We’ve all been there. You’ve left it right up to the wire to find a present for your Valentine and now you’re starting to scramble. Thankfully, with Valentine’s landing on a Wednesday this year, you’ve still got the weekend to sort your life out.
Avoid any potential long faces on the day with a trip down to The Royal Exchange Manchester. It’s a must for St Valentine’s Day gifts with its premium offering of fashion stores, beauty specialists and jewellery and gift shops, plus bridal and designer outlets.
There’s a selection of gifts that will definitely keep you in the good books with your better half. Keep reading to steer clear of the dog house this year. After all, a little thought goes a long way.
Heard of purple hot chocolate? Well, you have now. Whittard of Chelsea, the long-standing hot beverage and brew specialists, have created a limited edition treat for anyone with a sweet tooth. Which means most of us. Pop into their shop to give it a try before you buy. Fruity, creamy and warming, earn extra brownie points by purchasing in secret and surprising your beau with a mug of the good stuff whilst they’re still in bed.
That all important card
Never underestimate the power of a card, particularly on Valentine’s Day. For most of us, our earliest associations of the day will be closely tied to the excitement of receiving (or, perhaps, anonymously depositing) that first bright red envelope. It’s always heartwarming to know that you’re loved, and in the era of email, WhatsApp and text, a card means a hell of a lot more.
Both Scribbler & Unit 7 have got you covered here. Looking for something classic? Unit 7 it is. Looking for something a bit quirky? Then Scribbler’s the one for you.
A very special perfume
Perfume is always a great choice for a last minute Valentine’s Day gift. Plus, it’s really a treat for you both. After all, you’re the one who’s going to be close enough to smell it.
As it happens, L’Occitane have just released their new fragrance Terre de lumiere l’eau just in time for Valentine’s Day. Designed to awaken the senses with bergamot and pink pepper notes, followed by floral blossoms and voluptuous accords of white musk and tonka beans, it gives off a round and pleasing scent. If you’re in a rush, L’Occitane is perfect as everything comes elegantly gift packaged and ready to go.
When in doubt, opt for the smellies. Head to Molton Brown, the Body Shop or Lush for some great gift options for the ethical beauty lover in your life. If you’re stuck for what to choose, we recommend Lush’s iconic bath bomb collection – simply because you can’t go wrong with it. For him, try Black Tea by Murdock of London, available at Lanigan & Hulme in the arcade. Again, with beautiful gift-wrapped options available in-store, last minute gift shopping really couldn’t be made any easier for you here.
If you’re looking to up the ante this year, then jewellery really is the way to go. With an abundance of high end jewellers on site, The Royal Exchange Manchester has you spoilt for choice. Head to Swarovski for a bit of crystal sparkle, check out Watches of Switzerland to make a statement, or stick your head into the Royal Exchange jewellers or Arthur Kay & Sons if you’re looking for something more vintage – and they do valuations too. For premium, designer and bespoke jewellery, make sure to pop in to Jenny Jones Jewellery and Wave Jewellery too.
Last but not least, if you’re thinking of proposing, Diamond Heaven specialise in engagement and wedding rings. Does anyone hear bells?
A drop of the hard stuff
The Whisky Shop aren’t to be messed with when it comes to the amber nectar. With a great range of whiskies that spans makers around the globe, if your other half knows their alligator char from their angels share they’re sure to be impressed. Get that trendy Japanese whisky, that traditional single malt, or opt for a blend. And if you feel like taking it a step further, opt for a personal engraving. Feeling overwhelmed by choice just reading this? Then dodge any potential disappointment and play it safe with a gift voucher. That way you can’t go wrong.
Chocolate is the classic Valentine’s gift for a reason. Munching on the good stuff increases your endorphin and serotonin levels, improves your mood and lessens stress and pain. It’s like an edible hug. You might be accused of being a bit obvious with this one but at least you know they’ll enjoy it.
Hotel Chocolat has an impressive selection of romantic chocolate boxes and goody bags, plus some boozy accompaniments to go alongside if that takes your fancy. Perhaps you can pair this year’s chocolate box with a 250ml bottle of cocoa gin? Not so boring now eh?