As Valentine's Day is largely pointless, since flowers die, chocolate is bad for you and teddy bears are irritating items you'll eventually need to find hiding places for, perhaps it's time to update this tired tradition to make it more meaningful in the real world of the 21st Century. To get your creative juices flowing, here are a few suggestions designed to retain their lustre come Sunday morning...
You will most likely plan to dash out when they're preoccupied with something else in order to lovingly surprise them with your thoughtful gift but by the time that moment comes it will be 20 minutes until the shops shut and you will be at least 30 minutes away from them anyway.
As far as I'm concerned, every day should be a love day when it comes to how you relate to your child, who should never doubt that you love them. But that is not the same love I have for her mother, and I want our daughter to understand there's a difference.
Valentine's Day started, of course, to commemorate the occasion in 346AD when a valentine was crucified on a heart-shaped Thorntons milk tray. Ever since in the lead up to Valentine's Day people desperately seek a date to prove they're not fundamentally unloveable, these days often using dating apps like Tinder, OK Cupid and LinkedIn.
Now the train-tracks and copper-dyed hair (thank you, Sun-in) have gone, my luck has improved, but my feelings for holiday have not. Even in a relationship, I feel there's an impending sense of disappointment. This Valentine's I've created a fool-proof list of non-cliché things to do for both singles and lovers...so you won't have to suffer the same pain.
The inner-critic can escalate a small slip-up such as eating one chocolate biscuit to be a justification for wolfing the entire packet, or delaying the healthy eating plan "until next Monday". The worst part of hearing this voice is that we generally believe every word it tells us.
Unlike online dating sites, dating apps appeal to a new generation of online daters because of their simplicity and ability to link with other social networks to generate automatic profiles for their users. But despite the ease of downloading these applications, do we consider the risk of using such applications on our personal data?
If you're planning to celebrate Valentine's Day with a proposal, you might want to start thinking about honeymoon destinations. Of course you could take the easy option and suggest a beach break in Florida or the Bahamas. But here are 10 more exciting options that will put some added spark into the start of your married life.
Dear Minister, no that's too formal. Mr Eustice - oh darn it ... My dearest George, We've never met but I've seen you from afar in the big House and ...
The sad and rather ironic fact is there is always an increase in break-ups around Valentines Day. At a time when many couples are planning a romantic evening, buying each other cards and celebrating their love it seems strange that this is a peak time for splits.
Cupid's arrow is clearly striking at our heart (and purse) strings. So, where did it all come from? How are we spending our money, and who is buying what, and where? While some of the behaviour and images associated with Valentine's Day might be fairly predictable, some of the facts might surprise you.
The good news is that there is a more effective way to get things sorted and help you quickly move on to the next stage of your lives. It's called family mediation. And it's not only more effective, but also usually much quicker, cheaper and less stressful.
I personally love Valentine's Day, all of the fun with none of the pressure. It really doesn't matter what gift you buy for your loved one, or how much it cost, just that you spared a thought to get something you know they'd like! Well I have put together 11 rather fabulous gift ideas for him and for her to help you on your way to a lovely Valentine's Day together.
Valentine's Day is creeping up on us again but don't worry, I've got your back this year. Obviously I wouldn't be naive enough to suggest that I personally know what the opposite sex want this Valentine's Day, so I've called in some of our Dapper Chapper ladies to write-up a wish list.
The raw materials used to make some of our most precious possessions are too often shrouded in secrecy. Gold, silver and precious gemstones can have a very murky past (think 'Blood Diamonds' and slave-labour mines), which is why provenance is all the more important here than in any other areas of the luxury goods market.
Loving kindness is infectious, a selfless kind of love. It doesn't cost you a penny. All you need is love, said The Beatles. They were right and you already have it. Send it to everyone, to people or animals, to those in pain, hunger, solitude.