Valentine's ideas

Flowers, chocolates, diamonds... They'd all be appreciated, but for a really special Valentine's Day gift why not look a little off the beaten track?

To start with the more traditional gifts, there are plenty of finds on Folksy incorporating hearts. This cute felt brooch is an inexpensive gift, perfect if you are in the early stages of your relationship and want to show your affection without going over the top. In fact, at just £3, why wait until Valentine's Day? You can buy it here.

For a more serious gift, jewellery is always the best option. This silver heart necklace by Ali Bali Jewellery is contemporary and stylish:

Or for a more vintage style, this resin heart incorporating an original print of tree branches and a vintage button is the perfect gift. You can buy it here.

Of course, my jewellery also incorporates real vintage bits and bobs. I suggest this Fly Away With Me necklace, which is made from pink freshwater pearls, a brass swallow from New York, a gorgeously sparkling vintage chandelier drop and a satin bow:

I'm hoping that I receive these earrings by Aeris Designs, which were inspired by the recent snow. They feature freshwater pearls wrapped in wire, and are only £10:

I also love this hand dyed rosette brooch from American seller FriendlyBanter, available from her Etsy shop. The colours are perfectly romantic, and it would go with everything from my pinstripe jacket to cocktail dresses.

I love the idea of buying framed prints for people, although you have to be brave and know them really well - it's an incredibly intimate gift. These are two of my current favourites, for different reasons. The Girl and The Fox (buy it here) is charming and winsome, while Dance With Me (buy it here) has a spooky quality, I like the incongruity of the teapot and weird masks:

Finally, if you're looking for a really quirky gift, nothing says "I love you" more than a tiny owl in a tiny box, that's what Daisy Lily who made this gorgeous "Titch" believes anyway. He is available from her Folksy shop.