One of my fondest Valentine’s Day memories, as a single man at least, was the day Rebecca Greenaway sent me a Valentine’s Card. My heart rate doubled within the three seconds it took me to read the words; “Be My Valentine, I really really like you. Big kisses. Guess who?”
I knew the writing well, and I looked up from the card to seek out the sender. I saw her watching for my reaction, and I smiled. I grinned from ear to ear. Pure sunshine spread through every fibre of my body. I was ready to explode in radiant glory, and it’s safe to say, I couldn’t have been happier. I felt like the luckiest guy in the world. I thought my time had come. I thought we’d be together forever.
Two weeks later Rebecca Greenaway wouldn’t even speak to me. With my heart shattered into a million pieces, I realised I’d never find true love again. My life was over, and I was only 8-years-old.
Of course, I did manage to move on with my life (I think I had a new ‘girlfriend’ just two weeks later) but to this day, I still relish the magical atmosphere conjured whenever someone expresses their love for someone else.
So, as we leave the festivities of Christmas and subsequent Detox January behind, and approach that most celebrated day of romance, Valentine’s Day, I hope you too experience, and instil in the object of your desire, the thrill and excitement of true love’s expression.
Instead of the boring and obligatory bouquet of flowers and funny card, why not surprise your special someone with something a little different this year?
Check out my hand-picked selection of fun and surprising gifts:
For the cheese aficionado, nothing quite says ‘I love you’ than the Godminster ‘Heart to Heart’ Cheese Gift Box. A loving combination of delicious 200g Vintage Organic Cheddar and 150g Heart-Shaped Organic Brie, presented in its very own unique gift box.
Perfect for the gin lover in your life. 4 x craft gins (50ml), 4 x tonics, a Gin & Tonic chocolate bar, some tasty snacking olives and a handy portion of dried fruit to rehydrate in the glass. Just add ice. Optionally, pimp the box with a selection of craft snacking meats.
If you absolutely must give flowers this year, why not change it up with these Luxury Chocolate Roses? A box of handmade Belgian chocolates, filled with delicious chocolate fudge cake.
A subscription to the very best in artisan chocolate, each recipient gets 3 bars of incredible chocolate every month. A perfect gift for any chocolate lover, choose from 3, 6 or twelve months. Free Delivery included.
A whole new way to enjoy your drinks. Our delectable edible cocktails are an expertly mixed selection of premium spirits, fresh fruits and syrups to create a range of sweet, refreshing edible cocktails. Choose from our gin cocktails selection, vodka cocktail selection, rum cocktail selection, whisky cocktail selection or our mixed cocktail selection.
Does the man in your life have a nose for fine food & drink? Give him the wow factor with this stunning gourmet man box of Savour Sparkling Beer Brut, Stéphane Reynaud Terrine & Saucisson, Organic Cheese & Rosemary Biscuits, Charcoal Cheese and Large Kilner Jar of seasonal Relish/Chutney.
Gift your love the ultimate craft beer sensory experience. Immediate gratification in the form of eight of UBrew’s mind-bendingly delicious wares, combined with an all grain brewing course at the UBrew Brewery. Three weeks after the tour, return and collect a case of the beer you brewed during your visit.
Sweet, fruity, punchy and baked with love by the Sweet Reason Company. Whether you’re vegan or not, this delicious combination of fresh, organic ingredients form low-sugar, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free treats that are so tasty, they’ll satisfy every sweet-toothed appetite out there. Without the guilt.
A stunning gift comprising of a bottle of Champagne nestled neatly below a box of luxury ribbon-tired Pearl Chocolates, all presented in a beautiful wooden wine box.
These Luxury Confectionery Hampers are packed full of Pandora Bell’s Fine Food Confectionery goodies.
This toasting box is full of marshmallow fun – guaranteed! There’s nothing better than fresh marshmallows slowly toasted over our gentle brazier. Light a few candles, grab your favourite drink and get in the mood. The outer layer turns to a chewy caramel while the inside fluff melts into delicious creamy mallow – bliss!
Hopefully, by now I’ve managed to ignite your spark of love gift creativity.
You can discover more thoughtful Valentine’s Day gifts in our ‘Love Marketplace’.
Happy Valentine’s Day!