Valentine’s Day – The Final Countdown

Valentine’s Day/Galentine’s Day, whatever you may be celebrating, there are just a few days to go before you need that perfect gift for your loved one.

This is my final gift guide for Valentine’s 2018, with failsafe products that will earn you plenty of brownie points from your loved one. There is not a cute teddy, bunch of flowers or sickly looking chocolates anywhere in this guide.

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ThatchFace Beard Oil

I love a product with a good story behind it, and ThatchFace beard oil certainly fits that bill. Set up in 2017 by Ben and Leanne Cleaver, the Thatchface beard oil uses a range of different oils and scents to create beard oils that are non synthetic and leave the beard feeling conditioned and moisturised. My husband Pete loves the Got Wood fragrance that  draws on the scents of cedarwood, sandalwood, pine needle and a hint of lime to give a warm and masculine scent. The scent is not overpowering, but is fresh and pleasant, and the dropper style bottle means that you do not use more than you need, meaning it lasts for ages.

10% of the profit from the ThatchFace range goes to men’s cancer charities following Ben’s own fight with testicular cancer. If you buy this as a gift, either for Valentine’s Day, or just for a loved one to try, you can give this in the knowledge that it is also doing some good in the fight against Cancer.

Got Wood Beard Oil £11.99 Click to visit ThatchFace

Romantic Handbags from Chi Chi London

Let’s be honest, buying clothes for a loved one is a minefield, especially if you are not sure of their size. Buy too small and you could disappoint, buy too big and you may just hit a raw nerve. A solution could be a beautiful handbag like these from Chi Chi London. One size fits all, and they have such a romantic look, they are sure to delight any fashion lover.

See the full range here.

Chi Chi Cooper Bag
Was: £38.00Now: £30.00 Click to visit Chi Chi London

Chi Chi Pia Bag
Was: £35.00Now: £20.00 Click to visit Chi Chi London

Chi Chi Shiloh Bag
£32.00 Click to visit Chi Chi London

Say It With Flowers

Flowers are the most traditional, popular, and, let’s be honest, the most cliched gift to give on Valentine’s Day. But, this year, Selfridges are thinking outside the box when it comes to flowers, with flower fragrances and prints that allow you to give a bloom without a petal or sneeze in sight. You can say it with flowers in a way that will last long after you’ve put the real thing in the bin.


HAPPY SOCKS Floral-print slim-fit stretch-cotton trunks
£20.00 Click to visit Selfridges


PAUL SMITH Floral silk tie
£90.00 Click to visit Selfridges


FLORIS Rose and oud room fragrance 100ml
£25.00 Click to visit Selfridges


BOTTEGA
Bottega Pinot Noir Sparkling Brut Rosé glass pack 750ml
£36.99
Click to visit Selfridges

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Valentine’s Gifts For Him and Her From Personally Presented

Still trying to think of that perfect, thoughtful gift for your loved one this Valentine’s Day? A personalised gift from Personally Presented could be just the thing you are looking for. Personalised gifts show that thought and care have been put into your choice, and that the present has been bought with just one person in mind. What could be more romantic than that?

Personally Presented has a huge range of gifts that can be personalised, either with a name, a date, or some sort of message.They have gifts suitable for him and for her, gifts that work for a couple as a wedding or engagement gift, and gifts that are suitable for an occasion – be it a wedding, birthday, Mother’s or Father’s Day. Whatever you are choosing a gift for, there will be something suitable that can be then made personal from Personally Presented.

I have chosen to spotlight two gift ideas that could be perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Personalised Classic Mirrored Jewellery Box

The personalised classic mirrored jewellery box is just so beautiful, a gift that should delight anyone who receives it. A lovely way to store your pieces of precious jewellery, this glass box has a vintage feel and a luxurious flock lining. It can be personalised with up to 12 letters, so it could be a name or a nickname/pet name.

Personalised Classic Mirrored Jewellery Box
£29.99 Click to visit Personally Presented

Jewellery has clear links with love, from heart shape pendants, to wedding and engagement rings, so I think the gift of a jewellery box makes perfect sense for Valentine’s day, and when it is as beautiful as this one, you will certainly bring a smile to a face and win yourself lots of brownie points too.

Personalised Pear-Fect Black Rimmed Mug

If you are looking for something cute and romantic, but have a stricter budget, then a personalised mug is a great solution. Something that is practical and will be used every day, but with a lovely message that will remind the tea drinker that someone loves them very much.

The Personalised Pear-Fect mug is super cute, with it’s pun on the front and room for your own personalised message on the back. The mug is solid ceramic and has a great monochrome design that is simple and stylish.

Personalised Pear-Fect Black Rimmed Mug
£9.99 Click to visit Personally Presented

I’ve got this for my hubby and had a message put on the back that I know he will love and appreciate. For a tenner, this is everything that a Valentine’s gift should be, personal, cute and funny too.