With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, romantics everywhere are beginning to scratch their heads over the best way to win their lover’s heart. While a card, a bunch of red roses and a box of chocolates might seem the obvious choice, for those who want to make a lasting impression, it can be hard to find the right gift or memorable gesture.
Playing Cupid for a moment, we’re taking the clamour out of amour, making lover’s lives that little bit easier with our ‘5 Valentines ideas to make your love rock’.
#1 Handmade cards win Valentine’s hearts
The Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be the same without the giving and receiving of cards. While a shop bought card is arguably better than no card, nothing says you really care about someone than making them a card by hand. If by unfortunate chance, you don’t happen to be a gifted artist, try cutting out a collage of images; hearts, fluffy kittens, erupting volcanoes and whatever else reminds you of them to create a personalised card just for them. Your partner will appreciate the effort and thought you’ve put in. Good Housekeeping has some great tips on creating your own cards.
#2 Use flower power
A dozen red roses cut roses look fabulous for a moment, but quickly wither away after just a few days. In our opinion, a far more romantic gesture would be to give your loved one a living rose plant which is named after them. Plant the rose in a pot or garden and watch it grow and bloom, year after year; your blossoming romance, manifest. Check out Rosenames and the Royal Horticultural Society to find your romantic power in flower.
#3 Wearables over edibles
Chocolates may be a tasty Valentines Day treat but, like a fleetingly transient candle-lit dinner, they’re gone in flash. Swapping the chocolate box for one containing a piece of personalised jewellery, creates an eternal Valentine’s Day gift that your partner can treasure. Preferably engraved with a special message, a bracelet, necklace, or ring acts as a visual cue to remind your partner of your love for them, every time they wear it. It’s the gift that keeps on giving. Check out Etsy and Pandora for inspiration.
#4 Pen a poem
When it comes to matters of the heart, the pen, we think, is mightier than the sword. Penning a poem is a great way to convey your true feelings for someone. Expression through verse often makes it possible to communicate things we sometimes find hard to express face to face. When wordsmithing your Valentine’s Day verse, a quick glance at the works of Lord Byron and the Sonnets of Shakespeare can’t hurt for inspiration. We recommend writing your poem by hand on good quality paper, preferably incorporating a sprinkling of old world calligraphic magic with an ink fountain pen for full romantic effect.
#5 Make sweet music
From serenading your sweetheart with karaoke overtures, to playing your special song on the most romantic day of the year, music is an essential part of Valentine’s Day. With one of the world’s largest selections of love songs, romantic playlists to woo your boo, and karaoke to serenade your significant other, ROXi is the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. This is your chance to declare your partner a ‘Sex Bomb’ by singing a duet with Tom Jones from the comfort of your living room.