We want your Valentine’s Day tips

by Charlotte.Barnes on February 7, 2011

Valentine’s Day is approaching and we’d love to be able to provide the biggest list of places to go, things to do and gifts to give on February 14th.

So, we want you to share your tips and tricks for the most romantic day of the year. Maybe you always give the perfect Valentine’s gifts; if so, what’s your secret? Or maybe you went on the most romantic getaway and want to tell us
which part made it extra special.

What is it you want to share, what makes Valentine’s Day the most romantic day of the year for you?

It can be the best restaurant, your top hotel, anything you can recommend for Valentine’s Day.

We want you to comment here with your tip or you can tweet it to @InterfloraUK using the hashtag #interflora. The most original and interesting tips – one per day for the next five days – will each receive a gorgeous bouquet of flowers.

We’ll post the best comments, along with special tips from leading bloggers, in another post in the run-up to Valentine’s Day.

Keep your entries clean please!

Here are the winners:

Emma Wolski, who suggested a Valentine’s Day video to send to your other half if you cannot be together on the day

Charlotte, who suggested creating a memory box for your other half, full of reminders of your love and time together

Andrea Caizley, who suggested that you should simply listen to what your other half wants for Valentine’s Day!

Lindy King, who suggested that you and your other half visit the place where you had your first date

Donna Burke, who suggested writing a message on the mirror with a pencil eraser which will appear in the steam when your other half showers!

Karen Green (@greenybean84), who suggested the fantastic tip of making your husband/boyfriend a heart-shaped bacon sandwich on Valentine’s Day!

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1, This prize draw is open to all Twitter and Interflora Blog users, excluding employees of Interflora British Unit, or any of its subsidiary companies, their families, agents or anyone else connected with this promotion. No third party entries, bulk entries or entries submitted by agents will be accepted.

2, All entrants must be over 16 years of age.

3, Only one entry per person is allowed.

4, Only UK residents are eligible to enter this competition and the prize can only be delivered to a UK mainland address.

5, The prizes are as follows:
5 x Dramatic Dozen (VA7646)

6, The competition will close on February 11th 2011. Entries received after the closing date will not be entered into the prize draw.

7, Interflora accepts no responsibility for incorrectly completed entries.

8, The winners will be contacted by e-mail or by Twitter direct message to confirm their delivery date, delivery name and delivery address.

9, Prizes are non-transferable and no cash alternative will be given. Prizes will be delivered on February 14th unless otherwise requested (February 16th is last avaailable delivery date).

10, Rude or offensive entries will not be accepted.

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13, This competition is run by Interflora British Unit.


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gemma owen 07 Feb 2011 at 5:35 pm

My best tip it to keep it simple, we love nothing better than to eat a takeaway, open a bottle of pink fizz and just chill in front of a rom com snuggled in each others arms. It might not be the most exciting way to spend it but with 4 children it’s hard to get out and do anything too exciting and a little bubbly, some nice lingerie under dressing gown and a few candles goes a really long way in my opinion 🙂 xxx

Naomi Parr 07 Feb 2011 at 5:37 pm

The perfect Valentine is when a partner listens to you and does little things that make the day special, a bouquet of flowers (Interflora of course) a post it note saying ‘I love you’ in your handbag, then being taken somewhere that makes you feel wonderful, whether that be the theatre, the monster truck rally or the spa. The best stay at home valentines are always simple, thoughtful, and wonderfully tailored just to you. Hopefully your man is so romantic that there won’t be a vast difference between V day and every other day.

Its the simple things that make a difference and 3 little words can make your heart melt if its the right person saying them.

Verity Orme 07 Feb 2011 at 5:54 pm

My first Valentines Day with my boyfriend, now fiance, was my most romantic ever. I had reached the age of 22 without ever having recieved a Valentine’s Day card. That day I got home from work to find not one, but FIVE, Valentines Day cards from him to make up for all of the years of my adult life when I hadn’t recieved one. It was very simple but it was very special! I would love to win the roses to give to him this year.

claire 07 Feb 2011 at 6:07 pm

i think it’s important to remember the little things about why you love that person and start the day by telling them what made you fall in love with them and how much you want your love for each other to grow.

Yolanda Barker 07 Feb 2011 at 6:12 pm

Perfect Valentines would be planned before so I wake up to a written card and pressie rather than a card bought that day or one written that morning.

Any partner in their rightmind would get this right.

sharon griffin 07 Feb 2011 at 6:12 pm

Just hold you loved one close to you and let them know you care
Have a lovely meal together, even fish n chips to share ..
It doesn`t matter if the gift is small, be it flowers, chocolates , what ever
What is important on Valentines Day is to just simply to be together.

Maggie Illingworth 07 Feb 2011 at 6:30 pm

Make sure that you’ve got a romantic bloke!

Jess 07 Feb 2011 at 6:47 pm

Post-it notes! Leave a trail of hand-written post-it notes for your loved one to find – by their car keys, in their wallet, in their lunchbox, on their steering wheel! Wherever you can think of. Write your valentine messages on the post-it notes, or perhaps a valentine’s traesure hunt with hints and clues for where they may find their present/treat later in the day! It will surprise them and make them smile all day long. Cheap but effective.

claire 07 Feb 2011 at 6:47 pm

A lovely meal, no distractions and just spending the evening together….. oh and you can’t forget a card!!! Even if you forget the pressie!

Mrs D Snee 07 Feb 2011 at 8:03 pm

Do make an effort. Even if your partner says not to make a fuss that does not mean you do nothing at all. You do not have to give a grand gesture such as proposal or expensive gift. If you don’t have much money get crafty and make something or if you can’t afford a dozen roses give a single rose while singing them your favourite song.

allison coxon 07 Feb 2011 at 8:03 pm

The perfect valentines day for me involves:- surprise, i love getting a dozen red roses (or any flowers really!) at work,when i’m not expecting them. The fact that my colleagues get to coo a bit over the flowers and talk about their useless husbands/partners makes it a bit more special.

carla morris 07 Feb 2011 at 8:13 pm

My top tip is a heart felt, home made (from scratch ladies – or boys) three course meal…some music playing in the backround….fresh flowers on the table….and make your partner smile, with all lifes stresses not concerned with for one night, show them how much you love them 🙂

Tracey Quinn 07 Feb 2011 at 9:15 pm

Open a nice bottle of champayne and cuddle up on the sofa then give your loved one a scrapbook thats filled with love letters, photographs, cherished mementos, etc

Lou Taylor-Murison 07 Feb 2011 at 9:41 pm

Make your own cards – put in the effort. Last year I made one with myself as a cherub – the loupid!

su 07 Feb 2011 at 9:55 pm

Don’t forget that it’s valentines day, no matter how long you have been together.

Vanessa Cox 07 Feb 2011 at 10:02 pm

The perfect Valentine’s Day is a day together! It doesn’t have to be too fancy as simple things in life are the best! Just to wake in the morning next to my loved one always puts a smile on my face 🙂 On Valentine’s Day I would suggest a breakfast in bed together to start the day and in the evening, a nice meal cooked together with Champagne. Time spending together is precious and priceless! Show your love & care to each other 🙂

Laura dugdale 07 Feb 2011 at 10:03 pm

One valentines I got a handwritten letter/poem instead of a card, bubbly bath with champagne and candles, followed by a cooked meal and a massage. Inexpensive but more valuable than diamonds 🙂 Think of the little personal touches that your loved one would enjoy rather than splashing the cash.

Ann Kennedy 07 Feb 2011 at 10:53 pm

After 7 years and 2 kids together i have found that the best way to enjoy valentines day is to expect nothing & you are always happy with what you get!!!!

Sandra Oliver 07 Feb 2011 at 11:35 pm

A little heart of chocolate and a loving note placed in my husbands lunch box always makes him smile and reminds him he’s my special Valentine.

christine taylor 07 Feb 2011 at 11:36 pm

Its the little things that we forget
that bring us close together,
Its the love we share,good times and bad
that will make us last forever!
Don’t need roses,chocs or gifts,
don’t need sparkly jewels.
All i need is four little words..
Honey you’re so cool!

Jane orford 08 Feb 2011 at 12:34 am

A perfect Valentine would begin with a cuppa in bed,made not by me of course
and little caring treats throughout the day,to each other
with a cosy night in and a tasty meal

Deborah Swain 08 Feb 2011 at 7:35 am

Have a go at making a card yourself, you don’t have be be ‘arty’, you can paint, draw, or cut out and stick on flowers, etc..don’t forget to write a personal heartfelt verse or a few words…your partner will be so touched , and it will mean more to them then the most expensive shop bought card!

Amanda Robertson 08 Feb 2011 at 7:36 am

my tip is don’t just wait till Valentines day to show your partner you love them. A bunch of flowers, some chocolate or even a post-it saying you care on any day of the year keeps the romance alive.

Midi M 08 Feb 2011 at 8:27 am

You just need lots of hugs and lots of laughter, however you decide to celebrate.

Petra Beck 08 Feb 2011 at 9:53 am

Maidenhead may not be your idea of a romantic place, but if you want to do something special, treat yourself to a spa day at the Frederick’s hotel, and make sure you book a “dream bath” with your loved one, it is bliss!

DONNA B 08 Feb 2011 at 11:38 am

Write an invisible message using a pencil eraser on the bathroom mirror. When he goes in for his bath/shower it will appear awwwww.

LIZ FENNINGS 08 Feb 2011 at 12:42 pm

Our perfect Valentine’s? @InterfloraUK
A visit to @WWTSlimbridge wetlands center (or your local park!) to see the swans falling in love! http://bit.ly/fs79c4 #interflora

EmmaC 08 Feb 2011 at 1:53 pm

Introducing the element of surprise or the unexpected – which needn’t be done by cards or teddy bears, or needs to be too expensive, and best of all is done any time of the year – to make your loved one feel special, and loved by…YOU!

Anne Stephenson 08 Feb 2011 at 2:24 pm

Remembering why you chose each other and that every day is special and to make the most of each other

carole 08 Feb 2011 at 3:53 pm

My tip for valentines is to make a trail of notes with how your boyfriend makes you feel written on them (happy, loved etc) and hide them in places where you have memories and see if he can guess the memory, for everyone he gets right he gets a suprise of your choice (or his). they can be gesturesor gifts whatever you fancy

Jade 08 Feb 2011 at 5:02 pm

throw caution in to the wind and don’t plan anything. Jump in your car and each take turns choosing which road to go down or left or right and see where you end up! Don’t forget to pack some food for the journey! It’ll sure make both of you laugh :)!

Diane Ayres 08 Feb 2011 at 5:03 pm

Send him off to work with a special ‘packed lunch’. Heart shaped sandwiches, heart shaped biscuits and a small individual heart shaped cake. Add a personal valentines poem on pretty scented paper and a small spray of ‘forget me nots’. Guaranteed to bring him home with a smile on his face!

Tom 08 Feb 2011 at 6:30 pm

Make time to sit down, relax with each other and just chat. There is nothing more romantic than devoting your time to the person you love, although a nice meal never goes amiss either.

Sarah Foran 08 Feb 2011 at 7:13 pm

I think it would be lovely to write little love notes for your partner and hide them in various places so that they find them during the day, in the bathroom, in coat pocket, in car, in lunch box etc

Jennie thompson 08 Feb 2011 at 7:55 pm

Have a day of no worries, foget that you have no money, foget you are on a diet, order that take away and eat too much, have some alcohol, and have a great evening with your partner, cuddled up in front of the TV. 🙂

Rose 08 Feb 2011 at 8:35 pm

All you need is eachother, a glass of wine and a chocolate or two can help but I think it is one of those times that you should forget about all the material things and remember why you fell in love.. afte rall in the beginning you had nothing but eachother and this is what we all strive to keep in our relationships “the new feeling” we once had . Happy Valentines Day!

toni quandt 08 Feb 2011 at 10:14 pm

Little heart shaped notes hidden all over the house, a free but fun loving gesture xxx

hannah clementson 08 Feb 2011 at 11:03 pm

My best tip is to hide the controller for the ps3 <3

Jez Hewlett 08 Feb 2011 at 11:17 pm

Neck, back and shoulder deep massage,
Glass of bubbly in a bubbly bath,
Trying my best to make her laugh,
Making sure I avoid her wrath!

Lindy 09 Feb 2011 at 12:28 am

Go on a date to the same place you went on your first date. It’s more interesting the longer ago it was. Talk about how you felt all those years ago when you didn’t know a thing about one another. If possible try to wear the same perfume/aftershave. For us it would be Cinnabar and Kouros which amazingly are both still available. You’ll probably get those tingly feelings all over again ♥

Yvonne Brownsea 09 Feb 2011 at 12:38 am

Well on Valentine’s Day (which is also our 11th wedding anniversary this year), I will be waking my hubby up early and giving him his card I hand made and personalised for him along with his presents. Then I’m going to cook him a heart shaped fried egg, with 2 slices of toast stamped with I Love You inside a heart along with a cup of coffee and have a little me time before we have to wake our son up for school. During the day we will probably have an *ahem* lazy day in bed, then in the evening when our son has gone to bed, we will have a nice meal with a bottle of wine and some chocolate fudge cake for afters whilst watching a film and enjoying each others company. So I guess those things put together would have to be my tip for making Valentine’s Day special.

Lindy Hine 09 Feb 2011 at 10:08 am

My best advice for men would be to get a lovely bouquet of flowers delivered to your wife/girlfriend at her place of work. Kudos for her at receiving them in front of her friends and colleagues and Brownie points for you!

Karen Jones 09 Feb 2011 at 11:06 am

Last year I made heart shped sandwiches, biscuits and cakes for my partners packed lunch, needless to say he got lots of stick from his workmates as he is a builder! Even after all that he came home with a huge boquet of flowers but made me promise never to do that again as I wouldn’t have flowers ever again if I did! I would love to win the flowers to tell him how much I love him and how sorry I am for embarrassing him last year

Midi M 09 Feb 2011 at 11:27 am

Surprise him with his favourite breakfast in bed, complete with a single red rose.

harline parkin 09 Feb 2011 at 1:15 pm

valentines day is a day for showing your love to your loved one it means i can spoil my mam and he can spoil me. But possesions are nothing the best way i find is just to have a simple candle lit meal and discuss the past memories of how we met and the good days we shared

Joanne Ogden 09 Feb 2011 at 6:27 pm

Last year my husband bought me a gorgeous new address book, sneaked away my old tatty one, with bits of paper and phone numbers sticking out of it and copied all the information really neatly into the new book. It was beautifully neat and organised and was such a fabulous Valentine gesture. He knew it was a chore I was putting off and so he did it for me and gave me the new book Valentine’s morning. So thoughtful.

Ryan MacCallum 09 Feb 2011 at 9:34 pm

Sensual touch and creating a loving ambience is key to a fantastic valentines day! Lots of candles, petals, flowers and aromatherapy massage oils help. Valentines day is about appreciating why you love the person you are with.

Sharon Rooney 09 Feb 2011 at 9:36 pm

A perfect valentine`s day should start with being woken up with a nice soft kiss. Then…
1. A lovely breakfast in bed complete with roses..
2. Watchin a romantic film to add to the mood
3. A light lunch (maybe a picnic).
4. Lovely evening walk on a beach followed by a wonderful dinner.
5. A bath with bubbles and candles all around. Marvin Gaye on the stereo. A soft pillow behind me.

jane orford 09 Feb 2011 at 10:17 pm

a foot massage is always a good way of showing you care

Sarah Foran 09 Feb 2011 at 10:21 pm

write a list of 50 reasons why I love you, cheap but effective and memorable, enough to bring a smile and a tear to anyones eyes

Justine Powell 09 Feb 2011 at 10:36 pm

Give your partner a Massage with lovely essential oils

Margaret 09 Feb 2011 at 11:36 pm

If you are planning a special evening in just remember that your friends and family may not be quite as romantic as you are so…. mobile phones OFF answer phone ON !!!

Nadine Dawes 10 Feb 2011 at 3:05 am

A lovely way to show you care is writing 100 reasons why you love them/lovely memories on 100 pieces of paper then put them in a jar that you can decorate if you wish. That way you can make them smile 100 times. 🙂

jeanette baker 10 Feb 2011 at 8:19 am

Just leave each other a love note … whether under each others pillow, in each others packed lunch box, in each other undies drawer … thats all it takes, no need to spend money .. its the thought that counts

emma brooksbank 10 Feb 2011 at 10:27 am

a romantic picnic….yes even if the weather isnt great…wrap up in snuggly knits etc! pack prosecco and smoked salmon and strawbs and enjoy 🙂

Julie Johnson 10 Feb 2011 at 10:37 am

A lovely Italian meal, then snuggle on the sofa, cuddle and talk,mmm

allison coxon 10 Feb 2011 at 1:08 pm

i like to keep sending my husband romantic text messages all throught the day, just to let him know how much he means to me and how much i love him 🙂

Melissa 10 Feb 2011 at 2:08 pm

Pop little treats into your partners pockets, bag, car – anywhere that they will look or put their hands during the day! Treats could include little chocolates, love notes / poems, photos… Its a fun and romantic way to remind them that you Love them xx

Melissa Wash 10 Feb 2011 at 2:09 pm

Pop little treats into your partners pockets, bag, car – anywhere that they will look or put their hands during the day! Treats could include little chocolates, love notes / poems, photos, a little cuddly cupid.. anything!… Its a fun and romantic way to remind them that you Love them xx

melanie B 10 Feb 2011 at 2:24 pm

my tip for valentines day is instead of the whole day being focused on the woman recieving the flowers and chocs etc.. ladies why not turn things around and treat the man in your life send him some flowers to work have a meal waiting for him when he gets in and both have a romantic bath together, its nice to show the men thats its not only them who can be romantic!

Emma Wolski 10 Feb 2011 at 3:35 pm

We can’t be together this year as he is in Scotland working and I am way down south therefore I am going to send him a video of myself telling him how much I love him from my iphone if I can get past my techno fears lol! This will probably mean more to my guy than receiving a card as he will get to see how much I mean it! x

Eleanor Barnard-Croft 10 Feb 2011 at 5:37 pm

I leave heart-shaped notes around the house, in all the places I know she’ll go, and in her bag and purse, so she gets a warm fuzzy feeling if she nips out! x

Joanne Ogden 10 Feb 2011 at 6:50 pm

Make it a time to have some fun together – watch your favourite comedian and have a laugh or do something silly together. Laughing together reminds you both of all the fun you’ve had with each other.

andrea caizley 10 Feb 2011 at 7:19 pm

always listen to what they say they want in the weeks before and they`ll know youve been listening when you get the right gift, showing that youve been listening makes all the difference.

charlotte 10 Feb 2011 at 11:47 pm

For a speical sentimental gift I made my boyfriend a memory box for last Valentines day, filled with photos, tickets, and memories from the last year. we still add to it now x

laura morgans 11 Feb 2011 at 12:03 am

My tip on valentines is: work on the build up. Me and my hubby plan our valentines day in detail, even if its only a night in, we plan the food and the film, pick up the snacks and the candles, that way by the time valentines day arrives we are like kids on christmas eve!

Charlotte Hoskins 11 Feb 2011 at 11:05 am

Always save one little treat for later in the day or night, something small like a note on the pillow or something personal between the two of you – this keeps the romance going for the whole day so it’s not just the card shoved at you at 9am!!

Becky 11 Feb 2011 at 12:31 pm

Its about love not money spent. I have written out the notes form our wedding dance song onto music paper and popped it in a little frame. I will make a home spa for my hubby a bubbly bath and candles and I will give him cuddles and write him a love letter. The children will blow him kisses into a little box that they will then decorate . LOVE eh..isn’t it fab x

Melissa Wash 11 Feb 2011 at 1:22 pm

Love is free and if you are truely in love then you dont need to spend a penny of have a penny spent on you. You should do nice things and be romantic all the time. However, because it is Valentines Day soon I am planning on being extra nice and extra romantic! I am planning on making the house into a ‘make pretend’ ‘hotel’ for the day. My boyfriend who I do not live with will come round and will have to ‘check in’.. throughout the day I will be in different roles.. ie the maid, the cook, waitress, room service, massuer (including a change of attire for each role) and will basically be serving him all day!! He doesnt know it yet.. its a surprise xx

Rachel Titley 11 Feb 2011 at 5:20 pm

Stay in for the ultimate intimate evening cuddled up on the settee. Chocolates, alcohol, some dvds and each other.

Nikki 11 Feb 2011 at 10:59 pm

My tip is to realise that your other half is not a mind reader. it may seem unromantic but talk about it! If you dislike large sloppy cards with bunnies on them…. tell him!! If you would like a necklace but can’t wear 9 carat or a big bunch of flowers but you don’t like Roses…. tell him!! Hints may not register!! Write him a list if you have to!

Anna Aird 11 Feb 2011 at 11:50 pm

If you have children, get them involved with creative ideas for Valentine’s day. We make paper roses, heart shaped pizzas and biscuits and a special card to remind Granny that we love her too!

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