As we all know Valentines Day is fast approaching. Everywhere we look, we seem to be surrounded by hearts, the colour red, roses and balloons. On every social network and almost in every magazine, we are being bombarded with alternative gift guides and articles showing us how to avoid the stereotypical Valentines ideas.
Whereas here at House of Coco, we have come to the conclusion that we love, love. If you’re lucky enough to be in love, you should celebrate it! Yes, we agree that if you do have someone special then every day should be Valentines but does it really hurt to have that one day a year dedicated to all things romance?
The answer is no, so, we have compiled a list of the most cliché Valentines gifts, with that added bit of luxury because we believe, we should be embracing the love.
Flowers; Bloom & Wild or Beards & Daisies
It wouldn’t be Valentines without a bouquet of flowers, yet with so much choice it can be so difficult to find beautiful flowers in your budget or just the right bouquet in general.
If you want traditional red roses, then Beards & Daisies is for you. Known as ‘the letterbox florist’ for Valentines they are offering a box filled with a dozen premium red roses. They arrive gorgeously packaged with the sweetest hand written cards and last for weeks and all for £34.99
If you or you’re loved one aren’t fans of the traditional red roses; Bloom & Wild is your florist of choice. With a variety of gorgeous Valentines bouquets to choose from and same day delivery on offer in London, they are the perfect luxury florist or as a back up for when gifting flowers has somehow managed to slip your mind. Prices range from £22 upwards depending on your selection.
Chocolates; Hotel Chocolat
Of course chocolates made the list of cliché gifts, with chocolatiers presenting their creations in heart shaped boxes, they are essentially Valentines in a box. If you want to make a good impression with the simplest gift then the ‘Straight From The Heart Box’ by Hotel Chocolat is your only option. The box is filled with romantic recipes and includes champagne truffles, praline, caramel, perfect for sharing with your one and only for just £39.
Card; Made With Love Designs
A card, the simplest part of any gift for any occasion, is also the hardest to choose. Too cheesy, too big, too cheap, too boring or too much, choosing a card to suit your partner and your relationship is an endless task whether you’re in a store or looking online; thats where Made With Love designs comes in. They offer the most luxury Valentines Day card with a genuine Swarovski crystal heart pendant on, a 24k gold plated wire thread and tied with silky satin. Luxurious and simple and you can add your own touches with verses, making it as cliché and loving as you like.
Jewellery; Nikki Lissoni
A Valentines list wouldn’t be complete without jewellery and if you’re not quite ready to pop the question or whether you’re just not sure where to start, Nikki Lissoni offer a gorgeous collection. Founded in 2011 by Caspar Assmann with a mission to bring high quality lifestyle jewellery. They are dedicated to create products of unprecedented quality and beauty that empower the woman all over the world to embrace their own inner force and love their life, perfect for Valentines. We love the ‘Stay Wild Bangle’ which is available in sterling silver and 18ct rose gold vermeil at just £59.50. If you’re really looking to wow your Valentine you can even purchase the ‘Show Me Your Love’ charm to match for another £40.
A meal is a necessity for Valentines, whether you’re a chilled couple who enjoys takeaways on the sofa or a couple who loves to doll up and go to their favourite restaurant; the choice is entirely your own. However whatever your choice of food, you’re bound to get a little peckish later on. So the perfect cheesy snack is obviously a cheese board for two. Godminster have created a set showcasing two beautiful cheeses, vintage Cheddar & Brie alongside some crackers for just £17.50.
What would a romantic day be without some fizz? Again with so much on offer it’s hard to narrow down choices. However if you really want to pull out the stops you can get a personalised bottle of Champers from SendAGift, starting from £34.99. It shows you haven’t just taken a blind guess and picked any old bottle picked in the nearest store, you’ve put thought into it. With luxury packaging, a message of your choice and free delivery, it makes a Valentines essential, a personalised Valentines gift.
Lingerie; Victorias Secret
Lingerie is always a tricky gift and can often be a sensitive topic but is always an item that crops up in Valentines gift guides. So if you’re not too sure on bra sizes or styles, what would suit your lady or anything to do with the lingerie world, then a Victorias Secret Kimono is the perfect alternative to sexy red or black lingerie. Available for just £36.40 and in a variety of colours. So whether she’s pottering around the house or getting ready for your Valentines weekend, this VS kimono is super soft and comfy and makes you feel super glamorous from the moment you slip it on.
Rose Petal Bath; Sabon
Sabon is perfect for gifts all year round but with their new collection; Love Beyond Words is the innovative, personal and unique Valentines gift. Sabon is inspired by a love ofnature and delicious scents andan appreciation of the art of grooming and pleasure. With an array of gift sets to choose from and all beautifully packaged, our favourite by far is the Mineral Rose Petal Bath Ball, £4.
Candles; Monique Hart and Heir & Grace
No romantic rose petal bath is complete without candles and obviously one candle just isn’t enough to set the scene. Monique Hart’s “Bleeding Hart’ signature candles, £29 have the most delicate and beautiful aroma. A combination of the best organic certified oils of Lavender, Rose, Cedar wood, Geranium and Lemon Balm, they have both physical and emotional calming effects to relive stress and relaxation.
Our other candle selection is from Heir & Grace, £40. With a completely different array of scents, with creamy sandalwood tones, notes of rose and jasmine and hints of spice and soft musks. Launched especially for Valentines, this black wax candle is the epitome of luxury and romance.
Get a way; Georgian Bathing House Devon
Valentines wouldn’t be complete without a romantic retreat; starting from £508 for a three night retreat and situated on the River Dart this grade II* listed bathing house is the perfect romantic escape. With no TV reception or Wi-Fi, couples have no choice to shower each other in attention and enjoy each others company. Steps lead down to a riverside terrace where you can sit and watch the local wildlife; herons, shelducks, kingfishers and egrets can be spotted along the tidal shore. A fantastic double bedroom with French windows opening onto a small balcony with wonderful views over the water to the surrounding wooded countryside. The original octagonal bathing house boasts high ceilings, ornate plaster work, a cosy wood burner and shuttered windows giving views both up and down the river. This truly is the ultimate romantic getaway that even a romance film would envy.
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