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How to Valentine like a parent…

What’s more romantic than red roses and scented candles on V Day? Well, if you’ve got young children, basically ANYTHING  without thorns or a naked flame…

Stuck for a gift that says ‘You’re the Best (even with sick in your hair)’?

We’re loving MuthaHood Goods’ Love Pin – which costs £6.25 and will be treasured on the label of our school run jacket for a long time. (And it even comes with a card, if you forgot to buy one!)

Or how about showing your beloved how much you care with a Marloe London unicorn charm? Because it’s made from solid, dependable brass – yet it is also a unicorn!

Or – for that super cheesy statement – how about one of Wyke Farms’ limited edition heart-shaped cheeses?

At very least, as a loving gesture when you’re a parent, a coffee in bed goes a long way towards showing appreciation.

Many Happy Valentines, you deserve them.

Our pick of Valentine’s Gifts

Aaah, St Valentine, that long haired patron saint of lovers. What a celebration fraught with gift getting trauma now takes over your special day…

Hands up whose husband has sheepishly brandished some half dead supermarket carnations and a packet of Twiglets (because the roses and chocolate had sold out) at 9pm on Valentine’s night? Or who has ended up with porn star underwear because your optimistic other half thought it might spice things up between night feeds..?

In fact, Beaverbrooks conducted a recent survey which concluded that 56% of women were disappointed by what they received on the big day (and if that sounds a tad ungrateful, some of the worst gift examples included a tin of beans, an ironing board cover and a live tarantula!)

We mooned and swooned and came up with a list of slightly more creative gift solutions.

BLOOM gin have created a special eau de nil floral bottle to make Gin O’Clock on V Day that little bit more deserved. BLOOM was inspired by nature with the flowers of chamomile and honeysuckle, and the citrus fruit pomelo making the three main botanicals. It comes complete with a heart gift tag (so no need to buy a card!) which also gives the recipe for two easy cocktails: BLOOM & Tonic and French 75.

CocoRose London – makers of the insanely comfortable folding pumps adored by the likes of Pippa Middleton – have gone all out in favour of kissing with their Farringdon shoes. The cute red and gold lips will bring a smile to the face of the girl who wears her heart on her tootsies! (Go matchy with MAC Lady Bug lipstick.)


If an experiential gift is more your style then how about a luxe facial, aesthetic procedure or a massage?

Nick Ede

Stonehealth’s City of London clinic is offering 10% off a selection of their most popular treatments (quote VALENTINE2017 when booking) and you could use the cash you save to book a babysitter. They will throw in a glass of fizz and some detox tea as well. (PS, Stonehealth’s treatments are for men too. Celeb stylist Nick Ede told us he popped in for his pre-wedding Botox!) 

Hippo Inns are running numerous Valentine’s incentives but we especially love the Black Horse in Kingston’s ‘I’m Going to Spend Valentine’s with my True Love – Food!’ event. Dine on three courses, with oysters and pink champagne – book via the website and prepare yourself for some gratuitous scoffing.

A little post-Valentine’s love…

Wish it could be Valentine’s every day? If your roses are drooping and your husband has already ‘forgotten’ how to unload the dishwasher then we say give yourself a little love by way of these cute (inexpensive) treats…

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We’re loving opal at the moment and this ring from David Deyong has a round opal set on sterling silver and is super cute. It might not be a diamond, but opals look great with a tan – each one is slightly different and many say that it takes its name from Ops, the wife of Saturn and goddess of fertility…

Craving fizz?  How about a good ole bath bomb? Bomb Cosmetics have an adorable selection, costing around £3 each. Lob one in the bath and crack open some champers…

The ‘PS I Love You’ candle from Proto-col burns for hours and fills the room with a heady fragrance of ylang ylang (which you can even smell after the candle has been blown out). We’re recent converts to the Proto-col range, they have some really innovative products, it is worth having a snoop around the website (delivery is really quick too!).


Get in the Valentine’s mood with the Tanqueray Rouge, made rosy pink with pomegranate juice.


1.25 oz. gin (recommended: Tanqueray London Dry)
1 oz. simple syrup
.75 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 oz. pomegranate juice
1 spiral lemon peel


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the gin, simple syrup, fresh lemon juice, and pomegranate juice.
  2. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass.
  3. Garnish with lemon peel spiral.

Makes 1 drink.

Valentine’s Lust List

He loves me, he loves me not. He got me cheap carnations, or even worse forgot…

We’re lusting after the following tokens of esteem:

  • Jo Malone Red Roses cologne: simple, chic, the best way to receive a bouquet…                                         
  • Wrap her up in rouge with a pashmina from Isla Rule Cashmere in Rio Red                                                      
  • Make like Prince Charming with this lovely leather charm bracelet from Lily Belle at Not On the High St    
  • Go for subtle red slashes that mean business with the enviable nude Pigalle heels from Louboutin                 
  • Just started dating? Keep it simple and fun with a box of Godiva’s – we love this ‘You Have My Heart’ kitsch and colourful one…