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Valentine's Day 2015

Last updated: 12 Feb 2015
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From cards to flowers, chocolates to perfume and even a few surprises in between, our Valentine’s Day page will give you plenty of gift ideas for him and her and let you know the best ways to bag a romantic bargain.

Remember, while it's romantic, don't be forced into an over-commercialised day. Here are our deals, including a free card and £10 champers. Even better, ditch pricey prezzies and use our DIY Valentine's Gift Cheques.

Shops change policies regularly, so please report any issue - and remember items can be cheaper elsewhere even after the discount (compare prices). See our tips for safer shopping.

A dozen red roses in-store

A dozen red roses couriered


Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without flowers. Unfortunately, this hasn’t escaped the attention of flower retailers, who are reluctant to offer big discounts. They know people will happily pay full price rather than risk disappointing their loved one.

Thankfully, we've still managed to find the best offers and lowest prices on couriered and delivered flowers, including the timeless classic – a dozen red roses.


WARNING! In past years, some big firms’ Valentine’s Day deliveries have gone wrong. Hopefully it won’t happen but there’s always a risk. Consider that before buying.


Valentine's cards


Card retailers cash in as Valentine’s Day approaches, which means deals are scarce. We’ve listed a couple of offers below, but if it’s the personalised touch you’re after, you could just make your own with a bit of card, a photo and a stamp. See Free Photo Print Deals.


Valentine's gifts


Valentine’s gifts aren't always about how much you’ve spent - rather, it's how much thought you’ve put into your present. We’ve a selection of offers for lingerie, Valentine's bundles and more.


FREE personalised gift cheques


Pledge to do something nice (or naughty). Thoughtfulness melts the heart far more than a pricey prezzie. Promise your loved one a massage (nudge, nudge), brekkie in bed or dinner by printing our Free Valentine's gift cheques.


Cheap perfume/aftershave

It's the bog-standard last-ditch "oops, need a Valentine's gift" present - but actually, you need to act early to grab intoxicating deals.

Order it now at a fraction of the price while you still can. Supermarkets tend to undercut the high street, but the web usually beats both. For a quick hit, we've built the MegaShopBot which searches all the big retailers and perfume comparisons. Our Cheap Perfumes guide has more help.

Also, use our specially-created 60%+ off fragrances* link from our Amazon Hidden Discount Finder.


ValentineCheap perfume dealsIncl discount codes and sales

Ongoing

Fancy perfume's a lovely thing, but it doesn't come cheap. So rather than splash all that cash, there's loads of smell-a-likes that cost a fraction of the cost of fancy designer brands, but smell the same.

But if you do want a designer perfume, here's a round-up of the best discount codes and sales around. Make sure you check the perfume can be delivered in time for Valentine's Day. 

Discount codes

  • The Fragrance Shop
    Go to VoucherCodes* to get a 15% off code for The Fragrance Shop in store and online until Fri 13 Feb. Check out the Ts and Cs as exclusions apply.

  • Half Price Perfumes

    You can only use one of these codes per transaction online at Half Price Perfumes*:

    -Enter the code NEW15 to get 15% off fragrances for new customers only (ongoing offer).
    -Enter the code hpp10off to get 10% off £10+ spend until Mon 9 Mar.
    -Enter the code 80plus to get £10 off £80+ spend until Wed 1 Apr.

  • Debenhams
    Go to VoucherCodes* to get a free delivery code on Debenhams beauty orders (including fragrances). Delivery's usually £3.99 if you spend under £30.

  • Fragrance Direct
    Go to VoucherCodes* to get a 5% off code for Fragrance Direct until Sun 15 Feb. Or enter the code FREEDEL40 online at Fragrance Direct* to get free standard delivery (usually £1.99) if you spend £40 or more (ongoing offer).

  • Boots
    Enter the code VDFR50 online at Boots* to get £5 off £50+ spend until Sun 15 Feb - you must be logged in to your Boots online account* (or if you're new register for free) to use the code and it may not work with other offers.

Sales

  • Boots & Superdrug
    Go to Boots* or Superdrug* in store and online and you'll find up to 50% off a limited range of fragrances.

  • Debenhams
    Debenhams* is not usually the cheapest place to buy fragrances, but it does currently have fragrances and gift sets with up to 50% off.

  • Amazon
    Amazon* has up to 60% off fragrances for men and women. It can often be the cheapest place for perfumes, but double-check you're getting the cheapest deal. 

  • M&S
    Get 20% off selected fragrances at M&S* online and in selected stores until Sat 14 Feb.

WARNING: Things can always go wrong with deliveries for Valentine's. There's always a chance they won't be delivered in time, so consider the risk.

Cheap champagne


Champagne retailers usually reduce prices twice a year – at Christmas and around Valentine’s Day, so now’s a great time to stock up on bubbly. Here are some of the best bargains we found, including discounts on well-known brands at Asda and Tesco.

Check out the MSE Cheap Champagne page for the full list of deals.


Aldi logo£10 Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut In store only at Aldi

Ongoing

Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut is currently £9.99 a bottle at Aldi. Usually this bottle costs £11.99, but it often drops down to £9.99. We'll update you here if it goes back up.

Please be Drinkaware.

Valentine's Day restaurant vouchers/deals


If you fancy some tender loins (steady!), then you could head out to a restaurant on Valentine’s Day. However, you'll be cosying up with other couples and it’s likely you’ll pay much more for the pleasure.

Harvester logoHarvester meal deal £10No voucher required, just walk in

Every day

Simply walk into a Harvester any day of the week and you’ll get a selected main, unlimited salad and soft drink, plus a Sunday Best sundae for £9.99.

The unlimited salad is usually free when you buy a main meal but with some of the mains hitting £9 alone, you can save up to £5 with this offer.

Choose between six mains, plus a tea or coffee, or unlimited soft drink. If you fancy something stronger, you can get a pint of Carling or Strongbow or 175ml glass of Vinewood wine (usually around £3) for £1 extra.

Kids can also get in on the action for £5. It includes any children's main meal, unlimited salad and a kids' Sundae Best ice-cream, saving you around 30p - 70p. 

More info

Can't be used with any other offers. 

Miller & Carter logoMiller & Carter 'free' glass of wineWhen you buy a main. New sign-ups to newsletter only

Mon-Sun

Sign up free to the Miller & Carter newsletter and get a voucher for a ‘free’ 175ml glass of house wine (usually £3.50ish) when you buy an adult main meal (from the main menu) until Fri 19 Jun. 

If you don't fancy wine, you can get a regular draught Pepsi, Diet Pepsi or lemonade soft drink instead.

You can print the voucher or show it on your smartphone. It's newbies only, so if you've already signed up, you'll have to sit this one out. 

More info

Valid at the restaurant you choose when registering only. Excludes Cramond Brig (Edinburgh) branch. 

One voucher needed per person and can't be used with other offers or vouchers. Please be Drinkaware. Must be 18 or older. 

Toby Carvery logoToby Carvery 'free' ice cream with mainVoucher gets you £2.79 dessert for nowt

Mon-Sat

Register with Toby Carvery and get a voucher for a free dairy ice cream (usually £2.79) when an adult orders an adult main (£8ish). A child can also get the offer, but they must order a children's main meal and they will get a child portion ice cream. 

You can print the voucher or show it on your smartphone. The voucher's good for up to six people, and it's valid at all restaurants Mon-Sat for four weeks after you register your voucher. This is an ongoing promotion.  

More info

Can't be used with any other offer or set menu. Excludes bank holidays. 

Valentine's dine-in deals


They say the way to a man's (or woman's) heart is through their stomach. Yet there’s no need to slave over a hot stove for hours.

Best of all, bung the packaging in the bin and pretend you cooked it all from scratch.


Restaurant deals valid around Valentine's Day


A grand gesture on Valentine’s Day is sweet and romantic. But what about the other 364 days of the year?

Prices are often hiked up on Valentine's Day itself, so by avoiding it and going out on a different day, you can get better deals.


PizzaExpress logoPizzaExpress 25% off food billValid all day Mon-Thu and after 5pm Sun

Sun-Thu

Register with PizzaExpress to get a voucher for 25% off your food bill between Mon-Thu and after 5pm Sun, until Sun 8 Mar. One voucher's enough for the whole table and you can either print it or show on your smartphone.

It includes takeaway orders, but not those made online. Be aware, there are a lot of excluded restaurants - see more info below.

It's valid on the Piccolo menu but excludes Calzone pizzas.  

More info

Cannot be used with any set menu (including the Express Lunch and takeaway set menus) or other offers (including Tesco vouchers/codes, Nectar, NUS extra and Tastecard).  Excludes upgrades and extra toppings. 

It’s valid at the restaurant you choose when registering, though it excludes these London restaurants: Brent Cross Shopping Centre, Stratford Westfield and Olympia. Plus it excludes the Ashford McArthur Glen (Kent) branch. 

Also excludes Fulham, Twickenham, Baker Street, Wembley and the O2 when sports or entertainment events are on. 

The offer also excludes Bow Street, Strand and Haymarket (London) 5pm-7.30pm Tue-Thu. Plus it's not available at St Martin's Lane (London) 5pm-7.30pm Wed-Thu.

Ember Inns logoEmber Inns £5 off £20Print voucher or show on smartphone

Mon-Thu

Register online with Ember Inns and get a voucher that gets you £5 off a £20+ spend. The discount will be taken off main menu food and drink, as long as there's at least one main meal ordered from the main menu.

It's valid at any restaurant Mon-Thu until Thu 30 Apr. You can only use one voucher per bill and table. 

If you are an existing customer, you can sign up again to get this voucher.

More info

The voucher can only be used once. Can't be used with any other offer or with the set or festive menus. 

All Bar One logoAll Bar One two courses £10No voucher or code's needed, just walk in!

Sun - Thu

Simply walk in to All Bar One from 5pm Sun - Thu and get two courses (either starter and main or main and pud) for £10.

This is an ongoing offer which could save you around £5. Excludes Birmingham Airport and it can't be used with any other offer.

use the money mantras

Before spending, use Martin's Mantras. If you answer 'NO' to any, Don't buy!

are
you
Skint? ask:
  • Do I need it?
  • Can I afford it?
are
you
not skint? ask:
  • Will I use it?
  • Is it worth it?
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