Valentine’s day is nearly here and it is a good time to start thinking about gifts. If you are asking yourself what you should get your significant other you have come to the right place!
Rachel Allen – Coast
Inspired by Rachel Allen’s journey through Ireland. Lovely recipes using local produce and insightful into different parts of Ireland with traditional dishes and some modern twists. Available from all book stores.
A table at the fields
A fantastic book full of seasonal recipes from Colin’s family Kitchen as well as his restaurant. Beautiful book with easy to follow recipes and gorgeous photography. Available from all book stores.
Travel Between the lines – Adult Coloring Book
Have a keen traveler and wanderluster in your life? Then this Adult colouring book is the perfect gift for him/her.
Featuring 47 illustrations from 29 countries, the book is based on the travel photographs of husband-and-wife creators, Geoff and Katie Matthews, and their lifestyle of permanent travel.
Offering a range of difficulty, from relatively simple illustrations of Paris, Guatemala, and Colombia, to extraordinarily detailed architectural cityscapes of Prague, Quito, La Paz, and others, the crisp black and white line drawings will transport colourists from Taiwan to Lithuania to Argentina with the flip of a page.
Whereas most adult colouring books are created from imagination, and have a distinctly whimsical feel to them, this book features real scenes from around the world, and is based on real photographs..
Price and Link to Purchase: £6.59 on Amazon.co.uk
Cards and Gift Sets
The Playful Indian
If you want to find the perfect card which will bring a smile to your other half’s face, you have got to check out the range from The Playful Indian. I love the humour and the creativity that these cards have.
There are also a variety of Valentine themed gift sets available. I would also recommend checking out the full range of products as they are all seriously awesome!
For more information visit: http://www.theplayfulindian.com
Starbucks UK has these fabulous and super cute new tumblers available which make the perfect gift for the coffee lover in your life.
They are £16.95 each and available from Starbucks UK
CHOC Chick raw chocolate making kit
This beautifully packaged CHOC Kit has enough ingredients to make around 30 raw chocolates (using the mini baking cases included) or 3 bars (using simple plastic containers) or over 30 truffles. Alternatively, you can get a bit naughty and make delicious chocolate cocktails (CHOC-tails!) or heart warming hot chocolate drinks.
CHOC Chick Recipe Booklet
Organic Raw Cacao Butter 100g
Organic Raw Cacao Powder 100g
Sweet Freedom 100ml
50 mini baking cases
Available for £12.99 from http://www.chocchick.com/choc-chick-starter-kit.html
Pots & Co Luxury handmade dessert pots
If the idea of a cheesy meal out on the 14th February fills you with dread, why not treat your Valentine to a cosy romantic meal at home this year? With Pots & Co’s incredible range of indulgent puddings you can’t go wrong. These restaurant quality pots will have your loved one convinced you have Michelin-star potential, but there’s no need to cook or leave the house – simply transfer from fridge to table and enjoy!
Available from all major retailers, pick up a pot or two or three. The range of flavours are incredible, from Salted Caramel, Sticky Toffee Pudding, Caramelised Apple Crumble and Lemon and Lime Posset, to name a few, these are absolutely delicious.
My favourite is the salted caramel one 😉
Designer cupcakes from Little Cedars Bakehouse
Looking for cupcakes that will seriously impress your other half? Little Cedars Bakehouse can create a bespoke theme or design for you with a wow factor. An example of a Valentine’s themed cupcake is below.
For more ideas visit: https://www.facebook.com/littlecedarsbakehouse/
To order or to make an enquiry email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Indian inspired cakes and Nankhatai from ChinsKitchen
Make this Valentines day extra special and treat your loved ones to a wonderful range of treats from ChinsKitchen. Choose from our Indian inspired Cakes or our devilishly Moorish Nankhatai (Spiced Indian Shortbreads).
Rose, pistachio and cardamom cake
Light, moist and bursting with sensational flavours of rose, covered in a whipped creamy rose cream, pistachios, edible rose bud/petals and chewy meringues.
Rose and cardamom Nankhatai (Spiced Indian shortbread)
A delectable blend of fragrant rose water, pistachios and cardamom in a light, crisp and flavoursome shortbread, an experience not to be missed. Presented in a heart shaped gift box and free personalised message.
For full details on how to order please visit www.chinskitchen.co.uk
Cupcakes, Madeleines and cookies from Aroma Cake Boutique
For madeleines, cookies and cupcakes in a wide range of flavour combinations, order from Aroma Cake Boutique. These are delicious having tried them myself.
Chai Masala Mini-Madeleines (Gluten-Free)
Coconut & Cardamon
Rose & Pistachio
Spiced Almond & Banana Cookies with Maple Pecan (Vegan, Gluten-Free & Refined Sugar-Free)
Cupcakes (Gluten Free)
Tantalising flavour combinations include: Pistachio with Rose & Lemon drizzle, Almond & Orange Blossom, Masala Chai & Rose and Coconut & Saffron (gluten-free).
For more information or to place an order visit: http://aromacakeboutique.com
Joe & Seph’s Gourmet Popcorn
What better way to show your love for that special someone than with a sweet treat – Joe & Seph’s Gourmet Popcorn!
To help celebrate Joe & Seph’s have created three extra special flavours:
FOR HER – a seductively fruity White Chocolate & Strawberry
FOR HIM – a charmingly smooth caramel macchiato with 5% scotch whisky
Available from: https://www.joeandsephs.co.uk
For the keen cook
Is your other half a keen cook and foodie? Why not gift them a cooking subscription service – One that brings the world to your plate! Each month Kitchen Trotter will send out a cooking kit inspired by a different destination. I have tried the Indonesian one and was really impressed by the recipe cards, and the quality of the ingredients.
The kits are available as monthly (you can cancel at any time), six monthly and yearly.
To purchase a Kitchen Trotter subscription visit: http://www.kitchentrotter.co.uk/6-subscription
Look no further than Guylian’s chocolate boxes to show that special someone how much you care this 14th February. Chocolates from the world’s favourite Belgian chocolatier not only taste great but also tell a love story; soon after they married in the late 1950’s the company founders, Guy and Liliane, sealed their love by uniting their first names to create the company name, Guy-lian
This well loved classic is sure to impress the object of your affections on Valentine’s Day. Made from the finest West African cocoa beans and filled with melt-in-your-mouth roasted hazelnut praline, each heavenly Guylian Sea Shell is lovingly crafted from a blend delicious white, milk and dark Belgian chocolate (RSP £4.00 for 250g).
Nothing shouts ‘I Love You’ more obviously than this heart shaped red box of romantic heart shaped chocolates, marbled and filled with roasted hazelnut praline. The 42g box (RSP £1.00), which contains four praline filled hearts, is the ideal love token, whilst the 105g heart shaped box (RSP £3.99) makes a more substantial Valentine’s Day present.
Seahorses mate for life, so what better way of expressing your on-going commitment than with a box of Guylian Caramel Sea Horses. Each Seahorse shaped chocolate is encased in Belgian milk chocolate and filled with delicious, soft and creamy caramel. (RSP £4.00).
If you plan on spending Valentine’s Day watching Netflix, these praline filled Sea Horse shaped chocolates are your best companion. The 336g box is great for gifting or sharing (RSP £10.00)!
Guylian’s Valentine’s Day chocolates are available from all major supermarkets, selected independent stores nationwide and via Guylian’s UK web shop www.guylianshop.co.uk.
Bowmore 15 year old Darkest
Buy your loved one the world-acclaimed ‘Darkest’ whisky created by the oldest distillery on the isle of Islay, located off the west coast of Scotland.
Having been matured in ex-bourbon casks in the cool cellars of the legendary Bowmore® No.1 Vaults, this precious whisky has spent its final 3 years in Oloroso sherry casks to give its signature darkest colour and warming finish, with a flavour profile of treacle toffee, hazelnuts and figs.
Breathe in seasonal notes of rich dried fruits, dark chocolate, and a hint of Bowmore whisky’s signature smokiness before the palate is enveloped with the merry taste of toffee, raisins and gentle smoke leading the way to a deliciously rich centre.
With a robust and complex finish and a hint of sherry, Bowmore 15 Years Old ‘Darkest’ is evocative of festive fruitcake in a glass.
For more information visit: http://www.bowmore.com/whiskies/15-years-old-darkest/
Glenfiddich – The Family Collection
A gift set which has three miniature expressions from the Glenfiddich Core range – 12, 14, 15 year old. This is a perfect gift for those who want to try Glenfiddich for the first time or for those who know and love Glenfiddich but don’t want to invest in all three expressions at the same time.
This gift set is available in most supermarkets. ABV 70%, 3×5 CL, £15.00
Bluebirds Revenge Pale Ale
Premium men’s grooming brand The Bluebeards Revenge has broken away from industry norms with the surprising launch of a brand new beer.
Best known for its barbershop-quality range of shaving and grooming products, the brand has well and truly thrown caution to the wind with a brand new tipple dubbed ‘The Ultimate Pale Ale for Real Men’.
The new brew is the product of a unique collaboration between the Devon-based brand and local Hunter’s Brewery, and has already set tongues wagging ahead of its arrival in local pubs and bars later this month.
Made with Citra and East Kent Golding’s hops combined with the finest of British ingredients, the Ultimate Pale Ale is bottle conditioned, unpasteurised and unfiltered, with a strong, uncompromising and proud flavour.
The Bluebeards Revenge Pale Ale (500ml) is available to buy online from tuckersmaltings.com, priced at £2.70 a bottle.
VinobyVana is a twist on the traditional wines people know and love. It is an aromatized, low alcohol wine-based drink, comprised of a blend of quality Rosé with natural fruit flavours.
‘The first in the VinobyVana range is Pink Grapefruit. It’s a vibrant, refreshing drink which is low in alcohol – only 8% – and can be served on ice. It really appeals to anyone who enjoys fun, fruity, alcoholic drinks,’ says Vana.
VinobyVana is available exclusively on Virgin Wines website for £5.99 per bottle
Flowers are always such a lovely gesture and such a nice uplifting gift to receive.
Appleyard London have an amazing range of luxury bouquets available to choose from.
Pictured is the Hazelnut Bouquet. Isn’t it gorgeous?
If you order from Appleyard you can enjoy 33% off luxury bouquets with the code BLOG33.
Brydon Brothers belts
Having spent a long time researching the styles, materials and colours available on the current belt market, Brydon Brothers wanted to launch something different – something with a hand made feel to it. Designed in Britain and crafted from long lasting, quality materials, everything from the stitching and finish of the buckle to the feel of the elasticated webbing has been carefully selected to both look great and stand the test of time.
Using full grain leather – hides that have not been sanded, buffed or snuffed – means each belt is naturally unique, and will develop an individual patina over time, while the signature vintage restored wooden boxes and thick cotton bags ensure the belts are kept safe during travel.
Brydon Brothers’ core collection, Kingsland Range, is available in five classic colours including navy, black and tan from www.brydonbrothers.com.
Monbento Lunch box
The Monbento lunch box is just stunning. It is so practical, sturdy and watertight too. It is microwave safe and has 2 compartments. Perfect for someone who takes their lunch to work or for food on the go on trips. You can purchase matching sauce cups and cutlery to accessorise your Monbento lunch box.
It comes in a large variety of colours. Pictured below is the Pink and white combination.
For more information visit http://us.monbento.com/en/
They are available to buy from Amazon.
Kitchen and Home
I absolutely love Joseph Joseph as their products not only look good, they are functional and really good quality too!
For the keen cook in the house, why not get this Clean-press Garlic press?
The unique, 2-piece design of this garlic press makes the task of crushing garlic cloves much easier and less messy.
Like a conventional garlic press, whole cloves are forced through a pierced extruder plate by squeezing the two levers together.
Unlike conventional presses the two levers can then be separated enabling the top one to be used as a handy scraping tool for removing crushed garlic from the front of the extruder plate.
The remaining skin or pulp can then be removed with the tip of the lever from the extruding chamber.
The unit can be washed under running water where its cone-shaped holes prevent any remaining garlic pieces from being trapped.
This innovative, space-saving design neatly combines the bases and lids for various sizes of storage container in the same space as one.
The problem with most sets of food storage containers is that they take up precious cupboard space when not in use and usually require lids and bases to be stored separately. This can make pairing the corresponding elements a real hassle.
Bases nest neatly inside each other and lids snap conveniently together making them very easy to find – and all elements are clearly colour-coded for speedy pairing. When closed all containers are airtight.
Available in a 2-piece, 4-piece and a 6-piece set.
For more information, and to purchase any of the above, visit: http://www.josephjoseph.com/en-gb/
OXO Good Grips
A product I cannot live without! It keeps my herbs fresh for so much longer and is so compact.
Waste less and save more with OXO GreenSaver™. Three thingscause produce to rot and spoil quickly: ethylene gas, improper airflow anduncontrolled humidity. The OXO GreenSaver system has the solution. GreenSaverProduce Keepers feature all-natural, non-toxic activated carbon filters filledwith nooks and crannies that trap and absorb ethylene gas, slowing downspoilage and keeping fruits and vegetables fresh longer. They also haveelevated, removable baskets that promote proper airflow and help preventmoisture buildup by lifting produce up and away from the bottom and sides ofthe container. These baskets can also be used as a colander to rinse fruits andveggies before enjoying. The vent on top of each Produce Keeper slides open andclosed to maintain optimum humidity levels for different types of produce.These three factors work together to keep your produce fresh longer.
Cold Brew Coffee Maker
The cold-brew process is known for delivering smooth, low-acid coffee. Since the grounds never come in contact with hot water, the result is a less acidic, less bitter flavour. Steeping the grounds in cold water releases only the most aromatic flavors, and the concentrate created from the cold-brew process stays fresh longer than regular coffee.
Our Cold Brew Coffee Maker simplifies the cold-brew process with its unique features. For example, the Rainmaker™ ensures water is distributed evenly over coffee grounds, the Brew-Release Switch is easily accessible and allows you to stop and start the draining process, and the stainless steel ultra-fine mesh filter is removable for easy cleaning. The Coffee Maker has all the hard work covered – all you have to do is add coffee grounds and water. Once you make the concentrate, you can add ice and water for iced coffee or hot water or milk for hot coffee.
Tea-lover? You can use the same process to cold brew tea! With a flick of a switch, our stainless steel filter strains your favourite tea into a sealable, glass carafe.
Hand held Spiralizer
Spiralized vegetables are a fun and delicious way to incorporate more vegetables into your favorite recipes, or the perfect opportunity to try out new dishes. OXO Good Grips Hand-Held Spiralizer creates uniform, curly noodles from courgette, cucumbers, and other long vegetables for pasta-like dishes, salads and garnishes. The open-blade design also accommodates round vegetables like potatoes and beets for curly fries, frittatas and more. The food holder keeps hands safe and is easy to grip while turning down to the end of vegetables to minimize waste. The BPA-free Hand-Held Spiralizer is dishwasher safe and the food holder acts as a cap for safe storage.
To purchase any of the above OXO products or too see the full range visit: http://www.oxouk.com/default.aspx
How about a luxury food hamper for your loved one full of lots of lovely treats!
Spicers of Hythe have a fabulous range available which can be viewed here.
What’s more is that they currently have a competition running which is called the “Cheesiest Couple Selfie Competition.”
All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is take the cheesiest selfie possible with your loved one, and then send it into Marketing2@spicersofhythe.co.uk. Once they’ve gathered all of those cheesy selfies up, the winner will be picked at random.
The competition runs until the 12th February 2016, so you’ve got plenty of time to perfect those cheesy poses and get your best selfie game on.
Beauty and accessories
The claw clip, is one of the most popular hair clips in the world selling many millions of units worldwide each year, yet there has been no change to its look for 26 years. Yep 26 years!!!
The Linziclip ® is a completely different type of claw clip in a cylindrical shape, a flat back and with a stylish finish which is quick and easy to use. It hides the springs, the wings and the teeth in a completely different way to any of the other traditional hair clips. Once it’s in it, it stays securely in the hair and does not slip. It also looks pretty amazing!
Also, because of the new shape, it is very comfortable to wear and when leaning the head back, the plastic does not dig into the back of the head. Big win!
The Linziclip, available in maxi, midi and mini, comes in a wide range of high fashion colours and prints, to match with on trend clothes and accessories. It also comes in Classic colours like black and tortoiseshell together with a range in crystals. Perfect for all occasions – casual, evening, sport, bridal etc.
Here I am modelling one of the Linziclips.
The Linziclip would make a fantastic gift for a loved one as it is so versatile, pretty and revolutionary. For more information visit:http://www.linshell.com
To purchase a Linziclip visit their Amazon store.
How about a beauty gift set from Skin Sincere.
Available in sets of Aloe Vera, Coconut Shea, for hand care, pro-age and unscented, these make fantastic gifts for your special someone.
To shop the range visit: https://skinsincere.co.uk/shop/browse/giftsets/
Love Flush blushes from Too Faced
Too Faced Love Flush Long Lasting 16 Hour Blush accentuate the face’s natural tone, structure and features effortlessly with exquisite results.
Long-wearing and fade-proof, Love Flush Long Lasting 16 Hour Blush glides eloquently onto the complexion to craft a pop of colour across the cheeks that will leave everybody in awe. Available in six deliciously indulgent shades, this incredible blusher is packaged in an exquisite colour-matched love heart compact, which will make you fall in love with this beauty necessity. Offering a bold yet natural colour payoff, this enchanting makeup essential guarantees a flush of colour for at least sixteen hours, delivering flawless beauty all day, every day.
Available to purchase here.
For those who need a little natural boost, these skin supplements from http://www.workswithwater.com/help-clear-skin/ are perfect.
Each one has natural ingredients and helps you take care of your skin.
I hope you enjoyed my guide and it inspires you to find the perfect gift!