Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us, which means the search for the perfect V-Day gift for your loved ones commences. This celebration of love serves as the perfect opportunity for you to remind your partner, parent or friend who always had your back how much you love them.
And because Valentine’s Day means different things to different people, from wishing to go all-out with elaborate bouquets and gushy, traditional displays of affection to wanting to keep it low-key with simple and heartfelt, homemade presents and messages. But once you take off the pressure of giving presents, Valentine’s Day becomes a way for you to celebrate love in a meaningful and mindful way. And so, we’ve curated a mindful gift guide with blissful ideas for all the special people in your life, including yourself!
1. For the wellness lover
A 100% organic and sustainable lifestyle brand, Anahata’s offerings will please your skincare-obsessed giftee who finds multiple-step skincare routines meditative. Founded by Radhika Iyer Talati, all of Anahata’s products are formulated in the Himalayas, being devoid of harsh chemicals and toxic ingredients.
Apart from beauty and skincare essentials, the brand also features an array of food offerings. From nutritional condiments and spices and seasoning to healthy, ready-to-cook mixes and oils.
You can shop their products here.
2. For the one who always prioritises ‘me-time’
You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to find a thoughtful V-Day gift. The one who’s always looking for a reason to pamper themself will appreciate these fragrant bath and body products from Squish Town. A relaxing bath destresses like no other and Squish Town’s vegan, paraben-free formulated and cruelty-free products amalgamate the finest ingredients sourced from around the world and natural essential oils to create a blend that soothes your mind, body and soul.
You can shop their products here.
3. For the book lover who’s searching for their next captivating read
Nothing replaces the experience of turning the pages of a book but the evolution of books has brought us to the world where digital is reigning supreme. Not to mention, e-readers may be way more sustainable for the planet than physical books.
Modern-day readers can benefit extremely by owning an e-reader as they’re travel-friendly, can store thousands of books in one place and also save paper and the energy it takes in producing one book. Not to mention, any book is simply a click away. Amazon’s Kindle is the leader e-reader in the market and for good reason. Perfect for those who love reading past their bedtime or those who enjoy taking notes while engrossed in a compelling read.
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4. For the one who’s always dreaming of their next meal
If you’re stumped over what to get the self-appointed chef in your house, look no further. Make their Valentine’s dinner a little more special by turning your home into a world-class restaurant. How you may ask? Take A Chef, an experiential dining service, allows you to book a private or personal chef who turns your abode into a divine-smelling paradise, without you having to lift a finger. The experience is completely personalised for your pleasure and you’re rid of the hassle of shopping, prepping, cooking and not to mention the not-so-nice after-party clean up. Pamper your loved one with a specialised multiple-course meal in the comfort of your home.
Visit their website to book.
5. For the one who never turns down a calming cup of tea
In India, tea is more than just a beverage, it’s a tradition, a ritual. That first cup in the morning sets the tone for the entire day. So, it should come as no surprise that tea drinkers take their brew seriously. And we promise that the tea lover in your life will be majorly impressed with CelesTe’s exquisite selection of artisanal teas. Sourced from India’s finest tea gardens, the brand offers an array of floral, fruit, classic, dessert, iced, wellness and spiced tea blends, all following a languid theme that establishes the mood, flavour and fragrance of the blend.
You can shop here.
6. For the beauty-obsessed skincare enthusiast
Choosing the perfect gift for a tried-and-true skincare lover isn’t an easy feat. With endless options available in the market, it’s essential for you to pick products that not only bring a smile to the faces of the people you care about most but are also supremely beneficial for them. Keep their skin feeling supple and deeply hydrated with iORA’s prebiotic skincare range. Holistic, healthy and natural, the products promise salon-like results right in the comfort of your home. Free of sulfates, parabens, artificial preservatives and colours, all their ingredients are organic, vegan and result-driven.
You can shop the collection here.
7. For the one seeking a mind and body connection
We can all benefit from a little mindfulness, especially during such stressful times. And even if your giftee isn’t suffering from anxiety or depression or stress, giving someone a gift that helps them prioritize their wellbeing lets them know that you care so much. Nothing is stopping you from giving yourself this gift as well. ThinkRight.me is your daily dose of positivity and mindfulness. You can explore guided meditations from our Masters and Guides or embrace a yoga practice with our elaborate courses, even journal your thoughts before you head to bed at night and more.
You can download the app here.
8. For the workaholic who needs a self-care reminder
Time is such a precious gift but many still feel like 24 hours is a little too less for them. Those who are perpetually running around, trying to meet a deadline, juggling a toddler, running a household, forget how important it is to take some time out for themselves as well. And that’s why this assortment of vegan and natural treats can serve as the perfect excuse for the recipient to ‘buy’ some time for themself. The ultimate self-care treat, this pamper-worthy gift hamper will force your giftee to prioritise themself while also being kinder to the planet. The hamper features products that are 100% vegan, low waste and made with ethically-sourced ingredients.
You can shop the gift hamper here.
9. For the romantic at heart
A symbol of romance and desire, chocolates are an absolute given for Valentine’s Day. Who doesn’t love a box of decadent sweets, right? And Bombay Sweet Shop has created the perfect 80’s nostalgic Valentine’s gift for you to serenade your date with their Greatest Hits: Valentine’s Edition consisting of a sweet bag of strawberry and rose bark, an assorted box full of sumptuous delights, and a ‘You make ‘Miso’ Happy’ chikki disc. Apart from that, the brand is setting you up for romantic success with a fun playlist featuring some of the most popular love songs, perfect for an at-home Valentine’s dinner date by the candlelight.
You can shop the gift box here.
Looking for a thoughtful gift for your loved one requires consideration and time and we hope that we’ve made the process easier for you with this mindful gift guide.
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