So it’s Valentine’s Day, and you’ve found yourself involved with someone who has an immense dislike for the holiday. Maybe they believe it’s a sham designed to sell cards and overpriced set menus in restaurants, or maybe they dislike the societal expectation that a big romantic gesture has to happen. It is kind of expected that you do something, regardless of their personal feeling towards the day. To make things a little bit easier, we have a few ideas of what you can buy that won’t set them off on a night-long anti-Valentine’s rant.
Fondue Set, £35
The idea of eating food on long forks and dipping it into a shared vat of hot cheese does have some semi-romantic overtones, and it’s one of those things that you are likely to have on offer if you were to go out for dinner on Valentine’s Day. But, why should you have to pay extra just to go out on one specific nigh in February? Avoid all that and buy a home fondue set so that you can do it at home. Sharing is good, sharing is nice, and fondue is bloody delicious.
Personalised Couple’s Engraved Cheese Board Set, £33
So you’ve just eaten your fondue and avoided the topic of what day it is, now is the time for dessert. What should you eat? Chocolate is a bit too clichéd for Valentines Day, so why not ditch the sweets and get your SO a personalised cheese board set and have cheese instead of a pudding? It’s kind, thoughtful, and provided you’re careful with what you have engraved it’s not going to bring up any Valentine’s-themed resentment.
So you’re not doing anything special because of the inherent dislike of Valentine’s Day, but you should do something together, right? There’s nothing quite as simple for a couple to do than to chill out and marathon through one of the greatest comedies of the past 20 years. Because Friends has yet to make it to Netflix in this country, your best bet is to go out and buy the boxset, and at a price of £5 per series it’s rather good value. At the very least you can enjoy a laugh the expense of Rachel, Monica, and Phoebe as they try to reverse their Valentine’s Day woes and accidentally set fire to Monica’s living room.
Lego Tower Bridge, £260
Above all else, Valentine’s Day is about spending time with your loved one and enjoying each other’s company. If sitting in silence and watching TV isn’t for you, why not put that time to good use and do something constructive? This Lego set contains nearly 4,300 pieces, and lets you build a 40 x 17 x 10 inch blocky replica of London’s Tower Bridge for you to proudly display somewhere in your home. It should take you a good few hours to get through, and will help your respective inner children emerge into the world while the two of you bond.
Google’s own budget media stick, letting you use your phone, tablet, or computer to play and control the content playing on your television. It’s simple, cheap, and means you don’t have to do anything fiddly for both of you to chill out on your sofa and enjoy the many entertainment offerings the internet has to offer.
Whittard’s Fine Teas With Gold Infuser Gift Set, £25
The British do love their tea, and if you’re struggling to find something to gift your partner then why not treat them to a set of luxury teas? Designed to be an introduction to the fine teas that Whittard’s has on offer, the set includes English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Picadilly, and Jasmine all presented in a stylish gift box with a gold-plated infuser.