9 Bitcoin-Friendly Gift Ideas for Valentine's Day
Panicking about Valentine's Day? CoinDesk has rounded up some of the best presents that can be paid for in bitcoin – don't worry, we have you covered.
Valentine's Day is looming and you are probably panicking about what to buy your better half.
With endless options out there, the prospect of choosing a gift at the last minute for that special someone can feel somewhat daunting.
Don't worry, we have you covered. CoinDesk has rounded up some of the best presents that can be paid for in bitcoin – from clothes, through to furniture and trips abroad.
1. Something for everyone
Overstock became the first major retailer to accept bitcoin at the beginning of last year. The website offers a wide selection of items, ranging from jewellery to electronics. Although initially a US-only service, Overstock has now opened up bitcoin purchases to over 100 countries.
2. Getaway for two
A romantic getaway may be all you need to de-stress while spending some quality time with your partner. Travel bookings giant, Expedia, began accepting bitcoin payments for hotel reservations last June. If you are after a weekend city break or an sun, sand and sea holiday, why not put your cryptocurrency to good use?
3. 'Roses are red'
Perhaps the most traditional of Valentine's Day presents, red roses are set to bring a smile to anyone's face. BitRoses, the first bitcoin-only online florist, says it will send flowers anywhere in the US or Canada. CoinDesk readers will be able to get a $5 discount on their purchase using the coupon code 'Coindesk' through the whole of February.
4. Diamonds are forever
Indeed, diamonds are a girl's eternal best friend. Whether you are looking for a piece of statement jewellery, a timeless keepsake – or maybe even an engagement ring – then take a look at what's on offer at REEDS Jewelers. The notable US-based chain accepts bitcoin both in-store and online.
5. Share the love
Zebpay recently launched its mobile app, a simplified bitcoin wallet that works like an instant messaging service. It's new feature, "Magic Moments", will allow android users to send a rose emoticon (worth $1 in bitcoin) on Valentine's day.
6. Fly away together
If you have been bitten by the travelling bug but are on a budget, CheapAir.com might be the site for you. The California-based online travel booking site has been accepting bitcoin for flights since 2013, adding hotel bookings last year. The world is your oyster!
7. The show will go on
Looking for a showstopper of a date? The UK’s Theatre Tickets Direct, which now accepts bitcoin, is a perfect choice if you are hoping for a more cultured night hitting the ballet or a West End musical in London this Saturday.
8. Got the t-shirt
Romance isn't for everyone. If bitcoin is your one true love, why not let the world know and indulge in some cool outerwear? Clothing store Shirtoshi sells stylish, yet understated t-shirts, whilst the Bitcoin T-Shirt Store has a broad range of unisex offerings.
9. Give love a chance
Finally, if you're still searching for that certain someone to spend your bitcoin on, why not sign up to OkCupid? The matchmaking site has been accepting bitcoin for almost two years. With almost four million users (as of 2013), the free dating site also offers 'A-List' premium subscription that brings extra features which can be paid for in cryptocurrency.
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