Valentine 2012 Gift Guide …. treat yourself mums!!!

Look no further this Valentine. Here is our list of original and affordable gift ideas.


Thorntons Chocolate Liqueur

RRP £19.99
Forget about Baileys … This delicious drink is made by blending vodka with Thorntons’ carefully crafted chocolate; resulting in a liqueur that’s just as good over ice cream as it is over ice. This liquor is not just perfect for the dads …. mums could get addicted to it. Highly recommended. You can get it from

Codorníu Vintage Rosado 2009 – Monastrell, Pinot Noir, Macabeo, Xarel.lo, Parellada – D.O. Cava – RRP £13.99 – available at Tesco and on offer at £6.99 from the 31st January to 21st February 2012. It’s always difficult to find a gift for a husband. But with this delicious and refreshing rosé cava, made from a blend of Pinot Noir and local Spanish grape varieties, you are making no mistakes. With fine bubbles, delicate brioche notes from ageing and aromas of red fruits and citrus, it is ideal as an aperitif or paired with tapas. So for a blissful evening for two, woo your Valentine’s this February with a scrumptious dinner and this rose’.

Valentine gifts at great value for £1 each from Poundland

Just as the purse whimpers with pain at your sales shopping exploits, comes some very good bargains from Poundland this Valentine. Forget the big ticket items and concentrate instead on the smaller things in life – with a couple of treats for the mums, dads and kids thrown in.

Love Is… a personalised Valentine’s gift for the one you love!

Forget red roses and other predictable gifts this Valentine’s Day, show you really care with the ultimate declaration of love from Itsyourstory. Treat your partner to a personalised Love Is.. book which contains details that are unique to your relationship. Whether you have been together 30 days or 30 years, the Love Is… book will show your romantic side and makes a perfect keepsake.
What’s more, with the revival of all things eighties, the iconic couple from one of the decade’s most popular cartoon strips will make a kitsch cool gift that will even appeal to those who weren’t born then! Each book costs £17.50 and is available exclusively from Last date for Valentine’s Day orders is:9th February 2012.

Love Is…

The cartoonist Kim Casali originally began creating the little Love Is… drawings to express her feelings for her husband Roberto. While they were dating Kim would leave the cartoons where he would be sure to find them. In 1970 the Kim Casali ‘love’ cartoons came to the attention of the licensing and syndication business and currently appear in 58 newspapers worldwide. Stefano Casali now carries on the ‘Love Is…’ tradition begun by his mother Kim.



The Slanket must be one of my favourite gifts. It’s a blanket with sleeves and pocket which keeps you really cosy and warm while watching Desperate Housewives 🙂 The new print is also quite romantic with Valentine hearts. You can pop your hands through the sleeves to reach for the remote, send a flirty text or read a book. It even has a secret pocket for you to store the remote or your mobile phone! RRP £24.99


A new episode of Desperate Housewives is not complete without hugging a lovely Red Hello Kitty teddy bear. Make sure your daughters don’t see it… it’s too cute to let it go. RRP £20 at one of the BUILD-A-BEAR WORKSHOP shops across London.

A box of 5 Luxury 24k Gold Collagen Sheet Facial Masks by Jamela

Treat yourself to an empress pampering session with these golden masks, which are all non animal tested and contain no animal oils, they are 100% plant collagen with botanical and mineral ingredients.
Sheet masks are relatively new to the UK consumer, and would provide a gift that makes the skin feel wonderful, smells beautiful (rose essence), and improves the complexion.
To possibly complete a “Cleopatra” style treatment, a box of Neck Masks also 24k Gold Plant Collagen, a new introduction to the UK market. Jamela is the creator and world brand leader for botanical/mineral collagen sheet masks.
These products are only available online through Jamela Skin Care.

Sexy affordable corsets by
Great value and super sexy underwear for your Valentine! These two items cost £14.99 each they are great value and great fun.

Sexy Knickers & Bra Cosmetic Bags by MAD Beauty

Really fun-shaped cosmetic bags! Never seen this before!

Rosey Slipper Set by MAD Beauty
Shocking pink and super comfy slippers for you to enjoy together with a very smooth body lotion on Valentine and beyond. Top gift!

Boots has amazing products for Valentine. Here are the ones we recommend.


Whether you have a special night planned with your loved one, a blind date or heading out with friends, showcasing beautifully stained lips is the order of the day on the 14th. Whilst dancing to Holly Valance’s ‘Kiss Kiss’, apply 17 Supreme Shine Lips in Hot Stuff to ensure you’re turning heads; it’s the perfect accessory for a day or night-time look. The rich but lightweight texture adds a beautiful depth of colour while the long lasting formula, enriched with Mango Butter glides on, nourishing lips for true kiss appeal. Or for the trend setter, apply a sleek of No7 Spring Limited Edition Vital Brights Lipstick in Blooming Pink, £ 10.00. Its bright pop of colour will be sure to set your smile.


If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then let your lashes be your secret weapon for any romantic rendezvous. 17 Peep Show Mascara, £6.29 will make a song and dance of your eyes and ensure your lashes are perfectly lengthened from root to tip, leaving you with a fabulously flirty gaze.


For hands good enough to hold, make sure they’re soft as silk. Keep them well moisturised with No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Hand Cream, £12.00. To add a splash of love to your nails opt for a classically romantic red, such as No7 Stay Perfect Nail colour in Pillar Box, £7.25 and finish with a coat of 17 Nail Xtras Double Gloss Top Coat, £3.99.

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