Christmas is still a recent memory and we’re all probably still feeling the sting in our wallets but Valentine’s Day will very soon be upon us and with a little pre-planning, there is no need for a lame gift or a late night trip to the petrol station for the last remaining, withered bunch of flowers. Here are some handy tips so you can get all those brownie points this February 14th.

Flowers – splash out on a really nice bouquet. A small bunch from the supermarket doesn’t take much effort and doesn’t cost much either and she’s going to know that. You might feel you have to add to it with chocolates which she won’t thank you for as she’s probably still on a post-Christmas, pre-Summer diet! So, the best advice is to order a lovely, great big bunch and have them delivered. That way, she’ll know how much effort you went to and you’ll have spent enough in one go without having to throw chocolates into the mix.

Beauty products – do a little research and find out what she uses, what she loves and what she wishes she could have if she could afford it. Buying something that she really wants and showing that you listened will put you straight into her good books for a long time to come. For an Avene Sensitive Skin Gift Set, visit

Spa Day – there are not many people who would turn their nose up at a day of relaxation and pampering. If you don’t fancy joining her then make sure you book for her to take a friend as well as no-one wants to go alone. Include a massage or a mani-pedi session and pack her off to be spoilt rotten.

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Experience Day – does she have a hobby or is she always telling you how much she’s love to do something? If so, then there is most likely an experience day catering for that very thing. Physical gifts are nice to open but might not mean much in the passing of time. An experience however, can be remembered for a lifetime and a good experience should last for a few hours or all day so is great value for money. There are so many to choose from, for example, chocolate tours, tank driving, hot air ballooning, photo shoots, whale watching, animal encounters and rally driving.

Accessories – if she is very house proud then there are any number of home accessories to add to the décor. Solar fairy lights, bottle lights, personalised family portraits, copper jewellery stands and wall art are just a few ideas that she might absolutely love. If she’s a lass with a great sense of humour then throw in a joke gift too like a pair of lazy housekeeper mop slippers, a pink spider catcher or funny home signs. They are not particularly romantic though so gift wrap with caution!