What is the perfect gift for your loved one this Valentine's Day?
I love Valentine's Day! Of course, you get the haters who shout that it is just a commercial money-making opportunity. But I refuse to listen. Why would we not embrace the chance to treat those we love, take a little break from the mundane routine of everyday life and maybe – just maybe – get spoilt ourselves along the way?
A little fact for you is that this romantic day was established in honour of Valentine, a Roman priest who allowed couples to get married despite Emperor Claudius II refusing to allow young men to marry.
According to Wikipedia:
'Saint Valentine restored sight to the blind daughter of his jailer. Numerous later additions to the legend have better related it to the theme of love: an 18th-century embellishment to the legend claims he wrote the jailer's daughter a letter signed Your Valentine; as a farewell before his execution'.
Anyway, enough of the boring stuff. In a nutshell, Valentine’s Day is about love conquering all, and that's worth celebrating, right? Any strong, healthy couple doesn't need one day of the year to show each other, or others, how much they mean to each other. That is obvious. However, it does allow them to celebrate that love. It is no different to any other celebration like Mother's Day or Father's Day. We should be expressing our love and appreciation to these important people everyday of the year, but we don't. We don't because life gets in the way, and we take each other for granted. All these celebrations are the chance to slow down and connect fully over one mutual thing – our love and appreciation for one another. And I think that's pretty special.
Sometimes Valentine's Day is also a reminder of what is important in life. In an ideal world, we would always find time for meals and time together without other distractions, but that doesn't happen often enough for most of us. Not only does Valentine's Day encourage us to express our love and commitment, but it can give us the nudge we need to make this quality time more of a priority. That doesn't have to mean an expensive meal or a luxurious piece of jewellery – some instant noodles and a hot bubble bath (shared if that's your thing) are often all it takes.
So what are the top three reasons that some (crazy) people dislike Valentine’s Day:
1. They feel it's just an opportunity to make people spend money they haven't got – no, no, no. That is not what Valentine's Day is about at all. Yes, we have the opportunity to spend lots of money on lavish weekends away and expensive bunches of roses, but if people can afford that and enjoy the extravagance of the day, then that is up to them.
I mean, if someone brought me an all-expenses paid trip to Paris, I wouldn't be complaining! Why not grab the opportunity to spoil each other…budget-allowing, of course! But joking aside, gifts don’t have to be big and expensive; a small gesture still has the same meaning and can bring the same joy.
2. They feel we should be expressing love to the ones we care about every day of the year – I agree with this statement. We should hug and kiss those we love seven days a week, not just on the 14th February. But I don't think that is what the day is about. It isn't about saying the rest of the year needs to be love-free. How sad would that be? I would be in an uproar, and my soapbox would definitely be getting well used. This concept is all wrong, though. Valentine's Day isn't the only day of the year to express our love, but it is the one day we can dedicate purely to this. It's a reminder to focus on those we love and say, 'you know what? Today is going to be all about'.
Because however lovely it would be to do this all year round, life gets in the way. And children – bless their hearts – often get in the way too.
3. They feel it's a load of vomit-inducing mush – it can be yes. You can't celebrate a day of love without an element of romance, but how mushy that romance is, is entirely up to you. If you want to snuggle up with a soppy movie and some chocolates, then fantastic, but if you would rather spend it playing board games or generally just doing things together that you both enjoy, that is exactly what
you should do. It does not have to involve anything cheesy like a candlelit poem recital. You decide!
By this point, you know my thoughts on Valentine's Day – I LOVE IT. It's about expressing love for those you care about, and what is there not to love about that? It doesn't even have to be your spouse; it could be a close friend or maybe even a parent. If you have someone in your life that you want to tell how wonderful they are, this is a perfect time. But what is the ideal gift for a loved one
on Valentine’s Day? This is a great question, and the answer is simple. If you don't have a money tree at the end of the garden but still want to treat someone to more than just a box of Quality Streets, then maybe a gift box is the answer.
In fact, I KNOW that a gift box is the answer. All of mine are under £35 and packed to the rim with treats and indulgences galore. Plus, who doesn't like to receive a secret package through the post? Especially when 90% of what we receive as adults are bills; the days of pen pal letters and Beano subscriptions are long gone, so when we do receive something exciting through the door, it is a novelty…a little something that gives us butterflies in our
stomach. What a great feeling to pass on to someone else, right?
Head to my website to view some of the Valentine's Day gift boxes I offer. There is something for men and women. There is even a movie night hamper which is perfect for two people to share…if you want, that is. Sharing is 100% optional.