I’m going to be upfront with you.
I LOVE Valentine’s Day. I love the schmoochy, schmoochyness of it. I love that it brings with it the perfect excuse to drink champagne on a school night. I love that a mundane mid-week meal can be turned into scallop risotto … because it’s Valentine’s Day.
Mind you, this love affair with St Valentine’s Day is a relatively newish one.
Valentine’s Day and I were not always friends. There were many a year when February 14 would come and go with nary a plastic tube containing a red rose subtly enhanced by baby’s breath landing on my desk. (We all know, right, that if you’re at work on Valentine’s Day, the flowers or gifts should arrive at work for maximum impact and for daggers from your fellow single colleagues?)
I was a Valentine’s Day LOSER. Bridget Jones eat your heart out and put your Nana pants back on, you had nothing on the sad state of my love life. Nothing.
So, I get that my five for Friday this week might really annoy those of you who have already put in an annual day for February 14, if only to avoid the continuous delivery of white teddy bears attached to silver foil helium balloons.
But what I’m gently proposing to you all is: why don’t celebrate regardless? I’m all for spoiling yourself. You should be too.
And if you’re in a lovey-dovey-vomit couple situation, you might like one of these gifts. I know I would.
If I’m going to break my very loose no-drinking-during-the-week rule and drink champagne on a Tuesday night, it had better be a good one. This limited edition Moet & Chandon Rose Imperial gift ($129.90, available at selected bottle shops) is pretty cool as it comes with a pen to personalise the bottle and you can also get all social media freaky – scan the barcode and you can tag your love, save the image and send it out to the interwebs. Which I guess is like the 2012 version of the flowers arriving at work to advertise your smug coupledom.
Jewellery designer Samantha Wills is all about the girlfriend this Valentine’s Day. She’s created this limited edition Anchor bracelet and necklace set ($69 and also available in gold) as something to share with your girlfriends. The bracelet can be worn on your friend’s wrist or added to extend the necklace and have the anchor sitting that the back of your neck. Your choice.
Ok, so imagine this … it’s a Tuesday night, February 14, you’ve been running around all day, a work crises here, a school run there. And your *darling* Valentine is all, how’s your mother? And you’re all, keep her out of it, and no, I’m not turned on by your dry humping. I’ll let you in on my little secret … it’s this Twenty8 Romance & Intimacy aromatherapy blend (gift pack above is $72). Works every time. One minute you think you couldn’t possibly be up for it; the next you’re thinking, actually I don’t care that I only got three hours sleep last night because our youngest was up vomiting, why the hell not?
This kikki.K Moment in Time capsule ($14.95) is a bit cute. May I suggest you drinking the Moet above before filling out the note inside. When you’ve finished writing sweet nothings about each other, tuck that little sucker away in an easily accessible place. You really want to be able to read back to him all the heartfelt things he said about you in the middle of your next blow-up. Yes, you do (*insert evil laugh here*).
There’s that personalised message thing again. This time on a boxed pair of thongs (Havaianas Slim Valentine White $29.95). And given that I think you can never have enough Havaianas in your life, this little addition would go down nicely, thank-you very much. And there’s a pair of your man too. Matchy, matchy thongs, now that’s romance right there. Just be careful to use the word thong in context and never around an American friend.
Thoughts? Hate Valentine’s Day? Love it … any excuse for some gift giving … and receiving? Which of these gifts do you like best?