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3 Unusual Valentine’s Gifts for Long-Term Lovers

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You’ve been together for a few years. You’ve covered all the Valentine’s Day gift classics: 12 red roses (or ten if you buy them in a rush from the supermarket), her favourite chocolates, once you grabbed some expensive jewellery in a total last minute panic. A moment you’ve regretted every year since because nothing’s ever lived up to it. Then suddenly, out of nowhere, the same day has come round again. Here it is, looming ahead of you and you only just scraped together ideas for Christmas, despite being told she’d dropped “so many hints”. So what the hell do you buy the women who have everything? The one you’ve already bought everything for (with a 40% success rate)? Here are some Valentine’s gifts for her that can’t go wrong. Seriously. This is fool proof.

Memory Box

Make a little effort. Even the hardest of hearts can’t knock a homemade memory box (if they do, perhaps you need to rethink why you’ve made a long term commitment to that person, but who are we to give relationship advice?) It shows thought. It shows preparation and dedication. It’s a romantic way to show all the good times you’ve shared together and that you still care. Awww.

Scratch Map Chalk®

Do something cute. Remove the foil from all the places you’ve travelled to together and then write on it all the places you want to take them next. Stick pictures of your faces on it. Make it such a surprise when they open it up that they leap into your arms and you’re finally forgiven for that unmentionable gift on the same day three years ago. (How were you supposed to guess they DIDN’T want to go to the Steps reunion tour you won free tickets for).

Smartphone Projector 2.0 DIY

Now this is a good one. You’re going to get major brownie points for this. Wait. Who even says that? You’re going to get better rewards than brownie points but you can let your imagination decide what. Take this plain white projector and some colouring pens (or if drawing is not your strong point, print out some photos of the two of you and buy some glue.) Write some sweet messages and funny in jokes you share, or stick your favourite photos all over it or pictures of your favourite movies. Then, when they unwrap it, take out your phone and play a “here’s one I made earlier” montage video complete with photos and footage of memories you’ve shared. Yes it’s a lot of effort. We didn’t say it was going to be easy. You’ve been together years now. Nothing’s easy. Joking. No seriously. Those dreamy days where just a kiss was enough are behind you.

You’ve got this. Good luck!

3 Valentine’s Gifts for When You’ve Just Started Dating

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Some things in life are just awkward. Leaving the house with your skirt tucked into your knickers… running for a bus that speeds off the moment you reach the stop… dating someone for a mere month when Valentine’s Day strikes. You haven’t had ‘The Chat’ yet but you like them too much to pretend it’s just another ordinary day. What do you do?! The good news is that Luckies are here to help with a whole host of fun, and unusual gift ideas which will leave you in your lover’s good books. Here’s our top 3:

Pocket Tin Speaker

This speaker has all bases covered – it looks cool, sounds great and is less than £20. If you really want to put the effort in, you could pre-prepare a playlist to blast through this small-but-mighty bit of kit, showing off your fabulous music tastes. Let’s Get It On? Maybe a bit a much…

Mon Cherry

It’s kitsch, it’s quirky and it’s cuter than a box of kittens. Mon Cherry is the sweetest gift for any lover who likes a sweet treat but isn’t quite ready to go wedding cake tasting with you. With a loveable name and handy measuring cherries, make them enough baked goodies and you’ll be cutting that three tiered cake together in no time.

Greetings Card Kit

Card shops up are being filled with cards brandishing, “I’ll Love You to the Moon and Back” and “Be My Valentine”. But you don’t even know when your squeeze’s birthday is! You’re not ready for a card declaring anything other than your commitment to watch the latest series of Sherlock with them. This is where the Greeting Card Kit comes in. Choose one of the four stamps and write your own greeting with your preferred level of intimacy. This year we’ll be going with… YOU ARE worth deleting Tinder for.  Beautifully packaged, you can always buy it for your beau if they’re a crafty so and so!

The Best Gifts for Men in 2017

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With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, followed by Father’s Day, anniversaries, birthdays and bromances, there’s never a time when unusual gift ideas for men aren’t sought after. So whether you’ve got a hard to buy for boyfriend, a tech-obsessed best friend or a brother who has absolutely everything, here’s a list of the best gifts for men in 2017.

The Best Gift For Men Who Love To Travel:

Possibly our swankiest map to date, meet the Stamp Map™ poster. This copper themed poster will allow your travel obsessed man to keep a personalised record of not only where he’s visited in the world, but where he wants to visit too. Here’s what our Stamp Map™ poster includes:

  • Two brass stamps that allow you to mark where you want to go with an ‘X’ and where you’ve been with a ‘Visited’ – there’s even space to write the date in too!
  • Red and blank ink pads

The Best Gift For Men Who Love Cooking:

Men than love cooking are usually the hardest to buy for because every novelty shaped rolling pin/fitness fanatic cookbook has been given to them already. We bet they don’t have an industrial style olive oil container though. Not only does Oil & Co Pourer look stylish on the kitchen table, it also stops that greasy, slimy mess from dribbling down the side of the olive oil bottle. OCD anyone?

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The Best Gift For Men Who Love Gadgets:

Brother got a penchant for all things tech? Step right up Hologram Viewer. This nifty little gadget will allow him to create, watch and send 3D holograms to all his gadget obsessed mates.

The Best Gift For Men Who Love To Party:

Whether he’s an Ibiza raver, a gentlemen’s club fine diner or a mud-wrestling Glasto camper, every party goer needs music. Our Pocket Tin Speaker is small enough to fit in his pocket but loud enough to get the party going. Pocket Tin Speaker’s features include:

  • Rechargeable via a USB lead
  • Up to 12 hours playback
  • Hard metal exterior making it more durable than most speakers

Never again will your hard to buy for guy be without music.

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The Best Gift For Men Who Love Interiors:

If he’s got cushions and house plants coming out of his ears, take a look at our Chalkboard Map. This self-adhesive, black chalk vinyl can be used for plotting travel plans or just for #housegoals snaps. The choice is his.

The Best Gift For Men Who Have Everything:

If your boyfriend is one of those guys who has everything, we’ve got a pretty unusual gift idea for him. If, like most human beings, he enjoys watching stuff in bed/the bath,  meet our Smartphone Magnifier. Resolving all his content watching/sharing woes, this retro style cardboard TV will definitely get his gizmo juices flowing. Here’s why:

  • A lo-fi, hands free way to watch content off your phone
  • Magnifies the image at twice the original size
  • Allows you to watch content off your phone in a group

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Unusual Christmas Gifts for Someone Special

Christmas is a great time of year for spending with your loved one – whether you’re in a new relationship, you’ve passed the seven-year-itch with flying colours or you’re plucking out each other’s grey hairs, there’s never a better time to let that someone special know that you really care for them. But how do you translate all of that into a present? It’s definitely a tall order, but we think we’ve done a pretty good job of collecting some of the best unusual Christmas presents for that someone special and putting them all in this handy guide.

Unusual Christmas Gifts for the New Relationship

Who doesn’t love the dizzying whirlwind that is a new romance? The kind that makes you tell any one who’ll listen just how smitten you are (even the Uber drive at 2.00am). We’ve thought about this one long and hard. It’s not too soppy, but can definitely encourage a lot of situations where cuddling up is paramount. By giving your new beau the Smartphone Magnifier, you can transform any private occasion into a back-seats-of-the-cinema kind of night. Whether you’re going camping and want to watch something scary or you’re in the bath and fancy watching something romantic, Smartphone Magnifier is perfect for bringing you closer together.

Unusual Christmas Gifts for the Comfortable Couple

When you’ve been with someone a while, you need to make every present count. All too often we can fall into the trap of feeling overly comfortable with a partner – but buying them the new part to the leaky tap they need to fix is a sure fire way to snuff out the spark that first brought you together. So why not give them a super-thoughtful and personal present this Christmas? Try our Framed Scratch Map® poster. Now you can record all your treasured holiday memories in pride of place in your home.

Unusual Christmas Gifts for the Seasoned Pros

When you get to a certain point in a relationship and you know each other inside and out, gimmicky gadgets and trendy presents seem somewhat redundant. Sometimes all you need is a gesture, to show how strong your love for them still is. That’s why we created Love Note – a message in a bottle that you can write and seal yourself. Nothing says I love you like a handwritten note ready to traverse the ocean…

Unusual Gift Ideas for Mum and Dad

For all those unsung heroes commonly referred to as Mum and Dad, it’s about time they were given the original and awesome gifts they deserve! No more showing your affection and gratitude with a pack of socks or chocolates, after forgetting your Father’s on another of his diets and hates socks. With our epic unusual gift ideas for Mum and Dad you’ll never be short of ideas and you can give those unwanted chocolates to someone who really wants them…no one’s calorie counting over here!

Unusual Gift Ideas for the Green-Fingered Mum and Dad – Herbert Garden Tool Kit

For all Mums and Dads that love gardening, let us Introduce Herbie and Bert, two gnomes-come-gardening companions atop a trowel and spade. With Mum digging up pesky weeds with the trowel and Dad planting some pansies with the spade, this unusual gift idea fuelled by parent team-work will have all pot plants and flower beds blossoming in no time.

Unusual Gift Ideas for Mum and Dad that Travel Together – Scratch Map® UK and Ireland

If your parents are busy exploring Great Britain thanks to their Two Together Railcard, why not add to their travel times with Scratch Map® UK and Ireland poster? Looking great hanging on any wall with fancy silver foil on white and blue gloss paper, this Scratch Map® poster encourages all staycationers to take that trip up North…

Unusual Gift Ideas for the Off-Duty Mum and Dad – Smartphone Projector and Speaker V2.0 Gift Set

With all the ironing, cleaning and caring (of your pet rabbit that you lost interest in) done for the day, your rents deserve one night a week off-duty where they can catch up on the soaps and series they’re forever missing. The Smartphone Projector and Speaker V2.0 Gift Set is pre-assembled and portable meaning high-res viewing and surround sound straight from their iOS and Android, anytime and anywhere. Corrie Omnibus and a cup of tea, lovely.

Unusual Gift Ideas for the Multi-Tasking Mum and Dad – Hankie Notebook

Hankie Notebook is a pocket book shaped like a handkerchief that conveniently fits in top pockets so that busy Mums and Dads won’t lose their notes. Whether Mummy’s a busy boss who works most nights or Dad’s making a to-do list so as not to forget when to pick you up, this quirky and handy notepad makes an ideal unusual gift for all fast-paced folks.

Unusual Gift Ideas for the Sociable Mum and Dad – Juice Bruce Squeezer

Juice Bruce Squeezer, the wooden citrus juicer bursting with personality, makes Mother and Father’s parties all the more lively. Whether they’re having the neighbours and milkman over for margaritas or preparing fruity mocktails for their famous family summer bash, this awesome and unusual gift idea may well have you joining in with the your Old Man and his work chums come Friday night. Well, maybe…

Introducing: Scratch Map® Hello

Adele, Lionel Richie and Luckies all love to say hello. Fact. And though our pop-star sensations may have made the odd dollar bill doing so, can they sing this greeting in over 190 countries? Nope. Well, in that case Luckies may have marginally won this slightly biased competition thanks to Scratch Map® Hello poster.

Scratch Map® Hello world map poster is the newest addition to our Scratch Map® poster family and possibly the friendliest, with so many eager ways waiting to greet you. By removing the foil to reveal the bright neon coloured countries underneath, you can create a personalised record of your travels and pick up the local lingo as you go. From Salut and Salaam to Hej and Hallo (we could have guessed that last one), you’ll impress the natives with your widespread knowledge…even if your pronunciation is slightly off!

Making an epic and unusual gift idea for graduating students taking a gap year, all languages can be learnt and rehearsed ahead of them jumping from country to coast. Or perhaps your parents fancy their very own Michael Palin inspired travel around the world in 80 days? Well with Scratch Map® Hello poster, they can track their travels the modern way by removing the foil from every country. Having scratch map® posters framed and hung in prize position makes a great every day reminder of your adventure, and a somewhat subtle way to show off your travels to any home visitors!

And finally, let’s not forget those all-favourite trips away for blossoming love birds. Making a romantic and thoughtful anniversary gift, the two of you can keep a personalised record of your trips as you take on the world together, removing the foil one country at a time. And with next day delivery available, you’ll have the lingo learnt for all greetings in no time…we’ll just leave it up to you what language you choose when popping the big question. Wink wink, nudge nudge.

5 Unusual Valentine’s Day Gifts for Men

When it comes to Valentines Day most fellas would probably be happy with a beer and a cuddle (cough cough), but if you’re trying to cultivate his appreciation for the finer things in life you may need to rethink buying him that six pack from Saino’s. But finding something that he’ll enjoy quite as much could prove difficult – that’s why Luckies have done all the hard work for you and compiled this list of unusual Valentine’s gifts for men that are bound to impress.

Unusual Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Big-Screen Boyfriend

We know we suggest this one a lot, but the Smartphone Projector and Speaker Gift Set really is the most versatile present you could hope for. Providing your man loves his telly, he’ll love this present – a portable home cinema kit that turns your phone into a projector instantly PLUS it comes with a speaker just to sweeten the deal. Whether he’s catching up on his sports big screen style or nuzzling up to you while a movie plays, this quirky present is sure to put a smile on his face.

Unusual Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Food Fanatic

If your better half boasts a fine palette and is always looking for a cool way to style out his kitchen sideboard then have we found the perfect gift for you – Food Factory Condiment Set. This cute storage tray is designed to hold a salt and pepper shaker, along with a dual-compartment spice tray that he can add his own favourite spices to. Just hope that he’ll use his latest kitchen toy to cook you a slap up dinner!

Unusual Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Forgetful Fella

If you spend mornings playing hide and seek with your boyfriend’s keys then you’ll know how annoying it can be to swap your precious snooze time to help him out. Introducing KeyPete – a cute little key holder that attaches to any surface and can hold up to 30 keys – no longer will you have to chose between the snooze button and your relationship! He’s such a reliable little fella that you’ll wonder how you both lived without him…

Unusual Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Boozy Boyfriend

Okay so we had to put in one beer related V-Day gift – we’d hate to see all the men out there go thirsty on their special day! But this unusual gift isn’t just any boozy present – Sip Zip is a bottle opener shaped like a huge zip that makes opening bottles a little bit more fun. It’s the perfect accessory to take on romantic picnics, beach holidays or house parties, as it handily clips on to his pockets – perfect!

Unusual Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Lovey-Dovey Dude

So it wouldn’t be a Valentine’s Day gift guide if we didn’t put something mushy in here – those with a weak stomach look away now! If you’re after something to heat up the romance on your V-Day celebration, try our Memory Box – a cool wooden box to keep all your treasured keepsakes in. Why not go the extra mile and start off his collection with ticket stubs of gigs you’ve been to, dried flowers he’s bought you or little poems about your undying love for him. Too far? We’ll let you decide…

Unusual Gift Ideas: BLIK Surface Graphics

Remember the days of wanting to (and maybe sometimes) drawing on the walls of your old bedroom. Well – thanks to BLIK and their super cool removal surface graphics, you can pretty much do that for real – all with the added bonus of having a guaranteed piece of artwork set to impress guests, rather than a scribble that your parents could only describe as ‘abstract’. What’s more, these surface graphics are ideal for unusual gift ideas – because who wants the same old present year after year?

Unusual Gift Ideas for Hipsters

Outdoor lights inside, if that’s not ironic we don’t know what is. These removable Café Lights by Mina Javid will bring the atmosphere to you from the comfort of your own sitting room – an ideal gift idea for all the artisan coffee drinking characters in your life.

Unusual Gift Ideas for the Women in Your Life

From your sister to your girlfriend, there are few women in this world that wouldn’t LOVE to see a pink heart decorating their walls. Not only is Heart Breakout by Upper Playground vibrant and artistic, but it will show just how much they mean to you. No doubt they will thank you from the bottom of their hearts #sorrynotsorry

Unusual Gift Ideas for New Parents

We all know that couple who have ditched backpacks for nappy bags. While they love receiving gifts for their new bundle of joy, we bet they would appreciate this A Birth Day by Threadless sticker for the walls of their nursery. It’s cool, fun and will prove to be a great keepsake for years to come. Ahh.

Unusual Gift Ideas for the Men in Your Life

Bros, boyfriends and all will no doubt appreciate a piece of Pac-Man Ghost by Namco on their office wall. Just see how long it takes for them to guess a route to escape the maze.

Unusual Gift Ideas For Youngsters

What’s not to love about Citysaurs by Threadless? This hybrid dinosaur – skyline boasts a pretty impressive view from any seat in the house. Buy this fun and unusual gift for any member of the fam and watch them stick it on the wall with a roaring smile.

Unusual Gift Ideas for The Girlfriend Who Has Everything

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Girls are notoriously hard to please when it comes to buying gifts. You need a present that’s quirky and original yet not so off-the-wall that you’re faced with the “you don’t know me at all” stare. A lipstick in the wrong shade and she could think you don’t like her look… A book in the wrong genre and she’ll doubt you’ve been listening to her… An outfit in the wrong size and you’re sleeping on the sofa. So, let Luckies take the stress out of searching for that perfect gift for the girlfriend who has everything.

Unusual Gifts Ideas for the Health-Buff Girlfriend

If your lady treats her body like a temple then you need to too. If she reads up on the latest health fads and is all over the low-cal options, we reckon she’ll like Cucumbo. This nifty little spiraliser creates vegetable noodles from any semi-soft vegetables making it the perfect unusual gift for any girl that loves her crab substitutes, creating instantly healthy meals in a flash.

Unusual Gifts Ideas for the Arty-Farty Girlfriend

If your girlfriend can often be found doodling in notebooks, watching the latest Warhol documentary or forever paying a visit to the local gallery, then why not try an arty gift to suit her personality? Birds of a Feather by Threadless is a movable decal that is easily applied to walls and guaranteed to brighten up any room. Its modern feather stencil design is bound to get those creative juices flowing – eat your heart out Banksy!

Unusual Gifts Ideas for the Baking-Guru Girlfriend

If your girlfriend could give Nigella a run for her money then she should try the Cookie Cup Cookie Cutter – a biscuit cutter that makes your baked goods into awesome little tea cups! This is possibly the cutest present around, and is bound to earn you some brownie points (and possibly some brownies as well). Let her customise her cookies, biscuits, cakes and bakes with stars and spots – it may even inspire her to fill in that Bake Off application at last!

Unusual Gifts Ideas for the Old-Romantic Girlfriend

If your girlfriend is an old romantic at heart and you’re always looking for evermore quirky and unusual gifts to get her, why not try Love Note – a message in a bottle that you can pour your sweet nothings into before sealing with the sticker provided. She’ll love that you’ve been creative and written the message yourself – romance has come a long way from rose petals on the bed!

Unusual Gifts Ideas for the Book Worm Girlfriend

If your better half is more fond of her treasured collection of books rather than watching the latest season of X Factor then she’ll love Hippomark Bookmark – a quirky little gift that will show her how much you know about her hobbies and passions. He’ll brighten up any half-read book as he swims through the pages, and is bound to go down a treat with any avid book worm.

5 Travel Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day

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If your better half has got the travel bug (clues: they’re forever rifling through Lonely Planet and have started using made up words like ‘wanderlust’), then it’s a safe bet that they’d love a travel related gift for Valentine’s Day. But with so many on the market, it’s hard to find an unusual gift that’s going to cut the mustard. Whether your partner is into trekking through the wilderness in South East Asia or just mooching around the English countryside, this handy V-Day gift guide for the travel obsessed lover has got it covered.

Tag Me Luggage Tag is a cute little airplane shaped bag tag that makes the perfect gift for the traveller that likes to accessorise. It’s also great for tackling those awkward moments at airports when trying to prove that plain black suitcase really is yours without rifling through your sundries mid airport lounge. It’s also available in two colours – perfect for adding a bit of style to your journey!

This next gift is great for anyone that’s been the unfortunate victim of a pesky pick pocket on their travels. Not only is the Undercover Phone Sleeve big enough to keep your MP3 player, keys, camera and bank card safe from prying hands, but it’s shockproof, splash proof, and tear proof! Cleverly disguised as an old envelope, it’ll keep your loved one’s valuables safe, and means that you can continue with those treasured Skype calls while they’re away!

Travelogue Travel Journal makes a great Valentines present for the wordsmiths among us – it’s a journal that’s ready made to plan trips with miniature Scratch Map® maps to complete on route, AND room to tuck in boarding passes, polaroids and notes. Why not up the ante and write a soppy Valentine’s Day note in the front, or hide some loving letters in the pages for your sweetheart to find on their travels?

If your other half is forever returning from trips with a pocketful of useless shrapnel in a myriad of currencies then this present won’t go unappreciated by both of you. Currency Money Bank is a piggy bank with a difference – six separate compartments mean your partner can organise their travel cash with ease! That and they’ll stop accidentally trying to buy you a Costa with Yen…

Last up on our list of travel gifts for Valentine’s Day is Shoes Pouch – great for those partners that need a bit of help organising their bits and pieces on holiday. If your lover is forever asking you to sit on their suitcase while they fight with the zip, then this makes a great unusual gift to give them a helping hand. And not only does it keep the dust and dirt from getting on their clothes, but it also keeps their stinky trekking shoes from contaminating the rest of the hotel. It’s so effective it’ll have you wondering whether it’s really a present for them or for you!