Gorgeous local Valentine’s Day gifts
Share the love this Valentine’s Day (and support local at the same time) with these East Anglian gift ideas.
Light Up My Life
We all need a bit of light in our lives at the moment to see us through these freezing lockdown winter days. If you want to give the gift of serenity, wellbeing and sublime scent to someone this Valentine’s Day then look no further than a hand poured candle from Suffolk-based Botanical Forrest. We love this Rose soy candle in this pretty amber jar, which is the perfect scent for a loved-up occasion and, even better, 10% of sales of this candle will be donated to Suffolk Mind via Work for Good.
£15 – £32
If you want to woo your Valentine and let him or her know how sweet you think they are, there’s no better way than with a box of six gorgeous Valentine’s cupcakes from Wisbech-based company Sweet Things Savoury. Their cakes are to die for and come in a whole host of delightful designs. If you want to go even bigger, why not order a Sweet Things Savoury Valentine’s afternoon tea for two to be delivered, or perhaps a three course dinner for two for an ultimate lockdown date night on the 14th?
Box of six cakes, £15; Afternoon tea, £45; and dinner, £65.
Does your Valentine love interiors almost as much as you? Then treat them to some of the stunning homewares from Cambs-based Schildren. Bonus points for picking something like this pretty and useful woven tray and taking a cup of tea and breakfast up to your love on the morning of the 14th. Schildren sells gorgeous toys too so you can distract little ones while you enjoy a lazy Sunday morning.
Give the gift of flowers that last well beyond Valentine’s week with one of these gorgeous rose illustrated sets from Norfolk-based Bruce Bramfield. There are lots of lovely homewares and stationery items to choose from, but we think this box with a rose-covered tea towel, notebook, coasters and notecards will go down just as well as a dozen of the real things.
You won’t find a more Valentine’s perfect tipple than this brilliant pink gin from Cambridgeshire. Pinkster Gin gets its brilliant colour from local raspberries grown in Milton and the taste is sublime. Buy a bottle for your loved one, or even better win a year’s supply of the pink stuff by voting in our Best Places to Live competition.
£35 per 70cl bottle
Designs on you
Is your Valentine obsessed with their phone or finding it hard to work in a cluttered home office? Then they’ll love this functional, yet stylish handmade phone holder from Cambs-based Millar Made, that means they’ll never have to hunt for their phone under piles of paper and coffee cups again.
Box of delights
Can’t decide on just one gift? Treat your loved one to a whole hamper of delights from The Suffolk Hamper Company. There’s something for every type of recipient – from dog lovers to foodies – and each hamper is filled with local goodies. Go big on the V-day theme with this Spoil Her Rotten hamper and you’ll be in the good books all year.
It’s a classic for a reason – a gorgeous bunch of flowers will always go down well on Valentine’s Day especially if you steer clear of the petrol station and go to a local florist like The Botanical Alchemist. There’s more to Imogen’s arrangements than just pretty flowers too – she deals in the symbology of flowers, so you can put together a bunch filled with hidden messages of love.
Good things come in small packages and that’s certainly true of the gorgeous jewels that you’ll find at Cambs-based Eleven Fifteen Jewellery. Their designs are modern and timeless so if you’re not sure what style your Valentine likes you can be pretty confident that they’ll love any of the designs from this fabulous local brand. We’d be very happy with this geometric necklace on the 14th!
Give a gift that you can enjoy too (they’re always the best kind!) with a bottle of Suffolk’s most loved gin – Adnams Copper House. While you’re at it snag some of this dreamy local tipple yourself by entering our Best Places to Live competition where there’s a chance to win a year’s supply!
£26.99 for 70cl bottle
Food of love
Lockdown means we’ve all been missing out on our favourite local goodies. If your loved one is missing the incredible, queue-worthy baked goods from Suffolk’s Two Magpies Bakery then they’ll be delighted to receive a Valentine’s Day Treat Box full of the bakery’s best bakes – heart sable biscuits, macarons and two cakes, plus a couple of cheeky bottles of Adnams prosecco.