Anyway, having said that, I don't actually like Valentine's day as it exists in London. It's savagely materialistic, without the cheeky glee of Christmas tackiness. It smugly only celebrates 'romantic' love of the most stereotypical kind. The menus of the restaurants all change to overpriced fixed ones and the tables get pushed together so you're just as intimate with the couple next to you as your date. They stick a glittery plastic heart in a bunch of Tesco flowers and double the price. His Lordship and I tend to go for our Valentine's dinner on the 15th of February - the one night of the year you can guarantee a table at any restaurant you fancy, off the regular menu ... with no intrusive 'romantic' muzak. Much better. Valentine's is also a time to cook and care for all of those we love though- it should be a day of friendship and joy, not smugness and slush.
On the day itself, it's nice to have a card, a present - but it should be the thought that counts on Valentine's, more so than any other festival. Stereotypical bought-from-the-Valentine's-display aren't romantic to me. I like a bespoke cider better than champagne, deli cheeses better than chocolates - and (as we all know) I'm meeeaaan. Spend £50 on red roses and I'll only be thinking of how we're meant to be renovating- buy me a cute charity shop brooch and I'll squeal with delight. I've had presents (not from His Lordship) which upset me; thoughtless, even if pricy, presents that revealed the ex either didn't know me, or was more bothered that his mates knew what he'd spent.
Anyway, with that in mind, here are some ideas for home crafted, charitable and unusual Valentine's gifts:
|A Kitsch & Cute Keyring |
tutorial from Cut Out & Keep
|A portrait, favourite print,|
photo...or something saucy
transformed into wall art!
Loved one has a sweet tooth? Forget the milk tray or hard-iced, tiny 'gift cake'... go all out...
Or perhaps they prefer savoury? These could be card toppers, jewellery, ornaments...mmmm, crisps...
OK, so perhaps you aren't so crafty. You fancy some shopping - here are some ideas:
Oxfam Books - romantic reading with money to a great cause
...and their jewellery, from elegant to cute, all ethical and reasonable
Sending flowers? They'll smell sweeter with a 20% donation to Cancer Research!
Or show your love with the British Heart Foundation 'Love Notes' scheme - how apt for Valentine's day.