Valentine's Day: Petrol Station flowers, Ferrero Rocher chocs, ...

(250 Posts)
TheBeautifulVisit Thu 06-Feb-14 17:52:59

... slutty uncomfy knickers or what?

What do you hope to receive?
What do you actually receive?
What will you give?
How will you celebrate?

Joysmum Thu 06-Feb-14 17:55:00

We just do cards, nothing special to mark the day as it dilutes what we'd have to spend on our anniversary which isn't to much longer after.

For the anniversary, it's not gifts, it's quality time together that we relish.

magimedi Thu 06-Feb-14 17:56:14

A big fat 0 to all of them.

Fun for teens but over commercialised & a great hype for the rest.

Misspixietrix Thu 06-Feb-14 17:56:30

Sod all! grin. Single here.

Howly Thu 06-Feb-14 17:56:54

Nothing! My man is my husband not my valentine - not wasting money buying into commercial crap! Rather spend our money on my baby due in July!

LackaDAISYcal Thu 06-Feb-14 17:57:21

Just cards here.

I might buy my DH a nice pork pie though as that's his mnost favourite food in the while wide world!

None of it. HUGE waste of money. Makes me cringe to see all the awful Valentines things and overpriced flowers,

TheRealAmandaClarke Thu 06-Feb-14 17:59:05

I like to get flowers blush
A couple of hours together after DCs are in bed might be nice. That's rare for us.
Might shave my legs. grin

Cards. Funny ones with very sentimental messages on. Dh always draws me a kitten/ dog/bunny in kisses.

And rather randomly he's getting me a giant mug as dippy dd broke mine and I need my pint of tea not woosy teeny mugs of tea.

ThePiritonPosse Thu 06-Feb-14 18:02:08

Don't give or receive, DH and I prefer not to spend the cash. We'll have a snog at least though grin, maybe more.

ohhifruit Thu 06-Feb-14 18:04:10

Sweet FA.
We don't do Valentine's Day, it's a religious feast day hijacked for money.
I'd rather my DH made me feel special everyday with his behaviour than one day a year with cheap tat.

TheBeautifulVisit Thu 06-Feb-14 18:06:39

Ooooh how lovely, so many fellow cynics. grin

I'm a bit torn about it. I'm appalled at the cushioned card, overpriced red roses claptrap but I would be appalled not to receive something. Preferably a tasteful, heartfelt gesture and a message of undying love in a homemade card. Perhaps a book or lovely bowl of hyacinths or a good film for us to watch together. But I draw the line at sending a card or a gift. grin

cashmiriana Thu 06-Feb-14 18:07:01

I'd bloody love a box of Ferrero Rocher.

In fact I am getting a small bottle of cheap perfume that I bought myself and handed over to DH with the words "wrap this up for me" - we only bother because it's the anniversary of our first date so marks the long long years he's had to put up with me. I'll make the effort to cook his favourite meal (lasagne, he's not difficult to please) and then we'll spend the evening watching tv, with the DC who are too old to send to bed, and too young to send out.

Innogen Thu 06-Feb-14 18:07:40

Fuck all. Valentines day is a joke.

foslady Thu 06-Feb-14 18:11:15

Nothing.
1st husband I received a card and a rose the 1st year I knew him. A few years down the line with nothing coming from his direction I asked him why he didn't bother after the full works the 1st year.
'Oh - my mum got them for you from me, she thought it would be a nice idea'.
And about 5 cards in 13 years from xh mkII.

I'm now very cynical of Valentines day.......

Melonbreath Thu 06-Feb-14 18:20:57

Nothing.
I would like a card just to know he thinks about me occasionally.
I always get him one

TheBeautifulVisit Thu 06-Feb-14 18:22:18

foslady - shock about your XDH mum getting them.

It's probably fine if neither of you have ever bothered. But it must be disppointing if one year it is a big spongey card, champagne and lingerie and the next year it's nothing, or an inferior effort. That would be disappointing I think.

TheBeautifulVisit Thu 06-Feb-14 18:24:03

Melonbreath - "I would like a card just to know he thinks about me occasionally."

That's so sad. That's making me review my position of not giving on Valentine's Day.

SarahAndFuck Thu 06-Feb-14 18:25:10

DH is getting a card I found in Home Bargains for 59p, only because I didn't know what day it was on and thought he'd be away and we only bother if we're not going to see each other. Although I'm not sure why we bother even then, we just do. He's actually going to be home so I'm hoping he might cook something that involves salmon and possibly sweet chilli sauce.

CuppaSarah Thu 06-Feb-14 18:27:46

We aren't going to be doing cards or anything. For us valentines day is just an excuse for a takeaway.

SlimJiminy Thu 06-Feb-14 18:28:34

Ignore it as usual. Valentine's Day tat is the worst kind of tat...

Much happier with doing nice things for each other all year round and have honestly never felt the need to participate.

Tailtwister Thu 06-Feb-14 18:32:10

Pre-DC we used to do the full deal. Expensive meal, flowers etc. Now, I guess we'll be doing cards!

I think it's nice to mark the occasion with a passing nod (i.e. cards), but past that it means more to honour our anniversary, the fact we've survived past the early years of 2 DC etc.

Personally, I like Valentine's Day. It has it's place, but in the great scheme of things doesn't mean much. It's more of a place holder in the year, rather than a meaningful date.

SugarMiceInTheRain Thu 06-Feb-14 18:33:14

We'll be doing cards, I hope to get some flowers and maybe chocolates, but I am going in for a section on 13th February so really don't care. I hate the commercialism tbh. I'll be giving DH a daughter so anything else will pale in comparison!

Taffeta Thu 06-Feb-14 18:36:54

We do cards. And he cooks seafood for me.

Nothing. We never bother with Valentine's Day at all. Neither of us are in to phony romantic schmaltz. As SlimJiminy said, I'd prefer that we do nice, thoughtful things for each other year round.

We will be having dinner with DP's sister, her DH and their children on the 14th, purely because it's the only night for weeks that we're all available. SIL is cooking, we'll have a few drinks, catch-up, with not a red rose or tacky card in site. They don't celebrate it at all either so it's perfect grin

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