Valentine’s Day is approaching and I guess some of you out there might need a little helping hand with gift buying for that special someone. Be it your one true love or your best friend who needs a pick me up.
I don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day in a big way in all honesty but I am up for sharing gifts with loved ones no matter what time of the year it might be. I think with Valentine’s Day looming it brings this to the forefront of our minds.
My gift guide centres around the traditional gifts of jewellery, chocolate and something boozy but I have also included a recipe for my “Pretty In Pink” pasta and my “All You Need Is Love” biscuits as an alternative. Nothing says “I Love You” more than something homemade. Never fear, I won’t be posting any pics of me in red/black/saucy underwear. My Valentines Gift Guide is creative, understated and thought out with local, reasonably priced items as well as a homemade gifting idea to show you really care.
Chococo is my ‘go to’ chocolate shop. Full to bursting with seasonal choccie delights to tickle your taste buds With valentines gifts starting at the £5.00 mark there is certainly something for every budget. I adore the fact that Chococo chocolates are hand made by a skilled artisanal team led by founders Claire and Andy Burnet in Purbeck, Dorset. The chocolates created are made from high quality cocoa solids and low in sugar which create a fine chocolate experience every time.
My love of Cabinet Jewellery is well documented through the pages of Tara’s Busy Kitchen & Other Stories. I couldn’t let another opportunity go a miss without letting you see what gorgeous pieces they have on their newly updated website. You can find gifts from as little as £14.00 up to having something created especially for you or your loved one. Once again, something for every budget. On top of all the gorgeous jewellery, Cabinet also hand make hair ties and clutch bags in beautiful vintage silks.
My goodness this gin is exceptional. Tinkture organic rose gin just gas to be the most deliciously pink, seductive gin in the market. They use a secret selection of David Austin roses grown by Jan of Edible Flowers on her certified organic farm. A 500ml bottle will cost you £45.00. Jan has also made my valentines list in her own right with her wonderful edible flower salt and sugar. See below.
This gin is a classic ‘London Dry’ style gin that allows the roses to sing. Alongside the rose, there is a delicate zing of citrus. It’s quite simply divine.
For me, this is the perfect gift and I know just where you can get your hands on some. Jan Billington of Maddocks Farm near Cullompton grows edible flowers for all the top chefs and bakers. She also sells them via her website to the likes of you and me. I personally am in love with her Rose Sugar and Edible Flower Salt. At £6.00 per tin they are certainly affordable. The perfect little foodie gift to sprinkle on sweet and savoury bakes and dishes.
If you are looking to impress your other significant other with dinner as their special treat then my ‘Pretty In Pink’ pasta is just the ticket. For the recipe click here.
These beautiful “All You Need Is Love” Biscuits will be the perfect gift for your loved one. Maybe you could make them for dessert after the “Pretty In Pink” Pasta. For the recipe click here.
Disclaimer: I was gifted the chocolate by Chococo for this blog post. Everything else I have purchased, loved and wanted to share with you all.
Image of Tinkture Gin bottle used with permission. Additional photos by Angel Wade, Chloe Upton and Willow Hilson.