Feel the twang of Cupid’s arrow with the Luxuriate Life Guide to Valentine’s Day gifts for 2022 – there’s something here for everyone to enjoy from romantic tipples, to a bunch of stunning flowers, the touch of silk or the aphrodisiac allure of perfume.
Valentine’s Day gifts – Experiences
Louis XIII Baccarat Food Pairing experience
This ultra-romantic experience is where you can savour a 50ml serve of the incredible Louis XIII from the Mathusalem with three food pairings of Oscietra caviar, pomegranate granita and Bellota ham. Harrods’ Baccarat is only one of three Baccarat Bars globally and fuses Harrods glamour with Baccarat’s legendary craftsmanship.
Watch the theatre unfold as the amazing Louis XIII is extracted from a Mathusalem – a record-breaking, limited edition, 6 litre decanter of Louis XIII cognac. Each decanter is 11kg of solid crystal, hand-made by 20 talented Baccarat master artisans. Served from the Mathusalem into the delicate Chateau Baccarat Degustation glass, this Louis XIII ritual is exclusive to Harrods’ Baccarat Bar. To reveal different sensations of Louis XIII, three mouth-watering pairings have been devised to complement the tasting experience.
From: sevenrooms.com/reservations/baccaratbarlondon or call 0207 225 6800
Price | £600 per person
West End Musical Love Songs
For one night only, the biggest stars from the West End are celebrating Valentine’s Day by bringing an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza to the London stage. Featuring the greatest love songs and most romantic moments from all your favourite musicals, this fabulous show will come to The Lyric Theatre.
Hosted by the gorgeous Shanay Holmes, West End Musical Love Songs will be moving us with iconic ballads, moving duets and up-tempo numbers, providing the dream Valentine’s Day date.
Price | From £15
A cruise with Virgin Voyages
Scarlet Lady is turning even more red for her special holiday voyage departing on 13th February 2022 from Miami. The crew, and even The Beach Club at Bimini, will be decked out in Valentine-vibes-ahoy fashion. This five-night cruise will take you to the shores of the Yucatán Peninsula, with a day and night spent at The Beach Club in Bimini, Bahamas — complete with a bonfire party under the stars. And to top it all off, you’ll be on the very first voyage to depart from the brand new, incredibly chic digs — aptly named Terminal V — being one of the first sailors to give a little love to the new cabins.
From: Virgin Voyages
People who exercise together stay together right? Surge Fitness uses Electric muscle stimulation (EMS) technology which is revolutionising fitness. This resistance training tones, firms and strengthens muscles in just 20 minutes a week. Supermodel Heidi Klum, Madonna, Usain Bolt, Cristiano Ronaldo and many others use EMS training to stay in shape.
The Surge Workout is a 20 minute workout experience that uses technology to amplify the signals that the brain sends to the muscles to make them contract. Developed in Germany, the machine delivers an incredibly effective and personally tailored exercise programme for all fitness levels and all ages – the oldest member at Surge is 81! This is where it gets interesting. The EMS machine is more effective at penetrating muscle fibre than the brain. When the brain sends a signal to a muscle, only about 65% of muscle fibre is activated. By contrast, the external EMS stimulus penetrates nearly 100% of muscle tissue. Surge Fitness will definitely leave you with a little tingle this Valentine’s Day!
Rosé Lumière at Selfridges
Pink champagne heaven! Set to be one of the most photographed places in London, Moët Hennessy has created Rosé Lumière – shining a light on Rosé wines for 2022. Between 7 February to June 2022, Rosé Lumière transports you to a traditional romantic French cinema house to showcase some of the world’s most luxurious rosé wines under one roof including Veuve Clicquot, Moët & Chandon, Ruinart and Château d’Esclans (of Whispering Angel fame).
From champagne tasting experiences, to wine tasting flights, to cocktail masterclasses with mixologists, there will be something to suit all discerning pink palates starting this Valentine’s season. You can also take the experience home with gift boxes, bottles and magnums each presented with film inspired headliner storytelling. The Rosé counter will serve the opportunity to ‘star in your own movie’ with a choice of four limited edition film posters that can be digitally personalised as exclusive art prints to accompany bottle purchases, with each poster representing a different Maison and the region it’s from.
Folie’s L’amour at Sumosan Twiga
Sumosan Twiga invites you to fall truly, madly and deeply in love this Valentine’s Weekend with two days of celebration that only Sumosan Twiga can deliver. On Saturday 12 February, expect entertainment throughout the night that will feature the best of Cabaret, from pin up singers and cancan dancers to trumpet players, drummers, and even a mime artist. Meanwhile 14 February will not be a dull Monday night with a romantic experience in two sittings with live music, saxophone players and an incredible tango duo to set the mood alight.
Price | Valentine’s Day menu on 14 February 2022 from £120 per person.
Eat your heart out at temper
temper will be serving a series of ‘anti’ Valentine’s specials created by chef David Lagonell including oysters, ox tongue, and ox heart. temper is all about meat, fire and tacos with three locations across London in Covent Garden, Soho and The City. There are some special dishes available 11-14 February, where you can Get Tongued with a dish of ox tongue, BBQ sauce, green sauce, fried shallots on black tortillas then Eat Your Heart Out with an ox heart anticucho, aji panca, peanut & aji amarillo, giant corn and burnt sweet Romaine lettuce. These are available alongside the rest of the stunning dishes on the a la carte menu which features rare-breed British cattle.
A Month of Love at Shangri-La The Shard, London
Not quite the mile high club but close. Rooms and suites can be transformed with heart-shaped balloons, flowers, chocolates, caviar and rosé champagne to sip against the backdrop of the capital’s skyline – from sweeping daytime views to romantic sunsets and twinkling evening lights of the city below. During the month of love, spend quality relaxation time at Western Europe’s highest Sky Pool, gym and sauna, with views over landmarks like St. Paul’s Cathedral topped off with a blissful Neal’s Yard Remedies Valentine’s couples’ aromatherapy massage either in one of the hotel’s serene treatment rooms, or in the comfort of your own room.
If you are looking for a brownie point winning date night, there are several options. TĪNG, on Level 35, is offering a Valentine’s Day menu (11-28 February) featuring Maldon oysters with rose and passionfruit, camembert ‘fondue’ with asparagus and truffle, and heart-shaped chocolate mousse. GŎNG Bar on the 52nd floor has an extensive cocktail menu featuring the fragrant Pink Azul, made with Ocho Blanco tequila, Campari, rose and lavender. Continue your celebrations at home with an Asian-inspired Love Potion bottled cocktail, which includes Courvoisier cognac, Havana rum, Sake and a flash of gold. Meanwhile at Hütte 31, Valentine’s visitors will find cosy outdoor wooden chalets with soft blankets and guaranteed ‘snow’ to enjoy a selection of cocktails created by mixologists for the month of love, alongside traditional Austrian delicacies like Nuernberger Sausage Rolls and Chicken Schnitzel.
A Valentine’s Dinner at Mr. White’s
Yes, even Marco Pierre White is injecting some romance into 2022. Located bang in the middle of Leicester Square in London, Mr. White’s is serving up succulent steaks, proper Italian pizza and Mr. White’s very own London Dry Gin in a vibrant and lively restaurant and bar. Available 10-14 February, the menu includes a Chateaubriand and an irresistible dessert trio. Did you know that Mr. White’s is the only UK restaurant to serve Redefine Meat made from a mix of pea protein, soy, beetroot and chickpeas that looks, cooks, feels and tastes like the real deal.
Price | £39.95 (3 courses)
Romance at The London Hilton Bankside
Hilton London Bankside is celebrating with the romantic riverside hotel’s destination bar The Distillery Bankside’s ‘Love February’ offer until 20 February. This enables couples visiting the bar to order a couples cocktail making kit for two designed by the bar’s mixology team so they can create their own concoction. The kit includes everything needed to create two cocktails along chocolates and heart-shaped sweets, photograph props and a polaroid souvenir of the occasion for £25.
Situated in the vibrant cultural hub of London’s Bankside, the hotel provides guests with a base for a romantic staycation including 25 bespoke Suites and one beautiful Penthouse Suite, which has its own private terrace and views of London.
Red Letter Days
If you are determined to do something different this Valentine’s, well take a look at a Red Letter Day – it’s full of all kinds of adventures from the gourmet to the adventurous. Perhaps a great day out might be an idea so why not take to the air? Heighten the romance with a Land Away Double Flying Lesson for Two available throughout the UK. It’s discounted too making it very affordable for a surprising flight of fancy. Enjoy a 30-minute introductory flight in which an expert instructor guides you on basic manoeuvres before taking to the air, reaching heights of up to 2,000 ft. A heady experience!
Price | £289
Valentine’s Day gifts – To say I Love You
For many of us, there is nothing better than receiving a bunch of beautiful flowers on Valentine’s Day and eflorist has a range of quality bouquets perfect for Valentine’s Day. Suitable for a range of budgets, they are available via courier delivery, tracked to your door.
Traditionalists will love the bunch of 50 red sweetheart roses which comes complete with a free mini box of Guylian chocolates whilst other popular options include a beautiful rose and lily arrangement or a stunning spring bouquet of tulips. Sent in bud, these flowers will bloom within 24-28 hours and open up to look simply stunning.
Price | £39.99 for 50 red roses with a complimentary mini box of chocs
The Diamond Store
A classic solitaire is bound to melt the heart of your partner when presented on bended knee in the time-honoured tradition. But if you’re not quite ready to take the plunge, The Diamond Store offers a wide range of rings, bracelets, earrings and necklaces to suit all budgets. We particularly like this gorgeous 0.80ct ruby asteria diamond heart pendant necklace in 18k white gold. It features a cluster of red rubies surrounded by sparkling diamonds and would look breath-taking around anyone’s neck this Valentine’s Day.
Price | £593
This Is Silk
There is nothing more pleasing than the feel of silk on your skin so a perfect gift this Valentine’s Day might be a pure silk robe and pillowcases from award-winning silk brand, This is Silk.
Founded by Sonal Keay, she wanted to recreate the thicker and more lustrous silk she remembered from her childhood rather than the flimsier examples we sometimes see on the high street. So Cotswolds based This is Silk came into being, using a 22 momme weight of silk meaning it is more lustrous, durable and thankfully, machine washable.
Price | £94.99 (robe)
Cheese and fine wines from cheesegeek
Nothing says I love you more than cheese and wine. A lifetime labour of love experimenting with cheese and wine pairings, resulting in eight award-winning cheeses and eight fine wines. From Wigmore & Chablis through to Stichelton & Cahors, The Ultimate is a truly spectacular box curated by Edward Hancock, founder of cheesegeek and Alistair Cooper, Master of Wine. These cheese and wine pairings don’t just ‘work together’, the cheese and wine serve to elevate the other, whilst still maintaining their own character and complexity.
Price | £100
Paris is the unequivocal city of love and what says I love you better than Ladurée macarons with their delicious, limited-edition collection. Ladurée macarons have a reputation as a global, French gastronomy symbol and we adore their perfectly constructed macaron shells encasing creamy sweet fillings. Maison Ladurée has designed a gift box to showcase the macarons, illustrated with Parisian streets, great for inspiring romantic walks for you and your favourite person to go on. A QR code inside the gift box leads to an exclusive Instagram filter too!
Price | From £23.50 – Available till 15 February.
VOYA Aromatic Bath & Shower Oil
The gift of a more comfortable and relaxing night’s sleep is as valuable to many as diamonds and pearls are to others. Take the aromatic Bath & Shower Oil from Irish organic certified brand Voya for example. Their Moonlight Moments offers a deeply soothing lavender and rose geranium scent blended with wild Irish seaweed to help settle both mind and body. It also calms and soothes dry and tired skin with the restorative power of wild Irish seaweed working to nourish and replenish the skin.
Voya has set the bar high for ethically sourcing their ingredients to a drive towards sustainable packaging and formulation processes. They were the world’s first certified organic seaweed-based skincare brand when they launched in 2006 and their products can now be found worldwide.
Price | £37
Laughing Dog Hampers
This Valentine’s Day, premium pet food brand Laughing Dog has a gorgeous hamper for your pooch. All Laughing Dog products are naturally wholesome with the company using as many of its own ingredients from the British Lincolnshire countryside as possible to ensure dogs get the nutrition and nourishment they need to live a fit and healthy lifestyle. The Dog Happy Valentine’s Hamper contains a hand-decorated, yoghurt-dipped biscuit bone, Fruity Paws, Sleep Tight and Fish’n’Tricks treats, plus a jar to store all those tasty snacks.
Price | From £16
Valentine’s Day gifts – For THEM
Let’s give both of us a treat by updating his underwear with a shiny new pair of Crossfly’s super soft pants this Valentine’s. This new UK men’s underwear brand boasts a stylish design with their unique patented X-FLY system to enable quick and easy access to his crown jewels with a simple thumb swipe. A unique Cocoon system keep things gently but firmly cradled while having the added benefit of rather enhancing his silhouette. Enough said.
Price | £24.99
Tom Ford Oud Wood Unisex Parfum
Planning on gifting a fragrance for Valentine’s Day? The experts at Perfume Direct suggest choosing the best fragrance based on a loved one’s personality traits. Start with sandalwood-led woody scents for the successful high achiever – and try Tom Ford Oud Wood. This amber-woody unisex fragrance is also ideal for lovers of the great outdoors.
From – PerfumeDirect.com
Price | £108.99 (on offer from £115.00)
Return to childhood by giving your other half a beautifully crafted set of love hearts noughts and crosses! This classic game – one of the best-known family games for two people – has been elevated from its traditional pen and paper format to a portable luxury leather set. Consisting of a leather box with the grid embossed in gold foil with similar embossed pieces, the gift can be customised with a date or initials. Available in three colours – Sapphire, Tangerine or Poppy, Noble Macmillan leather goods are designed to last a lifetime with practicality and luxury in mind.
Price | £150
It is said that these fragrances developed by perfumer Geza Schoen are considered a dangerous aphrodisiac with men and women falling under their spell, becoming intoxicated and infatuated.
Find out for yourself if Escentric Molecules can reinvent your love story in its ‘Story Editions’ bottles of its iconic Molecule 01 and Escentric 01 fragrances by elevating the everyday spritz into something else. Tales of chance meetings, marriages and passionate affairs adorn these limited-edition bottles. Said to create an undefinable aura around the wearer, Molecule 01 has a hyper modern cedarwood note with a velvety sensation whilst Escentric 01 has fresh lime peel, green jasmine bud, soft balsams and musk.
Price | £72
For those intimate moments, the worldwide leading sexual wellness brand, Satisfyer, has launched the Hot Lover rabbit vibrator. Providing an intense dual-stimulation experience with a sexy secret; a shaft which warms to 39 degrees, for intense orgasms and a realistic body-like experience. Ergonomically shaped, this warming vibrator hugs your hot spots while it lies comfortably in your hand thanks to its long handle.
Alternatively, connect with the luxury High Fashion – the Queen of couture sex care. Featuring a uniquely cut brushed design, this fierce weapon of pleasure will elevate your orgasmic experience and take your body to the peak of its power – the only winter warmer required this season.
Price | £53.95 for the Hot Lover / £106.95 for High Fashion
BLOCKHEAD Screwing Gum
BLOCKHEAD has a great mantra: To help you get ready for anything quickly so you can achieve your goals faster. ‘Screwing Gum’ has aphrodisiac effects due to the natural ingredients which emit an amino acid known for stimulating sexual desire. This gum makes the perfect last-minute prep for a date or a cheeky gift, as it also serves as a breath refresher thanks to its peppermint flavour that will keep you feeling minty-fresh throughout the most romantic day of the year. Created with a herb that comes from a Peruvian leaf, the chewing gum also helps with boosting energy, reducing stress and increasing stamina.
Price | Six pouches for £6.99
Are you looking to upgrade your wardrobe this year to look sharp for Valentine’s Day? T.M. Lewin have an array of gifts and ideas for him including shirts, ties, accessories and gift sets. There is also a cool new feature online where they have brought their expertise from the store experience online so you can get your perfect fit before buying.
What could be better for 2022 than to offer your partner a new optical look at Vision Express? Switch up the Valentine’s offering by treating your loved one to some stylish accessories that will keep them smiling from this year to the next. There is a wide range of glasses and sunglasses including exclusive brands and designer frames including the popular Vision Express rimless prescription glasses.
Vision Express’ friendly, personal service is tailor made to your needs within one of 550 stores across the UK and Ireland. They will help you select the right frame for your partner’s individual style and your budget.
Price | From £25
Valentine’s Day gifts – Galentine’s
Two Bees Pure Honey
The Two Bees honey experts go to the ends of the earth (quite literally) to work with top-notch beekeepers to deliver delicious, and varied, 100% pure, single-source, natural honey. Gift your sweetness with a box of six full-size jars to indulge their tastebuds to the max. It’s a delicious way to sample the full Too Bees range and take a taste journey around the world.
From – TwoBees.buzz
Price | £35.94
Melitta Classic Porcelain Pour Overs
For simple and elegant coffee making at the start of Valentine’s morning, head for Melitta’s Classic Porcelain Pour Overs as they unveil a black version to sit alongside those already available pastel – Blue, Grey, Pink and Yellow. The Classic Edition Pour Over Set includes a stylish 600ml porcelain jug, a porcelain filter (which is the centrepiece of the Pour Over range) plus five Melitta® filter papers to ensure the perfect pour. This range complements Melitta®’s current red and white Heritage range.
This offers an elegant, yet equally convenient alternative to the single serve cup – perfect for larger quantities of handmade coffee serving up to four cups.
Price | £19.99
Vesta London Beauty Nude Lip Gloss Bundle
Wanting to look your best for Valentine’s Day or to gift some deeply attractive gifts to your better half? Pucker up and head to Vesta London Beauty for their four-pack nude lip gloss bundle, a must have for makeup lovers seeking that perfect Cupid’s Bow. A durable creamy formula, it applies effortlessly for a deep, pigmented colour application. Shades include Cloudy, Date Night, Poppin’ and Checkmate. Shea and Cocoa Butter within their recipe keeps those lips eminently kissable, moisturised and protected. There is also a lip liner bundle for that ultimate pout.
Price | £40
Eyeko Limitless Eyeshadow Palette
Feel confident about your makeup routine with the Limitless Eyeshadow Palette with Eyeko brand’s first ever eyeshadow palettes. Designed to help achieve a classic eye makeup look with the option of experimenting with three distinct rich and fun colour twists to suit a variety of makeup preferences and complimenting all individual eye tones with velvety texture, blendable colour and serious staying power – just right for taking to the night on Valentine’s!
Price | £25
Valentine’s Day gifts – Chocolate
Artisan du Chocolat
Artisan du Chocolat have created two ravishing boxes of lovingly-crafted chocolates to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Made With Love is a stunning heart-shaped chocolate box crammed full of delights such as Pink Champagne, Enrobed Coconut, Hazelnut and Praline and Cocoa Dusted Milk Biscuit Butter Truffles, nestled alongside sumptuous caramels. The Hearts & Kisses Chocolate Box is a mixture of rich, dark and creamy chocolate lips and hearts, generously filled with salted caramel, raspberry, passionfruit, strawberry champagne ganache and rich biscuit butter. Encased in bright, delicately illustrated red boxes, this collection of passionately made chocolates are the epitome of luxury.
Price | Made With Love Box – £40. Hearts & Kisses Box – £25
Läderach is the largest chocolate retailer in Switzerland, creating some of the freshest, highest quality, responsibly sourced artisanal chocolates the world including its iconic FrischSchoggi (fresh chocolate) bark and much-loved pralines, all of which is responsibly sourced, made bean-to-bar in-house, finished by hand. The Praline Heart Love letter caught our eye filled with 5 different praline hearts, including Salted Caramel Blond, Hazelnut Brittle, Bourbon Vanilla, Strawberry Champagne and Coconut Yuzu. It comes with a blank letter and envelope enclosed to write a message to your Valentine.
Price | £25.90 (Praline Heart Love Letter)
This is one of those ideas that is brilliant in its simplicity. Simply select an indulgent box of assorted Lily O’Brien’s chocolates, upload a favourite image and they will frame it on the lid of one of their delicious chocolate collections for that personal touch.
Irish chocolatier Lily O’Briens was created by Mary Ann O’Brien who, recovering from a debilitating illness in the early 1990’s, discovered her true passion for all things chocolate. After travelling and learning her craft in both South Africa and Europe, Mary returned home to Kildare and started her company in 1992. The rest, they say, is history.
Price | £12.15 for 18 chocolates
PIERRE MARCOLINI Ruby Assortment box
The Ruby Assortment Box is the ultimate gourmet box for romantics everywhere and contains different internal boxes full of chocs, a chocolate tablet and various delicious delicacies designed by Pierre Marcolini, recently awarded the title of “Best Pastry Chef in the World”, no less.
There are chocolate hearts with different flavours, feuillantine and whole hazelnuts combined with a praline wrapped like a gold bar, Petits Bonheurs, a Strawberry Crush tablet of white chocolate, a Crispy Chocolate Heart and Rhubarb-Strawberry Jam. Best of all, no artificial colours or flavourings are used. This is the real deal.
Price | £66
Farhi Praline Hearts
For the classic box of heart shaped pralines, try Rita Farhi’s beautiful chocolate hearts, wrapped in luxurious foil and filled with creamy, crispy hazelnut praline. Presented in a signature chocolate selection gift box, this is the perfect gift for someone special.
Rita Farhi has been making premium confectionery for over 16 years from her London base from boxed chocolate gifts to branded corporate chocolates. The company now offers a range of gourmet jars, bonbonnières and much more. Fruit and nuts are their specialities alongside nougat and nut brittle, chocolate-coated strawberries, dates and raisins.
Price | £25
For a stunning gift for someone special, the Share the Love luxury box of dipped strawberries and chocolate truffles from family-owned Bradfords Bakers is wrapped in a beautiful red bow. The heart-shaped wooden tray is filled with a seductive selection of fresh strawberries dipped in Belgian chocolate and assorted toppings alongside white chocolate strawberry truffles.
From – Bradfords Bakers
Price | £39.90
Valentine’s Day gifts – Drinks
NIO Cocktails’ ‘Love Notes’
We already have a lot of love for NIO cocktails and their premium pre mixed libations and now, NIO Cocktails have a range of love inspired creations. You can mix and match the perfect combination of cocktails from NIO’s menu of over 20 classic and signature cocktails, all crafted with premium spirits and created by NIO’s Master Mixologist Patrick Pistolesi. NIO has a selection of bespoke limited-edition “Love” collections too with cocktails pre-selected by Pistolesi, for those who would prefer to leave the decision to the cocktail master.
The devil is in the detail with the Experience Box with a choice of 5 cocktails, two cut-glass NIO Tumblers and NIO’s unique XL Ice Cube mould. Never underestimate the importance of ice in mixology. This perfect ice cube mould is ideal if you are enjoying an Old Fashioned where the ice cube keeps your cocktail cold and doesn’t water it down.
From – https://niococktails.co.uk/
Price | £65 (Experience Love Box)
Endorsed by the great man that is Alessandro Palazzi at DUKES, Artingstall’s was created by Hollywood director Paul Feig with a signature blend of eleven botanicals including the likes of orris root, coriander, cassia bark and cardamom. The bottle design brings to life Paul’s passion for vintage glassware and has been inspired by classic and ornate decanters from the ’50s and ’60s, celebrating the sophistication and glamour of the era. This is an excellent martini gin which freezes well so you can recreate Alessandro’s martinis at home this Valentine’s Day.
From – https://www.thewhiskyexchange.com
Price | £39.95
Wickhams have a cheeky little wine duo to tempt all of us – a bottle of Champagne Lombard Premier Cru Rosé Extra Brut NV, crafted from a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Grand Cru red wine from Verzenay, combined with the palest of pink Provencal Rose wine, Domaine de la Vieille Tour Rosé 2020. The latter is produced using Grenache Syrah and Cinsault grapes and has delicate aromas, followed by lovely sweet fruit from the Grenache grapes. The Rose Wine and Rose Champagne Gift Set is presented in a stylish wooden presentation box.
From: Wickhams Wine
Price | £60
CÎROC Vodka Red Berry
One of the first flavour-infused varietals from the makers of CÎROC™ Ultra-Premium Vodka, this gluten free CÎROC Red Berry is distilled five times to ensure the highest quality. The spirit is masterfully infused with raspberry, strawberry and other natural flavours, resulting in a taste experience that is deliciously different and pleasingly smooth.
From – INKD
Price | £34.99
J.J Whitley Vodka
Award-winning vodka brand J.J Whitley is great for Valentine’s home cocktail making. Try a J.J Whitley Martini which requires three ingredients including the smooth Whitley Gold Artisanal Vodka. If martinis aren’t your thing and you are looking for something a little more fresh and fruity, try J.J Whitley’s Artisanal Watermelon & Lime Vodka. Finally, a Blood Orange Negroski is a variation of the Negroni in which gin is replaced with J.J Whitley Blood Orange Vodka.
From – https://jj-whitley.com/
Price | £19
Did you know tequila is one of the very few uppers? Founded by long-time pals George Clooney, Rande Gerber, and Discovery Land Company CEO and founder Michael Meldman, Casamigos was originally born from tequila-filled nights amongst friends. Casamigos Blanco Tequila rests for two months to produce the crisp and clean spirit with its subtle hints of citrus, vanilla and sweet agave, and its silky finish.
From – INKD
Price | £45
This extraordinary vodka is made from the best ingredients from France – soft winter wheat from in and around Picardy plus pure spring water from Gensac in the Cognac region. These are traceable from field to bottle, resulting in a French vodka unlike any other from the extraordinary skills and commitment of Cellar Master François Thibault.
From – Waitrose, Tesco, Sainsbury, Amazon, Ocado and other major retailers.
Price | £39
Pommery Brut Rosé Champagne
A former gold medal award winner of the influential wine bible, Decanter, the fine and fruity Pommery Brut Rosé Champagne is distinguished by its fleshy note while remaining lively, fresh and highly subtle.
A blend of rosé and Pinot Noir of Bouzy Grand Cru, its beautiful, delicate blush colour comes from Pinot Noir grapes. The champagne is stored in a cellar for three years to develop the distinctive properties of Pommery Rosé.
Price | £50
Silent Pool Gin In A Tin
What sets Silent Pool gin apart, beside their spectacular gin of course, is the gorgeous bottling and packaging they have used from the very start of their production. With a distillery set up by two Surrey locals in 2014 in the beautiful Surrey Hills on the Albury Estate, you might expect nothing less. They have just gone one further by launching their ‘Gin In A Tin’ – an embossed gift tin with a complimentary copper coaster. You can visit their Silent Pool inspiration by the way – it’s said to be where Agatha Christie left her car when she famously disappeared from public view for a while.
Price | £40
Boco by House Coren
Inspired by the old Sussex regional dialect for the French beaucoup, “boco”, this is an English wine from West Sussex which is made using the Charmat method, similar to the way prosecco is created. The main difference with Boco however is that the wine is made using high quality grapes and premium techniques resulting in a fruity and fresh taste, with an elegant edge and an affordable price tag.
Pale peach in colour, clear with ultra-fine bubbles, Boco has a taste of peaches and ripe pears with a touch of raspberry and a long, clean, citrus and green apple finish. It is a blend of Reichensteiner, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Price | £26
If spirits are more your thing, then we’ll head to Mexico and the Highlands of Jalisco for an artisanal small batch tequila made with 100% agave and the best possible materials embracing traditional methods resulting in a complex tequila with a silky long finish. Lightly aged in a combination of American white oak, French oak and French acacia casks, this makes for a wonderful sipping tequila or a powerful margherita, whatever your preference.
We also love that it is carefully crafted with a commitment to environmental sustainability – the discarded agave waste is used to produce the bottle labels – and supports their local community.
Price | £63.95
Mermaid Pink Gin
From the elegant styling of its bottles, there is much to admire about this aromatic and refreshing pink gin from the Isle of Wight’s award-winning distillery.
Infusing the flavours of fresh strawberries with the more complex taste of their Mermaid Gin, lemon zest, grains of paradise and fragrant rock samphire, fresh from the seashore, with no added sugar, it is less sweet than other pink gins on the market. Careful with their packaging with compostable tamper-proof seals, biodegradable labels and natural cork stoppers, they aim to keep the environment pure enough for mermaids.
Price | £35.80
Van Hunks MCC Sparkling Brut and Brut Rosé
Supplied in a beautiful wooden gift box comprising two wines, Van Hunks MCC Sparkling Brut and Brut Rosé is a South African sparkling wine made using the Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) from the viticultural paradise of Stellenbosch.
This sparkling rosé is bottle fermented in small batches and matured in contact with the lees for approximately 30 months resulting in a fresh, unexpectedly dry wine with a rich and long flavourful finish. Twinned with a bottle of MCC Brut, the Rosé is beautifully rich pink in colour with an abundance of bubbles and the rich taste of Pinot Noir, combined with Chardonnay and the uniqueness of Pinotage – a grape variety that was created in South Africa in the 1900’s.
Price | £60
If you are not a drinker or if you are still on that Dry January vibe, Fluère Raspberry must just be the ticket. The perfect non-alcoholic alternative for anyone looking for a healthier lifestyle without compromising on taste, Fluère is a balanced floral blend of botanicals produced using steam distillation to carefully extract the natural oils and flavours from the fruits, herbs and spices.
Unique to Fluère, this drink carries a pleasant after-bite that is typically associated with alcoholic drinks with Fluère Raspberry carefully distilled with fresh raspberries which give a fresh, smooth and slightly sweet nose and ripe fruit on the palate. It’s also low in calories – a win win!
Price | £20
Another non-alcoholic Valentine’s Day gift has to be a restorative cuppa from Mariage Frères’ delicious 2022 Valentine’s Day collection for the tea-drinker in your life.
Let’s put aside the chocs and flowers this year and head straight for the tearoom with these delectable upscale teas perfect for a paramour with names like Love Story, Sexy Tea and Fall in Love. The only problem will be choosing which one to go for. There are over 1,000 teas and a wide range of stylish accessories only available at their flagship Coven Gatrden store.
Price | €22 for Love Story – a box of 30 round Teabags wrapped in French cotton muslin
All imagery courtesy of the brands featured. Leading image courtesy of Läderach.