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STUCK for what to buy your Valentine next Thursday?
You can show the apple of your eye how much you care - whatever your budget.
Feature writer KAREN HAMBRIDGE has some ideas to inject a little romance into your life.
GET romantic with your loved one with a Rasul Experience for two (right). It's a bit like a cross between a mudpack and a steam bath but you get to do it together and rub different coloured medicinal muds on to one another.
Or why not go back in time and experience a remote and romantic two-night Teepee Break for two (top right). Whisk your partner away to the Welsh valleys for an alternative but cosy weekend in a teepee fully equipped with sheepskin rugs, double bed and cooking facilities.
Red Letter Days is donating pounds 2 to the British Heart Foundation's Valentine Appeal for every experience purchased up until February 14.
Visit www.redletterdays.co.uk for more information on these experiences which cost pounds 99 and pounds 399 respectively.
QUIRKY LOVE TOKENS
HOW about some sweet love hearts - just like the sweets - in sterling silver (above right)? Check out www.crazyaboutgadegets.com where the replica love hearts are pounds 24.95 - sure to prove a hit.
You could also opt for an iWallet digital photo album (pounds 44.95), a smart black leather wallet (right) with a 16mb digital photo viewer to hold pictures of your loved one. You can also record a message to accompany each picture and set the wallet to play a slideshow.
SCENTS TO SEDUCE
FRAGRANCE is a top gift for Valentine's Day but what if you make a perfume faux pas? It's easy to buy something you like or something you think your partner might like and end up making a huge mistake.
So the Perfume Shop has come up with a solution - the Vivabox (above), for pounds 29.99. It contains 10 samples of the best-selling and current scents plus a voucher which can be redeemed at the store for a full-size bottle of the recipient's favourite. Available at Perfume
Shop stores and online at these sites: www.vivaboxes.com, www.redletterdays.co.uk, www.thanksdarling.com, www.daystoamaze.co.uk
IT CAN be hard on chaps over Valentine's. The pressure's on to purchase that perfect present or organise the most romantic experience and sometimes they end up with nothing in return. So why not treat your man with some pants - and not just any old pants, sexy Red Torpedo pants which come packaged in a tin and has a free CD of new music with every pair (above)? Check out www.redtorpedo.com for details and to buy with prices from pounds 11 for a single tin.
SNAPFISH may have the answer for a unique Valentine card (right) for your loved one or a special keepsake gift. From as little as pounds 1.99 you can create something personalised from a card with your photo on it to a photo book, teddy bear, photo mug or collage poster. Log on to www.snapfish.co.uk to personalise a photo gift for your Valentine.
FOR those with extravagant tastes and a big wallet there's nothing like a romantic get-away to melt the heart of the one you love. And what better way to show you care than whisk your loved one away to the magical, romantic isle of St Lucia?
Staying at the Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort (above) you can book a luxury 'duet massage' and learn the art of massage together at the resort's Serenity Spa.
You'll need to save up though - prices start from a cool pounds 1,079 per person, per week, room-only, with the massage costing about pounds 70 for an hour. Visit www.virginholidays.com or phone 0844 5573 859 for details.
GIVE your loved one something to cuddle when you're not there - a small token of your love. Marks & Spencer has these cute Love Bugs and Love God (top) toys (pounds 5 each). How about a teddy bear and chocolates (pounds 8) - surely a winning combination (above)! Available from Debenhams.
LET'S face it, you can never go wrong with a box of chocolates. This lovely pink heart-shaped box (below left) is from Thorntons (pounds 10) or how about a Milk Love Slab (pounds 13) from Hotel Chocolate (bottom) which has a store in Solihull. And if you really want to make a romantic night in, invest in a Chocolate Fondue Fountain (below right) (pounds 24.99) Woolworths and stock up on marshmellows and strawberries for a fun evening.