Tips for the ro­man­tic

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With Valen­tine’s Day just un­der a week away, ro­man­tic types will be con­tem­plat­ing pur­chases, or­gan­is­ing ex­cur­sions and gen­er­ally be­ing se­cre­tive about their plans for their loved one.

How­ever, there will be those who, although well-in­ten­tioned ei­ther for­get or just find it far to dif­fi­cult to make the re­quired decision.

Their part­ner might be fussy, bud­get-con­scious, or like me, gen­er­ally in­quis­i­tive and keep­ing some­thing as a pleas­ant sur­prise has be­come a vir­tual im­pos­si­bil­ity!

But the op­tions truly are end­less and you re­ally don’t have to be all that imag­i­na­tive in or­der to im­press your loved one.

For the younger mem­bers, per­haps a soft toy adorned with a ro­man­tic mes­sage or a sin­gle rose and a visit to the movies.

Cou­ples with chil­dren could en­joy a meal out away from the scream­ing kids and a sink full of dishes.

Other pop­u­lar op­tions may in­clude a gor­geous flo­ral trib­ute to adorn your liv­ing room or per­haps a rose or favoured plant to be kept as a sym­bol of how much they mean to you.

Slightly more in­dul­gent op­tions may con­sist of a one­off an­tique that has caught the eye on a reg­u­lar oc­ca­sion re­sult­ing in many a dropped hint, a piece of jew­ellery, spa treat­ment or lin­gerie, maybe a com­bi­na­tion of all and a ro­man­tic stay­over away from home.

How­ever you de­cide to spend Valen­tine’s Day, make sure you take some time to ex­press your feel­ings to your some­one spe­cial.

Ev­ery Fe­bru­ary, we cel­e­brate Valen­tine’s Day by giv­ing our loved ones flow­ers, choco­lates and cards to show how much they mean to us. Ac­cord­ing to leg­end, Saint Valen­tine was a priest who lived dur­ing third cen­tury Rome. At that time, there was an em­peror in charage called Claudius the sec­ond. The em­peror felt that sin­gle men made bet­ter sol­diers than mar­ried men and made the decision to out­law mar­riage for young men in or­der to have the strong­est army pos­si­ble.

Valen­tine be­lieved this was grossly un­fair and mar­ried young cou­ples in se­cret. He was sen­teneced to death by the em­peror when he dis­cov­ered his ac­tions.

The story con­tines that when in prison, Valen­tine fell in love with his jailor’s daugh­ter and shortly be­fore he was put to death, he sent the girl a let­ter and signed it off as "Your Valen­tine." In ef­fect, he sent the first "valen­tine."

Although purely leg­end, the story has been passed from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion and the act of giv­ing some­one a valen­tine has been re­lived since the Mid­dle Ages on the 14th Fe­bru­ary.

With time run­ning out, make sure you’ve bought some­thing small for the one you love and or else or­gan­ise some­thing to do to­gether. Valen­tine’s Day only comes once a year so be ready.

As­pir­ing Jew­ellers, Wanaka

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