Valentine’s Day

It’s almost Valentine’s Day.

You can’t forget it, because it’s everywhere.
Signs in shop windows, gift guides in magazines and little red hearts everywhere.

Now I know there a few of you that are very anti-Vday, but listen up.
If you’re single, it’s the perfect excuse to either treat yourself to a night out with your girlfriends or consume a pint of ice cream guilt free.
If you’re loved up, it’s a day to show someone hey, you make me happy and I like sharing my world with you. 

If you’re stuck for ideas, I have a few varying in price and mushiness for your boo, girlfriend, best friend, and even your mum.

The Gift:

Chanel Red

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour £18
Everyone has a lovely lady in their life that deserves to have killer claws. My favourite is Rouge Noir, Number 18

Macarons

Pierre Hermé Macarons £14-£22
Nothing says I love you like a box of decadent macarons.
Pop into Selfridges and customise your gift by selecting his or her favourite flavours.
A box of 7 macs are £14, or get the Valentine’s Day box Les Macarons de Saint-Valentin for £22.

I Love You Ring

Tiffany & Co. I Love You Ring £100
For the serious couple, say it with Tiffany’s.
No, not an engagement ring! Just an I love you ring, so she always knows you love her…even when you forget your anniversary.

Perfume Floris Bespoke Perfume £195
For this one, you’d have to really know the other person’s favourite scents in order to create their perfect perfume. But, I think that this is such a thoughtful gift.
Spend 90 minutes consulting with a Floris perfumer and choose from a range of scents to personalise a 100ml fragrance.

Massage Oil

Massage Oils £10
To tease and please, why not give a sensual back massage with Polynesian Massage Oil.

Hotel Chocolate

Chocolates £45
When it comes to chocolates, everyone knows that the bigger the box, the more you love them.

LingerieSomething sexy to spice up your night £20-£200
Take a cheeky peek at Agent Provocateur for some luxury lingerie or Gilly Hicks for a great deal on on some down undies.

Flower card

Flower Card £10-£20
Don’t get her flowers, they die.
Ok, she probably likes flowers. But instead of paying an extortionate price for roses on Valentine’s Day, how about a big bunch of her favourites. Or how about this neat flower card. Strange, but creative.

Bacon

The Bacon Club £17-£30
Give the gift of bacon because let’s be honest, who doesn’t love bacon?
Remind your man how much you love him every month with a nice stack of meat.
The Bacon Club sends a 2 pack of British bacon for £17.50 or 4 pack for £29.77 will be delivered right to your door each month.

Batman cufflinks

Batman Cufflinks £16
For the inner nerd that manages spreadsheets by day and crime by night.
Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na BATMAN!
(you’re welcome for now having that stuck in your head for the rest of the day)

Oil set

Vom Fass Customised Oil Sets
For the chef, pop into Selfridges for a Vom Fass customised oil set. You can choose from a selection of different bottles and sample which flavour oils you’d like to buy. Alternatively, order them online to be shipped to your door. If you’re doing this, I’d suggest the miniature oils and vinegars gift set which gives you a variety of 8 little bottles for £25.

Passport Holder

Leather Passport Covers £29 him / her
For the frequent flyer that loves a good travel accessory.

Destination Print

Personalised Destination Print £38
For the traveling couple, this awesome print of destinations you’ve been, or plan on going. It’s a sweet way of encapsulating memories without putting all your vacation photos on display.

The Date:
Now if your girlfriend / friend / boyfriend / mum is anything like me, the way to their heart is through their stomach.

homemade-pizza

For an easy, romantic night in, why not grab some pre-made dough and all his or her favourite pizza toppings and spend the evening making your own pizzas. Share them cuddled up watching an action rom-com movie.

Kitchen TableFor the gourmet foodie, surprise them with seats at Bubbledog’s Kitchen Table. Check their twitter feed here for seats available and reservations.
There are limited seats left for Valentine’s Night – email info@bubbledogs.co.uk to reserve your spot.

Bubble Food Valentine

If you don’t want to battle for reservations, you could pull out all the stops and have molecular gastronomy created right in your very own kitchen.
Bubble Food will bring molecular fine dining to you with liquid nitrogen cocktails, deconstructed canapés, floating mains, and a Valentine’s Day dessert of champagne caviar sabayon with bitter chocolate crispy strawberry and liquid cherries.
No true foodie could turn down this love potion.
Contact them to arrange your showstopper evening here.

Complete your gift with a thoughtful, meaningful Valentine. I’ve attached a few for inspiration.Valentine

Valentine Valentine
Valentine

I hope this V-day fills you with lots of love and chocolates whatever you do.
But mostly chocolates.

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Bruges

Happy Valentine’s Day! I’m not a huge promoter of this day, but as long as you celebrate with some chocolate, it’s all good.

This day of love, I was whisked off to Bruges. It wasn’t exactly the smoothest of whisking away, as the whisker realized at the Dover port he had forgotten his passport! After a quick 2 hour drive back to the house, then 2 hours back to the port – we were finally on the ferry. We arrived in Calais and drove straight to Bruges.

It felt as if I had been taken back in time as we wandered the cobble stone streets. There’s quite a lot to see considering the town is so tiny. Its small size made it perfect for our day trip and we spent a majority of the day wandering down alleyways and in and out of chocolate shops. In the main square was a delicious food market with the smell of mulled wine heavy in the air. After sampling some Belgian treats, we took an obviously fascinating tour of the chocolate museum, complete with chocolate demonstration and samples.

After hours of exploring and tripping on cobblestone streets in freezing weather, I needed food. We asked locals where we could get our hands on the best Belgian food, but no one seemed to give the best recommendation. My Belgian hunger and the whipping wind was starting to get the best of me, until we stumbled upon the most perfect place ever to be stumbled upon: De Vlaamsche Pot. We stepped through the old, wooden door and my face lit up. The cosy dining room was dripping with tacky Valentine’s decorations that you’d find in your grandmother’s attic, creating a strangely comforting atmosphere. The room seats no more than 25 and is warmed by an intimate fireplace. I barely glanced over the menu before deciding I must have Moules in White Wine with Parsley and Garlic and a large plate of Frites. I couldn’t have made a better choice. A steaming pot of mussels and pile of frites satisfied my belgian hunger – almost. After dinner, although completely full, we had to order a Belgian waffle. It was definitely worth it as it was the best waffle I have ever had, topped in vanilla bean ice cream and drowned in chocolate sauce.

Make sure you select some chocolates to savor on the ferry ride back.

What did you do for Valentine’s Day?