BY | February 11, 2014

Everyone wants to get more than what he or she usually deserves on any given day. So this is no surprise that men too want more than just good wishes on Valentine’s day. This is a day when men across the world want to show their love to the special one.

There is no doubt that many men go to any extent to make their love and flame happiest on this day and they are ready to go to any length to do it. To be true this day comes only once in a year and to attract that special one and to prove to her that they care for her, they are even ready to sacrifice a lot. From taking her to an exotic location and pampering her with the choicest of gifts to getting her the best jewellery that the money can buy to making it sure that nothing actually sends a negative signal to her.

But there are reports that the men too have become a lot demanding in recent years, even more demanding than the women. This seems really strange but we have to believe the finding of a latest survey. A latest survey conducted by Chase Card Services suggests that men have become more demanding on this occasion than the women. The 2014 Chase Blueprint Valentine’s Day Survey says that men expected more expensive gifts from their ladies than the other way round. It says that men on average look forward to gifts worth around $230 compared to women who seek gifts worth merely $196.

Gift ideas
There is nothing better than an element of surprise when it comes to valentines day. Some of the nicest Valentine’s gestures are the unexpected ones. Like the guy who arranged with his girlfriend’s flatmates to come around really early on the 14th to cook her a surprise breakfast. Or the boyfriend that turned up unexpectedly in Cornwall, all the way from France. Whether it be cooking a meal, making something or dressing a space beautifully, try and keep it secret.

Spice up your home and living space. It’s all about atmosphere. If you’re not going to whisk your partner away on a romantic break, why not add some nice touches around your own home? It might be the oldest cliché in the book, but there is something special about soft candlelight, isn’t there?

Preparing your own cookies and biscuits for him or her. Even if you’re not a domestic god(ess), you can guarantee that someone will appreciate your efforts in the kitchen more than if you just pop to the shop. Have a go at making these heart-shaped biscuits, then presenting them in this sweet little gift box. We’ve road-tested these instructions in the team – and anyone can do it!

Try to gift him or her a heart that you have especially made for her or him. If you’ve got the time, try making one yourself out of wire or willow, then decorate it with foliage and ribbon. One member of our team was given one by her fella, which he’d made out of scented rosemary stems.

There is nothing better gift than some beautiful flowers, nicely packed. People having been giving flowers as Valentine’s gifts since the 15th-century – so there must be something in it! The Eden flowers we’ve chosen are seasonal, British flowers, so you know you’re treading lightly on the Earth when you give these.

Then there is even a better idea. But for it you will have to begin much more earlier. Or how about giving flower seeds? They’re a good-value, long-lasting Valentine’s gift. You could simply choose a gorgeous selection of seeds that’ll bloom throughout the year, you could plant them in a pot, or you could give this quirky ‘love bomb’ which – when thrown – will transform a patch of bare land into a sea of wild flowers.

Then there is some great option in mix and match too for both of you. You can have fun putting it all together, too, in a nice bag or container. You might like this special gift bag service from our webshop: you choose the gifts online, then we pop them into an Eden jute bag, tie it all up with red ribbon and a tag (with a personal message from you). We can even post it straight to your Valentine!

Then there is another great idea of giving him or her a great experience. People are much more likely to remember an experience than a gift. Rather than going for the typical restaurant experience on the 14th (surrounded by other couples doing exactly the same thing), choose something a bit different. Like our intimate Chocolate and Chilli Tour for two, during which you get to taste these sensual ingredients in our Biomes, or our Become a Gardener for a Day present, which lets one lucky person spend a day with our world-famous gardening team.

Great quotes

My bounty is as boundless as the sea, My love as deep; the more I give to thee, The more I have, for both are infinite.
William Shakespeare

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Young love is a flame; very pretty, often very hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. The love of the older and disciplined heart is as coals, deep-burning, unquenchable.
Henry Ward Beecher

Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.
Anais Nin

Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward in the same direction.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Love has no desire but to fulfill itself. But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires; To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night. To know the pain of too much tenderness. To be wounded by your own understanding of love; And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
Kahlil Gibran

Most people are slow to champion love because they fear the transformation it brings into their lives. And make no mistake about it: love does take over and transform the schemes and operations of our egos in a very mighty way.

If I say your voice is an amber waterfall in which I yearn to burn each day, if you eat my mouth like a mystical rose with powers of healing and damnation, If I confess that your body is the only civilization I long to experience… would it mean that we are close to knowing something about love?
“If my Valentine you won’t be,
I’ll hang myself on your Christmas tree.”
Ernest Hemingway


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