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24th January 2019
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3rd February 2019
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So, this is something I did not foresee myself writing. At the tender age of 17, myself and a friend boycotted Valentine’s Day by wearing hand drawn t-shirts that said “Crappy Valentine’s Day” on them. This was the first in a long line of horrible experiences on this day. Ironically, the best Valentine’s day I had came the year after at the tender age of 18, when my lovely boyfriend at University took me for dinner and the theatre and it was lovely. It all went downhill after that and for a girl who spends her life living in fairy tales, that was fairly disappointing and I honestly don’t remember the last time I had a Valentine let alone celebrated the day. So, this year I was planning on doing a gift guide for what to get anyone in your life that you love to show your appreciation be it your mum, dad, friend or even daughter. However, I somehow find myself on the brink of Valentines Day of February 2019 and, drum roll please…. it looks like I might actually have plans! Not just friend plans but actual romantic, Valentines plans. So, taking my own advice, here is what to buy ANYONE you love for Valentines Day.

Kerrie Davis Jewellery

Let’s face it, us women love jewellery. Nothing says I care like a bit of bling or a keepsake that will last for years to come. I am quite picking when it comes to jewellery… I don’t like yellow gold at all, I like long necklaces and not chokers, I like sparkly but not gaudy and I also like quirky, different and unique. I don’t want to be showing a friend the new piece of jewellery I’ve got and they turn round and say that they have it too! Kerrie Davis Jewellery is amazing, unique handcrafted copper, silver and rose gold jewellery and hair accessories with the most amazing crystals, beads and precious stones. I think anything from here would be a good choice for me! You’ll find necklaces, chokers, earrings, rings, bracelets, dread cuffs, hair pins, hair slides and even the most amazing bespoke Christmas decorations too. Take a look… you won’t be disappointed.

Shop Kerrie Davis Jewellery Here

Chambord

Now I would not be upset if someone rocked up with this lovely liqueur as a gift for me (I adore the bottle) and neither would my mum who loves it in a gin and tonic! This black raspberry liqueur is crafted in the province of Chambord, at the site of a real French chateau, with the finest ingredients. And some do say that it was inspired by French royalty’s chosen tipple when they visited the Loire Valley.
But does it matter? Non! Forget these Royals and their golden taste buds. Yours are the ones that matter. You like it, you drink it.
Why? Because no reason.

Buy Chambord here

Magic Body Fashion

Now, even when I am not with a partner, I think it’s nice to wear nice underwear. It definitely perks my mood if I’m wearing nice underwear and even more so when it matches. Magic Body Fashion, not only provide nice looking underwear for any and every occasion but it also helps shape our bodies to look their absolute best at those all important times. Long gone are the giant Bridget Jones pants when you look at Magic Body Fashion. MAGIC Bodyfashion was one of the first companies to introduce Shapewear and problem solving bras and accessories. In the late eighties the idea was born from the “volume shoulder pad” trend in fashion which resulted in the first step of creating a bodyshaping product line. Due to this heritage, MAGIC owns the expertise of creating a product range with a great fit and that is all about comfort. Not only are MAGIC products functional, they also have an attractive and trend lead look including a luxury line in Shapewear.

Shop Magic Body Fashion here!

Men’s Society

Now I haven’t had to buy anything for a man that mattered for a loooonnnnggggg time BUT it would appear things have gotten a little easier and there are a lot more products on the market and when Men’s Society got in touch and offered to let me take a look at their products for men. “Like a lot of businesses, ours was founded and created at the kitchen table. Ambitions were dreamt around it, ideas sketched on it and product made at it. The business has grown (along with our family) and we now work with some of the top retailers in the world but we still make everything by hand, in Britain and we’re super proud of that.” Their products are wonderful, can be personalised and you can tell everything is made by hand simply by the quality and finish. I know where my future gift stop for men will be!

Shop from Men’s Society here.

Haribo

It may seem like a simple gift, but what better way to say I love you than with a box full of delicious chewy hearts. Treat your loved one to a tasty gesture this Valentine’s Day with a Heart Throbs Gift Box from HARIBO.  Filled with pretty jelly and foam hearts, this cute gift box is the perfect present for the sweet lover in your life. These aren’t vegetarian so I won’t be partaking but Bear and my Valentine aren’t vegetarian so this is a perfect sweet treat for them!

Buy a Haribo Heart Throbs Gift Box Here!

Find Me A Gift

This one is definitely all for me.  Something I had come to love getting in the past few years since I began blogging are props I can use in my photos when taking pictures for my blog and social media. I also love decorations and different items for my room so when you spot one that’s also completely in the theme of Valentines, how could you resist?! This LOVE light in carnival red, literally just makes me swoon! I absolutely love it – I can see it as a great prop for photos and also looking gorgeous on a shelf in my house as a great decorative item. Plus I love the colour! John Lennon and Paul McCartney were right… all you need is love. Bring some eye catching carnivalesque style and love into your life with this super trendy LED carnival love light sign.

Buy the LOVE sign and other gifts here!

Made to Last

When you get to that lovely point in a relationship with cosy evenings in together with a movie or in front of a fire if you’re in a movie, it means you’ve really become comfortable with that person. No need to suck everything in, push everything up and slap on make-up to ensure you are looking absolute perfection. So what do you need for a cosy night in? A gorgeous blanket or throw! Made to Last have an amazing range to choose from and you can keep comfy and cosy with their range of high quality throws, blankets and bedspreads. All products are made to last (of course) by passionate British manufacturers. All you need to grab now is the wine and the takeaway and we’rd good to go. Chinese or Italian?

Shop at Made to Last now!

Victoria Plum

I have always found with couples that when they know each other well, they can often get each other similar things, maybe because they enjoy doing things together. Something I would love to do is head off for a weekend, or maybe even just a night away in a luxury hotel with dinner or maybe the theatre. An essential would be a giant bath tub full of bubbles with a glass of bubbles to soak away the stress of every day life. For that Victoria Plum has the perfect selection of gorgeous gift sets for both him and her.

Whether you’re buying for a friend, colleague or loved one, or simply treating yourself for getting through another year, these delightful Baylis & Harding gift sets make perfect Christmas presents. From one of the UK’s best-known and best-loved producers of bath and body care products, discover a range of indulgent products, including hand lotion, soap and bath soak, beautifully presented for that special someone.

Shop Victoria Plum gift sets here!

Red Letter Days

Okay, let’s face it…what we’d all really love for Valentine’s day is to be whisked away from the cares of every day life and cocooned in a bubble for a few hours at least, even if you can’t do the whole day! So what better way to do that than to buy the one you love a red letter day experience so they can head off to wherever they choose! Give her the flexibility to choose from a range of exhilarating and relaxing experiences. Whether she is a pampered princess or a G.I. Jane, she is sure to find an experience to suit her. With thousands of days out to choose from, she can delight in a choice of afternoon tea, spa days, stadium tours, helicopter rides and much more. Treat her to a memorable experience with the Especially for Her gift set!

Shop for Red Letter Day experiences now!

I Just Love It

Have you noticed how it has become extremely fashionable to have a beard these days? Not only that but there are accessories and all sorts to go with them. We seem to have a few beardy men in the family and my Valentine is no exception. However, our winning beard has to go to Bear who refuses point blank to do anything to it and I think is attempting to grow an original Albus Dumbledore style beard – good luck! So, beard accessories are a definite winner. This Personalised Beard Grooming Kit is here to maintain the luscious locks on your face well into adulthood. That’s not all with this epic grooming device. The Personalised Beard Kit makes the perfect present as the recipient’s Name is printed on the generously-sized, padded canvas bag. Any man will be delighted not to mix up his grooming essentials with any other male in the house (but they’re not a man unless they can grow a beard)! Inside your Beard Care Kit, you’ll find 1 bottle of beard shampoo to lather up your locks, as well as a 2-in-1 bottle of conditioner and face moisturiser. Once you’re all washed and fresh, combed, trimmed or waxed, proceed to finish off your face with the non-greasy beard oil.

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The Ned Rose

I don’t mind most wines and have learnt to like and enjoy all types but I do have a soft spot for a good rose – maybe because it is pink! The sister wine to their best selling Sauvignon Blanc and every bit as delicious is The Ned Rose. Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir are gently pressed to extract colour while minimising tannin. Yeast strains are selected to enhance aromatic intensity. On the nose and palate this wine is all about summer berries matched with a creamy texture. The acidity is well balanced with just the slightest hint of structure from the Pinot Noir. A perfect match for rice dishes such as risotto or paella or simply a quiet night in on the sofa!

Buy The Ned Rose here

Mainline Menswear

Well we all know that girls like to wear nice underwear but what about the boys? Well, even if they don’t care we like them to look nice in their undies don’t we? Mainline Menswear have a great selection and this Levis gift box is perfect! Levis T Shirt And Boxer Briefs Set In Black, A cotton jersey t shirt with a ribbed crew neck, short sleeves and a signature woven Levis logo pinch tag in the left side seam in red and white. One pair of boxer briefs in black with an elasticated waistband featuring the signature Levis logo woven in white.

Shop Mainline Menswear here

The Diamond Store

There isn’t a lot you can say about diamonds other than wow. Did you know they also did pink ones? And pink sapphires just so you know. If it is a really special day for you, perhaps you’re even thinking about popping the question, then you’ll be wanting a REALLY special gift. The Diamond Store has a whole host of gifts from smaller to grander budgets so you’re sure to find something. I decided to pick out my personal favourite… you know, just in case! If you’re searching for the perfect present for your loved one then this pretty pink sapphire ring would certainly make them smile. The ring features a spectacular emerald cut pink sapphire which is nestled between two clusters of Premium Quality Diamonds weighing 0.06CT in total and made complete with a 9K white gold band.

Shop from The Diamond Store here

9 Comments

  1. Lovely suggestions! I have mixed feelings about Valentine’s Day, but why not lean into the fun?

  2. MMT says:

    We haven’t ever really gone mad on valentines day but this is a lovely round up of stuff…maybe we should!
    Thanks for hosting #ablogginggoodtime

  3. Modern Gypsy says:

    Lovely suggestions! I have very mixed feelings about Valentine’s Day, but I’m always happy for some gifts! 😉

  4. Some great ideas here #ablogginggoodtime

  5. Some lovely ideas here. I’d go for the red letter day myself! #ABloggingGoodTime

  6. Tracey Carr says:

    Lovely ideas, I never have a clue what to get my hubby! Because we don’t get out too much it will probably be a take-away and a bottle of wine! #ablogginggoodtime

  7. Some good suggestions here for everyone, I find Valentine’s the hardest time to buy gifts for! #ablogginggoodtime

  8. I love the necklace at the top and the ring at the bottom. Being happily single I do what I do almost every year: chocolate covered strawberries, a bottle of wine, chinese food, and a I watch a Buffy marathon. That’s my ideal. Oh and I do also buy myself something nice or do something nice for myself. This I bought a singleswag box that came with a cute little heart necklace, some chocolate, lotion and a book:) #ABloggingGoodTime

  9. Crummy Mummy says:

    These are all very classy! Love the bras! #ablogginggoodtime

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