To taste – Godiva Chocolates
Every lady loves chocolate. So why not treat her to some of the most delicious, elegant and lovingly made chocolates out there from Godiva’s Nathalie Lete Collection? Seldom have I seen such a beautiful box, with matching beautiful contents to boot. We tried the 6 piece Godiva heart box for £13.50, but the range goes up to £25 if you are feeling a little more extravagant. Each chocolate is exquisitely crafted by Nathalie, one of the world’s leading chocolatiers, with individual messages of loved written across each one. Simply stunning – these chocolates will set you above the rest this Valentine ’s Day. Available here: http://www.godivachocolates.co.uk
Tanqueray Raspberry and Lavender fizz
There is nothing like a cocktail to set the tone for a romantic evening. Tanqueray, one of the world’s most famous and sophisticated gin offerings, has come up with a couple of cocktails to get the night flowing. We have picked our favourite, why not try this gorgeous Tanqueray Raspberry and Lavender fizz (trust us, we have tried it):
25ml Tanqueray London Dry (70cl £21.50, stockist suggestion Waitrose)
15ml Lavender Liqueur (Raspberry liqueur also optional)
Top with Prosecco
4 x Fresh Raspberries
Method: shake all ingredients together and pour into a coupette, top with prosecco and garnish with a raspberry or rose petal
Patron XO Cafe
Fancy something a little different to finish of the meal this Valentine’s? We recommened a nice cholled Patron XO Café for something to tickle the taste buds after a romantic evening. Patrón XO Cafe is a delicious blend of Arabica coffee and ultra premium Patrón Silver tequila, which deftly showcases the deep coffee flavour. It is excellent when served as a chilled shot, mixing into cocktails or even as a unique and delicious dessert topping. Patrón XO Café 350ml, RRP £16.99, UK nationwide from Waitrose
For something a little more cheesy this Valentine’s Day, why not give your loved one this adorable Me to You, Tatty Teddy, Grey Teddy Bear Holding A Rose And ‘Love You’ (£25). This super soft teddy is iconic and we are big fans of the Me To You brand – it’s just too cute! Take a trip down to your leading card retailer and take a look at what else the range has to offer.
To get in the mood
One of the best ways to get in the mood is certainly with a candle set, designed to trigger of certain desires and feelings within your partner. If only there was a way to tailor a candle gift set to you… well, in fact, there is! Candelabox.com offers you the chance to create your own scent profile and then they will send out a super luxurious candle gift set based on your preference. Whether you like fresh and fruity or spicy and oriental, there is a wealth of choices when it comes to crafting an extra special gift this Valentine’s. You could also give your loved one a monthly subscription, meaning they will have a brand new set sent to them each month. Individual sets start at just over £30.
Love Potion Eau De Parfum
If your partner is not a fan of candles, then this gorgeous, sensual and seductive perfume from Oriflame may be a good alternative. The fragrance has an oriental character and is based on two well-known aphrodisiac ingredients - ginger and chocolate. The sensuality of the scent is provided by ginger and spices from India, as well as exotic aromas of slightly sweet cocoa flowers, fresh tangerine, tender lily and vanilla. Available from Oriflame.co.uk for £21.95.
For later…. Swoon Get the Massage Sensual Gift Set
The Burning Desire Luxurious Massage Candle and Massage in a Bottle Sensual Massage Oil gift set is a great way to set a more amorous tone this Valentine’s. The set includes a scented candle designed to act as an aphrodisiac and it also can be used as a creamy massage oil when lit. When it starts to become liquid, allow time for the oil to melt into a pool in the centre of the candle. Drizzle or spoon the skin-safe emollient into the palm of your hand and apply gently to the skin. If that’s not for you, the sensual massage oil stimulate your senses and is a great, fire free alternative. Massage in a Bottle is made with 100% pure grapeseed oil, Vitamin E and an intoxicating blend of vanilla and orange essential oils – the perfect accompaniment to a sensual massage. Available from Boots.
These nifty little speakers are super portable and great for those looking to listen to music on the go. Thanks to a suction cup at the base of the Bluetooth speaker, you can keep this thing upright or stick it to pretty much any surface you wish.
Made of a strong rubber, the speaker seems to be fairly robust and relatively splash proof - making it perfect for most occasions. Plus it comes in a selection of colours!
The speaker utilises a micro USB to obtain its charge and we found the charge to last for a lot longer than we expected, with over 11 hours of use from the first charge! When in charge an led light at the base of the speaker indicates it’s taking on juice.
For a small device, and we mean small, the speakers single driver packs a strong enough punch to make its place in your back pack or travel case more than worthwhile. As you would expect, the bass on such as small speaker is not exactly overwhelming and the trebles sometimes tentative, but on the whole a good sound.
Available from Amazon.co.uk
It’s not too late to find those Christmas foodie gems! Look no further than this guide to some of our Xmas recommendations! But remember, some of these are ideal for New Year too!
Paxton and Whitfield
This year Paxton & Whitfield has created an enticing range of Gift Packs and Hampers, each bursting with the tastiest cheese, finest foods and most eye-catching and practical accessories, to ensure you give the perfect gift this festive season.
Festive Collection (£100.00)
A hamper packed full of festive cheer. It includes a Stilton Jar PDO* (250g), Mont d’Or (400g), Celery & Sea Salt Oaties (150g), Pots of Pork with Sloe Gin (140g), Nuts About Chestnuts (90g), Festive Cranberry Chutney (600g), Brandy Butter (225g), West Country & Garlic Chives Cheese Bites (75g), Cocktail Mince Pies, Christmas Pudding (450g) and Mulled Wine Sachets (5 in a pack). Presented in an elegant wicker hamper.
Superdry do not just make fantastic clothes and accessories, but this Christmas they are also offering some really gorgeous little gift sets for Him and for Her.
The Gift Set Contains
Superdry Neon Pink Eau de Parfum 25ml
Superdry Neon Orange Eau de Parfum 25ml
Superdry Neon Blue Eau de Parfum 25ml
Superdry Neon Purple Eau de Parfum 25ml
This Superdry Female Fragrances Gift Set includes four Eau de Parfum 25mls in Superdry Neon Pink, Superdry Neon Orange, Superdry Neon Blue and Superdry Neon Purple. Pefect for modern women who know what they want, they’re ideal for popping into your bag for weekends away or on-the-go spritzes.
Neon Blue: Pear, apple, melon, lily of the valley, jasmine and musks.
Neon Pink: Bergamot, pineapple, galbanum, water fruits, jasmine, rose, sandalwood, vanilla and musks.
Neon Purple: Fresh figs, green leaves, lily of the valley, cedarwood, sandalwood, dry amber, coconut, tonka and musks.
Neon Orange: Mandarin, orange, blackcurrant, orange blossom, pineapple, cedarwood and musks.
The Gift Set Contains
Mens mini gift set fragrances by Superdry4 x 25ml sprays Contains the Black, Steel, Orange and Blue fragrances
This set makes an ideal gift for on-the-go men, perfect for taking to the gym, work or weekends away. I find that the set is great for stowing in the glove compartment of my car also, just in case you need to use it to freshen up. Really fantastic stocking filler for the guy who likes to smell good.
Please note that these fragrances are also available in bigger bottles here: http://www.superdry.com/
The Superdry Christmas Gift sets retail at £29.50 each and are available at Superdry stores, online at http://www.superdry.com, larger Debenhams stores, larger Boots stores and selected independent department stores.
The Wasgij Christmas range has just been expanded by the addition of a brand-new jigsaw puzzle, Wasgij Christmas 9 - ‘A Bright Christmas Night’. Featuring a festive scene, ‘A Bright Christmas Night’ is all set to spread and enhance the seasonal spirit.
This new puzzle consists of 1000 pieces and, when completed, features a seasonal, but hilarious Christmas scene measuring approximately 49 cm by 68 cm. Added interest comes from the need to use some imagination and provided clues to determine - and piece together - what the characters shown on the box are actually looking at. It comes complete with five Christmas cards
Designed to make those long winter nights more fun for adults, ‘A Bright Christmas Night’ certainly promises many hours of great pre- and after- Christmas fun. Entertaining in typically funny Wasgij style, it is well worth considering as a gift to friends, family or even yourself.
Available from an array of stockists, including Amazon, Play.com and All Jigsaw Puzzles; Jigsaw Puzzles Direct, Jigsaws’R'Us and many high street retailers, Wasgij 9 – ‘A Bright Christmas Night’ is priced at just £11.99, great value for money. For more information, please visit http://www.jumbo.eu.