1 Feb 2015

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Love it or loathe it, but February would not be the same without Valentine's Day. Perhaps it is the post-Christmas blues in January that need some tender loving care. Perhaps it is the gradually lengthening days signalling the imminent arrival of spring that set the tone. Whatever your outlook, Valentine's Day in the middle of February is very aptly placed as a celebration of love.

Don't get me wrong. I am not going soppy. Just that I am all for ardent displays of affection and amorous overtures no matter what the day. If I had my way, every day would be Valentine's Day!

So what makes my Valentine’s Day special? We, M and I, like to keep things simple. And after more than a decade of wedded bliss, it is the little touches that do it for me. Here are three things that are guaranteed to hit the spot.

Chocolate: There is nothing clichéd about a good box of chocolate. Something delicious and grown-up like this selection from Green & Blacks*. 

Or this new limited edition specially packaged Valentine’s Day treat from Toblerone. 


The chunky Toblerone with the ‘love’ message would be great to snuggle up with too.



Flowers: Even the dreariest of days can be brightened up with a bunch of fresh flowers. Whether they are bespoke blooms or off-the-shelf supermarket bouquets, you can never go wrong with flowers.



Jewellery: What girl can refuse the lure of sparkle and bling? I like dainty trinkets, but wouldn’t be too displeased if M came in and handed me a diamond-studded tiara. (Hope he is reading this.)


Do you celebrate Valentine's Day? What is your favourite Valentine’s present?

Disclaimer: I was sent samples of chocolate for the purpose of this post. All opinions are my own. *The Green & Black's chocolates are special Valentine’s press samples, with an additional sleeve. They are available to buy in the shop without the outer sleeve.








26 comments:

  1. We don't really bother with Valentine's Day, opting to celebrate our love on our wedding anniversary

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  2. I don't think you can go wrong with chocolates or flowers...they would always be gratefully received here :D

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  3. You can give me chocolate any day! I love it!

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  4. Valentine's Day isn't a big thing in France, surprisingly in the land of love! It's not commercial, you won't see displays in supermarkets for it, nor specially packaged products like that Toblerone, but the boulangeries and pâtisseries create some special things around the day itself. As French don't send cards either, you won't see cards in the shops, so having siad all this, Valentine's Day isn't a big thing in my house at at all. In fact we rarely even notice the date!

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  5. My eldest is toblerone mad, so I think I will get one for him. We don't do gifts between me and husbeast, but I do get the boys a treat

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  6. Love the flowers they are so pretty, even though we have been together for years I still look forward to a romantic treat on Valentine's Day!

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  7. I really like Valentine's Day...especially the thought of some chocolate! Like the bracelet too!

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  8. I'll take anything! I was in labour TWICE on Valentine's day [2010, 2012] and so I get flashbacks, hahaha! I do love flowers, and Toblerone though :)

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  9. Those flowers are lovely. We always give each other a card on Valentine's Day. But I prefer to save the gifts for our anniversary etc.

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  10. We don't do Valentines day, but I do love chocolate - perfect for anytime! x

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  11. I'm not sure if my previous comment went through! We love Valentine's Day, even though a lot of the stuff in the shops is commercialised tat, it's nice to have a special day together as a couple - something we don't often get a chance to do! x

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  12. We normally have husband's speciality steak dinner

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  13. We don't tend to celebrate Valentines day these days but would be more than happy if my OH brought me home some of these chocolates!

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  14. we don't do valentines day either, but I do normally pop a heart choc somewhere for the children!

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  15. We don't really bother with Valentines day but chocolates never go a miss in this house lol!
    Jess
    owlcrazymummy.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. My husband loves toblerone and would be thrilled to receive some. I would rather have flowers than chocolate but don't really mind if he forgets valentines (because I usually do)

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  17. I do love a bit of chocolate for Valentine's Day. Keeps me going through to Easter!

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  18. I agree - flowers, jewellery, chocolate would all do for me, not just on Valentines day either x

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  19. we don't really do valentine .. but I do enjoy a treat

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  20. mmm, something personal and from the heart. It doesn't have to be expensive.

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  21. Wow, the chocolates really seem interesting! Well, to me personally, valentine's day was great during teenage years, but now when you are married, every day is a valentine's day! One can celebrate it just to feel a kick, but love is much more than a day :)

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  22. We don't do Valentines but chocolate is gratefully received all year round!

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  23. I really like getting flowers at any time of year and my hubby is great at picking pretty bouquets and not just standard roses too. xx

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  24. Personally I find Valentine's Day intimidating and overly commercialised. Love should be celebrated every day and couples should find a few significant days each year where they put an extra effort to celebrate their love for each othe- however big or small they want to make that.

    Saying that I'd welcome any of the above any day of the year, because they mean someone was thinking loving thoughts of me enough to make an effort.
    I'm a recently won over fan of G&B's, swayed by their tasting box. Tell me, how is their box of love chocolates?

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  25. Valentines day has become very much commmercialised. I prefer small acts of love shown by H making me a cup of tea, or offering to cook dinner or just helping to scrape the car windscreen in the morning is so much more romantic than gifts.

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  26. I love my pandora bracelet and would love a new charm for Valentines Day

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