1 February 2017

The Valentine Male - Step up to the Plate Boys!

Two of the world's oldest 'arts' are those of loving and giving, which in a couple of weeks' time are handily combined when we give tokens of love to our 'significant other'. They can be fun or fancy, cheap and cheerful or breathtakingly expensive - I'm thinking Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor here (it's my age!) - but the common denominator is love and the pleasure we each get from giving.

Definition of Love box frame with letter tiles
Definition of Love - letter tile box frame handmade by Letters to Friends
Across the world all sorts of traditions, old and modern, are associated with St. Valentine's Day or its equivalent: Danish men pen funny letters or poems anonymously, signed with only dots to represent each letter of their name. If the lady guesses correctly, she's entitled to an Easter egg later in the year! In Wales they celebrate Saint Dwynwen, patron saint of lovers, on 25 January and traditionally men carved intricate wooden spoons for their love. While here in Scotland, at a party gathering, males and females would draw names from a hat to find their Valentine!

Fortunately perhaps, we men don't have to be talented wordsmiths or wood carvers. Flowers and chocolates may be welcome BUT if you want to score top Brownie points you probably should be buying those every week 😇. And maybe a red negligee isn't necessarily on your sweetheart's wish list either! But a little pampering can go a long way, so why not get some indulgent toiletries and offer to run her a relaxing warm bath. You could try our good friends Oakwood Soaperie for some luxury handmade bathing goodies.

Valentine's Day Meal Ideas
Just three colourful, tasty ideas for a cosy Valentine's dinner
And while she's luxuriating you could volunteer to make dinner. Even the simplest meal can taste delicious if you have made some effort. BBC Good Food has some great suggestions! Top it off by creating a cosy atmosphere with candles.

Love at First Light candles by Esscentual Candles
Love at First Light candles by Esscentual Candles
Jewellery is always appreciated and you don't have to try and rival Richard Burton! But you could quite easily give her 'the moon and stars' with these beautiful and stylish pieces from icebronz: silver-plated bronze decorated with paua shell or glitter resins. We have a variety of designs, many with matching earrings.

Moon and Stars silver-plated necklace by icebronz jewellery
Moon & Stars pendant with paua shell - matching earrings too!
Of course, it's the little things that can often speak volumes and we have heart-shaped hanging decorations in acrylic, glass, metal and wood to give or perhaps add as the perfect finishing touch to a beautifully wrapped present.

Iridescent Glass Heart Hanging Decoration
Handmade iridescent glass heart hanging decoration
To see our Valentine's Selection, and lots more besides, please click the link to the Present Perfect online shop. Next up, we'll offer suggestions for the girls to give the guys!
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