When it comes to any gift-giving occasion, my best tip is to start your search early – and Valentine’s Day is no exception. Sure, you could simply pick up a bouquet of flowers or a box of chocolates and call it a day, but why not go the extra mile with a personalised gift that will score you extra brownie points?

Besides being made just for your loved ones, what’s special about personalised or customised gifts is that it also shows how much thought and care were put into them – making them a perfect choice for V-day. And as some items may require more time to plan, create and ship, we’ve rounded up a list of ideas that will help make your hunt a lot easier if you’re thinking of getting ’em for your partner, BFF or family. Check them out below:

For Her

All the pretty (and not to mention, mostly functional) things that she’ll definitely go gaga over!

Customised lipstick by Lips Carpenter
Besides creating natural and handmade lip products, Lip Carpenter also offers customisable and personalised lipsticks in the cutest designs that are perfect for gifting. Not only will you get to choose the style and pattern of the case, you’ll get to pick the shade and scent of the lipstick too! To make it even more personal, go for the name-engraving option before adding it to your shopping bag. The best part about these lipsticks is that they can be refilled with a different colour and scent when you’ve run out!

Waiting time: Ships within 4 business days for Peninsular Malaysia and 4-7 business days for East Malaysia.
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Personalised necklace by Styleper
A classic jewellery piece that will never go out of style is with one’s name attached. And whether it’s yours, your BFF’s, family member’s or partner’s, Styleper’s name necklace will surely dazzle your giftee, especially when it’s presented in the pink velvet jewellery box that comes together with your order! With a dainty hypoallergenic 14K gold-filled chain and crystal letter charms, the piece holds up to eight letters.

Waiting time: Custom pieces will take up to 14 days to be produced after payment.
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Customised bag by Sometime by Asian Designers
For that feeling of personalised exclusivity at an affordable price, we love Sometime by Asian Designers’ range of quality bags and accessories. Co-designed with selected established Asian designers and fashion icons and produced in limited quantities, most of its pieces can be personalised with your loved one’s name which would surely make her feel extra special!

Waiting time: Orders made online will be shipped within 5-10 business days. Walk-in orders at The Gardens Mall and Oval Damansara showrooms will be ready within 6 hours (before 8pm) and 30 minutes respectively.
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Sometime by Asian Designers

Personalised Gift Edition Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer
With features like a fast yet focused airflow, intelligent temperature control and engineered for different hair types, the Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer is easily a must-have at every dressing table. Now available as a Gift Edition in an eye-catching Red/Nickel colourway, this coveted hairdryer comes in a red presentation case which can be personalised! Choose to monogram your chosen letters and colour for your valentine now (only available at the Dyson Demo Store, The Gardens Mall).

Photography: Dyson

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For Him

Spoil him with something you know he’ll definitely approve of.

The Classic Gentleman by Wishful
For that lover of the finer things in life, check out Wishful’s ‘The Classic Gentleman’ gift box that’s curated with little touches of luxury. Containing a Johnnie Walker Black Label whiskey (50ml), Analogue Apotik solid cologne, Opinel foldable knife and a multifunctional waiter’s corkscrew with a wooden handle packaged in a genuine leather pouch, the box comes in a sleek matte finish and with a handwritten card too!

Photography: Wishful

Waiting time: A minimum of 1-2 business days to get your order ready and 4-6 business days for shipping.
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Customised watch by Revelot
If you’re not the superstitious type, we reckon that a customised watch makes for a pretty cool gift! Revelot, a purveyor of premium quality timepieces that don’t break the bank, lets you pick the size, case and strap of your ideal watch based on the colours and style that your giftee would like.

Waiting time: Ships within 3-7 business days for Peninsular Malaysia and 7-21 business days for East Malaysia, while same-day delivery is only available within Klang Valley.
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Name-embroidered PJs by Lulla
Invest in a comfy pair of pyjamas for your beau, whether it’s for a good night’s rest or to stay cosy while he works from home. Made of 100% breathable cotton, this ‘Aspen’ set by Lulla is something he’d truly appreciate, more so if you get his name or initials embroidered on it! And while you’re at it, why not get a matching set for yourself so you and your partner can be matchy-matchy this V-day?

Waiting time: Ships within 3-5 business days for Peninsular Malaysia and 5-7 business days for East Malaysia, while same-day delivery is only available within Klang Valley.
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For Him and/or Her

Make #couplegoals your goals with these artistic picks!

Personalised handpainted masks and denim jackets by byUsBY
Founded by renowned fashion designer, Beatrice Looi and actor, Tan Li Yang, byUsBY has elevated a myriad of denim jackets and face masks with its colourful handpainted designs since 2019. Matching and customised artwork is now up for order, so you and your beau can step out in style with these paired pieces! With a selection of jackets and masks at hand for you to pick from, all you need to do is send in your design request. You can also send over your favourite denim pieces to be spruced up, if you like. Get in touch with the duo now to have your ideas brought to life!

Waiting time: Ships within 5 business days for the face masks and a week after your order for the denim jackets has been made.
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Customised fashionable couple illustration by Miss Eleen
Instead of gifting your loved one a simple framed photo, take it up a notch with a bespoke fashion-inspired hand-drawn-and-painted portrait of you and your partner, bestie or family member. Currently taking orders to make V-day even more special for you, fashion illustrator and art & design lecturer, Miss Eleen will create the custom artwork based on photos you send in (clear full/half body photos are recommended), which will then be presented in a white photo frame – totally gift-worthy and uniquely yours! Get in touch with her to place your order now at misseleen@gmail.com.

Photography: Miss Eleen

Waiting time: Crafted and shipped within 7-10 business days.
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Miss Eleen Artist

Personalised local art gifts by Photobook
Photobook’s recent collaboration with Malaysian artists lets you give the art lover in your life something to flaunt and yet, still be able to use daily. With an array of gift choices to be personalised according to your partner’s lifestyle, they come printed in stunning designs by Artjamila®, an award-winning savant artist, alongside 11 local artists from Art Market Malaysia that showcase our everyday Malaysian lifestyle. With 15 limited-edition prints to choose from, your Valentine would not only have a personalised and one-of-a-kind gift, but you’d both be supporting the local art scene during these unprecedented times too – it’s a win-win!

Photography: Photobook

Waiting time: Ships within 5-7 business days with Standard Delivery and 3-5 business days for Super Rush Delivery.
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Customised notebook with Bundle of Love gifting by Mossery
If your partner is an avid journaler, a beautifully-designed notebook with his/her name on it would send him/her over the moon! Mossery has a gorgeous collection of notebooks, planners and sketchbooks to choose from that can be personalised with his/her name, zodiac, emoji and kaomoji (Japanese emoticons). The best part is that for a limited time, to complement your purchase of Mossery’s Medium Books, you can opt for the Valentine’s Day Bundle of Love which comes gift-wrapped with a mini dried flower bouquet and wreath with a candle, plus a notecard you can print your personalised message on.

Waiting time: Personalised orders take 3-5 days to process and ship. Bundle of Love is available for pre-order and ships from early February.
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Featured image photography: Emma Matthews @ Unsplash

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