Chocolates & flowers are a good start, but an extra thoughtful present can take a bit more planning. Here’s our guide to local companies that can help you plan a special Valentines Day.
We are lucky to have so many amazing local chocolatiers. Here’s a round up of some valentine’s choccie goodies from local companies:
Rainbow Hearts from The Chocolate Libertine
We absolutely love these colourful rainbow hearts from The Chocolate Libertine! You can see a sneak peek of their range on their Instagram account here We’re loving the tie dye & ombre chocolates – so on trend! The Valentine’s range is online now.
Just for the Record – I love You! chocolate from Prescotts Chocolate
Local chocolatier, Prescotts Chocolate have just launched their fun new Valentine’s Day range and it’s live on their online shop!
We love this record shaped chocolate inscribed with ‘Just for the Record I love You’ – perfect for the music lover! And only £4.75 There is also a Valentine’s Day Love Box for £11.50 which includes: two Chunky 3D letters (you choose your own letters when checking out), Prosecco Heart Truffles and Chocolate Love Notes. You can view the whole range here.
Rumsey’s Handmade Chocolates
Award winning handmade chocolates by Rumsey’s (with Chocolateries in Wendover & Thame) are offering free delivery within a 5 mile radius of the shops and can also post goodies. Here’s a sneak peek of some of the treats they have in store.
Another Instagram find, ChocXHaven based in High Wycombe, make handmade chocolates and macarons. This Edible chocolate box (with a lid which can be personalised with a message) filled with chocolate covered strawberries is so pretty! I could devoure them all in one sitting! It costs £28.
Leaf & Plot
I love flowers but always feel sad that they have such a short shelf life (especially in my hands ) so I love the concept of Leaf & Pot, a one stop shop for both a curated collection of stylish plants and pots. Every Leaf & Pot plant is hand-delivered (they will also include a personalised message on a gift card) with detailed care instructions so your plant baby can live its best life in its new forever home. Free delivery to Tring, Berkhamsted, Wendover, Amersham, Chesham, Beaconsfield, Thame, High Wycombe and surrounding villages when you spend £30.
From The Garden Room
Born in Chesham in the Summer of 2020, From The Garden Room is an independent homeware and houseplant business inspired by a love of plants and creativity to produce sustainable products that look beautiful in your home. All the plant hangers and baskets are made from 100% recycled cotton and all packaging is recycled, recyclable and reusable. The hand made plant hangers look amazing and are available in 4 main styles and a range of colours, £18 each. From The garden Room also source houseplants and pots from local suppliers to go with the hangers plus they are on hand to offer plant advice, an amazing bonus to someone like me who really struggles keeping houseplants alive! Also the handmade wooden trees are so cute, 2 for £12.
Aylesbury based Ruth creates high quality photo prints and cards which feature your own special photo memories. She has a wide range of gifts, cards and my particular favourite – origami keepsakes. Website: www.helloruth.co.uk
Beaconsfield based Kate Phillips is an illustrator & graphic designer creating prints and cards for little and big kids. She has designed three special cards available for Valentines day, we’re sure you’ll agree they look fab!
Lucky Lobster Cards
If you’re looking for an alternative Valentine’s card, look no further than Tring based ‘Lucy Lobster Art’. We really love this one…
Cocoa and Paper
Buckingham based Cocoa and Paper have a fab selection of paper good and chocolate gifts. We love the scratch reveal cards (image above) and the Valentine Chocolate Bars that can be sent in the post.
The House of Airey
Local mumpreneur, Rachel Airey has a super selection of personalised Valentines cards and gifts. With so many gifts from mugs, wash bags, and my favourite the personalised gin glasses, you’ll be spoiled for choice.
SWEET TREATS & FOOD
A little further afield in Hemel Hempstead, CheeseQuake will deliver a dozen (cheesecake) roses straight to your valentine’s door! They will deliver withing 10km of their kitchen in HP3 and offer free collections too. CheeseQuake have coupled up with fellow small business @alittlesomething20 to bring you limited edition Cheesequake-original cards that can be added to your order! Bold and cheesy, these cards are the perfect accompaniment to their White Chocolate & Strawberry cheesecake rose boxes 🙌🏼 Available to order online from February 8th, but be warned… there are limited slots available! Message them today to receive early ordering access 💖
Sweet n Chic by S
How amazing does this edible flower bouquet from ‘Sweet n Chic by S’ look?! The bouquets range in size from 7 to 50 cakes and prices start at £30. A brilliant alternative to the real thing!
Teacups & Tandems
How cute are these biscuits from the Teacups & Tandems! They have a selection of Valentines treats on offer including the ‘Love You To Pieces’ biscuit jar and ‘Love Hearts’ box. We also love the Biscuit Decorating ‘Date Night’ Kit for 2, for £15. The kits contain 8 biscuits, 3 bags of icing, a bag of sprinkles and some instructions if you need them. Perfect for a fun activity at home or why not send a kit to someone special so they can perfect their icing techniques.
Valentines Day Goodies from Sprinkles Bakery
Sprinkles Bakery have a choice of yummy treats for you to share with your loved ones on Valentine’s Day. Choose from, a small treat box for £12.50, a medium treat box for £17.50 or go the whole hog with the deluxe treat box (pictures below) for £30.
Sprinkles Bakery are also offering Cake Jars for 2 (victoria Sponge, Chocolate or Biscoff) for a reasonable £6.50. All orders will be wrapped with ribbon and finished with a gorgeous acrylic ‘love’ gift tag.
They only have limited spaces so orders will be first come, first served. To place your order – please email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Orders must be collected from Sprinkles HQ (Eskdale Ave) on Saturday 13th February between 3-6pm.
Based in Chalfont St Peter, Aco Cakes create bespoke handmade cakes and treat boxes made to order, perfect for spoiling your loved one. We’re loving the Duo Box which has 2 of everything, ideal for sharing 😉 The Duo box is priced at £22.
Kitchen at 4A
Kitchen at 4A is a small cake studio based in Hugh Wycombe with a passion for great tasting and beautifully designed cakes and sweet treats. Their Valentines collection include these cute ‘Love Hearts” Macaroons and Valentines chocolate brownies which come in a handmade pouch designed by @immiejonesgifts which can be used long after the brownies have been eaten.
The Kitchen Larder (KL)
The Kitchen Larder, is a gorgeous independent artisan food store in Chalfont St Peter, stocking a carefully curated range of specialist food items. This Valentines they are creating beautiful treats for the one you love. They create gorgeous bespoke food treats to suit all budgets and tastes, all dressed in candy stripped boxes or signature KL baskets. Pop over to their social media to see some ideas and inspiration.
We have a round up of what’s available locally. Everything comes pre-prepared so no one is tasked with cooking, it’s all about enjoying! See feature here: Dine In This Valentines Day
Cocktails by the Door Step Bartender
Celebrate Valentines weekend with a delicious cocktail or two from DoorStep Bartender. They offer made to order fresh bottled cocktails delivered to your door, within a 15 mile radius of Marlow. Simply pour and enjoy! Have a peek at their website to see their Valentines Creations, coming soon!
Old Amersham Gin
Hello, coolest gin bottle ever! This local family start-up, Old Amersham Gin, began like all good stories do in the pub. Together, Nelli and her father began Old Amersham Gin two years ago, distilling two flavours; classic London Dry (best served with tonic and a slice of orange or sprig of mint), and the Rhubarb and Elderflower Pink Gin (best served with ginger Twelve Below tonic or a ginger ale and a wedge of lime). Distilled using botanicals grown in their Old Amersham botanical garden. They’ve also added Peach and Earl Grey Vodka to their collection which we can’t wait to try. All of their products are 100% handmade; labelled, dipped in black wax and stamped with their seal of approval. Available to buy at the Kings Arms reception.
Craft beers & ales at Malt the Brewery
Malt the Brewery (a micro brewery in Great Missenden creating a range of high quality real-ales & craft beers) has your alcohol gifts covered this Valentines. From craft beers and ales to great local artisan spirits such as Griffiths Bros Gin to Campfire Gin, have a look at their website to see their full offering. You can buy online for home delivery or book a click and collect.
Ellie Good Illustration
Ellie Good Illustration, based in Seer Green, creates happy & sustainable stationery and gifts. Products include tote bags, tea towels, cards, prints and more with prices ranging from £2.85 to £39.99. We love the cute Mr & Mrs Duck prints above.
Minkie Moo Designs
Buckinghamshire based jewellery designer, Minkie Moo Designs has some beautiful silver pieces which are personalised to make a truly special gift for the one you love. We’re loving the stacked ‘I Love You To The Moon & Back’ necklace which is hand stamped with your personalised message.
Based in St Albans, Jen Roffe is a lettering artist who specialises in hand lettered and illustrated maps, prints, cards and quirky illustrations and homewares. We think one of the illustrated maps of where you live or where you met would be a perfect gift this Valentines.
Mira Retail, a gift & fashion boutique in Beaconsfield focusing on women’s gifts have just uploaded Valentine’s Cards to the Mira website plus more gifts will be uploaded by the weekend. They offer free local delivery or can post! What’s not to love!
Trunk Boutique and Gifts
Although Trunk Boutique ‘s doors may be closed at the moment, you can still buy online and either collect or choose for your items to be delivered. They have a lovely selection of Valentines gifts and cards available. We’re loving the quirky Heart spoons and cute heart shaped enamel snack bowls.
Beaconsfield based, Carin Murphy creates gorgeous colourful and affordable jewellery. Each piece is hand made with clean contemporary lines, making it very wearable and transcends easily from a day to evening look.
Sushi Van – Make your own sushi
This is a fab gift for sushi lovers! Learn to make your own sushi at one of Sushi Van’s popular classes. You’ll spend around 2 and a half hour learning to make a delicious selection of sushi, you take home everything you make and will be able to recreate your favourites at home. Classes cost £55 per person, book your place on the website, gift vouchers also available.
Daws Hill Vineyard
Based in the heart of the Chilterns, this small vineyard and winery proudly grow and produce everything onsite. Why not try one of their wine making experiences where you’ll learn to make a bottle of bubbles to suit your own taste. This experience is for private groups of 4 to 8 people, see the website for details and also other events they are planning for later in the year.
Let’s not forget the kids! We all know they’ll greedily enjoy the chocolates and sweets we mentioned above but why not book them into a cookery workshop this February half term?
Smart Raspberry Valentines Cookery Workshop
Children can join the Valentines themed Online cookery workshop running Monday 15th – Friday 19thFebruary. The workshops run live via Zoom at 10am – 12noon and are suitable for children aged 5 – 11 years. There’s also a teens workshop (11-15 years) running on Wednesday 17th February, 2pm – 4.30pm. Recipes they will be making include sundried tomato palmiers, red velvet cupcakes, and many more. Book via website.
Main image: Prescotts Chocolate