Valentine's Day gift ideas for new boyfriends

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Getting a gift for a new love can be daunting, but here are some ideas to help you out - Getty Images Contributor

Valentine's Day can be an intimidating event for new couples. Whether you've only been on two or three dates, or have been together for a few months, you're probably still getting to know each other's tastes. 

Knowing what to buy for a new love interest can be tough. You've possibly not yet met their friends, so don't have them to fall back on for ideas. And the pressure's on not to be completely outdone by your potential other half. 

One option could be to head to a pop-up Valentine's market, such as the one taking place in London's Covent Garden, which will be filled with gifts from the likes of Tom Ford, Miller Harris and Godiva. 

Otherwise, take inspiration from our collection of some ideal gift ideas for a new man in your life.

Food and drink

1. Bonnie Sauce Co. hot sauce selection gift set

£18.95, Not on the High Street

A selection of hot sauces 

Chilli sauce has never been as popular in Britain as it is today. Where once households might just have a bottle of Tabasco, now you can't open a kitchen cupboard without a globe-trotting array of exotic sources: habanero, chipotle, peri-peri, Sriracha - they're all in there. 

With chillies having their moment in the sun, this set of artisan sauces is sure to bring some heat to your fledgling relationship. 

The set, from The Bonnie Sauce Co, comes with a Fiery Scotch Bonnet, a Smoky Chipotle, a Mango and Habanero and a Jalapeño and Lime - there's sure to be one for any (romantic) meal.

2. Craft beer case

£33.50, Amazon

10 different craft beers and ales

The craft beer craze shows no signs of slowing down, and this case, with 10 different beers, would make a fabulous Valentine's present for a beer-loving boyfriend.

Included are several top craft beers from some of the best breweries - Goose Island IPA, Camden Hells, Thornbridge Wild Raven, Brewdog Punk IPA and much more.

3. Le Creuset cast iron heart casserole dish 

£160, John Lewis

LeCreuset red heart-shaped casserole dish

For boyfriends who love to cook, this Le Creuset pot will add a romantic touch to the kitchen. It'll also be a subtle hint for your new partner to cook for you more. 

Le Creuset cookware isn't cheap, but each piece comes with a lifetime guarantee, so if you're thinking ahead, when you finally move in together you'll be able to use this premium dish as much as you like. 

4. The Collection Prosecco & chocolates gift set

£20, Marks & Spencer

Marks and Spencer chocolate and Prosecco set 

If you're having a romantic Valentine's evening in, this chocolate and Prosecco set is ideal. It's an indulgent match, with Casa D'Amello Prosecco and a collection of the finest chocolates.

5. Personalised Marmite



Valentine's Day isn't for everyone. You either love it or you hate it. So what better gift than a jar of spread that divides opinion?

Show that you can spread the love and be witty at the same time. (It's also suitable for vegetarians). 

Restaurants and experiences

1. Two nights for the price of one hotel break - deluxe selection

£139, Buy a Gift 

A hotel break at a beautiful location 

There's nothing better to spark a new romance than a weekend getaway at a beautiful location. 

This voucher gets you two nights' accommodation and breakfast with your new love at one of 35 possible locations across the country. 

2. Thames jazz cruise with three course dinner and bubbles 

£130, Buy a Gift 

Jazz cruise on the Thames

This is a perfect romantic evening for a music-loving couple. A cruise down the Thames, a glass of bubbly, smooth jazz playing in the background, and a top three-course meal. Love will definitely be in the air. 

3. Sexy Fish Valentine's Day menu 

£120pp, Sexy Fish

Credit: Sexy Fish

If you want a special dinner date in a more lively environment, head to Sexy Fish in Mayfair, London, where a special Valentine's Day tasting menu is available between February 9th and February 14th.

Sexy Fish is an Asian-inspired restaurant and bar, and the menu features delights like scallops and caviar, a sushi platter and a special Valentine dessert. While it looks pricey, you'll get a lot of very good food.

The room will be suitably decorated with red heart balloons, and any guest who chooses the special menu will receive a glass of Veuve Clicquot Vintage Champagne. 

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4. Aqua Sana Time Together spa day for two

£115pp, Aqua Sana

Credit: Aqua Sana

Everyone needs a relaxing spa treatment to get through the long winter, and even better if you can share it with your new love.

This voucher gives you access to a day at one of five Aqua Sana spas. Aside from access to the spa, you'll get bespoke facials and a back, neck and shoulder massage; refreshments on arrival; lunch at the cafe bar and more. 

Grooming products

1. Davidoff Coolwater Mild

£14.22, Amazon

Davidoff male eau de toilette 

Davidoff Coolwater is a classic, having been launched in 1988. It's a light, fresh scent, with hints of sandalwood, lavender, jasmine and mint. 

Popular and not too expensive, it's ideal for a new boyfriend.

2. Clinique For Men essentials kit 

£30, Feel Unique

Clinique male grooming kit 

Men love to be pampered, too, and this set from Clinique features four products to keep your new man's skin smooth and young-looking. Included are a face scrub, face wash, moisturiser and anti-ageing eye cream.

3. Cornerstone razor blades and beauty products

£14 for six razors, Cornerstone

Cornerstone shaving and grooming kit with razor 

Cornerstone is a premium razor brand offering a tailored subscription service. Its German-engineered blades have been praised by pretty much everyone who has used them. 

If you're not quite sure what your new boyfriend's shaving patterns are, why not opt for a one-off purchase? Choose a set of razor blades, or grooming products such as face wash, face scrub, shaving gel and post-shave balm.

Tech and gadgets

1. Timex Fairfield contactless brown leather watch

£159, H Samuel

Timex contactless watch

The Fairfield Contactless is a brand-new offering from Timex. The 'contactless' refers to the ability to make contactless payments. Unlike many of the new watches with technical capabilities, the Timex Fairfield maintains a classic, classy design. 

2. Bose SoundLink waterproof portable Bluetooth speaker

£99.95, John Lewis

Bose wireless bluetooth speaker 

The Bose SoundLink is a remarkable speaker for its size. It can fit in the palm of your hand, but its sound can easily fill a room. It's ideal for long Netflix sessions, replacing tinny laptop noise with a fuller sound. 

What's more, it's waterproof, so you can also take long, romantic bubble baths accompanied by your favourite music.

3. 'Central Perk' ceramic coffee mug

£9.18, Amazon

Central Perk Friends reusable coffee mug 

Both Friends and plastic have been big news this month. So if your boyfriend is a Friends-loving coffee fan (who would like to cut down on his use of disposable cups), this present is ideal. 

The portable, ceramic mug references the famous cafe around which the TV show revolved (how did they manage to bag the best table every time?). 

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