I don’t ‘do’ Valentines but who doesn’t love a present any day of the year? I certainly do and if it helps my life become more efficient, provides laughter at 100 decibels or I can pop it up in my new home I am in. As a realist myself, I know what you want, and don’t, so I have put together a realists dream Valentines Day gift guide of things that I would love to receive myself.
Whether it’s a day out tasting gin, a tee raising money for refugees, a scrabble letter framed poster or a card with an avocado gracing the front cover, I am sold. Here is my realists Valentine’s Gift Guide for 2017:
Choose Love Clothing
Help Refugees’ amazing Choose Love t-shirt is a simple, bold, stylish design that conveys a message that is both hugely important in these times of division and uncertainty, and highly appropriate for Valentine’s Day. This is a great way to send love to someone in a worse off situation to yourself by donating to these guys. They’re organic 100% cotton and celebrities spotted wearing them regularly include Sophie Dahl and Caroline Flack. More details here.
Corkcicle Tumbler – £22 from Root7
To encourage drinking… Who wouldn’t! Encouraging you to ‘drink differently’, Root7 introduce the game-changing Corkcicle tumbler. Finished in triple-insulated stainless steel, it keeps cold drinks cool for 9 hours and hot drinks warm for 3 – allowing you to enjoy your favourite beverage wherever, whenever. Take your cocktail wherever you may go…
Cutter & Squidge Biscuits – Box of 4 – £ 14.90
These are blooming amazing. Cutter and Squidge’s trademark Biskie has been struck by Cupid’s arrow. Available in boxes of 4 and 8, the Biskie Box is made up of a mix of mouth-watering chocolate salted caramel and succulent very berry Biskies – all decorated with little love notes. These are to die for, and even though they were incredible, I needed a few hours before I could eat another. Super filling and incredible flavour.
Afternoon Tea at Sopwell House – Various
Another food inspired experience, as always. Share a most romantic weekend away at Sopwell House this Valentine’s Day. To celebrate the occasion we have devised exclusive Valentine’s menus, available from 10 until 19 February 2017. Includes Sandwich selection, scones and jam, and cakes. YUM!
Warner Edwards Rhubarb Gin – £20
Soz about all the alcohol. Warner Edwards Rhubarb Gift Tin which includes a convenient tasting size bottle of 20cl and is delicately decorated with the Warner Edwards signature design would be the perfect present for any gin enthusiast. Fit for a queen, the rhubarb gin is produced using a crop of rhubarb originally grown in the kitchen garden of Buckingham Palace during the reign of Queen Victoria.
Etched – £14.00
Etched Drinks is taking the UK’s love of artisanal beer, wine and spirit brands and allowing customers to personalise the labels to suit any event or occasion. Having sourced a delicious selection of both soft and alcoholic options, from a range of the best breweries, vineyards and distilleries across the world. Etched Drinks has created a truly unique offering, making them the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your special loved one.
Etsy card – Various
If you want to make your Valentine feel extra special this year, give them a card with a thoughtful message inside. If you’re looking for one that perfectly reflects your relationship, you might want to have a look at Etsy. Totally the best place to get your cards!
Gin Tasting Experience with Cream Tea at the Waldorf Hilton London – £55
Who loves gin? Me! Set in a stunningly palatial building dating back to 1908, the Waldorf Hilton hotel boasts magnificent décor and hospitality of the highest standards. One of the many knowledgeable servers within this beautiful establishment will start your experience off with an introduction to gin. You will then hand pick four gins from a fantastically diverse range of eleven Spanish, Scottish and British brands. Whilst you’re polishing off your four 25ml of devilish pleasure, tuck into a delicious cream tea complete with fresh scones, jam and clotted cream.
Personalised Love Tiles Poster – £19.95 – Prezzy Box
Are you a tad verbose? Or do you prefer to remain a little more introverted? Whatever your style, we’ve got no doubt you’ll love this ultra-cute personalised love tiles poster. Playing on the wordy style of the world famous game Scrabble, this poster provides you with an opportunity to cement your relationship in words. The simple, stylish design allows you to personalise the scrabble-style tiles on the poster with 2 names that are interlinked. I got one of these for Theo and he was thrilled!
Carluccio’s Valentines Truffles – £12.75
The Carluccio’s dark, white and cappuccino hazelnut truffles for the first time in one box. And you can even customise the box yourself with an accompanying sheet of specially designed stickers inspired by Fiorucci, to make your love laugh and enjoy delicious chocolate all at the same time. And Carluccio’s also have a special Valentine’s Amore set menu running from Friday 10th – Tuesday 14th February, so you can enjoy 3 courses from £19.99. Includes antipasti, cocktails and raspberry sundae…. YUM!
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Tile Mate – RRP £23
A tech inspired product, perfect for someone who is always loosing their keys, passport or wallet. Tile Mate is a discreet tracker that can be attached to anything – luggage, wallets, purses, backpacks, clothing – and shares the location of things via a smartphone or tablet. Users can ring their things with one of Tile Mate’s four pre-set ringtones, or use it in reverse to find their phone—even if it’s on silent.
‘Love Knot’ The Sparkling Valentine’s Afternoon Tea – £59pp
Food is my first love, then everything else. Joking obviously but I do love food, especially cake. Love is truly in the air at Conrad London St. James as couples get to share more than a cup of tea this Valentine’s Day. Love Knot, the new limited edition afternoon tea, offers couples the opportunity to pick the perfect gift from the unique ‘jewellery menu’, whilst enjoying the gourmet delights in the stunning surroundings of Emmeline’s Lounge.
Bloom & Wild – Various
Scrap the 12 red roses, these are gorgeous! The most premium letterbox bouquet, the Colette is an abundance of roses, softened with astrantia and seasonal waxflower. The perfect bouquet and delivered straight through the door. At Bloom + Wild they check the quality of each rose by eye, before carefully netting the head to protect every petal during transit to ensure that your flower gift will arrive in perfect condition, always.
Freya, The World’s First Birch Sap Spirit – £34.00
And again… Completely organic in composition and named in honour of the Norse goddess of love, beauty, fertility and sensuality, Freya encompasses all of that and more, standing out from other craft drinks by staying true to her wild and independent roots. A beautiful and delicious gift this Valentine’s Day.