Finding the perfect Valentine’s Day gift can be difficult. There are so many mainstream (and some downright cringe) gifts out there, but playing to your loved ones likes is definitely a tick box. Therefore I’ve come up with the perfect Valentine’s Day for a foodie which, should my other half ever find it, I’d like to be treated to myself. Wishful thinking!
Champagne breakfast in bed: Does this need any more explaining? Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, so there is no excuse for not lounging around in bed with a glass of bucks fizz and a homemade brunch.
Serve it in style with a mug from Home Bargains to show how much you care (£0.99).
Romantic walk and picnic: Ok, so it’s not exactly picnic season at the moment. In fact, it’s not even really walking season. Storm Imogen has been battering our isles and this section of the plan may go to pot. If all else fails, a carpet picnic is just the trick! Lay a blanket in your living room floor and have a dry and mud free version indoors! There are loads of quirky products available at the moment which would make the perfect additions to a lunch time spread. I love the heart shaped cheese available from Godminster on QVC priced at £16.50. You get two heart shaped cheeses (brie and vintage cheddar) and some crackers.
Home cooked three course meal: You could pay a fortune to book into a pretentious and over crowded restaurant, but why bother when you can do better at home. There are some great meal delivery services which offer special packages for Valentines Day including Marley Spoon. Subscriptions to any of these would also make great gifts.
If you’re not the best cook in the world, play it safe and treat your other half to a Charlie Bingham’s– a very posh ready meal which tastes as good as it looks. These taste so
homemade you could even get away with pretending you cooked it yourself.
Or, you could even make a tasty steak. Even the most novice of cook can make a steak juicy and tasty. I love the seasoning from The Very Salt Company who produce artisan salts in a variety of flavours. The rose petal, paprika, garlic, lemon and szechuan pepper is particularly tasty and has lovely little tints of pink rose petals (very Valentine’s esque!)
An essential not to be missed is a bottle of fizz. I like the sparkling red wine from Bouvet Ladubay– Bouvet Rubis- avaliable from Majestic Wine for £13.49 per bottle. Plus it’s red, so totally in keeping with the Valentine’s theme! Or, if you’re after something without alcohol, some Heartease Farm traditional lemonade would hit the spot.
Film and snacks: What’s better on a cold winter’s night than snuggling up in your pjs under a blanket watching your favourite romantic film? Make sure you source some snacks, however, to keep your foodie theme alive. For an extra special treat, I love the Seed & Bean chocolate bars. All bars are handmade in England, and there are 18 different flavours to choose from. My fave is Raspberry and Vanilla, closely followed by Lemon and Poppy Seed. They are all 100% organic and can be bought online at www.seedandbean.co.uk. They also do a hamper, which would make the perfect alternative gift.
If you’re looking for something a little bit different for your perfect Valentine’s Day snacking, look no further than The Snaffling Pig pork scratchings. These really are gourmet bar snacks with a difference. There are several different flavours to choose from- I went for the Pigs In Blankets, one of two special editions. The flavour pays homage to one of the best elements of a roast dinner and is amazing!
Just because you’ve put on a fantastic foodie day doesn’t mean you can get away without buying a gift. Below are my favourites:
- Cadbury’s Milk Tray: Classic. There’s something so warming about curling up on the sofa with a box of these. Priced from £1.00 a Milk Tray has been the perfect gift to show your love for the past 100 years.
- Home Bargains cookie decorating kit- £1.49: Two heart shaped biscuits are included in the pack alongside two tubes of icing and heart sweets. You could even decorate your biscuit with your own message before you give to your loved one.
- Ferrero Roche heart- £4.71: The Ferrero Rocher Heart is the ultimate Valentine’s Day classic, guaranteed to delight your loved ones and show your caring and romantic side. This golden treasure is filled with the delicious classic Ferrero Rocher: encased in a rich layer of milk chocolate and crispy wafer, filled with a creamy nutty filling and whole hazelnut inside, the iconic gold heart is the ultimate treat to make Valentine’s Day extra special. Yum.
- Brabantia red range: If you’re looking for a present to truly show your never-ending love to the foodie in your life this Valentine’s Day something from the Brabantia kitchen range in a shade of passionate red would be perfect. Brabantia’s best-selling products that have been given a burst of Passion Red include Brabantia’s kitchen scales (£23.75), mixing bowl (£18.25), magnetic kitchen timer (£7.95), kitchen utensils(From £2.50) and cute cookie cutters (£2.50) will surely warm their heart.
- Carluccio’s range: Find something authentically Italian from well known restaurant chain, Carluccio’s. I love the chocolate roses- although I’m not sure it would last as long as a normal rose in my house! (£3.95 for one) and the dark and white chocolate ‘I Love You’ (£6.95). All of the products are available online or in store.
- Guylian Belgium chocolates (£4.00): I love the cute background behind these seahorse shaped Guylian chocolates (as if they weren’t tasty enough already!) The range, aimed at long term partners, is shaped like seahorses who, like humans mate for life. So. Cute! Each seahorse shaped chocolate is encased in Belgian milk chocolate with delicious, soft and creamy caramel.