot pink and purple foil and with a tag stating "You're my lobster", this large chocolate is part of the Valentine's range for 2020 from Chococo - an award-winning artisan chocolatier in Dorset with Chocolate Houses in select locations including Horsham.

It's made with 45% Venezuelan milk chocolate and decorated with cocoa butter swirls, costing £10 for varieties of milk or dark chocolate love lobsters or £11.50 for a vegan version.

What better novelty gift for the "lobster" in your life?

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Are you brave enough to buy Obnoxious Chocolates?

On the opposite end of the scale, if your partner has a strong sense of humour, take a look at these chocolate insults.

The Obnoxious Chocolates from Funky Hampers.feature messages including I tolerate you and You'll do.

My advice is to choose wisely as these chocs, priced at £14.90, will either raise a smile or make your partner cry.

Come out smelling of roses

Sadly a bunch of roses will only last for several days, but there are some exciting petal present alternatives that will last far longer - and leave everything coming up roses.

The Somerset Toiletry Co has a range of beautifully-made bath and home products with a rose petal scent - from scented candles to hand cream, bath salts and body spray.

Creating luxury scented gifts for over 20 years, The Somerset Toiletry Company is based in Bristol but its distinctive products are found in London at Sass & Belle in Covent Garden or online.

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Rose petal scented treats from the Somerset Toiletry Company

For something with more kick, Three Graces Gin, based in Liverpool, has created a rose flavoured gin that uses rose petals from Croatia to give it a romantic pink hue.

It has lovely floral undertones, which come from a unique blend of 11 botanicals. A bottle costs £37 from its website here and in artisan off-licences in the capital like Chelsea.

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Rose flavoured gin from Three Graces Gin

Written from the heart

Customised stationery company Invite Press is selling the Little Love Notepad, where you can choose a name or message on it to suit your relationship.

It could be telling the person you love them to a personal in-joke that is a secret between you, all under the mark of a red heart. One thing's for sure, this hugely personal gift costing £10 a pad is totally unique and ideal for anyone who loves stationery.

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A personal love note from Invite Press

For the creative, arty person in your life, how about a bullet journal?

Bullet journals feature pages of dots, allowing the book owner to create their own system of lists, diaries or planners to organise their lives in their own arty or structured way,

The Ink Pot is a new company - a mother and daughter team - selling customised bullet journals, which lie flat to make drawing and writing easier, and use ultra-thick paper.

Their exquisite products including a pink version with an elegant chalk rose on the front that would be ideal for Valentine's Day but there are a range of colours and foils to customise the journal to your exact requirements for £15.

Bullet journals are becoming so popular that the hashtag #bujo even has over 3.8 million posts on Instagram.

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Customised bullet journals from The Ink Pot

Fresh ideas

Have a long-distance love and need to send them a gift? You no longer need to rule out the inconvenient weight and shape of a wine bottle.

Garçon Wines have invented an eco, flat wine bottle that is designed to fit through an average British letterbox. The 75cl bottles of wine are also lighter and made of 100% pre-existing plastic.

It also looks amazingly cool and is so unique, it will leave them thoroughly fascinated at its shape long before they even open the bottle.

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A wine bottle you can get through a letterbox

Pocket squares for men are becoming all the rage and none looks more aptly distinctive for Valentine's Day than the Heart Man design from Trendhim.

This new-age pocket square, costing £25, is by Bohemian Revolt and made from silk. It's rolled and stitched by hand to add charming edges that stand out from the crowd when it's being displayed from a top pocket.

This quirky artwork design featuring a human heart in the drawing is one for a man who keeps at the cutting-edge of menswear trends.

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The Heart Man pocket square

Stylish and practical

Combine both useful and attractive with the luxurious travel jewellery keeper from Ellis James Designs that helps prevent necklace and bracelet chains becoming tangled and loose earrings from disappearing mid-journey.

For something extra special you could include a piece of new bling inside this travel case too.

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No more mixed up and misplaced jewellery

Described as "pyjamas for the ears", SleepPhones are an ideal gift for someone who struggles to get a restful night's sleep.

Consisting of bluetooth earphones within a headband, SleepPhones enable people to listen to soothing music as they drift off or block out the sound of loud snoring. They start from £33.
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Give the gift of a good night's sleep with SleepPhones

Keep your loved one refreshed and looking healthy with a new water bottle in various pastel shades that promises to be the safest BPA-free around, along with phthalate-free.

ION8 Beauty by Leakproof is also spill-proof and leak-proof, coming in a handy for a handbag-sized 350ml or larger 500ml.

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Does your cup runneth over with love for an Ion8 bottle?

There's a Frosted Rose colour or alternatively you can pick from Frosted Seafoam, Frosted Lemon and Frosted Mint bottles, priced from £11.99 to £12.99.

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Why? Find a special Valentine's Day gift that's unique
When: Anytime online or usual shopping hours 9am - 5pm in stores
Phone: Sass and Belle, Covent Garden - 020 7497 2992
Where: various including Sass and Belle, Jubilee Market Hall, 30 Tavistock Ct, London, WC2E 8RE
Cost: Varies - from £10
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