Valentine’s Day is on the horizon, and I’ve popped together a few Valentine’s themed products as well as some gift ideas that will hopefully get you feeling inspired! For us personally, we celebrate as a family for the most part and when the kids in bed we have a makeshift date night at home. Whether you are treating a significant other or just looking to treat yourself this year, I hope these ideas help!
Something to Drink
Regular readers will know I am a huge gin fan. It goes without saying then that I would recommend a lovely gin for Valentine’s Day cocktails. Mermaid Pink Gin is infused with fresh Isle of Wight strawberries. It has no added sugar making it less sweet than most pink gins and perfect for mixing into a cocktail. My absolute favourite thing about this gorgeous gin next to its incredible taste – It’s completely plastic-free packaging! Available to purchase here.
If you are looking for a bubbly beverage to celebrate Valentine’s Day with then, you need a bottle of Barefoot Bubbly Moscato. This sweet wine is delicious and light perfect for adding some sparkle to your evening. If fizz isn’t quite what you fancy, then Barefoot Wine has a lovely selection of white, red and rosé wine that is sure to be the perfect pairing. Find out where to buy here.
A pink themed drink perfect for a Valentine’s treat has to be the Shaken Udder Strawberries & Cream Milkshake. I reviewed some of the Shaken Udder milkshakes a while ago they are both indulgent and delicious and an excellent treat for both adults and children. In our house, Valentines Day is a family celebration and what better way to celebrate with the kids than with a delicious pink milkshake!!
On the subject of pink-themed drinks, Whittard of Chelsea have launched a brand new pink hot chocolate for Valentine’s Day, and it is absolutely delicious. This white hot chocolate turns pink once made and is Rhubarb and Custard flavoured! This is the perfect treat to sip while snuggled up watching a film on Valentine’s evening!
Something to Eat
Valentine’s Day calls for decadent desserts and if you are having a night in Pati & Coco have you covered with their multi-layered and textured chocolate dessert range. These little glass pots are one of the most delicious desserts I’ve tasted – and I have a huge sweet tooth!!
Just £3.00 over Valentine’s weekend for two pots (usual RRP £3.50) available from Sainsbury’s in four flavours: Praline & Choc, Ganache & Choc, Pistachio & Choc and Caramel & Choc. Find out more on their Facebook page: @patiandcoco & Instagram: @patiandcoco.
Nim’s RedLove Apple Crisps are the perfect snack to share this Valentine’s Day! These Great Taste award-winning apple crisps are air-dried locally in Kent and a much healthier alternative to sharing a standard bag of crisps! Find out more here and pick up a bag at a Tesco near you!
Perfect for sharing the OGGS 2 pack chocolate fudge cupcakes are a delicious treat! They are entirely egg and dairy-free – not that you’d notice by the delicious taste!
One of my favourite things about OGGS is that they have made the packaging from 100% recycled plastic that is also fully recyclable. It’s also wholly biodegradable just in case it does end up in landfill!! Available in Sainsbury’s and priced from £2.50 for a 2 pack.
I’ve put together a few suggestions of products perfect for gifting or ideal for some pre-Valentine’s Day pampering!
BRISK is a men’s beard grooming range perfect for a Valentine’s Day pamper or wrapped up as a lovely gift. Made with a blend of natural oils and ingredients –oh and each product is under £10, making it an absolute bargain! The range includes:
Beard & Face Wash 150ml RRP £4.99
Beard Oil 30ml RRP £6.99
Beard Balm 40g RRP £5.45
All available from Boots stores or online here.
A skincare set that is sure to get your skin ship shape ready for Valentine’s day is African Extracts Rooibos Classic 3-Step Everyday Starter Kit RRP £8.99. This set contains a Cleansing Lotion (60ml), Toner (60ml) and a Day Cream with SPF 15 (20ml) all of which are suitable for women of all ages and most skin types. These products contain the antioxidant power of Rooibos and Vitamin E, which help protect and restore the skin. This set will make a lovely pre-Valentine’s Day pamper or a great gift idea!
I personally have really fine hair that lacks any kind of volume. If I’m honest, it’s my nemesis when getting ready for any sort of special occasion. If you have hair like me, you’ll love my new best friend, Nanogen. Nanogen is a luxury hair volumising and thickening range. There is an abundance of products in the range that can help out anyone struggling with lack of volume including shampoos, conditioners, Root Booster, Keratin Hair Fibres and Hair Hydrator Spray. All of the products are also suitable for both men and women.
If you are looking for men’s Valentine’s grooming Raw Naturals is worth checking out. They are a Swedish brand available exclusively from Superdrug. The range includes products for body, skin and beard care. Three Alpine Skiers from Sweden developed the range. They were looking for products that could perform well in even the extreme temperatures seen in Sweden. The products are all-natural, including ingredients such as honey extracts, coconut and oats.
If you are looking to perfect the perfect pout this Valentine’s Day then PAYOT has you covered. The Nutricia Baume Lèvres Cocoon is a nourishing balm that intensely nourishes, protects and repairs lips. Leaves lips looking shiny without the sticky finish!
I am in love with Guava & Gold at the moment. The packaging on these products is absolutely BEAUTIFUL, and the contents are pretty lush too!! This is a bespoke range of luxurious bath and body products with the most gorgeous tropical scents. All products in their range are paraben-free, and they are helping to fight hygiene poverty by donating proceeds from sales.
The range includes bath and shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and shimmering body oil available in four gorgeous fragrances:
Paradise Found – Tuberose & Arabian Jasmine
Coral Beach – Mango, Pineapple & Grapefruit
Coco & Cherimoya – Coconut, Cherimoya & Bergamot
Rhythm & Reef – Sweet Plum Blossom & Salt Flower
All packaging is 100% recyclable, and prices start from £20. Find out more from www.guavaandgold.com/.
One of my favourite lip products at the moment is the Intense Therapy Lip Balm from Jack Black. Suitable for both men and women the formula penetrates quickly providing quick relief from dry and chapped lips. It’s a great way to get lips feeling dapper, especially effective over the harsh winter months.
Something for Gifting
I absolutely love Portmeirion, and a gift from there is always special. They have such an abundance of beautiful products that would be sure to make anyone’s Valentine’s Day from fancy glassware to the most gorgeous table pieces. Personally, I love this large Atrium Embossed Jug, which is perfect as a statement piece to display those Valentine’s flowers!
A Nixplay Frame is the perfect gift for 2020. We live in an age where we have, at our fingertips the ability to record and capture every moment. We take more photographs today than ever before yet these images don’t get the full celebration they deserve. More and more pictures are being taken, but we no longer print them out and display them like we once did. Personally, I find that I don’t display even a fraction of the photographs I once did. This is primarily due to the volume of images I take. In order to display them in my home, I’d need to rotate them on a daily basis which is just not practical! That’s where the Nixplay Frame comes in.
Through its very own app, the Nixplay Frame can display photographs and videos instantly. What a great way to share and display your memories and the perfect Valentine’s gift for someone special!
Yardley London products always make lovely gifts, and their Nourishing Hand Cream Duo Travel Set is the perfect Valentine treat for the one you love. The set contains two 50ml Nourishing Hand Creams one scented with English Rose and the other Lily of the Valley. Each cream contains 95% naturally derived ingredients, and they are both Paraben-free.
If you follow me on Instagram, you will know I have a love for scented candles and wax melts. My new faves are these wax melt bars from Sassy Shop Wax. Two cubes of a bar will give around 12-18 hours of scent, and they are only £2.75 each!! The scents are strong and even after you stop melting the scent lingers throughout! I’ve been melting Rhubie Rose and La Vie Est Bon, and I am obsessed, but there are lots of different scents available on their website here.
If you are looking for a Valentine gift that will blow the socks off your recipient, then Red Letter days has you covered with their Ultimate Moments Gift Box. I love gifts from Red Letter days because the whole experience is exciting from choosing your activity or location to actually taking part! The Ultimate Moments Gift Box can be redeemed against hundreds of days out, adventure experiences or short breaks! Whether you are looking for thrills and adventure or relaxing getaways, the choice is yours. Valid for 24 months, there is an abundance of time to choose, plan and enjoy this fabulous gift.
One of my go-to places for gifts has to be Gift Giving All Wrapped Up. I’ve featured them in many of my gift guides in the pasts they stock such a vast range there is something for every occasion. One of my favourite finds for Valentines Day has to be a collectable figure from Jim Shore Designs. Of course, I’d pick this Disney Traditions Clueless Casanova which features my favourite Disney character – Stitch but with so many different characters to choose from there is something for everyone.
Williow Tree figurines are another collectable item that always makes a great gift. They have such lovely designs that have real sentiment and meaning behind them. For Valentine’s Day, there a few that really caught my eye but “Promise” really is quite special. Willow Tree figurines are cast from original hand carvings by artist Susan Lordi and 2020 marks their 20th anniversary making them a gift that is sure to be both loved and treasured.
Perfume (or aftershave) always makes a lovely Valentine’s gift, and this year the Elizabeth Arden Fifth Avenue Perfume sprung to mind. This 30ml Eau de Parfum has an elegant and floral fragrance that is perfect to wear both during the day or on a night out, making it ideal for Valentine’s celebrations! Available from chums.co.uk.
You can always rely on Baylis & Harding for good gift ideas! For Valentine’s Day, their Fuzzy Duck Pink Gin Fizz range is perfect!
The Baylis & Harding Fuzzy Duck Pink Gin Fizz Luxury Bathing Treats Trio Gift Set contains three fabulous bathing products in their gorgeous Pink Gin fragrance:
1 x 100ml Shower Crème
1 x 100ml Body Wash
1 x 50ml Hand & Body Lotion
1 x 500m Indulgent Bath Bubbles
I hope you have found this Valentine’s blog helpful! How will you be spending Valentine’s Day this year?
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Love as always!
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