AD: Disclaimer. Some of the items listed were gifted for this review
Valentines day is almost upon us so here are some gift ideas…
I am hoping there is something for everyone. I am not separating by gender because, frankly, that is old hat and we should all be able to decide what we like.
I have a couple of giveaways which are both at the bottom of the post too.
Let’s kick off with the most extravagant…
A gift experience from Red Letter Days
Red Letter Days have lots to offer to suit every budget. From Meals for two and cream teas, to helicopter rides, hot air balloon flights and short breaks.
We have this overnight stay for Rowhill Grange which is a local Spa and I cannot wait! If for any reason you cannot use the voucher you can exchange it for something else online and bank or pay the difference. Check out the full range of gift ideas here: www.redletterdays.co.uk
Chocolates and confectionary for Valentines day
I mean, you can’t really go wrong with chocolates. There is a chocolate for every taste and diet.
Cadbury Chocolate Hamper
A selection of Cadbury chocolate, in a wicker basket – two of my favourite things! I have to admit I drive Monsieur Incidental a bit bonkers with my love of baskets to “keep things in” but hey ho. Cadbury Gifts direct have a great selection of Cadbury gifts for every occasion and to suit your budget. This hamper contains large bars of Dairy Milk, Bournville, Wholemilk, a big bag of Buttons, boxes of Roses and Heroes a box of Milk Tray AND a tub of Cadbury drinking chocolate – YUMMY! Check out the full range here: www.cadburygiftsdirect.co.uk
Guylian Belgian Chocolates
This box of 10 praline hearts from Guylian won’t break the bank at £4 but are sure to impress (and taste scrummy). There is even a box with 4 little chocolates in for £1 which make a great little treat. These are available from high street retailers and www.guylian.com
Stirrd fudge subscription box
Fudge is one of my favourite things to put in my mouth. The thought of having delivered to my door once a month fills me with happiness and that is exactly what Stirrd does. It is made by hand the old fashioned way and I can confirm it tastes delicious. Prices start at one box for £11.99 (including delivery) which is pretty good value, decent fudge is not cheap! Check out their website: www.areyoustirrd.co.uk
Sweet hampers and personalised gifts from Swizzels
Swizzels are a firm family favourite and you can’t accuse them of not moving with the times. Many of their sweets are suitable for vegetarians and vegans – they are clearly labeled as such.
I was really chuffed with my personalised Love Hearts tube containing little packs of Love Hearts – I’ll be keeping it for bits and bobs! The personalised tube, including mini tubes of Love Hearts is £9.99 and the hamper full of sweet treats is £9.99. There are letterbox friendly hampers starting at £2.99 which are a fab idea so you don’t have to worry about delvery! All are available at Swizzels Shop and there is a 15% discount available for Valentines use V15 at the checkout.
Drink ideas for Valentines Day
If confectionary doesn’t float your loved-ones boat then maybe a tipple will?
Wine for your Valentine (I’m a poet and I didn’t know it)
I don’t know much about wine, I just know what I like and when. There is sure to be a bottle here to go with Vaentines dinner or to chill in from of the television with your loved one.
From left to right these are:
Cape Town Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon 2019, South Africa available from Aldi £7.99
De Bortoli Regional Reserve Shiraz 2017, Australia from Adnams £12.99
The Ned Pinot Grigio 2018, New Zealand from Majestic £10.99 (£8.99 mix six)
Coole Swan Irish Cream Liqueur
This gorgeous liqueur is available from John Lewis as a single bottle or this gift set which includes 2 glasses RRP £35.
Perfect for relaxing together on Valentines evening it can be drunk over ice or in a cocktail check their website for the recipe: www.cooleswan.com
Mermaid Pink Gin
I was lucky enough to receive a bottle of the original Mermaid Gin for Christmas, this one is pink (obviously) and infused with strawberries. The bottle is to die for!
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!
It’s vegan and gluten free, the bottle is 100% recyclable and is available from M&S RRP £40
Coffee maker from VonShef
We received this coffee maker form VonShef a couple of weeks ago and have used it daily. It takes both beans and grounds, you can set it so you can literally wake up and smell the coffee in the morning AND it has a keep warm function. We think it is absolutely great value at RRP £99.99, currently on sale for £74.99 available directly from VonShef here: www.vonshef.com
A coffee subscription from Perky Blenders
To go with our new coffee machine we now use proper beans. Coffee lovers will be sure to love a coffee subscription service from Perky Blenders (do you see what they did there? Such a cool name!). You can choose 3, 6 or 12 month subscriptions and they will be popped through your letterbox in eco packaging, they are even available worldwide. Check out www.perkyblenders.com
Character glasses & cups from GB Posters
We are huge geeks in this house so these Pikachu espresso cups RRP £19.99 and Batman Tankard RRP £13.99 were well received (both are on sale at the moment too). GB Posters has a huge range of similarly geeky merchandise for all genres – check out their website here: www.gbposters.com
Practical Gifts for Valentines Day
Leather wallet from Zippo
This leather wallet from Zippo is a steal (see what I did there) at £14.90 It holds 6 cards and has a clip to hold notes you can buy yours here: www,whitbyandco.co.uk
Leatherman Free tool
For the oh-so-practical person this tool is ace. It has a knife, a phillips head screwdriver, a bottle opener and all manner of other handy tools all in one handy package. I have most of these knocking about in my handbag so I can ditch them and use this instead. You can buy yours here: www.whitbyandco.co.uk
Princeton Tec Multi Use Light
I know a torch might not seem very romantic but keeping your partner safe surely has to be? This torch is multi purpose so can be used in a multitude of ways. We live in an area with lots of dark alleys and this torch is a great size for my handbag, perfect when walking home in the dark. Available to buy here: www.whitbyandco.co.uk
Sand-free couples beach towel from Tesalate
Tesalate sand-free beach towels are fabulously light weight and absorbent and, as they say, sand free. Their texture is totally different to the run-of-the-mill beach towel so you can be sure that you won’t take half the beach home with you. They also pack up very small and compact. We have this couples beach towel which is a great size to enjoy a romantic break on the beach together. The single towels start at £49 and double £79 and can be bought directly www.tesalate.com
Photo gifts from Asda Photo
I mean, why wouldn’t you want a whacking great photo of yourself on a blanket? This is us draped over our sofa!
Asda Photo has a load of photo gifts to choose from including photo books, mugs, blankets and even flippy sequin cushions. In hindsight maybe a blanket with out faces blown up to the size of a sofa wasn’t my finest move, but we like it! Check out the full range here: www.asdaphoto.co.uk
Toiletries and self care for your valentine
We often don’t have time to take care of ourselves as well as we should, could or would like to so here are some ideas to give to your Valentine. Book them a couple of hours in the bathroom too, so they can make the most of it!
Raw Naturals toiletries
Raw Naturals is a grooming range from Sweden and is available exclusively in Superdrug. The range is billed as
A true microbrewery for skincare
The range includes beard care, skincare, shower gels and bronzers.
Check out the full range: www.rawnaturals.co.uk
Ted Baker Peony Spritz Set
You really can’t go wrong with smellies for Valentine’s and this Peony Spritz set from Ted Baker is lovely. It has a pretty, floral scent that anyone is sure to love. Available from Boots RRP £18.00
Nanogen thickening hair products
Nanogen Shampoo, conditioner and root boost are complimentary products to the Nanogen Keratin Hair Fibres range which are designed to help hair look thicker and fuller. Prices start at £7.95 and the full range is available here: www.nanogen.com
Brisk grooming products
The Brisk range of grooming products smell great and are all under £10. Available from Boots stores you can find out more about the products here: www.briskgrooming.co.uk
A bit of fun for your Valentine
From outside to inside here are a few ideas to keep the spark alive…
An inflatable Body Bubble from Wicked – *GIVEAWAY*
These are hilarious, possibly my favourite line is “best inflated outside” which suggests to me that some idiot couldn’t get through a door. Anyway, these are very popular for inflatable football (yes, that is a thing) but the idea for Valentines is that you can each have one and bounce off each other. It surely has to be the most whacky gift on the list. RRP is £49.99 each and they are available from Amazon, Argos Online, Hamleys, Menkind and Wickedmania.com.
I have one Body Bubble to give away go to this post win an inflatable body bubble to enter.
Organic intimate products from The Yes Yes Company
At the end of Valentines day treat your lover to this range of intimate products from the Yes Yes Company. Most of us are more in tune with our bodies and eat more organic produce but we forget about what put on and, well, in them.
The YES YES Company produce a range of Soil Association certified organic, plant-based, vegan and vegetarian hypoallergenic intimacy products, designed to enhance sexual pleasure whilst safeguarding intimate health
Always check your lube is safe to use with the condoms you are using – oil based lubricants are not recommended to use with latex condoms. The full range is available to buy here: www.yesyesyes.org
Satisfyer Partner Double plus remote
Treat yourselves to some fun in the bedroom with this adult toy for him and her:
The Double Plus allows couples to engage in a variety of fun games with a double motor for double the fun, as well as 10 settings. At the touch of a button, you can choose from three vibration intensities and seven vibration rhythms to bring you to climax together. And because Satisfyer know that sex doesn’t have to be reserved for the bedroom, the Double Plus is waterproof to rating IPx7, meaning bathtime just got hotter!
Available directly from www.satisfyer.com RRP £35.95
Satisfyer have kindly provided one Satisfyer Partner Double to give away – to be in with a chance of winning one click here and enter via the Gleam widget
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