Best Creative Valentine’s Day Gifts In 2021

This February 14th, surprise your loved ones with more than just bouquets of red roses and heart-shaped boxes of chocolate. It’s time to get more creative with your gifts this Valentine’s Day. Say “no” to boring gifts and creatively show your love and affection with thoughtful personalized Valentine’s Day presents that are made just for them.

We’ve rounded up a list of 30 creative Valentine’s Day gift ideas that are perfect for everyone in your life. Whether you’re shopping for your significant other, your mom, or your best gal pal– these fun and unique gifts will make your Valentines feel loved.

1. Custom Valentine’s Day Photo Book

photo book with pictures of couple for valentine's dayCreate your own romantic Valentine’s Day photo book to show off your favorite photos of you and your loved one. Fill the pages with snapshots of special moments like anniversaries and date nights. Add custom text to share stories along with each photo and fun embellishments to personalize the photo book to their style. Include a memorabilia pocket to your photo book to preserve keepsakes like tickets to shows you went to together, photo strips, or postcards from your most memorable vacations.

2. Photo Puzzle

photo puzzle with picture of couple for valentine's dayThis holiday, show your special someone that they’re your missing puzzle piece with a custom photo puzzle. Watch your favorite memories appear piece by piece with this fun and challenging Valentine’s Day gift that’s perfect for a stay-at-home date night. Design your puzzle with one photo or more than four, then choose a color and a theme that goes along with it. Shutterfly’s photo puzzles come with 60, 252, 520, or 1,014 pieces. Tack on playing cards with your photos on them for even more personalized fun.

3. Canvas Prints

Black and white wedding photo canvas print of young couple for valentine's dayCanvas prints of your most-loved photos are an excellent gift for anyone in your life, giving them a one-of-a-kind piece of art to display in their homes. Available in an array of sizes, frames, and text personalization options, you’ll have no trouble designing the perfect canvas print for the one you love.

4. Custom Scented Candles

A personalized candle with a photo and the word love for valentine's dayWhen you’re struggling to decide on a romantic Valentine’s Day gift, note you can never go wrong with a scented candle. Personalized photo candles are an unforgettable gift idea that brings a happy glow to any room. Perfect as a first Valentine’s Day gift idea, Shutterfly’s custom candles are displayed on a 9-ounce, elegant glass jar that feature your favorite art or photos; and best of all, they come in a ready to gift box.

5. Personalized Jewelry

custom charm bracelet, necklace, and bangles for valentine's day giftSay “I love you” with a special piece of jewelry this Valentine’s Day. Personalized jewelry makes a beautiful gift for your sister, mom, or best friend. Choose from necklaces, bracelets, bangles, and an assortment of charms to create a keepsake your Valentine will love. For more Valentine’s Day gifts for the women in your life, check out our guide on Valentine’s Day Gifts for Her.

6. Wedding Vow Print

wedding vow art print and framed print on display for a valentine's day giftGift your husband or wife with a sentimental token of the vows you took on your wedding day. Honor your special day by having your wedding vows framed for a heartfelt gift you and your spouse will cherish forever. Available as prints, collage prints, and wooden prints– this display is a romantic Valentine’s Day gift that celebrates your love story.

7. Ceramic Photo Mug

photo mug and travel tumbler for valentine's day giftA personalized photo mug is a great Valentine’s gift anyone can use and love. Design a mug with fun photos and fill it with their favorite chocolate, teas, and snacks when you gift it to them. Add a Valentine’s Day message to the mug that will make them smile every time they use it. If they’re always on the go, consider a travel mug that’s ideal for their morning commute.

8. Fleece Photo Blanket

custom fleece photo blanketGet cozy and cuddle with your partner with a customized fleece photo blanket perfect for a fun V-Day gift. Create a blanket using one of the many unique and stylish designs Shutterfly has to offer so your Valentine can curl up right under their favorite snapshots and memories.

9. Ceramic Tiles

ceramic tile with photo of couple that says forever for valentine's dayA custom ceramic tile is a creative Valentine’s Day gift your parents or grandparents will adore. Accompanied by an easel for an easy display, ceramic tiles look great on a mantle, bookshelf, or counter. Design a 6×6 or 8×8 ceramic tile with photos of the grandchildren for a sweet Valentine’s Day gift grandma will be excited to show off.

10. Personalized Mason Jar

custom mason jar with monogram for valentine's day giftThe best gifts are ones that can be used every day. Mason jars are versatile gifts that are very simple to make and will get a lot of use out of them. You can gift a mason jar as is or fill it with sweet treats, pampering spa items, or love letters and Valentine’s Day quotes to make your gift even more special. Choose from Shutterfly’s many mason jar designs to design the right gift for your Valentine.

11. Customized Drinkware

custom pilsner glass and flask for valentine's day gift for himBuy a bottle of a drink the two of you love to share and gift it along with personalized drinkware. If your Valentine is a wine connoisseur, design a custom stemless wine glass. Do they prefer beer? Gift them with a pilsner glass, bottle opener, or can cooler. Toast to a special Valentine’s Day with personalized champagne flutes that are etched with a monogram or favorite saying, making for a truly memorable gift.

12. Make Valentine’s Day Dessert

the best creative valentine's day gifts featuring chocolate covered strawberriesValentine’s Day is all about sweetness, both sweethearts and sweet treats. Show your Valentine how much they mean to you by treating them to a homemade dessert. Skip the store-bought sweets this year by whipping up something yourself, like chocolate-covered strawberries or pink-frosted cupcakes for a Valentine’s Day gift that will fill their heart with joy.

13. Personalize A Tote Bag

custom cotton tote bag for valentine's day gift for herTotes are great for carrying everything they need. Personalize a tote bag with their name, a photo, or a special quote for a fun and creative Valentine’s Day gift. Shutterfly’s 100% cotton canvas bags measure 15 inches by 18 inches and are stylish, durable, and versatile.

14. Customize A Pillow

customized pillows with words and photos for valentine's day giftTurn their favorite photographs into home accents with custom DIY pillows. Choose multiple photos for a collage-style pillow or personalize a monogram pillow with their initials. You can also choose from custom patterned pillows such as plaid, striped, lantern, or floral patterns, that are stylish and fun to add to any bed or couch.

15. Keepsake Box

A cute keepsake box to be used as a valentine's day gift.When looking for a thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift, capture a special memory by turning it into a keepsake box. A keepsake box is a beautiful gift you can use to store your most meaningful mementos and relive those memories every day. Designing your Valentine a keepsake box with a special photo or Valentine’s Day message on the tile lid will make a lasting impression.

16. Book A Valentine’s Day Vacation

couple with laptop and suitcases for valentine's day vacationSay Happy Valentine’s Day by planning a romantic getaway to somewhere the two of you have always talked about visiting. Whether you’re jetting off to Fiji or staying close to home for a weekend getaway, anyone would appreciate this thoughtful gift. When you get home, make a travel photo book with your favorite snaps of your trip to look back on.

17. Wood Wall Art

Wood wall art with images of couple for a valentine's day giftTurn your favorite photos into beautiful wood wall art that makes for one of the best Valentine’s Day gifts. Make wood wall art from your wedding photos or your best family portraits that will look great hung up in your home.

18. Customize A Cutting Board

custom cutting board with heart cookies for valentine's dayShow your mom your appreciation this Valentine’s Day with a custom engraved cutting board. Personalize one of Shutterfly’s cutting boards with your family’s last name, a monogram, or a sweet Valentine’s Day message. This gift is the perfect way to upgrade mom’s kitchen and make it more her own. Consider adding on a custom apron to use along with their cutting board.

19. Personalized Phone Case

custom iphone cases with photos for a valentine's day giftA personalized phone case is a gift that’s both creative and practical. Make your Valentine a phone case with sentimental photos and choose from unique colors and designs to fit their personality. Shutterfly’s custom phone cases are available for iPhones and Samsung Galaxy phones. For tech-lovers, add on a wireless phone charger personalized with a fun photo.

20. Garden Stone

personalized garden stones with namesIf your Valentine has a green thumb, gift them with a personalized garden stone. Custom garden stones are built out of durable resin material that looks identical to natural rocks. These stones are resistant to the effects of weather and will remain beautiful for years. Your loved one will appreciate this gift that adds a unique accent to their garden.

21. Make Them A Valentine’s Day Music Playlist

couple listening to music with headphones and phone for a valentine's day dateA personalized and unique Valentine’s Day gift for someone is a music playlist. Choose songs that are significant to your loved one and hold a special meaning and plan a romantic afternoon to listen to them together. Apple Music and Spotify are both easy tools for creating and sharing your playlist. A playlist is a simple and easy gift idea that also has a personal touch to it.

22. Frame A Special Photo

framed desktop plaque with photo of couple and their initials for a valentine's day giftShow your sweetheart how much you care with a special framed photo of the two of you. Choose a framed art print for their wall at home or a desktop plaque they can keep on their bedside table or their desk at work. They’ll think of you every time they look at it.

23. Flowers In A Glass Vase

glass vase with monogram with flowers for valentine's day

Take Valentine’s Day flowers to the next level by organizing them in a wonderful glass vase display for your valentine. Customizing the bouquet with your valentine’s favorite flowers will make the gift more special and she will be able to treasure the amazing  fragrance from the flowers all day long. This boost of fresh flowers will create a romantic atmosphere perfect for any Valentine’s Day dinner.

24. DIY An At-Home Spa Day

flowers, soap, candles, and bath bombs for spa on valentine's daySurprise your special someone by transforming their bathroom into a luxurious at-home spa for a date night. Light some candles and gather the supplies for a bubble bath, like sweet-smelling bath bombs and essential oils. Creating a spa at home is a perfect way to spend some quality time together while saving money.

25. Customize A Notepad

custom caption notepad with lines and motivational phrase at the topYou’ll be more inclined to write love notes this Valentine’s Day with a DIY personalized notepad. Choose a fun design, add some captions, and up to three photos of the two of you.

26. Make Valentine’s Day Crafts With The Kids

young girl holding up valentine's day artworkIf you have young kids, get them in on the action for at least one Valentine’s Day gift this year. Work with your children to DIY an art project for mom or dad and help them fingerpaint hearts, decorate a homemade picture frame, or make a Valentine’s Day card. This is a great way to get them involved and to spend family time together. Check out our guide on Valentine’s Day ideas for kids.

27. Custom Pot Holder

custom pot holder and trivet with photo for valentine's day giftIf your Valentine loves to cook or bake, a custom pot holder is perfect for them. Choose one of Shutterfly’s unique templates, add photos, and make a one-of-a-kind pot holder that they’ll be excited to use every time they step in the kitchen. Add a custom trivet along with the pot holder to make a practical item much more fun.

28. Custom Socks

custom photo socksIf funny gifts are more your style, make your Valentine a pair of custom socks. Choose from unique designs and add funny photos that will make your partner laugh every time they look down at their feet. Are they a pet parent? Customize their socks with pictures of their pet for a cute novelty gift.

29. Monthly Planner

Calendar and planner.If they still haven’t picked up a calendar after the new year, design them a personalized monthly planner with photos of them with their family and friends. With plenty of stylish cover and template options, a customized planner will stand out from the crowd. They’ll be excited to carry this unique gift with them everywhere they go.

30. Valentine’s Day Card

valentine's day cards with photos with different designs, colors, sizes and boarders

Don’t forget the card! Create a custom Valentine’s Day card for the special people in your life that’s different from anything you’ll find in-store. Whether you need a single card for your sweetheart or a lot of cards for your child’s classroom, you’ll want to make a unique Valentine’s card that you’re proud to send. Choose from different sizes and layouts and choose a sweet photo to make your card perfect. For ideas on what to write in a Valentine’s Day card, check out this list of Happy Valentine’s Day quotes.

Final Thoughts On Valentine’s Day Gifts

Whatever Valentine’s Day gift you choose, your special someone will appreciate the time you put into celebrating them. Valentine’s Day is all about showing how much you love your Valentine, and make they know how much you care for them with gifting them one of these best creative Valentine’s Day gifts. For more gift ideas, check out these Valentine’s Day gift guides: