Friday, 17 January 2014

Valentine's Day Gift Guide 2014


Valentine's Day gift, Valentine's Day, Gifts for her


This year we are finally celebrating Valentine's Day (albeit with the kids)! With Abby being a Valentine's Day baby, it's not often we get to focus a bit more on the Valentine's side of things. But this year we have booked a 17th century hotel for Saturday, and we are going to enjoy their dinner, swimming pool and breakfast! Woo!!! Can't wait! I'm sure the kids will enjoy it too!

So, this is my 3rd Valentine's Day Gift Guide, and I still love doing it! I just love finding seasonal gifts and share them with you! This year it is more For Her and For Couples, if you are willing to share! And obviously, a fabulous giveaway for some of you to win a lovely prize in time for the actual Valentine's Day!

The gift guide is split into the following sections:

Beauty
Jewellery
Home
Confectionery
Giveaway

Happy browsing, and I hope that you'll be inspired by some of the ideas. If you should be the receiver, then feel free to keep the page open on the picture you like, and fingers crossed your partner will take the hint!

Ang x


Beauty


Valentine's Day gift, Kiehl's midnight recovery concentrate, best beauty serum

Valentine's Day gift, Kiehl's midnight recovery concentrate, best beauty serum


Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate (30ml) £36.00
- A replenishing elixir of pure essential oils and distilled botanicals to visibly restore the appearance of skin by morning, paraben free, 99.8% naturally derived ingredients

This is on the gift guide because I'm highly recommending this fabulous beauty product to all the ladies! First of, it last forever! I was given a 4ml sample bottle at their skin consultation (part of my prize, more about this on another post) to try that has lasted me for 5 weeks already, and there are still enough for another week or 2! Wow right?!

And the most important thing is, this product really, REALLY works! My skin used to look tired, dry with widened pores (eeek!!). After using this serum for a couple of weeks, I can tell that my skin looks younger, softer, refreshed and brighter, with a more even tone as well. I also won the full size bottle (30ml) as part of my prize and still haven't got the chance to use it yet!

Giveaway: One of you lucky ones will get to win a bottle yourself that comes with a gift set too!


Valentine's Day gift, Nails Inc Autumn Winter 2013, pink nail varnish

Valentine's Day gift, Nails Inc Autumn Winter 2013, pink nail varnish

Valentine's Day gift, Nails Inc Autumn Winter 2013, pink nail varnish


Nails Inc Nail Varnish - Warwick Avenue £11.00  St James £11.00
St James Park (Limited Edition)  £5.00

Why nail varnish? Pink not only is one of the Valentine's Day colour, it is also this Autumn/ Winter's trend colour! But pink clothes might not be everyone's cup of tea, and it's much easier to accessorise with pink instead. The easiest place to start with is your nails of course!

Nails Inc has created 2 limited edition on trend colours, one is St James Park. It's got a lovely shade, not too subtle nor too loud, and it's only £5 for the full size bottle! If you prefer something more subtle that can be worn daily, the Warwick Avenue is a lovely nude pink which can easily stretch over to the Spring/Summer 2014 trend - nude pastels. But if you'd like something more sexy and hot, St James would be perfect for a Valentine's Day night out, or any other night outs!

Nails Inc nail varnish are fairly easy to use as they don't dry up before you can finish even out the varnish (great for people like me who can't get it perfect with the first stroke!). They also do a Couture package which would turn a simple bottle of nail varnish in an amazing gift by blinging up the bottle cap, naming the bottle yourself and present it in a lovely personalised gift box too!


Valentine's Day gift, Pebble Grey LED light compact mirror, beauty mirror

Valentine's Day gift, Pebble Grey LED light compact mirror, beauty mirror


Pebble Grey LED Cosmetic Mirror  rrp £24.99 (Currently on offer)
- Battery operated compact mirror with 6 blue/ white LED lights on standard mirror, and x2 magnification mirror on the opposite side

This is a must have for every lady methinks! A compact mirror is always handy in the hand bag, let it be for touching up your face, a final check before you meet someone (business or personal), or use it on someone else (children and even the man will have their moments!). But a compact mirror that lights up when you open it is even better! Not only can you see the shadowed areas well, you can see every bit of yourself very well! The 6 little LED lights are so bright you can use the mirror as a torch light in the dark, and if you have children who are prone to sticking things in the wrong places *raise hand*, it will shine into small nostrils and ears too!

It's perfect for plucking eyebrows, and putting on make up in the mornings during travelling (e.g train). It can be a bit too bright to look directly at in the dark, but looking at the opposite mirror instead will prevent the glare.


Jewellery


Valentine's Day gift, BOUTON lavender freshwater pearl earrings, affordable pearl earrings

Valentine's Day gift, BOUTON lavender freshwater pearl earrings, affordable pearl earrings

Valentine's Day gift, BOUTON lavender freshwater pearl earrings, affordable pearl earrings


BOUTON Pearl Collection Earrings (Lavender)  £30.00
-Freshwater Pearl earrings in Lavender colour on 925 sterling silver studs

Love these freshwater pearl earrings! They are simple yet very elegant, deceivingly affordable, and the size is just right, making them suitable for daily wear. I love the Lavender colour, which is a bit more unusual and a bit more mysterious, but they also come in pink and cream too.

Giveaway: BOUTON has offered an amazing bracelet as a prize for the giveaway that comes with a bead of the winner's choice!


Valentine's Day gift, Duepunti diamond bracelet, affordable diamond bracelet

Valentine's Day gift, Duepunti diamond bracelet, affordable diamond bracelet

Valentine's Day gift, Duepunti diamond bracelet, affordable diamond bracelet

Valentine's Day gift, Duepunti diamond bracelet, affordable diamond bracelet

Valentine's Day gift, Duepunti diamond bracelet, affordable diamond bracelet


Duepunti Diamond Bracelet (Ruby Red)  £70.00
- Comes in 18 colours and 3 sizes, as well as matching rings; 0.02ct diamond set in a silver mounting combined with a non-allergic silicone support; made in Italy

Modern and new age comes to mind! This bracelet (or soft bangle?) is fun, looks gorgeous with the bright colours, yet is still luxurious with a diamond featured in the middle. The Valentine's Day colours are perfect for this season, but there are 18 colours to choose from, so there bound to be one for anyone! They can even be collectible and mix-and-matched for wear. Love the pink and black combo!


Valentine's Day gift, Kit Heath Sterling Silver Spring Summer 2014 Necklace, heart pendant necklace

Valentine's Day gift, Kit Heath Sterling Silver Spring Summer 2014 Necklace, heart pendant necklace

Valentine's Day gift, Kit Heath Sterling Silver Spring Summer 2014 Necklace, heart pendant necklace

Valentine's Day gift, Kit Heath Sterling Silver Spring Summer 2014 Necklace, heart pendant necklace

Valentine's Day gift, Kit Heath Sterling Silver Spring Summer 2014 Necklace, heart pendant necklace


Kit Heath Sterling Silver Sculpted Heart Necklace (Small rrp £55.00, rrp Large £100.00)
- Coming very soon; new from the Spring/ Summer 2014 Embrace Story Collection (contemporary and curvaceous sterling silver classics), comes with 18" sterling silver chain

This stunning necklace will suit most ladies! The flowing design with flowers on the right reminds me of a spring stream running in the middle of a meadow! Serene is the word! Really like the modern and classic fusion, and did you notice how shiny and mesmerising it is?! It's definitely gonna attract a lot of attention!

The Embrace Story Collection has some other stunning pieces as well, take a look at the new collection on their website now.




Rosie Willett Design Occasion Swarovski Crystal & Pearl Bracelet - Nude  £30.00
- Handmade Sterling Silver bracelet; approx 18cm long;

Although specialised in bridal tiaras and wedding jewellery, this bracelet will make a lovely Valentine's Day gift as well! I love Swarovski crystals and pearls and use them in all the jewellery I make as well, the crystals are extremely sparkly, and will certainly catch lots of attention!


Valentine's Day gift, Ti Sento Heart bracelet, heart bracelet

Valentine's Day gift, Ti Sento Heart bracelet, heart bracelet

Valentine's Day gift, Ti Sento Heart bracelet, heart bracelet
Right: Tried to capture the sparkles on camera

Valentine's Day gift, Ti Sento Heart bracelet, heart bracelet


Ti Sento Milano Sterling Silver Clear Cubic Zirconia Heart Bracelet  rrp £75.00
- 18cm long sterling silver bracelet with slightly less than 4cm extension. Heart is studded (not glued) with brilliant cut clear cubic zirconia

I have been wearing this bracelet most of the time since I've received it, it's lovely! It can be worn on it's own, which looks pretty and delicate, or wear together with a couple of similar style bracelets to personalise and make the love heart stand out. I adore their satin pouch that the bracelet came in from too!

Apart from the heart bracelet, which is only available in selected jewellers and their new Manchester Trafford Centre store (see link for stockist info and store location), they are also launching a beautiful Love Link collection perfect for this season! Keep an eye out on their website as they'll be launching soon!


Valentine's Day gift, Zazzle round locket necklace, keepsake necklace

Valentine's Day gift, Zazzle round locket necklace, keepsake necklace

Valentine's Day gift, Zazzle round locket necklace, keepsake necklace

Valentine's Day gift, Zazzle round locket necklace, keepsake necklace


Zazzle Starfish, Flower & Glitter Pink Photo Print Round Locket Necklace   £25.95
- Round sterling silver-plated locket with diamante at the top; 18" sterling silver-plated chain and 2" extension, UV resistant and waterproof coating to protect images; made in the USA

Whilst browsing for gift ideas, I came across this sweet keepsake locket necklace from Zazzle. Unlike normal lockets, it doesn't have fragile hinges to break, and instead of a flimsy plastic or fragile glass to protect your favourite photo (or print), the image is completely sealed over to keep it UV light and waterproof, so they'll last for years! If you don't have a favourite image to upload, Zazzle provides a huge collection of designs for you to choose from too, like these for Valentine's Day! Like the one I chose for Abby, she absolutely loves it! Maybe one day I'll customise another one with our family portrait in!


Home


Valentine's Day gift, 2 person slanket, double slanket

Valentine's Day gift, 2 person slanket, double slanket


Find Me a Gift Double Slanket - Chocolate Brown   rrp £59.99  (currently on offer)
- Large fleece blanket with 4 sleeves; 318 x 229cm, machine washable

Found this on Find Me a Gift's website and I had to source it for this guide! Isn't this awesome for couples who always share the same sofa together? Let it be for cuddling, watching a movie or even for doing your own things! We have a single slanket at home and even though it's wide enough to cover 2 person, we always ended up pulling the slanket closer to ourselves, causing the other bracing the cold! This double slanket is massive! Hubby said that we can just bring this to our family's for overnight stay instead of a proper blanket! It's thick and really warm, perfect for a cold night snuggling up for a Valentine's Day movie!

Giveaway: A lucky winner will win a double slanket in the giveaway!


Valentine's Day gift, Valentine's Day card, Hallmark Valentine's Day


Hallmark Valentine's Day Cards
- Assorted

I'm not one who always send out cards, but the above 2 Valentine's Day cards are beautiful! I especially love the Forever Friends one! Although I'm not really a card person, receiving one of these will certainly make me feel special! So maybe this year I'll do the extra bits! There are plenty of choices of course, and you can either buy them online or in store!

Giveaway: One of you will win Hallmark's personalised chocolate bar!


Valentine's Day gift, Valentine's Day cups, Guzzini love cappuccino cups with saucers for 2

Valentine's Day gift, Valentine's Day cups, Guzzini love cappuccino cups with saucers for 2

Valentine's Day gift, Valentine's Day cups, Guzzini love cappuccino cups with saucers for 2


Red Candy Guzzini Love Cappuccino Cups with Saucers - Set of 2  Original £37.00 (Currently on offer)
- 2 white porcelain cappuccino cups with red transparent SAN plastic resin handle shaped in heart shapes, with matching red transparent SAN plastic resin saucers and teaspoons; holds 200cc liquid each; dishwasher safe

This screams designer Valentine's Day! If you are serving breakfast in bed the drinks will have to be served in these cups! If you aren't very good at making breakfast, these will add so many bonus points I don't think the taste of the food matters (well, initially anyway!). I would certainly love to have my breakfast served with my coffee in this cup, and perhaps with a red rose in a skinny vase, a Valentine's Day card (without the envelope) and hopefully a nicely wrapped present on the tray *dream on*

Anyway! Beautiful cups and very modern too! You can even get other pieces from the range to match, with or without hearts!


Valentine's Day gift, Valentine's Day gift wrap, hand made gift wrap paper

Valentine's Day gift, Valentine's Day gift wrap, hand made gift wrap paper

Valentine's Day gift, Valentine's Day gift wrap, hand made gift wrap paper

Valentine's Day gift, Valentine's Day gift wrap, hand made gift wrap paper

Valentine's Day gift, Valentine's Day gift wrap, hand made gift wrap paper

Valentine's Day gift, Valentine's Day gift wrap, hand made gift wrap paper


Wild Paper Passion Valentine's Day Card  £3.45
Wild Paper Red Hand Twitsted Lokta Twine (2 x 10metres pack)  £5.50
Tropical Valentine Cards Cranberry Swirl Gift Wrap Paper Pack (2 sheets)  £4.25
Tropical Valentine Cards Romantic Red & Hearts Gift Wrap Papers Pack (1 sheet of each design)  £4.25
- Assorted hand made Lokta paper gift wraps and cards by sister companies Wild Paper and Tropical Valentine Cards

Absolutely beautiful gift wrap papers! You can even find information on Wild Paper's website about how the papers and twine were made! The hand twisted twine is fab as you can untwist parts of it to create patterns that look like leaves, really pretty! The lokta papers are normally very hard to keep in place with cellotapes, but I had no problem with these! And one layer is good enough as the density is high enough to keep the surprise hidden.

I really like the Cranberry Swirl, which reminded me of blossoms and my favourite Raspberry and Cream puddings, but I also love the deep red wine coloured one imprinted with finely serrated rose leaves! The Heart shaped ones is also very cute with candy colours, and they all beat the usual gift wraps!

They also have a selection of Valentine's Day cards which uses similar materials, matching with the nicely wrapped gift you are gifting!


Confectionery

Valentine's Day gift, Fudge Kitchen gourmet fudge, traditional British pudding fudge

Valentine's Day gift, Fudge Kitchen gourmet fudge, traditional British pudding fudge

Valentine's Day gift, Fudge Kitchen gourmet fudge, traditional British pudding fudge


Fudge Kitchen Puddings Gourmet Miniatures  £8.00
- 9 minature hand made and hand decorated British traditional puddings fudge squares, each weighing approximately 20g

For the fudge and/ or British traditional pudding lovers! Even though they are fudge, the puddings' flavour really stand out! And don't think that they are too small, as each tiny bite is a blast! Me and hubby really enjoyed sampling each piece, and we both have our own favourites (Apple Crumble for me, Cherry Bakewell for hubby) as well as flavours to fight for (Lemon Tart, Hazelnut Praline and Pecan Pie)!

Fudge Kitchen makes my favourite fudge, with a crystalised crust on the outside, and gooey yumminess on the inside, we even used them for our wedding favours! If you enjoy fudge as well, you have to try theirs (if you haven't already)! They also do a Fudge Making Experience for Two, which might just be the perfect experience gift for someone you know!


Valentine's Day gift, Hotel Chocolat Valentine's Day chocolate, heart shaped chocolates

Valentine's Day gift, Hotel Chocolat Valentine's Day chocolate, heart shaped chocolates

Valentine's Day gift, Hotel Chocolat Valentine's Day chocolate, heart shaped chocolates



Hotel Chocolat The Sleekster Valentine Selection  £24.00
- 28 filled chocolates in 12 assorted flavours; box image contains lots of smaller images of love

Oh my! I feel so spoiled! So I can assure you that whoever you are buying this for will feel the same! Look at the amazing design on the box! It is perfect for a couple to share, as there is at least 2 of each flavour. Now, I did say at least, because 2 of the flavours have 3 each, so you'll just have to  fight  work it out who gets which!

All these little artwork are delicious, even the Chilli, Ginger & Almond Pralines were a surprise! Check this page out for what each chocolate are. Now where is that Pink Champagne Truffle...

Giveaway: Hotel Chocolat has offered their Love Notes chocolate box for the giveaway!


Valentine's Day gift, Jelly Belly Bean 20 Flavour Valentine's Day Gift Box, Valentine's Day sweets

Valentine's Day gift, Jelly Belly Bean 20 Flavour Valentine's Day Gift Box, Valentine's Day sweets


Jelly Belly Beans 20 Flavour Valentine's Day Gift Box (250g)  £9.08
- Gelatine, dairy and fat free

This is obviously for the Jelly Belly Bean fans, and according to how popular my giveaways get when there is Jelly Belly Beans involved, I'd say that's a lot of you! I'm following Jelly Belly UK on Facebook and they always have these inspiring pictures showing fans what they can do with their Jelly Belly Beans. That gave me an idea, why not use edible glue to stick some Jelly Belly Beans on a card to send a delicious message over? I'm sure you can source edible rice paper somewhere too if you prefer (I wouldn't mind picking off a normal card paper though!).

Giveaway: Jelly Belly Beans has offered 2 boxes of 20 flavour Valentine's Day Gift Box (250g each) to my giveaway!


Valentine's Day gift, personalised Love Heart sweet jar, Love Heart sweets

Valentine's Day gift, personalised Love Heart sweet jar, Love Heart sweets


Your Design Personalised Love Hearts Sweets Jar  £6.00
- Pre-filled with Squizzels Matlow mini Love Hears tubes; jar size 11.5 x 11.5 x 7.5cm; have other sweets options

This is a really lovely idea! Turn an ordinary jar of their favourite sweets into something personal, by adding text and/ or a picture on the jar, all for just £6.00 (plus p&p of course)! They have plenty of choices for the fonts and colour, as well as easy to use design mechanism! The printed sticker is of good quality and has a gloss finish to make it last. I've dedicated the jar to Abby, though next time I'll consider doing an image of the 2 kids and gift it to myself!


Valentine's Day gift, Zazzle personalised candy jar, photo jar

Valentine's Day gift, Zazzle personalised candy jar, photo jar

Valentine's Day gift, Zazzle personalised candy jar, photo jar

Valentine's Day gift, Zazzle personalised candy jar, photo jar


Zazzle Owls in Tree Candy Jar  £12.95
- Can be personalised with your own image instead; 10oz jar including cork lid; dishwasher and microwave safe; sweets not included

Personalised jars with any image you want, how lovely is that! And don't let the name Candy Jar limit your imagination! You can put all sorts of surprise in the jar. A ring on top of a bed of rose petals? Her favourite loose tea leaves? Origami stars? His favourite socks or tie? So many things you can do with them! The quality is great, and I love the beautiful brilliant white porcelain! Again, even if you don't have an image to upload, there is a huge amount of images available for you to go for!



So! This is what I've managed to source within the 2 weeks I had since I came back from our Christmas and New Years holiday! I'm sure I could have shown you more ideas if I post this guide up later, but then you'll have less time to enter the giveaway!

Anyway, I hope there is something here you'd like to gift or receive! Pre Happy Valentine's Day, and good luck in the giveaway below!


Disclosure: Apart from Rosie Willett Designs (PR collaboration), Kiehl's and Hallmark, we were sent the above for review purpose; all opinions are honest and our own


Giveaway

Prizes are listed in alphabetical order. There is a lot of additional entry options, just know that they are optional and you don't have to do them all if you don't want to! They are very easy entries though.


Prize 1:

Valentine's Day gift, BOUTON Charm bracelet, sterling silver charms

Valentine's Day gift, BOUTON Charm bracelet, sterling silver charms


BOUTON Sterling Silver Charm Bracelet and a Charm of Winner's Choice (worth over £130.00)
- Charm bracelet features BOUTON's iconic button clasp; see link for charm choices (excluding cuff links on the same page), above charm images are just an example of what they have


Prize 2:

Valentine's Day gift, Crew's Clothing Alice Bracelet, friendship bracelet


Crew Clothing Alice Bracelet  (worth £15.00)
- Silver-grey friendship bracelet featuring a single crystal


Prize 3:

Valentine's Day gift, find me a gift double slanket, couple slanket


Find Me a Gift Double Slanket in Chocolate Brown (worth £59.99)
- See above under Home section for full review


Prize 4:

Valentine's Day gift, Hallmark personalised chocolate bar, Valentine's Day chocolate


Hallmark I Love You More Than ... Personalised Milk Chocolate Bar (100g, worth £5.99) 
- Cover can be personalised with name (to replace the word Chocolate in the above image) and an image (to replace the image in the love heart)


Prize 5:

Valentine's Day gift, Hotel chocolat Valentine's Day chocolates, Heart shaped chocolate truffles


- 12 filled chocolates in 6 different flavours; love images hidden on main image on front cover


Prize 6 and Prize 7:

Valentine's Day gift, jelly belly beans 20 flavour Valentine's Day Gift Box, Jelly Belly Beans gifts


Jelly Belly Bean 20 Flavours Valentine's Day Gift Box (each 250g, £9.08)
- See full review above under Confectionery section


Prize 8:

Valentine's Day gift, Kiehl's product UK, Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate

Valentine's Day gift, Kiehl's product UK, Kiehl's travel size gift set


Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate plus Gift Set (total worth over £120.00)
- Includes 30ml Midnight Recovery Concentrate, 125ml Creme de Corps body moisturiser, 14ml Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, 50ml Ultra Facial Cream, 75ml Ultra Strength Hand Salve, 15ml Lip Balm #1
- For Midnight Recovery Concentrate full review see the above under Beauty section



Deadline: Sunday 2nd February, 2014 midnight (where 12:01am is Monday)

Terms & Conditions:
  • The giveaway is open to the UK only
  • It is mandatory to leave a comment in the post's comment section (Disqus) to enter the giveaway. Please make sure that you are not leaving it as Anonymous, as I would not be able to check whether you've left an answer. If you have to comment as Anonymous, or if your Disqus ID is different from your Rafflecopter entry name, please add a means of ID on your comment that I can use to link it to your Rafflecopter entry. Unfortunately if I can't, all your entries will not be counted.
  • Please make sure that your email used to enter the rafflecopter is active, and you do check the spam folder in case the email I sent you ended up there
  • Tweet url will be checked. Do make sure you have the correct url entered into the rafflecopter
  • Winners will be drawn by the Rafflecopter randomly. The first qualified entry picked will be winning prize number 1, working the way down to the last qualified entry picked will win prize number 8
  • Winners will be announced by Monday 3rd February 2014 on here, Twitter and Facebook.
  • Winners will have to respond to my email by Wednesday 5th February, 2014 noon, to guarantee that there is enough time to receive the prize by Valentine's Day. If I haven't receive a response by then, I will have no choice but to choose another winner for that prize, who will have to respond by the next day's noon.
  • Prize that allow winners to choose type/ colour are subject to availability. There might be a delay in stock, or they might be completely out of stock. Winners will be allowed to choose a different type/ colour of the prize in this case
  • All prizes will be posted by the PRs. Unfortunately I cannot be held responsible for missing parcels, but if you have any enquiry do let me know and I'll try my best to help
  • For a simple guide to Rafflecopter, please read Di Coke's Rafflecopter Guide
  • Please read Rafflecopter's privacy policy as well
This giveaway is also listed on: