The Valentine’s day gifts that prove it’s the thought that counts (and those for women for whom money talks!)
Who doesn’t like to come home to a little romance
With Valentine’s Day on Tuesday, it’s the perfect time to show your nearest and dearest just how much you care.
There’s nothing like a hit of heart-warming passion to lift us out of the bleak mid-winter doldrums. But as our finances continue to be squeezed, the day’s over-the-top gifts and gargantuan bouquets seem too extravagant.
Sweet dreams: Make this Valentines Day one to remember by giving your loved one little treats
Indeed, a thoughtful, more subtle
gesture is better attuned to 2012 mindsets, yet will still set your
loved one’s heart a-flutter.
Luckily, there are lots of romantic tokens that won’t break the bank, from Dunelm Mill’s snuggly LOVE cushion to Valentine’s crackers at M&S. And many of these gifts will brighten up your home all year round — not just on February 14.
‘Valentine’s Day is often more romantic when spent in the home,’ says Kate Mooney, founder of Occa-Home. ‘Appeal to your loved one’s five senses by playing a soft, easy-listening soundtrack to help them relax.
LOVE IS ALL AROUND…
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Love Petal Post-Its, 1, poundland.co.uk
Two crystal celebration flutes, 39, dartington.co.uk
Valentine mug, 19.95, emmabridgewater.co.uk
Jan Constantine Rose Love cushion, 79.50, occahome.co.uk
Love Shack door mat, 19.95, homehomehome.co.uk
Mini heart rugs, 10.99, wonkybunny.co.uk
‘If you have a fireplace, put the fire
on and light some scented candles. Serve a delicious home-cooked meal
on a stylishly set table and, then cosy up together on the sofa.’
You can extend the theme to the menu. Use Spode’s red heart ramekins, and don’t forget beautiful glassware for a glug of fizz.
designer Emma Bridgewater admits to being a home bird when it comes to
romance. ‘My husband and I are not the most vigilant at marking the
traditional events,’ she says. ‘When we remember, you’ll find us in our
kitchen where Matt will cook something delicious.’
FOR THOSE WHO THINKS MONEY TALKS: THE 25,000 BUBBLE BATH
Quite the bargain: The Champagne bath menu starts at 4,000 – and they throw in an optional 'Bath Butler'
Show your lady you love her… by spending 25,000 on a Champagne bath for two.
The Cadogan Hotel in London's Knightsbridge will be indulging its wealthiest clients with the ultimate bubble bath.
The Champagne bath menu, is available to hotel guests from Valentine’s Day, and will be available for a year.
More than 120 bottles of Champagne will be used to fill the bath, and prices start at 4,000 for a soak in Louis de Custine Brut 1998.
But those who really want to splash out, can spend up to 25,000 for a bathtub full of 2002 Dom Prignon.
While the bath is being drawn, an optional 'bath butler' will be on hand to pour the submerged guest one of six complimentary bottles offered with the service and to serve chocolate-covered strawberries.
Now that sounds like value for money.