For a great valentines experience for both you and your partner to share, ZuBlu is right for you. They are a leading dive travel company, who provide the best scuba diving destinations in Asia! They can show you the best places to dive depending upon the type of water animals you would like to see or if you want to see the beautiful reefs, they can provide that too. If you want a valentines experience you will never forget check out ZuBlu.
The Scotland Kilt Company.
Tartan Satchel, McNaughton-
The Scotland Kilt Company is a family run business based in the thriving Bonnington area of Edinburgh. They take great pride in the quality of service they give to all of their customers and the products they sell. Through years of hard work, they have developed a reputation in Scotland and abroad as experts in Highland Dress.
The Scotland Kilt Company have the perfect highland dress for any and all occasions with their women’s accessories being the perfect way to finish off any outfit. The Tartan Satchel is stylish and practical, making is a beautiful option to show your love this valentine’s.
“The bag features a stylish tartan print to the exterior which gives a heritage look and includes a PU leather trim which adds refined detailing.”
Stitch & Story.
Miffy Slippers Crochet Kit-
Stitch & Story sell a beautiful wide range of knitting and crochet kits either for beginners or more advanced knitters. Their kits are a perfect gift for any occasion and are a great option as something a little different. Their Miffy Slippers crochet kit is a beautiful option to give to the loved one in your life.
“Be a big kid and add some fun to your loungewear with these ballet shoe style Miffy Slippers. Designed to snugly fit your foot, in our superfine The Lil’ Merino wool, they’re so comfy you’ll never want to take them off.
Crocheted using double crochet stitch, this kit includes everything you need to create a pair of cute, foot hugging slippers.
JustTheTee makes fun and quirky T-Shirts featuring the internet’s favourite memes.
Why not surprise your loved one with a cute ‘Send Nudes’ tee, so you never have to ask again? You can also check out their collection on Etsy, which features a range of hilarious slogans and images. They even take request, so get in touch if there’s something else you want to see on a white tee!
Red velvet cupcakes
This recipe is available in the Clover SA Food Favourites cookbook, which is filled with great, wholesome and truly South African recipes that will provide you with an omni-sensorial experience. The recipe book has in part been subsidized by Clover because we believe that good food and great memories shouldn’t be limited by price. Also, by purchasing the cookbook, you will be actively helping ladies around South Africa achieve their business dreams through the Clover Mama Afrika project. The project aims to identify women who are already agents of change in their communities and helps train them to become self-sustaining women with skills which then they can use to derive income from, in order to support orphaned and abused children and the elderly and infirm.
2⅓ cups (350 g) cake flour
1 tbsp (15 ml) cocoa powder
1 tsp (5 ml) bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp (5 ml) baking powder
1½ cup (315 g) castor sugar
¾ cup (185 ml) Clover Danone Inkomazi
¾ cup (185 ml) vegetable oil
¼ cup (60 ml) beetroot juice
1 tbsp (15 ml) red food colouring
2 tsp (10 ml) white vinegar
Cream cheese icing
½ cup (120 g) butter, at room temperature
1 cup (250 ml) cream cheese, at room temperature
1 tbsp (15 ml) Clover UHT cream
1 tsp (5 ml) finely grated lime zest
2-2½ cups (240 – 300 g) icing sugar, sifted
1. Preheat the oven to 180 °C.
2. Line 18 x 80 ml capacity muffin pans with paper cases.
3. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder into a large bowl.
4. Stir in the sugar.
5. Whisk the buttermilk, oil, beetroot juice, food colouring, vinegar and eggs in a jug until combined.
6. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture.
7. Add the buttermilk mixture and stir until just combined.
8. Divide the mixture among the paper cases.
9. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes out clean.
10. Transfer the cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely before icing.
Cream cheese icing
1. Beat the butter until pale and fluffy.
2. Add the cream cheese, cream and lime zest and beat again.
3. Gradually add the icing sugar and beat until smooth, adding enough icing sugar to gain the desired consistency.
6 Last Minute Gifts to Order for Valentine’s Day – All Just a Click Away
Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin
Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin is a triple-distilled spirit, handcrafted in a traditional copper pot still in small batches at one of India’s oldest distilleries, located in the foothills of the Himalayas. The use of botanicals is a time-honoured tradition in India. Jaisalmer has 11 botanicals, 7 of which are sourced from the four corners of India.
Available from: The Whisky Exchange,
RRP: £35.45 for 70cl
Kokoro Cherry Blossom Gin Liqueur
Kokoro Gin Liqueurs are British Gin Liqueurs with a Japanese heart!.
Kokoro Cherry Blossom Liqueur, Sakura in Japanese, has a uniquely floral flavour and the softest hint of sweet cherry.
Kokoro have two other liqueurs including Blueberry & Lemongrass and Yuzu & Ginger.
Available from: Master of Malt
RRP: £11.95 for 20cl
Barentsz Mandarin & Jasmine Gin
Barentsz Mandarin & Jasmine Gin is delicately infused with natural mandarin peel and exotic jasmine flowers for a distinctively smooth and fresh taste. This new expression follows on from the successful launch of the original Barentsz Jasmine Gin in 2016 and continues to celebrate its Dutch heritage. Barentsz Gin takes its name from the intrepid Dutch explorer, Captain Willem Barentsz, whose pioneering spirit led him to explore the Arctic during the Dutch Golden Age.
Available from: Master of Malt
RRP: From £36.95 for 70cl
Pinkster Gin ‘Let the Love Be Gin’ Limited Edition Bottle
Hand-steeped in fresh raspberries, the original Pinkster Gin makes for a deliciously dry gin, with a hint of fruit and an exceptionally smooth finish.
This Limited Edition bottle is available exclusively from Pinkster Gin
Available from: Pinkster Gin
RRP: £36.00 for 70cl
Gin 1689 – The Queen Mary Edition
The recently launched Queen Mary Edition is the second expression to be launched by Gin 1689. Based on the same recipe as the original Gin 1689, The Queen Mary Edition is designed to reflect the 17th century when the world’s first pink gin was created after mixing the original spirit with bruised strawberries and raspberries. Founders of the Amsterdam Craft Gin Company, Alexander Janssens and Patrick van der Peet, created Gin 1689 based on an original 300-year-old recipe from the time of King William III of England, also known as William of Orange, and Queen Mary II, found in the archives of the British Library.
Available from: Master of Malt
RRP: £37.95 for 70cl
Cotswolds Dry Gin
Cotswolds Dry Gin is a delectable blend of nine carefully-considered botanicals, including lavender from the Cotswolds and freshly-peeled pink grapefruit and lime zest. Cotswolds Distillery use over 10 times the amount of botanicals and do not chill filter the gin, which causes a beautiful pearlescent cloud to appear when ice or tonic is added, known as The Cloudy G&T
Available from: 31 Dover
RRP: From £31.95 for 70cl
LOVE IS ON THE CARDS
The One4all Gift Card can be spent at over 55,000 outlets nationwide
Load with any amount from £10 – £120, available to buy from Post Offices, gift card stands in Tesco stores nationwide and online at one4all.com
Finding the perfect gift to say “I love you” on Valentine’s Day can be a challenge, especially for those wanting to steer away from traditional red roses or boxes of chocolate this year.
For something a little different that they’re sure to love, look no further than One4all, the UK’s leading multistore gift card which allows loved ones to choose a gift they really want.
The One4all Gift Card has options aplenty, as it can be spent at over 55,000 stores and websites across the UK. Save yourself the stress and let your Valentine choose from high-street favourites including John Lewis, Topshop, Curry’s, Boots and Marks and Spencer – there really is something for everyone.
What’s more, the gift card is tailored to suit all budgets and can be loaded with anything from £10 – £120. It also couldn’t be easier to buy, as it can be purchased at your local Post Office, gift card stands in Tesco stores nationwide or online at one4all.com, making it the perfect solution for those prone to shopping last-minute.
For shopaholics who love to purchase the latest fashion, recipients can take a trip to a host of top retail brands such as H&M, New Look, River Island, Primark and Schuh – the options are endless.
Beauty and skincare worshippers will have the chance to shop at Look Fantastic, The Body Shop, Glossybox and Mankind to revitalise their skin for a post-Valentine’s Day glow.
Tech fanatics will be spoilt for choice as they can buy the latest gadgets including TV’s, laptops and tablets from leading retailers, such as Curry’s, PC World, Carphone Warehouse and Argos.
For those who enjoy a day out exploring or an adrenaline-filled activity, recipients will love the opportunity to use their One4all Gift Card to book an experience through Red Letter Days or Virgin Experience Days, complete with Segway tours, afternoon tea or supercar driving to choose from.
It might be that your Valentine prefers a relaxing trip away, they’ll love the chance to redeem their gift card at SpaSeekers, Spa Finder or to book a holiday via Inspire Travel, for the ultimate opportunity to wind down and relax.
There is so much choice with a One4all Gift Card and it is the perfect way to make this Valentine’s Day the most special one yet.
The One4all multi-store gift card is available in a choice of designs, RRP £10-£120, and can be purchased in Post Offices, gift card stands in Tesco stores nationwide or online at one4all.com.
For more information, visit: www.one4all.com.
Ready to tackle those New Year resolutions and spend more time outdoors in 2020?
Luckily, Zen Imports have got you covered, with their latest range of leading outdoor equipment and tools here to help you make the most of your summer (and beyond).
Zen Imports (who distribute premium leading brands including Leatherman, Fjallraven, Klean Kanteen and Ledlenser) have all the products you need to reach your goals and set yourself up for the year, with a few key new releases including Fjallraven’s Ulvo 23 Daypack, Leatherman – K4 Knife, Nite Ize – Runoff® Waterproof Wallet, Power Traveller – Merlin 15 Power Pack, Overboard – Trekdry Waterproof Back Pack, Klean Kanteen – Classic Water Bottle and the Ledlenser – If8r Area Light
Zen Imports is a leading brand management and distribution company with focus on Outdoor, Recreation, Lifestyle, DIY and industrial channels. They are responsible to build, promote, manage and strategically market some of the world’s leading brands in their focus categories, which includes brand including Leatherman, Klean Kanteen, Fjallraven and Ledlenser.
CRAZY LOVE POSTER
The print comes in different sizes.
Frames not included.
View :- desenio.co.uk/en/crazy-love-poster
Left buying your Valentine’s Day to the last minute?
Fear not, we’ve got you covered. Our couples plots are the perfect gift that you can both enjoy! Make sure you enter the code LOVE at the checkout for 20% off.
Even though the physical gift pack won’t arrive in time, you can still print off the certificate in time for Valentine’s Day.
It’s Really This Simple:
1. Place an order on the Highland Titles website and take note of your log-in details.
2. As soon as the payment has been processed (please check your inbox for a confirmation email), you can login to the member’s area located at the top right-hand side of the homepage.
3. Here you will be able to download and print the e-version of your certificate.
About Honeymoon Collective
Honeymoon Collective was founded in mid-2019 by Owner and Designer, Clarissa Campitelli. Clarissa has always had a love for jewellery, a passion that she shared with her late grandmother. As a child, Clarissa would visit the local bead store and create necklaces and bracelets with all sorts of materials. As an adult, her passion was reignited after a holiday to Hawaii where she felt inspired by the beautiful Hawaiian seashells and natural pearls.
Honeymoon Collective was born from a love of jewellery design and a love of travel. Each piece is inspired by natural elements and Clarissa’s travels, with new collections arriving regularly.
Honeymoon Collective now focuses on delicate pearl and gold hoops, in a range of sizes, and is excited to be expanding its product range throughout 2020.
Lovingly handmade in Clarissa’s Sydney, Australia home, Honeymoon Collective offers worldwide shipping.
For more information, please visit: www.honeymooncollective.etsy.com
A design that is perfect for Valentine’s day for those wanting something that is unique, ethically made in Australia, suits all age groups, travels easily, can be worn multiple ways, comes in three different lengths and in 4 sizes so it looks great on all body types.
It is an Australian concept with a global design patent and is sold in high end resorts and boutiques but is extremely affordable.
One of the new colours is called Scarlet Empire which is a gorgeous sexy red – fabulous for Valentines Day.
Do have a look at my website www.skarong.com and also www.instagram.com/skarong
New exclusive flower, gift and restaurant offers on VoucherCodes, perfect for the last minute Valentine’s shopper!
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UNTIL DEBT DO US PART
Lovers get into years of debt to pay for engagement rings
Average ring cost is £6,300 (2.6 times the average monthly salary) but a third of Brits wish they had spent less
One in five take up to five years to pay the debt they incur proposing with credit cards being the preferred payment option
New Engagement Ring Cost calculator launches to help plan the cost of the ring
One in four men have put off proposing because of Brexit uncertainty
Settling down to start a family and buying a house are the top priorities for UK couples in 2020 getting engaged or married languishing towards the bottom of the priority list, alongside looking as good as possible on social media
Almost half of Brits proposing to their lover will get into debt to pay for their engagement ring, according to new national research* ahead of Valentine’s Day on Friday.
But, one in five of people will subsequently take between 2 – 5 years to pay off the cost of that engagement ring, according to the nationwide study by financial comparison site money.co.uk today.
More than a third of those who have been engaged regret how much they spent on an engagement ring and admit they wish they’d spent less on it. Millennials were especially regretful – with more than half saying they spent too much on their engagement ring.
Salman Haqqi, money.co.uk personal finance expert, said: “Our research shows that the average amount of debt Brits incur buying an engagement ring is around £6,300, around 2.6 times the average monthly salary – an eye watering sum if you are getting into debt to pay for it.
“Spending outside of your means, even with the most romantic intentions, can lead to future financial difficulties that you should try to avoid. When it comes to the cost, the head should always lead the heart, so make sure you budget for your new bling and don’t let the seductive sparkle impact your spending.”
Surprisingly, the younger people are when they propose, the more debt they seem to get into. Gen Z (born after 1995) are the most extravagant incurring a debt of around £7,700 for the purchase of their engagement ring, while those aged 55 and over incur a debt of around £5,100.
To help romantics plan their spending, money.co.uk has created a special engagement ring cost calculator, designed to give people an accurate indication of how much they can afford to spend on an engagement ring.
Salman Haqqi, explaining how the new calculator works, said: “It asks a few simple questions about people’s age, how long they’ve been engaged, their job, salary, and monthly outgoings to deliver users a personalised engagement ring cost in just a few minutes.
“We know that money can’t buy you love but, if you’re not careful, love can cost you far more than it needs to. Our engagement ring cost calculator can help you plan your finances properly and ensure you buy a ring that matches your personal financial situation.”
So, what should an engagement ring cost those planning to propose in 2020?
The money.co.uk statistics show that 1 in 10 Brits believe they should spend around double their monthly salary on a ring to propose to their partner.
More than half of couples will choose a classic off-the-shelf diamond engagement ring to celebrate their engagement, the survey reveals. Though 14% will have a bespoke diamond ring made especially for their engagement.
And while one in five couples will pay for their engagement ring using their credit card, around six in 10 people will save up for their engagement ring – with those aged over 55 the most likely to set aside cash pay for it.
Salman Haqqi added: “Our survey suggests that getting married, and therefore getting engaged, is actually further down the priority list for Brits in 2020 than it ever has been.
“In previous generations getting engaged and married was often first in the timeline of milestones. But, in 2020, other priorities like getting a house, travelling, socialising with friends and having the latest technology are all listed as higher priorities by most adults.
“In fact, our research shows that getting married or engaged – the top priority for just 4.8% of the population – is only marginally more important than looking great on social media or buying a large wardrobe of clothes for most British adults.”
With Britain leaving the EU a big talking point this year – almost a quarter of men admit they have actually put off proposing to their lover because of fears over the unknown effect and cost of Brexit.
TOP 10 MILESTONES FOR COUPLES IN 2020
1. Settling down and starting a family
2. Getting a house
3. Going on regular holidays
4. As much disposable income as possible
5. Going out with friends
6. Getting a car
7. Having all the latest technology
8. Getting engaged/married
9. Looking as good as possible on social media
10. Having a large wardrobe of clothes
Use the money.co.uk engagement ring cost calculator and find out how much you could be spending on an engagement ring plus how best to finance it.
Micucci Interiors offers an exclusive range of designer accessories, lighting and fine art.
Although we tend to specialise in accessories, we sometimes incorporate very special and unique pieces to our collection, resulting in an eclectic mix rather than a uniform style. We travel around Europe and the rest of the world to source new exciting pieces that we regularly add to our collection.
Micucci Interiors allows you to add interesting pieces to your interiors, teaming the elegance with the unusual. Our choices are dictated by spontaneous attraction to shapes and colours as much as knowledge of design. We draw our inspiration from famous designers and artists from around the world, which helps us to put together the range of our carefully curated pieces.
MAXWELL FINE – HUG ME
Description: 2 colour digital print on Somerset 310 gsm paper with full large diamond dust overlay by Maxwell Fine Studio titled “Hug Me”. One of 35 limited editions from 2019. Signed, dated and numbered by the artist.
Overall size: W68 x H100 cm
Founded by Maxwell Fine in 2018, the studio’s mission is simple – design fabulously indulgent creative projects to inspire and change the world. The studio takes inspiration directly from experiences and encounters in its director’s life. Lead creative Maxwell Fine trained at Central Saint Martins School of Art and works primarily in Art Direction for Television and Advertising.
Working in London & New York, the studio releases projects with a slick eye for aesthetic. A percentage of each sale is donated to Switchboard LGBT+ Helpline.
2020 collectable coins a perfect gift this Valentine’s Day
Looking for the perfect gift to spoil your loved one this Valentine’s Day? The South African Mint a wholly owned subsidiary of the South African Reserve Bank, can help lighten the gifting burden.
Collectors of The Big 5 series can now add the new Rhino coin to their collection. Issued last year, the Big 5 series, is a biannual coin program and coins featuring the lion & elephant were launched in the inaugural year. The coin range consists of a Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) quality coin struck from 999.9 fine silver and a proof quality version of the same, the latter only available in a double capsule set.
For those not lucky enough to have seen a rhino in the wild, the reverse should be of particular interest. It features two halves of the face of the rhino and when two coins are placed next to each other, a complete close-up image of the face of the rhino can be seen. When multiple coins are placed next to each other, a herd of rhinos is formed.
The range also includes a 24ct 1oz proof gold coin, a 1oz proof platinum coin as well as two combination sets – the Big 5 Rhino 1oz proof silver Ag 999 and Krugerrand privy marked 1oz proof silver Ag 999 set and the Big 5 Rhino 1oz 24ct proof gold and Krugerrand privy marked 1oz 22ct proof gold set.
The 2020 1oz Silver Natura features the Coelophysis Rhodesiensis, a diminutive, bi-pedal carnivore.
The iconic Krugerrand is available in 1oz and 2oz, in both gold and silver, in bullion and proof quality as well as in more affordable fractional sets.
The recently launched SA25 Celebrating South Africa circulation coins, are also available in a gift set. The set contains all the six coins, uncirculated, and speaks to the rights as enshrined in the South African Constitution. Designed by some of SA’s young and talented artists, the coins carry the “idea of freedom” as visioned by born frees.
The coins can be purchased from the Mint’s retail store in Centurion or online at www.samint.co.za/order-form/
Italians do not need a reason for being romantic because romance is everywhere in sunny Italy. From gliding on the Grand Canal in a gondola to sailing around Capri, Italy is full of fun-loving things to do. And thanks to San Valentino, known as il romantico , we celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14, his saint’s day. Tie on your apron for Valentine’s and make something sweet for your special love.
During the the 3 rd Century in Rome, there was a man named Valentino. He was a young priest who married couples at a time when it was prohibited. The Roman Emperor Claudius II, a wretched ruler during this time, wanted all men to enlist and be soldiers in war- not husbands. Valentino was a tender soul and went against the Emperor’s orders officiating many Christian marriages in secrecy. When the Emperor discovered the marriages that Valentino had performed, he insisted that he renounce his Christian faith, become Pagan path and pray only to the Roman gods Jupiter and Mercury.
Love Letters, Chocolate, Flowers & Prosecco
Valentino refused and the Emperor sent him to prison. During his imprisonment, he cured a beautiful young woman who was the jailor’s daughter. They fell in love and were set to be married. This infuriated the Emperor and he ordered Valentino to be executed. But the courageous young priest continued his plight for amore and wrote a letter to the woman proclaiming his love. He signed it from your Valentino .
The rest is history and Italians have been celebrating San Valentino on February 14 with love letters, chocolate, flowers and Prosecco ever since.
Make Something Sweet
for Your Love
Morbido Al Cioccolato Con Confettura di Fragole ~ Chocolate Lava Cake With Strawberry Conserve
280 g (6) Eggs
220 g (1 heaped cup) Sugar
190 g (6 oz) Dark Chocolate
170 g (1 1/2 sticks) Butter
60 g (1/2 cup) ‘00’ Flour, sieved
7 g (1 tablespoon) Dark Cocoa Powder, sieved
1 teaspoon Vanilla essence
For the Strawberry Conserve
1 kg (2 lbs 4 oz) Strawberries, cleaned and cut into small pieces
150 g (3/4 cup) Sugar
3 Sprigs of Mint
To make the strawberry conserve, place the strawberries and sugar in a thick-based frying pan and cook over a medium heat until the strawberries begin to caramelize. Take off the heat and leave to cool.
Meanwhile, in a bowl, beat the sugar with the eggs until pale and fluffy. In a double boiler, melt the chocolate with the butter. Remove from heat and allow to cool until just barely warm. Fold the melted chocolate into the egg mixture.
Adding one ingredient at a time, gently fold in the flour, cocoa powder, and vanilla to the chocolate mixture. Grease individual molds with butter & flour (a muffin tin works nicely for this as well). Pour the batter into the molds and bake in preheated oven at 200 °C (400°F) for 8 minutes.
Turn the individual cakes onto serving plates, accompany with a spoonful of strawberry conserve and garnish with a few fresh mint leaves. Serve immediately
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As Valentine’s day nears, love is in the air for many Australians. However, a shocking amount avoid celebrating the holiday due to stress.
It is no secret that it is a struggle to come up with a personal Valentine’s day gift without falling into the trap of flowers and chocolates. No matter if you are a single lady looking to show your galantines how much they mean to you, a committed spouse trying to surprise your partner, or a new romance anywhere along the dating spectrum, the temptation to succumb to impersonal gifts is relatable.
With 2020 upon us, the time is now to overcome lame gift temptation and Vistaprint Australia is here to help Aussie’s show their loved ones they care, without being basic. Don’t avoid cupids arrow this year. Send your special someone any of the below items to make their heart swell.
• Personalised Cards and Stationary to express your true feelings
• Customised Calendar to celebrate 365 days of you guys
• Hand Designed T-Shirt to flex your creative muscles
• Customised Photo Book to walk down memory lane and relive your fondest moments together
• Personalised Coffee Mug so they can snuggle up on the couch with a tea and a lovely photo of the two of you
My Life and Rugby: The Autobiography is the story of a rugby legend, told with unflinching honesty and is the ultimate rugby book for all fans of the sport.
Eddie Jones is one of the most experienced and decorated coaches in World Rugby. He career has spanned four World Cups; from losing to England in the 100th minute in 2003, working with South Africa when they won in 2007, and causing the greatest upset in 2015 when he masterminded the Japanese defeat of South Africa.
Since taking over as head coach of England in 2015, Jones has masterminded a complete revival of the national team. He has won the Six Nations Championship back-to-back, including England’s first grand slam in a generation, their first ever whitewash of Australia, and leading the team on their longest ever winning streak.
In his explosive autobiography Jones shows how his fiercely competitive attitude, his love of coaching and his philosophy of the game were formed while growing up in a tough working-class suburb of Sydney as a small half-Japanese kid, playing schoolboy rugby alongside the legendary Ella brothers.
Learning from the extreme highs and lows of his own playing career – the numerous successes playing for Randwick and New South Wales but also the painful disappointment of never playing for Australia – he shows what it takes to be the best in the world and how everything he has learnt about the game – on and off the field – has gone into plotting England’s route to the top of World Rugby.
Brilliant, honest, combative – Eddie Jones is a gigantic yet enigmatic figure in World Rugby and a true legend of the game.
In My Life and Rugby he tells his story for the first time, including the full inside story of England’s 2019 World Cup campaign.
RRP $32.99 www.panmacmillan.com.au
About Zebras Crossing
Zebras Crossing was founded 22 years ago by German born Alice Zucchi and designed with Italian minimalism and elegance in mind. It is located 2 hours easy drive from Johannesburg in the malaria free Waterberg. With 6 suites it is perfect for family and friends getaways that want to take over the whole lodge to themselves and experience true exclusivity. Ranked on TripAdvisor as 8th best lodge (out of 276).
Suggestions for Valentines
1.Everyone takes their partners out for Valentines but why not instead buy a weekend getaway for your partner and her or his friends instead? A wonderful opportunity to have your partner have some “her/him” time. For example, Zebras Crossing (www.zebrascrossing.com) offers special deals when a group of friends book the whole lodge (6 suites) creating that “out of Africa” experience.
2. Book you and your partner on a relationship coach course/programme. Nothing says “I care about us” more than the desire and effort in building the relationship and growing as a couple. There are many courses out there – from communication to sensuality (e.g. Jonti Searl of Eros Life offers couple courses) etc.
3. Give the gift of time: go shopping with your partner rather than buying them what you think they want. Walk with them to the shops, invest your time and passion: it will make whatever they end up buying that much more meaningful.
Kopparberg introduces new Kopparberg Premium Gin infused with its famous Strawberry & Lime flavour
● New Kopparberg Premium Gin makes the perfect sundowner to be shared with friends this summer
● The new gin bursts with Strawberry & Lime, the flavour that made Kopparberg famous
● Kopparberg Premium Gin will be 37.5% ABV and available at over 700 Greene King sites across the UK from 6 May, before being more widely available at retailers from 22 May
Kopparberg, experts in premium fruit refreshment, invites pink gin enthusiasts to taste the spirit of Kopparberg with the launch of its brand new Kopparberg Premium Gin. Distilled with pride, the new gin offers a bold and balanced taste and is expertly infused with juniper, lemon zest and coriander botanicals, and combined with the natural fruit flavours of strawberry and lime that made Kopparberg famous.
Presented in a beautiful transparent glass bottle, the pink blush is prevailed by the distillation process of the botanicals and fruit flavours present in the London-dry style gin. Designed by Marcin Wolski, the illustration on the bottle takes drinkers on a journey from day-to-night, highlighting a forest of flavours and evoking memories of sunsets together with friends, reminding pleasure- seekers of the many BBQs, festivals and rooftop drinks that are yet to come this summer.
Renowned for its taste, Kopparberg wanted to introduce a premium gin with the same delicious and natural flavour offering and for it to be available to everyone. Rob Salvesen, Head of Marketing, comments: We are extremely excited to be bringing our new Premium Gin to the UK. Kopparberg is famous for flavour and we’ve worked hard to create a pink gin in the iconic Kopparberg flavour of strawberry and lime, that we know the nation loves. We look forward to seeing pink gin fans across the country spend many sunsets making memories with friends this summer with a glass of Kopparberg Premium Gin.
For late afternoons with friends, Kopparberg’s Premium Gin is served best over mountains of ice, mixed with lemonade and garnished with fresh strawberries, but who are we to tell you how to drink it? The other more traditional serving can be enjoyed with tonic and garnished with cucumber and basil.
The UK’s First Travel Card That Links Directly To Your Bank Account
A debit card for travel, that’s hassle-free and gives huge savings for consumers
Forget travel cash, Currensea www.currensea.com is the perfect new solution for spending abroad. Currensea lets customers spend from their own bank account when travelling abroad, just with a different card. They eliminate the hassle of juggling currencies with prepaid cards or different accounts, whilst automatically saving 85% on bank charges anywhere in the world.
Four reasons why Currensea stands out:
Currensea offers an easy and hassle-free card that connects directly to a customer’s bank account, eliminating the need of topping up prepaid cards or different accounts for travel.
2. Saves you money
Currensea automatically saves customers an average of 85% on bank charges anywhere in the world. There are no hidden fees.
3. Offsets your carbon footprint:
Customers can use some (or all) of the savings from their travels to offset their carbon footprint by planting trees. $1000 spent on the card could enable Currensea to plant up to 30 trees on their behalf! Customers can keep track of their forest in a personalised dashboard.
4. Your money is secure:
Your money stays secured in your bank. Currensea uses Open Banking technology, which means your money stays in your bank account and is only released when you authorise a transaction. Currensea cannot access or store your online banking credentials. It is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority that also regulates banks.
James Lynn, co-CEO, Currensea says:
“We’re proud to bring to market a new hassle-free way for UK consumers to spend abroad without the bank charges.”
“Being avid travellers for both work and leisure we were extremely unhappy with high fees and the hassle of the travel money options that existed. After extensive research into the options, we saw a huge gap in the market for something simple that works with a customers’ existing banking relationship. Open Banking enabled us to create that product.
Currensea is authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority.
To request your sign up for Currensea card, visit www.currensea.com
There is nothing more meaningful than time, so creating a gift that has taken a few hours to craft and perfect cannot be bought.
2020 has become the year we are conscious about how we affect the planet and people through our actions and waste, but that doesn’t mean present choices should suffer. Every week we open up our workshop space in Bermondsey and allow you to create something using our fabric, from gorgeous pillows to purses and sleeping masks, we have a selection of fabrics, from cotton to jacquard and plains and patterned; we have the deepest purples and faintest pinks and have supplies of organic soft cotton and velvets for sensitive items such as sleeping masks. Plus we can create a drawstring bag so you don’t have to waste it on wrapping paper.
The biggest excuse for delaying the special gift is often time, rushing between work, home and life, “When I’m at home I don’t feel like sewing, but when I’m in a space like this, I feel good sewing because I’m not alone and I don’t have to worry about being messy”, explained Jamie who attended one of our sewing workshops leaving with an upcycled pair of jeans.
Every week, Fabric Swatch collects bags of brand new fabric remnants from designers and manufacturers in London and upcycle them back into the community. Our doors are open for you.
Celebrate Galentine’s Day whilst supporting, PDSA, the UK’s leading veterinary charity.
We have some perfect gifts to both celebrate friendship and to appreciate our own fabulousness! So treat yourself or someone who means the world to you on 14 February from our stylish and quirky range, and with every purchase helping us to treat more poorly pets, you will be shopping and making a real difference. Discover our Galentine’s gifts, and so much more, at pdsapetstore.org.uk/collections/ideas-for-her
PDSA’s is here to provide care and treatment for sick and injured pets. We want a lifetime of wellbeing for every pet. Every day, vets in our pet hospitals across the UK care for sick and injured pets – saving lives, and keeping pets happy and healthy.
This year PDSA will provide more than 2.7 million treatments to 470,000 sick and vulnerable pets.
Our services are run by the hard-working vets and nurses at our Pet Hospitals and will cost more than £60 million to provide. We receive no government funding and rely on the generous support of the public. So people who shop with us do so with the knowledge that they are not only getting a good product, but are supporting poorly and injured pets as well.
Still looking for love this Valentine’s Day? It might be your smell
NEW survey reveals the scents and smells with the best (and least) pulling power.
More than HALF of UK adults wear a certain perfume or aftershave because they think it has ‘pulling power’ according to a new survey.
The survey by perfumedirect.com has also revealed the fragrances Brits have voted as ones with the most sex appeal.
Men’s scents topping the list are Dior Sauvage, Creed Aventus, Paco Rabanne Invictus; Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme and Hugo Boss Bottled.
For women, wearing Chanel Coco Mademoiselle, Chloe Nomade, Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf, YSL Black opium and Marc Jacobs Daisy is a way to lure a lover. (Conversely, just over ten years ago the perfume voted the one with most pulling power was Chanel No. 5, which was way down the list in 2020’s poll at number 10).
“The perfume industry spends millions of pounds every year in advertising to promise us that their perfumes promise ‘sex appeal’ and ‘magnetism’,” says www.perfumedirect.com’s Jonny Webber, “so we decided to find out if this really is the case; with some surprising results.
“It seems as much as perfumes and aftershaves can ‘turn someone on’ – with more than 54% of people claiming that a good smell makes someone more attractive, 71% of people said that a person’s choice of scent put them off dating them.
“This was further backed up by the huge number of people who won’t even consider a date if their prospective partners’ perfume doesn’t make the grade. Of the respondents who had used an online dating site, 28% said that they had asked their potential date what aftershave/perfume they wore as a way to find out more about them and decided to not take things further based on their choice!”
The top five fragrances that put people off, voted by both men and women, were:
Old Spice, Avon Crystal Aura, Look by Vera Wang, Lily Of The Valley by Yardley and Cartier Santos.
The smell of success – it’s about self-confidence
Perfumedirect.com’s survey revealed that it’s actually that people think that ‘smelling good makes them feel more attractive’. 66% of people agreed that smelling good makes you more attractive.
47% of women and 29% of men have also received compliments on their smell by someone of the desirable sex; 34% by ‘strangers’.
But – eau dear – 33% said they have been told their perfume smelt bad!
When asked what puts people off a particular smell in a prospective partner, the most popular answer was because their mother, father or mother-in-law or teacher used to wear it. Because it reminds them of an ex boyfriend or girlfriend was the next top reason. Not liking the celebrity associated with the fragrance also came in the top five.
The perfume market is saturated by ‘celebrity scents’, either personally produced by a famous face or endorsed by global glamour from our screens and Instagram feeds. And it seems to be the right move – with 41% of those surveyed admitting that they bought a celebrity perfume or aftershave because they thought this would make them more attractive – and ‘like’ the celebrity! 76% of men said it was because they know women like the male star behind the product!
So is the answer a unisex perfume?
Sales of unisex perfumes are booming, but have they got pulling power? The survey says no – with only 13% of men and 17% of women including unisex perfumes in their top five sexiest scents.
Jonny Webber from perfumedirect.com said: “With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we hope that both men and women choosing to gift perfume to a loved one make the right choice – preferably selecting a fragrance that makes their partner feel confident rather than perhaps attractive to their preferred sex.
“And for those more focused on ‘Singles Day’ on 15th February, we hope our survey is of use of what to buy!
“One final stat from our research to consider is that an overwhelming 88% of people we polled said that perfume is a romantic gift to receive.”
Valentine’s Day: only half of us will celebrate this year; four in 10 admit to saying “I love you” without meaning it
– Sex toys top list as worst present to give on Valentine’s Day
– Half of Brits head straight to supermarkets to buy “romantic” gifts
– One in 10 to “give money” as a Valentine’s present
LONDON, 10 February, 2020: Fewer Brits are marking Valentine’s Day this year, with only just over half of us saying we’ll join in – down from seven in 10 in previous years. Two in 10 revealed they’ve bought presents for more than one valentine in the past, while a quarter have celebrated with someone other than their partner, according to a new study from market researchers, Savanta.
A far cry from the most romantic celebration of the year, one in 10 people say they’ll only get involved to take advantage of the special offers, whilst a quarter of us will use it as an excuse to treat ourselves to a gift.
Nine in 10 will utter the words “I love you” to their valentine on the day: over three quarters will tell them face-to-face, half will write it in a card while one in seven prefer to text or WhatsApp it. A handwritten love letter lags behind a Facebook or Snapchat message, with only 13% of us preparing to put pen to paper to express our feelings.
A third of us are planning to give a gift to our valentine, and for those romantics, just over half would head straight to the supermarket to buy it, while one in 10 nip to the local discount stop or a cornershop. A thoughtful one in 10 will opt for a handmade gift.
Most of us plan to spend between £10 and £49 on the day, whilst just under one in 10 will spend less than a tenner. One in twenty are planning to blow the budget by shelling out over £200.
Although a card and flowers are the two most popular items to give, a fifth intend to buy their Valentine an unromantic giftcard. Saucier presents include sex toys (which 14% say they’ll buy). However, the study suggests they may want to think carefully as four in 10 say they would not like to receive one on the day, as it ranks as the least popular Valentine’s present.
The Day also looks set to bring out the love rats, with four in 10 people admitting to saying “I love you” without meaning it and two in 10 saying they’ve bought presents for more than one valentine on the same day. A quarter have also celebrated with someone other than their current partner in the past.
Almost half of those celebrating will go out for dinner (45%) but more people will choose to spend the evening at home (30%) than will head out for a romantic drink (26%), whilst one in ten plan a spa day celebration.
Around 15% of those who won’t be celebrating think Valentine’s Day is now too commercial – the second most popular reason for not joining in after being single on the day. In fact, people spend less on their partners for Valentine’s than any other occasion such as birthdays, Christmas and anniversaries.
“Fundamentally, Valentine’s Day is about communication. Today we communicate with each other far more frequently than we ever have, and more openly,” comments Julian Dailly, senior vice president at Savanta.
“Whether it’s a quick “love you” text on the train home or a string of affectionately ambiguous emojis exchanged between lovers in the same room, we’re now more open about our feelings and see less point in storing up vaults of affection that need special days to be unlocked.
Of course, the sentiment behind Valentine’s Day remains timeless: the supremacy of love and intimacy. But our data suggests the traditional Valentine’s Day rituals appear increasingly outdated in today’s world of constant open communication.”
The research was undertaken in January 2020 with a sample of 1,001 people in the UK, aged 16 – 65. Savanta is part of the Next15 Group.
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Matching couple T-Shirts, seagulls
Seagulls are a big part of our daily life in Brighton. Thought it would be nice to make a design that would never let us forget Brighton and it’s seagulls.
Remember your couple goals!
Made to order
Black or White t-shirts for Women and Men.
96% ring spun cotton, 4% elastane t-shirt.
Machine washable up to 40C, do not iron directly on application.
Modera Sedici designed by SRA Interior Design
Collaboration with a Portuguese postmodernist artist, João Figueiredo, who works in acrylic with a strong black palette for maximum impact. Using half-seen fragments of older paintings, he juggles modernity with tradition and infuses the whole with humour, playing with the whole concept of art and how we appreciate it. By ‘appropriating’ these traditional portraits of women of yore – and taking something away – he recreates the feel of Duchamp’s surrealism. The cushion collection includes Celia, Edith, Isabella and Grace cushions. Synthetic pads also available – please enquire. Designed by Young & Battaglia with artwork by João Figueiredo.
Flow Barware Wine Aerator With Base
FLOW RED WINE ENHANCER
ENJOY GREAT TASTING WINE INSTANTLY – With the FLOW Barware Wine Aerating Pourer set there is no need to wait an hour for your wine to breathe like with a traditional wine decanter. Simply open the bottle and pour the wine through the wine aerator. As the wine passes through the pourer it instantly oxygenates the wine by sucking in air through the chambers and mixing it with the wine bringing out the complex flavours and aromas making any wine taste better.
EASY-TO-USE WINE AERATING POURER – No need for wine decanting and messing about filling a wine decanter just for a few glasses of wine. Our aerating pourer speeds up the breathing process by instantly aerating in the time it takes to pour a glass of wine. Designed to speed up the aerating process which usually takes up to 1 hour, simply hold your Magic Decanter aerator over a glass and pour wine through. It is that fast! It is so easy! Aerate Wines in Seconds.
CAN BE USED FOR ANY WINE – Aerate any red, white, or rose wine releasing the bouquet of aromas and oxidising your wine and thus making any bottle taste significantly better. Aerator Size : 15cm x 6cm – Displayed In a presentation box
INSTANTLY AERATES WINE Enhance the bouquet, flavour and finish of your wine instantly
GREAT DESIGN Small size and unbreakable design makes it easy to carry, great for a picnic
EASY CLEAN The aerator can be easily run under the tap for effortless cleaning
DISPLAY STAND Proudly display your wine aerator on the table or bar. The base will also prevent leaking stains on the table cloth
REMOVABLE FILTER Includes a removable filter to catch any sediment.
A GREAT BAR GIFT A Cool Bar Gadget that comes in an attractive presentation gift box….all ready to wrap!!
Last Minute Pink Cocktails to make for your Valentine’s or Palentine’s Date
Cotswolds Clover Leaf
50ml Cotswolds Dry Gin
15ml fresh lime juice
12.5ml raspberry syrup
5 fresh raspberries
2 mint leaves
1 egg white (optional)
Garnish: Raspberry & a sprig of mint
Muddle the raspberries and mint. Shake all ingredients over ice and strain back into shaker.
Dry shake and fine strain into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with a raspberry and a sprig of mint.
Cotswolds Dry Gin is available from: Cotswoldsdistillery.com, Waitrose, Majestic, Oddbins, Laithwaites, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and Fortnum and Mason.
RRP: £34.95 for 70cl. ABV: 46%
Gin 1689 – The Queen Mary Edition G&T
50ml Gin 1689 – The Queen Mary Edition
Premium Indian Tonic
Garnish: Sliced strawberries & raspberries
Fill a Copa glass with ice, Gin 1689 – The Queen Mary Edition and premium Indian tonic
Garnish with sliced strawberries & raspberries
Gin 1689 – The Queen Mary Edition is available from: Master of Malt and Amathus Drinks
RRP from £37.95 for 70cl. ABV: 38.5%
50ml Pinkster Gin
Garnish: Raspberries and a sprig of mint
Fill a high ball glass with ice, Pinkster Gin and Fever-Tree tonic.
Garnish with raspberries and a sprig of mint
The limited edition “let the love be gin” Pinkster bottle is available from: pinkstergin.com
RRP: £36.00 for 70cl
Kokoro Cherry Blossom
40ml Kokoro Gin
20ml Kokoro Cherry Blossom Liqueur
25ml Fresh Lemon Juice
Garnish: Sprig of Cherry Blossom
Shake all ingredients together in a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice
Fine strain into a chilled coupe glass
Garnish with a sprig of cherry blossom
Kokoro Cherry Blossom Liqueur is available from: kokorogin.com and John Lewis
RRP: £12.50 for 20cl or £20.50 for 50cl. ABV: 20%
Union Lemon & Leaf Rum – Bed of Roses
50ml Union Lemon & Leaf
20ml Lemon Juice
2 scoops Powdered Sugar
4 dashes Rosewater
2 Dashes Orange Water
10ml Black Raspberry Liqueur
25ml Egg White
Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and strain into a coupe glass
Garnish with 2 rose petals on top of a silky froth layer
Union Lemon & Leaf Rum is available from: Master of Malt, The Whisky Exchange and Spirited-Union.com
RRP: From £34.95 for 70cl ABV: 38%
25ml Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin
25ml Sweet Vermouth
Stir all the ingredients over ice in a rocks glass for around 20 seconds, until chilled.
Top with ice and garnish with an orange peel twist.
Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin is available from: The Whisky Exchange, Master of Malt and DrinksSupermarket.com
RRP: £35.45 for 70cl. ABV: 43%
We Love This Week…
Sweets & Treats Pull Backs – £4.95
Made from durable, sustainable rubberwood and available in four different designs:
Ice Cream Truck, Candy Truck, Popcorn Truck and Donut Truck.
Suitable for children aged 3 years and up.
Brockmans Gin – in the pink for Valentine’s Day
When love is in the air, a cocktail should be in your hand. Darkly seductive Brockmans Gin, the gin like no other, is famed for its blueberry and blackberry notes. For Valentine’s Day, pour some of this delicious spirit from its black bottle and create some rose-coloured drinks that ring with romance in both taste and colour.
We bring you two cocktails that are perfect for your Valentine: Brockmans version of a ‘new classic’ – The Cosmopolitan’; and a contemporary original concocted by Brockmans’ mixologists – the Brockmans Frosé – pink, sparkling and bubbling over with passion
These gin cocktails may be pink – but they are decidedly not pink gin. Think glamour and sophistication. Let the romance beGIN!
Both recipes are taken from The Black Book of Gin Cocktails available exclusively from www.brockmansgin.com/shop/
Pictured (left) The Brockmans Cosmopolitan and (right) Brockmans Frosé
35ml Brockmans Gin
15ml Fresh lime juice
30ml Cranberry juice
Add the gin, Cointreau, fresh lime juice, cranberry juice and a handful of ice into a shaker. Shake and strain into a chilled stemmed glass and serve with a lime twist.
45ML Brockmans Gin
25ML Combier Rose liqueur
5ML Freshly squeezed Lemon Juice
100ML Sweet Rosé Wine
2 X small scoops crush ice
Add 45ml Brockmans Gin, 25ml Combier Rose Liqueur, 5ml Lemon juice and 100ml Rosé wine to a shaker and shake over ice. Then strain the contents into a large stemmed wine glass filled with crushed ice.
Alternatively add all the ingredients into a blender with ice cubes and blend until the ice is crushed, then scoop the frozen mixture into a large stemmed wine glass.
Garnish with sugared or fresh rose petals.
You may be busy arranging that special meal on 14 February so you don’t want additional hassle of sourcing difficult-to-find ingredients. Luckily, Brockmans Gin is widely available: Brockmans Gin RRP £34-36 stocked by ASDA, Booths, Co-Op, M&S, Morrisons, Ocado, plus selected speciality retailers and online retailers including www.brockmansgin.com/shop/
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Love Your Partner? Love Water
Do you love your partner enough to make every month the month of love? This Valentine’s Day give a MINI water cooler – the seriously cool way to stay hydrated – for just £199.00 (usual price £358.80).
If you love the convenience of the water cooler at work or in the gym, now you can enjoy healthy hydration at home too.
Fall in love with Chocolate CBD oil this Valentine’s Day
Treat your loved one this Valentine’s Day to the UK’s first pure chocolate CBD oil.
Made with 400mg of CBD, CBDDIRECT2U’s Pure Chocolate cannabidiol oil is infused with the rich smell and creamy taste of chocolate.
Each 10ml bottle of 4% strength 400mg oil costs £29.99 from www.cbddirect2u.co.uk
A higher strength 10% 1,000mg Chocolate oil is also available for £59.99.
All our CBD oils are made in the UK, come with a guaranteed CBD concentration, are independently tested and always THC free. We are proud to comply to the UK’s highest standards.
We use coconut oil for maximum flavour and a broad spectrum hemp extract oil with naturally occurring CBD.
Just place 1-3 drops under the tongue and hold for 60 seconds before swallowing. Repeat up to three times per day.
CBDDIRECT2U was founded by entrepreneur Ian Craggs and Medical Director and former GP Dr Peter Naylor after he started taking CBD after suffering a neck injury.
The company, which was launched this month, sells a range of high quality CBD oils in different strengths and sizes with flavours including Chocolate, Lemon & Lime, Peppermint, Orange, Mixed Berry and Natural.
The range also includes a Lavender Night Oil and CBD capsules.
CBDDIRECT2U is a member of The Cannabis Trades Association UK.
A new London Dry Gin recently launched in the UK but inspired by Costa Rica – with its botanicals all commonly found in the Central American paradise. It would make an ideal Valentines gift for him or her.
Key ingredients include hibiscus, rosehip, orange peel, rose, elderflower, honey and cardamom, with a neutral grain spirit base.
A premium hand-crafted gin, Samara is 4x vapour-infused in copper column stills, distilled at the Yorkshire Dales Distillery:
• Hand-crafted London Dry gin
• Base spirit: grain
• Still type: Copper plated column stills
• 4x vapour-infused to create a crisp, bright, exotic and bold flavour
• Complex florals with hints of honey sweetness, cardamom and orange peel
• Smooth, soft and light on the palate
• 40% ABV
• Price £35-40
It pairs best with a Mediterranean tonic and a mint garnish, works well with strawberries or thyme and can be used in a variety of cocktails, including a French 75 (gin, champagne, lemon juice and sugar).
The Samara brand was created by founders Eduardo Montero and Ana Cammarano, a husband and wife team who came to the UK from Costa Rica nearly three years ago.
The brand itself takes its name from the coastal hamlet of Samara, a paradise on Cost Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula, with one of the safest beaches Playa Samara, which is a favourite among locals and foreign visitors alike.
Samara Gin is on sale now at www.samaragin.co.uk and on Amazon.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at home with J&B Rare Scotch Whisky
What could be more romantic than serving your loved one a cocktail made with a Scotch whisky that bears the name of a love-struck Italian.
Distinguished fine wine merchants, Justerini and Brooks, who created J&B Rare in the 1930s, opened for business in 1749. Giocomo Justerini, the son of a Bolognian distiller, was drawn to London by Margherita Bellino, an Italian soprano, who stole Justerini’s heart – love struck devotion!
In celebration of their lovesick founder J&B Rare has created a twist to this stunning cocktail: The J&B Rare Gimlet
Image taken at The Beaumont Hotel, London
Ingredients: 50ml J&B Rare, 25ml home-made lime cordial (or bought Lime cordial)
Method: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add the ingredients and shake until the surface of the shaker feels chilled. Strain into a Coupe glass. Garnish with a twist of lime peel
To make your own lime cordial add the grated zest of 2 limes into a saucepan. Squeeze the juice of the 2 limes into a measuring jug, approximately 60ml, and top up with water until you have 100ml of liquid. Add to a pan with 200g of caster sugar. Heat gently, do not allow the liquid to boil and stir occasionally until the sugar has dissolved. Strain into a heatproof jug and cool.
Alternatively, why not try The J&B Rare Aromatic. A refreshing combination of J&B Rare whisky and fragrant aromatic tonic for an easy serve with a beautiful pink hue. Garnish your J&B Rare Aromatic with a fresh strawberry for an added romantic touch.
Ingredients: 50ml J&B Rare, 125ml Fever-Tree Pink Aromatic Tonic
Method: Pour 50ml J&B Rare into a Highball glass with ice. Top with Fever-Tree Aromatic tonic and garnish with a fresh strawberry
J&B Rare has been distilled, blended and bottled in Scotland since the 1930’s and is a blend of 42 malt and grain whiskies. The heart of J&B Rare is formed from the finest Speyside malts including Knockando, Glen Spey, Auchriosk and Strathmill. The blend is returned to the cask for a further three years’ maturation which brings together the bold flavours of the single malts with the lighter grain whiskies adding fullness and depth to the blend.
RRP: £22.50 ABV: 40% Available to purchase from: Waitrose, thewhiskyexchange.com masterofmalt.com and Justerini & Brooks
To mark Valentine’s day, The Mushroom Bureau recipes below will provide an intimate and gourmet experience, enjoyed from the comfort of the couple’s own home.
Away from crowded, overbooked and quite pricey restaurants – whilst keeping the meals romantic and flavoursome.
Valentine’s day brunch and dinner recipes;
Mushrooms and Avocado on Sourdough
Portobello Mushroom, Kale and Egg One Pot Brunch
Vegan Portobello Waffles
Mushroom Veggie Bolognese
Closed-Cup Mushroom and Caramelised Shallot Tart
Check them out at www.justaddmushrooms.com
Can’t be with your partner this Valentine’s Day or want to celebrate Galentine’s Day with your friends from afar? Connect with your long-distance significant other and loved ones with Portal, the home-video calling device from Facebook that lets you hangout when you can’t be together.
With Portal, you can wow the special someone in your life with a Valentine’s Day gift to remember! Experience more together with new love-themed augmented reality effects, or embrace your inner romance and send an interactive card with a heartwarming message.
Cost: Portal Mini is £129, Portal is £169 and Portal TV is £149 or bundle any two Portal devices for £50 off
Available in the UK from: portal.facebook.com (Additional retailers include Amazon, Argos, Dixons, Harrods and Selfridges)
Images and assets: Available to download here.
Treat your date to an alternative Valentine’s Day on the River Thames
Valentine’s Romantic Dinner Cruise
Departing from Westminster Pier, under the shadow of Big Ben, Valentines will enjoy a three-hour cruise along the River Thames complete with romantic music to set the mood. The cruise includes a glass of champagne on arrival, a three-course dinner with half a bottle of wine, a red rose per couple and entertainment. The cruise departs at 7.30pm on 14th February 2019 and is priced from £125.00 per person. www.citycruises.com/special-events/valentines-day/valentines-dinner-cruise
Valentine’s Day Champagne Afternoon Tea
City Cruises’ famous afternoon tea on the Thames will have a romantic twist with a glass of champagne on arrival, live jazz music and a red rose offered to every couple booking the package. Light sandwiches, tasty cakes, a range of pastries and English scones with plenty of jam and cream will be served, as well as unlimited tea and coffee. This two-hour cruise departs from Tower Pier at 2.45pm and is priced from £42.00 per person. www.citycruises.com/special-events/valentines-day/valentines-afternoon-tea
Valentine’s Evening Cruise in association with Brockmans Gin
This two-hour evening cruise for two is a treat for gin-lovers, as couples will be greeted on board with a welcome gin & tonic before venturing to the pop-up bar selling Brockmans Gin. The talented barmen will be on hand to rustle up some tasty gin cocktails from its Valentine’s menu as guests enjoy the illuminated landmarks of the Thames and the live entertainment. The cruise departs from Westminster Pier at 6.45pm. Priced from £42.00 per person. www.citycruises.com/special-events/valentines-day/valentines-riverlights
Showboat Dinner Cruise
On this enjoyable dinner cruise along the Thames, guests will be wined, dined and entertained by a live performer as well as seeing spectacular views of London from the deck. Departs daily from Tower Pier at 19.45, returning at 22.45. Priced from £69 per person; tickets for children under three are free. www.citycruises.com/london-thames-experiences/showboat-dinner-cruise
Carounn Gin, Scottish Raspberry Gin 50cl
Delicious sweet-and-sour Perthshire raspberries take centre stage in Caorunn’s Scottish Raspberry Gin. Used alongside their classic blend of botanicals, these ripe raspberries add an undeniably fruity edge to their floral, elegant gin, balancing against notes of heather, dandelion and coriander seed.
RRP £21.00 – available to purchase online at www.amazon.co.uk
THE NATION OPTS FOR ‘PUPPY LOVE’ THIS VALENTINE’S DAY
31% of dog owners admit they would rather spend Valentine’s Day with their beloved pooch than their significant other
New research shows that just under half (44%) surveyed, revealed their top dinner date for Valentine’s evening was their dog
As more than a quarter (27%) said their expectations of Valentine’s Day are never met
A third of dog owners feel more loved by their dog than their partner on a daily basis
Natural Instinct launches Special Edition Valentine’s Dinner for dogs to treat the special canine friend in your life
With the most romantic day of the year fast approaching, award-winning pet food brand, Natural Instinct, is launching special edition recipes of Valentine’s Dinners for dogs and cats, as it’s revealed that it’s not just humans who feel the love on Valentine’s Day.
New research, completed by over 2,000 dog owners, has revealed almost half (44%) would choose to have dinner with their dog over family and friends this Valentine’s Day, while 43% admitted to buying gifts for their beloved pooch.
However, it is not just the annual romantic celebration of Valentine’s Day that demonstrates the close bond between dogs and their owners. A third of dog owners feel more loved by their dog than their partner on a daily basis, when it comes to enjoying their spare time and more than half (57%) would choose to spend this with their dog above and beyond anybody else.
Marking the special occasion, Natural Instinct is unveiling its Valentine’s Natural Lamb Dinner for the nation’s canine friends, as well as a tasty treat. Natural Instinct raw meals contain 100% British meats and poultry, alongside the freshest fruit, vegetables and natural supplements to create wholesome, tasty and nutritious frozen dinners.
Rachel Kirby, spokesperson for Natural Instinct commented,
“Dogs have long been known as ‘man’s best friend’ and it is warming to see that this friendship continues to grow with many dog owners opting to spend Valentine’s Day with their pooch, and as many as 45% even admitting to buying gifts for their beloved pets. To celebrate doggy dates this Valentine’s Day, we’re excited to launch our special edition Valentine’s Natural Lamb dinner and healthy, Chicken Heart treat, available from February 1st to treat the UK’s much-loved pups!”
Available 1st February 2020 from Natural Instinct
Valentine’s Dog Natural Lamb Dinner from £4.65
Valentine’s Cat Lamb & Chicken Dinner from £3.55
Valentine’s Chicken Hearts (suitable for both dogs and cats) £2.50
This is a calming blend of three beautiful essential oils, where each of them play their own part.
Rose Geranium possesses the ability to generate relaxation and to calm and balance the mind whilst Lavender may be useful for treating anxiety, depression, and restlessness. It is also widely used with those who suffer from insomnia. Ylang Ylang helps balance hormones and lift mood while having a calming effect. It is also said that Ylang Ylang can help improve libido and enhance romance in the bedroom thanks to its powerful relaxing and soothing qualities. Ylang Ylang essential oil can be beneficial for those who experience stress due to workload, depression or life circumstances.
Rose Geranium, Lavender & Ylang Ylang Reed Diffuser
This Innoscents London reed diffuser has been made using pure Rose Geranium, Lavender & Ylang Ylang essential oil and a carrier oil which has been made from Soya Based renewable resources. It is luxurious and long lasting, and will transform any room into a serene space.
This is a calming blend of three beautiful essential oils, where each of them play their own part. Rose Geranium possesses the ability to generate relaxation and to calm and balance the mind whilst Lavender may be useful for treating anxiety, depression, and restlessness. It is also widely used with those who suffer from insomnia. Ylang Ylang helps balance hormones and lift mood while having a calming effect. So this is a great blend for overall tranquitlity.
Valentine’s Week at The View from The Shard
As one of the most romantic venues in London, The View from The Shard is the perfect place to treat a loved one this February. From 11th to the 15th The View from The Shard has a programme of romantic events for couples wanting to celebrate their love for each other in a unique and memorable way.
On Friday 14th February the venue is hosting a dedicated Valentine’s Experience evening. Tickets for the Valentine’s Experience include a glass of Moët & Chandon Imperial Brut Champagne that can be enjoyed whilst taking in the breath-taking views of the capital city from London’s highest Bar. A harpist will add to the romance by playing throughout the evening while couples relax and enjoy the 360° view of London at night. At the end of the experience, couples will be presented with a single red rose and a souvenir photograph to remember their evening by.
This year, however, the Valentine’s experience is not just limited to the day itself as the venue is hosting a series of romantic events for couples to enjoy.
On the evening of Tuesday 11th February, London based concert pianist and film composer Tom Donald will be performing live at The View from The Shard for Piano in the Sky. This promises to be a thoroughly enjoyable evening in this unique venue and is being billed as London’s highest piano concert.
For film lovers The View from The Shard will be converted into a cinema screening room on the evening of Wednesday 12th February to show critically acclaimed A Star is Born starring Bradley Cooper and Lady GaGa – couples can enjoy this modern love story surrounded by the stars above London and enjoy a complimentary Mermaid Gin and tonic and popcorn.
On Saturday 15th February The View from The Shard is hosting one of its popular Moet and Chandon Champagne parties with celebrity DJ Mark Wright taking to the stage to perform for guests. End your Valentine’s week in style at what promises to be a night to remember with Champagne, great music and dancing.
Find out more and book at: www.theviewfromtheshard.com/valentines
GIFT GUIDE: THREE WAYS TO CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY IN STYLE
Supermarket bouquets and heart-shaped chocolates are so cliché. For those looking for a Valentine’s gift with a little more fun and flair, Hilton has rounded up six experiences to help show your loved one how much you care. From aphrodisiac dinners and teddy bear picnic inspired afternoon teas to live music under the stars, there’s something to make your special Valentine smile.
TREAT THEM WITH TASTY EXPERIENCES
Celebrate with a Valentine’s Afternoon Tea at London Hilton on Park Lanefor £39 per person (upgrade to Champagne for £49)*
Afternoon tea at London Hilton on Park Lane is a truly perfect way to show somebody how special they really are. Whether it’s enjoying ‘Galentine’s Day’ or a romantic moment for two, guests are spoiled for choice.
The hotel’s restaurant, Podium, offers an impressive afternoon tea selection which will tantalise taste buds with a selection of delicious treats such as marinated prawns, chocolate chip scones with salted caramel spread, as well as strawberry and passion fruit pastry domes topped off with a chocolate heart.
*Available from 3rd to 16th February. Mon-Fri, 2pm-5pm.
Sat-Sun, 12.30pm – 5pm.
Taste the ‘love’ with dinner at The Coburg at Conrad Dublin from €60 per person*
Conrad Dublin is offering couples in the Emerald Isle a chance to make their Valentine’s Day extra special with a sensually delicious Aphrodisiac Dinner and cocktail.
Inspired by ingredients set to get pulses racing, Executive Chef Gary Rogers has created an exceptional dining experience which includes a complimentary glass of prosecco to start and chocolate truffles to finish.
The three-course meal features the best local and seasonal ingredients: Guests can choose from dishes such as Kilkeel harbor crab, Carlingford oysters or roast saddle of Wicklow Venison. Dessert will be extra sweet with white chocolate and pistachio soufflé rounding off the menu.
*Available from 13th to 15th February
Take in sights and sounds at The Trafalgar St. James, Curio Collection by Hilton
The Trafalgar St. James, Curio Collection by Hilton overlooks one of the UK’s most iconic landmarks and this February, in celebration of the month of amour, is inviting guests up to The Rooftop bar for a night to remember.
Indulge in a ‘Mystery of Maca’ cocktail and gorgeous Guarana Cheesecake whilst listening to live music at one of the hotel’s ‘Love Notes’ sessions featuring melodies to inspire a night of romance.
*Love Notes live on 12th, 14th, 15th February 7.30pm-9.30pm
HAPPY VALENTINE’S CLAY! CINEWORLD OFFERS ROMANTIC POTTERY CLASSES AT SCREENINGS OF GHOST THIS FEBRUARY 14
· Recreate the iconic pottery scene from the 1990 blockbuster by booking a ViP experience at select Cineworld cinemas nationwide
Cineworld is offering loved-up couples the chance to recreate the iconic pottery scene from Ghost at cinemas in London, Glasgow and York this Valentine’s Day.
Customers who book to see the 1990 blockbuster at a ViP screening this February 14 will be able to channel their inner Patrick Swayze or Demi Moore by taking a couples’ pottery class prior to seeing the 1990 blockbuster, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary of release in cinemas.
Those who book to see the film can opt to have a pottery class – soundtracked to The Righteous Brothers’ Unchained Melody, just like the film – in the exclusive ViP lounge before sitting down to a romantic sit-down meal. Ticketholders can then unwind by heading into the auditorium to watch the movie in luxury reclining seats. The pottery experience is perfect for both couples or pairs of friends.
The renowned pottery scene in the film sees a shirtless Swayze sat behind Moore as she carefully sculpts the wet clay. He reaches out and ruins her vase, so they begin a new one together, his hands interlaced with hers, before abandoning the wheel in favour of a loving embrace.
Pictures can be viewed and downloaded here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/bef1cug0rtbeqh2/AACbu3CoRsTsmg34yKzyS-tza?dl=0
Those who want to avoid getting messy can still enjoy all the luxuries the ViP has to offer, including:
o Access to the exclusive ViP Lounge 45 minutes before the showing
o Complimentary dining and unlimited nachos, hot dogs, popcorn and soft drinks – all included in the ticket price
o An intimate screening room with luxurious recliner seats that come fitted with their own side-table for snacks and drinks
o Drinks, including glasses of prosecco, are available to purchase at the private ViP bar
ViP Valentine’s Day screenings of Ghost, the highest-grossing movie of 1990, are also being held at Cineworld cinemas in Cheltenham and Sheffield, where customers can enjoy all the benefits of ViP, including complimentary dining, a private bar and an intimate screening room.
Friday, February 14
· Cineworld at the O2 Greenwich, Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX
· Cineworld Glasgow, 7 Renfrew St, Glasgow G2 3AB
· Cineworld York, Community Stadium, Kathryn Ave, Huntington, York YO32 9AF
· Cineworld Sheffield, Valley Centertainment, Broughton Ln, Sheffield, S9 2EP
· Cineworld Cheltenham, The Brewery Quarter, Oxford Passage, St Margaret’s Road, Cheltenham GL50 4FA
Guests should arrive an hour before the scheduled screening to enjoy the pottery and romantic dining experience. Screening times are listed below.
· London Greenwich – 7.30pm
· York – 6pm
· Glasgow, Sheffield, Cheltenham – 6.30pm
Casey Cohen, Head of Marketing at Cineworld, said: “We’re inviting people to enjoy a truly unique experience this Valentine’s Day with special ViP screenings of Ghost. We’ll be hosting couples’ pottery classes in our exclusive lounge, followed by a three-course meal.
“The Cineworld ViP experience is available year-round across five locations and includes complimentary dining, unlimited snacks and intimate screening rooms with luxury reclining seats. It’s the ultimate date night – a premium experience which offers great value for money.”
PuttOut Putting Mat
For golfers who want to keep up their putting skills in the comfort of their homes, before the summer arrives! This training mat is the equivalent of a medium to fast-paced green away from the course, making you ready to take on any speeds throughout the season. Paired with a low-profile drawstring bag, it’s easily stored and carried elsewhere, meaning you can practice anytime, anywhere – especially on those cold winter nights.
A decadent gift that tastes delicious and helps you feel blissful? Yes please!
That would be BioFit 360’s new CBD chocolates. Nine lovely, foil wrapped hearts, five dark chocolate, four milk chocolate, each containing a super special, secret ingredient — 15mg CBD, that can soothe, relax, and even combat pain. The chocolates come prettily packaged in a red box with a big white bow. Currently on sale for $29 (regularly $35). Consumers can use the code LOVE10 for 10% too!
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Be assured that BioFit 360 CBD products are legal in all 50 states—considered supplements, not drugs. They’re derived from the industrial hemp plant and will not get your Valentine high.
And if you’d like to indulge your Valentine a bit further, throw in the Valentine’s Day Gift Set as well. It contains a full-sized bottle of Calm Sleep Tincture, Relax Go-Pak Gummies, and a full-sized jar of Relief Cream, all packaged in a cinched natural fiber sack. Special Valentine’s Price: $150 (regularly $162).
BioFit 360 CBD products were developed by medical professionals looking for an option for pain and anxiety management beyond opioids and other prescription drugs. They are organic, GMO-free, made-in-the-USA ,and contain doctor recommended, therapeutic doses.
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The Demijohn News – Our Sloe Gin Wins!
Another award from the World Sloe Gin Championships!
Forgive us please while we blow our own trumpet, however, we have some good news to share.
Our delicious handmade Sloe Gin 22% won the new Boutique Distillery category in the annual World Sloe Gin Championships, and came second in their Artisan category.
There is a bit of history to all this. The World Sloe Gin Championships are held annually at the George Inn pub in Frant, on the Kent / Sussex border, it is quite a party we understand! We won their Artisan category 3 years running in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and then had a few years off from entering….
While we have been in no doubt that our Sloe Gin is a bit of winner every year, we are still pleased as punch to receive yet another award for it this year, hooray!
~Emergency Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas~
A 500ml heart shaped bottle of Chocolate Rum Liqueur 29.5%
One for the Heart, a 500ml heart shaped bottle of our fruity Raspberry Vodka Liqueur 22%
Valentine’s Day Offer*
In celebration of our Sloe Gin win, and to share a little Valentine’s Day love, we are offering £5 Off* any purchase of £30 or more online or in-store until Friday 14 Feb 2020. This can be used against the cost of any mail order delivery or in-store purchase.
To claim you £5 discount simply use Voucher Code: valentines2020 prior to checking out online, or present it to a member of our Staff in our York shop. Please note our Glasgow store closed for the last time on Sun 26th Jan 2020.
*Valentine’s Offer Terms: £5 discount valid on a single purchase of £30 or more in-store in our York store only or online with valid voucher code. Limited to one £5 discount per customer. Offer expires at 23.59 hrs on Fri 14 Feb 2020.
~Emergency Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas~
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A CONTEMPORARY ILLUSTRATIVE GREETING CARD IDEAL FOR STYLISH STATIONERY LOVERS
Individually hand foiled with a vintage foil press.
A6 in size (105 x 148mm)
Printed on premium Callisto paper at 300gsm
Comes with a complementary pink envelope
Proudly printed in the UK with hand foil finish
Left Blank to Tell Your Own Story
EverSmile® WhitenFresh™ is a patented cleaning, freshening and tooth whitening spray that also kills bacteria that cause bad breath and tooth decay. WhitenFresh is perfect for refreshing your breath after a meal or before an important meeting. Used regularly, WhitenFresh can prevent coffee stains from ever setting in and will work to correct wine and smoking stains. Because WhitenFresh uses a low dose of hydrogen peroxide, it does not cause the sensitivity you experience with whitening strips and gels and can be used safely up to 6 times per day. Keep your WhitenFresh in your pocket or purse all day long to freshen breath and whiten teeth.
Country Wine & Spirits is a great destination to get your favorite wines and champagnes for Valentine’s Day!
Country Wine & Spirits based in San Diego has helped hundreds of thousands online and through their physical stores. They are San Diego’s Premier Wine & Spirits Purveyor. CW&S offers unmatched beverage service with competitive pricing and a tradition of upscale service. Country Wine & Spirits provides fine wines, a large range of liquor/spirits, imported and domestic craft beers, exclusive cigars, and exotic tobacco accessories. Country Wine & Spirits has an online email subscription that buyers can use to receive updates, points, and promotional codes in order to save money on orders. CW&S also can cater parties and events all over San Di ego. The professional staff has extensive knowledge in the Wine & Spirits industry and takes pride in providing thorough customer service. They have a call center out of Los Angeles where they can call in and find out updates regarding their order, find out how many bottles are in stock, and if we carry certain exclusive bottles not on their website. Country Wine & Spirits is currently having a 10% off sale with Promo Code: SAVE10. They have over 9 locations throughout San Diego County including Carlsbad, Ramona (3 locations), Tierrasanta, El Cajon (2 locations), and recently opened a location in Alpine. Country Wine & Spirits is dedicated and provides great deals with their Reward Program. Once your account reaches 200 points you can redeem those points for your next purchase and receive $5.00 off your order.
Personalized Novels for Valentine’s Day! Best gift ever…
Now a new personalized romance book.
BookByYou.com creates and publishes over 70 full-length personalized novels in various genres. In our new personalized novel, Captain Stupdendo, a pair of superheroes fall in love, but their demanding schedules leave our couple separated and confused, desperately searching for each other in a world filled with evildoers and dangerous creatures. A truly heroic love story for the ages! And because of the rugby/football connection Touchdown for Love, might be of interest — a celebrity publicist butts heads with her client, an all-star quarterback with a bad-boy image. She focuses on the public eye; he’d rather hide from the media. They each realize that there’s more to the other than their public images reveal… (Try a personalized preview – it’s fun!) BTW – this is a big hit for Super Bowl Sunday and many people bought the book for their party. And then our bestseller: Fifty Shades of You – a personalized parody of E.L. James madly popular books. (Try a personalized preview)
We also market a full line of personalized children’s and teen novels. Our personalized kids books are the best and teach kids to read real books! (KidsBookByYou.com)
The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience: The ultimate gift this Valentine’s
If you are struggling to purchase a gift for loved one this Valentine’s or even Galentine’s, then look no further than The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience and buy a gift voucher to the London or Manchester-based attraction.
What says romance more than running, jumping, sliding and diving your way around this immersive experience?
Book in advance by visiting www.the-crystal-maze.com/
*Open to visitors aged 13+ but must each party must be accompanied by one person over the age of 18
Michelin-inspired cuisine and overnight at The Crown Inn, featured in Four Weddings and a Funeral – Hawkyns restaurant by twice Michelin starred chef Atul Kochhar and modern coaching inn The Crown, in the Picturesque town of Old Amersham, are offering a Valentine’s Day package from £265 for two people, including a six-course tasting menu (vegetarian and pescatarian menus available) and accommodation in a deluxe room. Upgrade to a suite for an additional £90. To book call 01494 721 541. Rate only available when booked with dinner. www.thecrownamersham.com/www.hawkynsrestaurant.co.uk/
Add a little spice to February 14th with a special dinner at Sindhu restaurant in Marlow – Inspired by its Chef Patron Atul Kochhar’s love of creating traditional Indian cuisine with a modern twist, Sindhu restaurant, overlooking the River Thames in Marlow, has launched five- and seven-course Valentine’s Day tasting menus. Dishes featured include tandoor grilled Portobello mushroom filled with Somerset brie & edamame, Romney Marsh lamb rack and a wonderful chocolate desert adorned with pecan nuts and strawberries. Five-course Valentine’s Day menu £50 per person, seven-course £80 per person. Pescatarian and vegetarian menus also available. To book visitwww.sindhurestaurant.co.uk
Live jazz music and Michelin-inspired cuisine, Valentine’s Day arrives in London’s Petts Wood –
Launched exclusively for Valentine’s Day, Indian Essence by Atul Kochhar in Petts Wood has created a new menu that gives loved-up couples the chance to experience the delights of modern, Indian cuisine. Bhatti spiced lamb kebab, pan seared longostino tiger prawns, and kale & cottage cheese dumplings are just some of the exciting creations. Live jazz music will also playout throughout the evening of the 14th. Three-course Valentine’s Day menu costs from £46.95 per person. To book visit www.indianessence.co.uk
Google Nest Mini
Powered by the Google Assistant, Google Nest Mini is the perfect sous-chef for Valentine’s Day. Once you’ve set the scene by playing ‘Burn’ from Usher, ask Nest Mini for an easy grilled steak recipe or better still follow step-by-step instructions to make a Flaming Martini. And, if conversation dwindles, say ‘OK Google, tell me a joke’ to lift spirits or play a round of Lucky Trivia.
Availability: Google Nest Mini is available online and in store from Google Store
Colours: Charcoal, Chalk, Coral, and Sky
SHARE THE LOVE WITH GUILT-FREE GIFTING THIS VALENTINE’S
Sweet treats and stylish activewear perfect for any power-couple’s Valentine’s celebrations
This February 14th, make Cupid proud and treat your partner to indulgent treats and stylish activewear from Myprotein. Buy them something different from the usual flowers and candles and go for gifts that look good and do good, no matter who you’re coupling-up with.
So, if you’re struggling to find the perfect present, don’t sweat it – see our full list of gift inspiration below!
Protein Spreads – 360g – Milk Chocolate
A twist on the classic Valentine’s Chocolates. With 87% less sugar than supermarket alternatives just grab a spoon!
Protein Chocolate Truffles – 120g – Milk Chocolate
Whether it’s Valentines or Galentine’s, share these with someone you love for a guilt-free treat that packs a protein punch.
CLOTHES FOR HIM
His new favourite hoodie, ideal for cuddling-up on winter nights or chilly training sessions.
Super comfortable fitted joggers, as at home on the sofa as in the gym. A loungewear staple they’ll thank you for.
Logo Tape Hoodie
Wrapped up in style, this super technical jacket is the perfect gift for the stylish fitness enthusiast.
Beanie Hat – Grey
Hats off for this headwear staple. Stylish and cosy to keep you warm for a romantic walk in the park.
Men’s Elite Quilted Jacket
Beanie Hat – Grey
CLLOTHES FOR HER
Eye-catchingly stylish leggings, ideal for everyday life and available in 4 brilliant colours. Perfectly suited for partners on the move.
One for layering, with oversized sleeves and a cropped waist. Stay on-trend both in and out of the gym.
Curve Seamless Leggings
Icon Cropped Hoodie
Fitted, technical training jacket. Why not couple-up for the his and hers set?
Super stylish cropped velour jacket. Treat your partner to this luxurious outerwear, perfect for keeping them warm on chilly date nights.
Women’s Elite Train Jacket
Cropped Velour Puffer
FOR FITNESS FANS
Utility Holdall – Dark Indigo
Gym kit storage solutions to treat your other half to. Take the pain out of lugging kit to the gym with this multi-compartment holdall.
Some Valentine’s couples massage therapy, aid their recovery with this roller tool to increase blood flow.
Pennyhill Park is a stunning, first class hotel and spa in Surrey and they offer:
Red Roses Rugby Spa Day, which is the perfect experience to get you pitch ready. Your day will start with a fuelling smoothie followed by a tailored 60 minute PT session, inspired by the England Rugby team, to put you through your paces and give you a taste of what the likes of Ford or Farrell may experience in training. Once you’ve been suitably destroyed (erm, we mean “trained”), it’s time for a full body restoration.
30 minutes massage focused on your back, neck and shoulders or cleanse and revitalise your post-workout skin with a facial. Then enjoy a delicious, healthy three-course lunch in Themis restaurant to feed those muscles and head to the spa for a range of thermal experiences to help repair, build and recover from your workout. Not quite an ice bath, but the chilly plunge pool awaits, if you dare!
GET STEAMY THIS VALENTINE
January 2020: Treat your Valentine to a romantic trip for two on board vintage railway carriages this year, pulled by a historic steam locomotive on a day trip to some of the country’s most iconic destinations including Highclere House (you will know it as Downton Abbey), Bath, Salisbury or York. There’s even a long weekend in Edinburgh, travelling from London and pulled by the Flying Scotsman from York.
The Steam Dreams Rail Co., offers over 25 day excursions and some longer holidays through the Spring and Summer picking up from stations across the country. Travelling in vintage carriages with on-board buffet cars and delicious at seat dining options, all departures offer a range of ticket prices from Premium Standard – non-dining tickets – to luxurious Pullman Style Dining. www.steamdreams.co.uk
‘This sceptred isle..…. on St George’s Day’ : Thursday 23rd April
A patriotic steam departure from London Paddington , Slough, Reading, Oxford and Warwick to Stratford-Upon-Avon. To celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday the town is alive with vibrant pageantry and street performances; key venues offer special events for all the family and the museum guest book is reopened just for the day so visitors have the chance to sign their name, as Charles Dickens and John Keats have before. Fares from Oxford from £79pp for Premium Standard and from Paddington at £269pp for Pullman Style Dining.
‘Carson, we’ll have tea now….Highclere Castle’ : Sunday 3rd May
Board at London Victoria to travel in full Downton Abbey style to Highclere Castle to visit this most sumptuous grand country house built in1842 by architect Sir Charles Barry and explore the magnificent 500 acre park, landscaped by Capability Brown. Alight at Newbury for Highclere Castle, or continue on to the Georgian towns of Bath and Bristol before returning. Prices from £109pp for Premium Standard, £209pp for Premier Dining and £269 for Pullman Style Dining.
Flying Scotsman to Edinburgh….4 days, 2nd – 5th July, from £349pp
A breath-taking long weekend travelling with the world-famous Flying Scotsman, re-tracing the historic east coast route from King’s Cross. Hauled by vintage diesel to York, passengers then join Flying Scotsman for an express ride – up to 75mph – along the very line for which it was originally designed, enjoying spectacular views of the Yorkshire Moors through Northumberland to Alnwick and Berwick before steaming into Waverley Station in the heart of Edinburgh.
Edinburgh offers additional excursions over the world famous Forth Bridge behind Flying Scotsman – with outstanding views of up to 20 miles – or trips to the Royal Yacht Britannia, Stirling Castle or Culross Palace. Prices from £349 for First Class Non Dining, £699 for Premier Dining and £899 for Pullman Style Dining. Hotel accommodation not included, can be booked as part of the package.
A KARAOKE DRAG NIGHT, GYALENTINES & EUROPE’S BIGGEST MARDIS GRAS CELEBRATION THIS MONTH
AT POP BRIXTON
Feeling the love this Valentine’s Day, looking for Six Nations Screenings or fancy singing on stage with your favourite drag queens? Pop Brixton has it all and more this February.
49 Brixton Station Rd
London SW9 8PQ
Pop Brixton is turning up the heat during the coldest month of the year, with South London’s hottest events programme. As well as getting the chance to rub shoulders with the capital’s most outrageous drag queens for a night of wildly funny karaoke, guests can party day-to-night at Pop Brixton’s 5th annual (and Europe’s biggest) Mardis Gras commemoration with blazing street beats and the fire and funk of New Orleans, then warm their hearts at Gyalentines – a new club night featuring an all female line-up this February 14th. All this alongside weekly workshops, markets and Six Nations rugby screenings.
For more information visit www.popbrixton.org/events/
On Thursday 13th February (19:00 – 00:00), innovative jazz talent development agency, Tomorrow’s Warriors, will be showcasing some of their brightest emerging artists, including singer and flautist, Kasia Konstance. With a sound drawing from soul, jazz and pop; Kasia has played at high profile festivals such as Field Day, Love Supreme and Brainchild Festival. With further live performances from Jelly Cleaver, Amy Gadiaga, Allexa Nava and many more, this event is not to be missed!
On Friday 14th February (19:00 – 00:00), Pop Brixton introduces, Gyalentines!, a club night featuring an all women of colour line-up, playing sexy sets to celebrate being single, in love and everything in-between. Expect the sounds of R&B, Hip Hop and Trap playing until midnight, with sets from Taylah Elaine, DryBabe and more.
The following weekend on Saturday 22nd of February (19:00 – 00:00), London’s most exciting drag acts will be center stage at Pop Brixton for the first time ever. Get ready to warm up your pipes Lambeth, it’s karaoke time! Ms Kevin Le Grand and Barbs have got stars in their eyes and are ready and waiting for fabulously funky requests all night.
On Saturday 29th of February (15:00 – 00:00), Pop Brixton is thrilled to welcome the return of Europe’s largest Mardis Gras celebration. Co-hosted by energizing instrumental 12-piece 7Suns, there’ll be a non-stop line-up of Afro-Latin jazz rock world fusion vision – where the vibrant powers of Carnival & Mardi Gras collide. This year’s headliners, The Coalminers, will conjure up their special brew of “Swamp Soul” and Dom Pipkin on the Bayou stage returns with his old-time New Orleans barrel-house piano blues and jazz, with plenty of other acts to enjoy.
On top of this, Pop Brixton will host a number of must-see gigs and community events this month. Highlights include:
Six Nations screenings, Saturday 1st February through to Sunday 14th March
Get behind your team for some nail-biting rugby action at Pop Brixton, where every Six Nations game will be showing in the Green House and Main Courtyard. Buckle down for headline games including England v France, Sunday 2nd February (15:00) and England v Wales, Saturday 7th March (16:45).
Vintage kilo sale, Saturday 1st February & Sunday 2nd February (12:00 – 17:00)
The famous Brixton Kilo Sale returns to Pop Brixton for an awesome weekend of vintage madness at only £15 a kilo.
Say It Back: Poetry Workshops, Wednesday 5th & 12th February (19:00 – 21:00)
Say It Back is a poetry community created to highlight the work of femme artists and poets. At this workshop, join poetry godmothers Affly & Eliza to work on your existing poems or let the session inspire you to write something new.
Pop Brixton is a cultural hub in the heart of SW9, offering food, drink, music, workshops and more. With each season, the site receives a refresh and makeover, bringing new and interesting events to the local community and Londoners alike.
For more information visit www.popbrixton.org/events
Spread The Love
Perfect for the upcoming Valentine’s Day gifting season the 54 Celsius candle alternative provides an ingenious, light hearted, wacky way to spread the love and show your secret crush, gal pal or nearest and dearest just how much you care, with a few special words.
Providing a welcomed breath of fresh air from the over powering scents surrounding the festive season, thanks to this fragrance free Vegetable Wax candle this isn’t a problem. Light the match and let the candle work its magic filling the room with a warming, comforting flow. As the wax begins to melt it gradually becomes translucent, typically between 1-2 hours before the hidden message at the bottom of the cup begins to appear.
Recognised originally for the iconic PyroPet candle, it’s thanks to the phenomenal success of the kickstarter campaign, in which 4 days this start-up had reached their funding goal and by the end of the campaign they had reached 250% of their initial goal. So alongside Icelandic designer Thorunn Arnadottir 54 Celsius now sell the PyroPet candle alongside The Secret Message Candle collection all around the world.
Each candle is made from a vegetable wax with a cotton wick encased in a porcelain cup measuring 2.5″ diameter by 1.5″ high. The Secret Message Candle collection boasts a number hilarious, caring and heart-warming messages such as; You Light My Fire, You’re Smoking Hot, Make A Wish, I’m Flaming Gay and Happy House Warming. To find out more visit 54 Celsius.
The Make A Wish Secret Message Candle is available to buy online for £8.99 from 54 Celsius.
GOODBYE GALENTINE’S DAY, SAY ‘THAI’ TO GRANENTINE’S DAY WITH GIGGLING SQUID
Galentine’s day is all about celebrating the amazing females in your life, so why not honor the ultimate gal pal, your grandma!
This year, restaurant group Giggling Squid is spicing things up. Say hello to new day of devotion taking place on the 13th February, Granentine’s Day!
With caring for family and elders at the heart of Thai culture, Giggling Squid is going against the grain, launching Granentine’s Day to celebrate grandparents across the UK.
Encouraging Brits to spend quality time with their grandparents by sharing a meal ‘with heart’, Giggling Squid will be gifting a FREE dessert to grandparents when they’re treated to a meal out by their family on the 13th February[i].
Pranee Laurillard, who cooked up Giggling Squid alongside her husband Andy in their tiny fisherman’s cottage (now their Brighton restaurant) back in 2002, says:
“Giggling Squid’s entire ethos is centered around Thai culture, and in Thailand we believe that showing respect to elderly friends and relatives is the root of good manners. So, what better way to show our respect for our elders than to dedicate an entire day to celebrating them? In Thailand we also treat elders as an honoured guest, whatever the occasion, so we’re rolling out the red carpet to grandparents on this special day, welcoming them to Giggling Squid as if they are coming into our home. We want families to enjoy our food, soak up the Giggling Squid atmosphere, and leave with happy hearts and fond memories of their time together.”
To celebrate Granentine’s Day, Giggling Squid’s free dessert offer will be available on the 13th February 2020 only. Full terms and conditions can be found at www.gigglingsquid.com/granentinesday-terms-and-conditions/
Tile are offering 15% OFF their Tile Pro and Tile Sticker Bluetooth trackers from 31st January – 14th February at Argos.
Amazon are also offering up to 30% OFF their Tile Pro, Tile Combo Pack and Tile Mate 4 Pack on the 31st January.
Sticker is Tile’s most innovative tracker yet – the small, waterproof tracker has a 3-year battery life and an adhesive back meaning you can stick it on pretty much any item you don’t want to misplace! The updated Tile Pro, now feature longer range, louder ring, and improved design, helping you to keep track of the things that matter most.
Our ‘Berry’ Special Bridesmaid…
Strawberry Wedding Cake – £19.95
Looking for the perfect gift for your bridesmaid?
Then look no further than the too good to eat Strawberry Wedding Cake from Le Toy Van.
The vintage style, three tier cake with gold paint and strawberry motif is the perfect way to thank your bridesmaid for being the ‘berry’ best little helper on your special day!
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PROSECC-GO-GO-GO – ALDI FIZZ DEAL FOR VALENTINE’S!
Say you’ll be wine. For shoppers looking for the perfect tipple to share with their partner this Valentine’s Aldi’s San Floriano Prosecco DOC is now just £4.99.
Whether you’re popping bubbles with girl friends or splashing out on Oysters for your loved one, it’s not just easy on the palate, it’s easy on the wallet too.
Reduced from £5.49, it’s the best value Prosecco on the market.
Julie Ashfield, Managing Director of Buying at Aldi, comments: “With Valentine’s approaching, we’re excited to be able to offer our customers a great-value and quality fizz to enjoy with a loved one (or their friends). We have reduced our best-selling San Floriano Prosecco DOC to just £4.99 which is sure to be a hit with shoppers.”
Cupid’s Most Unique Valentine’s Day Gift – The Experience of Float Therapy at True REST Float Spa
True REST Float Spa Valentine’s Day Gift Card Offer: Buy One, Get One Free
For Valentine’s Day this year, ditch the chocolate and give a special gift that will strengthen any relationship – the experience of total relaxation with a True REST Float Spa gift card. True REST Float Spa is offering a free gift card for each gift card purchased, from Feb. 1 to 16.
Over the years, gift-giving has moved away from material goods to experiences. Research supports the idea that there is a science to gift-giving: experiences are better than material items. Plus, it is much more fun when the experience includes the gift giver, too.
Float therapy, typically known as REST – or reduced environmental stimulus therapy – uses a sensory deprivation float pod. Practitioners float in 10 inches of water saturated with 1,000 pounds of Epsom salts in a float pod that shields the person from light, sound and gravity. Eliminating external stimuli allows the brain to slow activity and reduce stress. Just 60 minutes at a True REST Float Spa can provide profound relaxation, life-changing pain relief and a better night’s sleep.
The benefits of float therapy vary. The intricate interplay of body and mind has everything to do with living a healthy and happy life. Flotation therapy is a holistic, all-natural approach that has been proven to help with a wide scope of ailments and offers physical and mental well-being to its practitioners.
True REST is a membership-based float spa that provides a luxury float spa experience. Every location offers services tailored to meet customers’ individual needs in an environment that promotes full-body wellness. True REST Float Spa locations have up to six float pod suites outfitted with individual showers and changing areas for personal appointments, as well as an oxygen bar and an oasis room. True REST is dedicated to offering a holistic solution to health and wellness and providing its members with an experience unlike any other.
Every True REST Float Spa provides a spa-like environment and takes a wellness approach toward total mind and body healing. A one-hour float therapy session at True REST Float Spa is $79. Monthly memberships are available.
True REST Float Spa gift cards may be purchased online or in person at one of the 35 locations across the United States. Visit www.TrueREST.com to find the nearest True REST Float Spa
About True REST Float Spa
True REST Float Spa is the world’s largest float spa brand. In 2019, True REST Franchising LLC was ranked No. 7 in Entrepreneur’s Top New Franchises and No. 234 in Entrepreneur’s Top 500. With over 79 awarded locations, including 35 open locations and another 15 opening soon across the country, it is on its way to servicing 1 million floats. True REST Float Spa has created a luxury float spa experience in 10 inches of water and 1,000 pounds of Epsom salts. Members float effortlessly in their float suite. Each location is dedicated to providing pain relief, relaxation and better sleep through a 60-minute float session. True REST Float Spa offers monthly memberships, programs and packages. For more information, go to https://www.TrueREST.com/. Or visit, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TrueREST/, Twitter: https://twitter.com/truerest or Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/truerest/. For franchising opportunities, go to https://www.TrueRESTfranchising.com.
True REST Locations:
Chandler – 2430 S. Gilbert Rd., Suite 8, Chandler, AZ 85286 – (480) 525-6211
Gilbert – 1525 N. Gilbert Rd., Suite 109, Gilbert, AZ 85234 – (480) 219-7990
Glendale – 18589 N. 59th Ave., Suite 109, Glendale, AZ 85308 – (623) 249-5888, ext., 1
Scottsdale – 6969 E. Shea Blvd., Suite 140, Scottsdale, AZ 85284 – (480) 699-9980
Sedona – 1910 W. Hwy. 89A, Suite 101, Sedona, AZ 86336 – (928) 284-8668
Tempe – 1860 E. Warner Rd., Suite 101, Tempe. AZ 85284 – (480) 389-0853
Chico – 1357 E 8th St., Chico, CA 95928 – (844) 356-2899
Elk Grove – 9257 Laguna Springs Dr., Suite 130, Elk Grove, CA 95758 – (916) 684-9263
Folsom – 220 Blue Ravine, Suite 180, Folsom, CA 95630 – (916) 294-9596
Fresno – 1144 E. Champlain Dr., Fresno, CA 93720 – (559) 721-4336
Napa – 3270 California Blvd., Napa, CA 94558 – (707) 254-9445
San Diego – 3639 Fourth Ave., Suite 201, San Diego, CA 92103 – (619) 688-3978
Palm Beach Gardens – 5360 Donald Ross Rd., Suite 110, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418 – (561) 203-2034
Pensacola – 1055 E Nine Mile Rd – Suite A Pensacola, Florida 32514 (Coming Soon -2020)
Atlanta – 2995 Cobb Pkwy, Atlanta, GA, 30339 (678) 782-5520
McDonough – 80 Vinings Dr., Suite 90-94, McDonough, GA 30253 – (678) 782-5520
Farmington, Hills – 30911 Orchard Lake Rd., Farmington Hills, MI 48334 – (248) 702-6805
Rochester Hills – (Coming Soon – 2020)
Omaha – 2522 S 171st Ct., Omaha, NE 68130 – (402) 991-9899
Las Vegas – 5875 S. Rainbow Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89118 – (702) 202-0181
Keene – (Coming Soon – 2020)
Brick – 990 Cedar Bridge Ave., Brick, NJ 08724 – (732) 477-1515
Ocean Township – 3209 Sunset Avenue, Ocean Township, NJ 07712 (732) 898-7100
Parsippany – (Coming Soon – 2020)
Albuquerque – 6400 Holly Ave., NE, Suite K, Albuquerque, NM 87107 – (505) 832-7014
Cary (Raleigh) – 208 Ledgestone Way Cary, NC 27519 (Coming Soon – 2020)
Charlotte – 906 Pecan Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205 – (704) 325-9806
Wilmington – 3715 Patriot Way, Suite 131, Wilmington, NC 28412 – (910) 216-9300
Columbus – 4185 Weaverton Ln., Columbus, OH 43219 – (614) 798-8783
Perrysburg – 5140 Chappel Dr., Perrysburg, OH 43551 – (419) 931-9988
Powell – 393 W. Olentangy St., Powell, OH 43065 – (614) 798-8783
Rocky River – 21643 Center Ridge Rd., Rocky River, OH 44116 – (440) 333-7378
Toledo – 5239 Monroe St, Toledo, OH 43623 – (567) 402-4307
Dayton – (Coming Soon – 2020)
Beachwood – (Coming Soon – 2020)
Pittsburgh – 2101 Greentree Rd., Suite B-101, Pittsburgh, PA 15220 – (412) 883-3670
Wexford – 12041 Perry Hwy., Wexford, PA 15090 – (724) 799-8772
Franklin – 100 International Dr., Suite 106, Franklin, TN 37067 – (615) 979-5997
Austin – 10721 Research Blvd., Suite B-170, Austin, TX 78459 – (512) 432-5189
Cedar Park – 1890 Ranch Suite 41 Cedar Park TX 78613 (Coming Soon – 2020)
Dallas –(Coming Soon – 2020)
Houston – 5190 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX 77005 – (832) 520-8810
Provo – 4833 N. Edgewood Dr., Suite 690, Provo, UT 84604 – (801) 396-1064
Salt Lake City – (Coming Soon – 2020)
Fallen Brewing’s Chew Chew, 6% ABV – If you’re planning a romantic night in (or out) then Fallen Brewing Chew Chew, a salted caramel milk stout is the perfect combination for the timeless aphrodisiac – Oysters!
Available from Ebria for £2.35 for 330ml can or online at www.fallenbrewing.co.uk/product/chew-chew
Established in 2014, Fallen Brewing is situated in the old Kippen Railway Station with views towards The Trossachs and The South West Highlands. The range is made using only pure, soft Scottish mountain water and the best hops and malts from around the world.
BRING SOME MAGIC TO YOUR VALENTINE’S DAY
Bewitch loved ones this Valentine’s Day with Geek Gear Box-
Gift film and fantasy fanatics the highest quality merchandise from internationally renowned franchises –
Show that special someone how much you love their inner fanatic with Geek Gear Box’s monthly subscription box service. Loved ones will be spellbound when they receive any one of the Geek Gear Boxes this Valentine’s Day, filled with official merchandise from some of the world’s biggest franchises.
For those looking to get their other half something a little different this year, Geek Gear Box’s range of boxes are sure to enchant any film fanatic in your life.
Geek Gear Box is the UK’s leading Harry Potter subscription box service, offering authentic and exclusive merchandise each month. Pick from four spellbinding Wizarding World boxes to put a love potion on your partner, or the CLASSIC box containing merchandise from some of the world’s biggest franchises, including Marvel and DC.
What’s more, partners can choose between a special one-off box, or opt for a three, six- or 12-month subscription, making Geek Gear Box a year-round gift.
The boxes include:
The GeekGear WIZARDRY
12 Month Subscription: £21.99
6 Month Subscription: £22.99
3 Month Subscription: £23.99
The GeekGear WIZARDRY Box contains:
1 x Awesome T-Shirt
1 x Exclusive Print
4+ Other Amazing Wizarding Products!
This Valentine’s Day, treat your favourite witch or wizard to the GeekGear WIZARDRY box, containing magical memorabilia from Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts, with a promised value of over £50 per box. Each product is authentic and exclusive to Geek Gear Box so magical partners will find themselves spell bound by their stash. Additionally, gift givers can personalise the box to include their sweetheart’s house colours.
GeekGear WIZARDRY Wearable
12 Month Subscription: £21.99
6 Month Subscription: £22.99
3 Month Subscription: £23.99
The GeekGear WIZARDRY Wearable contains:
2 x Awesome T-Shirts
1 x Jumper, Hoodie or Long Sleeve T-Shirt
1-2 Jewellery, Scarfs, Hats and MORE!
If your other half likes to show off their wizarding pride every day, this box makes a great gift! With a promised value of over £45, it comes with a selection of fantastic licenced and exclusive apparel from Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts. The clothing comes in a full range of children’s, women’s and unisex sizes, so both you and your partner can don your attire on Valentine’s Day.
GeekGear Wizardry Wands
The GeekGear Wizardry Wands Box contains:
One beautifully handcrafted wand every month
Cast a charm over loved ones this Valentine’s Day with a magical box containing a different wand and distinctive wand box each month. As every magical being knows, the wand chooses the wizard, and the recipient of this box will adore the chance to amass their own collection of wands! This box also contains a card describing the individual aspects of the new wand, including length, core and wood type, detailing its unique abilities and characteristics.
GeekGear WIZARDRY Special Edition
Every 2 months: £44.99
The GeekGear WIZARDRY Special Edition Box contains:
1 x Exclusive T-Shirt
1 x Exclusive Jumper/Hoodie/Long Sleeve T-Shirt
1 x Exclusive Premium Artwork
3+ Other Premium Products
Is your true love the ultimate Potterhead? This premium box is curated for the Wizarding World superfan and makes the perfect Valentine’s gift for the ultimate Potterhead, containing a promised value of over £80 worth of special surprises. Due to the exclusive and high-quality nature of the box, fans will receive a package full of premium Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts merchandise every two months. Each item is exclusive and licensed, so you are sure to leave loved ones feeling impressed with this Valentine’s gift.
The GeekGear CLASSIC
12 Month Subscription: £21.99
6 Month Subscription: £22.99
3 Month Subscription: £23.99
The GeekGear CLASSIC Box contains:
1 x Exclusive T-Shirt
1 x Exclusive Print
4+ Other Amazing Products
If you’re flirting with a film fanatic, the GeekGear CLASSIC box will make the ideal Valentine’s gift, containing licenced and exclusive merchandise from a selection of iconic franchises with a promised value of over £50. From the latest movie releases to classic franchises and even retro gaming, the CLASSIC box offers surprises to excite your Valentine, whether you choose to gift just one box or a subscription to 12.
For further information and to find out about subscription options please visit geekgearbox.co.uk/subscribe/
WF-1000XM3 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones
Hit play on some Marvin Gaye this Valentine’s Day
Sony’s stylish and industry-leading headphones are the perfect gift for that special person in your life. The brand new and truly wireless WF-1000XM3 in-ear buds offer premium, high-quality sound so listeners can enjoy their favourite songs. – £220
If you are planning a quiet night in on February 14th then Pinkster have got the perfect serving suggestion for a mocktail or cocktail that will set hearts aflutter.
They have recently launched two new cocktails mixes, Gin Jam Cocktail Mix and Winter Cocktail Mix. Both mixes made with upcycled raspberries, Gin Jam has a splash of lemon juice whilst the ingredients for Winter include Allspice and orange zest giving an aromatic twist to your cocktail. Just add either of these to a Pinkster Gin and tonic or if it is a mocktail you prefer then add to your favourite tonic.
Pinkster Cocktail Mixes: RRP £10 for 50 cl bottle
Available from www.pinkstergin.com
If you are looking for something with a touch of sparkle why not enjoy a Pinkster Royale – this delicious raspberry liqueur is made from gin-soaked, recycled raspberries and is delicious added to your favourite champagne or prosecco.
Pinkster Royale – RRP £19.95 for a 35 cl bottle
Available from www.pinkstergin.com
The Gavin and Stacey Christmas Special : Just one of the shows you can catch on BRIT BOX
BritBox launches on netgem.tv
London, UK, 28 January 2020: netgem.tv, the TV service designed for modern and savvy viewers in the UK and Ireland, is delighted to announce they will now offer the new BritBox service through its growing network of ISP operators and enabled netgem.tv devices in the market, available now. netgem.tv is the only modern alternative to traditional, expensive Pay TV for the 21st century household.
BritBox is a digital video subscription service created by the BBC and ITV. The service brings the very best in past, present and future British programming and award-winning content to viewers all in one place for £5.99 per month in HD. The service includes high quality factual and entertainment content from Channel 5 plus original British comedies from Comedy Central UK. BritBox features the biggest collection of British content available on any streaming service, and brand new commissions for British production companies specifically created for BritBox. BritBox also offers expert curation and playlists that will enable viewers to easily find programmes they know and discover new favourites via web, mobile, or on their main TV, now also available on netgem.tv enabled devices and TV sets.
To mark the deal with BritBox, netgem.tv is also adding an extra 15 HD channels to its exciting line-up, which already features over 100+ live channels including Freeview and Premier Sports channels. Customers have access as well to the 25 catch-up channels, via all FreeviewPlay catch-up services, including all BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, My5 and UKTV and netgem.tv add ons such as Amazon Prime Video, hayu, Rakuten TV and YouTube. Additionally, following YouTube’s updates to the YouTube Kids app at the start of the year, netgem.tv will also feature the kids-safe YouTube Kids app to its service.
Sylvain Thevenot, Managing Director of netgem.tv said – “British television has a rich and diverse heritage that BritBox is making accessible to an ever-increasing audience and, with our service already accessible via 12 Ultrafast Fibre provides with a reach of a quarter of a million TV households and growing with the Fibre rollout in the UK, we are delighted to be part of that heritage’s future.”
Paolo Pescatore, Tech, Media & Telco Analyst at PP Foresight – “Consumers are spoilt for choice with too many video streaming services available on different platforms chasing eyeballs. Moves to aggregate a broad range of genres in one place will reduce fragmentation and strongly resonate with households. Therefore, these all you can eat offerings represent a viable option for telecoms including alternative networks to drive engagement and increase loyalty among their subscribers. BritBox and netgem.tv cannot rest on their laurels and need to tirelessly strengthen their respective services with more content. Expect numerous new services to launch in the UK over coming months, which will increase the desire for always-available entertainment all in one place providing users with greater value.”
What could be more romantic than creating a delicious cocktail for your loved one with the main ingredient named after the romantic and historic Indian city of Jaisalmer?
Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin is triple-distilled and handcrafted in the foothills of the Himalayas at one of India’s oldest distilleries, with a recipe that combines the ancient knowledge of herbs and spices, vibrant juniper berries and hand-picked botanicals from all four corners of India.
Spice up your romantic evening with Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin Peppertini Cocktail:
Pour 50ml Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin, 20ml Pink Peppercorn Syrup, 20ml fresh lemon juice and 40ml pink grapefruit juice into a shaker, shake and double strain into a pre-chilled coupe glass.
(To make the peppercorn syrup add crushed pink peppercorns to a simple Monin sugar syrup to infuse.)
RRP: £34.95 for a 70cl bottle. ABV: 43% available from thewhiskyexchange.com
Dedicated Valentine’s cruise package.
Adorned with beautiful floral installations and a floating Kissing Deck, Bateaux invites you to star in a RomCom-worthy evening as you treat your partner to the ultimate Valentine’s Day experience.
Available on Friday 14th February and priced at £149 per person, the 2 hour and 45-minute romantic voyage starts with a crisp glass of Rosé Champagne on arrival, accompanied by live music, glittering views of the city and a five-course dinner inclusive of wine.
Gift Vouchers from Titanic Spa – the UK’s first eco-spa –
Nestled deep within the Pennines, the UK’s first and original multi-award winning eco-spa is a beautifully restored textile mill offering state-of-the-art health and wellbeing facilities. Known as a luxury haven and a firm favourite amongst celebrities, the spa provides excellent treatments by advanced professionals and maintains a truly unique, peaceful atmosphere.
With eco credentials like no other, Titanic Spa is dedicated to its zero plastic initiative, has solar panels to generate electricity and uses its own private borehole 100 metres below the earth’s surface to provide pure Yorkshire water that is filtered in to the spa. The vouchers are particularly perfect therefore for environmentally aware readers who are looking to treat their significant other to a guilt-free day of pampering.
Whether it’s a romantic weekend away or a decadent spa day, what could be better than giving the gift of guilt-free relaxation? Vouchers are available for spa treatments, overnight breaks and spa days as well as in values of £25 and £50. For further details or to purchase visit www.titanicspa.com.
This Valentine’s Day, treat your special someone to a revolutionary timepiece that’ll make them glow – introducing the VELDT LUXTURE AARDE luxury hybrid smartwatch.
Whether your loved one is tech-shy or tech-savvy, the user-friendly revolutionary technology transforms how we receive information from a watch. In honor of amore, VELDT is offering $100 off the LUXTURE AARDE styles using code “MYVALENTINE” from January 14 to February 14.
Continuing on a “sweet note,” the LUXTURE AARDE provides users a balance between tech + life, while achieving intelligence and beauty. The collection was created with a sustainable future in mind, informing users on UV exposure, wave levels and a Climate Action Reminder that fosters awareness of global climate change. The smartwatch displays colored lights and vibration patterns rather than words to alert users in a meaningful way. Alerts can be connected to Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, emails, calls, three different calendars and customized for five VIP contacts (choose wisely!).
If your sweetie lives an active lifestyle, LUXTURE AARDE is the go-to support system, pulling data from your smartphone health app so you can track activity level, steps and weight, found on the LUXTURE app.
LUXTURE AARDE comes in three different styles, made of sustainable material, to fit your significant others personality – rose-toned with ‘Birch’ strap, stainless steel with ’Stone’ strap and black with black strap. Users will appreciate the wireless charging dock, a battery life of approximately three days, water resistant and Bluetooth Low Energy 5 ready.
LUXTURE AARDE is available online at Veldt, b8ta.com and in select b8ta retail stores – Hudson Yards(NY), Silicon Valley,San Francisco, and Santa Monica, Calif. Prices range from $650 (US) for the black-on-blac k model to $750 (US) for the rose-toned and stainless steel models.
An award-winning developer of IoT products and services, VELDT specializes in digital and analog technology to inspire beauty and connectedness. Diverse products and services range from analog precision machines to software and systems, merging the worlds of “time” and “lifestyle.” The mission of VELDT is to be a unique innovation company, developing technologies that benefit people’s lives with a spiral of positive energy.
What A Great Valentine’s Gift Idea! Rompus is a trendy Australian owned swimwear brand that represents effortless flattering style, authentic intricate designs and easy-going living at the heart of its brand philosophy.
Swimwear is an amazing present for that special girl in our lives. Whether it is for a getaway or just to soak in the spa with a bubbly with that special girl, we are sure she will love this swimwear.
the Rompus brand is ethically manufactured and sustainably sourced.
These SmashCakes are the perfect Valentine’s gift.
All are hand made to order with top quality chocolate and are filled with approx.1kg of Cadbury Party Mix Lollies. The Conversation Heart SmashCakes are $90.00 each. You can choose the colour of the chocolate for your heart and you can customise the message on the top. It can be serious, funny, sexy or anything in between.
The SmashCakes are fun, interactive, unsuspecting and a VERY surprising gift to give. Who doesn’t love chocolate, lollies and personalisation!
If Music be the food of love play on…
Here are some red hot musical instruments for your Valentine!
ZING WENT THE STRINGS OF MY HEART
Yamaha Pacifica 112V Electric Guitar in Raspberry Red finish | Yamaha Music London
Buy from Yamaha’s UK store. Free mainland UK delivery. Outstanding Tone, Outstanding Value – Play Harder with the Pacifica 112V. The class-leading Pacifica 112V combines player-focused, stage-ready spec with no-compromise construction and set-up to create the best value player’s guitar on the market. Guitars aren’t complicated – Yamaha take a solid American Alder body, a maple neck with …
Valentine’s Gift for self care and the sports field! Enjoy the simplicity, benefits and the effects of CBD. Vsavi… a premium range of CBD oil especially for vaping.
Begin your journey with pure cbd oil.
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VSAVI CBD oil is one of those perfect Valentines Day presents! Give your loved one some self care TLC with CBD oil, particularly useful in the sports field. (See more information here – https://cbdreviewsuk.co.uk/2019/09/24/cbd-use-in-sports/) VSAVI is a 5* rated European CBD oil made with the highest quality products – https://vsavi.co.uk/collections/cbd-oil
“VSAVI is the ultimate destination for Cannabidiol (CBD) users, enthusiasts and anyone who’s curious about its uses and potential.
Along with our vast array of high-quality products, we provide information, legislation details, ideas and new products so you can be totally in the know about CBD.
Founded in 2015, our aim is to bring you the best in natural, organic and highest grade products plus a friendly, knowledgeable and efficient service so you can get back to what’s important – living your life.
The Highest Grade Products
Whether you’re after CBD Vape Oil for fast relief and fairly immediate results or CBD drops for long lasting effects, you can rest assured that our 100% Organic CBD in its purest form to improve the feeling of well-being.
We pride ourselves in helping you find the right products safely and efficiently for your lifestyle and wellness needs. VSAVI also cater for the minority in the vaping industry who have an intolerance to PG by offering 100% VG, Organic and VG e-liquids.
We ensure that only the best ingredients are used in the products we sell, using natural and organic flavours with no artificial flavours or colours added
The Potential Effects of CBD
Since the 1980s, hemp CBD has generally been recognised by medical professionals and scientists to work positively with the body’s own endogenous cannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system regulates our body’s homeostasis and therefore can impact our sleep, mood, appetite, hormone regulation, as well as pain and immune response.
Our VSAVI CBD oil and CBD e-liquid is produced in ‘clean room’, state of the art laboratories and our e-liquid is Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) compliant, meaning you can rest assured that you’re consuming only the highest quality products.
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