Valentine's Day Ideas For Everyone
As someone who's never been in a relationship over Valentine's Day (seriously forever alone), I genuinely see it and treat it as just another day instead of one where I spend the evening alone in bed with a giant tub of ice cream and a succession of rom coms or feel the need to make up for the fact that I'm single by buying myself something silly or extravagant. It's all about the little things for me, even when it comes to my birthday or Christmas and I have a feeling that it still would be even if I was in a relationship.
And if you are in a couple, Valentine's Day doesn't just need to be celebrated with your other half. I'm all about Galentine's Day and just generally letting your friends and loved ones know how much you appreciate them, not only at this time of year but the whole way through. So here are some Valentine's ideas both for those who are single and those who have that someone special to celebrate it with;
Plan a spot of pampering
Whether you're getting ready for date night or are having a night away from social media (I mean, there's only so many V-day updates you can see before singing All By Myself out loud a la Bridget Jones), really make a point of pampering yourself. Run a bath, light a candle or ten and just chill out. Lush are always my go-to at this time of year, especially when they bring out their brilliant Valentine's Day exclusives each and every year. It's nice to go in and pick up a few bits from the collection to use the week of Valentine's (my birthday is a few days before so I like to really treat myself that week in particular). My favourite will always be the Unicorn Horn bubble bar, which if you've not tried it before, get yourself down to Lush before it's gone again until next year. The Cherryish Body Scrub and Tender is the Night naked shower cream were brilliant new discoveries this year.
Treat yourself or someone else
As I mentioned earlier, don't feel like you need to go and get yourself into debt or live on beans on toast for the rest of the month just because you wanted to treat yourself or your other half. Treating yourself or someone else could mean picking up a fancy dessert from M&S or having a lie in and breakfast in bed.
The one thing I do think of immediately when I think of Valentine's Day is fragrance. If you're single, I always find that you can take advantage of some great savings and gift sets around Valentine's Day, which is why I always hold out to buy my favourites until this time of year. If you're in a relationship, you can't really go wrong with a perfume or aftershave.
World Duty Free very kindly acted as my Valentine this year by sending me quite easily the fanciest perfume that I now own. One little treat that I always make sure to make when jetting off is to pick up a new perfume, one that I wear on that specific holiday so that whenever I smell it it instantly transports me back to that special place or trip. So even if you're not flying off somewhere exciting soon, you can always treat yourself or your other half on your next trip.
Adexe London also sent me out one of their brand new watches, the Meek Petite Rose Gold*. If you're like me and have petite or small wrists, then you need to check out their petite range ASAP! They also have the larger size of this watch and what is so great about them is the fact that you can easily adjust the sizing without having to worry about adding more holes to the strap, for example. You just slide along the closure to your desired size and that's it. If you like the look of their watches, be sure to use the code ELLISTUESDAY15 to take 15% off your order.
And you can't go wrong with some lip products at Valentine's Day. I absolutely love the Huda Beauty Contour and Strobe Lip Set and isn't the lip shaped tin just perfect for Valentine's gifting? I also picked up a little key chain mini of the Wet Brush (which is the best hair brush I have EVER tried, as seen in my previous reviews) from Cult Beauty too while I was at it. Joan Collins Timeless Beauty also have some great options, plus you can even pick these lip products up whilst doing your food shop at M&S, if you are treating yourself to that special dessert. Can you tell that I have my eye on one this year? This * is such a gorgeous shade as is this sparkly *.
Send some cards
Last but not least, let your loved ones know just how loved they are, whether that's a quick phonecall, a catch-up or a traditional card. Don't let Valentine's Day just be about boyfriends/girlfriends or other halves. I mean, these ones from are that good that you just need to go back to the good ol' days when you'd actually send one anonymously to that boy or girl that you fancied at school. They're also great for Galentine's Day too or even to give to your work wife or husband.
And if all else fails, stick your feet up, get a takeaway and put on a film or several and enjoy it alone or with friends/loved ones. I've got a blog post dedicated to some of my favourite rom coms and Valentine's Day appropriate watches, so be sure to check that out for some ideas.
Are you a fan of Valentine's Day? How will you be spending it this year? And do you need a reason to treat yourself or is Valentine's Day just a nice excuse to do so?
Post written by Ellis Tuesday