Aaah, St Valentine, that long haired patron saint of lovers. What a celebration fraught with gift getting trauma now takes over your special day…
Hands up whose husband has sheepishly brandished some half dead supermarket carnations and a packet of Twiglets (because the roses and chocolate had sold out) at 9pm on Valentine’s night? Or who has ended up with porn star underwear because your optimistic other half thought it might spice things up between night feeds..?
In fact, Beaverbrooks conducted a recent survey which concluded that 56% of women were disappointed by what they received on the big day (and if that sounds a tad ungrateful, some of the worst gift examples included a tin of beans, an ironing board cover and a live tarantula!)
We mooned and swooned and came up with a list of slightly more creative gift solutions.
BLOOM gin have created a special eau de nil floral bottle to make Gin O’Clock on V Day that little bit more deserved. BLOOM was inspired by nature with the flowers of chamomile and honeysuckle, and the citrus fruit pomelo making the three main botanicals. It comes complete with a heart gift tag (so no need to buy a card!) which also gives the recipe for two easy cocktails: BLOOM & Tonic and French 75.
CocoRose London – makers of the insanely comfortable folding pumps adored by the likes of Pippa Middleton – have gone all out in favour of kissing with their Farringdon shoes. The cute red and gold lips will bring a smile to the face of the girl who wears her heart on her tootsies! (Go matchy with MAC Lady Bug lipstick.)
If an experiential gift is more your style then how about a luxe facial, aesthetic procedure or a massage?
Stonehealth’s City of London clinic is offering 10% off a selection of their most popular treatments (quote VALENTINE2017 when booking) and you could use the cash you save to book a babysitter. They will throw in a glass of fizz and some detox tea as well. (PS, Stonehealth’s treatments are for men too. Celeb stylist Nick Ede told us he popped in for his pre-wedding Botox!)
Hippo Inns are running numerous Valentine’s incentives but we especially love the Black Horse in Kingston’s ‘I’m Going to Spend Valentine’s with my True Love – Food!’ event. Dine on three courses, with oysters and pink champagne – book via the website and prepare yourself for some gratuitous scoffing.