A Few More Valentine Gift Ideas

And so January is finally over. Did a month ever feel so long? I’m pretty sure it had at least 70 days, and that almost all of them were dismal. But now, thank goodness, it is finally February, a short month of pancakes, half term, love, and the knowledge that Spring is really not that far away.

I’m continuing with my look towards February 14th, which is, of course, St Valentine’s Day, and bring you a few more gift ideas if you are still stuck for what to get for your most beloved. This post features jewellery, toiletries and alcohol, all of which I would be most happy to receive myself, and hopefully may help you if you are still struggling for ideas. Every gift featured is under £30, just in case you are having a frugal February, and come with pretty packaging which means you can save on paper and gift bags.


Jewellery From Hersey and Son

Jewellery is a bit of a no brainer when it comes to Valentine’s Day, but rather than opt for something large and ostentatious that will only be worn on special occasions, opt for something that will be loved and cherished, but can also be worn every day.

Hersey & Son is one of the few remaining traditional silversmiths in the UK. Set up by Stewart’s Father in 1955, all of their pieces are still manufactured by hand in their London workshop and have been a trade secret for the last 60 years. Including sterling silver tableware, photo frames, wine coasters and now men and women’s jewellery. 95% of the collection can be engraved making them lovely personal gifts. Hersey and Son have a beautiful range that should suit all tastes, and my current favourite, and number one pick has to be the Sterling Silver Star pendant that is a wonderful gift idea for the star in your life.

I love that you can wear this as a simple star, or can add an initial charm or a birthstone charm to build up the look. It is also available in two chain lengths, which I think is also a great idea when it comes to matching someone’s personal style and taste. The necklace also comes beautifully gift boxed, far belying the fact that the necklace is now less than £25.

Humble Natural Beauty Hand Wash and Hand Lotion

If you have a loved one who is a fan of natural beauty, then I would recommend the lovely hand wash and hand soap duo from Humble Beauty, the new range from television presenter Kate Humble. The set, available from Hayes Garden World, is part of a range of natural and biodegradable bath and beauty products.

The fragrance, which is sweet pea and Verbena is fresh and lingering, and leaves the hands feeling really soft. This would work as a pampering product, or could be something that you keep in the kitchen for keen cooks or gardeners. At less than £20 it is another affordable gift that is also thoughtful and beautifully presented.

Blood Orange Vodka from Il Gusto – The Theatre of Taste

Il Gusto have some amazing bottled spirits which can be totally personalised and are perfect for your Valentine. The spirits include flavoured vodka, brandy, gin and rum, as well as balsamic vinegar, cooking oils and salad dressings.

For Valentine’s day, you can opt for a heart shaped bottle that can then be filled with the spirit of your choice (in my case Blood Orange Vodka – as amazing as it sounds.) The bottle can then be personalised with a message of your choice, and you can also opt for complimentary gift wrapping, and decide if you want an ornamental style stopper for your bottle.

This is such a lovely gift idea for a connoisseur of spirits, and of course it is something you can also share on Valentine’s eve, perhaps as a night cap after a lovely meal.




5 Tips to choosing the right diamond

It may not look like it, but choosing the right diamond for an engagement ring is an important decision. It is one of the things that symbolizes your commitment and love to the person you are spending the rest of your life with. However, choosing the right ring, most especially the right diamond can be very overwhelming. There’s a lot of information about diamonds and it can get very confusing. Also, you have to be very careful in choosing your options and consider if your partner will like it or not.

If you’re having a hard time, here are five tips to keep in mind when choosing the right diamond.

  1. Consider your budget first.

Before doing anything else, decide first how much money you can afford to spend for a diamond ring. Don’t be trapped to the idea that you need to shell out a couple of months of your salary just to get a pricey engagement ring. You don’t want to end up spending more money on a diamond ring. There are tons of options to choose from and you can even buy online on shops like shopedc.com to save even more money. But before that, always consider your financial situation first.

  1. Consider the cut of the diamond.

When it comes to the overall beauty of a diamond ring, you must carefully consider the diamond’s cut and polish. If the symmetry of the diamond cut is perfect, the polish and the flare from the light reflecting off the exterior of the diamond is spectacular. You will know that a quality made a diamond with great cut and polish will display more color and shine.


  1. Look for the perfect shape.

A lot has mistaken the cut of the diamond as the diamond shape. A diamond’s shape plays a big role in how bright your diamond ring can be. A round diamond is known as the shape that has maximum shine and flash. A round shape can reflect almost all the available light, especially if the cut and polish are well-made. On the other hand, square and princess cuts are also two of the most popular shapes for an engagement ring.


  1. Seek help from experienced professionals in a jewellery store.

If you have no idea on how to choose the right diamond, the best way is to ask for the help of the experienced professionals in your chosen jewellery store. Since they are the ones polishing and crafting diamonds every day, they are the ones who can best help you choose what you are looking for. Moreover, they can also walk you through on how they create their masterpieces.

  1. Don’t forget to decide on what diamond setting you like.

The prong setting allows light to reflect more brilliance on the diamond. Choosing this is a matter of personal preference and if you know what your partner prefers, nothing can go wrong. There are different types of diamond settings to pick from, so choose the ones that you like in order to best choose the right diamond ring.

A Gift Of Love From Chapelle Jewellery

Still trying to track down that perfect gift for the love of your life? Maybe you are looking for something special for your mom, sister, auntie or best friend? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, you may just find the answer to what you are looking for at Chapelle. Chapelle Jewellery and Watches is a Midlands based company, based in Nottingham, that is the home to a fabulous selection of designer jewellery pieces that have great savings on the recommended retail prices. As Marilyn Monroe once said ‘Diamonds are a girl’s best friend’, with Chapelle, they may also be a girls best bargain this Christmas.

9ct gold Dancing Diamonds 5pt diamond heart pendant RRP: £295.00
Save £150.00 now £145.00 Click to visit Chapelle

Chapelle are great at spotting the trends in jewellery for the upcoming season, but also focus on beautiful, elegant and timeless pieces that will work now and forever, whatever your wardrobe style and taste. The 9ct Dancing Diamonds pendent is just such a piece, and currently at Chapelle you can make a saving of more than 50% off the recommended retail price, making this a not to be missed Christmas bargain.

The necklace comes in a stylish red box which has a touch of retro elegance to it. Again, this means that if this is a gift idea, you could just add a gift bow to the box and it would be ready to gift to someone special.

The pendant itself is delicate and pretty, with a 5pt round diamond set in a moveable setting. This means the necklace really sparkles when it catches the light due to the fluidity of the movement. The pendant is on a trace chain which has a maximum length of 18 inches. It has a bolt ring clasp fastening and sits really prettily on the neck. It would look great with a little black dress, or worn simply with jeans and a v or crew neck jumper.

You can never really go wrong with a gift that sparkles at Christmas, but the diamond is also the birth stone for April, so this could also be a lovely gift for someone with an April birthday, or you could even buy it to keep it as a birthday present.

This necklace is beautiful, sophisticated and has a timeless elegance that means you will be loving and treasuring it for many years to come. Add it to your Christmas list now.