Valentine’s Day – last-minute gift ideas

Valentine’s Day is almost upon us so now is the time to buy online to ensure prompt delivery. I received my first, and most likely only, Valentine’s Day card today and was stunned and delighted by the originality of it – shame it was only a press sample!

Valentine's Day gift ideas: Timbergram, £3.85, theplinth.co.uk

Valentine's Day gift ideas: Timbergram, £3.85, theplinth.co.uk

This stylish personalised postcard is known as a Timbergram and costs £3.85 from The Plinth. It’s a brilliant alternative to a tacky gift-shop card and is carved on 4mm Birch wood, sourced and designed in the UK. For every 10 cards sold, a donation will be made to Tree Aid, so take advantage of the three-cards-for-£9 offer to help boost the charity’s funds.

If you are stuck for Valentine’s Day present ideas, I’d recommend booking a break away with a spot of pampering, whether you are buying for a boy or a girl. It’s an experience you both will enjoy. Just add in a romantic meal and a late check-out and you are all set for romance. Just don’t forget that Do Not Disturb sign!

Valentine's Day gift ideas: spa breaks on Wahanda

Valentine's Day gift ideas: spa breaks on Wahanda

Great deals are still available on Wahanda, both for spa days and overnight stays. A steam ritual for two at the May Fair Spa is now £69, a saving of 50%. Moroccan Steam Cleansing Rituals are a great way to spend time together – ideal after a night out, this treatment will detoxify the skin, so you walk out looking radiant and glowing, having taken some valuable time out.

In terms of overnight deals, a night away at stunning Luton Hoo in Bedfordshire costs £200, which includes a three-course dinner, overnight stay, 55 minute spa treatment, mini mani or pedi, use of the spa facilities and breakfast.

If you are based in Bournemouth like me, I’d recommend Forever Gorgeous, the spa at The Queen’s Hotel. They have a special offer on a spa day for two, have a back, neck and shoulder massage, essential facial and essential manicure each and pay £89. And don’t tell me men won’t enjoy a spot of pampering! Call 01202 294774 to book. If you are not local, two-night overnight Valentine packages at the hotel are still available, from just £119 per person including a four-course romantic dinner.

My next top pick for Valentine’s Day is this stunning necklace with a touch of Cubic Zirconia bling.

Valentine's Day gifts: Premier pendant, £59.99

Valentine's Day gifts: Premier pendant, £59.99, http://ow.ly/8TJfA

The Perfect Ring Company, based in beautiful Bournemouth just round the corner from me, are branching out from wedding and engagement rings into gorgeous accessories. Their sterling silver range is ideal for Valentine’s Day and starts from £19.99 – this premier pendant is a wallet-friendly £59.99. Call 0800 292 2890 today to secure pre-Valentine’s Day delivery.

If your other half is more of a gadget lover, John Lewis have some gorgeous accessories that she will use every day and think of you…

A popular gift for Christmas was the Amazon Kindle and John Lewis have a number of traditional style leather cases, priced £30.95, to keep your loved one’s mobile library secure while looking good. The interior is lined with soft microfibre, protecting the screen from scratches while the cover folds back so that the Kindle can be held comfortably in one hand for easy reading.

Valentine's Day gift ideas: Cath Kidston iPhone case, £24.95, johnlewis.co.uk

Valentine's Day gift ideas: Cath Kidston iPhone case, £24.95, johnlewis.com

Say it with flowers with this pretty iPhone case by one of Britain’s much-loved designers, Cath Kidston, just £24.95. With its hard lacquered shell, it is the ideal gift for keeping your Valentine’s treasured iPhone safe and sound.

For label lovers, iPhone and Blackberry cases are also available by British institution Mublerry, from £70, available in fuchsia pink or oak natural leather. The chic cases feature the embossed Mulberry tree in hardwearing leather that will relax and soften stylishly with age, keeping your treasured smart phones secure while looking good. The Blackberry case has a hidden magnetic disc, which deactivates the keypad so calls are not made by mistake.

I’m not a huge fan of underwear as a Valentine’s Day gift. The thought of poor put-upon boyfriends breaking out in a sweat in the lingerie section of their local department store just makes me feel bad. But buying online can make life easier.

Valentine's Day gift ideas: Romantica Camisole £59, ASOS.com

Valentine's Day gift ideas: Romantica Camisole £59, ASOS.com

This gorgeous camisole from the Romantica range also doubles as shapewear to make you feel more confident in the bedroom. It has moulded underwire cups and multi-way straps, with additional lining running vertically through the middle section the shapewear panel. Priced £59, this is available at ASOS.

More great undercover buys are available from M&S, LoveHoney.co.uk and Figleaves.com.

Happy Valentine’s y’all!



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