We all know how to tell someone you love them, with a dozen red roses, a box of indulgent chocolates, or beautiful jewels and precious metals... at least that's what the movies will have us believe. Whilst we will be offering our hand tied bouquets, brimming with deep reds and vibrant foliage, we thought we'd give you a few ideas for your Valentine that might offer a different take on tradition.
One of our favourite new brands in store is Toyo Steel. It might seem a little unusual to gift a toolbox, but fill it with your true love's favourite things and you have yourself a personalised gift box that they can reuse around the home or garden. One of the larger styles, the Camber Top , will comfortably house a bottle of wine, and surrounding it with dried flowers or petals will add that extra little bit of romance.
A beautiful way to express yourself if you're on a budget, could be a little Hemonitis Arifolia, commonly known as the Heart Shaped Fern. A fern 'tot' in a simple pot like this can make a lovely gesture, that will make someone smile each time they water or mist it, and more importantly, it'll make them think of you.
Fuelling someone's passion, or even their current obsession, is a thoughtful way to show them you pay attention and that you listen to them. Gifting someone something that they will use zealously, but especially something they would never buy for themselves, will always be a loving gift. Naturally, we'd recommend buying anyone who's either starting out gardening, or needs a tool upgrade, something from the revered collection of Dutch tools by Sneeboer & Zn, they will last a lifetime, and will certainly be a well received present. But why not get them something they might not have thought of? Try a Ridson & Risdon apron, your partner might have all the tools they need for the home and the garden, an apron that will last them years may just be that last piece they didn't know they needed, but the one that becomes the staple in their arsenal.
For those of you that might have little ones, a gift for you to all to enjoy together might be one of LoLA Art's activity boxes. You can all get creative, learn about the world's most famous artists and most importantly, make memories that are more precious than any gift. You can plan an afternoon around the activity books, and maybe even visit a gallery afterwards to see some of the works your kids have learned about. A romantic gesture doesn't just have to be for the two of you.
Hopefully our ideas here have been food for thought, but if you need some help, we're always on hand in Blackheath to assist you in finding the best Valentine's Day gifts for you!