Recessionista romance

Various experts are once again suggesting that we’re in for a double-dip recession. Oh joy. Even if that does not come to pass, we still have the VAT rise to contend with, and job uncertainty and many other undelightful things to keep in mind.

With all of this going on, do we still have time for romance? (Hell yes, I do – but it’s not something I’m putting on my credit card.)

Valentine’s day is looming, so maybe now’s a good time to think about a few romantic gifts before the sales finish and the rush begins. First of all, it’s the thought that counts, so maybe aim for small and thoughtful presents rather than something flashy and overpriced.

To start with, let’s have a quick look at those old stand-bys, perfume and after-shave. Unless you live near a big discount chemist then you’re probably going to find the best bargains online right now.

Have a trawl though any of the following:

You might also be able to save some money by hunting down discount codes or using a cashback website. I usually have the best luck with HotUKDeals.

Beware of extra cheap deals on eBay and Amazon marketplace, as there’s a big risk of getting fobbed off with counterfeit goods. Pay the extra with an established, legitimate retailer, or go back to the drawing board and think of a cheaper type of present.

Some people buy unboxed (unused) testers to give as gifts, but I’m not sure that goes down well with every giftee. I’m happy to buy those for personal use, but I wouldn’t dream of making a special gift out of something that, say, didn’t have a lid. If in doubt, err on the side of caution and buy something boxed.

If you don’t know what fragrance to buy for your loved one, get them a new bottle of something they already wear or look for similar scents using a comprehensive fragrance review site such as Basenotes.

Do you have any tips of your own for romantic, not-too-expensive gifts?

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