Maybe she can’t fork out the time and effort for a puppy (a real puppy as a Valentine’s Day gift when she’s not ready for one is a big no-no) but you sure can get her this ultra-adorable lamp – no maintenance required except for the weekly dusting.
Mix & Match Classic Bundle Set, $198 to $328, Sojao
Okay, we know. Bedding might not be the most romantic gift but she’ll change her mind when she sinks into these soft and silky organic bedsheets from Sojao. You’ll get to benefit too, if you’re married or are living together. Win-win.
Again, not the sexiest gift but aside from black, it comes in two super pretty colours, Brilliant Green and Millennium Pink, that’ll brighten up her home office. Plus, it allows you to print your designs or photos onto fabric iron-on transfer papers to create your unique couple tote bag, T-shirts, wallets or cushion covers.
Chinatown Shophouses by Glenn Phua Porcelain Plate
Chinatown Shophouses by Glenn Phua Porcelain Plate, $120, Supermama
If her style’s quirky and she’s got a thing for nostalgia, head to Supermama where you’ll find homewares co-designed by artists with disabilities from The Art Faculty and its in-house team – how’s that for an extra meaningful gift.
This one of Chinatown’s shophouses is by Glenn Phua, a Singaporean artist who was diagnosed to be on the autism spectrum at the age of four. Royalties go to the artists – abled or disabled, for the contribution of artwork.
The Misfit Pets Ceramic Pots, $45 each, Tumbleweed Plants
If your significant other has green fingers, she’ll welcome a lovely addition to her collection of potted plants. Tumbleweed Plants has a plethora of plants (which you’ll have to purchase at the store), as well as chic planters and pots that’ll spruce up her balcony. These adorable animal-themed pots designed and handmade in Bangkok by a Thai artist have our hearts.
Here’s one for the nights you prefer to stay in and cosy up with a drink in hand rather than hit up a bar. This copper set is perfect for ice-cold drinks like beer, since copper is a thermal conductor that’ll keep your drinks cold.
Kartell Trullo table container, price upon enquiry, Lifestorey
The ancient trullos (small conical stone huts) of Apulia, Italy get a contemporary twist with this table container designed by Italian architect and designer Fabio Novembre – it’s a table centrepiece that’s set to be a conversation starter.