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Alternative Valentines Day Ideas

Are you the kind of person that refuses to celebrate Valentine’s Day because, in your opinion, it has become too commercialised? Well you could be right. A survey carried out by Not On The High Street revealed that one in two people would happily forgo garage flowers and generic cards for something a little more personal. So if you are fed up with the sight of overpriced red roses, tacky boxes of chocolates and sickly sentimental cards, why not check out our much more classy suggestions:

Framed Favourite Song Picture – £69

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If your partner loves a certain song, or if you both have an ‘Our Song’ that is personal to just you two, check out this beautiful gift. The lyrics of the song are printed onto sheets of paper that are then carefully spaced to create the 3D effect of an open book. This is then attached to a paper background and set in a frame with a glass front. A really special gift not just for music lovers. From Not On The High Street.

Personalised Venn Diagram Print – From £19.99

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Maths and computer geeks will love this reworking of the original Venn Diagram. And if you’ve not heard of it, it’s simple. Draw two overlapping circles, write ‘Sheep’ in one, ‘Kangaroo’ in the other and in the space where they cross over write ‘Woolly jumper’. That’s a Venn Diagram! The overlapping space represents a combination of both circles; so, get thinking, now it’s your turn. If you’ve got kids, why not place your name and your partners in the separate circles and your kids in the middle. Get the picture? Also available in different colour combinations. From Firebox.com.

Sunflowers Fresh Flower Bouquet – From £35

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I know we said no flowers but we meant forecourt garage flowers and these beautiful ones could not be further than those sad petrol scented offerings. Inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s classic Sunflowers painting, these blooms perfectly capture the vibrancy and brightness of the original. Exclusive to the National Gallery Shop, and in collaboration with acclaimed florists Wild at Heart, the sunflowers bouquet features as part of a series of artistic flowers inspired by paintings in the National Gallery. A wonderful way to give your art-loving partner more than just a bunch of flowers. Available from the National Gallery.

Name A Star Lover’s Pack – £35

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Seal your love forever in the sky with this star naming pack. Register your stars together after yourself and your other half and your love will remain eternal. The presentation box includes an introduction letter and instructions, an A4 limited edition personalised certificate, 2 x star area-coordinate sheets, a map of the stars, a guide to the northern constellations and 2 x red heart chocolates. From Find Me A Gift.

Mr & Mrs Family Edition Game – was £30 now £9.00

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Some of us are old enough to remember the original series hosted by Derek Batey but if you love the Silver Fox version, with the fabulous Phillip Schofield, then check out this new family edition. And for a limited time only it has 70% off. What our loved ones really want is to spend time with each other, so sit down for hours of fun as you find out who knows the most about your partner, you, your family or friends. From Debenhams.

Personalised ‘Mr & Mrs’ Wedding Print – £20

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Talking of Mr & Mrs, how about this wonderful way to commemorate your wedding day, with a personalised print. Just add the names, dates and marriage location and create a Valentine’s Day gift with a difference. The details are printed on beautiful high quality heavy weight cold press art paper and you can choose from several different decorative fonts in teal, or slate grey. From Not On The High Street.

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