Alternative Valentine’s Gift Guide

I’m sort of a fan of Valentine’s day.  Not necessarily the softer side but I enjoy spending the day with my other half, enjoying a chilled day.  We generally end up playing games, watching a film, or just reading comics and books.  Obviously while eating copious amounts of food throughout the day.  Simon often gets me fun gifts, including Dave’s Comics vouchers.  It’s an excellent comic shop in Brighton, we actually had some engagement pictures taken in Dave’s Comics. I could easily spend far too long selecting the right books to read.  Excellent gift.

Engagement photo

Aside from comics, I’m also a photography fan and I’ve quite a collection of lomography cameras, basically film cameras.  I’ve been playing with film cameras for a few years and most recently my favourites have been the Olympus Trip 35 and the Blackbird Fly.  I discovered the Olympus Trip in a little camera shop, so check out any local second hand camera shops.  I love the pictures that they take and they’re both fun to play with.  You can buy 35mm film quite cheaply from boots or camera shops, keep your eyes open for deals.

To film my Honestly Aine channel videos and to take pictures for this blog, I currently used a Panasonic Lumix G2 camera.  I’ve had it for quite a few years and it has served me well.  However, as I mentioned in my February Goals, I’m investigating new cameras.  This may not necessarily be a Valentines gift, but if you were feeling spendy, you could investigate some of the Panasonic Lumix DSLR line.  I am currently on my second Panasonic camera and I do enjoy using them. I’m definitely considering them as a birthday present to myself in August.

Cameras & Comics

If your other half is into sports or working out, you could get a nice bath bomb from Lush, or in my case, Epsom Salts.  I’ve been meaning to try Epsom Salts for a while and I think my legs will thank me. This may not seem romantic, but I for one would be delighted.  It’s supposed to be amazing for aching muscles.  Perfect way to relax.  If you didn’t want to spend a lot of money, you could always do a nice breakfast in bed.  Or clean the house/flat and cook dinner.  It’s something we do, followed by a film on the sofa.  Wonderful chilled evening.

What would be your ideal gift for Valentine’s Day?  Do you even celebrate it?  Any recommended additions?

The post was in collaboration with Panasonic.

4 thoughts on “Alternative Valentine’s Gift Guide

    1. Love Neil Gaiman. I’ve a fair few comics by now, well I’m up to my fourth shelf. Such a fan! Currently reading Private Eye by Brian Vanughan etc. Such a good read 🙂 It’s the only way forward, presents for the person rather than the specifically Valentine’s only presents 🙂

    1. Nice! I’ve not actually used that one before. I think I’m getting my husband some more bouldering vouchers, he love it. Keeps him occupied!

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