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If you work well under pressure you may well have left thinking of a Valentines gift till the last minute.

Your choice is either to go for something that can be delivered on the day, or to get creative, which may depend on how much time you have available to make a gift or devise a romantic surprise… Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best – eg. filling a little box with ‘reasons I love you’ written on bits of paper, breakfast in bed on Monday morning will make the week much more bearable, or turn up at your partners workplace at lunchtime with a picnic basket to take to the local green space. Here are some more ideas for an evening in.

However, if you are going for the last minute puchase, here are some classics and other ideas…

Get flowers delivered to work
For the classic floral display, Marks & Spencer have a dozen fairtrade red roses for £19.99 including p&p.

For a more bohemian and in season arrangement, Wiggly Wigglers Valentine bouquets are fabulous arrangements of locally grown flowers and foliage starting from £31.50, with the added advantage that they are currently offering 3 bars of Divine fairtrade chocolate with orders over £30, so you get flowers and chocolate in one!

Flowers are not just for Valentines
A twist on the classic floral gift and your loved one has growing space, you could give a grow-your-own lasting gift, such as a Love Grobox from Nigels Eco Store, a box of perennial bulbs of red flowers that will bring colour year after year either in the flower bed, planter or window box.
On a slightly larger scale you could send a love tree from Tree2mydoor – both the cherry tree and crab apple tree with their beautiful blossom have been known through the ages as a ‘tree of love’ – the delivery will be a young tree which will grow year on yearand far outlast a bunch of flowers…just check it is the right size for your garden!


The food of love

If flowers aint her thing, then Able & Cole, the organic veg box people, offer a range of valentine foodie gifts, including locally produced heart-shaped cheddar, varieties of chocolate and organic fizz, and the delivery of a breakfast for two…mmm!

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I’m sure it hasn’t escaped your notice that Monday is Valentines Day. The shops are all plastered with big glittery hearts and we are encouraged to spend big on our partners.

I am definately on the side of spending big – but not necessarily money – time is a massively precious comodity, and one it is worth putting in the right place.

This week is National Marriage Week, and in the 7 days leading up to Valentines we are encouraged by the organisers to Eat, Talk, Play. Not difficult things, but simple ones that can get lost in the busyness of our lives, especially when holding down a full time job, keeping a home and trying to plan a wedding! So try to do each of the following at least once this week and you’ll feel the benefits, and much more intimate when Monday rolls around, without the need for a massive display of roses…

EAT – we all need to eat sometime – usually 3 times a day. Spend time this week eating with each other – whether it is a take-away, in a restaurant, pasta & pesto or the morning weetabix… You could even share the preparations and washing up, instead of taking it in turns.

TALK – What does your daily communication usually consist of? A rushed ‘How was your day?’ or just wedding planning? Take a few moments to sit down and concentrate on listening to each other, and asking questions – it doesn’t need to be deep, but it can be intimate to talk about how you are feeling and what it is like to be you.

PLAY – Have some fun – Remember wht it was like when you fist got together and you would go on dates and do anything as long as it meant youwere together. Whether it is a board game, a walk in the park or one of these other creative date night ideas, jsut enjoy being with each other.

It makes great sense to make sure these three aspects are part of your time together every week for the rest of your lives to keep the intimacy and fun in the relationship. It sounds dull, but it is always worth scheduling a ‘date night’ into the calendar to make sure you both prioritise a night together every week.

If you want to really invest in the relationship then maybe you could try out the Marriage Course – It covers topics such as comminication, handling money, sex, families and topics that all couples face, allowing space for couples to chat about these together over a meal – no group discussions! a lot of courses are starting on Valentines evening with a meal for you to go and check it out – so there’s no need to book a meal at a fancy restaurant – just find the closest Valentines dinner to you

If you have any creative ideas for spending time together that you want to share, please do leave a comment below.

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Valentines is a day of romance and a day to evoke the senses – so here are some creative ideas to make sure all of the five senses get a look in this Valentines Day.

Smell
Evoke the sense of smell with a pure, clean organic perfume free from nasty chemicals – there is a variety out there that are made from organic oils, natural extracts and all animal friendly. I love the solid perfumes that come in antique cases or sustainable wood, saving on excessive glass and plastic packaging. GreenMyStyle have come up with their top 10 fragrances to help you choose.

Sound
Avoid buying into the hype of expensive gifts by making the classic ‘mix tape’ (or iPod playlist or CD…) from your collection – ‘songs that remind me of you’, songs that have meant something from your relationship…not only will it save you a buck but will also mean a lot to you both – and it is the thought that counts!

Sight
We ladies love the way gorgeous lingerie makes us feel – and our partners love the way we look – a gift for both of you…  Underwear from enamore is not only sexy and beautifully soft, but also made from bamboo – one of the worlds most sustainable fibres.

Taste
Everyone knows that chocolate is the food of love (it is for me anyway…) and gladly chocolate in any recipe can be upped a notch by using Fairtrade certified chocolate (Green and Blacks will be making all their bars Fairtrade very soon). Make a Fairtrade chocolate dessert (Fairtrade Foundation and Divine both have loads of recipes on their websites) – all Co-op own brand chocolate is Fairtrade if you are going for a budget option.

Home made gifts are great as they show value in the time taken over them – insert vouchers in their card for homemade goodies over a period of time – Valentines is not just for one day. It falls on a Sunday so laze around followed by a delicious cooked breakfast…

Touch
Very much linked to the sense of sight, but can be enhanced by removing it – think of blindfolded surprises – so much fun! Make your partner guess what the gift is with their eyes closed. Give or use silk scarves made from softest ‘peace’ or Tassel silk such as these from Nobuntu, and tantalise with the softest touch…use your imagination…

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holding-handsWhen swept away int he throws of wedding planning it is easy to forget to take time to just be with each other. During engagement A & I set aside whole weekends (we didnt see each other very often) when we would’t talk about the wedding or planning at all – it was great, and necessary to keep sane!

Here are a few ideas:
– Pack a picnic basket and head to the park / riverbank / anywhere… Surprise your partner with their favourite foods from the local farmers market…and a mini bottle of champers – obviously!
– All this week in London there are loads of events taking place to encourage you to slow down (unless you are a marathon runner – go Tegwen!) and take time out. Check out the Slow Down London events planned… 24th April – 4th May
– Save cash – try some of the free things that are on offer in town – Time Out has loads a pretty definative list including comedy clubs, bars, art and music…

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