Veganuary passed her by, and melted into Valentine’s day. A sea of red and pink, a splash of purple. A love affair, not just for couples. Galentine’s day, celebrating friends that time wouldn’t erase. The kind of friends who would stand up for you when noone else would. Who was with you in the darkest of times. Who laughed and cried with you, who picked you up when everyone else was gone. A self-care day, for the solo lovers too. A toast to solitude, revelling in self-love. Where you would build your own tower of compassion. Whispering affirmations, as you celebrated you, yourself and I. For A, she had celebrated all forms of Valentine’s day. The anti-Valentine’s day shrug of the shoulder. Dismissal, pretending the day didn’t exist. The Galentine’s extravaganza, spending time with friends who made her sparkle with joy. The first date on Valentine’s an awkward encounter. The solo love day, showering herself in self-care treats. Yet, after being in a relationship for nearly five years, there was no doubt that she had fallen in love with… well love. Finding her soulmate in the unlikeliest of places. Tinder, when she had all but given up hope. Remembering their first Valentine’s together, a year after meeting. Mojitos at Barrio in Shoreditch. Him in a blue denim shirt, her in a navy blue floral ballgown. Unable to keep their hands off each other, passionately kissing. Giving each other a fun Valentine’s day gift that brought joy. An engraved threaded bracelet for her. A personalized storybook of their love journey for him.
She was once unlucky in love. The bridesmaid, overlooked in favour of her friends. The person who was seen as too weird. Who would sit on the sidelines waiting for the right person to come along. It wasn’t for the want of trying. She had relationships over the years, but it broke her again and again. Toxic men who used her for their own gratification. Relationships that didn’t feel right. Situationships and what ifs. Navigating the tricky world of online dating. Wondering if she would ever find the one. But even before she found the love of her life, she was convinced that the right person was out there. A man who was in touch with his emotions. Who was empathetic, kind and understanding. Who was funny, the life of the party. Who would treat her like the Princess that she deserved to be. She found him, and hugged herself tight. This is the person she would be with forever. She knew it in her heart. And yet, finding ‘the one’ wasn’t just about being in a couple. It was about finding friends who were your ride or die. Who had your back no matter what. About finding connections with others that enriched you mind, body and soul. Most of all, it was about finding love in yourself. Knowing your self-worth, embracing who you were.
So how could she create a fun Valentine’s day gift guide, that was inclusive, fun, colourful and unique? She summoned the deities of love. In the celestial tapestry, a trio of imposing figures waiting above. The God of love, with arrows and a dove. Eros, Cupid, in mythology’s embrace, A figure whose presence all hearts would trace. Aphrodite, the Goddess of love. A chariot drawn by doves so white, descending in the soft twilight. A fragrance of roses follows her trace, As she walks in beauty, embodying grace. Loki, the God of mischief, a trickster spirit. Embracing chaos, tearing destinies apart. Three out of this world characters, that would bend the rules of love. Telling her to create a gift guide that was meaningful, but at the same time tongue and cheek. Traditional gifts, and the in-between deliciousness. Budget friendly gifts that showed someone you loved them. Self-care treats that brought you joy. She unleashed the scroll they had sent her, paper trailing onto the floor. A squiggle of words, she knew what she had to do next. There would be gifts for rosy-cheeked couples. Unisex perfumes to spark instant chemistry. A splash of lemon, balanced with woody amber notes. Charismatic fragrances that would boost their sex appeal. A boost of confidence, feeling like they were on top of the world. Sentimental gift ideas too. A personalized song, with their own songbloc too. A video, a lyric sheet. Holding each other’s hands as the melody washed over them with glee. Wrapped in memories. In jokes that only the couple would know. A secret code, the language of their love.
And then, there was everyone. How could she capture the magic of a single soul, let alone a crowd? But it was written there in black and white. Fading text on the scroll, like a swirl of letters. Quirky Valentine’s day ideas for love. A whimsical retro art print that was the defintion of happiness. Snoopy, celebrating love in a vintage print made out of playing cards. Hung up on the wall. A fun Valentine’s day gift that was sentimental all year round. A fast-paced game, lingering snapshots of a night in. Testing skill, testing patience. Could they find the answers on the double-sided game boards? Washed down with mocktails, that would make the day of love complete. Bitter orange, though burgundy red in a glass bottle. Making a non-alcoholic version of an Aperol Spritz, a spritz of soda. A wedge of orange enveloping the large glass. Imperfect ice cubes bobbing in a sea of burgundy. A dash of cinnamon for something different. Galentine’s gift ideas just as special. Sharing heart chocolate bars, with white chocolate drizzle. Breaking a heart in half, watching cheeks stain red in gratitude. Freeze dried strawberries crumbling onto the floor. A love heart tea between friends, whimsically cute. Sweet and fruity, capturing the iconic flavour of Swizzels sweets that you revered so naughtily.
But wait, what was this? Could she dare to highlight gifts for solo lovers? The kind of presents that would make you fall in love with yourself? Dare she did. A moisturiser like food for her skin. A creamy elixir, like a whispered hymn. Silken lotion, a daily seraphim. That danced on her fingertips, a soothing glide. Mascara that awakened tired eyes. Framing sparse eyeshadows, a shock of inky jet sweeps. The prettiest headband, in a shade between lilac and indigo. A love letter to yourself, not just a red and pink affair. And who could forget the cutest vegan bath care bundle? Showered in pastel and fuschia pink, a rainbow bath bomb too. Fizzing in steaming hot water, reddened feet enveloped in steam. Eye masks hiding dark brown smudges. Puffy lids awakened, energy coursing through your veins. And so her fun Valentine’s day gift ideas would come to life. Something for everyone, no matter who you were. Budget friendly, and luxury gifts too. A beauty lover’s paradise. A fragrance affecinado’s fantasy come to life. Gifts that were colourful. Ideas that were whimsical. But above all? A Valentine’s day that celebrated the true meaning of love. Loving yourself, even society tried to say it was selfish. Loving friends who felt more like family. Finding love, that was not just romantic but platonic too.
Exciting Valentines Gifts For Couples
Liquid London Pheromone Fragrances
There was something in the air. A dance of molecules, a chemistry of connection, pure. Where pheromones sparked a lover’s blaze, a potion of allure. She remembered the early days of being around her partner. The butterflies that punctuated her stomach like somersaults. The heart racing, palms that were sweaty. The adrenaline coursing through her veins, passion behind the scenes. Liquid London‘s Pheromone Parfum, reminded her of that feeling. The For Her scent laced with sweet mango, sunny citrus notes of bergamot. Vanilla, like the scent she wore the day she met him. Sandalwood, that he had liberally sprayed himself with. Two more unexpected scents, an added dopamine rush. Jasmine, rich, fruity and sensual. Olibanum, woody, spicy, balsamic undertones. Was it any wonder that #pheromoneperfume was trending on TikTok with over 400 million views? He put his head on her shoulder, the scent toying with his nostrils. Subtle whispers from the skin, a chemistry of connection. For these were no ordinairy fragrances. A scent that would become their secret weapon. Their love language, that couldn’t be replicated by anyone else. But wait, what about this? A fun Valentine’s day gift for everyone? The For Everyone Pheromone Parfum. Juniper brushed with tart lemon. Pepper slipped into the arms of the sensual bergamot. Pine needles, with a hint of wood. Balanced with the heady allure of incense. The sweetness of vanilla. The warmth of sandalwood. The smoky sweetness of amber. After all, fragrance might have been an art, but attraction was chemistry.
Vista Personalized Gifts
There was something special about personalized gifts. Remembering a photobook she designed for her partner in the early years of dating. The dates they had been on. The memories they had shared. A canvas with a photo from their favourite bar. An engraved necklace, a special champagne. Flowers in a rainbow of colours, a handwritten note. VistaPrint was her go to for sentimental personalization. Thinking of her partner as she designed the gifts. A mug, not one that changed colour, but special. A collage of photos from meals out. A vegan fish and chip shop. An Indian feast. Their first staycation away together. Celebrating each other’s birthdays. Drawing on a pre-made design, and making it her own. Changing the colour, removing text. Swathed in red, a contrast to the blues of the photos. But her personal favourite? A budget friendly notebook. In the most glorious shade of red. With surprise pictures of each other with their three cats. A ginger tortoisehell gazing innocently at the camera. A tabby in an oven dish waiting to be cooked (joke). A black cat sprawled across a Christmas duvet, green-eyed. One more gift, watching her partner’s face light up with glee. A fun Valentine’s day gift that was meaningful too. The Fruit of the Loom Classic Set In Sweatshirt in red. A photo of her partner holding their ginger cat. From the day they adopted her. Swathed in cotton, red that accentuated his strawberry blonde hair. Gifts that came from the heart. Memories they only knew.
Mug £5.98 instead of £9.98 (excluding £1.20 VAT)
Sweatshirt £29.08 (excluding 5.82 VAT)
Notebook £4.99 (excluding £1.00 VAT)
Nourished His And Hers Sexual Health Stacks
There was something primal about making love. Bodies entwined, an intimate embrace. Where ecstacy bloomed in the moonlit glow. An intimate language that only lovers knew. Skin on skin, eyes locked. A tangle of sweat, and messed up sheets. Exploring each other in the twilight hour, watching night slip into dawn. A sleeping couple, where serenity hovered. Woken by the blurting alarm that wouldn’t switch off. She did a double take. A special package on her bedside table, from Nourished. His & Her’s Sexual Health Stacks with gummy vitamins. Sexual wellness from the inside out. Hers, to improve ovulation rates. Contributing to normal fertility and reproduction. Boosting energy levels, steamy sessions that would transcend time and space. A blend of natural ingredients, Zinc slithering into Inositol. But the taste? Surprising, sweet like blackcurrant. Not a chore, but a pleasure. Wrapping tongues around 3D printed gummies that would boost their libido. His stack, just as prolific. Iron romancing Vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 in a burlesque trance. Supporting testosterone levels, boosting his libido. 7 nutrients wrapped in a bow, for higher absorption and efficacy. Made to order in the UK, ethically sourced and traceable ingredients. Vegan and cruelty-free, an indescribable game-changer. Neither of them the best at taking vitamins, an incentive that would draw them in. Popped into a bag, a reminder of something good to come. Though it was early days, they felt energized like never before. A poem of sensuality written in the stars.
Songheart’s Personalized Song
She stumbled upon Songheart, as if by chance. A ballad, a sonnet, spoken word poetry, reverberating in her mind. Hearing notes that would cascade like whispers in the air. From the first chord, her heart melted. Lost in its melodic refrain. A song for a loved one. A song just for her and him. Yes, it was a fun Valentine’s day gift, but it was so much more. A personalized song laced with memories, and anecdotes. 5 years of history slipped into one song. A story sung by Louis, a tribute to the love of her life. Emotional, sentimental, in the style of British Pop. Reminding her partner of Ed Sheeran and Lewis Capaldi, two of his favourites. ‘The Best Of Our Days’ where they met five years ago. An ode to their first date, and all the in-betweens. Loving each other through sunshine and rain. Five years, still paving the way. A shout out to their beautiful cats, and a reminder of their future dreams. A song that was so much more. Lyrics that took them back. A trip down memory lane. Where verses weaved dreams in a sonic tapestry. A lullaby, with their own personalized video and Songbloc too. Strumming on his guitar, a shout out to her partner. Watching her partner’s eyes fill with tears. A surprise he didn’t know was coming. A crossover gift between their anniversary and Valentine’s day. Something special. A Songbloc arrived in the post. Acrylic glass blocks, a visual and sentimental gift. Scanning the barcode, linking it to her studio recording. Playing the song, to set the mood. Impish smiles on each other’s faces. Falling into each others arms, eyes wide open. Staring each other, lost in the moment. Wondering if this feeling would last forever. Knowing that it would.
Personalized Songs are as follows:
- 30-day $129
- 7-day $159
- 72-hour $199
- 24-hour $249
Graham Beck Brut Rosé NV
They held hands in the shared garden. Grass wizened with frost, a nearby neighbours cat perched on the bench. Black and white, paws that looked like socks. Purring noisily begging for treats. They laughed at the cat intruding on their lover’s picnic. Wrapped up in blankets, and voluminous coats. Hands swathed in the fluffiest of gloves. The banquet lay before them. Vegan chorizo sausage, smoky on their tongues. Juicy green olives just for A. Cheese sandwiches laced with chilli chutney, and red cabbage. Mayo slathered on white bread. Sour cream pretzels, and salt and vinegar ridged crisps. A fruit salad with all her favourite fruits. A chocolate heart adorned with love. But the crowning glory? Graham Beck Brut Rose with exuberance and flair. A surprising taste of fresh lavender, hints of berry and cherry.Effervescent whispers in crystal flutes, letting the bubbles dance on their tongues. Pink blush that swirled in champagne flutes, toasting each other’s good fortune. Living in the now, tasting rose on each other’s lips. Brisk on the palette, with a burst of fruity flavour. Hailing from Western Cape, South Africa, varietals handpicked. Alluring, succulent, distinctively influential. The words that came to mind as they drank it. A sliver of silver in the pink blush hue. It flirted with them. It teased them. It had them begging for more. Taking the remainder of their picnic and heading indoors. The cold scraping their fingers, their feet resisting heat. In the warm, the last glugs of Brut slipping into their eager mouths.
RRP £15.99 at Majestic, North South Wines, Simply Wines Direct
Journey’s End MCC Brut Reserve
Their lips were laced with golden nectar. Sipping out of crystal flutes, toasting each other to eternal love. For it had been almost five years since they went on that Tinder date. Expecting nothing, cynical that love even existed. And yet, here they were. Sitting on their mishapen sofa, three cats cuddled around. Their feline children, in a rented flat. Realizing how far they had come. They would celebrate with Journey’s End MCC Brut Reserve, who had their own anniversary. THE Méthode Cap Classique the first sparkling wine released by Journey’s End to to celebrate their 25th anniversary, and the 50th anniversary of South Africa’s Cap Classique. A blend of white and red grapes that teased them into submission. Notes of citrus pear hidden in crushed almond. Biscuit undertones, a full-bodied brut. Balanced by fresh zestiness that had their senses tingling. They watched the amber liquid swirl, feeling fuzzy around the edges. A good feeling, a happy feeling. Slinking into fluffy clouds, their body melting into squiggly lines. Hand harvested slightly unripe grapes that had them feeling some type of way. Creamy on the nose, a fresh palette, silky and structured. They used to be that couple who never understood tasting notes. Thought they were made up random ramblings. And yet, it was not. Now, they knew it was the REAL DEAL.
Price: £22.50 per bottle (£20.50 mix 6)
Happiness Boosting Gifts For Everyone
Vintage Playing Cards Snoopy Print
There was one name on her mind when it came to a fun Valentine’s day gift. Vintage Playing Cards, and their personalized frames. Upcyling vintage games, handmaking gifts. Snoopy’s collection enticing her in. How could she say no to Snoopy Hugging Charlie Brown? Remembering infamous episodes that made her heart light up with glee. The Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown 1975 Peanuts special. Charlie Brown opening his mailbox, hoping for a last-minute Valentine from the ‘Little Red-Haired Girl. Snoopy and Woodstock having fun spearing Valentines on each other’s nose. Perhaps its why she gravitated towards the Snoopy Hugging Charlie Brown frame. Card double mounted with cream and black. Yellow and red background, highlighting a simple embrace. Best friends forever, she couldn’t help but smile when she saw it. Joyful simplicity that made her heart sing. She knew that it would be a gift not just for her, but for everyone. Something for vintage enthusiasts. For Snoopy lovers. For art indulgents. For anyone who liked to wake up, and smile. She would give it to a friend. A friend that reminded her of Charlie Brown and Snoopy. The kind of friendship that felt natural, but real. Ups and downs, shared together. Nothing too big or small. Watching their cheeks glow with a rosy blush. A warm embrace, in the dance of joy.
Daylight faded into the inky darkness of night. The moon a silver orb in the cosmic sky. A celestial poet weaving dreams, as game night began. The pitter-patter of rain lashing out the window. A group of friends burrowed around a table, ready to play. Smash Down, where the fastest finger would win. Think! Find! Smash! The flipping, switching, smashing, fast-paced action trivia game that had them on the edge of their seats. D, the question master, reading out a question. Easy questions that everyone would know the answer to. What traditionally yellow based dairy product would you eat on crackers. The answer of course being cheese. And yet, it wasn’t that simple. Racing against each other to locate the answer hidden in plain sight somewhere on the double-sided game boards. Quick thinking and lightening reflexes. The first player to spot the correct answer slamming their finger pointer down on the answer. Shouting ‘smash down’ to claim the question card. But wait, the game was never the same twice. D flipping and rearranging the game at his devilish whim. No boring rules, 400 question. A race to the finish to see who would come out on top. It turned out, she was a ‘smasher’. Collecting six cards, earning the title of smash down champion. Another round, to defend her crown. Winning that one too. Someone who was competitive to the very core. Who wanted to be the crowned the winner of game night too. It was too be continued…
£7 instead of £12 at Smyths
Another weekend passed, another game night planned. Could she be the winner two weekends in the row? Finding a fun Valentine’s day gift that would add a little flair to their gaming session. Rummikub, placing numbered tiles in runs or groups. Rummy style, a game for all ages. Families, couples, friends too. Testing her and her friend’s sense of logic. The first player to use all of their tiles winning at life. But they weren’t there yet. It had been ages since she played rummy, feeling a little rusty. Remembering the card game that this was based on. Where a player melded layed down sets. Discarding one card into the discard pile. Taking turns drawing and discarding until one player had no cards left. This version just as prolific. Not just a game but cognitive brainteaser. Reinforcing STEM skills like sequencing, pattern recognition and planning. Was it any wonder that Rummikub was one of the world’s best-selling and most played games in the world? And yet, her winning streak had come to an end. Bested by her partner, whose quick thinking trumped her own. Her friends, given a similar fate. Taken out one by one. They ended the evening, their cheeks sore from laughing. Tears of joy running down their face. Remembering this moment as though it was etched in time. Coming back to it, a dopamine rush.
Travel size £15.99 via John Lewis
Classic £19.99 instead of £24.99 on Amazon
Dashel ReCycle Helmet
She remembered the first time she learned to ride a bike. A late learner, aged 15. Embarrassed that she hadn’t learnt sooner. But she came to realize that it was never too late. Her foster mum’s friend teaching her to ride in a quiet carpark. A two minute walk from the caravan park, they stayed in every week. But to her surprise, she learned in just 30 minutes. Wondering why she had let that shame get in her way. Why she hid behind fear. She would never forget the feeling she had when she first learned to ride a bike. Rubber meeting pavement, a world to explore. With trembling hands on the handlebars, laughing with glee. Pedalling forward wobbly steps. A symphony of laughter beneath the sky. It was the same feeling she had when she put her red Dashel ReCycle Helmet on. Straps dangling in the breeze, as she secured her helmet. Preparing to pedal, a shield to defend. Remembering those early days, more confident now. A helmet that was slim, not heavy on her head. Made in the UK, with an integrated dial fit system. Her very own re-usuable drawstring backpack included. There was even a vegan leather carrying loop to attach lights to her helmet. But the best part? Fidlock® Magnetic Clasp that didn’t pinch her skin. A far cry from the helmets that squashed her head. Marks, head sore for days afterwards. But this was perfection. Minimalist design, manufactured in Devon using 100% green and renewable energy. She could even send it to Dashel to recycle when it was at the end of its life.
Citizen Spritz Non Alcoholic Drinks
Some associated a fun Valentine’s gift with drinks. Champagne a bouquet of golden bubbles. Poured into transclucent flutes. Red wine the hue of burgundy lipstick, swilling in a large glass. Rose, an in-between wine in a pretty blush. Mojitos with muddled leaves of mint. A crush of ice, a dash of lime. Transported to warmer climes. Away from the mist that clouded the skies. But Valentine’s day was just as fun with non alcoholic drinks too. Something Citizen Spritz would agree with only too much. Bitter Orange, her personal favourite. Reminding her of a burgundy Aperol Spritz, one of her favourite cocktails. Imagining sailing to the Mediterranean. Aperitivo hour made deliciously alcohol free. Laced with grape juice concentrate, poured over jagged shards of ice. Sparkling water infused, an orange twist in a balloon glass. Burgundy hued unlike the tangerine dream she was used to. But it was the colour of love. Self-love. Platonic love. Couple’s love. The Cool Lime just as impressionable, a cocktail alternative for everyone. Blending mint and lime, notes of rum without the alcohol. Agave sweetness toying flirtatiously with her tongue. Bringing the spirit of Cuba to her home. Shared between friends. Not missing the alcohol, a minty and fresh spritz that made them levitate. She imagined the different types of mocktails she would make with them both. An Old Cuban, pouring the Cool Lime into a tall glass. Adding non-alcoholic dark rum into the liquid, with a dash of bitters. Topped with faux sparkling wine. Garnished with a fresh sprig of mint. The bitter orange in a Grapefruit Sunrise Cocktail. A slither of lemon juice, a dash of non-alcoholic orange liquer. Faux vodka, just a splash. A sprig of fresh rosemary, for a Valentine’s drink that packed a punch.
Seep Limited Edition Valentine’s Cloths
There was something therapeutic about washing up. Fairy liquid oozing out of sponges onto dirty plates. The gush of hot water scalding her hands. Washing cloths swept over sides and surfaces. Stains licked up. Oil slurped. Cat-hair from the feline’s adventures, gone to. It might have sounded like a strange albeit fun Valentine’s day gift, but A stood by it. Why? Because it made her feel good. The satisfaction of knowing that the house was clean once more. Settling in for the night. Surfaces that sparkled under the sepia-toned lights. The dopamine rush when it was all over, snuggled up on the sofa. After all, cleaning was for everyone. No matter how old you were, what gender you were, or what background you came from, it was universal. Something that the sustainability Gods at Seep knew all too well. Marvelling at the Keep It Clean Sponge Cloths. Plastic-free, wood-pulp cleaning hacks with superior aborbency. Wiping surfaces as quick as a flash. Absorbing spills. Non abrasive, gentle on her delicate plates, bowls and glasses. Unscratched, just like brand new. Durable, reusuable, built to last. But it was the designs that caught her eye. A fuschia pink cloth littered with red cartoonish hearts. A second cloth in turquoise blue, tongue in cheek. Keep it clean, it read, with a kiss.
Price: £4.95 GBP
Dopamine Gifts For Solo Lovers
Katherena Sparkly Crystal Headband
Being a Princess was a state of mind. A lifestyle, a movement. Something that anyone could be. Imagining herself in twilight’s tender embrace. Closing her eyes, as her dream unfolded beneath starlit skies. Enchanted realms she found herself lost in a Princess’s life. A gown of satin, jewels that gleamed. A crown of stars, a splash of celestial. Drifting through storybooks, a different Princess everyday. Climbing towers, that touched the heavens. Through enchanted forests, down tumbling hills. She jolted awake, back to the present. An idea forming in her mind. Reimagining herself as a modern Princess. Who was bold, colourful and independent. Who wore what she liked, when she liked, without a care in the world. A Sparkly Crystal Headband, in the most ethereal shade of purple. From Katherena, who understood the Princess assignment. Turning any ordinary look into pure glam. Black curly hair escaping a tightly bound plait. Threaded with silver, the headband perched like a crown jewel. A red and lilac striped cardigan with the fanciest of buttons. A matching sequin midi skirt. Red tassel earrings, and lilac nail polish. Red strappy stiletto heels, gallivanting in Shoreditch. For wasn’t that what the modern Princess was all about? Dressing for yourself. Not for others. Wearing what made you sparkle inside and out.
Odylique Organic Lipstick
She caressed her lips with a sweep of red. Cherry Tart, in burgundy whispers. A symphony of pigments, a kiss of glamour. She put a finger to her mouth, traced the ridges of its curves. Natural looking, different to the vibrant hues she would often covet. Odylique’s Organic Lipstick in the shade Cherry Red that had her feeling some type of way.Like poetry, she built up the hue. A hint of mauve meets red, the perfect lipstick for work this Valentine’s day. Vegan, cruelty-free. The first and only lipsticks certified to the Soil Association and Fairtrade standards. The confidence took over her when she put it on. No synthetic ingredients or colours. Sheer, but still a statement. Chapped winter lips that felt like they had been massaged by the Gods. Long-lasting colour, as true a red without the nasty carmine. But the best part? Bursting with organic plant oils and butters. Jojoba crooning love songs to Fairtrade Shea. A moisturising vitamin boost that her lips so desperately craved. She would wear it on its own, on a bare face. Flushed cheeks with red from the winter cold. Cream slathered on her skin, a glowy dewy complexion. A natural look that would get her ready in minutes. The just out of bed look that appeared to her as if in a dream.
19/99 Precision Colour Pencil
She couldn’t have lipstick without pencil. Red, her signature colour. The shade of pillarboxes and London Buses. Red roses, and strawberries. For a fun Valentine’s day gift wouldn’t be the same without 19/99 Precision Colour Pencil in Voros. One product for not just her lips, but her eyes and cheeks. Red graphic liner on her eyelids. A flush of rosy red dotted on the apples of her cheeks. But it would be the most pigmented on her lips. Creamy, yet matte texture. Effortlessly blendable for smooth and versatile application. Buffing, lining, and filling in her lips with expert touch. Long-lasting, even when her go to red lipstick would weather away. A pop of red on glowing olive skin. A pink and gold blush on her cheeks, an icy highlight above her cheekbones, on the bridge of her nose. Eyes framed with red and gold, painting a sunset on her lips. A smudge of Voros on her bottom lash. Mascara framing babydoll lashes, a contrast to the reds and pinks that flooded her face.
By Terry Lash-Expert Twist Brush Mascara
By Terry, the genius brand was called. Whose Lash-Expert Twist Brush Mascara turned her lashes into inky black spiders. Sitting in the rising morning sun, a wand in hand. Shaky movements, twisting the brush. Looking up as she stroked her lashes in individual caresses. Dark brown lashes framed with black. Voluminized, lengthening, her eyelashes fluttering. She never thought she would find a mascara that would overtake her favourite. Yet the impossible had become a reality. Her lashes longer, in just one stroke. Clump resistant, flake-resistant, easily buildable. Her lashes were never naturally long or thick. But the creamy texture glided effortlessly, coating even the teeniest of her lashes. It was more than just an ordinairy mascara. Conditioning waxes and keratin that strengthened her lashes. Preventing breakage and promoting growth. A unique blend of jojoba that married with olive and avocado oils. Volume without the clumping. Her once dry, and irritated eyes, red no more. With a full face of makeup or on its own, it packed a punch. She gazed at the reflection in the mirror, a new woman reflecting back. Confident, sassy, self-assured. Who was happy celebrating Valentine’s day on her own, as much as she would with her partner.
Weleda Skin Food
She dreamed of skin that was as soft as dawn. Pigments like poetry, an artists delight. Golden in the sun-kissed glow of the winter sun. Recapturing the magic of her once oily skin. Glistening dewdrops, a forehead that gleamed. But her skin was changing, the older she got. Still youthful, but her face was new. Fine lines like journal scribblings under her eyes. Small creases on her forehead. New scrawlings where her dimples were. Dry skin, ravaged by winter’s savage hand. Hypermigmentation, redness on cheeks from rosecea. And yet, there was a saviour. Weleda Skin Food, nourishing her dry skin with natural ingredients. Skin that felt soothed from the first use. Was it any wonder that one sold every 10 seconds? Or that it had over 18,000 5-star reviews on Amazon? Restoring her skin’s protective barrier, drenched in organic rosemary. A hint of chamomile, like she favoured in her tea. Calendula, rich in natural antioxidants. For when it came to a fun Valentine’s day gift, A could think of nothing better than her new cult favourite. It wasn’t just her face that reaped the rewards. Soothing rough skin on her elbows, hands and feets. Cracked skin given the skin of life. Resurfacing, in a bath of sweet almond oils, sunflower and lanolin. Thick, rich, a salve that felt like heaven on her skin.
Price: £14.95 for 75ml
Grace & Stella VGP Collection
She wrapped her printed pink floral kimono around her body. Blushing pink faux feather mules on her feet. A towel turban wrapped around her curly voluminous hair. For it was her favourite time of the week. Not just a fun Valentine’s day gift. A spa day at home, seeking solace in a sanctuary to call her own. Slipping out of her clothes, naked olive skin. Watching the bath gush with serene waters. A burbling, a gurgle, a canvas of bubbles slowly edging out. She gazed at Grace & Stella VGP Collection. Wondering what she would try first. The Get Lucky Rainbow Bath Bomb calling her name. Infused with Shea Butter and Argan oil would it feel like silk on her skin? She dived into the water, marvelling as it turned into a pot of rainbow gold. The scent of lavender permeating the air. Her eyes closed, enveloped in the hedonistic steam. She placed the ‘Pink To Make Them Wink’ Eye Masks on her eyes. Masking the dark shadows like inky smudges under her eyes. Puffy, swollen, red from lack of sleep. Letting its magic wash over her in a cathartic cleanse. Eyes that felt hydrated and refreshed, no more dry under eye skin. But the best part? The winner of the 2023 Global Green Beauty Awards Winner, eye masks that were gentle on sensitive skin. Two more products up for grabs. Stepping out of the bath, her skin gleaming. Reaching for the Shower Me In Roses Rose Water Facial Spray. She sank into a trance, letting the scent of roses wash over her with elation. Letting her natural glow shine with toner spray. Vegan, paraben and sulfate free. Doubling up as a makeup setting spray, a healthy sheen. She was almost ready, a tub of Pucker Up And Let Me Kiss Berry Lip Mask at the ready. Moisturising her lips with a gentle caress. Castor oil serenading devilish cocoa seed butter. A salve on her lips that she would use as an overnight treatment. Watching twilight rise into the first tinges of dawn. Pillowy soft lips, she couldn’t stop touching them.
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Pink Eye Masks (24 packs) £16.95
Rose Water Facial Spray £16.95
Rainbow Bath Bomb ( 1 pack) £7.99
Berry Lip Mask £9.95
Earthy Nail Polish
Call her a traditionalist, but she always associated pink and red with Valentine’s Day. Red like the roses in her imaginary flower bouquet. Drenched in water, in a heart shaped vase. Unfurling as the days went on, a scarlet plume. Sunsets tinged with blood orange-red. Remembering autumn leaves in their crimson dance. Ruby slippers like the ones Dorothy wore. Her favourite colour for years. Pink, like cherry blossoms in a springtime kiss. Cotton candy clouds in the prettiest of pastels. Flamingos poised, one leg in the air like a ballerina. Two colours that reminded her of love. Passionate, yet sweet. Colourful, yet mysterious. Earthy Nail Polish was no stranger to a fun Valentine’s day gift. Nailing the red and pink theme. Passion Red, intense, powerful, a signature hue. Brushed onto her nails, with effortless abandon. Vegan, cruelty-free and sustainable. A work of art, a colour that made her feel alive. Pink Orchid another contender, bright and cheerful. Reminding her of gentle murmers in the evening breeze. Where pink orchid’s would sway with such ease. Their fragrance a subtle serenade. Imagining what her nails would look like in the golden glow of the summer sun. But she wasn’t there yet. Pink on one hand, red on the other. A red and pink heart print princess dress with puffed capped sleeves. Red diamante court heels, and a red heart quilted bag. A flower crown, that some would say reminded them of Frida Kahlo.
Price: £7.99 per nail polish
Fun Galentines Gift Ideas
Crosstown Valentine’s Dough Bite Selection
Doughnuts were a Galentine’s best friend. Powdered sugar circles, golden straight out of the oven. Crispy on the outside, soft within. Packing doughnuts for each special friend. Imagining their faces lighting up with glee. For Crosstown was the deliverer of all things doughnuts. A Valentine’s dough bites collection that would draw them in. Ruby Chocolate & Cherry Liqueur, marvelling at black cocoa doughnut. Lips wrapped around the velvety cherry liqueur custard. Dippedinto a ruby chocolate and cherry liquer glaze. Laughing as freeze dried cherry pieces landed on their noses. Red glitter on their cheeks. But the group’s personal favourite? The Sauvignon Blanc & Strawberry doughnuts a guilty pleasure. Drinking champagne, as they slipped the morsels into their mouths. Sauvignon Blanc singing sweet sings to strawberry ganache. A matching glaze that oozed with desire. The crowning touch? The vegan Sauvignon Blanc jelly, laced with a red rose petal. The trio of delectable doughnuts rounded out with Passionfruit & Chocolate Doughnuts. A surprise in every bite. Vegan cocoa sourdough filled with passionfruit. Molten dark chocolate custard seeping. Dipped in a sticky sweet caramel and passion fruit glaze, a hint of dark chocolate. A splash of gold rose petals, a sprinle of gold lustre. They sat together in unison, a resounding silence ringing around the room. Lost in the dreamworld of Crosstown and their unbeatable doughnuts.
DOUGH BITE BOXES
Valentine’s 15-pack – A selection of 15 dough bites in three flavours: Ruby Chocolate & Cherry Liqueur, Passion Fruit & Chocolate (ve), and Sauvignon Blanc & Strawberry + the option of adding specialty drinks (from £42.45).
Vegan & alcohol-free Valentine’s 15-pack – A selection of 15 dough bites in two flavours: Chocolate & Passion Fruit and Lychee & Cinnamon + the option of adding specialty drinks (from £39.95).
Valentine’s three-pack – One each of the Ruby Chocolate & Cherry Liqueur, Passion Fruit & Chocolate (ve) and Sauvignon Blanc & Strawberry dough bite flavours + the option of adding specialty drinks (from £10.95). NOT AVAILABLE FOR NATIONWIDE DELIVERY
Vegan & alcohol-free Valentine’s three-pack – A selection of three vegan and alcohol-free dough bite flavours: Chocolate & Passion Fruit and Lychee & Cinnamon + the option of adding specialty drinks (from £9.45).
Cocoba Valentines Chocolate Selection
There was something inviting about sharing chocolate with her besties. Velvet whispers of cocoa’s warm embrace, Melting on tongues, a blissful taste. Laughter echoing in the air, like a cadence of joy. Sweet like their friendship, memories shared. They sat cross legged in a circle. In pyjamas some might call a fancy dress party’s true love. Her in scarlet red satin pyjamas with vegan feather cuffs. Another pair of faux feather matching mules on her feet. The friends in matching sets, impish grins on their faces. And who better than Cocoba to kickstart their dreamy girly sleepover? Sharing Heart Chocolate bars that they all but fawned over. Handmade, high quality Belgian chocolate dribbling into their mouths. A pink heart[-shaped chocolate bar sprinkled with freeze-dried strawberry pieces. Drizzled with a layer of white chocolate that made them swoon. Paired with a smooth and creamy Belgian milk chocolate heart, also skillfully decorated with a layer of white chocolate drizzle. A duo shared between friends for a fun Valentine’s day gift they could all enjoy. But the fun wasn’t over just yet. A Prosecco Flavoured White Chocolate Bar, a slab each. Handmade from Belgian white chocolate, infused with prosecco flavouring. White chocolate drizzle and freeze dried strawberry pieces saying I do at the altar. As far as Galentines went, this was up there with the best. Bellies pooched, watching Legally Blonde, drifting asleep, dreaming of chocolate.
Prosecco Chocolate Bar £4.95
Sharing Heart Chocolate Bars £9.95
Bird & Blend Tea Selection
Galentines was drawing near. One of her favourite times of the year. Where she celebrated the friends that she loved the most in the world. This year, she would do things differently. Coming up with a second Galentine’s sleepover, that would ease their stresses. An afternoon tea, in beautifully printed china. Scones licked with clotted cream and jam. Mini cheesecake tarts, and raspberry meringues. A chocolate brownies. All of their favourite desserts. Cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches without the crusts. Mature cheddar and chilli jam chutney, a hint of spice. But the crowning glory? The tea, unique blends that would lure them into a meditative trance. A duo of teas from Bird and Blend Teas, hands radiating with comforting warmth. The Love Hearts Tea Cube in collaboration with Swizzels. Fruity, sweet, yet not sickly. Starting blue, and deepening into burgundy hues. Inspired by the classic hard candy, like love letters. Friends sharing notes together, falling in love with their special bond. The sherbet taste with fruit tea. Nostalgic, a taste of childhood. Remembering tuck shops at school. Their tea cups clinked, it was time for a refill. Transported to warmer climes. Imaging themselves on sun-soaked beaches, toes in the sand. A Pina Colada in one hand, a book in another. But in this fun Valentine’s day gift, it was a tea. A herbal concoction that was creamy, yet refreshing. Coconut swimming with pineapple. Flowers drifting in their cup like an artistic explosion. Where the teapot whispered with unusual flavours. As aromas gently unfurled. Its laughter curling like steam. Watching zen wash over them, as they sipped on memories, pure and bright.
LOVE HEARTS TEA CUBE SWIZZELS £10
Pina Colada Tea 20 g (10 cups- Loose Leaf) 3.50
What Fun Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas Would You Like?
Please note this is a collaborative post but all thoughts are my own and are not affected by gifted products. What is your idea of a fun Valentine’s day gift?