What to buy for Valentine's Day

Stuck for a way to impress on St Valentine's Day? Here are a few ideas to give you inspiration

St Valentine's Day is a day for old softies to indulge themselves in hearts and flowers and for those who aren't big on romantic gestures to make just one exception and show they care.

If a girl says she's 'not bothered' about February 14th,  she's likely to be telling porkies. Of course she wants everything: flowers, chocolates, a night out a weekend away, sparkling jewellery, the whole nine yards, so ignore what she says and buy her some pretty lingerie, her favourite fragrance or a trip to Paris.

To be fair, most men will oblige and some will even excel themselves, while others will be scratching their heads and coming out in a cold sweat for fear of getting their token of love and affection totally wrong.

And for girls it's even harder. What do you get the man with everything - i.e you, of course.

Here are some ideas to get your head around

A little something from MulberryHow could you not fall madly in love with the man who indulged your impeccable good taste with a little something from Mulberry’s oh so romantic Spring / Summer 2011 range? One of the new collection bags in this year’s must-have white or pretty pastels or a piece of delicious Mulberry jewellery should gladden the heart of any beloved. Tel: 0161 839 3333Dinner at the Black Swan MacclesfieldSuch a romantic place to join hands across a table, the Black Swan is a wonderful, welcoming country pub in the middle of Cheshire’s farmlands, that’s also chic and arty. There’s a superb menu of fresh traditional dishes like beer battered cod and steak and ale pie, well-chosen wines and a welcoming atmosphere. Tel: 01477 571 602.Indulge his fantasies at Oxford AviationOxford Aviation offers a gift to remember, the chance to pilot your very own commercial aircraft in a �10m professional aircraft simulator used by real pilots in training. Based at Woodford Aerodrome the price is �299, for one hour. Contact: 0161 955 4058.Take time out for each other at Hoarcross Hall Luxury SpaThe stunning stately home backdrop of Hoarcross Hall is the ultimate romantic setting for a spa break for the two of you. Relax in each other’s company being pampered, playing golf or a swim, followed by a drink at the champagne bar and dinner in the delightful Plantation Restaurant. Call 01283 575 671 for details of packages and gift vouchers.Take the trip of a lifetimeThere’s nothing like a beautiful beach and sunshine sparkling on water to get you in the mood for love, so make Prestbury Travel your first port of call on the trip of a lifetime for you and your beloved. The Maldives, Bahamas and the Caribbean are some of the hottest destinations for romance and Prestbury travel has the expertise to find you the perfect trip.Tel:  01625 855853.

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Love over lunch at Abbeywood EstateLet love blossom on a romantic country walk, followed by a scrumptious lunch at the Abbeywood Estate.  Abbeywood’s cafe is such a tranquil place to relax over fine fresh produce and a glass of wine and if you want the ultimate romantic hideaway you can book into one of the self catering cottages on this gorgeous 45-acre Cheshire estate. Tel: 01606 889 477.

Sparkle out at Randalls jewellersSt Valentine’s is all about giving gifts with meaning so pretty Pandora baubles are perfect for Valentine’s as each one is meant to represent a memorable time in your life. Randalls in Altrincham has a wonderful selection of Valentines charms and rings to choose from, as well as a host of sparkling gift ideas from ranges such as Ti Sento. Tel: 0161 929 7585.

Find the recipe for loveCupcakes for St Valentine’s Day are the yummiest way to say I Love You. And the Dish Ran away With the Spoon is cooking up the recipe for love with specially baked, iced and had decorated cupcakes alongside the brownies and slices  they serve up with loving care at their lovely shop and tearoom in West Didsbury. Tel: 0161 637 5517 for more information.

Home is where the heart isCelebrate St Valentine’s Day within the stylish surroundings of Home in Little Bollington. The venue has a special sharing menu specially created for the occasion at the usual prices and say they’ll be carrying this policy through to other special times too - including Christmas.  Tel: 01565 830018

Join the Jeffersons Jet setFor a unique and special celebration, nothing beats the thrill of being whisked away in a private jet for a taste of unparalleled luxury and indulgence. Sweep your loved one off their feet with a trip they will never forget this Valentine’s Day www.jeffersons.com Tel: 0208 746 2496