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I have had all sorts of Valentines day celebrations. I’ve sat alone and sobbed, completely convinced I would be alone forever. Evenings spent with girlfriends, congratulating ourselves on not getting caught up with that weird, male foreign species. Then I have spent a few with someone I love and this year I get to spend my second with Mr Tutu. However, that doesn’t mean I want to forget about my Valentines past. So this gift guide will not only give you ideas on what to get a loved one and friend but also all the romantic items you need for the perfect evening with a friend or someone you love.
If you’re looking for a cosy night in, which is probably what we will be going for this year, then you’ll need this gorgeous faux fur cream and pink cushion and matching blanket to snuggle up with. With this gorgeous pink ombre cushion from Beautify, even the laziest of lazy days will have a touch of glamour. Featuring an indulgently soft sheepskin-style cover, this cushion is made to add serious style and comfort to any living room or bedroom.
This gorgeous sheepskin-style blanket from Beautify has a fluffy sheepskin-style exterior. This pink ombre faux fur throw adds a unique layer of style to your bed, sofa, stool or chair to transform it from basic to beautiful.
If you’re going for a cosy night in and perhaps a movie then you’re going to need some popcorn to go along with that.
Popcorn Shed are rewriting the rules of snacks, in the UK and beyond! Say goodbye to boring, tasteless popcorns. Their gourmet popcorn tastes better than the competition, is beautifully branded and our pack formats are both unique and eye-catching.
Now, of course you need a drink to go along with this. You can go one of two ways… and the first way is with a limited edition Whittard’s pink hot chocolate. Take a trip to the halcyon days of vintage sweet shops with their Rhubard & Custard hot chocolate, reminiscent of the childhood confectionery favourite. They’ve layered sherbet-sweet flavours of rhubarb and creamy custard on a white chocolate base for a lip-lickingly luscious pink (yes, pink!) treat.
Of course, if you’re looking for something a little stronger than nothing says Happy Valentines than a delicious bottle of Dark Horse wine whether it’s with a friend or partner. This Provence-style Rosé oozes summer vibes but goes well on any cold day too with a fresh, floral and fruity burst. Take a bottle to a barbecue or picnic and discover a bright and brave new wine that defies expectations.
This bright Californian Rosé has floral hints, subtle minerality and notes of strawberries.
If you’re cooking your friend or loved one a meal, why not serve it up in a special way. I absolutely adore this Sagaform Heart Bowl with Ladle from Red Candy, and I’m sure you do too! Why not surprise your loved one this Valentine’s Day with some of their favourite grub presented in this fabulously fun bowl and serving spoon set? After all, they say that the way to a man’s (or woman’s?) heart is through their stomach!
If baking is your thing, you know the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach so why not whip them up something truly scrumptious like a bundt cake. Nordic Ware have these incredible Rose Bundt and Rose Bundtlette cake moulds meaning all you have to do is whip up the a delicious bundt cake recipe and you are good to go.
There is of course always the option of sweet treats when it comes to Valentines Day and one of the most traditional gifts. These chocolates from Funky Pigeon which can be personalised with the image of your choice, say it all.
Buy the perfect luxury box of chocolates with this ‘Petit’ Indulgence gift from the Lily O’Brien’s range, which can be personalised with your own photo. A great gift idea for any occasion including anniversaries, birthdays and Valentine’s Day.
The chocolate box is filled with 30 delicious chocolates from Lily O’Brien’s ‘Petit Indulgence’ collection. Chocolates within the box include: Sticky Toffee, Simply Chocolate, Raspberry Crème, Lecrunch Chocolat, Chocolate Orange and Rich Praline.
Or if chocolate isn’t your bag then maybe you can be tempted by some delicious fudge from Stirrd. he melt-in-the-mouth, good-for-the-soul stuff. Made properly in old copper pans because it tastes flippin’ amazing that way. They have a special Valentines special available too which includes;
Salted Caramel Fudge with Ginseng Ruby Chocolate Drizzle – our favourite gourmet fudge, full of buttery caramel flavours, a sprinkle of sea salt and infused with ginseng to awaken the senses.
White Chocolate Honeycomb with Chilli Flakes – hand-made honeycomb pieces, smothered in white chocolate and dusted with chilli flakes to dial up the heat.
Cherry & Chocolate Brownie Fudge with Shimmer – bursting with real cherries and dark chocolate to put you in a feel-good mood, and finished with a love-heart-red shimmer.
I don’t have a huge sweet tooth but I do have a real nostalgia for the classic sweets I ate as a child. What is even better is that there are vegetarian versions now available of these sweets. Swizzels are just such a classic sweet company and not only can you buy personalised romantic love heart tubes but also gift boxes and hampers of all your favourite Swizzels sweets including fizzers, the controversial parma violets, drumstick bars and more. These are all available from the Swizzels online store and there is also a discount code if you hop on over there meaning you could by your loved one and yourself some of these classic sweet treats!
What’s this… Mummy in a Tutu is a beauty blogger now?! Far from it. However, I am getting ready for Valentines day and nothing says pucker up better than this gorgeous Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real new lipstick from Scentsational Perfumes. This awesome lipstick is special because it comes with a built in lip liner for that pouty look. With such a subtle shade available too, it won’t matter if you’re staying in or heading out this Valentines. I have always been a huge fan of benefit and all the key items in my make-up bag are by them so I am delighted to add this to my collection…and Mr Tutu likes it too!
Of course there are some lovely gifts, which I will be giving to my lovely girlfriends who have helped me through so much and keep me sane…for the most part. Funky pigeon have got a great selection of personalised mugs both romantic and not. Purchase a unique gift for someone special with this fun tote bag from Funky Pigeon. Customise the text to create an extra special gift, perfect for a friend on Valentine’s day. Then you can preview your tote bag to make sure it’s exactly as you want it before ordering. Perfect for my amazing friend.
If you’re looking for little gifts or to spruce yourself up for the evening, there are a lot of options. 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. This little bottle from Yardley London makes the perfect gift.
You could accompany it with this Dr. Paw Paw tinted lip balm. It’s the same great balm, just with a tint! The Dr Paw Paw Balm features all the benefits of the Original Balm that keeps your skin in check. Enriched with fermented Pawpaw from the Carica Papaya plant, aloe vera and olive oil this balm has powerful healing qualities which transform your skin. The delicate tint of this balm makes it perfect for use on lips and cheeks for a natural, subtle finish. It is also, vegan!
If you’re going to be strolling and holding hands, you’ll want to make sure they’re smooth and soft and that’s where Seams hand cream comes in. SEAMS Couturiers Hand Cream was originally created for seamstresses to help mend and moisturise their dry, pinpricked, hardworking hands without leaving an oily residue on fabrics. SEAMS absorbs instantly is non-greasy and a must for very dry, rough distressed hands. This wondrous hand cream is widely recognised for its mending, softening and deeply moisturising properties.
It really is lovely to have a representation of your love sometimes, be it a framed picture of the two of you or you and your friends or perhaps a box of mementos. Posterhaste take this to a whole new level by allowing you to design personalised love images to decorate your home. You can choose to create an image of a particular constellation or like me, words that mean something to you in the shape and colours of your choice. I chose the word heart, with words that are important, not only to me but to my whole family…and I think it turned out pretty great.
Of course there is the ultimate gift, something which all of us crave if we are honest and that is the chance to escape from it all and get away. For this there is of course the wonderful breaks from Red Letter Days. Whether it is a posh night in the city or a few days in a country hotel with long, peaceful walks and time spent in the spa, there is an experience suited to lovers and friends.
Happy Valentines Day Everyone!
If you’re looking for meal ideas on what to cook that special someone, why not check out my Romantic Meal Ideas post!