January has been ever such a long month, and we think it is fair to say, that we all need a good reason to treat ourselves and each other. With February the 14th on the way, our thoughts may turn to romance, decadence or maybe, just a jolly good time with your best pals. However you’re planning to spend the occasion, make sure there’s plenty of treats involved.
If you’re stuck for inspiration, then let us help you out with our simple Valentine’s Day gift buying guide. Remember, it’s the thought that counts but sometimes we all need a little nudge in the right direction.
Here are our top 6 ways to elevate your season of love from Tepid Town, to Fever City — all available at The Arena.
1. Make sure you get a card
If you’re loved one is a fan of Valentine’s Day, at the very least, make sure get them a card and write a thoughtful message. Card Factory have a brilliant range of creative cards that can be personalised to you and yours with names and images.
We love this ‘What a pear!’ card — a little reminder of just how cute you are together!
2. Stay in and cook a romantic meal
Life is busy, and we’re all too often guilty of opting for meals that are quick and easy to prepare. Putting in the effort to create something extra special can be rewarding and fun, not to mention gaining you extra brownie points with your other half.
Set the perfect scene with this 12 Piece Hutton Dinner Set £28 and 16 Piece Gold Effect Cutlery Set £38 from Next.
3. Throw a carpet picnic
Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to go outside to enjoy a picnic. Lay down a checkered blanket in a cosy room, adjust the lighting and delve into one of these indulgent hampers from M&S. There’s a huge selection to choose from to ensure that all tastes and budgets are catered for. Here are just a couple of our favourites.
‘My Valentine’s’ Gift Bag £50
This gift bag will please the ultimate Lothario with its grand, heart-shaped chocolate box, Valentine’s dribble cake and romance diffuser. Just light the candle, pop the Prosecco and enjoy.
‘You’re the Bees Knees’ Gift Bag £20
We think this sweet-as-honey gift set would be a perfect way to let someone you love know just how great they are. Featuring wildflower honey, pure origin Assam tea, all butter shortbread and milk chocolate truffles; complete with drizzler and wrapped up in a honey bee bag.
4. Take some time to relax
Could your loved one do with a little R&R? Taking some time to recharge your batteries can be essential to improving our physical and mental wellbeing — something Champneys know all about.
Try their ‘A Well Earned Treat’ Spa set £22 from Boots, which contains a selection of rewarding and pampering bath and body essentials.
5. Wear something that makes you feel incredible
If Valentine’s means a night out on the town with your besties or bae, make sure that you are wearing something that makes you feel great. New Look have a fresh new season in store, perfect for just this.
For her, keep it chic in this Black High Neck Ribbed Midi Dress at just £17.99 and pair with animal print boots, faux fur coat and statement earrings.
For him, how about this mustard brushed check ‘shacket’ from New Look for £19.99. Keep it buttoned up with black boots for a smarter style, or unbuttoned with a simple tee and trainers for a relaxed feel.
6. Keep it Simple
Sometimes, just a thoughtful, kind or even silly token of your affection will do the job. We’re not quite sure why these aubergine socks make us so happy, but they sure do! Bring some joy to your lover’s ankles with these Mustard Aubergine Patterned socks from New Look for just £2.99.
Find these and plenty more Valentine’s Day gift ideas at Arena Shopping Park.