Valentine’s Day is a great occasion to treat either your loved one or just yourself. Of course, there’s the argument that you shouldn’t wait for one day of the year to do something nice for your other half, and I agree. But I still like Valentine’s Day as a special occasion in the middle of winter. It’s a good excuse to get dressed up, go out for dinner (or stay in) and spend some time together. There are some lovely gifts out there for Valentine’s Day, and here’s my pick of some of the best Valentine’s ideas for your girlfriend, fiancée or wife this year. Or just yourself, because why not!
Don’t forget to see my Valentine’s gift guide for him for some special gift ideas for the man in your life.
Bath oils are a must for a little bit of luxury at home. Olverum Bath Oil is a highly concentrated, therapeutic bath oil which contains 10 pure essential oils. An Olverum bath is a very effective way to naturally relieve stress and help you achieve a great nights’ sleep. It is also a great way to ease aching or sore muscles and is the perfect soothing antidote to a cold or flu. And it smells amazing. This is the Travel Set. Available from Olverum, as well as Harvey Nichols, Fenwick and House Of Fraser.
How adorable are these two? These are the Beauty and the Beast Itty Bittys from Hallmark. They’re so sweet and very soft. As well as Belle and the Beast, other couples versions that are new to the Itty Bittys range are Miss Piggy and Kermit, Lady and the Tramp, and Super Man and Super Girl. Available from Hallmark.
I adore this trinket box, made from glass and rose gold plated. It has a mirror on the base, and the lid can be personalised with your own message. A very thoughtful gift and ideal for jewellery lovers and lovers of rose gold decor. Available from Find Me A Gift.
This beautiful reed diffuser is the Valentine’s Day special from the GiftScents range at Wax Lyrical. I love these reed diffusers because they are so affordable, smell amazing and they actually do scent the room unlike some reed diffusers. The other nice thing about them is that they come in a gift box which is ready to be personalised with your message to your loved one. This Valentine GiftScent has a lovely fruity fragrance.
If a traditional candle is your thing, you will love this collaboration between Wax Lyrical and Fired Earth. The range of home fragrances is inspired by the unique paint collection from Fired Earth. This is the Darjeeling & Damask Rose candle, which comes in this pretty pink glass jar. The candle has notes of oud, rose, geranium, jasmine, clove and praline and I can vouch that it smells amazing! When lit, the pink glass absolutely glows.
How gorgeous is this? These heart-shaped bottles from Il Gusto are personalised free of charge so you can add a message to your other half. This is blood orange vodka, and you can also choose from amaretto, tiramisu and many other pretty-coloured drinks. I love how the stopper is a little glass heart. Available from Il Gusto.
Watches are pretty much the perfect gift. They can be kept for a lifetime, come in so many designs and finishes, and of course are extremely useful. I love the crisp, clean look of the Charles Conrad watches. This is the Rose Gold Mesh Watch. Available from Charles Conrad.
These gorgeous gift ideas from Antipodes are the Joyful Hand & Body Cream and the Moisture-Boost Natural Lipstick in Dragon Fruit Pink. Antipodes is a luxury organic beauty brand from New Zealand, and their ingredients are all innovative as well as natural. The Body Cream contains avocado oils & hibiscus flower, and the lipstick contains avocado oil, calendula oil, evening primrose oil, argan oil, shea butter and jojoba oil to condition and colour. Available from Antipodes.
This beautiful and elegant bottle from GHOST is a lovely delicate floral fragrance with some fruity top notes. It’s very feminine, and perfect if your loved ones likes refreshing sweet scents. Available exclusively from Boots.
It’s not easy to come by nail polishes which are safe for both people and animals. However, Dr.’s REMEDY is vegan friendly and an 8-free nail polish. Each product is infused with a special blend of ingredients including Organic Tea Tree Oil, Wheat Protein, Garlic Bulb extract and Lavender. These shades are Remedy Red and Loveable Lavender. Available from Feetlife.
This cute little bottle is full of Sparkling Wine flavour beans. A little non-alcoholic treat, these beans are vegetarian, and free from gelatine, gluten, fat and dairy. Available from Jelly Belly.
Something for the mums out there, this gorgeous mint green and marble effect Brighton Necklace from Nibbling is made from food-safe silicone beads. It’s perfectly safe for babies and toddlers to chew on, plus it looks really good and comes in a lovely presentation box. Available from Nibbling.
Jenny Wren Chocolate Box
Of course chocolates and Valentine’s Day go hand in hand. This is one of the nicest little boxes of chocolates I’ve seen. The box features twelve hand-finished Belgian chocolates and truffles. There are four each of milk, dark and white chocolate – including Fleur de Sel caramel, raspberry yoghurt and white mocha. Incredibly the box folds out and has three tiers. Also incredibly, this only costs £6.49 in the run up to Valentine’s Day, and is available from Sainsbury’s.
This all-natural brand is PETA certified so completely cruelty-free. The Cashmere Pressed Blush is very smooth and finely milled, and the mascara has quickly become my favourite go-to for defined fluttery lashes. I absolutely love the stunning rose gold packaging. Available from Nude By Nature and Debenhams.
This bottle really is stunning, as is the box it comes in. The liqueur is crafted in the province of Chambord, at the site of a real French château. It’s also extremely affordable for something so gorgeous. There are so many ways to include this in recipes. One of my favourites, and the simplest, is to add it to prosecco to make a Chambord Royale. Available at Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Tesco at an RRP of £7.00.
Grace Cole is a UK brand who make luxurious yet affordable products. The packaging is stunning. This is the Vanilla Blush & Peony Body Duo which contains a Soothing Bath & Shower Gel and a Moisturising Body Lotion. The scent is beautiful, and this is a cruelty-free brand. Available from Grace Cole.
This beautiful bottle of pink fizz is such a pretty Valentine’s gift, and I must say it went down a treat not long after this photo was taken! Much more affordable than champagne, and the great accompaniment to a romantic Valentine’s dinner at home. Available from Aldi.
Ella Doran is an award-winning designer who has created a homeware collection that has some gorgeous printed designs. This fine bone china mug is from her Surreal Succulents range. The perfect gift for your girlfriend or wife to keep on her desk to remind her of you. Available from Ella Doran.
This lovely bottle of eau de toilette from Ted Baker contains a feminine and fruity fragrance topped off with amber, vanilla and white mush. Available from Ted Baker and Boots.
This hairbrush is a godsend for those of us with easily-tangled hair. Mine is very fine so it knots easily, and I love this brush for effortlessly removing knots. You can use it on wet or dry hair. This gorgeously designed brush is available in lots of colours. This one is Fab Fuchsia, perfect for Valentine’s Day. Available from Tangle Angel.
I love this little kit of teeth whitening strips. You get a little metal case to carry them around with, so they’re perfect for whitening on the go. They only need to be kept in for 15 minutes at a time, making them really convenient and able to fit into anyone’s routine. Available from Boots.
Sleek have been one of my favourite beauty brands ever since I saw Pixiwoo talk about them in a YouTube video. Their products are cruelty-free, budget friendly and excellent quality. These items are perfect for a Valentine’s gift. This is the Blush By 3 Palette in Flame, Lip VIP in Night Spot, Matte Me gloss in Rioja Red and Matte Me Metallic gloss in Anodized Ruby. Available from Sleek or in Superdrug.
I love false lashes and think that Eylure can’t be beaten when it comes to quality and affordability. The Lengthening lashes are perfect for elongating and lengthening the eye. For something a bit more daring, get her the Exaggerate lashes which combine length and volume. Perfect for day or night. Available from Eylure and in Boots.
How pretty are these bottles? I have been using these Phil Smith Total Treat products and they leave my hair really soft and shiny. It also smells really nice – very fresh and clean. The Total Treat range contains argan oil and is perfect for dry hair, so ideal for most of us at this time of year. These budget friendly, cruelty-free products are available exclusively from Sainsbury’s.
This product is an indulgent 100% natural oil that contains a unique blend of eight hand-selected oils. It’s free from parabens, sulphates, mineral oils, petroleum based ingredients, 100% natural and cruelty-free. Rich in Vitamins A, B, E and Omega-9, INFINatura Cura Oil is clinically proven to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and helps to nourish and hydrate the whole body. It also doubles up as a great massage oil too! Available from INFINatura.
Of course, we can’t forget the card on Valentine’s Day. Hallmark have a lovely selection for a female loved one in your life. Here are some favourites, including this incredible pop up Disney card. Available from Hallmark.
If you’re looking for something which is unique, handmade and can be kept as a keepsake then you will love these screen printed cards from Something Made. You can go for a traditional greetings card, or a card which is supplied with a mount so that it can be kept. Available from London-based company Something Made.
You really can’t go wrong with something from Lush. This is the Heart Of Enlightened Expectation Bubble Bar Melt, and the Whole Lotta love Bubbleroon. Both are from the new Lush 2018 Valentine’s Day Collection. Available in stores and online.
Which Valentine’s idea do you have your eye on?
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