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Valentine’s Day 2022: 12 non-cheesy gift ideas

Without chocolate, ‘bubbly’ or anything heart-shaped in sight

1

LOV Flowers

Sustainable letterbox flowers

Sustainable letterbox flowers

These letterbox flowers by Swedish florist Anna Eklöv’s LOV Flowers are carefully selected and assembled using only the highest-quality blooms. There are four ranges to choose from, including The Elsa (a wild garden-style bouquet with blue thistle flowers, white carnations, white Peruvian lilies and scented eucalyptus) and The Freja (peach and pink roses, lavender bellflowers, pink snapdragons and eucalyptus). Flower selections arrive in sustainably sourced, 100% recyclable packaging; even the decorative box sleeves are naturally degradable. 

2

Outpour

Curated wine box

Curated wine box

Eighty percent of wine purchases are made by women, yet wine is still considered a man’s pursuit. Outpour – a new female-founded wine shop and women-only wine community – is here to change that. Founded by Joanne Koukis, who left her corporate barrister job to launch the company, Outpour offers a curated selection of wines and related events designed to make drinking and learning about wine more accessible and welcoming. Wine boxes start from £90 (or £85 for a box of half bottles).

3

MOi + ME

Luxurious massage candle

Luxurious massage candle

This is a jasmine, sandalwood and lavendar candle with a unique twist: when melted, it transforms into a nourishing body CBD oil which can be massaged into the skin straight away. What could be a better Valentine’s Day surprise than an unexpected massage, especially one with CBD properties? 

4

Words with Wine

Book and wine subscription box

Book and wine subscription box

Delight your book and booze-loving Valentine with a monthly subscription to Words with Wine, the UK’s first book and wine subscription box. Each box arrives with a full-size bottle of wine, a book of the month and an information card. Recipients have access to an online bookclub where members can discuss their thoughts on the book and share photos. Non-alcohlic options are also available, as are one-off book and wine sets.

5

HOOHAA

Luxury fragrance subscription

Luxury fragrance subscription

Unisex fragrance platform HOOHAA delivers travel size-friendly scents to your door each month. There are three edits to choose from (Easy Does It, Buckle Up or Take Me To Mars) and it’s always a surprise which fragrance you receive. The platform supports sustainable, artisan brands and previous favourites have included Maya Njie, Gallivant and Maison Matine.

6

The Stem

Dried pink flowers

Dried flowers

What could be more romantic than flowers you’re not going to need to throw out next week? These sustainable dried flowers from online gardening centre The Stem will last for years and require little to no effort to care for. Various arrangements are available, including Pretty in Pink (long stems in shades of pink with dried pink reel grass, oats and delicate baby’s breath) and Lilac Blush (long stems in shades of purple, spiced up with dried Indian corn and lilac phalaris). 

7

KIVU Skincare

Hydrating Elixir

Hydrating Elixir

KIVU Skincare, created by a Harley Street dermatologist, has a powerful hydrating elixir designed for even the driest of skins. This innovative, lightweight elixir is intensely moisturising, leaving skin with a radiant, long-lasting glow. And the not-so-secret ingredient? Helix Aspersa secretion, or snail secretion, as it is more commonly known. Its origins as a demological tool can be traced back to Ancient Greece, where snail secretion was a popular treatment for inflammation and wound healing. So, this Valentine’s Day, why not give your loved one a skincare product they won’t forget in a hurry?

8

Forest Distillery

Forest Gin

Forest Gin gift pack

Swap prosecco, rose and other drinks traditionally associated with Valentine’s Day for a beautiful bottle of Forest Gin produced by husband and wife team Karl and Lindsay Bond. To make the gin, the pair steep some classic gin botanicals (including organic juniper berries and coriander seeds) in organic grain spirit before taking a pestle and mortar to bundles of botanicals foraged from Macclesfield Forest in Cheshire. The concoction is then distilled through a copper condenser and blended with local spring water. This gin is available in a special gift box, where it comes with a branded crystal G&T glass.

9

Tielle Love Luxury

Velour hotel robe

Velour hotel robe

Give your loved one the five-star hotel experience from the comfort of their own home with a fabulously fluffy Tielle Love Luxury hotel bathrobe. Featuring smooth cotton velour on the outside and absorbent terry towelling on the inside, this luxury bathrobe is wonderfully cosy to lounge around in after a shower or bath.

10

The Folio Society

Love Poems

Love Poems

For a truly romantic – yet not cringey – Valentine’s Day gift, check out Love Poems, The Folio Society’s new anthology of 155 poems on the subject of love. Selected and introduced by British poet, artist and filmmaker Imtiaz Dharker, each poem provides a response to love, from Rumi, Shakespeare and Christina Rosetti to Philip Larkin, Michael Ondaatje and Carol Ann Duffy. The stunning 264-page anthology is bound in black cloth with two ribbon markers and a blocked cloth slipcase.

11

Silent Pool Distillers

Rose Expression gin gift set

Rose Expression gin gift set

Silent Pool Distillers, the sustainable gin brand made on the Albury Estate in the heart of the Surrey Hills, has produced a limited-edition Valentine’s Day gift box for its bestselling Rose Expression gin. Distilled with a unique rose tea infusion, Rose Expression has a distinctive yet delicate rose flavour, and the 70cl bottle comes packaged with a pair of beautiful Copa-style gin glasses.

12

Cazcabel Tequila

Flavoured tequilas

Flavoured tequilas

Nothing says “I love you” like tequila, right? Cazcabel Tequila is a range of authentic, high-quality, natural tequilas which can be used in cocktails or sipped neat and savoured. Flavours include Cazcabel Blanco, Reposado, Coffee Liqueur (which is blended with luxury arabica coffee), Coconut Liqueur (made using prized coconuts from Jalisco, Mexico) and Honey Tequila Liqueur (the first of its kind, which is made with 100% natural honey).

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