Dare I say it, we’ve almost reached the end of a very challenging January, and with our thoughts now turning to the shortest month of the year, we are also starting to think about ‘LOVE’.
Yes Valentine’s Day is now a little over two weeks away and I’ve decided that this year I will only do one gift guide, and will add to it as and when I see gorgeous products from independent traders rather than just the big stores.
So I’m starting today, but this will be my pinned post, so keep popping back and looking to see what I have added to the list. With Covid 19 in mind, where I can add a product that is letterbox friendly, I will add it.
Say It With Champers
I’m really not sure what planet Cole Porter was on when he wrote ‘I get no kicks from Champagne’, because to me, whatever the question, Champagne or Prosecco is always a good answer. And when the bottle can also come especially personalised for that special person in your life, then it becomes a wonderfully decadent gift option.
This year Say It With Champers have created a beautiful Heart of Hearts mini Prosecco that comes complete with a lovely personalised label that can hold up to four lines of text, as well as a top label that is perfect for hosting the recipients name. Perfect for sharing on February 14th.
The Secret Garden Gift Box From Old Curiosity
The Secret Garden Gift Box from the Old Curiosity Distillery, Scotland (2 x 20cl, 39% ABV, RRP £29.95) is a real delight. It is distilled with botanicals grown in the distillery’s Secret Herb Garden on the outskirts of Edinburgh. The Apothecary Rose Gin offers a familiar Turkish Delight flavour whilst the Pink Elderflower and Jasmine satisfies a sweeter tooth – but sugar free.
The gins come beautifully bottled and boxed, with a whimsey style that has a Victorian feel, so perfect for the secret garden theme, and they taste divine, whether used with tonic or lemonade, or combined with other ingredients in order to create a cocktail – a Negroni or a gin fizz.
This is the perfect gift for any gin lover (puts hand in the hair very quickly!!!).
Handcrafted Vegan Earrings From Sharkie and Bear
Supporting a unique trader this Valentine’s Day seems more important than ever, and if this also means you can give something that is beautiful, handcrafted and made with real care, that is even better!
Sharkie and Bear is the home of simply stunning earrings that are both handcrafted, vegan, and light and delicate which makes them also kind to your ears too. This Valentine’s day they have a range of earrings that certainly answer the brief, from studs with hearts and flower motifs, to the statement multi coloured heart drops that I am wearing, which have been made in faux leather and backed with white glitter vinyl.
The earrings look so lovely on and can match with a range of colours. They are light to wear so wont make your ears ache like some dangly/drop earrings can, and the hooks are lead and nickel free.
They come perfectly boxed to go through a letter box if you need a socially distanced gift.
A Travel Bracelet From El Camino
At the moment we are unable to travel much further than our own front door, so a gift that allows you to remember and reminisce about freer times when we were able to explore could be the perfect gift for someone who had wanderlust.
El Camino Bracelets is a unisex travel bracelet company that allows you to collect the different places from around the world that you’ve travelled to and add them to your bracelet. Creating your travel story to be worn around your wrist. Not only can you create your travel story, but you can customise beads with special dates or locations, such as anniversaries or the location of where you first met. You can choose different sized bracelets, different colours, or one or two strands, making your bracelet absolutely personal to you.
The bracelets are gorgeous, and make a long lasting gift as you can add further ‘steps’ at any time, either other travels from the past, or new adventures you have enjoyed.
Sarah Livingstone Hanging Hearts
This year, more than ever, we are looking for gifts that we may have to send to a loved one by post, something small and delicate that shows our love.
Designer Sarah Livingstone has created a beautiful glass hanging pendant of hearts. The Hanging Hearts are beautiful, and,as these are handmade each one is unique and has been made with love and care. Each is carefully wrapped for sending through the post so they arrive in perfect condition, and they look really pretty once hung, creating an eye catching display.
You can get your Unique hearts by visiting https://www.withloveandlight.co.uk/product/hanging-hearts-for-valentines/
Hannah Turlington Designs Love Print
Another idea that can once again be sent easily through the post is a stunning Lino print by designer Hannah Turlington, with the perfect ‘Love’ theme.
‘Love’ has been inspired by the sweets Love Hearts when illustrating the design for her print. Hannah goes through a multi staged process to make the print; collecting inspiration, illustrating, carving the block and then finally printing before sending through your door.
This A4 size print is super pretty, easy to frame, and has its heart on its sleeve with its romantic message. It is ideal for a loved one who enjoys something unique and original rather than a mass produced card, and will look lovely in any home. Something to really treasure.