Thursday, 12 February 2015

Valentine's Day - Home Made Gift Ideas & Giveaway!


Hi everyone, when it comes to giving a Valentine's gift, there are so many choices and the shops are full of pretty trinkets, ornaments, huge fluffy teddys and beautiful flowers but nothing quite beats the personal touch, something special that's made with love and care for your Valentine!

So for this post, I've come up with 7 really lovely easy ideas for you to give your loved one this weekend.  And if you're happily single, why not try making one of these to give to your single best friend!

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And if you read to the end, I have a little gift to give to one of you, for a Valentine gift from me to you and to say thank you for being a follower of my blog :-)*


Love Letters
These days we text and email and send messages through social media, but why not go back to old style letter writing?  Write down your soppiest thoughts, tie them up with a ribbon and give them as a very romantic gesture!


Movie Night
Pick out your favourite most romantic movies; like Romeo & Juliet, The Notebook and Twilight or a good horror if you really want snuggle up, and have a romantic inexpensive night in.





Light some candles, have some nibbles in easy reach and cuddle up on the sofa for hours :-)
Or if you're having a 'no boys allowed' girls night to forget about Valentine's, put on some trusty girly films like Charlie's Angels, Mean Girls or Bride Wars.


Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
They say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, so why not treat him to some tasty chocolate dipped goodies!  They're really easy to do and there's many things you could use if you can't get hold of strawberries, like other fruits or marshmallows, yum!


Chocolate Chip Cookies
For another foody treat idea, why not try baking some cookies.  This recipe I found on
Drained Beauty's blog, is really quick and easy.  Pop them in a pretty tin and give them as a gift or just make some to share together.


Romantic Keepsake/Memory Box
This is a really lovely idea if you've already been together a good while, collect up all your treasured souvenirs from previous dates i.e. cinema tickets, restaurant receipts, petals from the first time he bought you flowers, photos of the two of you together, any cute things like that, add in some paper hearts, little notes and then decorate the box.  It would make a really beautiful and personal gift to treasure!


A Romantic Mix Tape/Song Compilation
Ok so the days are gone for actually making a mixed 'tape' but the idea is still the same, make a cd of all your favourite 'couple' songs and add in a few of his favourites too.  This is a lovely thoughtful gift that you can both listen to together too.


Love Notes
This is similar to the keepsake box, but just for little love note type messages and it's something you could come up with over time, like writing down the dates of your first date together, first kiss, first time you went away and write cute loving messages too.  Put them in to a pretty box or a nice jar and decorate with hearts and ribbons for a beautiful gift.

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Right on to the giveaway :-)


I have this beautiful silver heart necklace that I'm giving away to you, anyone can enter - you don't have to be a follower of my blog!  Just fill in as many of the categories as you can to enter and the more you fill in the more chances you'll have to win.  The giveaway is open for 1 week only and will end at midnight gmt on Friday the 20th of February 2015 (my birthday!)

The Rules:
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©    There will be only one winner
©    This giveaway is open internationally
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©    This giveaway will run for 8 days from Wednesday the 12th of February 2015 until Friday the 20th of February 2015, 12.00am gmt
©    Once the giveaway is over, I will contact the winner directly via email and twitter (if possible), once the winner has been contacted they will have 72 hours to reply or a new winner will be selected.

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So good luck and I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day whoever you spend it with or whatever you do.


Until Next Time, Happy Valentine's Day



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173 comments:

  1. A lovely single stunningly deep red rose. was over the moon!

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  2. My first child - I went into labour with my son on Valentine's day 2004!

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  3. the three course meal my hubby surprised me with last year when i came home from work he'd been slaving over it all day

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  4. A matching Links of London necklace and bracelet

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  5. A homemade card years ago it was adorable

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  6. some amber earrings our daughter is call amber

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  7. Flowers - I think they're always romantic

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  8. my engagement ring xx

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  9. Yes you can't go wrong with flowers!

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  10. That's so sweet, what a thoughtful gift :-)

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  11. Ahh that's lovely, I love to always make the cards I give out, so much more personal

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  12. 2 big pillows very sweet, personalized with our names ^.^

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  13. a dozen red roses :-)

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  14. well i never got, the love is always here and we don't use gifts

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  15. It has to be my engagement ring. He handed it to me and asked me what I thought of it and if I could take it as a serious proposal. He is never serious!

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  16. my acoustic guitar! my husband asked me to help him get groceries out of the car, instead I found a new guitar inside :)

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  17. A heart-shaped ring from my parents. I wear it every day. :)

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  18. A nice vacation..it was enjoyable only the two of us.

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  19. A love letter was the most romantic gift I ever received.

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  20. My engagement ring on Valentine's Day!

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  21. Maryem Elfarsaoui15 February 2015 at 12:46

    i actually have never recieved any romantic gift :(

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  22. Maryem Elfarsaoui15 February 2015 at 12:48

    I recieved a great man that is the most romantic gift for me :)

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  23. Maryem Elfarsaoui15 February 2015 at 12:49

    I have never recieved a romantic gift :(

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  24. arra carrasco-odeza15 February 2015 at 13:15

    a big teddy bear and choclates though my husband is not the showy type of guy ;)

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  25. A love monkey......magnetic hanging toy

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  26. Maxine M Partridge15 February 2015 at 14:05

    We don't bother tbh. He used to buy me flowers all the time but I moaned at him it's a waste of money lol

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  27. Une belle plante livré par un fleuriste à ma porte, ce fut toute une surprise.

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  28. Love anything that is beautiful for Valentines.

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  29. The most romantic gift was when my girlfriend got a catering service to cook for me

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  30. RED ROSES SHORTLY AFTER WE MET....45 YEARS AGO

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  31. 50 red roses after the birth of my baby; I had to use drinking glasses for some of them as I didn't have enough vases.

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  32. 12 red roses with an engagement ring in the centre of the middle ring

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  33. beautiful flowers, always the best :)

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  34. A bouquet of flowers - delivered to work just to make everyone else jealous!

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  35. flowers and chocolates :)

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  36. A gorgeous fluffy kitten!

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  37. Flowers delivered at work and an angel fish charm to remind me of our time scuba diving on our honeymoon <3

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  38. A gorgeous handmade card that he did with my daughter

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  39. A fax when I got to work reading " to the eighth wonder of the world"!!!!!

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  40. Hand made bear

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  41. my eternity ring

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  42. A little trinket box filled with little personal memories and meaningful things.

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  43. Jewellery - hubby buys well!

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  44. What a beautiful necklace, someone's going to be very lucky this valentines x

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  45. Flowers delivered to work.

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  46. My engagement ring x

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  47. Nicola Hitchmough15 February 2015 at 21:57

    A little box of goodies that he's put together himself with chocolates, sweeties etc inside x

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  48. A handmade love spoon

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  49. A handwritten poem and painting - I love handmade gifts

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  50. a trip to paris on the eurostar

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  51. Glad you like it Cath, good luck :-)

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  52. A homemade three course meal

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  53. A rail ticket so I could make a quick visit home on Valentine's day.

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  54. Awww - a surprise trip to Venice - pure magic!

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  55. Rae D&#39;s Contests15 February 2015 at 23:50

    An expensive camera, because I wanted it.

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  56. Ooh where do I start. I wouldn't say it's a "romantic gift" as such but it was the thought as my hubby knew how much I wanted the Babyliss Curl Secret so he did everything he could to get me it for xmas, as well as a Michael Kors handbag! I was very spoilt!

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  57. a cute teddy

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  58. It has to be the diamond earrings my husband gave me.

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  59. Irina Dubinskaya-Gnatiuk16 February 2015 at 04:47

    Flowers and jewellery.

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  60. jewellery, chocolates,flowers and teddy bear x

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  61. The most romantic gift that I ever received was single red rose. For absolutely no reason. Just cause.

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  62. A trip to Rome on Valentine's Day.

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  63. csclarke83@gmail.com

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  64. My wedding ring :)

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  65. The most romantic gift i recieved was a beautiful hand made photo album full of memorable pictures ❤️

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  66. my engagement ring 39 years ago <3

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  67. I think it would have to be a giant teddy thank me husband got me a few years ago.

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  68. Never really had gushy pressies, but I loved my bonsai tree!

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  69. My engagement ring a lot of years ago xx

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  70. I've never had a romantic gift :(

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  71. A gorgeous handmade card.

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  72. A beautiful set of jewellery that hubby had designed himself for me :)

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  73. My engagement ring :)

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  74. A dozen red roses

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  75. My partner got me a locket containing a key (I.e. the key to his heart) it is beautiful!

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  76. This is beautiful

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  77. Jen Everdecreasingcircles Engl16 February 2015 at 16:34

    The most romantic gift has to be a love letter my husband left me one Valentine's morning.

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  78. An engagement ring ;-) (Laura Jeffs)

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  79. Susan Joyce Rogers16 February 2015 at 17:10

    When we were courting,my now husband wrote me a poem

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  80. Ooh lovely, me too this year :-)

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  81. That's a shame, but you never know what's round the corner for next year! Good luck with the giveaway :-)

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  82. That's beautiful, very sentimental :-)

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  83. Organising a surprise lunch with my family when I was missing them as I hadn't been home for weeks

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  84. A letter from my boyfriend that makes me cry happy tears whenever I read it

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  85. Being there for me through thick & thin is the best present ever!

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  86. My engagement ring, many moons ago now :) <3

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  87. My partner of 30+ years brought me an eternity ring, without any hints or prompting, I love it and am so proud of him, bless

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  88. I loved my homemade gifts from my kiddies. x

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  89. A day of pampering.

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  90. A teddy bear x

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  91. I collect heart necklaces and yours looks lovely

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  92. So pretty :)
    My email is daniellenantau@outlook.com

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  93. anthony harrington16 February 2015 at 23:01

    My Daughter on a Valentine's Day!

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  94. Well, let's see...I have two boys and a husband...a card once in the past would be it!

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  95. Thank you Shirlee and good luck :-)

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  96. That's just fine Anthony, good luck :-)

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  97. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard17 February 2015 at 03:10

    a mixed tape my hubby did for me - also dont like to share email address i am on fb and twitter @BeeWBedard and email in rafflecopter

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  98. anthony harrington17 February 2015 at 07:08

    thank you, much appreciated!

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  99. Gold heartshaped earrings

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  100. Lovely, yep that's fine. Good luck :-)

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  101. My little baby boy! :)

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  102. My engagement ring

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  103. My little baby boy! :)

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  104. My son. I was given an eternity ring at the same time.

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  105. A white dog named Lucky on my wedding day xx

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  106. A white gold necklace that my boyfriend designed and had made with a sapphire in the middle (my birth stone) :)

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  107. my engagement ring

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  108. Kristy Leanne Brown17 February 2015 at 20:27

    A beautiful gold chain

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  109. a freshly caught trout

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  110. Sounds beautiful, how romantic! :-)

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  111. my flint arrow necklace

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  112. The most romantic gift I've ever received was a very thoughtful note. Thank you!

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  113. my husband brought me a ladies stainless steel fork and spade when i got a allotment plot i had been waiting for years to get and i was so pleased

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  114. The most thoughtful gift I have ever received is a handmade card from my son

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  115. I got 12 red roses this year which is prob the most romatic my husband has ever been in 16 years

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  116. A posy of Freesias hand picked and hand made into a posy by my boyfriend it was lovely :)

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  117. breakfast in bed followed by westend play tickets

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  118. The most romantic gift I ever got was when my husband bought me a bunch of flowers for absolutely no reason, just came home with them, he's not really a flowers and chocolates kind of bloke so it was a lovely surprise

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  119. Not rmantic, but a surprise ipad was the best present I could have received

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  120. my husband did the dishes lol

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  121. My husband (then boyfriend) sent flowers and chocolates - it was completely unexpected and wonderful :)

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  122. My Boyfriend hid loads of gifts around the house and left me little clues to where they were so I had to go on a little treasure hunt which was so lovely xx

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  123. Adozen red roses and breakfast in bed.

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  124. a surprise weekend in paris

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  125. Rachael Jones Mann18 February 2015 at 20:23

    sounds crazy but a massive clifford the big red dog cuddly toy

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  126. A hot air balloon ride :)

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  127. A lovely heart necklace.. had it so long I need a new one ;)

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  128. A SILVER ROLO :)

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  129. Jennie Jackson Mse18 February 2015 at 21:37

    a kitten named valentine as he had a love heart on his back

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  130. A Funko Pop Vinyl called Cake (from Adventure Time) hehe - I collect Pops. Other than that roses. x

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  131. ummmmm romantic gift not sure hubby knows what that is. He did have flowers and chocs sent to my work once

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  132. My husband is taking me to downton abbey! He's done well this year :)

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  133. We went hiking in the mountains and he brought me chocolate

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  134. Post it notes scattered all around the house each one with a different reason why he loved me. Didn't cost anything but was heartfelt and ment the most

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  135. Beautiful..........since I can't wear necklaces I would give this to my daughter

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  136. All presents hidden around the house. text valentines rhyme clues for each present's location. lots of fun.

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  137. a lovely weekend away :)

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  138. My boyfriend cycled over 100 miles to see me on Valentines day, and bought me a rather wilted bunch of flowers, Which I loved. :D

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  139. A beautiful locket my partner bought from my son when he was born

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  140. Sam Bresnahan and email is sam.brez13@gmail.com

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  141. Some pandora charms

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  142. Amanda Greensmith19 February 2015 at 13:39

    i got some beauiful flowers and some yankee candle year xs thiss even though we said we wasn't buying gift

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  143. a pink crystal encrusted heart that i had been eyeing up in a little shop for months

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  144. I've racked my brains but I've never had a fancy romantic gift, other than a bunch of flowers or some chocolates.

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  145. For this Valentines day my boyfriend took me to a spa resort for the weekend :D

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  146. Its sad to say but I've never received a romantic gift

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  147. Well I hope you receive this one from me and you never know what or who is round the corner :-)

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  148. Ahh how lovely and thoughtful :-)

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  149. That's beautiful, how romantic :-)

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  150. my dream trip to Egypt. trip of a lifetime, will never forget it, by far his most romantic moment ever !

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  151. Some chocs!

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