Aww Valentine’s, the one day a year that can cause absolute chaos. Terrified male faces rushing around grabbing the nearest bunch of roses, chocolates and bath bombs. God forbid they don’t get us anything to put on Instagram right?
Well, I don’t know about you, but I rarely celebrate the big V day, sure it’s a good excuse to get a new pair of shoes or head out for some dinner. But I do hate how much it all costs, and this isn’t coming from me being tight with my money. It’s all a bit samey and I enjoy doing things that are more thoughtful and perhaps anti-valentines. The bonus is that they don’t cost a fortune either!
1. Face Masks & Fondu
Yep, I’m not joking. Grab a couple of face masks and make yourselves some chocolate fondu with strawberries and just have a laugh together. Your man may think you’ve lost the plot if he’s never used a mask before but I am certain he will love it.
2. Ready Steady Cook
Both of you head to the kitchen and spend 10 minutes looking through the cupboards, freezer and fridge. Then come up with an idea each of what you’d make for a three course dinner. You can decide between the two of you or call a friend to vote for the winning recipe. Loser washes up!
3. Goals Board
Look through some magazines and newspapers and cut out all the things you’d put on your wish list. The glue them all together as a collage and make yourselves a goals board. Perfect excuse to talk about your goals and inspiration whilst having some bonding time. You will also get an ideas for presents too!
4. Dream Holiday
Each of you write down three places you have always wanted to visit on a piece of paper, then throw them into a bowl and take a lucky dip. The winning place can be your next break or holiday. Discuss together when you’d like to go, then do some research and get booking. The remaining five can be holidays for years to come.
5. Black Out
Literally pretend you’re in a black out. No phones, TV, lights, nothing electrical. Sit in candle light sharing a drink or two and talk the night away. Once you’ve been in a relationship for a while those sorts of evenings take a back seat so it’s perfect to catch up with everything you’ve been too busy to chat about.
6. Cosy Night Out
Grab a pack of cards and head to your nearest cosy, country pub. Walk there if you can, I personally adore walks when it’s a little chilly, plus you can both have a drink! Find yourself a little corner and some drinks and play whichever card game is your favourite. Stay for as long as you like. I know if it was me I’d get too competitive and will want to stay there for hours!
7. First Date
Go for a trip down memory lane and re-enact your first date. Head to the same bar, restaurant, golf course... whenever it was. Let that spark get burning again! You’ll be surprised how much you forgot about each other until you go back in time!
So there are just a few ideas for you to try out this Valentine’s. I understand they won’t be all your tastes, but sometimes it’s the simple things in life that make the best memories.
Happy Valentine’s Day you gorgeous lot.
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