Alternative Valentine’s Day gift ideas for couples

I’ve written a roundup of what to get for him, and also what
to get him to get you this Valentine’s Day, so now’s the time for something a
little different.
So you don’t want cheesy flowers and chocolates, and he
doesn’t need aftershave.  Then how about
spoiling your other half on Valentine’s Day with a gift that you both can
After searching for my own coveted gift, here are my
suggestions for a bit of couples gifting:

Couples massage lesson – £100 – Karine Jackson Hair and
beauty salon        

A couple's massage for Valentine's Day
An informative Valentine’s gift could be a couples massage
I recently had a couple’s massage lesson at Karine Jackson’s
Hair and Beauty salon in Covent Garden, London. 
Yeah, cue lots of ‘oohs’, and ‘aahs’. 
However, despite the teasing I got from friends, it was actually a very
practical lesson with useful tips to take home. 
Situated in a very trendy hair salon, the lesson is carried
out in private in one of the salon’s treatment rooms. 
The therapist, Liesl, was incredibly friendly and made us
feel relaxed and comfortable at all times. 
Hubby and I took turns to be massaged, with Liesl starting by showing
the different techniques, letting us practice, whilst helping us along the
way.  Liesl was also very considerate and
left us to change and practice by ourselves.    
The great thing about the lesson was that she adapted her
technique for our comfort.  Previous
massages I’ve had have left me feeling achy, attacked and pummelled.  They really weren’t the relaxing wind-downs I
expected from a massage.   
However, Liesl said that she customises her massages technique
to the comfort level of the individual, with the right amount of pressure.  She also talked me through the right movements
which don’t cause pain.  She suggested that
I massage around and under the bone, rather than directly on the bone, as this
is what causes the ouchies.
It was really useful for me. 
A while back my husband asked me for a shoulder massage as he was
suffering some muscle ache, I just kneaded the area aimlessly.  Whereas Liesl talked me through the pressure
areas to focus on, where we hold most of our tension.      
The great thing about the massage lesson was that we both
learnt how to perfect the technique, so that we could have massages at home,
without forking out for a pricey treatment. 
So of course, I’ll be asking my hubby for massages weekly.  It’s for his development you see.
Anyway, we left the salon feeling relaxed and slightly
sleepy, which is exactly what I want from a massage.  The fact that it was on a Saturday morning
and we had a day of shopping ahead of us was just a miscalculation on my part…  

 Go ape  – courses across the country at around £30 per person  

Treetop climbing at Go Ape!
Go ape at Go Ape
Sliding down the zip glider at Go Ape!
Fight your fears on the zip glider!
Now I haven’t actually got much to report on this, as I’ll
be going next month (expect a thorough review then), however, I just thought it
worth a mention in this roundup as it’s a great out-of-the-box idea.     
Go Ape has centres up and down the country, where
thrill-seekers are invited to swing from trees 40ft above the ground, while
taking in the amazing views of the country’s most scenic forests. 
Now I’m going to be honest, I’m slightly petrified about
this, my fear of heights is very real, so I’m not sure I’ll make the full
course.  However, I’ve been told that
it’s actually a great place to lose your fear, so we’ll see how I get on.  I reckon it’s a bit marmite, so I’ll either
love it or hate it.
Either way, I think it’s a fantastic idea for couples to do
something different to a spa day, or weekend in a country hotel.  Let’s be honest, that more for us girls
So if I live to tell the tale, I’ll write up a thorough
review of my Go Ape adventure, complete with unflattering pics.  


Another questionable one, but the more I think about it, the
more I think a bootcamp is a great coupling gift. 
So taking aside the gruelling adrenalin-fuelled workouts,
the very early start, and the strict meal plan, a bootcamp weekend could also
bring couples together, through mutual hatred of the militant instructor, if
nothing else. 
Plus you get fit, tone up and kick start your
metabolism.  I definitely need this, as
my metabolism has been dormant since November.
Again, I’d be terrified to do this, but it would sure make
for an alternative, unforgettable Valentine’s Day.  
So think outside of the box this year, flowers will never be
the same again.    

For Valentine’s gift ideas for him, see my roundup here.

For Valentine’s gift ideas for her (i.e. YOU), click here

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