I have to admit myself and my husband don’t make a fuss of celebrating Valentines Day. Once upon a time we used to make the effort, we’d book a nice meal, get dressed up but over twenty years and two kids later we tend to spend the day a little more low key. We do acknowledge the day, we swap cards and will have a nicer than usual dinner but not much more.
We used to buy each other presents. When we were teenagers I could almost guarantee I’d get a soppy teddy bear and, if he was feeling a bit flush, a red rose too but once you get past a certain age teddy bears start to lose some of their appeal. Don’t get me wrong, I do still love a cute teddy but they are better suited to my boys bedrooms rather than mine.
Which poses the question, what do you buy your other half for Valentines Day when you’re a grown up? I’ll be honest I don’t really want some fancy underwear that might get worn once or twice, and as it’s not long after Christmas I’m pretty well stocked on perfume and toiletries. I drink Prosecco on an almost weekly basis so a bottle of fizz doesn’t feel like a treat but we are getting a bit closer on the alcohol front.
If I’m not enjoying a glass of something bubbly my next favourite drink is something Gin related. I’m a huge fan of flavoured gins and the fancier the glass the better. It always feels like a huge let down when you order a Gin in a bar and it comes in a regular glass. If my husband is sat wondering what he could surprise me with he could do with browsing here for inspiration. I’m finding it hard to pick which gin I want to try first, I think it’s either the Raspberry or the Pomegranate and Rose, and if he wanted to buy me a pretty glass to drink it out of I won’t be complaining.
It does sometimes feel there is a lot of pressure for grand gestures on Valentines Day, the most romantic day of the year, but I’m not one for big gestures. For me, it’s the little things that often mean the most and put a smile on my face. It’s a cup of tea in bed because it’s February and it’s cold, or walking out of the house to find my car de-frosted, and a cold G&T waiting for me at the end of a long day, in a fancy glass of course!
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.