Happy Valentine’s Day, Handsome!
Now, my husband hates Valentine’s Day. He also hates Christmas, and Easter, and birthdays, and any other celebration which commerce can make a profit from. Which is why, when these holidays come around I try to celebrate with cheap and cheerful presents.
This year was a bag of Gold Gummy Bears! If you had any idea how hard it is to find Gummy Bears in Kuwait, you’d be totally impressed. And look, he ate them all, so it clearly went down well!
I did have a special plan to use icing sugar and stick them onto a heart cut out from gold card, but unfortunately I have been confined to our bed for the time being, so I was unable to go down to the kitchen to get the necessary equipment. And besides, Marc isn’t a fan of icing like I am, so I’m sure he would have hated it!
But the point is, cheap can be cheerful!
For our first Valentine’s Day apart (he went to Andorra to ski with his kids), I made him a card using a piece of spinnaker ribbon (which had been used to tie the sails we ordered for Gambit) to bind it. Inside was a story I had written to keep him amused during the lonely nights. That was many years ago now, and he still keeps the card in his bottom drawer (It wasn’t a very good story, but he still enjoys reading it)!
The most expensive Valentine’s present we ever indulged in? Well, it wasn’t actually intended as a Valentine’s Day gift, but it so happened that we finished rebuilding our first ever yacht together in February, and were ready to launch on Valentine’s Day, which happened to be a Thursday that year! Even the sails arrived the night before the big day! That was the most amazing coincidence, and we have since regarded that day as our biggest, reddest Valentine’s present ever!!!