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.

Enjoy!

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.

 

 

 

Father’s Day gift ideas for the discerning dad

Father’s Day is the next special date in the family calendar, and with the bank holiday is over, we can now firmly concentrate on finding the right gift for that special man in your life, whether he be your own father, or your baby daddy. All the usual suspects are available – beer, socks, unispiring toiletries, but if you want to find something a little different, more thoughtful or unusual, then step this way as I show you a few things I have my eye on.

Football Crazy – these may be the answer.

Toffs is a fabulous company that makes reproduction football shirts from bygone days. They have a wide range of shirts from teams that are in the Premier League, and also shirts from other divisions. The shirts can range from tops from the 1970s, to shirts that go right back to the 1920s and 30s. These are perfect for anyone who is nostalgic for the golden age of football, or who has a very special memory linked to an equally special shirt.

West Bromwich Albion 1978 Away Retro Football Shirt £43 Click to visit Toffs

If a football top is not quite your dad’s thing, maybe a signed photograph of his favourite player would be a good option, especially as it could cost less than £20.

Personalised Arsenal Giroud Autograph Photo £19.99 Click to visit Toffs

A wooden watch

Wooden watches have become a big fashion story in recent years, looking stylish, often hand crafted, and making a genuine fashion statement. Tense watches currently offer a free engraving service that means that, as well as looking beautiful, they can be totally personalised for the person you love. These are a gift that show thought and elegance, and will totally last forever.

A touch of Mr Bond

In the month when my favourite Mr Bond, the suave smooth Roger Moore, died, a great gift for your dad could be a little piece of James Bond himself, or at least his favourite drink. Selfridges have another great gift idea from Tipplesworth, a mini martini set that is sure to leave dad ‘shaken not stirred’ when he opens his present on Father’s Day.


TIPPLESWORTH Classic martini mini cocktail kit £19.99 Click to visit Selfridges

What are you getting for your dad, baby daddy this Father’s Day?

 

 

 

Father’s Day Sorted with GiftsOnline4U

Can you believe it is almost June? The year has once again slipped by, almost without us noticing, and now we are almost at the mid point, and, with the coming of June, we once again have Father’s Day to look forward to. I often find Father’s Day to be a more difficult proposition than Mother’s Day when it comes to choosing gifts – my mom will present you with a list as long as her arm when you ask what she would like, whereas dad’s often come out with ‘I don’t need anything’, leaving you wracking your brains when it comes to finding the perfect gift.

Fortunately the answer may be at hand. GiftsOnline4U is a one step shop for a range of truly beautiful gift ideas, many of which can be personalised to make a wonderful, unique present for a loved one. With Father’s Day just a matter of weeks away I have found a great gift idea of an engraved watch. Each watch can be engraved with a personal message, and the range of watches are varied enough to suit any taste.

I chose the stylish personalised gents wristwatch in silver and black as a gift for my hubby Peter from Joe. I liked this design as it is modern and fresh, with stark silver digits and hands that contrast so nicely against the black face and strap. The watch has a silver plated alloy body, and the strap, which is black leather looks very luxurious due to a detail that is almost croc inspired.

The engraving of your message is on the back of the dial, and you are able to choose up to five lines of text in your message. You can also select the font – these range from Times New Roman to Comic Sans, so even this detail can be personal to the recipient.

I love this gift idea, it is beautiful and elegant, and totally special for the person who is receiving it. I think it would make a great Father’s Day present, but would also work well as a wedding present from a bride to her groom, or a present for a best man. It could also be a good way to mark an anniversary or a graduation – a personal gift always shows thought and care, and when the watch is also fabulous quality, this makes it all the better. In addition, the watches from GiftsOnline4U are all beautifully gift boxed, with the watches attached to soft cushions, and then placed in boxes which don’t necessarily need to be wrapped.

This Father’s Day is the time to step away from the Old Spice and the socks and give dad a present he will truly cherish. A personalised watch ticks every box and is practical and useful too. Dad would certainly approve.