With that day for lovers just around the bend, we’re playing Cupid. Whether you’ve been together forever or this is a new crush, V day is perfect for scratching your message in the sand.
*Or HIS + HIS or HERS + HERS…
1. SAY IT WITH ROSES
When it comes to the Love, flowers work a treat. But anyone can spell out a haiku in petals. (Can’t they?) Here at the Z place, we like our flora in the soil. Pots and planters make the perfect gift. Plus, they adorn even the smallest mouse hole.
2. SAY IT THROUGH THE STOMACH
The way to the heart is… It’s not just an old wives’ tale. There’s nothing more delicious than sharing pasta with your loved one – just ask Lady and the Tramp.
3. SAY IT IN BRITISH
Tea for two, and two for tea… Doris Day had it right: sharing sips of tea is a bit idyllic! A china tea set makes a super-chic I love you message. Better yet, pair it with breakfast-in-bed. You’ll be clocking up the brownie points.
4. SAY IT WITH BUBBLES
Or whiskey. Beer also works. Personally I’ll take a single malt over mashed French grapes any day. Pair your Bolly with fine crystal glassware for a gift that lives on. Or enjoy your Auchentoshan longer with some whiskey stones.
In all honesty, any kind of barware is going to do the trick. Esp if your loved one is doing the Febfast. Surely this day calls for a pass-out!
5. SAY IT WITHOUT WORDS
So you’re not exactly Shakespeare with the sonnets? Extreme said, “More than words is all you have to do to make it real”. (P’raps because words were a little tricksy for them …)
Frame up a special photo for a super-personal gift. The extra mile? Create a feature wall of memories. You. Know. You. Want. To.
6. SAY IT EN PLEIN AIR
If candlelight is romantic, then how much more dreamy is an open firepit? Shout your love to the stars or cosy up toasting marshmallows with a glass of mulled wine besides one of these. This is a BBQ with balls. We kid you not.
This gift = serious kudos.
7. SAY IT BIG
Turn the traditional love letter on its head and write it on the wall. (Maybe not literally.) Say it large with stylish wall art. Also, French is the language of love. Just sayin’. We’re thinking Romain Duris here, not ‘Allo ‘Allo… But who are we to dampen your style.
8. SAY IT IN BED (ooh la la!)
Casanova was a lover of the ladies and the lover of the truth. He once said: “The chief business of my life has always been to indulge my senses; I never knew anything of greater importance.”
We’re with the C-meister. You got to live a little. And what better way to do it than perpendicular to the vertical. Indulge your sybarite with some luxurious bedlinen. We’re going to take a punt – they won’t complain.
9. SAY IT WITH SCENT
Give the gift of pretty smells. We like the candles (because romantic – see above). It’s like perfume for your home. All the yums.
10. SAY IT WITH STUFF
Okay – that last one is a touch clumsy. BUT hear us out – we’re talking haven-making, be it man cave or modish in style. Create the kind of space you can kick back and relax in. Not everyone wants a cod on the wall. But for some cats, that’s heaven.
That’s it, peoples. That’s the secret to spoiling your soul mate (or your mate of the moment). Ah, dammit. We forgot serenading. If you’ve a voice like Justin Bieber (kidding), you can also sing to them. Or if tone’s not your thing, you can put toothpaste on their toothbrush in the evenings. That’s kind of sweet.
All the best, angels. Do us proud. Make love not war. 😀
Featured image: I Love You Print Art by Americanflat, Red Love Print Art by by Americanflat, Love You Heart Print Art by Americanflat, LOVE Marquee Light by Rouge Living, Love You Heart Print Art by Americanflat and Love Is All You Need by Americanflat, available online at Zanui.