Looking for the perfect gift for someone you love? Whether you’re making a huge declaration or looking for a jokey gift, we’ve got some great ideas.

Valentine's day gifts for him and her
Karachista’s picks of great Valentine’s gifts from around Karachi

And yeah, we all know that Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean anything but it’s still nice that someone’s taking the time to say “I love you” – plus who doesn’t like getting flowers, chocolates and prezzies?!

1. Classic Charm

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Diamonds are a girl’s best friend
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You may pay the earth for them but red roses are worth splurging on

You can’t really go wrong with flowers, chocolate or jewellery – just remember to keep it classy. No tacky dyed flowers or gaudy jewellery.

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Lals does lovely chocolates
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Butlers has a great selection of Valentine’s boxes

2. Take her (or him) shopping

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Pedro has some gorgeous shoes

Unless you really know his/her taste (and size), it’s better to take him/her shopping rather than just buy clothes or even bags or shoes. Most shops don’t give gift receipts and do check the exchange policy if you decide to choose something yourself.

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Jafferjees is all set for Valentine’s Day
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Cambridge has come up with it’s own Vantine’s gift guide

3. Perfumes & posh toiletries

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Scentstation is full of gifts and special offers for Valentine’s day

Scentstation and Beaute collection are all set for Valentine’s Day with lots of gift sets and special offers. You can also opt for posh toiletries – Crabtree & Evelyn have a 10% off offer for Valentine’s Day.

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Gift sets at Beaute collection
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Crabtree & Evelyn have 10% off for Valentine’s day

4. Books

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Romances for Valentine’s Day at Liberty Books

Express your love in the words of an immortal poet or author – there’s nothing like a memorable love story or a well chosen book to show someone who much you care.

5. For him

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Moroccan Myrrh gift set at Crabtree & Evenlyn

Men are more difficult to shop for but don’t neglect your man. Guys like chocolates and cakes as much as women. Scentstation and Crabtree & Evelyn have some great perfumes and toiletries for men. You could also get him techie accessories or a jokey T-shirt.

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Wireless headphone – for him or her
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Charging station
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Speakers from Media Centre

6. Spa Day

This also works equally well for both sexes – there’s nothing like a relaxing spa day. Gift a voucher for one including a manicure, pedicure and a massage. Genesis is an excellent option for men and there are loads of fabulous spas for women – I like Scherezade Spa and Saman’s Salon. Of course, if you’re gifting a massage, this is one time where the homemade variety may be more than acceptable 😉

massage spa relaxing day

7. Something cute & jokey

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Cute but cool – stay away from mush.

Scentstation has some brilliant jokey T-shirts and badges. You could pick up mug or a cushion. Just remember to keep of the cool side of cute – think quirky not babyish.

8. Total no-nos. 

teddy bears and keychains
Would any man use this keyring? And why are so many Valentine’s outfits red tents? As for teddy bears – um, not sexy at all!

Unless you’re in your teens, no teddy bears please. If she’s the woman of your dreams, don’t treat her like a child. Similarly, avoid tat – cheap fabrics, plastic and tacky slogans. A hand-written card is preferable to over-priced, faux cutesy rubbish.

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Salima Feerasta
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Salima Feerasta is chief editor of Karachista.com and one of Pakistan's top fashion and lifestyle journalists.

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