Single or not, Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to treat yourself. Even if you’re not in a relationship, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t receive gifts – Valentine’s Day is the day where you show appreciation for the most important person in your life and in all honesty, this person should be YOU.

There may be a lot of pink involved (hey, who doesn’t like overly feminine fluffy pink heels? Oh, okay, so not everyone likes them, but this is my wish list at the end of the day), but I’ve still compiled a small wish list/guide of some things you can buy for yourself (or hint at your other half to buy) as a treat this Saint Valentine’s Day.

Who said you had to rely on cupid to do all the dirty work for you?!

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ONE | VICTORIA’S SECRET WICKED UNLINED UPLIFT BRA, £38.89
This beautiful beautiful bra from Victoria’s Secret is exactly the kind of subtle but luxurious thing to treat yourself with. Even if no one will see it, the pink ivory design with velvet is what dreams are made of. I don’t know about you, but if I’d be wearing this out in public I’d pair it with jeans and a really soft oversized jumper for the ultimate feminine feels.

TWO | H&M’S SANDALS WITH FEATHERS, £34.99
Unpractical? Sure. But who says waltzing around the house in these pretty fluffy heels in just your underwear (or maybe a matching silk kimono) won’t make you feel like a million dollars this Valentine’s Day? If you are in a relationship, complete the look with lashings of mascara to create vintage lashes and a plump red lip. If you’re single? Do it anyway. We’re women. We don’t dress up or wear make-up for men. Single or not, these heels will certainly make you appreciate yourself (and feel feminine and sexy).

THREE | MISS DIOR EAU DE PARFUM, FROM £52.00
I’m not one who’s big on perfume, but I found a tester of this in the new issue of Cosmo and was impressed – especially since the design of the tester resembled the way you spray perfume (very smart advertising). This fresh rose-like scent (can you tell I’m not very good at describing the scent of things?) is really rather feminine without being too overbearing, and is perfect for this time of year as we transition from winter to spring.

FOUR | LIME CRIME’S M$LF VELVETINES SET, £24.47
Lime Crime is a brand that’s been on my radar for a while now, not least because they’re a) entirely on brand right now and b) entirely vegan too, so I’ve just been looking for an excuse to treat myself to something Lime Crime. This cute – and somewhat edgy – set of lipsticks includes four neutral shades, perfect for ‘a modern woman on-the-go’. Oh, and M$LF stands for Moms I’d Like to Follow – now I’m no mother, but I can understand the hard work that goes into raising a child, so if buying this set is showing my support for hard working mum’s everywhere than that’s certainly an excuse to drop money on this. And if nude colours aren’t your thing? You can mix and match with other shades too.

FIVE | LUSH’S WHOLE LOTTA LOVE BUBBEROON, £4.75
It’s a bubble bar. It’s designed like a heart. It’s Lush. What more do I need to say?!

SIX | SOPHIE KINSELLA’S SURPRISE ME, £7.03
And finally, there’s no better treat than a good book. Paired well with a bubble bath (and Lush’s Whole Lotta Love Bubberoon!), make sure to take time for yourself this Valentine’s Day and get lost in a good book. Surprise Me tells the story of happily married Sylvie and Dan who panic when they realize just how long they’ve got left in their happy marriage; sixty eight years to be exact. To keep their relationship fresh and spontaneous, they decide to create little surprise for one another. But of course, life isn’t that simple and soon enough a scandal from the past is uncovered…

If you’re single and dreading Valentine’s Day this year, or even if you’re in a relationship but you’re other half isn’t great at buying gifts, without a doubt take note of this wish list. From a plush velvet bra to a book you won’t be able to put down, take the matter into your own hands make sure you get at least one thing you want this Saint Valentine’s Day.

What do you think? Will you be treating yourself to anything from this list? Let me know!

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It’s been recently decided (as in, yesterday afternoon) that we’ll be doing Secret Santa at work. I’m petrified as much as I am excited. I DON’T KNOW THESE PEOPLE. They’re not going to understand my crude and odd sense of humour. And the cap is £7, so my usual go-to Secret Santa gift of Seamonkeys is out of the question…
So when all else fails, I always turn to stupid humour. Here’s what I’m eyeing up to include for my Secret Santa/Stocking fillers this year…
FOR THE GUYS

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POLYSTYRENE GLIDER
Everyone has fond memories of these as a child and me especially. Who wouldn’t have fun playing around with one of these? And can you imagine the fun havoc that can be created in the office with one of these badboys?!
BEARD BAUBLES
For the bearded man in your life and/or office, the fabulous Beard Baubles. Yes, glitter beards are now a new trend too, but hey, you can buy glitter anywhere…
WALLET NINJA
I’ve heard of these things before and think they’re beyond cool, as well as actually USEFUL. The wallet ninja is a bottle opener, can opener, phone stand and even a ruler all in one. And it’s also some other cool stuff. Totally guaranteed to be one of very few stocking fillers that will actually come in handy.
FOR THE GIRLS
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CHALK MUG
This sweet chalk mug is a great gift because a) everyone loves tea and b) it can also be quite sentimental. It’s cool because whoever receives it can doodle on it to their hearts content, but you can also decorate or deface it yourself before giving them the gift. You can write how much you love someone, or call them a loser (which is my endearing term of choice) or anything you want!
FLOWER GARLAND CRAFT KIT
Get ready for all those upcoming festivals with a do-it-yourself flower garland kit. Flower garlands can be overly expensive and, well, over the top too, despite being a really cool trend. With this kit you can make your own personalized garland, as subtle or as over the top as you like.
FAUX FUR POM POM BAG CHARM
I mean, yeah. It’s just a faux fur tassel to add to a bag. But it’s still beyond cute and stylish and a total necessity for any bag…
AND THE DAMN RIGHT WEIRD…

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HANDICORN
OMG. A UNICORN. YOU CAN MAKE WITH YOUR HAND. GIMME NOW. I can already think of at least three people I know who would totally dig this.
SLANGUAGE
Okay so the weirdest thing about this gift is the name but it’s kind of quirky and also educational too, so win-win.
GIANT STD’S
It’s a giant STD! Who doesn’t want a giant STD – or any form of STD for that matter?! Chlamydia, Crabs, Herpes, Syphilis and The Clap are all obtainable in adorable cuddly critter form here. Collect them all to become a true STD master…

So here’s just nine stocking fillers – all under £10 – for (almost) everyone in your life, from the weird to the wonderful.

What stocking fillers do you usually give out at Christmas? Let me know with a comment!

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