Valentine Gift Guide

14th February – Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to remind one another of the love and companionship you share. We’re all busy people with stresses of work and family responsibilities, but Valentine’s Day gives you both the chance to do things differently for a day. A day for love, laughter and joy.

Go with tradition

It is a tradition to give romantic gifts on Valentine’s Day to your special love. Women in particular expect compliments, declarations of love and for some, proposals! Each can gift to the other a Valentine’s Day card with a letter of love written from the heart, sharing love, giving thanks and making a commitment to a happy future together. This may be more precious than any gift, but a heart pendant, jewelry box or flowers are a romantic Valentine’s present if you want to keep it simple. If you’ve left your gift purchase to the very last minute and have missed all the delivery dates for online shopping, then head down to the local mall and choose a bunch of flowers, a heart-shaped box of chocolates or a cuddly toy covered in hearts from the Valentine’s Day aisle. Add a bottle of wine too. This may seem a bit cheesy or lacking in imagination by some, but combined with words of love written from the heart on nice paper or paper scented with your cologne or perfume, you know they will love you for the effort you have made.

Flowers for him and her

Flowers are not just for women. A single red rose or dozen red-rose bouquet or a red rose flower arrangement will be met with smiles as they symbolise love and passion. If you want to be unique, send a bouquet of white roses that represent the sincerity and purity of your feelings. Or sunflowers that symbolize adoration, loyalty and longevity. Send flowers as a surprise to their workplace.

Bring on the bling

Your man may like his bling. You can gift him a gold chain or a chunky silver bracelet chain if that suits his style. Whilst the saying states that “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend” remember they are a boy’s too, so consider a diamond themed tie pin or cuff-links. Earrings for pierced and non- pierced ears have smaller, lesser quality diamonds than rings as they are not usually seen up close. If your man doesn’t wear jewelry, a classic watch to remind him to make time for you is a lovely gift. Or you might like to go for the personal touch with a monogrammed necklace with his initial and for her a locket engraved with both your initials.

Time out together

Maybe your girl would like to break with tradition and take care of everything to celebrate Valentine’s Day, so the man’s responsibility is to enjoy the loving and to be loving. Whoever plans the day you spend together, remember it starts when you wake up so don’t forget to say “Happy Valentine’s Day”. Make an effort to look good and tell her she’s beautiful from the inside out. If your man doesn’t notice the effort you’ve made, it’s probably because he thinks you are beautiful all the time.

Come dine with melovelove

Whoever is taking care of plans for the Valentine’s Day celebration add a surprise element that you know your partner will love. If you have arranged to meet up after work to go to a movie, surprise them by meeting up at lunchtime with their favorite food as well. Give your loved one a formal invitation with a simple “spend the day/evening with me” message that adds mystery to the day. Remember to let them know the dress code if you’re going to be surprising them with a white-water rafting experience or other event that needs a particular set of clothes. You may want to take a walk at your favorite beauty spot where you can look up at the stars and talk about your future. End the day with a romantic meal at home that you have prepared earlier or bought in. Light some scented candles, play some music that has meaning for you both on a pre-prepared play-list. Strawberries in chocolate or chocolate truffles with a hint of ginger to get the juices going are an ideal Valentine Day treat.

Love, love, love

Share a bath with your lover. Have candles and your favorite bottle of wine. Head for the bedroom with roses in a vase to scent the room and massage oils ready for use. Allow her to slip into new lingerie that she has bought for his benefit. Be spontaneous, surprise with a striptease, use a blind-fold or body paint. The scent of your partner’s bare skin on its own may be the best aphrodisiac.