100 weeks and 3 days | Alternative Valentine’s Gifts

I went to our village shop this morning to get the papers and some milk.

There was a queue of about six men — waiting to be served — all clutching gaudy black and red cards and boxes of chocolates or bunches of overpriced cheap flowers, wrapped in cellophane.

Wow — I thought — what lucky women those chaps are married to… what thought and care has gone into these Valentine’s gifts.

It lands on the same date every year — February 14th — yet these men had clearly forgotten clean about it and were all hurriedly making last minute purchases. Their wives must be so grateful.*

* said with massive heavy dose of sarcasm

My boy and I don’t celebrate Valentine’s day. We made a mutual decision, years ago, to save our money and show a declaration of love, spontaneously, on a random day in the year. And that works for us.

But for those of you that do celebrate your relationships on February 14th, why not buy a gift that is a little more meaningful — and long lasting — than the last minute flowers from the garage/corner shop/supermarket (delete as appropriate)?

Here are my favourite alternative Valentine’s gifts!

A lovely subscription from the Willoughby Book Club

Either 3, 6 or 12 handpicked books, in the subject that your loved one likes best. Choose from fiction, cooking, gardening books — each one beautifully wrapped — with one book delivered each month! You can even include a personal message with the first book.

See www.thewilloughbybookclub.co.uk for more details.

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Dedicate a tree to your loved one.

For a truly unique and long lasting present, why not dedicate a tree to your favourite person? You can do this through the Woodland Trust; choose from a newly created site or mature woodland. Whichever you go for, it’s such a thoughtful gift and the money raised will help to protect the UK’s beautiful woodland environments.

For more details visit The Woodland Trust and hug a tree today! :)



Send a piece of cake though the post for a year!

If your lover has a sweet tooth, surprise them each month with a yummy piece of cake! Packaged to fit perfectly though a letterbox, those clever peeps at The Cake Nest bake delicious cakes — carrot, Guinness and chocolate, or lemon to name a few — and post them to your loved one!

Have a look The Cake Nest for more details of this and also other delicious gifts that they have on offer.


Sadly, it’s a bit late for this year!! As a non-celebrator of V-Day, it didn’t occur to me what the date was until I saw the queue of men at the shop this morning. But drop some not very subtle hints and feel safe in the knowledge that there’s another 365 days until the next February 14th!

Happy non Valentine’s day everybody! X

About Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

8 thoughts on “100 weeks and 3 days | Alternative Valentine’s Gifts

    1. Thanks so much Jess! I like the sentiment of Valentine’s day but it seems like a lot of people feel forced into making a grand gesture, rather than doing something because they want to. It really struck a chord with me, seeing all those men who’d put no thought in to a gift for their partners. I would rather have nothing if there’s no thought behind it! X

  1. These are all amazing ideas, I especially love the tree idea and the books. I love a gift that keeps on giving throughout the year. My hubby did well this year, he got a pretty necklace (although I did ask for it a few weeks ago – but hey he did remember, so respect!). I on the other hand did rubbish and just got him a card. Ooops!

    Thanks for linking up to #SundayStars

    1. Radox?? RADOX?? Ohmygoodness — these men need a lesson in ‘what to buy for a lady’!! :)

      It could be worse though.My friend once asked he husband for a lovely scented candle. He bought her a Glade one, from the supermarket!! Haha! At least she saw the funny side! :) X

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