40 tips for Valentines Day from parent bloggers

Valentines present ideasValentines Day is next week! Looking for some ideas for presents and plans?

We asked parent bloggers at our #Love4Good Twitter party, hosted by Give as you Live, to share the presents and plans they have loved in the past and plan for in the future–with a few ideas of things they would like thrown in (hint, hint)!

give as you liveDon’t forget, if you create an account with Give as you Live before you start your Valentine’s Day shopping, you can raise funds for your favourite charity whilst you shop, at no extra cost to you. Currently you’ll find more than 1,700 retailers on the site, including John Lewis, Cadbury Gifts Direct, Majestic Wine, florists, perfumers, jewelers and many more.

So, pen and notepad ready? Here’s some ideas to inspire you (and your partner) this year:

Personalised presents—the thought really does count

1. Personalise whatever you do for the other person, even the small details count. @Sarah_Ly1

2. Sounds corny but I make a collage of the kids (& my) pictures from the year and give that as a present. @Mummiafelice

3. I like to receive something that is special to us i.e. bulbs for the garden as they bloom a lot longer than cut flowers. @Goriami

4. OH gave me a mop one year – thing is I really wanted a new mop! The thought was there so I was happy! @Staffstechgirl

5. Always find it too hard finding a gift for my OH so it’s usually a DVD or game, this year though it’s an engraved watch 😀 x @Emmajones84

Valentines Day can also be a family event

6. Family film & then dinner for 3 once the kids are in bed this year x that’s perfect for me. @V82CHRIS

7. Nothing wrong with spending Valentines as a family either, we’ll probably have dinner and film night 🙂 @Liveotherwise

Food and wine are high on most people’s lists

8. I plan to cook a nice meal for my hubby… Much nicer and more personal imo. @Mummiafelice

9. We don’t do presents or cards but he might get a nicer than normal tea. @Suburban1mummy

10. I have to confess that if Mr G wanted to buy me some champagne truffles I would not be adverse to the idea. @Goriami

11. I’ll have a nice bottle of wine on ice for when Mr G gets home with a special dinner… takeaway…no washing up! @Goriami

12. Sharing food is lovely whether a cheeseboard, a fondue or whatever… leaving whatever to the imagination! @Kateonthinice

13. All this #Love4Good makes me want to bake our shortbread & choc hearts again & get my son to take them into nursery! @RedTedArt

14. We stay at home and spend ££ on nice deli stuff and wine. @MuddlingAlong

15. My Valentines tip: use a heart cookie cutter on American style pancakes to make a fab Valentines breakfast! @ThrinH

16. Two years ago DH made me dinner at home as I got home an hour earlier with our newborn. Best meal ever. @Domesticgoddesq

17. I’m going to bake with our two gorgeous boys some heart cupcakes for hubby/daddy xx @KJaybaby

18. Your loved one’s time and a bottle of wine is the best Valentines gift. @Emmaburgham

Traditional is a sure bet

19. A lovely bunch of flowers and a box of chocolates 😀 then a romantic meal when the kids r in bed x @emmajones84

20. DH not hugely romantic but the cards that I get always make me sob with love. Don’t need anything else. @Domesticgoddesq

21. I always get choccies! I guess he’s consistent. @AModernMother

22. Breakfast in bed is always a winner. On a tray with a red rose! @Sebsmummy

Cute and fun ideas

23. Heart shaped mini sparklers are fab in cupcakes or your dessert 🙂 @ThrinH

24. Love getting the kids involved and we send Valentines cards to grandparents too or bring friends cakes. @RedTedArt

25. Two fingerprints make a perfect heart and a gorgeous Valentines card. @RedTedArt

26. Best valentines present was the year Mr totally forgot and I negotiated flowers every 14th for the rest of the year. @MuddlingAlong

27. On a serious note. Guys: Bake a cake. Chocolate obviously. @Kids_Lighting

28. Compile a playlist for your other half of all the songs that remind you of him and put it on his iPod. @Mummy_blogger

29. I made a CD of our favourite songs and left it in the car to start playing when he turned the car on! @Michelloui

30. I gave my hubby a single Rolo wrapped in gold foil and placed in a ring box with the words ‘could you love anyone enough’ on it. @MummyMatters

31. We’re not buying cards but writing a new message on last yrs x something to look back on x @KJaybaby

32. Most effective thing I did was kiss shaped stickers all over the bedroom wall with special memories written on them. @Kateonthinice

33. My daughter makes homemade cards for her father and I. There is lots of glitter, typically. @JHowze

Do something extra special

34. I will actually get out of bed before he does and make him a cuppa for a change. @Emmaand3

35. 1950’s housewife for a day (!) kids to be early, lip-sticked and dressed up to greet hubbie home from work, bubbly for dinner. @MrsW_DietDiary

36. We’ll be in Rome—but with the kids! So I’m writing him a love letter and we’ll have a bottle of wine when the kids are all asleep. @Mommy_grrl

37. The best Valentines gifts are those that keep on giving and are green/ecofriendly. How about a tree of love, a Quince tree? @Mummypreneur

38. I’m going to give my hubby’s poorly back a rub till he’s better. @Mummyratesit

39. Little one is spending the night at her grandparents so our present to each other is a good nights sleep! @love_bryony

40. The best Valentines ever was the first with DH, I had been dating DH for 6 weeks and he got me the necklace I then wore on our wedding day. @Domesticgoddesq

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