Valentine's Week started on February 7 and almost everybody starts planning for February 14th beforehand. The couples decide on how they would celebrate the day and make it special but selecting a gift for one's Valentine can be really confusing.
You want to give something unique and memorable. But what if your partner doesn't like your gift?
Sticking to the favourite things can be boring and going experimental can be dicey. In such a situation we need someone who can help us with the Valentine's Day gift ideas.
Lovesutra spoke to Sunanda Kashyap, owner of Crazymee Bespoke Stationery and Design, a graphic design company specialising in personalised gifting, corporate stationery and wedding invitations. She shared her valuable inputs on the gifting trend being followed this year.
Expert advice on Valentine's Day Gift Ideas:
1) Digital cards are in vogue these days. Do you think digital cards and email invites have taken over the printed alternatives?
Sunanda: Digital cards and email invites have gained tremendous popularity in the last couple of years. As Whatsapp has grown to become the preferred mode of communication, the demand for digital cards grew drastically. Over the last two years I find clients much prefer sending out their kids' party invites or their birthday invites through e-cards. The communication is instant and they get responses much faster too. They also save themselves the hassle of collecting addresses and delivering their cards.
However, for very formal occasions the printed alternative is still preferred. There is a charm in receiving a paper invite that just cannot be replaced by an e-invite. For weddings, anniversaries and large parties, the printed invite is still by far more popular. Sometimes a digital card will be sent as a precursor to the formal paper invite.
2) Please suggest a few unique Valentine's Day gifts.
Sunanda: Unique gifts could include a scent specifically created for your valentine or a bottle of wine labelled with their name on it. A leather bag or belt with your Valentine's monogram or even a piece of clothing such as a shirt or jeans could work well. It could also be something as simple as recording a CD with all their favourite songs and having the cover and CD printed with their details.
Engraved jewellery with their birthstone is an option too. Grand gestures such as serenading your valentine or simply creating a book with your couple photos and letters are also very much appreciated.
3) We all love personalised gifts. Do you think this personalisation trend gets a boost during the month of February? What is the exact trend?
Sunanda: Yes I think personalisation on items such as jewellery might increase during this month. However, our stationery products are personalised throughout the year and there is no impact during the month of February. As we do not keep inventory of even our ready-made design range, our clients always choose to personalise their cards and envelopes by having their names printed on them. It is a trend throughout the year.
4) We read about your collaboration with PomPom in New Delhi who recycles all their waste products. Do you have any Valentine's Day gift ideas using recycled gift items?
Sunanda: All our cards and envelopes are made from imported papers that are 100 per cent environment friendly and are all recyclable. They are sourced from a company that deals in 'pulp from sustainable forests', 'neutral pH', 'heavy metal absence' certified papers.
They are not specifically for Valentine's Day because they have been used from the very inception of the company and are used throughout the year. However we do have two ranges of products -- a bespoke design service where stationery is created for a client and a readymade personalising range. If your Valentine is a stationery fan, the bespoke service is a very customised and very exclusive product for gifting to them.
If you haven't purchased a gift for your Valentine, do not waste time, rush to the market and purchase your token of love. Take hints from the above ideas and make Valentine's Day 2018 special.