So, Valentine’s Day is nearly here – have you bought your special someone a present yet? Around this time of year, we get sent lots of things to include in our gift guides, some traditional like perfume or beautiful flowers (or my personal favourite – Pink Mermaid Gin!), but we also get sent more unusual ideas too – read on to see!
Mermaid Pink Gin
Aromatic and refreshing, Mermaid Pink Gin infuses the flavour of fresh Isle of Wight strawberries with the smooth yet complex taste of Mermaid Gin, a blend of lemon zest, grains of paradise and fragrant rock samphire. The latter, foraged from the island’s cliffs, is known locally as ‘Mermaid’s Kiss’, hence the gin’s name!
Perfectly balanced, subtle yet vibrant, Mermaid Pink is less sweet than most pink gins and has no added sugar. Distilled using strawberries from the island’s Arreton Valley – a rich and fertile place that receives some of the best sunshine levels in the UK – the gin has a gentle pink hue. Mermaid Pink is presented in a plastic-free bottle (even the seal is biodegradable) which is 100% recyclable. It is both vegan and gluten-free. 38% ABV. Marks & Spencer. £40.00/70cl.
Cadbury’s Valentine Gift Box
A great affordable Valentine’s chocolate gift! NEW Roses Gift Box alongside a Dairy Milk Bar with an ‘I Love You’ sleeve. Made extra special with an I Love You gift box with hearts and all your favourite bars in a Cadbury purple organza gift bag with ribbon.
Coole Swan Gift Set
Coole Swan is a premium Irish cream liqueur with a lovely gift set which is exclusively available from John Lewis (RRP £35). Each set features a 700ml bottle of Coole Swan premium Irish cream liqueur along with two beautifully crafted glasses. Why not try this fab cocktail recipe with Coole Swan?
ION8 Water Bottle from Leakproof
I love the pretty colours of the NEW ION8 Beauty Leakproof (350ml/500ml) Water Bottle in a stunning collection of pastel tones (Frosted Seafoam, Frosted Lemon, Frosted Mint and Frosted Rose) £11.99- £12.99 from Leakproof. (I am a sucker for pastels!)
Roses from Blossoming Gifts
Lovely red roses with seasonal scented stocks, send something more then just red roses. Delivered in a box by courier by Blossoming Gifts.
Nixplay Smart Photo Frame 10.1 inch – with wi-fi
This is a clever bit of kit! The Nixplay App for iOS and Android also gives you full control over your frame; Connect to Google Photos to ensure your frame is always up to date; Dropbox, Facebook and Instagram also supported from website. Buy the Nixplay frame here.
Princeton Tec SNAP LED Head Torch
The SNAP starts as a straightforward headlamp with additional focus on modular, adaptable design. SNAP’s head unit is removable from the headlamp bracket for handheld operation and use with the included accessories, snapping into place with a strong magnet. Available from Whitby & Co.
Zippo Polished Hip Flask
Polished stainless steel hip flask from the iconic Zippo brand. Supplied in a gift box, and perfect for a walk on a cold day!
Leatherman Multipurpose Pliers
Leatherman FREE P4 represents years of consumer feedback and engineering testing, giving you the best multipurpose plier experience to date. Each of its 21 tools are held closed by FREE’s magnetic architecture and open with a push of the thumb (goodbye broken fingernails).
G&B’s Chocolate Lovers Gift
A classic selection of Green & Black’s intense organic chocolate. This gift hamper contains a selection of milk, white and dark chocolate; four Green & Black’s Organic 90g chocolate bars and four 35g chocolate bars. All delivered in a recycled gift box with G&B’S satin ribbon.
Heart Star Map from Posterhaste
A Posterhaste Heart Star Map is a unique gift to commemorate a wedding, birth, anniversary, or other special occasion with a print of the constellations in the night sky.
Select a place, date, and time to create a design showing the night sky (or day!) as it was, or will be, at that location, at your chosen moment, in a beautiful heart shape. Perfect for a first meeting, a first dance, or first home.
Personalised Dressing Gown
If you are a fan of cosiness then this dressing gown is for you. It’s made from a thick fleece and you can have your initials embroidered onto it! You can see better photos on the shop website, but you can get an idea of the texture and quality of the embroidery here.
Forever Sewing, the luxury personalised clothing brand, have created sets of matching loungewear and luxury dressing gowns that can be embroidered with your sets of initials, pet names or even something secret… Handmade in Rotherham, Yorkshire and with celeb fans of the brand including Jacqueline Jossa, Dan Osborne, Stacey Solomon, Rochelle Humes, Mrs Hinch, Abbey Clancy and many more. Dressing gowns are priced £25 – £45, come in a range of colours to keep everyone happy and can be personalised with your name on the back and initials on the front. Loungewear starts from £53 for adults and available up to an XL adult size. See Forever Sewing.
English Dahlia Eau de Toilette
Forming part of our Floral Classics range, the English Dahlia fragrance by Yardley is inspired by a diverse variety of flowers. Containing 90% naturally derived ingredients and a vegetable derived alcohol base. English Dahlia delights the senses with its warm and feminine floral bouquet. An elegant and fascinating green floral Chypre, opening with sparkling citrus notes that combine with fresh neroli and apple, before moving onto a sensual and feminine heart, blending dahlia accords with rose and peony, enhanced with a warm base of patchouli, cedar and musk.
Milani Bold Color Statement Matte Lipstick
This iconic, pigment-rich formula provides superior, bold colour. Easy, glide-on formula dries comfortably and lasts for up to 8 hours of wear. Infused with Monoi oil to keep lips ultra-soft and smooth. Buy Milani Lipstick from Boots.
Treat Someone to a Sodastream
As the world’s leading sparkling water brand, SodaStream offers the perfect opportunity to show yourself and the planet some love this Valentine’s Day – cut down on single-use plastic and reap the bubbly benefits of staying hydrated.
We shall be in Spain over Valentine’s day so I have asked Mr W for a swimsuit – and I love this one! They are structured to shape you properly (which I need!), and come in all manner of shapes and colours – not just black! The Miraclesuit swimsuits range from approx £130 – £180.
Flower by Kenzo from Scentsational
It really is traditional to give perfume on Valentine’s Day! I love both the bottle and the scent of Flower by Kenzo available from Scentsational.
Dr Hauschka rose products
Dr Hauschka has a lovely range of rose products, like this Rose Day Cream. If your dry, sensitive skin is in need of rich, nourishing care, our Rose Day Cream is the perfect solution. This face cream provides strength and harmony, making it also suitable for sensitive skin or skin prone to redness. Rose cream was the product with which Dr. Hauschka and Elisabeth Sigmund founded their WALA natural cosmetics company in 1967. In winter, the high oil and wax content of our Rose Day Cream offers protection for the whole family. During summer months, Rose Day Cream Light offers a lighter alternative.
Ted Baker Peony Delights
Celebrate your favourite girls this Galentine’s Day with gifts from Ted’s fruity floral Peony Spritz
collection, now available exclusively at Boots. The perfectly pink Peony Spritz collection indulgently blends notes of pink pepper, with a lively heart of
floral peony and a touch of cedarwood for a sparkling fragrance.
Buyagift – Spa Day
This is one of my favourites – treat someone to a spa day! This one includes time in the spa, 55 minutes of treatments each and an afternoon tea at Cafe Rouge (which can be taken on a different day). It’s currently on offer for £99 which is a bargain!
Leighton Denny Expert Nails
Find the perfect match this Valentine’s Day with these classically romantic, high performance shades from Leighton Denny Expert Nails. Bringing the salon home, choose
one of our professional finish polishes which are sure to spice up your Valentine’s! Let a new polish refresh the same outfit on a hot date or treat yourself to the satisfaction of a fresh manicure during a pamper night in with the girls.
Unisex Olverum Bath Oil
Olverum Bath Oil is a highly concentrated, therapeutic bath oil which contains 10 pure essential oils, carefully blended to work synergistically, and a very effective way to naturally relieve stress and help you achieve a great nights’ sleep. Olverum is also a great way to ease aching or sore muscles (such a treat after a workout!) and is the perfect soothing antidote to a cold or flu. It has a gorgeously aromatic, unisex scent.
This time-honoured vegan, cruelty-free formulation has remained largely unchanged for 83 years, and until now has only been known by a cult following in the UK. Now beautifully re-packaged, yet still retaining the same formulation loved for eight decades by its’ passionate devotees, Olverum recently launched under new British ownership. It is the ultimate seasonal beauty treat – perfect for the bath season ahead. Olverum is stocked at Space NK.
Style & Go Collection – Mattifier
Dear Barber Mattifier creates separation with a matte finish. The sophisticated combination of ingredients includes beeswax and carnauba wax that provides a strong yet flexible hold. It provides immediate grab and lends the appearance of thicker hair.
We are sent items to include in the gift guide for suggestions and idea for presents – as always, all opinions are my own.