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Valentine's Day - It's the thought that counts...

Valentine's Day - It's the thought that counts...

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It’s almost Valentines Day or, as some people like to call it, Extortion Day. But it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg to show the world that you love the one you’re with.  Here are a few tips for a Valentine’s Day that will show you care without breaking the bank.

-           Everyone knows the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. But don’t give him heart shaped chocolate; give him heart shaped pizza or heart shaped bacon. Now we’re talking.

-           Make a Mixtape. It’s very 90s but who doesn’t want to feel like a teenager for a while. Pick your favourite songs (you remember your wedding song right?) or songs with some meaning (Baby Get back…) and let all those memories come flooding back.

-           Make him a trophy or a medal but don’t expect him to wear it if it has even so much as one heart on it.

-           Give him the day off. Valentine’s falls on a Friday this year. Why not pull a sneaky one and book him a surprise day off from work and spend the day together. An unexpected lie-in is a feeling that can’t be matched.

-           Be unromantic - in all seriousness, don’t be soppy, take the pressure off and expect nothing. Nothing is sexier than a zen woman on Valentine’s Day.

-           Give him the Gift of quality-time. Turn off your phone, step away from your laptop, stop tweeting Paxman, give the dog a bone and cart the kids off to weird Aunt-Jane; just talk to each other for a change. When was the last time either of you did that?

-           Avoid giving him socks. Step away from the socks. This isn’t Christmas. This is sexy-time day. There is nothing sexy about socks. Ever.

-           Writing notes isn’t just reserved for 12-year olds. Write out all the reasons you like his cute tush and hide the notes in obvious and less obvious places.

-           Roses are red, violets are blue, a bottle of wine is cheaper than dinner for two. Alcohol is always the answer and if you want to put a romantic spin on it - track down a bottle from your anniversary year. Get 'romantic' drunk rather than 'you-think-I'm-getting-fat' drunk.

-           Two words: champagne bath.

Whatever you do, do something. These above are some romantic present ideas, but you may also want to actually spoil him rotten with something from our collection of  Valentine's Day gifts. And just in case you don't find something that he'll love, The Great Gift Company has collections dedicated to gifts for boyfriends as well as gifts for husbands for you to find the perfect Valentine's Day present.