The countdown to Valentine’s Day is on, and it’s time to solidify your plans. Finding a gift for your date can be really hard though (with each passing year you’d think it would get easier) so we’ve put together our Valentine’s gift ideas to see you through February 14th. Whether you’re ready to splurge or save, we’ve got something that will make your date swoon.
Champagne and chocolates
It might be obvious, it might be old school, but champagne and chocolates never gets old. This Valentine’s gift idea can be bought separately and wrapped yourself, or you could invest in a set for a bit more class.
Do it yourself. Champagne can be bought from any local supermarket and most stores have at least one brand on discount, meaning you can buy a bottle of fizz and a bunch of red roses for less than £30. The chocolates can be bought from here too, so ultimately you’re saving on time and money – win!
If you want to take things to the next level then nothing beats the Champagne and Chocolate box set from Fortnum & Mason. Yes it will set you back a few bob but her reaction will be priceless.
Every girl loves bling, it’s just part and parcel of the female DNA so grab yourself some strong brownie points by buying a sparkly Valentine’s gift for her. You can keep it simple with a plain token or buy a statement piece, either way, when she puts it on she will remember her special present forever more.
This plain 18ct Gold plated ring from Monica Vinader won’t break the bank at £50 and is something that any girl would love. It’s simple enough to match with any existing jewellery your date will wear and it’s beautifully made. Can someone buy it for us?!
Sticking with the same designer but this time adding some diamonds for an extra £110. Perfect for stacking, this ring features multiple sparkling pave diamonds and is the ultimate ‘second glance’ piece of bling. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend after all.
A weekend away
Think sexy boutique hotels, romantic lover’s retreats, pampering spas and bath tubs big enough for two – it will knock your date’s socks off this Valentine’s Day! It is the gift of all gifts, because you’re essentially making one night last a full weekend.
We hesitate to say, but if you’re going to take her away for Valentine’s Day then staying in a hostel isn’t going to cut it. A cute little B&B could however save you some pennies whilst still giving a romantic vibe. We love The Pig Hotels which are tipped to be Mark Hix’s favourite places to stay in the UK. Rooms start at around £150 a night.
Five star luxury with Egyptian cotton sheets and chocolates on the bed is just as great for you as it is for her! Why not take it one step further and book a one night getaway to Paris? The Eurostar and hotel will probably set you back around £500 for two, but there’s no way she’s going to forget it.
Cook her dinner for Valentine’s
As the saying goes, food is the way to a man’s heart – but wait, it’s the same for some woman too! Cook her up a feast at home or go out for a romantic meal.
Cooking at home is a much cheaper option than going out on Valentine’s Day. We are big believers in the fact that you don’t need to slave away for hours to create something delicious and you only need the right ingredients and flavours. Aphrodisiac foods are proven to spark romance, so why not sample these with your date to see if the science holds true. Begin with a starter of oysters followed by a hot chilli con carne to get the blood racing. For dessert, keep it classic with chocolate covered strawberries, yum!
For more inspiration take a look at our aphrodisiac recipe by blogger Emily Leary
A traditionally romantic meal doesn’t need to have a five star service and white swan napkins to be special. We think that if you can get yourselves to London then you should be heading to Earlham Street Clubhouse for cocktails, pizza and a cheeky dance. Unsuspecting from the outside, this American-style underground restaurant serves up delicious pizza followed by hip-hop and old skool dance tracks. We wouldn’t mind doing this every Friday night!
Earlham Street Clubhouse
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