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Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.
The history of Valentine’s Day is somewhat shrouded in mystery but we believe it is named after a Christian martyr and dates back to the 5th century, with origins in the Roman holiday, Lupercalia.
Regarded by some as a commercial exploitation exercise and an excuse to spend money, 14th February is the traditional day of love around the world.
While it is love that counts, we have come up with a few ideas to make sure the person you love, really knows it.
Organise a picnic in the park complete with blanket, champagne and cake.
Book a table at the restaurant where you had your first date.
Send flowers to the office, but not roses, everyone will have those on their desks!
Surprise the one you love with a weekend away to a city you have never been to.
Have a photo album of your most treasured pictures created.
Buy them a star – a real declaration of love.
Take a helicopter ride.
Go to a matinee at the cinema and hold hands in the back row.
Find a first edition copy of their first book.
Adopt a monkey, dolphin or elephant and share your love.
Bake them a cake.
Buy silk pillowcases – they promote sleep and a gorgeous complexion.
Cook dinner at home and enjoy some quiet time together.
Take afternoon tea at a manor house.
Go on an open top bus tour and watch the buzz of the city under the stars.
Eat fish and chips on the beach.
Go to a cocktail making class.
Find the record of your song and have it framed.
Buy a diamond.
Go on a date if you are single.
Get on a train and see where it takes you.
Buy chocolates and give them to a stranger.
Renew your vows.
Go on a long bike ride and feel the air in your lungs.
Take an exotic holiday and get away form the cold and wet winter.
Go to the zoo.
Book tickets to the theatre.
Explore the woods.
Drive out to the countryside and have a pint by a roaring fire.
Take a boat trip along the river.
Sit in the stalls at the opera.
Book a personal shopper and add in some spending money for a fancy frock.
Climb a mountain together.
Serenade your loved one, if you have the voice for it or are feeling brave.
Go to Barcelona for lunch and Paris for dinner.
Spend the day at a spa being pampered.
Take to the skies in a hot air balloon.
Go to a rock concert.
Hold hands and walk along the beach.
Put photos of the two of you in a locket.
Buy them some beautiful Dermalogica products.
Take the day off work and do nothing at all.
Whatever you do and whomever you do it with, say I love you and mean it.