5 Romantic Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

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Isn’t 2016 zooming by ever too quickly? It seems only yesterday when I stashed away the Christmas tree and all its accoutrements and a few weeks from now we are celebrating the sweetest and romantic season of all.

Valentine’s Day is indeed almost right around the corner and if you have not decided on what sort of gifts to give your beloved, here are a couple of expressive Valentine’s Day gift ideas that I am sure any recipient would love and appreciate.

  1. A Bouquet of Fresh FlowersNothing beats a bunch of lovely fresh flowers to warm anyone’s heart on Valentine’s Day. A beautiful arrangement complete with the recipient’s favorite blooms in her favorite colors will surely make her extra special on the Day of Hearts. Whether you decide to order flowers online or handpick them yourself in the nearby flower shop, I am betting it will be much appreciated. You can even get creative by opting for flowers in lovely pots, vases, or other equally eye-appealing vessels and if you happen to live in Australia, Flowers For Everyone offers beautiful bouquet of flowers. :rose:
  2. Beautiful Calligraphy Love Letter ~ You can never go wrong with a well thought-out calligraphy love note, anyone can easily fall in love with it! You may choose to have a love letter especially written in calligraphy for your special someone or you can up the ante by having her favorite quote or song written in those flourishing strokes and have it framed. It will look great on your wall and it will definitely score you loads of “Husband of the Year” points!

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  3. A Dinner Complete With Your Special Home-Cooked Dish ~ If you are not much of a cook, then it is about time to let out your inner chef and cook up a storm for your loved one. Since most of the restaurants and malls will be packed with couples celebrating Valentine’s anyway, you are most likely to save you and your partner all the trouble if you stay at home and enjoy a quiet and stress-free candlelit dinner for two. Throw in a nice bottle of wine to pair with your sumptuous meal and do not forget that delectable dessert to end your dinner on a good note. If you have the perfect spot, you can set-up your special dinner outside and enjoy your date al fresco.  :plate:  :drink:
  4. A Surprise Out-Of-Town Trip ~ If long drives and trips have been far and few since you had children, Valentine’s is but the perfect excuse to put the in-laws or the aunts in-charge of the kids for a change and whisk your better half off to a romantic out-of-town surprise trip. A new destination will be perfect or you can always be extra romantic by bringing her to your favorite place, where you both used to go during weekends before you became busy parents. A romantic familiar view will surely rekindle the love and the passion you both have in the beginning of your relationship, while going out on a new adventure together will surely make your bond as lifetime partners even stronger. :car:
  5. A Relaxing Spa At Home ~ He is always tired from the long drive to and from work, the Day of Hearts would be a great excuse to set up a special spa treatment for him at home. You can prepare him a relaxing foot spa and massage to give his tired feet the rest and pampering they deserve. You can follow this with a soothing back rub to melt his stress away. Use aromatherapy candles and soft music for a complete relaxing experience.

Of course, expressing our love for the ones we love needs no special reason or occasion. Any day is as good as any to treat him extra special or cook him his favorite meal. Any day is also perfect for that special back rub or foot massage. After all, taking care of our loved ones is but one of the most perfect ways to show them how much we love and appreciate them.

What do you plan to surprise your husband with this Valentine’s mums? Share your sweetest ideas in a comment below.  :heart:

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Just Enough To Melt A Mum’s Heart

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Valentine’s is something we do not celebrate at home, but this year I received a very pleasant surprise which is just enough to melt this mum’s heart!

Right after the day’s lessons were over, the little man handed me this lovely Valentine card, which he made himself. Sure the words are badly scrawled, but for someone who’ve just recently appreciated writing, this sure is a great feat and mum couldn’t be prouder. Apart from the letters and the heart he’s patiently colored, my little pre-schooler also drew mum, dad, himself, and our house inside the card. You can check out the rest of the card in this week’s edition of Kids In Doodles.

This is mum’s little treasure and I shall keep it with my valuables. Although this is just a simple card, the effort made by the little man’s little fingers to write and color it is something really precious. Thank you my love for this and thanks to Teacher Pam, too, for helping you make it.  :heart:

I am sure your little ones also have little Valentines surprises for you and it will be a delight to read all about it in a comment below.

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Of Valentines + Horses

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So how was your Valentine’s? The little man and I had quite a late start and kicked-off our Valentine’s date late in the afternoon {he simply refused to go out while the sun is scorching outside and exclaimed “init {hot in our vernacular} mommy!”} with a couple of errands. And I cannot complain since even we went out rather late, it was one of our most productive day ever. We’ve been to our local post office to send a number of Valentine’s postcards and went to Mr. Quickie to have his sandals repaired. I even got a bonus, when I discovered this local Dakki outlet near the shoe repair shop and ordered a huge Lightning McQueen pillow for the little man, which I hope to get by next week. 🙂

For our date, I decided we check out the recently opened Waltermart in Guiguinto since we’ve never been there before. It was rather a little place and there isn’t much to explore really. After grabbing a quick snack, which I had to finish all by myself since the little man wasn’t too keen on eating solids yet again, we proceeded to the soft play area, which is aptly called the Action Station. I chose the 30-minute play as I thought it’s just the right amount of time for the little one to spend all his pent-up energy. I was photographing him as he enjoys the slide, the swimball and the other nooks of the play area. I even got the chance to check out a bit of this mall. If we tagged along somebody else to look after Jared whilst he plays, I would’ve loved to get a manicure/pedicure treat from the salon nearby. My nails are so begging for them! 

After the little one’s done playing, we checked out the huge LCD tv’s on display in the nearby appliance center. He got a kick watching this Despicable Me short film and I promised him we’d download a copy so that we can watch it at home, too. It took awhile for me to tear him away from the huge tellys and ushered him to the bookstore just across. A number of Valentine’s treats and gifts are on display that day. I wonder why they don’t have horse themed gifts available, I thought these will really make for one romantic Valentine’s surprise for your loved ones, won’t you agree? Even a horse-driven-carriage ride would seem perfect for the most romantic of occasions, right?

Oh well, it was probably the least of my worries as am not really there to shop for special Valentine’s gift, anyway. But, I did purchase a couple of colored waterbase pen, as well as three of these round highlighters for the little man to use for our little homeschooling project. I made him choose which colors to buy and he opted for green and yellow. I added the orange one for great measure! 🙂 I also made sure to photograph my little model with the lovely heart decoration they have in front of the store.

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Come dinnertime, the only place I’ve been fancying to eat that day was teeming with people, so I just decided to order for takeaway and eat our Chic-Boy treat at home. Jared wanted to take the take out letter issued at the cashier home, too! 🙂

All in all, I must say that our Valentine’s date went well. If my little man had a wonderful time, then I have accomplished something. Yep, I got no flowers, chocolates or cards today, but I get to create more precious memories with my little man and I could not really ask for more!  Here’s hoping your Valentine’s was equally delightful! ^_^

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