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Valentine's Day | Gift Guide

Valentine's Day has many meanings and has a history that's erm, less romantic than it is these days but none the less it has a uniqueness that no-other annual celebration has in its ability to empower couples and singles to feel love and to be in love with both themselves and others.

Growing up Valentine's Day was a pointless holiday that was in my opinion mainly beneficial to the economy rather than individuals. I wasn't romantic, I wasn't overly sweet, loving or mushy and that was my major downfall because I didn't show love and I wouldn't let myself believe any of the things that others said and that included loving comments or compliments. When someone was romantic to me I believed they were lying and that they were saying it 'because they had to'.

Fast forward to my current relationship and I am that woman who gets excited about Valentine's Day. The romance, the hearts, romance, the whole Disney-esque celebrations and the romance [and sex]. I just want to be with Connor and to spend that time feeling close to him, like we did at the start and how we still do today but minus the stresses of day-to-day living. I believe Valentine's Day is that day - its a day of excess but excess where it's needed and that is to show others how much they are loved and so that there is a closeness that is missing from the rest of the year.

On the same note, I adore how it can strengthen 'girl power' as I see so many women celebrating each other and empowering themselves to fall in love and to feel sexy in their own skins. It's an amazing thing and so far from the commercialised holiday, I used to believe it was.

When Connor and I started dating it took a long time for me to feel comfortable with compliments but he changed that and he changed my whole world - when we started dating I became comfortable in my own skin which was never the case before but he persevered and broke down my barriers. For us Valentine's Day is more than just 'date night' we do like to spoil each other because we each believe that the other deserves to be spoiled. We don't expect gifts but, I know come February I will have chosen what gift I'm getting him and he will have done the same. But along with gifts, we will spend the day together, we will enjoy good food, good drinks, good company and each other.

It doesn't have to be about the price, you can pick up something small and novel to show your better half that you still know them - that you get their personality and that you believe they are worthy of being spoiled and adored. But, if you do want to spend then I have some recommendations for you to suit all tastes...

Want to bring the passion back, then start with yourself - make yourself feel amazing and special and the confidence will flow over into your relationship. You cannot beat the lace body by Bluebella and the good thing is it will suit all body types. I've had three big babies and I hate my stomach area but you can bet your life I would feel utterly sexy wearing that!

Top it off with the Mac Versicolor lip stain and some simple but sophisticated accessories to make you feel like a million pounds. Shake your hair about and pop on some mascara and you're good to go you sexy vixen!

Likewise, spoil yourself (if you're male) or your better half on some new aftershave - Le Male Ultra EDT by Jean Paul Gaultier is a spicier version of the timeless scent. Top notes include bergamot, pear, mint, lavender, and lemon. Dry down includes caraway, cinnamon and Clary sage on a base of black vanilla husk, amber, patchouli, and cedar. Overall it's a sexy but masculine scent which will make the pheromones spike enormously.

Start the night with some tea flavoured gin and chocolate coffee beans and get your sexy on with these tight striped trunks.

What's not to like?

Not into the glitz and glam and prefer the simpler things? Why not spoil yourself with this absolutely adorable heart mug? I cannot get enough of Emma Bridgewater and her mugs have become iconic over the last few years.

Spritz on Lime and Basil Cologne to make yourself feel empowered, team it with the labradorite necklace by Missoma for a little gemstone help with transformation and burn some candles - Wild Jasmine is a great option as Jasmine helps to boost confidence as well as having a gorgeous, soft and sultry scent.

Or if you're really wanting to go all out, buy two more gifts - one for your better half and another for yourself.
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