Of all the days in the year, Valentine's is my least favourite. Couples clogging up the cinema and restaurant bookings every where you turn. I thought I'd make a little list of alternative gifts so we can avoid the classic chocolates, jewelry and get some actual Valentine's day plans on the go that stray from the norm a little.
Couch Co-Op Games
I recently watched an awesome YouTube video by Gamespot sharing the best range of games to play together with friends that won't end in arguments over blue shells or spawn killing. Some of the top ranking ones I agree with and recommend: Diablo III, Portal 2 (which I've only played a little of but absolutely love and my mind is blown by the portals) & Borderlands. Instead of going out, stay in and order pizza, curl up on the couch and solve some puzzles or beat down some bad guys together.
Role- Playing Games
And I'm not talking about the sexy kind. I'm talking Dungeons & Dragons*, Zombies!!!*, The Settlers of Catan* and so many more. We've played Zombies!!! for hours on end, days in a row - it's so much fun and I've been told I'd enjoy Settlers of Catan. I''m a bit of a newbie when it comes to these kinds of games so do suggest more!
I received a Nerf gun for Christmas and it was the best fun. We created a target range with scenarios since we only had the one weapon but it would have been so much more fun if we had one each. That is why my Valentine's day gift to my boyfriend is a Nerf gun (but don't tell him). Prices for Nerf guns* can range from around £7.99 to £93.01 and if you order them now I'm sure they'll get here in time.
I love tattoos but man, do they cost. I've seen tattoo parlors give out vouchers for gifts which is a nice gesture for tattoo fans. I'd be mighty happy if I got a little help towards finishing my tattoos or getting a new one. Not to mention having a tattoo buddy! I always go alone but you can make a proper day of this (but please tattoo responsibly, just because it's Valentine's does not mean you should get each others names or matching tattoos)
It's a little bit cold still and I am in no way a fan of sleeping on dirt but imagine going so far out from the city for one night and seeing the stars together? It's romantic and it doesn't cost anything (I don't think it does anyway, what do I know, I've never been camping before).
A little bit of excitement or pampering - you decide. One of my favourite days was when we went to Lush Spa in Edinburgh where they have a double room so you can experience spectacular massages side by side. This includes gifting gig tickets and extends to...
I would rather go on an adventure over small gifts (and even big gifts) so if you are able to splash a little or stretch that budget this can be a really nice gesture. What's better, this is a shared experience so you're essentially buying yourself a little holiday. You can find great deals abroad and closer to home on a number of websites and look out for those sweet last minute deals.
Do you have any exciting plans this Valentine's?
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