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      31.01.2013 18:36
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      As long as you KNOW your girl, shopping for her should be easy enough.

      Valentines Day is coming and many men will be racking their brains with what to get their lady friends! I'll go through a few options- some of these are simple & obvious, others not so much. Some are expensive, others budget or even free.

      Flowers
      The most obvious Valentines Day present, flowers. I've been given roses twice now on Valentines Day, neither from actual boyfriends, once I actually had a boyfriend at the time. It seemed to require no thought at all if I'm honest but then I've never been a huge fan of flowers.
      Of course if your missus is into flowers then by all means get them, but perhaps not roses, think about whether she has a favourite flower- my mum for instance loves carnations. If shes not the flower type she may not have a vase, my boyfriend got me flowers once when I'd just moved into a new place and I had to use a jug! Make sure you get quality flowers rather than reduced ones which will die in a day or two! Presentation is key.

      Chocolates
      Again a very obvious one. These would not be so suited for a girl whos still following a healthy new years resoloution. It would also be wise to know what her favourite chocolates are. I'm a chocolate fiend but theres not many boxes of chocolate (e.g. dairy milk tray/tin of roses) I genuinly like. If I was to be given chocolate for Valentines Day I'd rather a big bar of Galaxy!

      Perfume
      A common choice for Valentines presents. This one can be hard to choose. If she has a favourite perfume then its very easy! I would not necessarily buy a perfume you just like the look or smell of, some perfumes may smell great on a tester stick but not so much on the lady herself, I dont know why this is but its true!

      Vouchers
      Some men cower out with vouchers for a favourite clothes shop or perfume shop. Some ladies may prefer this option, I personally wouldn't, I'd like something my man picked out himself. To me vouchers just say "heres some money, get your own present". All the man has done is decide which shop you can get your present from!

      Love Coupons
      These are good for those who really cant afford anything. Otherwise they could be a nice side present. Love coupons are basically handmade coupons which can be exchanged for certain things e.g. massage, home made dinner, washing up etc. They can also be more erotic if you wish. You can do it the easy way and design and print using a computer. You could also be creative using coloured card, illustrate them, laminate them etc.

      Suggested Gift
      Some women give their men heavily obvious hints, has your lady left you any e.g. something she said she really wants or needs? And of course if you really dont know what to get her dont be afraid to ask for suggestions.

      Underwear
      Lingerie is a nice gift. If you don't know her size you can simply ask or have a sneaky rifle in her underwear drawer when you know she won't catch you. I wouldn't suggest guessing, its too easy to get it wrong and you could offend her!
      Get something thats nice looking rather than perhaps just a gift for you. My current boyfriend has given me lingerie before and has got it so wrong. I've been given crotchless knickers...soo classy, never worn! Hes also got me two practically seethrough babydoll type things, despite knowing I'm tall so they're not long enough and he got a size smaller than I am so they're tight. Again, apart from trying these on theyve never been worn. Try ann summers, they have some lovely sets.

      Clothes
      I've heard of this as a gift before. I suggest that unless you exactly know her style or theres a piece shes obviously coveting then you don't go down this route. My boyfriend has tried to buy me clothes and bags before. These are a personal choice and if I'm honest he got it totally wrong. I didn't tell him because he'd be upset but he must know considering I've never worn them and always had an excuse why not, however I didn't lie and say I love them either.

      Jewellery
      I dont know if I'd suggest this. If you present her with a box that looks like a ring box or she finds an expensive reciept from a jewellers shes gonna think this is more than just a gift, which is fine if it is, romantic but if not I wouldn't risk it. And as with clothes jewellery is a personal choice, what one woman hates another woman adores.

      Experience Vouchers
      These can be a good gift if you're sure your girl will actually use them. I know if I gave my boyfriend one of these he'd intend to use it but probably never get round to booking it even if he really wanted to he'd end up loosing it or it would expire before he booked it.
      Experience vouchers are good because you can tailor them to the sort of person she is. You could buy her a girly girl a pamper & spa day or a makeover and photoshoot. You can buy the adventerous girl a go round the racetrack in a ferrari or an afternoon zorbing. You can get the animal lover a meerkat meeting, the list goes on.

      A meal
      A meal is another obvious choice really. I doubt you'd get a booking at a decent resteraunt now though. However one venue that wont need a booking is your own home. You could decorate the place with a few nicely scented candles. If your quite a culinary guy you can show off, if not maybe prepare a luxury ready meal or practice the meal a few times in the days leading up to the date. Some girls would be happy with a takeaway- to be honest if my guy presented me with Chinese I'd be happy with that, I'm low maintenance but not all girls are so easy so unless you're sure i wouldnt start studying the local Chineses menu just yet!

      Hamper
      A hamper can be a nice gift, you can get these pre made but you can also make one yourself. Add to it little bits and bobs- a small valentines teddy, a bottle of her favourite wine, a few sweet treats she enjoys, a dvd shes been dying to watch, the list of things you could include in this is endless. You can get creative with it, adding in bits of shredded tissue paper or the like for decoration, finding a pretty basket you can place it all in etc.

      Cinema- in our out
      The cinema would be pretty packed on Valentines Day so if you want to do this you may have to book tickets fairly early to get a decent seat or indeed get a seat at all. You can also do the cinema experience indoors- get a good DVD, some popcorn & soda (or alcoholic beverages) all in the comfort of your own sofa with nobodies big head blocking your view and someone kicking your seat while you can barely stretch your legs.



      The main thing to remember here is you dont NEED to spend a fortune, if you can afford to and want to then great but I've been happy when my pretty broke boyfriend presented me with just a card and snowglobe. We'd been paid 3 weeks ago so I wasnt expecting much, I'd bought his presents on payday to make sure I could get him something decent but in all honesty I didnt expect the same from him, I already knew him too well!
      The shops like to lure us in with diamonds and luxury and ideas that you have to spend a fortune but its the small things like running your lady a bath, doing the washing up for her, or just small touches to a gift that show you've thought about it.
      Valentines Day is just a day, your lady should know shes loved every day of every year of course as should you from her- however this doesnt mean do nothing. My sisters boyfriend told her that he hates Valentines Day and doesnt know why anyone should dictate what day he shows he loves her. He didnt even buy her a card. She was pretty pissed off. So do make a little bit of effort.

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        30.01.2013 12:14
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        how to treat your lady

        I'm always single when it comes to valentine's day but no worries for me I know one day I will have a special partner to celebrate every year with. For now I just leave the special day to spend with family and close people in my life. When I do find someone special here are some things/ ways I would love to spend my Valentine's Days. I think Valentine's is a lovely celebration and not every day you can afford to spoil your partner, family or friends so it's good that there is a day dedicated to celebrating loved ones.

        Firstly for me what would be special is a surprise that I didn't see coming. I love surprises and feel that if I had a partner I would want them to be constantly be surprising me ever Valentine's. Surprises don't have to come in big packages for me just anything with a little thought put into it and not the same as the year before would put a smile on my face.
        Some of the surprises that would make my day would be:

        A surprise dinner.
        A classic surprise dinner would be lovely but not at your cheap everyday restaurants but at somewhere classy or maybe somewhere nice in another town. Some nice restaurants I've heard of like L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Gauthier Soho and Le Gavroche just somewhere fancy that I can dress up and feel special. I think as a dinner I would even love a home cooked special dinner with candles and the works as I think that would be a special way to celebrate.

        A weekend away
        A weekend away somewhere nice like Italy or France or somewhere romantic would be a lovely treat for Valentine's Day. I like seeing attractions and stuff in different places so somewhere with a lot of attractions would be wonderful for me.

        Gifts
        I always think the traditional celebrations of Valentine's Day are important to be a part of your day. I personally am not into flowers but many women love them so make sure you get her favourite or if she doesn't have one get some pretty ones or some to match her personality. I would much rather a gift than flowers. Something like a new bracelet or chain or a nice piece of jewellery. Think about interests when buying gifts because it's alrite buying something nice but think more about what the women you are buying for has a passion for. If she's a cook a new recipe book would be nice, if she's a reader the latest best seller would be a nice thought, if she like making clothes in her spare time maybe a new sewing machine or materials would be a good thought. It's alrite thinking to buy the traditional gifts but it may be better to think of interests over traditions. I think a gift should always accompany a day out because I don't personally think a gift is enough for Valentine's and something always should follow it. It also makes a good back-u if you fail with the gift choice :)

        I don't think Valentine's day always has to be romantic it's just about spending time together I think and because I'm the adventurous type I would love to be taken out to do something adventurous for Valentine's day. I'd love to go rock climbing, sky diving, scuba diving or hot air ballooning or something along those lines as I think it would be fun.

        I think with Valentine's Day every women is different and you have to think personally of something that she would want rather than what women want in general. It can be easy to stereotype and think all women want a romantic day or a big fuss but I think with most women they want something thought out, special and means something to them or your relationship personally. The best way to keep Valentine's Special is to keep it original and always give the loved women in your life something knew to brag about. Yes brag most people I know always show off about their Valentine's Day treats so give them something extra special to talk about to friends.

        I think in general you should always treat a female like she is special and valentines day should be every day of the year but you can't always afford to spoil a special female in you life so it's just good that there is a valentines day to celebrate love and the best thing to to is enjoy it even if you are just spending the day cuddled up on the sofa. It's not always about what you do but who you are spending it with.

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          27.01.2013 23:23
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          If you are creative you can make some great gifts

          Its that time of year coming up and its time to start thinking about what surprises I can find for my lovely girlfriend. In the past on valentines day we have had a romantic meal at home, and bought each other a card and jewellery. For our third time round we are slightly jaded about the actual day, I mean we love each other the whole time what is another day? Well you would think that but she will still expect me to think of her and get her a present.

          Make it yourself: make a cheque book of I owe yous, things like doing the washing, a massage, a night out to a restaurant, a day out to the country, and of course a homemade card.

          Go out for a meal: Overpriced, busy and full of couples kissing and showing off their relationship. I would personally avoid, unless you can get a money off voucher and it works out cheaper than eating at home.

          Go to a spa for the day: lastminute.com have some great spa offers, or you could get a day membership free pass to a posh gym and use the pool and sauna. A great way to relax for free and something that you can do together.

          Jewellery: Lots of people propose on valentines day, so you could be buying a ring for a present! Otherwise something silver and sparkly always goes down well with my lady.

          A nice outfit: If you know your lady's style then an expensive outfit from a nice shop is a good treat. My partner would never buy herself something from an expensive shop so even just a small handbag is a great present.

          A camera, to capture all those lovely moments together and the memories can be preserved for a lifetime!

          Enjoy your valentines day with your loved one!

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            26.01.2013 15:23
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            Happy Valentines!

            We have only just seen the back of Christmas and New Year and Valentines and Easter are fast approaching once again!

            This year I am single as I was actually last year too but usually I'm hooked up and do enjoy a bit of slush and romance and have always (if I've had someone to enjoy it with) made an effort. I don't think you have to go all out on these days or should be made to feel you have to but if, like me you do like a special day to be more romantic than usual then Valentines is the perfect opportunity!

            I think shops try to reel us in with the idea of diamonds and a vast expense for this day aimed for women but lets face facts most people here reading this review are not in the position to be so frivolous. Even if someone could afford to spend a wad of cash on me for Valentines I think I'd be a bit cross to be honest cos it really is the thought that counts!

            My best presents have been...... a bottle of perfume that an ex chose all by himself plus Lush goodies (which I love) and a night out in Cuban bar and meal after. We got home we had a bottle of champers and strawberries dipped in chocolate for dessert! I always appreciate flowers and choccies and a couple of years back my ex who couldn't make toast attempted to make a steak dinner. The dinner was bad but the red and pink confetti hearts and red heart plastic wine glasses were a lovely touch (from Poundland) along with him letting me choose the film we got to watch from Blockbusters for a change!

            For me a nice card, home made or shop bought and someone to offer to do something nice for me...like run me a bath or make me a cuppa is lovely and I appreciate that the most. I'm more touched by peoples thoughtfulness than by gifts so a bit of spoiling that way does it for me!

            You can of course splash out if you have the cash and/or know what she likes but believe me its usually the little romantic touches that get noticed rather a than a bundle of crotchless pants and a peep hole bra thing!

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              26.01.2013 15:05
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              For those romantics amongst us

              I have know my wife since I was 15, when I met her at a football match. That was nearly 30 years ago, and although we never actually 'got' together until we were 21, we've still been going out for nearly 22 years. I think after this length of time you get an idea what your partner likes and doesn't. Maybe that's why we are still together.

              Firstly my wife hates romance. She just doesn't like all that slushy stuff. I used to send her flowers regularly and still would if I thought she'd like them. But she'd rather me spend the money on something 'useful' or save it for an occasion when we as a family could all enjoy it. If I'm honest that saddens me a little as I enjoyed sending her flowers and the like.

              I also have a problem when it comes to taking her out for a meal. Even when I have a baby sitter available, she'd insist on bringing the kids but would rather us spend the money on the house. Again this irritates me but it takes two to tango, so I just let things lie.

              My wife is more of the opinion that she'd rather I did things for her, than buy things for her. Change the beds, hoover, clean etc etc. She says it takes more effort and that anybody can really buy things online etc and little effort is required. I suppose she has a point. Although I don't really agree with her and would rather buy her some nice things.

              So on Valentines night I am scheduled to be working and will leave it just that way. As I'm off during the day I can't even prepare her a meal. Well I guess I could but she'd be eating it with the kids and not me.. So I think I'll just be cleaning the house. Might get a cheap bunch of flowers and chocolates for her and leave them displayed nice on the table for when she comes in.

              For all those who have a wife with a romantic bone in her body, you could do a lot worse than buy flowers, chocolates, perfume, sexy undies etc. For those who haven't maybe make her a nice meal and do a bit more of the housework.

              Copyright stebiz 2013 - also on ciao.co.uk

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                26.01.2013 10:02
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                valentines comes so quick after Christmas and New Year, hardly get a chance to think!

                Valentines day this year seems to be arriving at the speed of light as I am still only getting over Christmas and New Years! To be honest, I am not too fussed when it comes to gifts as I receive, as long as I get something to show me my partner cares! One year when I was pregnant, my partner turned up to my workplace and bought me chinese as he knew I was craving it, and to a pregnant woman that is one of the best gifts ever! It was thoughtful, considerate, and he got me all the foods I usually eat from chinese which shows he pays attention! Over the years, we got lazy, and pretty much a card and a box of chocolates or some flowers is what I will receive now, (if he has some extra money I'll get a gift too) but to be honest that keeps me happy!

                Anyway, here is a little list of some things the woman in your life may appreciate:

                1. Flowers - be careful with this as some women may not be so fond. My friend once spent £70 and sent some flowers to the girls house that he liked and it turns out she hated flowers and so she sent them back. It really isn't about the cost guys, sometimes even a single rose speaks the same volume as an entire bunch. Maybe I just have bad luck with flowers as mine never seem to survive more than a few days or so, so my partner has taken the hint and not spent too much money on these!

                2. Teddy bears - a bit cliche, but I see them literally everywhere and they're always so cute! I am not a fan of the big ones, that are the same size as I am, but the little cute ones. Saying this, do not get teddy bears every year or else it looks as though no genuine thought has gone into it, and just picked up the first thing seen in the shop.

                3. Cook Dinner - one year my partner simply cooked dinner for me and this was absolutely lovely. It may depend on the dynamic of the house, if partner cooks every night, then this may not be much of a gift for the woman in your life but if not, then giving her the chance to put her feet up and feel pampered and special this will mean more than any £70 flowers!

                4. Vouchers - Personally, I am all for vouchers! A treatment at the hairdressers, or a pampering massage, or a voucher for the woman' in your life's favourite store? If you are really brave you could try buy her clothes/shoes/bag yourself but to err on the side of caution a voucher will allow her the time to buy herself something maybe she has desired for ages and we all know how much we love shopping!

                5. Something romantic - how about write a poem, a letter or make a scrapbook of something memorable? My partner wrote a lovely romantic poem one year about how he felt about me, and how lucky we are which made me cry like a baby and I think was one of the best valentines gifts ever. Really it's not all about the spending money going to dinner and presents but the day to celebrate the love a couple share so the intimate words on a piece of paper will always have more value to me.

                These are just a few ideas to get for a lovely lady this upcoming valentines day! Whatever happens, just keep it simple as these are usually what make women happiest :)

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                26.01.2013 09:31
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                Valentines day

                I love Valentines Day but that wasn't always the case. I remember at university I lived with two other girls who are still great friends to this day. One girl had a boyfriend so she got flowers, chocolates and a nice day out and my other room mate and I were all sad that we had no one to love us. So, we stayed in all day on Valentines day, drew the curtains, ate our body weight in chocolate and watched re-runs of Sunset Beach all day. Our guy friends from uni posted us "secret admirer" Valentines day cards which was sweet but it still didn't make up for the fact that we were unloved!! (OK, I'm being a bit dramatic here) We actually had a nice day together but from then I swore that when I was in a couple I would always have a really nice Valentines Day.

                Now that I'm married my husband knows that I really like the day so he always makes a special effort for me. The first year we were together we had only actually started dating so it was a bit hard knowing what to do. Plus, he was actually away on holiday in New Zealand at the time so I didn't think anything would happen but he sent me an absolutely gorgeous bunch of red roses to my office which was very unexpected but a beautiful gesture. I think because of the time difference they arrived a day early or late, I can't remember which but all the girls in the office were jealous.

                This year he is actually going to be away again in Miami, this time on business which I don't actually mind because he is working very hard to set up a Global corporation but hopefully he will remember to set up another flower delivery for when he is away! What I thought was sweet is that he actually said to book a babysitter for the week after because he was going to take me out for a fancy dinner to make up for the fact that he was going to be away so I am really looking forward to that.

                I'm quite traditional when it comes to Valentines day and think a card is more than enough as a treat. I don't think you need to spend hundreds on presents and gifts just to show someone you love them. Some years we have put a £10 limit on what we can spend and I think with that you need to think a bit more carefully about the person and can come up with a really thoughtful gift.

                I love cards that have meaningful words and my husband always finds one that is special to us. He always writes an essay in it usually about our past year together and I think it's beautiful. I keep all the cards and read them from time to time to remind myself.

                My Grandpa and Grandma were married for over 50 years and Valentines was always special to them. My Grandpa always bought my Grandma one red rose as she had red hair and he said it reminded him of the beautiful red head he met at the dance all those years ago. When they passed away I found all the Valentines cards they had sent to each other and kept a selection because the words were so sweet and it reminds me of the love they had for each other and how to keep a good marriage alive.

                So this Valentines day I will be missing my husband but looking forward to his nice words in his card and also our nice dinner out!

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                  25.01.2013 16:22
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                  some little ideas..

                  If you have read my review of 'Valentines Day Gift Ideas for Men', you will be aware that I have been with my fiance for nearly 10 years. I know he loves me and he tells me often but we do not feel the need to go overboard when it comes to Valentines Day. That being said, I am a girl who likes to receive gifts and whilst I am very appreciative of whatever my fiance is able to buy me, I can dream about other lovely gifts too. Only spend what you can afford to spend.

                  ~Flowers, Chocolates and Cupcakes!~

                  A pretty typical gift when it comes to Valentines Day. I hate flowers but I know many ladies love them and would appreciate a nice bunch of red roses or their favourite flowers. As I am on a diet now, chocolates aren't something my fiance is likely to buy me but most ladies love chocolate so a nice box of Thorntons or something similar would go down a treat. Last year (pre-diet) I hinted that I would like cupcakes for Valentines Day and my fiance ordered my a box of 6 (I shared I promise) themed cupcakes from a local seller. These went down a treat and weren't overly expensive.

                  ~Lunch Date or Night In~

                  Most restaurants are likely to be fully booked on Valentines Day but we do like to go out as a treat but not on that day. It is nice to go out for lunch on our own or to the cinema to watch a film we both like to see. I love horrors and this suits my fiance fine so we never run out of film options to suit us both.

                  A cosy night in is another option. My fiance isn't much of a cook so I would no doubt do the cooking whilst he ran me a candle lit bubble bath - bliss. There is nothing more appealing to me than snuggling up watching a film with my fiance. This is a budget option and we will be doing that this year!

                  ~Pampering Time~

                  If you are looking to treat your lady to some quality 'me time' then buying a voucher for a local salon or booking her in for a massage/facial/manicure is a great option. A few salons local to me offer massages starting from £16 and I would personally love to receive a voucher for one. I bought my sister one this year and it was well received. If you want to spend a little more money then booking a spa day (check out deals websites) for herself or for both of you to enjoy as a couple. Extend the budget for an overnight in a hotel too if you can afford to.

                  ~Perfume~

                  Unless you have a nose for different perfumes, stick with your partners favourite perfumes. My fiance had declared last year that he had spotted my favourite Chanel perfume in Boots for £27.00 and that he was going to buy it for me. I had to point out that the £27.00 box was the soap or hair mist! Don't get confused by all the identical boxes if you are buying Chanel is my best tip! Ask in Boots/Debenhams etc if you need any help but I wouldn't recommend buying just any perfume as you run the risk of your partner not liking it.

                  ~Entertainment~

                  Ladies are good at dropping hints so take notice! If you partner has mentioned a new CD album or DVD release that she fancies then head to Asda/Amazon etc and treat her. I've been dropping hints for the new Twilight DVD but it isn't being released until March so my fiance has said he will buy it for my birthday.

                  ~Other~

                  I know all ladies are different but I would like to think my fiance knows me quite well by now and knows what I like. If you don't know then go for easier options and limit the tacky stuff! I would be delighted to receive some lovely candles, a new notebook and stationary, some bath stuff, candle holders or even new pyjamas. I do love teddies too and have treasured those that my fiance has bought for me over the years as well as cards (he started with a £4.99 Clintons card on our first Valentines Day and now its a £1.00 Card Factory card lol) and a love heart snow globe he bought me. Little things and showing you love your partner all the time mean more really.

                  Thanks for reading :)

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                    ladies love valentine's

                    So, not long since Christmas and Valentine's is just around the corner. The 14th of February, the most romantic day of the year and you have to come up with more ideas for presents when you probably used them all up at Christmas! So, if you go in for Valentine's Day and are not one of those people who see it as just a commercial rip off, here are a few ideas for gifts for you female partner.

                    The obvious ones are always reliable - chocolates, flowers, perfume. These are particularly good if you have not been with your partner for long and are unsure of budget/what the etiquette is for Valentine's so soon in a relationship. Before making any grand gestures though, it is worth thinking about how well they will be received. For example, some girls love to receive flowers at work and all the attention that that brings, others find it too showy and embarrassing. Posh chocolates and a bottle of bubbly are definitely recommended - and gift bows and hearts for an added touch of romance.

                    A good 'date night' is always appreciated too - especially in a long term relationship with kids. Dinner at a nice restaurant (not necessarily on Valentine's night itself as this is over-run with special set menus and other 'romantic' couples) or a home-cooked three course meal (with all washing up done afterwards too!), a bottle of wine and a film (her choice). Alternatively, maybe think about her interests and get involved - a salsa class or visit to a gallery - something that maybe you don't normally do together - effort here will score highly!

                    A personal or sentimental item of jewellery is also a lovely gift to receive. A necklace or bracelet or a special charm for her charm bracelet. Or, of course, a diamond ring....

                    A girl will also appreciate a bit of 'her' time. Whether this means a bit of pampering - a voucher for her favourite salon to have her hair and nails done, a massage, pedicure or an aromatherapy session. For those on a budget, just time away from the kids for a self indulgent soak in the bath - some nice products and a glass of wine (and an hour to completely relax!). Alternatively, this could mean a day out shopping (relax, you don't have to go!), so looking after the kids while she shops 'til she drops with her mum/best mate (a bit of spending money probably wouldn't go amiss either).

                    Mostly, you will need to think about your partner and what she likes - if she would appreciate a hand written poem about your grand romance you would undoubtedly know that already! The most important thing is that she feels special and loved, even if you have agreed 'no presents, no fuss' and this doesn't have to cost a thing!

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                    The possibilities are endless

                    I have reviewed the fact that we go out for a meal on Valentine's Day in the gifts for men category including some ideas for men's presents so I will not go into the details of the meal in this review. It is probably easier for me to review the woman's perspective so some gift ideas follow but please read my other review if you have time to get the full picture.

                    1. Perfume
                    If you know your other half's taste in perfume then this is a lovely romantic gift to buy. I think as long as you pick something you like as well it is a gift you can both enjoy. Just don't go down the cheap perfume route as this is not a good way of telling someone you care! You don't have to spend loads, keep within your means and opt for a smaller size if necessary, she will still love the fact that she can slip it in her handbag if it's smaller.

                    2. Hobbies
                    If you know something your partner does as a hobby why not buy a nice accessory for that? For example, I do love entering competitions so a book of stamps or some unusual postcards or envelopes are well received.

                    3. Music /DVDs / books
                    This is a little difficult now we are truly in the electronic age, if your partner uses an MP3 or downloads movies or books you may be better off giving a voucher if this is the gift you want to give, not very romantic but probably appreciated by your other half.

                    4. Flowers
                    I am not a big fan of flowers but I know a lot of people are. Just avoid petrol station bunches of half dead flowers as this is not giving the right message!

                    5. Chocolates
                    Most women love a box of high quality chocolates so take a note of her favourite brand of chocolates and buy a big box but don't expect her to share them with you!

                    6. Toiletries and cosmetics
                    If your lady didn't get a huge stash this Christmas, she might appreciate some smellies. Boots are good for gift sets and a lot of people love Lush. If she is a beauty addict (like me) look into a glossybox subscription (message me if you want a link as I can refer friends). They send a box of luxury beauty samples out each month for £10 plus p&p and you can choose the length of subscription.

                    7. IOUs
                    If money's a bit tight, why not design some IOUs for your other half, so they can claim back favours from you in the future. The offer might be for a back massage, a night off from the kids, or anything you can think of that they might appreciate.

                    8. Cook a meal
                    Bake something fantastic for the lady in your life. It doesn't have to be on Valentine's day but do your research and perhaps stick to a genre you know they will like.

                    9. Clothes
                    Make sure you know what size you are buying, especially if it is underwear. Stick to styles you know they will wear and try to buy something you think they will like.

                    10. Weird and wacky
                    Record a song. Propose. Book a bungee jump. Get a plane to pull a banner proclaiming your love. Write a poem or letter. The possibilities are endless!

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                      24.01.2013 20:33
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                      A great excuse to receive chocolates, flowers and wine.

                      <3<3<3Valentines Ideas for Women<3<3<3

                      Valentines Day usually passes by without much of a fuss in my house as I have been married for nearly 18 years. The major celebration for me in February is Pancake Day but this review is about Valentines ideas and not delicious Pancakes.

                      Let's start with the basics a Valentines card is always nice, whether you buy one from a shop (card factory is good) or order one online (Moon Pig is a good site) or make one yourself for your other half.

                      Next up would be a nice bunch of flowers, I usually order flowers from www.flyingflowers.co.uk. They have always delivered good fresh flowers on time.

                      If you want to go a little further a box of chocolates would be another nice present. Thorntons have some good selections for Valentines and the prices are usually quite good. A good bottle of wine goes down well with the chocolates too.

                      My Husband and I sometimes go to our favourite restaurant; if you and your other half have a favourite restaurant I would suggest booking a table now, right now, as hundreds of other couples will want to book a table in your favourite restaurant.

                      Other great presents for the lady in your life are sexy underwear or something else intimate, but make sure you get the right size, don't be afraid to ask your partner what size she is.

                      A nice piece of jewellery is always welcome; does your other half have a charm bracelet? If you really want to impress you could book a hot air balloon ride or a trip to Paris.

                      Valentines Day is also a day to send a card to someone that you are yet to declare your love for. These cards are usually anonymous declarations of your admiration.

                      Those are just a few suggestions of things I would like. Valentines Day is a celebration of love; it is a day to show your other half that you care. Simple actions such as making a cup of tea and cooking your other half an evening meal or running them a nice bath with a glass of wine and a book at the side can say so much.

                      In the past I have sent my Mum a Valentines card, it may sound silly but I think she liked it.

                      However you choose to celebrate I hope you have a good day.

                      Thank you for reading.

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                      It really is the thought that counts!

                      Valentine's Day is a bit of an odd holiday really. I'm a romantic at heart and quite enjoy the sentimental side of it, but as with every other holiday it's been taken to extremes by advertisers and media to make it seem tacky and even somewhat oppressive. The build up of marketing around this day can put a lot of pressure on men to go overboard and make a good impression, and some women have unreasonably high expectations as a result of this. I tend to think that Valentine's day gives a nice opportunity for couples to celebrate being together, and if you're in a happy relationship then I think it's nice to have a specific day to really indulge your romantic side.

                      I've never done anything fancy to celebrate V-Day before - my best Valentine's day treat was actually from my first boyfriend in seconday school, who took me to see Daredevil at the cinema. So my standards or expectations are not high! This year things look to be quite different for me, so I'm hoping to have the best Valentine's day ever... I've finally found my Mr Right and we are ridiculously, happily in love. Neither of us has done anything special for Valentine's day before so we decided to make the most of it and do something a bit over the top for our first V-Day together, and are planning a weekend away in the capital. We both love going for days out and visiting various attractions, so we had a wish list of things to do and see in London, and hopefully we'll emerge from our hotel room for enough time to see most of them! Planned highlights include visiting the Shard and London Zoo, but our itinerary is yet to be finalised and we're both throwing in a few surprises to keep the other happy. Because the weekend away is going to be quite extravagant and much more expensive than a normal present budget, we're going small on the gifting side and just doing little token gifts. My boyfriend and I both have sweet tooth addictions, mine being peanut butter and his being marzipan. I'm going to be making him some marzipan chocolate truffles from a free recipe I found online. There is little effort or cost involved, but I know he will love them and I'd rather give something meaningful that has a little thought behind it, instead of shop-bought tat. Anyway, onto gifts for the ladies...! On a romantic occasion like this, it really is the thought that counts so my best piece of advice would be to really think about the person that you're buying the gift for and choose something with personal relevance.

                      *** SPOILED ROTTEN ***

                      I have quite unusual tastes when it comes to gifting as I don't really like to own too many "things" unless they have a use or purpose. This makes it hard for people to buy gifts for me, and I usually end up requesting basic things which I can use up and enjoy, like beauty products. Here are some of the very best things that I think are nice, simple options to achieve a genuinely thankful recipient.

                      + Pampering bath treatments. Every woman needs the opportunity to have a bit of "me" time, and bathing is an important ritual. This would be a good time to buy some luxury bath products, and I mean the *really* nice expensive stuff that you know she would never usually buy for herself. Bath oils and bubble soaks are good choices. As an added bonus, run the bath for her and surround with loads of little tea light candles, then offer to scrub her back!

                      + Massage oils. This can seem a bit cliché but there is nothing more enjoyable or sensual than sharing a massage with your loved one. A little time spent reading up on techniques will be well worth the effort, and invest in some quality massage oils that have a rich fragrance to enhance the experience. Jasmine is particularly seductive!

                      + Quality time. One of the most important things you can do is make sure that you have some time alone together. Get rid of kids or housemates for the night, or retreat to a secret escape when you can enjoy some quality time with just the 2 of you. A night in is perfect as you'll avoid the hustle and bustle of crowded restaurants and you can focus all of your attention on giving her a romantic evening. Some simple home cooked food with candlelight and wine can be the perfect start and will give you time to talk, debate and laugh together over dinner without thinking about your usual everyday routine.

                      + A quirky date. Forget about restaurants or the cinema, doing something a bit unique is a great way to have fun together and will give you loads of lovely memories. Who knows, you might find something new that you both really enjoy and can continue as a hobby together. Something competitive will get you both involved, or team activities will get you working together. For outdoorsy types why not try something active like abseiling, archery, canoeing, or hiking. For indoorsy types, something like mini golf, pottery spinning (very Ghost!), bowling or dance classes might be more up their street.

                      + Get creative. If you have any sort of artistic or creative skill at your hands, then put it to use. A hand made gift will make your girl feel super special and there's nothing better than receiving something that was made especially for you.

                      + Diamonds. No girl in their right mind will ever turn her nose up at diamonds. If you're flashy and you know it, give her diamonds. Opting for a necklace, bracelet, or even a watch would be a wise move to avoid any potential misunderstandings that could arise when giving her a small, square jewellery box!

                      *** ROOM 101 ***

                      There are so many opportunities for failure when it comes to Valentine's gifting. Here are some of the very worst things that I think should be avoided at all costs.

                      - Proposing. Save it for another day, guys! This timing is utterly tacky and the commercial side of the festivities will surely demean even the most thoughtful of efforts. Unless you're going for all-out cheese, in which case you should be proposing in Paris at the top of the Eiffel Tower, whilst being serenaded.

                      - Flowers. Personally I find bouquets of cut flowers to be one of the most distasteful gifts ever and cannot understand why other women enjoy them so much. I find the idea horribly morbid, to take something of natural beauty and cut the life from it, then allow it to slowly wilt and die in the comfort of your own home, being force-fed cheap lemonade to extend the torture. If you want to go with flowers then buy a plant of any kind that can grow and be enjoyed for as long as your green-fingered skills allow. Unless you're going for all-out cheese, in which case you should buy as many dozen-red-roses as your bank balance allows and have them delivered to her place of work for maximum effect.

                      - Teddy bears. Just unacceptable. Unless, once again you're going for all-out cheese, in which case nothing other than the largest, scariest, fakest looking stuffed toy won from an overpriced and clearly rigged carnival fair stand will cut it.

                      - "50 Shades of Grey". Erotica may have hit the mainstream, but seriously, don't buy this book for your valentine! It is one of the most appalling representations of a "BDSM" "relationship" that I've ever seen. If you want to spice things up then by all means discuss and indulge each other's fantasies and get on down to some kinky times. If you are set on buying erotic fiction then opt for something / anything published by either Black Lace or Nexus, two excellent publishers of erotica aimed at women readers, with unashamedly deviant stories that are well written and neatly edited, unlike 50 Shades!

                      *** ALL THE SINGLE LADIES ***

                      The worst part about Valentine's day is of course, being single and having the commercial side of this holiday rubbed in your face to give you that awful feeling of being unloved and undesirable (awww....!). If you have some other single girlfriends then why not arrange a gathering and celebrate it together by having a girly night? Something along the lines of a sleepover party is perfect, so you can avoid going out and having to deal with the crowds of loved-up couples and desperate single letchy men! Make sure to stock up on supplies of face masks, nail polish, cheesy movies, snacks and drinks and enjoy having a good old gossip and giggles. Truth or dare, anyone?! If you're single but all your friends are loved up (awkward!) then show yourself some love and affection by treating yourself to a pampering night in. Once again, face masks, nail polish, cheesy movies, snacks are drinks are all essential, but add to that a nice long soak in a candlelit bubble bath and you'll feel relaxed enough to completely forget about that non-existent secret admirer...

                      My best girlfriend was unfortunately very unlucky in love in the past, so one year I went to the effort of sending her a card saying how much of an awesome friend she was along with a bunch of flowers. She was utterly thrilled and still remembers this with great fondness even years later. It's well worth making a little gesture like this to remind a close friend that they are loved, especially if they don't have someone special to share the day with. Luckily she has now found man of her dreams and is getting married later this year so he will be responsible for any forthcoming Valentine's duties!

                      *** THE MOST IMPORTANT WOMAN ***

                      Guys, don't forget to send a card to your ma! Mums love this sort of sweet and thoughtful gesture, and will really appreciate it as well as telling everyone they know what a wonderful son you are. Just don't go for anything slushy or saucy, that could get a bit weird. :/

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                        Love is in the air......

                        Valentines Day Gift Ideas for Women.


                        I love Valentines Day............. there I've said it. I know that a lot of people aren't a fan of February 14th and I am fully aware that it's not just about showing your "Love" for only 1 day of the year but it is nice to have a celebratory day to show your appreciation and to make your other half feel that little bit more special.

                        To be honest I am sick of the constant negativity; I am actually nice to my partner all year round thank you and yes I certainly don't just need one day of the year to show my love. I personally think that people need to lighten up a little and enjoy the day itself, it isn't about spending lots of money I'm more than happy with just receiving a card. For those who don't want to celebrate then fair enough, each to their own but don't spoil it for those that do.

                        Here are a few gift ideas which I've received in the past:

                        * Perfume, you can't go wrong with a bottle of perfume in my opinion. I've been with my fiancé for almost 7 years now so he as a general idea on what my favourite scents are.

                        * Meal, it doesn't have to be in an expensive restaurant. I always find that the more upmarket restaurants bump their prices up a fair amount which is ridiculous. I'm more than happy going for a Chinese or Indian or even getting a takeaway and having a cosy night in.

                        * Weekend away, this could be a gift to one another. Everyone likes going away and this would be the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time together.

                        * Beauty treatment, from a manicure to a pedicure or even a massage. Any one of these wouldn't cost the earth and would make a nice luxurious treat.

                        * Flowers, I love flowers, a bunch of flowers will always be gratefully received whatever day of the year.

                        * Homemade gift, a photo collage or a photo/memory book always work well and can cost next to nothing.

                        I've also received Teddy Bears and Chocolates, although these were more so in the early stages of our relationship when those options were the most safest choice.

                        Put a little bit of thought into the gift, it's not all about wining and dining and it certainly isn't about spending a stupid amount of money.

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                          23.01.2013 11:17
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                          What will we all get this year

                          A bit of background for you first. I was with my ex husband 11 years and in our time together I never once received a valentines gift from him, I received a valentines card the first year we were together but that was it but the same can be said for birthdays and Christmases too.

                          I hear a lot of people that are very cynical about valentines day and think its not worth bothering with or there is too much hype over it but I think it is a lovely day to show that someone special in your life just how much they mean to you.

                          I am hoping that this year being my first year with my new partner we will be celebrating Valentines Day unlike the scrooge I was married to.
                          I am not looking for anything extravagant as that isn't me, a nice little gift just to say I love you and have thought about you would suit me fine.

                          Chocolates
                          I am a chocoholic so I would love to receive chocolates as a gift for valentines day, or any time of the year for that matter but what would be really nice would be if he remembered what my favourite chocolates were and brought them as there would have been more thought go into it then.

                          Jewellery.
                          I am not looking for anything fancy as that is not the type of person I am. I like simple pretty little pieces and they don't have to be gold or silver either, he got it right at Christmas with the bracelet he brought me so maybe a necklace to go with it.

                          Flowers.
                          I am not the biggest fan of cut flowers as to me they look pretty but they don't last, I would act grateful if my partner brought me flowers but in honesty I would be much happier with a plant for the garden that I could watch grow year after year rather than flowers that will wilt within a week.

                          Clothes
                          Clothing is something that is a definite no no for me as if my other half started buying me clothes I would look at it as he was trying to choose what I wear and would not be very happy at all.

                          Bath sets.
                          I love bubbles, bath bombs, you name it and I love it so if my other half brought me a gift set like this I would be over the moon as it is something just for me that I can use for my time away from the children.

                          House hold items
                          These are a definite no no, I would not be very happy to receive a set of saucepans or an iron as a valentine's gift from a loved one at all.

                          Well we will have to wait and see if my other half gets it right this valentines day, for all the women reading this I hope your other half does too and for the men, I hope you get what you want as well.

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                            I'm single at the moment so I'm not expecting anything this year anyway!

                            I have never really been in a relationship with anyone who was that into Valentines Day in a big way so I have never received a particularly extravagant or unusual Valentines gift. It has tended towards the typical flowers and/or chocolates, if anything. This was always fine with me as I don't feel like I need a big gesture to prove someone's feelings. However, if you do want to get your girlfriend something better or with a bit more effort, then I will try to think of some ideas and also give you my opinion on some common gifts.

                            Instead of buying a box of chocolates you could bake a cake or biscuits. You could do them in a heart shape or something if you think your girlfriend would like that sort of cutesy thing. The extra effort and personalisation of this makes it much nicer to receive than a box of normal chocolates in my opinion. When I was at uni in first year I had only been dating someone for about a week when Valentines day came round so we were not really going to exchange any proper gifts, but I was given loads of different random sweets all in heart shapes. I thought this was sweet as it was funny and there was effort put into finding all these different things!

                            Perfume is a typical and fairly standard gift but it is one I would generally welcome as long as it is a perfume which is my style. Don't just buy a random one but if you know her favourite ones then get one of them or ask in the shop for something different but similar.

                            Sexy underwear is an okay gift but definitely check the size! You really can't just guess on stuff like bra size. If you don't know then look in the label of something you know fits properly. Keep it classy and don't buy really tacky stuff!

                            I'm always happy to receive flowers. I know it's not the most original but personally I like having flowers around my house. If you want to do something slightly different to just standard roses etc, it could be nice to buy an actual pot plant that will last and be a bit more permanent.

                            Jewellery can be great (not that I have ever been given any for Valentines myself!) Just have a think before buying about whether you want something for special occasions, or something to be worn all the time, what styles your girlfriend usually likes etc. I would say most girls are not too keen on stuff with loads of hearts. I know I'm not too keen on that anyway and I would prefer something more neutral.

                            My favourite romantic gift to give and receive when I was younger was always home made mix CDs. It is a bit of a shame that this has kind of died out now since most people just listen to music online via Spotify or YouTube etc or just download their music. I always used to put a lot of effort into them, make them by themes etc. I would still love to receive a mix CD now and I would even like it of someone made a playlist specially for me, which doesn't really cost but is thoughtful if they put songs that remind them of you, or songs they think you will like. If you are musical you could even write a song! Someone wrote a song for me once (not for Valentines, just generally) and I was quite impressed!

                            Tickets would be a welcome gift if there is a concert or exhibition etc that you would both enjoy going to. Travel tickets for a weekend or trip away are also great!

                            If you know something in particular that your girlfriend wants then get that rather than trying to get something particularly romantic or valentines related.

                            Personally I really don't like any of the tacky teddies or big red satin hearts etc! Don't go that route unless you know your girlfriend has no taste lol.

                            In the end, I really don't think valentines gifts are that important or that big a deal. Just be good to each other all year round!

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