I really don’t want to put anyone into a category, much like with all things in life there is never a perfect rule- there’s always getout clauses and exceptions. Having said this, I do find that the majority of opinion on Vday is that you either love or hate February 14th. Be this a strong disbelief in the Hallmark holiday or the fact that you aren’t loved up, we all are unable to escape the annual occurrence. I for one look forward to Valentine’s Day each year, and part of this is because I have always had someone to share the day with- first my mum, then my sister, and then my relationships from aged 15 and onwards. I do often reflect leading up to the day on how I would feel if I were single- would I resent it? Would I still make an effort to celebrate with my family? Honestly, I’m not sure on an alternate viewpoint and a different reality, so I can definitely understand those who choose to pass the whole thing by. Whatever you choose, I’ve written a Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for the lovers and the haters. This means that this gift guide can be used for any day of the year, for any recipient and occasion.
You can tell a great brand by the way the product arrives. Perfectly boxed, wrapped and tied with a ribbon… GANT is just so good. The quality of this red and pink striped sweater is unreal and is going straight into my top 5. GANT is currently celebrating its 70th anniversary as an American Sportswear brand, so help celebrate with them and check out some of their new to die for Spring/Summer collection.
Whether flowers are your thing or not, flowers can have so many meanings when you give them to another. A congratulations, a condolence, or just a sweet gesture you felt like giving, Prestige Flowers have a bouquet ready and waiting for any occasion. This specific bouquet is the Valentines 12 luxury bouquet which fit right into our living room with golden, warm tones.
A cute little dessert is something that brings me so much joy- so when I tried out the range from Freaks of Nature puds it filled a lovely hole in my heart and stomach. The range of gluten, dairy and egg free puddings are so yummy I didn’t want to share them with Paul or Alice! The sticky toffee pudding just melted in my mouth, so I urge you to try something rather special this month.
Now I couldn’t help but do a little photoshoot with this next brand: Jonathan Aston. I have just started wearing suspenders again after what seems like almost a decade! But I really love how they work and don’t give you that tight tummy ache after having a band around your waist all day that come with regular hosiery. This seduction set (RRP £16) is such a perfect gift to reward yourself for working hard, or if you have someone in mind who you think would love a little gift like this.
My final item is so awesome I had to do two shoots- one with Alice and one with me! I’ve been waiting to showcase Zatchels on the blog for a while, so was really excited to team up with them for this feature. Pink isn’t my usual go-to colour, but this pastel micro satchel was calling to me, and Alice too! It’s the perfect size for a mini style icon…
For my photoshoot, we took to the woods and styled the bag up with a matching belt from e.buckled (my sister’s little business!) I just love how the bag is the perfect fit for my Olympus Pen camera ??
I hope that whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day or not that you’ve found some new brands for your next gift giving sesh or for your own pleasure!
Thanks for reading a Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for the lovers and the haters, check out my latest review of Cosy Club’s latest Vegan and Gluten free menus!
Note: All items featured were gifted for my own personal review