Happy love month!
Regardless of whether you are in a loving relationship, have been married for years, or whether you are single and ready to mingle (or not!) this is the season to truly love yourself and those around you.
Myself and Josh personally don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day (although, we are going out for dinner this time!), but I can’t help but get all sentimental and gushy around this time of year.
It fills me with joy when I see all the love heart pictures, bright red and pink colours and all the lovely things displayed in shops. It might sound cliche, but I do love it!
So I am very excited to share my Northamptonshire Independent Valentine’s Gift Guide which is something I have been working on for a while, to encourage you to shop locally and support independents in the area.
This time of year is always a good opportunity to treat yourself, or someone you love, but I think this could be something that we can continue with throughout the whole year too!
This is YOUR GUIDE to shopping in Northamptonshire for Valentine’s Day gifts from independent and local businesses, whom I couldn’t have put this guide together without them!
There are some great gift ideas inside and I hope it gives you some inspiration on gifting someone you love or treating yourself for Valentine’s or anytime!
In this guide, you will find:
But for now, I wanted to showcase a couple of options for you here to give you a sneak peek!
Top picks for gifts for her
The lovely Mia from AIM Studio Co creates bespoke and hand-marbled desk accessories, trinkets and more which are just SO adorable! If you love anything cute and small that adds a bit of accessory to a spot, then Aim Studio Co is perfect!
My favourite items I have seen on their Etsy shop is their cute Personalised Ceramic Ring Dishes, wedding favours and Valentine’s coasters – I think these would make really cute gifts for Valentine’s, Galentine’s or for a special anniversary.
You can also purchase these Personalised Cut Out Valentine’s Day cards, if you’re looking for something completely homemade and you want to support a small business.
Pink Clouding Co
You need a bit of Pink Clouding in your life, especially if you love funny slogan t-shirts that suit every occasion!
For Valentine’s Day, Pink Clouding has a range of funny, sarcastic and female empowerment slogan t-shirts that are perfect for the funny lady in your life, or for a gal pal, or just for yourself!
This is my 4th t-shirt from Emma and I can’t get enough of them – you can pair them with skirts, jeans, jackets and more. This ‘You’re weird, I like you’ top seemed very fitting to what I would say to Josh.
The first 20 orders made from the Galentine’s collection will receive a ‘I fucking love you’ biscuit made by Oh My Cakery!
Top picks for gifts for him
Toiletry bag from The Wishful Luxury
When I asked Josh what presents he would want to receive for Valentine’s Day, he actually mentioned how a nice toiletry bag would be a nice gift; especially for someone who travels, or takes toiletries to the gym, just like he does.
Jenn from The Wishful Luxury has got all men covered with these toiletry bags. Josh has mentioned before how much he would use one to take with him to the gym, or if he goes away – so it’s practical and a nice gift!
Wishful Luxury can customise your choice of name in shiny vinyl text in 4 different styles and you can now choose your colour of text – Gold, Silver, Rose Gold or White.
Magnificent Makes UK
Do you have a special someone who loves all things superhero, Marvel and fantasy? Magnificent Makes UK is your one-stop shop for all those things!
This is a great little Etsy business I discovered after they were involved in the last Northamptonshire Bloggers event and I just LOVE their concept and know that Josh would LOVE these designs as he’s a big Marvel fan (especially Deadpool)
From keyrings, comic book photos and movie quote frames like this, it’s perfect for your superman (or superwoman!)
Top picks for gifts for both
Valentine’s Treat Boxes from The Copper Kitchen
Looking for something yummy to share on Valentine’s Day? OFCOURSE!
The Copper Kitchen has nailed it with her Valentine’s Day treat boxes with a whole range of homemade and classic sweet treats all for a bargain price of £15!
You can enjoy such delights as creamy cheesecakes, shortbread biscuits with ‘Valentine’s Day’ written on them, honeycomb, chocolate brownies and even mini packets of love hearts!
Limited delivery is available depending on location, but the collection is available from Hardingstone. Check out her Instagram post for more details!
Top picks for Dining for two
Hibiscus Fine Dining
They will be relocating to Delapré Abbey from 4th February, so it’s a perfect time to visit them for your Valentine’s Day meal in a whole new, romantic setting!
Hibiscus Fine Dining opened back in 2017 and has become one of Northampton’s best fine dining restaurants. Josh and I have been a few times and it’s definitely a place to go if you’re looking to set the romantic tone of the evening.
Not only that, but Head Chef Sam Squires has a talent for changing it up and using local ingredients to create unique and different menus every time.
Those looking to dine for the big night will be in luck, as it will be within the new location where you can enjoy a specific Valentine’s Day menu!
Burnt Lemon Catering at Ten Hands Cafe Bar
This is what Josh and I are doing for Valentine’s Day this year!
For the first time ever, Burnt Lemon Catering are heading over to Towcester to cook a tasting menu at Ten Hands Cafe Bar for one night only! Its’ sees two fantastic local businesses collaborating together.
Treat your loved one to a tasting menu, with wine pairings also available upon request for a Valentine’s Day to remember.
It’s limited availability and it’s booking up fast!
Top picks for Experiences for two
Couples photoshoot with Khandie Photography
They are just a few suggestions on what you can do for your partner, gal pal, best friend or for yourself this Valentine’s Day, but you can download the guide to get even more independent gift inspiration for the season of love!
Khandie is the fabulous woman responsible for some of my branding photography on here, so I can’t think of a better photographer to highlight a special moment!
With this package, you will get a mini photo session for 45 minutes on location , with 3 digital images and your own online viewing gallery. Khandie will ensure to capture perfect moments that you can treasure forever.
Luxury Valentine’s Spa Stay at Whittlebury Park
What’s not to love about a romantic weekend away – especially when you don’t have to travel far for it!
Whittlebury Park have you set for Valentine’s Day where you and your special someone can relax in a classic double or twin room, revive yourself in the Heat and Ice Experience and enjoy tasty two-course lunch.
You can then have a chilled bottle of fizz in your room to enjoy whilst you’re getting ready for your three-course Murrays restaurant dinner.
A foodie lovers dream for two!
Whether you’re happily single or in a relationship, I hope you use this opportunity to treat the ones you love, show them how much you care, look after and love yourself and show a bit of love for a Northamptonshire independent business.