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Valentine’s Day in Nigeria – The 20 Most Thoughtful Gifts

valentine's day in Nigeria

We are slowly approaching the 14th of February, marked as Valentine’s day throughout the world. And Valentine’s day in Nigeria is usually full of events that many people look forward to. For different reasons, of course. While some people get engaged, others are put in the family way through pregnancy. And some others just spend it with family and/or friends. Whichever way, for whatsoever reason, we gift and receive gifts on this day, at least most people do. And that’s a worldwide “sickness”, by the way. 

So, we bet that, by now, someone somewhere is already racking their brains on what to get for you. Likewise, you’re already racking your brains for the most thoughtful gifts to get your loved one(s). And that’s why we are here! Want to know the 20 most thoughtful gifts to get your loved one(s) this valentine’s day? Read on!


Valentine’s day is understood by many as a day dedicated to showing love and being loved. A lot of stories as to the origin of valentine have been in circulation long enough that we’re quite unsure which is true. One that has lingered most though, is that of St. Valentine and his marrying soldiers against the rule of the then-emperor. 

Whether or not this is true does not affect its celebration as the growing population of humans still recognizes it. Romantic couples take it up a notch with how they celebrate Valentine’s. 

Valentine’s Day in Nigeria 

Whether or not we know and understand the history of valentine’s day does not thin out the celebration in Nigeria. Perhaps that’s one beauty of our Nigerian society, regardless of the growing hardships. We understand the importance of love and go all out to show the ones we love how much we love them. 

You can’t be in Nigeria and not feel the love in the air on Valentine’s day. Even days to the date! Businesses make a fortune during the period, selling gifts and gift boxes. Hang-out spots and restaurants experience an increase in customer patronage and turnover, like they do during festive seasons. Let’s not even talk about hotels! It is the home of the romantics at night, after the day’s activities. People go as far as engaging their significant other with promises for marriage. It is an amazing sight if you find yourself in any of the busy spots. That’s how seriously Nigerians take the period.

Valentine’s day in Nigeria – 20 thoughtful gifts

So, what thoughtful gifts should you be getting the one(s) you love this valentine’s day? You can stop racking your brains trying to come up with gift ideas. Why? Because we have you covered. By the end of this article, the only thing you should be worrying about is how to get them across to your significant other! Without further talk, here’s our list. 

1. Shoes

A pair of shoes or more pairs of shoes? Who’s counting? It’s everybody’s dream to have more options to choose from. So, new pair of shoes as a gift is a plus to the collection and an addition to the dream! Who wouldn’t appreciate that? A piece of advice though. You should get something that is that person’s style, so they appreciate it even more. Or don’t even bother, because it’s useless getting something they’ll never even wear! Although the thought is what counts, you don’t want to classify the money spent as wasted. 

2. Wooden Docking Station

A wooden docking station is a wood piece designed to help organize the placement of things on a work table. Or on any space at all. It is a perfect thoughtful gift to get especially for someone who struggles with space or organization of things. It is quite affordable too, so you don’t have to break the bank. And guess what? It delves out of the “normal” kind of gifts people are used to receiving. So whether or not your loved one(s) knew s/he needed it, they’ll find it handy and appreciate it. Where can you get it?

Try any of the online stores like Amazon, Ubuy Nigeria, eBay, Jumia, Konga, Alibaba, etc. You should find one that you like. Or better still you can get a carpenter to build one for you. You can even customize it for them by engraving their name on it. It will help if this name choice, is one they go by often and love to be called.

3. Valentine’s Day in Nigeria – Hand Bags

You’re probably saying “This is for the ladies”. Well, maybe it is. But men do have handbags too. Again, you should take note to know if the person you’re gifting uses handbags in the first place. Yes, both male and female alike, as not all women and men love and use handbags. Also, for those who do, be sure to get them something classy that falls within their style. Or, just don’t bother with it! Whether it’s an extremely expensive gift or not, will depend on your pocket and what it can afford.

4. Neck and Back Massager

We all know how stressful our days can get, especially here in Nigeria. Remember that feeling of pain and hurt from the day’s work and how badly you could kill for a massage? Yea, everybody feels that too. So, you know how much they’d appreciate this gift in their hands. You might say, “I can always help relieve the pain by massaging them”. Our question is, “Will you always be there?”.

The answer is pretty much obvious. In as much you hope to be around, there are times they’ll be home before you. Or you may be out of state for one function or a business. But, this gift will remind them of you whether you’re there to help them through the stress or not. Like it or not, it is pretty much one of the most thoughtful gifts on the block.

5. Jewelry Set – Valentine’s Day in Nigeria

Before you start protesting that is a gift option for women, not only women wear pieces of jewellery. So, while this is a gift idea to get a woman, a woman can get it for a man. We strongly believe you can’t go wrong with gifting jewellery. Unless the person doesn’t wear them at all, which you should know before you gift them. Also, as long as the jewellery is something that won’t fade within days of wearing them, it’s a great gift. You can get a nice piece of jewellery for an affordable price, so you don’t have to worry about breaking the bank.

6. Personalized Wallets/Purses

We know what you’re saying. “Wallets/Purses are pretty common gifts”, maybe. But a wallet or purse that says your name will feel pretty special to you. If you’re being honest you’d appreciate being gifted something, no matter how common, that has your name engraved on it. So, you know, contrary to how you think, this is a pretty special gift. And it’s quite affordable, so you don’t have to break the bank to get this.

7. Wallet/Purse Card Love Note

This is just a love note in form of a card that you can attach to a wallet/purse. It’s affordable and might seem cheap. But the essence of gifting is to let the person know you love and care about them, right? This love note will surely deliver that message in the simplest yet most romantic of ways. Imagine bringing your wallet/purse to make a payment and finding a note with enchanting words expressing love to you. You’ll probably have a smile on your face throughout the week! Still, think this is a cheap thoughtless gift? We didn’t think so! How do you go about it?

If you don’t think you can scribble heartfelt words on paper, you can purchase cards like the one in the image above from Ubuy Nigeria or any online store. Or see if you can get a poet to do a romantic love note for you. They usually don’t charge much, a thousand or two and you have lines to draw smiles on your lover’s face. Find a time that they’re not looking to slip it into their wallet/purse and you’re good to go!

8. Time – Valentine’s Day in Nigeria

Another shocker. At this point, you’re probably wondering what is wrong with us. “I can’t buy time, package it, and send it off to my loved one”. Exactly, this is why it is all the more valuable to them. It is something money cannot buy but you can give. It shows that more than thinking about them, you want to be with them.

People who hate you can gift you. But only those who truly love you will want to spend time with you. We believe your time is the most thoughtful gift you can give the ones you love. There will be lots of times and opportunities to make money, as long as we breathe. But we can’t be sure how much longer we have to spend with those we love. Life, as you know, is too short.

9. Valentine’s Day in Nigeria – Bluetooth Beanie

A Bluetooth beanie is just a head warmer that has headphones installed in it. So you don’t have to wear a headset over your hat or cap. This is a thoughtful gift to get a person you know who loves music. And loves to listen to them irrespective of what s/he is doing. It’s a perfect way to keep warm and enjoy the best of plays without AirPods or earpieces dangling down ears. We should reiterate that this gift will be considered thoughtful by the ones who love music and hats. So, you should know the likes of the person you’re gifting. You can always get one at Ubuy Nigeria.

10. Wireless Charging Stand

This is one of the most thoughtful gifts ever. The loved one(s) you’re gifting does not even realize how much s/he needs this until s/he gets it. How cool is that? It’s like being proactive with your gifting. We know one set of people who would appreciate it even more. iPhone users! Okay, enough of the messing around. But really, having a stand where your phone, AirPods, and watch can charge without using cables is something anyone would be happy to own. If you’re having trouble getting a wireless charging stand, you can sort them from Ubuy Nigeria, Jumia, Konga, Amazon, etc.

11. Car Vacuum Cleaner

Looking for a pocket-friendly way to show the one(s) you love that you’re thinking about them? This is it. If they’ve got cars of course. It’s general knowledge that car owners treat their cars as their “precious” like in the Lord of the Rings movie. So, a car vacuum cleaner can help to rid their cars of those tiny bits of dirt? They’ll appreciate it!

12. Personalized Watch Box

Still hammering the beauty of name engraving. Imagine getting a box where you can keep your watches with your name engraved on the watch box. How would you feel? Okay, maybe not as excited as if you got something you could wear out. But you just earned a bragging right to your friends! And knowing someone somewhere was thinking of you, creates so much warmth in your heart. It’s one of the most thoughtful gifts that would spark that feeling of love in their hearts towards you. What’s more, you don’t have to break the bank! Also, you can put a new watch in it for them. It helps to increase the value of the gift for them.

13. Vintage Laptop Backpack – Valentine’s Day in Nigeria

Even if it’s not vintage. A clean, quality anti-theft backpack that anyone can travel light with would be a thoughtful gift. Especially if you know they need one. There are waterproof anti-theft smart backpacks with charging ports that don’t cost a fortune and will be well appreciated. Everybody needs a backpack these days. And even if they already have a backpack, you can always get one in a colour they don’t have. They won’t appreciate it less! And guess what? You don’t have to break the bank to get a backpack with such standards. It’s a pocket-friendly thoughtful valentine’s day gift for the one you love.

14. Customized Airpod Case

It might not seem like anything special. But it feels good not having to identify your AirPods case with a scratch, to differentiate it from others. Getting a customized AirPod case with a name engraved is a thoughtful gift and would send a message of love. What’s more, it wouldn’t cost so much to get. So you might want to consider gifting it to someone.

15. Cloth

Whether it is a dress or a shirt or pants, getting cloth for your loved one is a thoughtful gift. Hold on, before you say “pants?!”, by pants we mean trousers not underwear. Similar to shoes, we all crave to have more options to choose from. So, you can be sure that your gift will be appreciated. But like we said earlier, whatever you choose to get should fall within their style. Or even if it is above it, it should be something classy and beautiful. Something you know they will love and be happy to wear. 

16. Books – Valentine’s Day in Nigeria

It may seem out of place to find books listed as a valentine’s day gift. But it isn’t. When we gift people, we consider the things they cherish and will appreciate. For instance, getting a book for someone who loves to read may be more appreciated than gifting a shoe. Hence, the reason we have listed books as a thoughtful valentine’s day gift. So if you know your loved one is a reader and would appreciate books, then, it is a perfect gift this valentine’s.

17. Apple Air Tag

What is an Apple air tag? It is a small tracking device that you can attach to things to keep track of them. You can attach them to keys, backpacks, wallets, etc. With it, you can always find your things in the Find My App. It is the perfect thoughtful gift for a person who is always losing things. Or someone who finds it hard to keep track of where they’ve kept things. 

18. Makeup Set – Valentine’s Day in Nigeria

Yes. We finally listed one gift item that you can say doesn’t apply to both genders. But if your girlfriend is a makeup artist, or loves to do makeup, then you’ve seen the right suggestion. Getting her a set of quality makeup products shows how thoughtful and supportive you are. It is a suggestion you shouldn’t pass up.

19. Perfume Box Set

There’s nothing as amazing as scenting nice and looking the part. Great scents help improve someone’s status automatically. People look at you differently when they perceive the cologne you wear. Hence, getting a perfume box containing different scents from a perfume brand is a perfect thoughtful valentine’s day gift. Especially if that person is into perfumes. How to go about it? Check with various perfume vendors. Some of them have perfume boxes with 4 different scents from the same perfume brand. Some of which include, Gorgio Armani, Victoria’s Secret, Louis Vuitton, etc. 

20. Watch & Bracelet set

Getting a matching watch and bracelet set might seem like a common gift but is still a thoughtful one. Besides, the beauty and quality of the set you get will still cause it to stand out and be well appreciated. Also, it is quite affordable too. Plus, you can always engrave the name or initials of the receiver to make it feel more special to them. Before you write this idea off because it involves a watch, you should know people don’t mind having many watches. As long as it’s a colour they don’t have or a design that stands out, they’ll appreciate it.

Valentine’s Day in Nigeria – Date Ideas

Sorry, you won’t see “dinner date at a restaurant” here. It’s pretty much obvious. Everybody does it. You didn’t come through this page to see the obvious date idea. So we listed alternatives we believe will be a perfect way of spending time on valentine’s day in Nigeria.

Romantic Picnic

Going on a romantic picnic is a great way to spend valentine’s day. There’s nothing as interesting as spending time with the one you love. Watching the night skies together and reminiscing on old memories as you plan for new ones can be entrancing. It is a special way to build stronger bonds with your significant other as you get to know each other. We recommend choosing a quiet and serene location, away from the noise. If you don’t know how to set the night, try getting soft music to play in the background.

What we call “old school blues” is a better option. Ensure you have 2 wine glasses and preferably a vintage wine with great taste. Sipping in wine, while you soak in the beauty of the night, is a great way to unwind.

Listed below, are a few places we believe can offer you a serene environment suitable for a romantic picnic.

S/NNameState in NigeriaLocationContact Information
1Sarius Palmetum Botanical Garden Abuja4 Salween Cl, Maitama, Abuja, Federal Capital Territory
2Rabby Recreation ParkAbujaParadise Estate Rd, Dape District 900108, Abuja, Federal Capital Territory08033460080
3Pleasure ParkRivers Peace Park, Between Army Bori Camp and Airforce base junction, City Centre, Port Harcourt09060022295
4Freedom Park LagosOld Prison Ground,1, Hospital Road, adjacent to St’ Nicholas Hospital, Lagos Island, Lagos08033022587
Elegushi Private BeachLagosLekki – Epe Expy, Road, Lagos08025398923

Game Night – Valentine’s Day in Nigeria

Games are a great way to bond with people, and, the same applies to your significant other. It can be fun and should be a source of laughs through the night. As long as you don’t take yourselves too seriously, that is. It’s also a way to get to know more about each other depending on your choice of games. Playing games together can spark intimacy which is healthy and necessary for the growth of your relationship. Moreover, you don’t have to go out for a game night! You can both play them indoors. What games can you play? Love Language: The card game, Tongue twister, monopoly, Staring contest, Clue, and many others.

Conclusion – Valentine’s day in Nigeria

Another cool activity you can try on valentine’s day is a dinner date and we talk about a lot of restaurants that would be perfect for this. Your choice will depend on your budget and where you find yourself. Do well to click the link if you are in Port Harcourt, Abuja or Lagos.

So, how do you intend to spend your valentine’s day in Nigeria? And what will you be gifting this valentine? Whatever your choices are, we hope your expression of love is appreciated. We also hope to hear about it on Twitter and Instagram

Here’s to wishing you the best of love this Valentine’s. 

Happy Valentines’s to You and yours!

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