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11th Feb 2018

Valentine’s Day: 10 last-minute presents that are NOT petrol station flowers

Amazing gift ideas starting at just €4,50!

Trine Jensen-Burke

Hey guys – in a panic because you haven’t yet picked her up something for Valentine’s Day?

Relaaax – we got you.

Here are 10 super-amazing, not too expensive, easy-to-lay-your-hands-on last minute gifts any girl will be thrilled to open come Wednesday:

1. Two-Tone Bralette and Brazilian Panties

If you can’t purchase pretty lingerie for Valentine’s Day, then when the heck can you?

Two-Tone Bralette, €10, and Brazilian Panties, €7, Penneys

2. Butler’s Chocolate Valentine’s Hearts Stick

Because chocolate hearts are never wrong.

Butler’s Chocolate Valentine’s Hearts Stick, €4,50, Butler’s Chocolate Cafés nationwide

3. Max Benjamin Ocean Islands Collection Diffuser

We all want to be transported to a tropical paradise, and the new Ocean Islands collection from Max Benjamin does just that. Our favourite? The new “Maldives” scented diffuser, filling our home with aromas of coconut, orange and bergamot.

Max Benjamin Ocean Islands Maldives Diffuser, €32,95, Kilkenny Stores and selected retailers nationwide, and online at

4. Avoca Cashmere Throw

Give the gift of (the softest of) snuggles this Valentine’s Day.

Avoca Cashmere Throw, €129,95, Avoca

5. The Palestinian Table

Foodies will no doubt love this gorgeous new cookbook from Phaidon, with 150 delicious, easy-to-follow recipes for delicious, traditional Middle Eastern food. Oh – and the best bit? It is so stunning to look at, it also works perfectly as a coffee table book.

The Palestinian Table, €34,95, Easons

6. Brancott Estate Flight

There’s wine and then there’s wine that won’t make you feel guilty of wrecking your New Year’s resolutions, like the Brancott Estate Flight, a new lower calorie wine from New Zealand that not only has 26 percent less alcohol, but also 20 percent less calories than other white wines.

Brancott Estate Flight, €15, available in retail stores throughout country


7. Grey Cement Style Planter

Sure, roses are great, but really, these days it is all about greenery, and right now, we (and most women, probably) are lusting after this stunning cement style planter from Next.

Grey Cement Style Wide Planter, €72, Next

8. Round Raffia Basket Bag

This summer (take our word for it) will be all about the raffia bags, so you might as well just get yourself one straight away.

Round Raffia Basket Bag, €29,95, Zara

9. Pandora Bar Bracelet with Pink and Clear Cubic Zirconia

We are more than a little bit in love with Pandora’s new Valentine’s collection – and especially this delicate and oh-so romantic bracelet.

Bar Bracelet with Pink and Clear Cubic Zirconia, €79, Pandora stores nationwide


10. Hollywood Deco Cake Stand

Anyone who loves to bake and entertain will no doubt fall head over heels for this gorgeous Art Deco style cake stand from M&S – just another excuse to have the girls around for some tea and cakes, really.

Hollywood Deco Cake Stand, €35, Marks & Spencer