Valentine’s Day 2021 is looking a little different and lockdown is challenging couples up and down the country! Just how do you have a romantic evening evening at home and what gifts would be best for this unique occasion? We’ve gather our favourite luxury gifts, food and drink of the moment!
Gifts and treats
Taittinger Prestige Rosé NV gift box
A show stopping Champagne that is certain to give that celebratory fee and is a superb way of toasting a romantic candle lit dinner.
Taittinger Prestige Rosé NV is a beautifuly pink fizz with lots of elegance and class in each bubble. Soft red fruits are cut through with a gentle acidity, giving a great balance here.
Available for £52.15 from Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury, Oddbins, Ocado, John Lewis, North & South Wine, Jeroboams, The Champagne Company, Champagne Direct.
Pierre Marcolini Box of 25 Hearts “Valentine’s Day”
Pierre Marcolini’s box of 25 sumptuous Heart chocolate are the go-to chocolates for Valentine’s Day this year.
Wonderful flavours include raspberry coated with dark chocolate, plus, lemon, passion fruit, pistachio praline and salted butter caramel. Each chocolate has been crafted and coloured using natural fruit powder, making for a kaleidoscope in colour for the eyes and fireworks for the palate.
Available for £29 here.
Angela Langford Clean Sweep
With at home skin care gifts booming during the pandemic and especially in lockdown, Angela Langford’s products are right at the top of the tree for us! Handmade here in the UK, in Pembrokeshire specifically, Angela Langford’s skincare products are natural, organic and ideal for a range of skin types.
Clean Sweep cleansing balm combines a range of stunning ingredients, including almond, apricot, safflower and jojoba, plus many more. The result is a softening balm which cleanses the skin and, from our experience, gives it a wonderful glow and radiance.
As with all of Angela’s products, it is gentle on the skin and yet the ingredients go to work subtly, nourishing the skin and restoring its balance superbly.
Suitable for all skin types (except oily skin or skin with acne, as it is very rich), this is a beautiful gift for Valentine’s Day.
Find out more here.
NIO – which stands for Needs Ice Only – offers some of the best pre-made single serve cocktails we’ve tried! All balanced to perfection and as good as having a cocktail in a fine bar, we are huge fans!
Delivering premium cocktails through your letterbox, with a range of 18 alcoholic and non-alcoholic options to choose from. Boxes are priced from £19.50 and NIO’s extensive range can be mixed and matched in boxes of 3, 6 or 9.
Each cocktail comes as a single serve within a uniquely designed sleeve, meaning there’s zero waste when it comes to excess spirits, mixers and garnishes. All you need to do is simply pour over ice and enjoy! NIO’s aim is to make every moment as special as possible.
Favourites included Gin Sour, which was zingy, refreshing and pure fun in a glass. The Old Fashioned was perfectly balanced and blended to perfection, ideal for those who like to slowly sip and enjoy their cocktails over an evening.
Get your customised box here.
Deluxe Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea Hamper at Home with Piglet’s Pantry (£129)
This deluxe afternoon tea treat will be sent straight to your door and includes a huge selection of delicious snacks and treats.
All you have to do is get cosy, light some candles and tuck in! Share a decadent, heart-shaped sausage roll wreath, which comes with zingy lime, pepper and tomato chutney. Warm the cockles with a teapigs tea each and delight in luxurious cupcakes, moreish scones with clotted cream and strawberry and Champagne jam, passionfruit cake, scrumptious cupcakes and lots, lots more.
Get yours from BuyAGift.
Three Course Meal with Wine at Home Dining Experience for Two from Banquist from Red Letter Days (£99)
Sharpen up those culinary skills and learn how to cook impressive MICHELIN worthy meals from home. With this experience you can learn the secrets to culinary delights with the expert help of Banquist.
An experienced chef will demonstrate the method and techniques in a step-by-step video demonstration. Follow each helpful tip and learn the tricks of the trade. All of this guidance will allow you and your partner to produce a MICHELIN Star menu, consisting of three mouth-watering courses perfectly paired with exquisite wine. Get yours here.
Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin
Following dinner, why not kick back with a gin & tonic? The first of our recommendations is Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin.
Handcrafted in the foothills of the Himalayas, this superb gin comes from one of India’s oldest distilleries. From the aesthetics of the bottle through to the flavour of the gin itself, there is only one word – “sophistication”. Refined in profile and triple-distilled for smoothness, this classic style gin uses a base of juniper and citrus against cubeb and grains of paradise, for a hint of spice. Described as “the whole of India in one bottle”, this gin is a memorable one and an exciting journey for the tastebuds.
Aviation American Gin
This American style-gin is unique and a must-try for gin fans. This gin, championed by actor Ryan Reynolds, is an American style-gin uses a base of rye grain and draws on less of a juniper influence than most. In fact, this bold gin has a medium to heavy body, with a range of floral and spicy notes (owing to the presence of Saspirilla, lavender and anise, to name but a few).
With less of a focus on juniper and moving away from London Dry Gin, this is a departure from what most gin drinkers have become used to in the UK. However, it is a welcome one and there is a lot of unique character to this gin. We highly recommend!
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