Valentines ideas for when you’re in a relationship AND single!


Valentines day is a really odd one. The one day of the year where we are told we must declare our love through cards and merchandise. I’ve never really massively minded the day myself whether I was single or in a relationship. Myself and Matt are fairly neutral about it as a whole, it usually depends on whether we can be bothered to organise anything specific and if time permits but we usually always at least get each other a card. We’d much rather spend the time and money on celebrating our Anniversary though as this feels a whole lot more special to us. Whatever your take on February the 14th, I’ve come with some tips for absolutely anyone – whether you are loved up or happily single.

IN A RELATIONSHIP:



-Who doesn’t love to start the day off with a good breakfast? Even if it’s the only thing you do on Valentines, breakfast in bed is a real treat, especially when it’s a surprise! I’m sure most of us have our own ideal breakfast, but for me it’s a boiled egg and soldiers, bacon, beans and sausages! I’ve also found that the quality of eggs you use can make a real difference, so my choice tends to be British Lion Eggs. Everyone has a different opinion on how long to boil an egg but I’ve found that four minutes creates the perfect slightly set yolk for dipping your soldiers in!


-Stuck for what to buy your loved one? Cheerz are offering some wonderful themed products for Valentines, such as the Cheerz Love box* where you can select up to 30 photos to have printed on polaroid style images. Why not create a timeline of photos from when you first met your other half up till now? Or perhaps pick the photos that bring back the best memories or make you laugh the most. They all come in this limited edition box, perfect for presenting to your love on Valentines Day. Another option is the Love Strips*. If your like me and a big fan of photo-booths, these are perfect for you. Pick up to five photos for each strip and you’ve got your own ready made strip – without having to cram into those tiny booths either! I personally like the idea of having a theme for each one, so maybe one could be photos of that day you spent in London together of if you are like me – a whole photo strip of your beloved pet!

-It seems like everyone and their mother are out to dinner on Valentines Day and restaurants know this a popular day and strive to make as much money as possible. Instead, why not stay in and order takeaway? Or if you want to make things a bit more special, shops like M&S or Waitrose often do meal deals where you get to pick a whole three course meal, a bottle of wine and even a box of chocolates to take home with you and prepare. These dishes are usually very easy to cook so you won’t have to worry too much and are also very tasty! Make a whole night of it, dim the lights, put on a film or binge watch your favourite series or hey, even build a cosy forte if you feel like it!

SINGLE:

-For a couple of years, when the 14th rolled around, myself and my friend would hold an ‘anti-valentines’ day which was essentially just us making fun of the day itself. We would make each other cards and have a da y of watching comedy films and eating bad (but good!) food. I mean, there’s no day celebrating being single, so in a way we decided to create our own. Why should we miss out on the chocolate? Why not get together with one or more of your fellow single friends and make your own little holiday?

-If they day annoys you, if you are one of those people who moans about all the gushing couples, just stay away. Bypass any social media just incase you might lose your lunch and I’d stay away from any restaurants too. But don’t belittle those who do like to ‘celebrate’ the day as they are well within their rights and frankly, you just look bitter. At the end of the day, it’s just 24 hours that you can easily get through as if it were any other day. And hey, just be glad you don’t have to spend any money on anyone else!
-Treat yo’ self! If you are feeling fancy free, celebrate being you and buy yourself those boots you’ve been eyeing up or maybe go to a spa and book yourself a massage, do something you wouldn’t do any other day of the year. Indulge yourself a little and use the take the time to relax, however that may be. Light a candle, bury yourself in a good book or even do some baking. Any excuse for a little me time, right?

Emily x

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  • your pictures looks so cute !I am not bother about St valentin's day my boyfriend and I probably end up ordering a pizza and watch a movie in our home haha! ๐Ÿ™‚

    http://allornothing-blog.blogspot.co.uk/

  • These are great ideas, I know if I was single I would spend so much time reading, kind of makes me want to be single a little aha, joking of course.
    Great blog <3

    Meme x
    http://www.thedayinthelifeof.co.uk/

  • These are all great ideas – couldn't help reading through the relationship one even though I'm single and those polaroids are the cutest! I'd love that and I'll try and remember them for another year, haha! For me Valentine's Day has never felt very special but more of a perfect excuse to treat yourself with waffles and chocolate! xx

    Filippa โŽฎ Always a Dot

  • I never really cared much about Valentine's Day either. I think if you love someone, you should be able to show that love anytime and all the time, not on a specific date. But I get that many people like to make a special occasion about it and that's totally fine with me. It just isn't for me really. As a single, I probably go for one of your "single options" this year ๐Ÿ˜€
    Patti
    Shifting Tales

  • One single route thanks! Anyway, your egg cup holder is so cute hahah! Valentines day doesn't really bother me in fact if I was with someone I probably wouldn't make that big a deal to celebrate it either. It is a good excuse to just treat yourself to something I would agree however.

    Sally ~ DiagonSally

  • Oh my gosh I love the photo box! Sadly I am lonely and single ๐Ÿ™ Oh well! I'll spend the day treating myself with Netflix and chocolates ๐Ÿ™‚
    xo Kiki
    http://colormekiki.com/

  • I love the idea of printing the photos – they looks so cute! xx

    Gemma โ™ฅ | Miss Makeup Magpie

  • I think if one is up to it, they should celebrate Valentine's Day however they like. Buy themselves flowers. Enjoy the day with a friend. Go out with your love bug. Whatever it takes to be happy. :]

    // โ–ฒ itsCarmen.com โ–ฒ

  • i don't care about Valentines day and never celebrated it, whether being single or in a relationship. But if anyone wants to do so, I don't mind, it just never was important to me. I want to celebrate my love 365 days a year, that shouldn't be too much to ask, no?

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • I'm really not into Valentine's Day to be honest. I think It's because both our birthday's are in January so when it comes to February we're both already skint! I love the Cheerz Love box idea though!

    Roxie | The Beautiful Bluebird

  • This is the cutest and most considerate post, Emily! I just adore this. I, like you, have always been fairly neutral about Valentine's day, but I mean – what's wrong with a day that encourages everyone to spread a little more love (to others, or themselves!). I hope you and Matt have a lovely day! ๐Ÿ™‚ I will be working for a bit and then watching some movies and eating some bad (good – perfect description by the way hehe) food ๐Ÿ™‚

    Raashi
    raashiagarwal.blogspot.com.au

  • Can't believe I just came across this post when I'm thinking about doing one on the same subject (it's not exactly the same, but still).

    Completely loved it! I'ma be single for Valentine's day (surprise surprise. Except not really. It'd be a shocker if I had anyone because for some reason I've never had a V date)

    I don't know what I'm doing as of yet, as I usually go out with friends, but they're gonna be busy or have a date this year, or live too far away – so we'll see. Might have to put some of these ideas to use ahahah

    Hope you have a great day
    Ella Pinto xx

  • Great post! And lovely photos as well! Thanks for sharing this! x

    clumsyagenda.blogspot.com

  • What a lovely post.
    I have been married for almost six year, and honestly Valentines day has only meant something since having our little ones. It kinda forces my husband and I to have some time together without the kids…. though since we have no one to look after the babes, generally it is after they go to sleep, and we have a nice dinner to ourselves at home.

    Angie | Chocolate & Lipstick | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

  • That love box seems like such a great gift! I usually don't really do much for Valentine's day, but it is nice to spend time with loved one and tell them how much they mean to you!

    Laura
    http://www.foxtrailsblog.com

  • I would love to netflix and chill with a box of chocolates – butter creams, even better!

    xx Yasmin
    http://banglesandbungalows.com

  • These are such an amazing ideas, lovely! The pictures are also super cute! Hope you are having a great week! xx

    Ale | http://www.alemint.net

  • Hahaha, I love your joining up with your friends and having an anti V day! I went out with a couple of my single friends last year & watched 50 shades of grey last V day ๐Ÿ˜€ and it was fun! Love your ideas Em, especially the brekkie in bed YUM! <3

    Serene | I Am Serene L

  • Hahaha, I love your joining up with your friends and having an anti V day! I went out with a couple of my single friends last year & watched 50 shades of grey last V day ๐Ÿ˜€ and it was fun! Love your ideas Em, especially the brekkie in bed YUM! <3

    Serene | I Am Serene L

  • I love that Valentines Day card it's so cute!

    Lauren Ashleigh xx

  • Hahaha love how you created a day for singles!! and it's true why shouldn't everyone get to enjoy some heart shaped chocolate ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Xx Agnes | AgnesLowerot

  • Lol to the first image. Funny and cute!! Val's day is just cute, but yeah love is supposed to be shown all year round. Ha! Great tips and thanks for sharing, Emily. ๐Ÿ™‚

    missymayification.blogspot.co.uk

  • Kay

    Great ideas, hun! I am not really a fan of Valentine's Day myself… It just seems a little over-commercialized to me! I'm probably in the minority thinking that, though. Me and my better half always do something special whenever we get the chance. ๐Ÿ™‚ Not just on v day! x

    Kay
    http://www.shoesandglitter.com/

  • Aww that photo love box seems like a great idea! ๐Ÿ™‚

    We don't really do anything big for Valentine's day usually, but I'm hoping we can get out to go see a movie this year. I have one in mind, but we are a bit busy that weekend so I guess we will see how it goes!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  • Making breakfast for you're partner is a great idea for those in relationships – with a side of flowers and chocolate, perhaps? ๐Ÿ˜‰ I love your idea of an anti-Valentine's Day and yes, I'll be indulging in plenty of chocolate come the day!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice
    x

  • I'm definitely going to be treating myself even though I'm in relationship haha (any excuse for new things). Those pictures are so cute. I'm going to check those out ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

    http://www.lpagebeauty.com

  • Such a cool post! Love that it's split in two, for everybody to enjoy! Thanks for sharing this! xx

    clumsyagenda.blogspot.com

  • I am not a fan of Valentine's Day, you don't need one day to express your love and especially lately it has been commercialised. Having a breakfast on bed doesn't sound bad, who doesn't like being spoiled ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

    Ela BellaWorld

  • Such neat ideas, Emily! Really enjoyed reading your thoughts on V.Day. I think it's important to show love to those around us every single day. Hubby & I don't celebrate V.Day 'cause let's face it, every day is "V.Day" if you love each other ๐Ÿ™‚ It sounds cheesy but it's so true ๐Ÿ™‚
    xox Nadia
    http://www.mielandmint.com/