With Valentine's Day just around the corner, there's no better way to say "I love you" than with a beautiful, unique and thoughtful gift...and there's no better way to find that perfect gift than by shopping small!
Whether you're into Valentine's (or Galentine's) or not, it's still lovely to treat yourself, your partner, family member or best friend to something extra special to banish those winter blues and feel loved.
To give you a helping hand with your search, I've teamed up with other small businesses from around the UK to showcase 18 heartwarming gift ideas that will make this Valentine's truly special and also, hopefully give you some lovely new places to shop throughout the year!
1. Red Clutch Bag from Sew Sofia - £35
Add a pop of colour to your day or evening with this luscious, lipstick red clutch bag, which can also neatly hold an iPad or similar gadget. In a wipeable, buttery smooth faux leather, the bag has a wristlet strap and is lined in a bold floral print in luxurious cotton sateen. See my Shop for clutch bags in other sizes and colours too!
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2. "Lexi" Checkmate Wine & Black Heart Studs from Created By Lau - £10
Yorkshire based jeweller Laura of Created By Lau creates handmade, one-of-a-kind jewellery and accessories using fibre textiles, resin, polymer clay and Jesmonite. These fun "Checkmate" heart-shaped studs made from polymer clay and with a black heart checker board design are perfect for Valentine's and all year round.
3. Alphabet Dating - an A-Z of date ideas from The Kids Press Company - £15.99
Stuck for what to do on your next date with your true love? This A-Z of dating activities is a fun way to add that extra spark to date days or evenings out. The cards can be personalised for that extra special touch.
4. Rhubarb & fresh mint 8oz jar candle from And Hope Designs - £14.50
Create a deliciously romantic atmosphere with this soy wax candle from And Hope Designs, scented with a heavenly rhubarb and mint hand-poured in an amber glass jar.
5. Pink Catnap Sleep Mask from Just Add Style - £35
For the girl who loves her bed or loves to travel, sweet dreams will abound with this luxurious "Catnap" sleep mask! Featuring leopards on both sides of the mask, sewn from the finest silk satin, with 100% silk fibre filling and an elastic silk-covered band for a soft but snug fit.
6. La Rosée Glass Candle from Louis & Co Maison - £28
Louis & Co Maison products are handmade in Hampshire created by Lea & George, a French-British couple. La Rosée is a classic, rich Rose scent.
7. Copper Heart on Silver Circle Necklace from Zoe Ruth Designs - £40
Inspired by nature, Zoe Ruth crafts her unique jewellery pieces from sterling silver, copper and semi-precious stones. This beautifully textured copper heart perched on a sterling silver circle offers a romantic twist.
8. Love Story Scrapbook from Scrappy Doodles UK - £20
Capture your love story together on paper with this stylish, eco-friendly scrapbook, perfect for those first date photos, tickets and postcards of places visited and other memorabilia acquired a long the way.
9. The Love One Unique Milk Churn Candle®️ - Red Roses from The Cattleshed Candle Company - £15
Refillable or repurposed candles using eco-soy wax and the finest fragrances. The Love One – Red Roses is a hand-poured candle with an intense fragrance of red roses and is the perfect gift that will last much longer than fresh ones.
10. Embossed Floral Hand Painted Necklace from Abby’s Art Atelier - £10
Say it with flowers, forever! Abby uses polymer clay and resin combined with mixed media techniques to create truly one of a kind, colourful and special jewellery pieces.
11. Sloth Valentine’s Day Card from Bamber Prints £3.50
Catherine of Bamber Prints specialises in minimalist dot illustrations with a touch of playfulness. This cute sloth card is made from a 100% recycled card and includes one recycled kraft brown envelope.
12. Silver Hammered Heart Studs from Anna Calvert Jewellery - £25
Anna Calvert makes jewellery from recycled silver and gold, like these beautiful heart shaped studs, created from hammered and polished recycled sterling silver, they’re perfect for Valentine's and every day.
13. Red Heart Lavender Sachet from Naila Ahmad LONDON - £10
A handmade and handprinted sachet, made in 100% cotton unbleached calico fabric and filled with dried English lavender. Perfect for tucking in a drawer or wardrobe, it will keep on giving you fragrance for years to come.
14. Handmade Wooden ‘I Love You’ Wood Slice Coaster Gift from Wooden You Love - £8
Wooden You Love makes hand burnt wooden gifts for all occasions using Pyrography, so each piece is completely unique and handmade. This love birds rustic wooden coaster will make a great gift for Valentine's, anniversary, birthday or just to say "I love you".
16. Double Festival Silver Earrings from Eni Jewellery - £67
Designed by Eleni Koumara, these sterling silver, triangular design earrings will be sure to make a statement!
16. LOVE Fitted Hoodie from Home Bird Crafts - £40
Home Bird Crafts upcycles preloved clothing and creates new rainbow-inspired sustainable items for the entire family. This fitted hoodie with a LOVE rainbow print is bound to be a go-to garment. Made using certified organic cotton, it is a sustainable option for anyone concerned about their carbon footprint.
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17. Leather Heart keyring from Laura Jessica Design - £8.50
Laura Jessica Design handcrafts small leather goods and accessories using traditional techniques. This vegetable-tanned leather keyring makes a great Valentine's gift for anyone you love. A silver heart loop and cone stud finish each design.
18. Gold & Silver Petite Organic Flower Earrings from Inari Designs - £95
Inari Designs is a sustainable jeweller working with recycled and Fairtrade gold and silver as well as using reclaimed, sustainable and responsibly sourced gemstones. These delicate, one-of-a-kind earrings are made with pure silver and 9ct gold. They have been "torch sculpted" to resemble organic flowers, but these flowers will last a lifetime.
I hope this gift guide helps you to look beyond the predictable flowers and chocolates to find your true love something truly made with love this Valentine's Day!