The Love Edit…

Valentine’s Gifts for busy parents…

R has bought me a hand-blender for Valentine’s Day. I know this because I saw it when he tried to hide it in the car after we’d been to the supermarket. “But..but…I bought you the more expensive model…” he protested. It’s ok. I bought him a novelty mug, so I reckon we’re quits in the hopeless Valentine’s gifts stakes. And I don’t mind really. We’ve had plenty of lovely Valentine’s Days in our past to recall, and, being as ‘austerity January’ has turned into ‘austerity February’, a hand-blender will do just fine.

But – if you want to avoid the hand-blender/novelty mug debacle – see below for a very pared down, no rubbish items, Valentine’s Gift Guide, for all price ranges. Everything can be clicked and collected, delivered or organised within 24 hours. Genius.

Boys Toys


Clockwise from top left:

1. New Socks, delivered quarterly (Sock Exchange Subscription, £60 per year, Sock Exchange)
2. Quirky tie (Seahorse Navy Blue Tie, £60, Reef Knots)
3. A Case of Wine, delivered monthly (The Everyday Case, £30 per month, The Wine Butler)
4. Smelling Nice (Indian Sandalwood, £15, Crabtree & Evelyn)
5. Important Thoughts (Leather Notebook, £55, Hackett)

Girl Things



1. Lovely Spring Flowers (Narcissi Jug, £60, Real Flower Company)
2. Totally Indulgent (Orange Blossom Body Creme, £50, Jo Malone)
3. Chocolate Heaven (Sea Salt Caramel Truffles, £12.50, Charbonnel et Walker)
4. A Book a Month, subscription service (Fiction Subscription, from £148, Daunt Books)
5. Sublime Scent (Figuier Candle, £42, Diptyque)

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