My Valentine’s Wishlist

Jess McGlynnFebruary 10, 2015

If I’m honest, we don’t really *do* Valentine’s Day.  We might plump for a card each and maybe buy in one of those meal deals from the supermarket but we don’t really buy each other expensive gifts or go all out.  For one thing, hasn’t it just been Christmas?  And another, it’s our birthdays in a month or two and we’d run out of great ideas.  Not to mention that after nearly 8 years of marriage, we kind of know how we feel about each other (and I’d be a bit concerned if we didn’t!)

However, I do love to receive gifts (it being my Love Language) and so on the basis that James might be reading this post, and might decide to surprise me with more than a card bought last minute when he remembers, here are just some ideas for him:-

I love fresh flowers and I don’t think you can go wrong with a nice bouquet, especially if you have them delivered during the day as a surprise.  Sunflowers are my favourite as I think they really brighten a room.  How gorgeous is this sunflower and rose jug from Next?


I’m a real sucker for mugs; I just love having a cup of tea in a nice mug, is that weird?!  At the moment I’m really into teacups and saucer sets as I think these add a sense of elegance to my morning tea routine but actually, I really love this mug from Emma Bridgewater.  I’ve hinted once or twice about this particular cup to James…let’s see if he gets the message now!

Now that the kids are a bit older I can wear gorgeous bits of jewellery without worrying about them tugging on it and strangling me or breaking it which is really nice, although I do have to make sure Meg doesn’t steal pieces when I’m not looking!  This handmade silver frost ring from Nude Jewellery is just divine, although to be fair I’m in love with quite a lot of the pieces from their range and if you didn’t know, they make contemporary jewellery in London and are well worth a visit.  Here’s a post I previously wrote about a piece they sent me to review and why I think they are so great.  

I have been banging on about going for a spa day for months now and I wish I could justify the expense (and childcare) of spending a day relaxing and enjoying myself with maybe a treatment or two thrown in.  Unfortunately that just isn’t going to happen unless we get a windfall but it would be an ideal present.  I visited a spa for the first time last year and I have well and truly caught the bug.  You just can’t put a price on how relaxed you end up feeling at the end of the day!  I like the sound of this Escape Break at Formby Hall.

Failing all of that, I think it will be nice to enjoy a nice meal and relax.

What are you doing this Valentine’s Day?  What are you hoping for?

Disclosure: All thoughts and opinions are definitely my own!  Although I was sent a piece of jewellery for including a link to Nude Jewellery.   


  • Siobhan Calthrop

    February 10, 2015 at 20:51

    I can't believe how similar you and James sound to us AND your taste in gifts – I'm oohing and ahhing at all of those. Plus gifts are my love language too although since having kids having someone serve me breakfast in bed or anything without me asking is a strong contender now! We had a meal out last w/e as it was way overdue but also to beat the Valentine crowd/expensive menus. Think I'll be suggesting my OH drops by here for ideas for my birthday (shame that's not till Nov,) S x

  • Holly Hollyson

    February 12, 2015 at 20:24

    Agreed on all those things! Last year Luke told me that my flowers had been stolen from his truck. The same truck that the Rottweiler was meant to be in at the same time…a likely tale!

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