Often when it comes to Valentine’s gifts, it can be all too easy to rely on the romantic clichés, and opt for trademark flowers and chocolates.
But if you’re looking for something a bit more unique for that special someone in your life, we have come up with a selection of unusual gifts, guaranteed to bring a touch of originality to your Valentine’s Day celebration.
Treat your loved one to a gift that is out of this world, and name a star after them! Unlike a bouquet of flowers that won’t last the month, a star will last a lifetime and immortalise your love for one another in the midnight sky.
You can buy a star for your loved one here
One great way of showing your beau how much they mean to you is with a thoughtful cocktail. Experiment with fresh and unusual ingredients, utilising your partner’s favourite flavour combinations to create a cocktail that is unique to them and their personality. There are plenty of tips online to help you embrace your inner mixologist!
If you’re not exchanging gifts this Valentine’s Day, and don’t fancy hitting the town, how about laying on a sophisticated wine and cheese evening for you and your significant other? Set out a selection of cheeses ranging in flavour from creamy and mellow, to sharper and more mature tasting options. A rounded wine that pairs with a wide range of cheeses, such as a Pinot Noir or Merlot, will provide the perfect accompaniment.
If your Valentine has a sweet tooth, rather than opting for a standard box of chocolates, you could consider a slightly more unusual chocolate gift this year. From chocolate cheese boards to spiced caramel ‘love potions’, there are a number of quirky sweet treats to show your loved one how much you care. Most high street and independent chocolatiers will also personalise your gift with unique flavour combinations or bespoke messages. Why not try The Chocolatier.
They say baking comes from the heart, so a baking masterclass could be the perfect gift for your partner this Valentine’s Day. If they see themselves as a budding Paul Hollywood or Mary Berry, there are a variety of different baking classes to try out around the UK. From cake decorating to sugar craft, it’s the ideal activity for couples who enjoy spending time together in the kitchen.
It has been said that music is the key to the soul, so treat your partner to a personalised soundwave print based on their favourite song. The bespoke print will look stunning hung on the wall and will be truly personal to them. There are a number of independent retailers that offer personalised prints, so treat the music-lover in your life to something they’ll treasure forever.
You can buy a soundwave print here.
Craft beers are surging in popularity, so if you’re up to making your own tipple, a home brewing kit could prove to be the ideal boozy gift. There are plenty of options to go for on the high street, with most providing the basic equipment and ingredients needed to create your own keg of home brewed beer in no time at all.
If your brewing doesn’t quite go to plan, you can always pop into your local Chef & Brewer to enjoy our fantastic selection of cask ales and local beers.
If your partner prefers wine to beer, a wine gift or experience could be the thing for you. A step up from the staple bottle of wine, many vineyards around the UK now provide the opportunity for you to ‘adopt’ a vine. As well as receiving wine made from grapes picked from your very own vine, some even offer tours of the vineyard and wine tasting experience days.
Enquire about adopting a vine here.
For a delicious Valentine’s Day treat to delight the both of you, it’s hard to go wrong with a four-course dinner, accompanied by a refreshing glass of prosecco.
Pop into your local Chef & Brewer to indulge in the Valentine’s Day set menu; four courses of freshly prepared dishes, and the perfect setting for a romantic evening together.