Valentine’s Day Gift Guide – 2021

Valentine’s day is fast approaching and in 2021 a romantic dinner out at a lovely restaurant is off the table, as is a romantic date night at the theatre, bowling or cinema. It will be the year romance will be conjured up in creative ways at home, whether that’s setting up the dining table to mimic a restaurant, having a cosy movie night or playing games.

Why not make it even more extra special this year by gifting your other half, friends, family or even yourself one of these fantastic gifts!

Food

Home-X Gift Card or Experience

Something I experienced recently which would be absolutely perfect for Valentine’s, either as a Gift Card to choose an experience later or by booking their Valentine’s specific Menus, is Home-X!

We tried the Green Haus Vol 2 and it totally exceeded our expectations. They have Vol 3 available now and the menu looks incredible, as well as a Cheese Club experience and a Wine Tasting Experience, amongst others.

I can’t wait to try some of their other experiences and report back!

Find out more here: https://home-x.com/

Cheese from Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company

I highly recommend Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company’s range of Cheddar Cheeses (and Cheese Straws) for the Cheese lover in your life! My favourites are the Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company’s Oak Smoked Cheddar and the Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company’s Cave Matured Cheddar as I love its deep, rich, nutty and rounded flavour

Jars of Goodness

My favourite Kenyan brand of Chutneys, Sauces, Jams and Curds is now available in the UK! Not only is the packaging gorgeous, each one tastes incredible. They would make amazing gifts for a foodie!

Buy them here: https://www.jarsofgoodness.co.ke/uk/our-shop/

Biscoff Cake from Cutter and Squidge

 

This year Cutter & Squidge have an amazing selection of Valentines cakes, heart-shaped valentines cookies, valentines cupcakes and valentine brownies, available for delivery nationwide!

Pictured is their Biscoff Cake, which looks absolutely dreamy! I currently fuel my Biscoff biscuit addiction from Amazon.

Find their full Valentine’s 2021 range here: https://cutterandsquidge.com/collections/valentines-day-cakes

Bradfords Bakers

How cute are these Bear Hugs Cupcakes? Part of a fantastic selection of baked goodies from Bradfords Bakers.

Check out the full range here: https://www.bradfordsbakers.com/valentines-day-gifts.html

Walnut Tree Gifts

How divine are these gorgeous edible gifts from Walnut Tree Gifts? They are one of the UK’s leading packers of superior quality dried fruit, nuts and chocolate. Beautifully packaged, they would make stunning presents for friends, family, colleagues or even as a treat for yourself. 

Some products have even been accoladed by ‘Great Taste’ and there is something for everyone, including Vegan and Gluten Free variants.

They look so luxurious and fantastic to gift!

View the full range here: https://walnut.gifts/

Drinks

NIO Cocktails

Take the fuss out of homemade cocktails with this letterbox-sized selection from NIO Cocktails.

Their uniquely-shaped cocktail packages make enjoying a drink easier than ever. Simply shake and pour! Handy to pack for road trips too, should you be doing more domestic travel.

There are lots of flavours to choose from, including classics such as a cosmopolitan or margarita. The build your own box function is handy if you know your other half’s favourite flavours, too.

They make the perfect letterbox gift.

Find out more: https://niococktails.co.uk/

Private Virtual Wine Tasting with Bolney Estate Wine with bespoke bottle engravings

Photo credit: Bolney Wine Estate

Whether you can be with your loved one or not this Valentine’s Day – celebrate with Bolney Wine Estate’s virtual wine tastings and add your personal touch with an engraved message on the bottle.  Let Bolney’s experts guide you through their award-winning wines such as their Cuvée Rosé, Eighteen Acre Rosé, Blanc de Blancs and Cuvée Pinot Noir to see, swirl, sniff and sip a selection of wines as you go from amateur to connoisseur.

Bolney can create a bespoke package to include any of their wines and offer wine and food pairing tasting packages with cheese and chocolate selections.

They also have some fantastic gift boxes available, some of which can be personalized.

Photo credit: Bolney Wine Estate

Find out more here: https://bolneywineestate.com/pages/valentines-day

Taittinger Prestige Rosé NV gift box

What could be better than a bottle of pink Champagne? Taittinger Prestige Rosé has a beautiful vibrant colour which is from the addition of 15% still red wine from the vineyards of Ambonnay and Bouzy, as well as a blend of white wine which comprises at least 30% Chardonnay. With its subtle balance of soft red fruits and crisp acidity, this wine is velvety, full-bodied and refined.

The perfect gift!

RRP: £52.15 | Stockists: Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury, Oddbins, Ocado, John Lewis, North & South Wine, Jeroboams Drinx.com, The Champagne Company, Champagne Direct.

Prosecco DOC Rosé

After several years of development and consultation led by the Consorzio Tutela Prosecco DOC amongst the 11,460 winegrowers, 1,192 wineries, 347 sparkling wine houses that run the complex system behind the success of a great Italian denomination of origin, the Italian government had approved production of the Prosecco DOC Rosé wines in August 2020, and the new sparkling wines were approved by the European Union at the end of October 2020.

That makes it such a fantastic gift as it’s such a new gorgeous Prosecco with a stunning rose hue. Prosecco DOC Rosé does not only make any table look exceptionally pretty, but its natural flavours are utterly romantic. Floral and fruity on the nose there are beautiful notes of cherry blossom, wild berries, strawberries and roses. There is an elegant balance in its soft and refined structure making it wonderfully fresh, clean and fabulous to drink.

Perfect for a romantic dinner!

 

HYKE Gin from Foxhole spirits

If you want to embrace more sustainability focused brands, Foxhole Spirits make high quality, premium spirits from surplus and have a fantastic selection of Rum, Mad City Botanical Rum,made from sugar cane molasses which is a natural by-product of the sugar industry.
If you are a Gin lover, Foxhole’s Hyke Gin is superb and also made from surplus, using grapes that are surplus from the supermarket supply chain. I have tried the Orange Gin and it’s delicious!

Mermaid Pink Gin

Fresh Island strawberries, grown in the rich and fertile microclimate of the Arreton valley, are steeped in a signature smooth gin for four days, before being redistilled to create Mermaid Pink Gin, with its intensely aromatic, fresh flavour. Infusing fresh sun-kissed strawberries with the smooth yet complex gin creates a refreshingly layered serve, with a hint of sea air from fragrant rock samphire.

Isn’t the bottle absolutely stunning too?

Four Roses Bourbon

The history of Four Roses Bourbon is a love story from the very heart of Kentucky, the picturesque and historic town of Lawrenceburg – making it the perfect spirit for Valentine’s. 

It began when Paul Jones Jr., the brand’s founder, became smitten by the beauty of a Southern belle. He sent a proposal to her, and she replied that if her answer were “Yes”, she would wear a corsage of four roses on her gown to an upcoming ball – which she duly did.  

And today, roses feature heavily on Four Roses’ Small Batch bourbon – from the cut glass rose in the centre of the label, to the bottle resembling the shape of a rosebud when held upside down!

Small Batch has been one of British bartenders’ favourite bourbons and, with online sales having tripled in the past year, it’s a ‘go-to’ spirit as people have sought to replicate bourbon-based cocktails – such as the Old Fashioned or Manhattan – that they used to enjoy out on the town. 

45%/70cl. £31.95. thewhiskeyexchange.com 

 Technology

Smart Screen

A London-based start-up brand propelled by lockdown creativity, ‘Smart Screen’, has launched a revolutionary, antibacterial cleaning cloth designed to ensure phones and tablets remain box-fresh.

Photo credit: Smart Screen
Photo credit: Smart Screen

‘Smart Screen’ is a designer cleaning cloth and pouch tailored to neatly fit into any pocket, a heavier weight than most microfibre glass cleaning cloths making it easier to handle. This premium product has been specifically manufactured with the current heightened awareness of cleanliness in mind, with a silver ion antibacterial liquid treatment applied during the weave process. The ‘Smart Screen’ boasts a durability that ensures antibacterial properties lasts for up to 15 washes.

It’s made my devices look brand new again! Buy it here: https://www.smartscreen.store/

 Edifier TWS1 Earbuds

The TWS1 earbud headphones have been relaunched in a range of stylish colours (including dark navy, mint green and a beautiful blush pink, lovely colours for the lovely lady or man in your life!).

They have 8 hours of playback time, with an additional 24 hours using the compact charging case; great for travelling with. They are wireless and ergonomically fit into the ear cavity, promoting comfort and security, meaning you can really lose yourself in what you are listening to. The IPX5 rating means they are splash and sweat proof so are perfect for working out with.

The TWS1 new colour range is available for £32.99 at Amazon – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Edifier-TWS1-True-Wireless-Earbuds-White/dp/B07TTB8S8F.

Art/Prints

 

Art By Punam – Be the Light – a collection of paintings inspired by the powerful light within each of us

‘Be the light’, inspired by Amanda Gorman at the inauguration speech

I wish I could show you, when you are alone or in darkness, the astonishing light of your being. Hafez

This collection was started at the end of 2020. It was the toughest year of our generation and the one before us. We had to spend so much time away from our families, friends, colleagues and even strangers that you’d pass in the street.

Yet, we emerged, stronger, more resilient, more forgiving, more tolerant, more accepting and full of gratitude. We all have within us a light, so powerful that it’ll help guide us. We just need to take the time to find it.

Shop the collection: https://www.artbypunam.com/product-category/be-the-light/

Instagram: @artbypunam

Ink & Drop

Ink&Drop create high quality, beautiful art prints for your home or office. Styles ranging from street art, botanical art, customisable prints, to Scandinavian style minimal prints. They have something for every style of interior design. All their posters are designed in-house by their own designers and artists, with backgrounds in graphic design and fine art, so you can be sure the artwork on your walls will be as unique as the rest of your home.

Find out more: https://inkanddrop.com/

Books

A Year of You – a Seasonal Guide to Boosting your Brilliance

With the way 2020 has been, I highly recommend buying this book either for yourself or a loved one!

It is jam-packed with beautiful illustrations and tiny ways to be kinder to yourself every week.

Some highlights:

  • Boost your brilliance in 2021 – inspiring positivity, creativity and calm
  • Bursting with self-care activities & tips – including mindful colouring, gratitude practices, self-kindness exercises, goal setting prompts and inspiring quotes
  • Guides readers through self-care for every season – declutter your mind for spring, unlock sunny thinking for summer, stimulate senses for autumn & kickstart cosy kindness for winter

It is available on amazon for £9.99 and a proportion of all profits go to Shaw Mind, which provides mental health resources for anyone who needs them.

Think Like a Monk by Jay Shetty

I honestly believe everyone should read this book. It is SO life changing!

Buy it on Amazon for yourself and as many of your loved ones as you can!

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  1. Laura wrote:

    Food and drink gifts are the way to go for me! Always a winner!

    Posted 2.10.21 Reply
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