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Valentine's Day 2018 Deals

Last updated: 13 Feb 2018
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From flowers to champers 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. Of course, you could always make your loved one a handmade gift or simply give them the gift of your time. See our Valentine’s gift cheques to make your other half a promise straight from the heart.

If you are going to be giving gifts, here’s our round-up of the best deals we could find.

A dozen red roses in store


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. Thankfully, we've still managed to find the best offers and lowest prices on a dozen red roses.

A dozen red roses couriered

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 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 & night out deals

Meerkat Movies logoMeerkat Movies 2for1 cinema tickets*Year's 2for1 from £1.50ish

Tue/Wed

If you use comparison website Compare The Market*, or if you've used it in the past year, you can get 2for1 cinema tickets every Tuesday or Wednesday for 12 months from the date you use the site to get a credit card, loan or insurance, or switch energy, broadband, TV or phone provider.

The offer expires 12 months after the date of your purchase or switch, not 12 months from when you activate it. Please note: activation can take at least 48 hours, so you'll have to be patient.

How much do I have to spend?

Compare The Market isn't always the cheapest place to buy insurance (see our insurance guides for the top deals), but you can get Meerkat Movies by spending as little as £1.50ish on single-trip travel insurance for one person within the UK. For more on this trick, read our Deals Hunters blog.

What do I get?

You're entitled to one voucher per week (so you can't go both days) and to get it you can either download the Meerkat Movies app (iPhone and Android only) or log in at the website. You can then simply print the code or show it on your smartphone at the box office. 

If you fancy an IMAX screening, want to upgrade to premium seats or see a 3D film, you'll be asked to pay the price difference between this and a standard cinema ticket.

Where can I use it?

It's valid at most cinemas across the UK - the big chains (eg, Cineworld, Odeon and Vue) as well as lots of independents - but not all of them. If in doubt, check with your local cinema before turning up.

Important: 2for1 cinema tickets should never be your reason for choosing a product like insurance. Use other sites to check it's a good deal and don't be swayed by freebies that could end up costing you a lot more in the long run.

More info

To qualify for Meerkat Movies membership, you need to purchase one of the following products via Compare The Market: car, motorcycle, home, van, pet, landlord, life, home/content or travel insurance. You can also qualify by taking out a credit card or loan or switch energy, digital TV or broadband supplier.

You can only hold one Meerkat Movies membership in any 12-month period, but if you purchase a second product whilst you have an active Meerkat Movies membership you can choose to claim a cuddly toy instead.

Valentine's cards

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.


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Cheap champagne & prosecco


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 deals we found.


Sainsbury's logo£6 Sainsbury's Prosecco Frizzante*Cheapest prosecco in stores and online at Sainsbury's

Ongoing

Sainsbury's Prosecco Frizzante is £6 in store and online at Sainsbury's*. It has confirmed this is the standard price for this bottle.

If you shop online, delivery can cost between £1-£7, or you can collect from selected stores for free. There's a minimum spend of £25 online, so if you just want one bottle you might be better off getting this deal in a store.

Please be Drinkaware.

Aldi logo£7.99 Valdobbiadene Prosecco SuperioreCheap prosecco in stores and online at Aldi

Online & in stores

Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore is currently £7.99 a bottle in store (find your nearest) and online at Aldi.

We've seen a similar bottle for £11.90, so we reckon now's the time to buy in case the price goes up.

Please be Drinkaware.

Aldi logo£10.99 Veuve Monsigny Champagne BrutCheap champagne in stores and online at Aldi

Ongoing

Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut is currently £10.99 a bottle in store and online at Aldi. If you're shopping online you'll need to buy a case of six bottles (you can mix and match different bottles), so if you just want one, you'd be better off visiting a store (find your nearest).

We've seen this bottle go down to £9.99 before, we'll update you here if it goes back down.

Please be Drinkaware.

Morrisons logo£25 Moet Brut ChampagneOnline and in stores at Morrisons

2 days left

High-end champers Moët & Chandon Imperial Brut champagne is £25 (was £34) online at Morrisons and in its stores, until Tue 27 Feb. 

The next cheapest we found was £27 at Sainsbury's and Asda.

Please be Drinkaware.

Valentine's gifts for her


Valentine’s gifts shouldn't be about how much you've spent - rather, it's how much thought you’ve put into your present. Here are some offers on beauty, jewellery and more...


Lancome logo£85 of Lancôme make-up for £27ish*Online at Debenhams. Incl lipstick, mascara, face cream

Ongoing

If you go online to Debenhams*, you can get a free gift set containing mascara, base mascara, lipstick, face cream and eye cream, subject to stock. Delivery's £3.49 or you can click and collect for free.

To get the offer, add two Lancôme products to your bag – The cheapest product we found was the ‘Monsieur Big’ brow highlighter* on offer for £13.60 (norm £16), so the minimum spend to get the ‘freebie’ is £27.20. The ‘free’ gift set will be added to your order automatically. Of course, if you normally buy Lancôme it's worth stocking up on what you normally buy to get the freebie as a bonus.

The ‘free’ set, which we’ve valued at £57.33 based on the full-size equivalents, includes:

  • L'Absolu Sheer 202 lipstick, 1.65ml - worth £10 based on full-sized 4.2ml version at Boots.
  • Monsieur Big mascara, 1.5ml - worth £3.94 based on full-sized 8ml version at John Lewis.
  • Cils Booster mascara, 5.5ml - normally £23.50 at Feel Unique.
  • Hydra Zen day cream, 15ml - worth £8.89 based on full-sized 50ml version at John Lewis.
  • Hydra Zen eye cream, 5ml - worth £11 based on full-sized 15ml version at John Lewis.

The offer began on Mon 29 Jan and there’s no set end date – just while stock lasts. You can only get one ‘free’ gift set per person and the offer isn’t valid with other discounts.

Big thanks to forumite Sarah1972 for the original spot, see her post on the MSE Forum.

Nails Inc logo£93ish of Nails Inc polish for £18 delivered*MSE Blagged. Nine polishes, incl crackle, shimmer effects

1,500 avail

If you go online to Nails Inc* via our Blagged link and use the code NINENAILS you can get a set of nine full-size (10ml) Nails Inc polishes for £17.50 delivered, normally £93ish for all nine bought separately.

The deal ends on Wed 28 Feb or when all 1,500 sets are sold, so go quick if you want to nail this offer.

Here's what you'll get in the set, along with the next cheapest prices we could find if bought individually:

  • Brixton crackle topcoat (deep red) - £11 at Lookfantastic (currently out of stock).
  • The East End crackle topcoat (deep purple) - £11 at Lookfantastic (currently out of stock).
  • Westminster Abbey (gold glitter shimmer) - £4.44 from third-party Amazon seller.
  • Cambridge Terrace (silver glitter shimmer) - £12 at Lookfantastic (currently out of stock).
  • Camden crackle topcoat (black) - £11 at Lookfantastic (currently out of stock).
  • Old Queen Street (gold cream shimmer)  - no longer available, was £11.
  • Clapham crackle topcoat (turquoise) - £11 at Half Price Perfumes.
  • Islington crackle topcoat (hot pink) - £11 at Lookfantastic (currently out of stock).
  • Hoxton crackle topcoat (purple metallic) - no longer available, was £11.

Although you can sometimes find certain individual polishes cheaper than the prices above as part of promotional sets, you'd be hard pushed to find them for £18 all-in.

MSE Rhiannon says:

With these polishes working out at £2 each, they're great to give as they are or split up and give as separate gifts, perhaps for Mum and Gran this Mother's Day.

Cheap perfume/aftershave

It's a pretty bog-standard Valentine's gift which you might leave late, but actually you need to act early to grab intoxicating deals.


Valentine's gifts for him

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