An Alternative Valentine’s Day

What is Valentine’s Day all about, flowers? Chocolates? Champagne? A nice romantic meal? A celebration of love? What do you think of when it comes to Valentine’s Day?

Valentines are for saying I love you, but how do you do that during a lockdown, there won’t be any romantic weekend breaks or meals out this year, or even an amazing bouquet of flowers from a florist, so how can you still enjoy Valentine’s day and make it special (without a cheap bunch of flowers from a petrol station)?

We’re thinking of alternative valentine’s gifts, gifts that celebrate love but can be admired all year round, not just for the one, special day of love. Gifts that have been lovingly created by small businesses, focusing on their craft and producing awesome hand-crafted designs which are often ethically and environmentally made.

There are thousands of small businesses who are creating and making fantastic products for every different type of occasion but how can you find them and where are they located? We have a small selection of our favourite creators below, but first of all here are some of our own designs that would be amazing for an alternative Valentine’s Day gift.

 

Our Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

These are some of our lyric prints which celebrate love and can last a lifetime in your home.

View these products using the links below:

Friday I’m In Love

You Got The Love

All You Need Is Love

 

But we also have other gift ideas that don’t necessarily need to mention love, what about a city print of the place you met? The place you got engaged or married? Or even one of each of the cities you’re both from. We have a wide selection of different prints and tote bags for different locations or we could design one especially for you.

View these products using the links below:

London Print

Paris Print

New York Print

 

Take a look at others we have available in our shop

 

Other Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

There are so many amazing creators who design fantastic gifts perfect for Valentine’s Day. Meaning you can always shop small for a perfect gift for the most romantic day of the year. Here are a few we have specifically viewed and bought before, shopping small is important to us to ensure these small businesses survive in our current climate.

 

Betty Writes

Betty Writes is a lettering and calligraphy artist based in Manchester. The Love range has just been released in time for Valentine’s Day and you can check them all out on the Instagram page.

Everyone deserves a Valentines card from Betty Writes, these are amazing for your lover, gal or pal.

 

Fern & Thistle

Fern & Thistle produce handmade wooden decor made from reclaimed wood. Every gift can be personalised, so they make the perfect alternative valentine’s day gifts.

These Hearts are a great addition to any home and a great idea for a Valentine’s gift. There are so many others on their website too with different words to ensure you get your gift just right. You can add names, dates etc to the back of these designs for a special memory.

 

Loaf & Bear

Laura at Loaf & Bear produces contemporary textile artworks that celebrate confidence, self-love and amazing women. Her vibrant creations come in tea towels, cushions, tote bags, prints and more.

Celebrate your strong independent loved one with a purchase from Loaf & Bear, this is a product from their tea towel range, and they have so many other amazing designs on their website.

 

Ciara Clark

Ciara Clark is an independent jewellery designer who specialises in making statement jewellery. She explores materials and pushes the possibilities of the materials to create oversized yet very wearable collections.

All of Ciara’s designs are ethically made in Manchester, these interlocked drop hoop earrings are made from light weight acrylic and earring posts and backs are sterling silver.

 

The Naked Candle Company 

The Naked Candle Company produces an amazing collection of vegan friendly candles and home fragrances. Their products make the perfect gifts for every occasion.

Their signature candles come in many different fragrances such as Lime, Basil and Mandarin so you’re sure to find something you love.

 

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