Beyond tokenism: go for a declaration of true love this Valentine’s Day

Valentines day gift ideas for the Tinkerer and Fixer - the maker, grower or menderApparently, according to our friend Google, Brits spent over £1 billion on Valentine’s gifts last year – with men, on average, spending £40 on their partner, whereas women spent an average of £20 (come on ladies, surely we’re all about the parity now?!)
How much of these gifts are purely tokenistic? That bunch of red roses that says ‘I love you’ on the 14th Feb, will be in the compost bin (hopefully) by the 21st. That box of chocs would be (if it were me) eaten by the 15th.  Even by today’s standards, they are pretty transient declarations of love. 

Tokenistic. Transient. Surely they are the exact opposite of a declaration of true love?

Love is going that extra mile to find something that will make your partner smile, to make them happy, to show them that you, without a shadow of doubt, really ‘get’ them.

Love is long term, something that grows, as well as ebbs and flows in strength, over time.

So here’s our guide to non-tokenistic, non-transient gifts that you could get for the Tinkerer and Fixer in your life – for the partner that’s into making, growing or mending.  Presents that gain patina over time (as does any partnership), that will evoke memories and sentiment. All for under the obligatory £40 ‘average spend’:

  • The Frank Tool Roll: made from waxed cotton fabric, over time it’ll age and fit your tools perfectly
  • Elementary Screwdrivers: with their beech handle, they age beautifully
  • Niwaki Secateurs: their carbon steel keeps the sharpest of edges – but needs to be maintained – surely there’s an analogy for love in there somewhere?!
  • Trusco toolboxes: beautiful pressed steel when bought, but even better with a few dents (again, add your own analogy as required!)
  • Carharrt Aprons: with virtually indestructible cotton canvas, they soften with wear – moulding perfectly to you personally.


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