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THE VINE’S VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT GUIDE

Valentine’s day is around the corner, and if you are anything like us, you must be bored of the usual cheesy gifts and are looking for something that is unique and says LOVE in equal parts! Luckily for you, we have searched what the city has to offer to make your Valentine’s special and memorable.

 

 


CUSTOMISED GIFTS


 

PERSONALIZED SHADOW BOX by Keepsakes_paridhi 

If you love handmade gifts and adore the idea of a memory box then get in touch with Paridhi on Instagram. She creates stunning memory boxes, adding mini details based on your personal story. Every piece is completely customized so this could take about a week to make and ship. She has also launched pastel platters that are great if you don’t want to give anything mushy to your significant other.

IDEAL FOR: The crafts lover

PRICES RANGE FROM: 2,500 -5,500 INR depending on the customisation 

WHERE TO ORDER: DM keepsakes_paridhi on Instagram

DELIVERY TIME: 1-2 weeks

 

LOVE LETTERS by Yakshi

Nibs and Tools’s Yakshi is a seasoned calligrapher who creates magic on paper with her beautiful penmanship. For Valentine’s, you can give your Bridgerton-fan partner (or a friend) her beautifully penned letters that are customizable. Or you could get your wedding vows written and framed – perfect for an anniversary gift too! You can choose from letters on handmade paper, acrylic plaque or Parisian style postcard; all come with a gorgeous envelope and wax seal (at an additional charge of Rs. 180/-)

IDEAL FOR: Old-school romance fans and vintage calligraphy lovers

PRICES RANGE FROM: starting from 500 INR

WHERE TO ORDER: DM on Instagram

DELIVERY TIME: 2-4 days, shipping charges to Bangalore is Rs. 120/-

 

SURPRISE BOX by Going Postall

Valentine’s Day gifts don’t have to be just for your partner-they can be for your friends too. And if they are anything like us, they are probably stationery hoarders! Going Postal is a women-led stationery business in Mumbai that has come with these super cute stationery boxes that are NOT red and cheesy, but still say ‘love you!’ Their Cupid Box comes with a bunch of stationery stuff, including a customized acrylic plaque. And no one can have enough stationery, right?

IDEAL FOR: Stationery lovers and girlfriends

PRICES RANGE FROM: starts at Rs. 550/-

WHERE TO ORDER: DM on Instagram

DELIVERY TIME: 3-4 days, Rs. 100 shipping charges

NOTE: They stop taking orders after 12th February

 

LETTER WRITING STATIONARY by Dots and Doodles

Bring back the charm of handwritten letters using customized stationery from Dots and Doodles. They will work as a Valentine’s gift for your parents, or even for yourself! The brand also offers a host of other options like silk scarves (great for girlfriends), customised envelope sets (perfect for Indian parents who make you run to stores to get envelopes during the wedding season) and love vouchers (customizable and ideal for boyfriends/husbands).

PRICES RANGE FROM: starts at Rs. 599/-

WHERE TO ORDER: Check the Valentine’s store at Dots and Doodles

DELIVERY TIME: depends on product ordered

 


EXPERIENCES


 

A HIKING ADVENTURE by Unventured

If you read our articles regularly, you know that Unventured is a Vine favorite! Break the work-from-home fatigue with a bicycle tour to explore the nature around Bengaluru. The tour guides are extremely well-informed and there are many options to choose from. All safety and hygiene protocols are taken care of, so you can plan a family tour as well! Plus, the 14th is on a Sunday this time-so all the more reason to have a fun-filled weekend!

IDEAL FOR: Fitness/nature lovers

PRICES RANGE FROM: Available upon request

WHERE TO BOOK: You can select your tour and book on their website

BOOKING TIME: Best to book 4-5 days in advance.

 

A PAMPERING SESSION at Blown

In the mood to celebrate a Galentine’s Day this year? Head over to Blown for a day of mani-pedi services and unwind with a specially curated cocktails menu that includes some tasteful imported wine! It’s one of the first salon-cum-bar in the city so you can even treat yourself to a relaxed day (god knows we all NEED that!). Hair care or nail extensions, invigorating manicures or acrylic nail extensions-all while sipping some classic wines-we cannot recommend this place enough!

They are offering pampering sessions for couples as well.

IDEAL FOR: Anyone who likes to be pampered!

PRICES RANGE FROM: contact the salon for prices

WHERE TO BOOK: Call them on +91-8043703783 (Vittal Mallya Road) or +91-8043005844 (New BEL Road) for prior appointments

LOCATION: Vittal Mallya Road, New BEL Road

BOOKING TIME: Best to book 2 days in advance

 

SALON SERVICES at Uutopia (yes, that’s with double U)

Another Vine favorite, Utopia offers some world-class salon services for men and women, but our favourite are the nail services. They are running a Valentine’s offer of Buy 1 Get 1 free across all salon services from 5th-20th February- so you may find us lounging there in the coming days! They also have a cafe and are pet-friendly, so really do you have any reason to not head there?

LOCATION: Whitefield, behind Palm Meadows

IDEAL FOR: Nails and massage services, and a perfect day out in the quiet

WHERE TO BOOK: Call or Whatsapp on 96589 65863 for booking, instagram

 


STRICTLY FOR ADULTS


 

INTIMATE ACCESSORIES from Love Treats

If you have been looking for a decent store in India that offers quality adult/sex toys then check out Bangalore-based Love Treats. They offer tasteful pleasure toys for men, women and couples, so if you are in the mood to celebrate this V-Day in 50 shades of Grey style, then this could be the perfect gifting site. Best bit is that the shipping is 100% discreet-so judgemental looks from the building guard or elders either! Our suggestion will be the Valentine’s gift set, which comes packed with 2 toys, water-based lube and an aromatic candle.

IDEAL FOR: Adults (you can think of gifting it to yourself too)

PRICES RANGE FROM: visit the website for more details

WHERE TO ORDER: Check their website here

DELIVERY TIME: 3-4 days, free shipping

 

NAUGHTY BOARD GAMES from Oye Happy

Oye Happy is an India-based gift site that has a whole range of kinky gifts, including board games like ‘Bitten and Smitten’ and ‘Check and Mate’. These are specially created for couples in intimate relationships so these will be great if you are looking to add some variety to your sex life.

IDEAL FOR: Anyone in an intimate relationship

PRICES RANGE FROM: starts from 799

WHERE TO ORDER: Check their website here

DELIVERY TIME: 2-4 days, next-day delivery available on selected pin codes. Free shipping over Rs. 1000

 


THE EVERGREEN GIFTS OF LOVE 


 

FLOWERS from Shades of Spring

Nothing can be more classic than a bouquet for red roses to make someone smile. Shades of Spring goes a step further and offers a curated bouquet of flowers that include lilies, carnations and so much more. You can also choose their Valentine’s Special,like the Farmgirl Basket combo, that includes the freshest flora with chocolates, candle and a card. 

IDEAL FOR: Flower lovers

PRICES RANGE FROM: combo prices start at Rs. 1,999/-

WHERE TO ORDER: Order directly on their website

DELIVERY TIME: same day and next day delivery available, free shipping across Bangalore

 

AN ARTISINAL BOUQUET from The Flora

One of the 10008 reasons why we love Bangalore is the never-ending floral services in the city. The Flora is another Vine favorite brand and why wouldn’t it be- the service is top-notch, the blooms stay fresh for over a week, and they come with a handwritten note! Our pick for this Valentine’s is the Blush Blush bouquet that’s made from Holland tulips.

IDEAL FOR: the women in your life

PRICES RANGE FROM: check the website for more details

WHERE TO ORDER: Order on their website or Whatsapp on 9663699369

DELIVERY TIME: Best if ordered 1 day prior

 

CHOCOLATES from Cococart

Cococart stores all kinds of imported chocolates, so whether you need them for a special someone, or to treat yourself-you can get them pronto. You can order online, or visit their brick store in HSR-think of it as Willy Wonka in Namma Bengaluru! Godiva, Neuhaus, Lindt-you name it, they have it! They also have a great collection of flavoured coffee beans from Godiva, and hot cocoa from Coco. They currently have a sale on their online store till 15th February.

IDEAL FOR: Chocoholics

PRICES RANGE FROM: vary from product to product

WHERE TO ORDER: Visit their store in HSR or order online

DELIVERY TIME: up to 2 days, Rs. 50 delivery charges

 

SWEET TREATS from Smoor

How can we talk about chocolates and not mention Smoor! They never disappoint us with their creations, and this time their Valentine’s Special collection has our heart (pun intended). From heart-shaped macarons to themed cupcakes, they have everything for everyone. But our favorite? The Valentine’s Day Chocolate Bouquet

IDEAL FOR: Anyone with a sweet tooth

PRICES RANGE FROM: starts at Rs. 320

WHERE TO ORDER: Order online (delivery available from 7th Feb) or visit their store

DELIVERY TIME: 2-4 days

Supriya Bohra

Born and raised in the UAE, Supriya has always been mesmerised by all things Indian. She moved to South Bangalore in 2017 and has since been in love with this city, mainly because of the weather and the food culture. An avid fiction reader, she loves writing and hopes to author a book someday. With her degrees in Engineering and an MBA, she is creating a career in the Digital Marketing space and wishes to create a sustainable platform for non-working expat women. When she is not busy reading, travelling or trying new eateries in the city, she loves watching Friends reruns. Nothing cheers her up like a cloudy noon with a book in one hand and a cup of ginger tea in another!

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