Valentine’s Gift Ideas For The Lady In Your Life

We are now just a month from the most romantic time of the year. Yes, Valentine’s Day will soon be upon us, showering us with hearts and flowers and all levels of romance.

If the idea of Valentine’s day fills you with dread because you either don’t know what to buy, or are frankly still struggling financially to get straight after the excess of Christmas, then read on. I am going to be bringing you a whole heap of Valentine’s ideas that I promise will not break the bank and should offer enough variety to make everyone smile.

 

Lypsyl’s red fruity flavours

If you are looking for a little something for a loved one, but the budget isn’t allowing it, you could give them the gift of soft, kissable lips. Lypsyl has two very special fruity flavours that are perfect for Valentine’s day as they help to both soothe and smooth those lips making them totally kissable. The red packaging is another cute touch.

The two flavours are uplifting Strawberry and Pomegranate and revitalising Cherry & Almond, both of which deliver a dose of softly scented hydration Lypsyl sticks contains a rich, hydrating blend of natural Shea and Cocoa butters, Avocado Oil, Beeswax, Aloe Vera and Vitamin E. This makes them perfect for conditioning and protecting in cold Winter weather.

Sparkling Wine Jelly Belly Jelly Beans

Another cute buy for the love of your life are the Sparkling Wine Jelly Belly Jelly Beans that come in a mini Champagne style bottle. The sparkling wine flavoured Jelly Belly beans have all the flavour of a glass of the real thing but are totally non alcoholic. The jelly beans would make a great little gesture of your love if you are not into big, ostentatious gifts, but could also work well as favours at a wedding. For just £3 these are a delightful buy that would definitely put a smile on any face.

Jenny Wren Chocolates

I don’t think you can ever really go wrong with the gift of chocolates, and if they are beautifully gift boxed, hand finished Belgian chocolates, even better. Jenny Wren chocolates were founded in July 2016 by Mike Stainfield from Tunbridge Wells. He said:

 “We make the only chocolate gift boxes that you can buy for under £10.00 and still get a ‘wow!’ from the recipient! Children also love the boxes once they’re emptied – for putting small keepsakes, toys and jewellery in! ”

The chocolates are totally delicious, a good range of soft centres and truffles that taste so divine it will be hard to eat one without then eating the whole box. I love the Fleur de Sel caramel flavour and the white mocha. But once you do eat the box, you are left with a gorgeous keepsake box that would look gorgeous on a dressing table.

The chocolates are available from Sainsbury’s, and from the 22nd January you can pick them up at the special price of £6.49, saving £1.50 on the RRP.

Castelli Art Deco Notebook from The Gifted Notebook

A thoughtful gift this Valentine’s Day could be the gift of a beautiful notebook, perfect for those who love to jot down their thoughts, notes and lists. The Gifted Notebook has a beautiful selection of notebooks, journals and pens that offer something a little different and extra special this Valentine’s day. My key pick is from the Castelli range. It is the Art Deco notebook that is a simply stunning, embossed book with a classic Art Deco rising sun style design. It comes with a gold tipped triangular pencil, is sized 130 x 210mm and has 240 pages.

I love the fact that you can have this wrapped and gift boxed for an extra £2.99, making this a real beautiful gift that will be treasured. Definitely one that would be high up on my list.

7th Heaven Complete Pamper Pack

Montagne Jeunesse create the fabulous 7th Heaven masks, a range that includes facial masks and scrubs, hair masks, hand and nail treatments, and treatments that can be used on the feet as part of a pedicure. Their range is multi-award-winning, natural, vegetarian, high performing, Cruelty Free and PETA-approved. Their ultimate gift pack combines all of these as part of the Ultimate pamper kit, and this could be a knockout gift for a loved one this Valentine’s Day. This is the ultimate gift of me time in one wonderful, pink package, and for just £19.99 this could be the answer to your gift queries.

You can pick up your own pamper pack from Argos, click here to view.

 

Ted Baker Accessories at Mainline Menswear

I’m continuing with my look at great gift ideas for Valentine’s Day with a focus on some great Ted Baker accessories from Mainline Menswear.

Mainline, which has been featured on the blog before, is a great port of call for designer menswear and accessories including ranges from Ralph Lauren, Paul Smith, Barbour and Hugo Boss. Ted Baker accessories are impeccably stylish and are also beautifully presented, which makes them a great gift idea. They work particularly well if you are buying a gift for a gent for the first time – you may not know their taste in shirts or tops, but you can’t really go wrong with a wallet, or a washbag or a belt.

I was sent a beautiful two piece wallet set from Ted Baker. Containing a black leather wallet and a separate card holder, the set comes beautifully gift boxed in an embossed box which is nice enough to not need any additional wrapping. The wallet and card holder is soft leather, with the wallet having space for six cards, as well as a section for notes.  The additional card holder has a further three card sections on the front, another on the back, and will actually fit snuggly into the wallet.

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The wallet and card are real classic pieces that would work for any discerning gentlemen, regardless of taste. The classic black colour works well with smart clothing, a briefcase, or jeans and a polo top, with the size of the wallet making it suitable if your other half just likes to carry it in a pocket. It is the sort of leather that will only look better as it ages, a timeless piece that should last for years.

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You can look at all the Ted Baker Accessories here and Mainline has a dedicated Valentine’s section here.

 

 

A Valentine’s gift to share from Amphora Aromatics

So you are looking for the perfect Valentine’s gift, but are trying to think outside the box, moving away from the flowers, chocolates and cuddly toys. But you are also on a tight budget. maybe with less than £20 to spend on the perfect gift. I have a great gift idea to share with you today, and the best thing about it is that this is a gift that you and your loved one can share, and perhaps have a lot of sensuous fun with.

Amphora Aromatics is a Bristol based company that specialises in natural beauty and skincare. All their products are handmade at their headquarters in Bristol, with inspiration coming from essential oils, spices and formulations that are found in the Souks of the near East – Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria. Amphora Aromatics are one of the UK’s largest suppliers of essential oils, and, this year they have put their expertise to good use to create a lovely gift set that has been made with lovers in mind.

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Amphora Aromatics ‘Love It’ collection is just beautiful. Coming wonderfully gifted wrapped in an eco-friendly box with a silk ribbon embellishment, the box contains three wonderful products. First there is a 100ml bottle of relaxing body lotion. The relaxing body lotion is a blend of chamonile, lavender, lemon verbena and Melissa oils. The lavender comes through as the strongest scent at first, but when this is rubbed onto the skin the air is filled with the fragrance of the lemon verbena. It feels very soft on the skin and the scent lingers, the lotion is also none sticky and easily absorbed into the skin.

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The sensuous massage oil smells divine. With sandlewood, patchouli and ylang ylang meshed with sweet almond, this is a heady scent that is so right for a massage with a loved one. Obviously this is an oil, but again I was surprised that it sank into the skin so easily without leaving a sticky residue, and it was just so soothing. The bath oil had a similar scent, but with added sweetness from the extra ingredients of geranium, rosewood and orange. The orange adds a very slight fruitiness, it is not over powering but very light. Both the massage oil and bath oil are 100ml bottles, with the bath oil being enough for about eight baths.

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The Love It collection is a lovely gift idea, and a bit of a bargain too, coming in at just £11.95. You can get it in store, or by visiting www.amphora-retail.com