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Ten cheap anniversary gifts for him

Now to clear this up straight away we mean low to no cost gifts not bawdy gifts that you’ll look back at later and wonder what was I thinking.
We know people who spend thousands on their wedding anniversary gifts however it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg to show that your loved one means the world to you. Here are a few tips for an anniversary gift that will show you care without breaking the bank.

  1. Everyone knows the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. However avoid the traditional and probably tried heart shaped chocolates; give him heart shaped pizza or heart shaped bacon. Now we are talking.
  2. Make a playlist/mixtape. It’s very old skool but who doesn’t want to feel like a teenager for a while. Pick your favourite songs (you remember your first dance song right?) or songs with some meaning (e.g. The Power of Love or I Will Always Love You) and let all those memories come flooding back. If you’re stuck for some ideas here’s the top 50 love songs of all times: http://www.billboard.com/articles/list/1538839/top-50-love-songs-of-all-time
  3. Give him the gift of quality-time. Turn off your phone, step away from your laptop, stop tweeting your BFF, give the dog a bone and cart the kids off to weird Aunt-Julie; just talk to each other for a change. When was the last time either of you did that?
  4. Make him a trophy or a medal, make it meaningful but don’t expect him to wear it if it has even so much as one heart on it.
  5. Give him the day off. Check when your anniversary falls on this year and pull a sneaky one by booking him a surprise day off from work then spend the day together. An unexpected lie-in is a feeling that can’t be matched.
  6.  Writing love notes isn’t just reserved for teenagers. Write out all the reasons you like his cute …(insert his best bit here) and hide the notes in obvious and less obvious places.
  7. Be less romantic – in all seriousness, don’t be too soppy, take the pressure off him and expect nothing. You’ll be surprised by the results.
  8. Avoid giving him socks. Step away from the socks. This isn’t Christmas. This is sexy-time day. There is nothing sexy about socks. Never, ever.
  9. Alcohol is always an answer and if you want to put a romantic spin on it- track down a bottle of something from your anniversary year. Although remember get ‘romantic’ drunk rather than ‘you-think-I’m-getting-fat’ drunk to ensure a great time.
  10. If none of the above reach the spot then fall back to the classic gift ideas; turn up naked with beer. Rarely (if ever) a wrong choice.

 

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St Valentine’s Day Thursday 14th February 2013

It’s an expensive time of year for all you Lover’s out there, you just finish paying for the

For all you Lover's out there
St Valentines Day 14th February 2013

romance at Christmas and then you get hit with Valentine’s Day!

Gifts wrapped for St Valentine's DayThis year Valentine’s Day is on a Thursday which we figure is probably one of the best days of the week for Valentines to fall upon simply because it stretches the weekend out by at least a day which at this time of year is great!

Tradition holds that the first Valentine card was sent in 270 A.D. by St. Valentine himself on the eve of his execution for refusing to renounce Christianity. Signed “from your Valentine”, it was a note of appreciation from the young cleric to his jailer’s blind daughter who had brought him food and delivered messages for him.

The Romans celebrated St. Valentine’s Day as the Feast of Lupercalia, dedicated to the pastoral god Lupercus and to the Goddess of Love, Juno. The birds of Italy began mating on February 14, the oracles observed. Roman Maidens placed their names in an urn set up in the public square and courageous bachelors drew from it to obtain their “blind date” for the coming year. The Christian Church denounced these “love lotteries” as pagan rituals. During the Middle Ages, “love lotteries” persisted in France as “chance boxes” that allotted couples one year to get married or part company and, in England, men wore the name of the girl they drew on their sleeve encircled with a heart.

Written Valentines appeared around the year 1400 as quaint love missives and many were anonymous. Church opposition gradually declined and, by the 1700s, the familiar “roses are red, violets are blue…” verses were popular and in France, Valentines grew in size and elegance featuring ribbons, lace, gilt and other intricate effects made by hand.

The first Valentines in America were exchanged during the Revolutionary days and were mostly handmade with sentimental verses written in a flowing script. In 1840, Miss Esther Howland, an imaginative artist and entrepreneur became the first regular publisher of Valentines in the United States. She became a successful businesswoman heading her own publishing firm specialising in Valentine cards.

Around 1850, the first “Vinegar Valentines” were produced. These masterpieces of insult were sent anonymously and were popular along with the usual sentimental Valentines until around 1910 when the strictly sentimental ones gained more popularity. Since that time, Valentine’s Day cards can be found to fit almost any relationship. In fact, teachers receive more Valentine’s Day cards than anyone else.