Just as a picture speaks a thousand words, a thoughtful gift means a lot. Especially on a day like Valentine's day (which is pretty much non-existent when parenting takes over). But a little gift tells your partner that you still love him/ her, and are thinking of them despite the nappy changes and sleepless nights.
Below is a list of gift ideas both for him and her – what would your better half fancy?
Beauty and Relaxation
These are always a winner for women, especially mums who rarely have time for themselves.
I tried the Anma range of luxury massage oils and give them a definite thumbs up! Available in six varieties, each serving a different purpose – Detox, Muscle Relief, Tranquility and Revive for relaxation, Toning for beauty and Passion for well, spicing things up in the bedroom. A perfect gift set for her – and him – on Valentine's day. (Available individually as well).
This one's beauty wrapped up with good health. We all know the importance of magnesium for our skin and bodies, so when I was given the Better You range of magnesium-infused products to try out, I was rather impressed. They have a wide range of products but I tried the Magnesium Body Butter and Magnesium Body Lotion, a nourishing blend of Magnesium oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil and vitamin E. Also available are the Magnesium Flakes Foot and Body Soak and the Magnesium Sleep Lotion.
Mio Skincare has a special Valentine's edit:
The Relaxing Night In with the Liquid Yoga Bath Soak, rich in magnesium-rich Epsom salts, Arnica and a special blend of essential oils.
The Date Night Prep with the Prep and Glow Kit comprising a Body Brush and the Future Proof Active Body Butter for that perfect glow.
Or you could just gift the Glow Goals Collection that has a little of everything – four Mio minis and a Body Brush.
Keep the man in your life cosy and warm this Valentines with this smart military green scarf and beanie set (pictured below). Or, treat him to a range of fashionable wear from Mainline Menswear.
Make V-day extra special and sensuous with Hunkemoller's Valentine's collection. From lingerie to sexy nightwear, there's something for every kind of woman… go ahead, spice it up a bit!
These down jackets are perfect both for him and her. The thicker jackets will keep you and your special someone toasty through the freeze, while the lighter ones are perfect for when it's warmer, but still a tad chilly. There are loads of brands, styles and colours to choose from, so you will be spoilt for choice!
Cosy – or sexy – PJS, who doesn't love THAT as a gift?! Especially if it's for your better half, it doesn't seem too personal. The Pyjama Factory has a great range of PJs for every liking and occasion. Snuggle up indoors together this V-day, perhaps?
Ethical Jewellery and Accessories
These fair trade boho necklaces and earrings from jewellery brand Hot Haveli are both different and cute, and would make a lovely gift for her. What's more, the Kalena collection is handmade by women artisans in India, so no two pieces are the same. Let this Valentines be all about tassles and colour!
Jewelled Buddha has a range of ethically made and beautifully crafted upcycled sari scarves, necklaces and bags. Again, the artisans earn a sustainable income on each product made, so you'll feel even better buying their stuff. You can also avail of a special 15% discount using the code: VALENTINE15
How about a smart rucksack for his hiking trips? Or your weekend mountain climbing adventure together? If your partner is the sporty kind, these will make a fabulous and very useful gift.
What's a Valentines day without some bubbly? If you're planning a romantic night in, why not add some oomph with these copper champagne flutes from Vonshef? Ultra-stylish, statement-making and durable, perfect for toasting to your love!
And last but not the least, a unique romantic gift… These books are a heartfelt way to express your love to that special person in your life. The colourful books (customised for different relationships) have 25 prompts with blanks, that you can fill in to personalise the gift. Examples of prompts include: I'll always remember when you… / I'd like to take you to… / I have unforgettable memories of the time we… Write as much or as little as you wish, stick a photo or even a memento – it's all about making that special someone feel cherished.
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