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Love is ... the Perfect Gift

Updated on July 9, 2015
Plan the perfect gift of love
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A book of love - the perfect gift

I love really personal gifts. Don't you too? This idea is perfect for your partner, or any loved one. Forget gas station flowers, the usual chocolates or the tacky joke underwear. Show your style - and the way you feel - by giving the beautiful book that is featured below.

Taking his images from nature, photographer Andy Royston shows that love is all around us.

Write your own messages in this book to truly personalize it. Use the book as your 'love passport'. Every time you enjoy a romantic occasion together, choose a page and write the date and what you did that was particularly romantic and a milestone on your relationship. You'll have something to look back on forever - a diary of your most precious moments together.

Scroll down to learn how to plan the perfect romantic evening.

Sneak peek - Here are a few pages from the book - enjoy!

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A romantic picnic

Sure, going out to a restaurant for dinner to celebrate your love is great - but it's so public. Even the most intimate restaurant won't give you the privacy you'd like. The answer is to take your loved one for a romantic picnic.

You'll need:

  • A suitable basket to carry everything you need. Choose a container that is large enough to hold everything you will need. If it's insulated, that's so much the better as it will keep your champagne or wine at the right temperature.
  • For food, go along to your local deli or gourmet food store. Tell them that you're planning a romantic meal al fresco and ask them what they suggest. When you've decided on your list, arrange to collect it on the afternoon of your romantic evening.
  • Choose simple finger-food to avoid fuss. Strawberries, cheese, fruits, crackers, chocolate ... your local gourmet store will advise you. This way, you won't have to bother with too much clutter in your basket.
  • Don't forget music! Be sure that you have suitably romantic tunes. Remember, you may want to dance under the moonlight ... won't that be lovely?
  • A holder so that your wine glasses and your bottle of wine will be safe from spills.
  • A simple bud vase holding a single rose.
  • A blanket and tablecloth to put on the ground - plus a cozy, snuggly blanket just in case the evening gets chilly...
  • The Love Is book to give as your loved one. Decide with him or her which page you are going to use as your 'love passport' for this special evening.

Some products to help you plan your romantic event

For a birthday, an anniversary, for Valentine's Day, for popping a certain question or 'just because'; a meal al fresco makes the perfect romantic evening.

Below, see a selection of products that provide just what you need for that perfect evening.

Organization with baskets

Stylish baskets and containers will be used over and over again. They are lovely to give to others or a great item to purchase for yourself and the family.

Picnic Time Vino Picnic Basket with Wine and Cheese Service for Two, Pine Green
Picnic Time Vino Picnic Basket with Wine and Cheese Service for Two, Pine Green

What could be better than a custom picnic basket? Enjoy your romantic meal in style.

 

Lovely to give or receive

These baskets are always popular .. The variety available on the internet is huge and there are many choices that are suitable for any occasion. (Or why not treat yourself?) They are suitable for all ages too.

For eating al fresco

There are several small touches that will help your romantic meal be a huge success. I suggest a wine bottle and glasses holder - no-one wants to spill wine after all!

The battery operated candles are perfect for outdoors. They'll give a lovely romantic glow and you won't have to worry about the breeze blowing them out.

Fun!

Make the most of your special day or evening.If you'd like to prepare meals for two in your own kitchen, the books below will give you plenty of ideas and inspiration.

© 2013 Jackie Jackson

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      A gift of romance truly is one of the sweetest gifts that can be given. Speaking of romance I am just waiting for my sweetie to come home from the dentist.

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      topbuilderlist 4 years ago

      great romantic way of love and affection.

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      Carol Brooks 4 years ago from Florida

      What lovely ideas! Tres romantique.

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      Socialpro54 LM 4 years ago

      There's romance in the air :-)

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      aleesya_aqilah 4 years ago

      romantic lens

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @anonymous: Thank you so much, Dave! It's a lovely inexpensive idea too - memories don't cost anything but last forever.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Britflorida, this is a lovely page. Your idea of writing messages in Royston's book and using the book as a 'love passport' is so romantic.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Erin Mellor: Hi Erin, that's a lovely idea and you are SO right. I think it's that togetherness and special feeling that makes them such a success. I know that I remember every single time I've picnicked! I even remember them from when I was a kid and that's a VERY long time ago!

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      Erin Mellor 4 years ago from Europe

      Picnics are great for a romantic meal, they have a wonderful feeling of being a secret between the two of you, even if you have them in your own garden after the kids are asleep!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @nicks44: Thank you!

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      nicks44 4 years ago

      I have to just simply emphasize that which you have said ... Love truly is the perfect gift, no matter what! And yes and ... Hello! :)

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      nicey 4 years ago

      A sweet lens.

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      ivanjones 4 years ago

      it is nice

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @SteveKaye: Thank you so much Steve, for reading. It was a pleasure to write.

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      Beautiful thoughts. Thank you for publishing this lens.

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      arditayu 4 years ago

      love is the grace of GOD

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wonderful!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @yonique88: Thank you so much!

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      yonique88 4 years ago

      Wow! There are very beautiful and romantic ideas on this lens. Thanks so much for sharing.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @anonymous: Thank you!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Beautiful!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @MythYes: That's so sweet of you - thank you :)

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      MythYes 4 years ago

      First you helped me with my lens and now I can use your advices to impress my love :)

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @MiaMusement: But you knew what I meant :)

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      MiaMusement 4 years ago

      Haha... "gas station flowers"... that's a new one for me!

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      FashionMommy 4 years ago

      Nice lens. Love is in the air!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @RuralFloridaLiving: Thank you very much for reading and commenting.

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      RuralFloridaLiving 4 years ago

      I agree. Love is the perfect gift...but you've also showcased some other nice ideas!