Valentine's Day is a lovely concept but, for some people, it ranks too highly in 'Ways Your Partner Can Show They Love You'. Sure, it's nice if someone spoils you on 14th Feb, but treating each other with care and respect every day of the year is all that truly counts. So, in the spirit of not always expecting others to show you the love, listed below are five gifts we'd happily buy ourselves this Valentine's Day. Read on and take inspiration; it's all about loving yourself.
1. Sign up for a flower subscription
Take a leaf out of Cher from Clueless' book and send yourself some flowers! Pay for a flower delivery subscription and brighten up your home with a monthly bunch of blooms. You don't need to wait for someone else to buy you a bouquet, ya know.
Browse Bloom & Wild subscriptions at bloomandwild.com
2. Nab the hottest lingerie in town
Rihanna's Savage x Fenty lingerie line has been, unsurprisingly, a roaring success. The entrepreneurial star launched her first collection with an unapologetically inclusive campaign. Her NYFW catwalk included women of every size, age and ethnicity – even a heavily pregnant model (Slick Woods). And that's exactly why these pieces fly off the shelves: because they are designed with every woman in mind. Feel good, look good and take on the world in one of the label's limited edition Valentine's sets.
See the full collection at savagex.co.uk
3. Free your inner wild woman
It's time to educate yourself about your wants, needs and desires. Michaela Boehm's The Wild Woman’s Way: Unlock Your Full Potential for Pleasure, Power, and Fulfillment explores female sensuality, as well as how to embrace and unleash it. Boehm knows her stuff. She's a renowned intimacy expert, working with individuals and couples to improve their mind-body connection. So if you're keen to start a new sexual chapter and embark on a voyage of self-discovery, this one is for you. (Even Will Smith has read it.)
Buy it on Amazon.com
4. Reboot, recharge, retreat
You don't need an excuse to spoil yourself. But, if you think you do, there's never a better time for a treat than in February. The bank balance has been topped up but those January blues still linger, and the beginning of the year leaves many of us thinking, 'same old, same old'. In steps a little Valentine's self-love. Head somewhere relaxing to enjoy wellness-based Me Time. Thyme hotel in the Cotswolds is just the ticket – fresh food, botanical cocktails, boutique vibes and a beautiful spa and pool.
Discover the hotel at thyme.co.uk
5. Boost your inner goddess
Enhance your strengths with a Moon Juice adaptogen or supplement. The cult California brand's New Age 'dusts' are full of natural ingredients and plant-based extracts that nurture the goddess you are. Our favourite is Night Beauty, a combination of Moon Juice's famous Beauty Dust® and Dream Dust® products. Basically, it packs a punch, helping you sleep better, rest better, stress less, produce collagen, reduce inflammation and more. Sounds pretty good, doesn't it?
Browse the full range of products at moonjuice.com