9 February 2015

Alternative Valentine Gifts

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!

Nerf Guns

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.

Tattoo Vouchers

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)

Camping

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). 

Experience Days

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...

Mini Breaks

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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12 comments:

  1. I'm with you - traditional Valentine's day things have never been my cup of tea! The hubs and I have done couch co-op games in the past and it's SUCH great fun. Nothing like ordering a little takeout and spending the night gaming together! I adore the idea of a Nerf Gun fight too (we could even get our kiddo involved!) and one year I'm definitely going to do that.

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    1. You should! Nerf fun war is my plan this year as well as homemade treats :)

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  2. Simon would LOVE it if I turned round on Valentines Day and said I'd Xbox with him .. don't think it's likely to happen though! I'm rubbish at computer games, we played Lego Harry Potter together once and he just ran off and left me and did it all himself :(

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    1. Haha! To be fair, when I played Harry Potter LEGO (years ago now) I just couldn't do it. Some are really easy to get in to - like Mario games and Portal 2, I LOVE Portal 2 it's a brilliant Co-op game and games like Diablo III are essentially button mashing but still really fun

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    2. We used to play Lego Harry Potter together when we were dating, but it didn't always end well! Haha, my husband just hates playing games with me. I love all the other suggestions though! So much more fun than a meal in an overcrowded, over-priced restaurant!

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    3. We normally do parallel play rather than play together because I'm such a sore loser! But yeah, I would do anything on this list twice before going somewhere crowded on a busy night. I do not like crowded places all too much.

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  3. Nerf guns, no! My son has one and keeps shooting me. Role playing games are fab, was addicted years ago

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    1. Haha! They can be dangerous when people are up to mischief! I have a new found love for RPGs, I wish I had more people to play with

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  4. Fabulous alternative ideas! We are past buying each other presents now though! #nebrilliantbloggers

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    1. I know, I've been with Matthew almost 6 years so we agree to only get small things for Valentines which is why I like alternative things that we can do together throughout the year :)

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