JHogg and I have been together for nearly 10 years now (yeah….. I had to sit and count that). With a wedding and 2 kids under out belts, plus running our own businesses and renovating our home, it’s easy to forget to take time for one another. With Valentine’s Day around the corner now is the time to remind one another how much we mean to each other.
With the year we’ve been having (and it’s only the end of January!) it’s time to keep things simple and enjoy the little things that we can at home. Affordability is the name of the game, and these are some of my top picks for this year for cheap Valentine’s gifts that we would both enjoy.
Valentines Gifts For Her
The last 12 months has seen as have more walks than ever before. Our family have taken to taking a hot drink with us, especially over the colder winter months, so we can avoid going in to buy a drink when we’re out and about. I love the cute pattern on this Peter Rabbit bamboo travel mug, and I think it would make the most adorable gift without blowing the budget. Pretty yet practical!
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Here’s a little secret that only mums tend to know – nipple balm is AMAZING for your lips. It is super moisturising and keeps them really soft. Rather than slapping my normal nipple balm on, I have some Dr Lipp. It’s made from 100% lanolin giving long lasting moisture and a glossy look. They also have a new tint collection, where the colour comes from edible plant based pigments. The whole collection is free from additives, preservatives or fragrances, plus they are tasteless and edible.
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With so much of our time right now being spent at home, comfort is king! I love these jeggings from Love Leggings for finding that balance between comfortable clothes while still feeling like you’ve got dressed up for the day. You can choose from various colours and lengths to find the fit that is just right. It is a thoughtful Valentine’s gift that you know will get a lot of use.
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Affordable Gifts For Him
JHogg has always been a bit more fashion conscious than me, so I know he will always be pleased with a new item of clothing. This year I chose a Pretty Green t-shirt for him from Mainline Menswear. It’s something that he will not only like, but it’s practical too so it doesn’t feel like money that’s wasted. Mainline have a huge selection of designer menswear to choose from, so if a t-shirt is not their thing then it is worth looking at what else is available.
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Over the last year JHogg has shown an interest in using a safety razor. The days of electric shavers seem to be long gone in the Hogg household, and plastic free alternatives for many of our toiletries are slowly making their way in. I love the bamboo handle of this double edge safety razor, and it’s not just for men. While I may have disguised it as a gift for JHogg it is me who will get the benefit – he will look good and I’ll be using it too when his back is turned!
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Another gift that is kind of for him but that I love for me too is a bracelet from El Camino. JHogg and I love to travel and explore and have been excited to do more of it now the kids are a bit older, but it just wasn’t possible last year and it doesn’t seem likely this year either. The bracelets are designed for you to add “steps” based on places you’ve been, or places you are dreaming of going to. I chose the Maldives for JHogg, because that is where we had our honeymoon. Edinburgh, because that is where I lived when we started our relation ship, and it’s also a city we still love to visit. And the North Sea, because of where we live now. You can have city steps, countries, landmarks, oceans – pretty much anything you can think of. As far as thoughtful gifts go I think an El Camino bracelet is up there.
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Gift Ideas For The Home
A Valentine’s at home calls for one thing, a a glass of champagne (or prosecco, or apple juice…. or whatever you fancy!) in a fancy glass. I am a huge Disney fan, so of course these Beauty And The Beast glasses appealed to me straight away. They look great on the shelf when they’re not in use too!
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In our house we love diffusers and candles – anything to detract from the wafting smells of dirty nappies and baby sick! Wax Lyrical have a Valentines GiftScents® Reed Diffuser, which saves you the effort of finding a separate gift and card. There is a cute poem on the inside, and the diffuser has a soft fruity scent that slowly fills the room.
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Not strictly for the home, but I am loving the Carfume Love Hearts scent right now. With our cars setting relatively unused at the moment it is nice to open the door and have a fresh sent waft out to you. The Carfume is designed to be reusable, you can buy more of the scent or get a fresh cork whenever you need, meaning less waste. The Love Hearts scent smells exactly like the sweet, which is perfect for Valentine’s Day.
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Edible Valentine’s Day Gifts
In our house we definitely use food as a love language. It’s our way of showing we care, and finding new treats to try is something we enjoy dong together. A hamper full of chocolates and treats always goes down a treat, and the Love You Hamper is perfect for us. Filled with chocolate lollies, prosecco, love hearts and popcorn and tucked in to a reusable red canvas bag, there is something for you to enjoy together.
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With my diabetes I often use sweets to treat low blood sugars. Swizzles have a range of hampers that make the perfect gift, and meaning you can restock the hypo snack while you’re at it. The personalised Love Hearts tube contains 25 mini rolls, so you can hold out hope that they might share it with you. It’s such a simple gift idea but it’s one that would go down a treat around here.
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If you’re planning a quiet Valentine’s at home (aren’t we all?!) then you’re likely going to need movie snacks. The Oggs Millionaire and Brownie bites are perfectly portioned for a late evening snack. Or to pick at throughout the day! Oggs proudly state their packaging is plant friendly, and both kinds of bites are vegan – in case you want to carry on with veganuary further in to the year.
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Of course life isn’t just all about sweets and chocolate, and the start to a great date night at home often comes in the form of dinner. The Spice Pots Curry Night Kit has every thing you need for a delicious curry at home, and then again and again and again. It comes with 4 pots of curry spice mixes and some recipes so you can create 8 family meals at home whenever you want them.
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I hope you have a lovely Valentines no matter what you decide to do – and that maybe one of these gift ideas helps you find the perfect affordable present.
I was sent these items for inclusion in this post. Words and opinions are my own.
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