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Valentine’s Gift Guide

Valentine's, Galentine's or Self-Love - we've got you covered for the ultimate love-fest this February.

Written by High Life North
Published 31.01.2021

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Girl with a Pearl Earrings – South Pacific Shell Pearl with Gold Plated Clasp. Embracing the beauty and delicacy of classical art and blending it with modern design, the Girl With A Pearl minimal pearl drop gold earrings are the perfect embodiment of timeless style and modern simplicity. Pearls are believed to have lunar elements to provide inner wisdom and emotional balance – £45

Girl with a Pearl Threader Earrings – featuring a shimmering mother of pearl drop and a 6″ silver pull-through chain, the Girl With A Pearl minimal pearl drop silver threader earrings masterfully use the classic combination of delicate silver with elegant pearl to create a piece of jewellery that makes your look a work of art – £65

SALOME x Stephanie Waxberg Tribal Pearl Fringe Earrings – featuring a dazzling circle of pearls, in the centre of which is a branded gold SALOME token, and a graceful fringe of gold chains that hang from the bottom of the pearl garland, these pearl tribal fringe statement earrings are a beautiful focal point for a stunning outfit, whether casual, work or formal. We use crystal pearls, which are cruelty-free, perfect replicas of genuine pearls in this design – £105

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Cake Stories

Cake Stories has selected its most loved-up flavours and gathered them together in one great big smoochy-hug of a box! So you can show some serious love to a mate, pal, significant other, sibling, rellie or to yourself with these lip-smacking fudgy chocolate, salted caramel, zingy raspberry and rose & passionfruit flavours… you’ll get serious brownie points with this *letterbox-friendly pack. Especially as they’re all naturally gluten-free too!

For every Whole Lotta Love box sold in February, Cake Stories will donate £1 to CHUF (The Children’s Heart Unit Fund).

The Whole Lotta Love Box – £19.50

The Brownios Box – £19.50

The Smashing It Box – £19.50

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Grace Han - LOVE LETTER SMALL TOP HANDLE BAG - £1,595

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Amaura - The Cupid Valentine's Gift Box - £35.00

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Plant a heart - from £5.50

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World of Zing - Prosecco Cocktail Collection - £17.50

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Nine-Elms - non-alcoholic Winter Warmer Selection - £28.00

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Simply the breast jewellery stand - £12.00

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Luna Lark

Perfect for cosying up, North East brand Luna Lark offers a range of loungewear that is perfect for gifting. All items are delivered boxed with a gift tag and wrapped in tissue as standard. An upgrade to extra luxury boxing and wrapping is available too. 

Tom Lane’s luxurious alpaca socks are made in the UK from ethically sourced alpaca yarn and come in pink, blue, grey, and navy – £18

The ditsy print pieces are named ‘Mira’. Made in the UK, they’re available in exclusive designs that are digitally printed onto a beautifully lightweight 100% Cotton Lawn. They are made to order and can be customised in terms of lengths as well as monogrammed. Details include luxury piping, satin-lined pockets, and hanger loops. The cami-top is fully lined in satin and is actually reversible.

The Chambray blue pieces are named ‘Polaris’ and made in a luxuriously soft 100% cotton chambray. Again, these are made to order, are customisable, and can be monogrammed. 

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Bath House

Bath House is a fragrance and natural skincare brand founded in 1997 by a creative team of artists and designers who live and work in the Lake District (find out more about their story in our interview with them, here). But first, check out their range of products to spoil someone special this Valentine’s Day. 

Valentine’s Beauty Box – available for a limited time, this bespoke beauty box is packed with Bath House fragrant bodycare and beneficial face care, giving a loved one all of the ingredients for a self-care ritual that they deserve – £45 (usually £61)

Hide & Seek perfume – an exciting scent with perfumed notes of exotic tuberose, jasmine, and ylang-ylang embraced with amber, vanilla, and musk – 60ml (£45) / 12ml (£22)

Slate cologne – scented notes of pink peppercorn and aromatic cardamom soften to reveal a powerful, sensual and earthy fragrance of leather, soft suede, and precious woods of labdanum, sandalwood, oudh, and smoky vetiver – 60ml (£45) / 12ml (£22)

Patchouli & Black Pepper Candle – this bestselling soy-wax candle is infused with warm, sensual, earthy notes – a reminder of patchouli’s long and smoky past. A rich narcotic fragrance, powerful, nostalgic, and dreamy with notes of black pepper, vanilla, patchouli, warm amber, and vetiver. Once lit, it transforms a room with flickering light and a signature fragrance perfuming the home – 200g (£32)

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You are my lobster mug - £14.99

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Valentine's Treasure Hunt Game - £4.99

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VonShef - Gin Glasses Gift Set - £24.99

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Love Stories - 100% Cashmere Scarf - £145.00

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Annabel James - Shaving Set - now £59.95 (was £79.95)

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Personalised Coffee Cup Spoon - £4.00

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Silverkupe Jewellery

Situated in Ouseburn, Silverkupe offers unique handmade jewellery for discerning clients. Run by Emine Thompson, Silverkupe also provides jewellery making workshops to spread the love of making. Her expressive jewellery offers a contemporary twist on more traditional ideas. Due to the handmade process, every single piece is one-of-a- kind. Emine’s modern silver art-jewellery, with its pop of colour and gold, might be just the thing you are looking for this Valentine’s Day. She accepts bespoke commissions too and if you cannot decide what to choose, Emine offers personalised gift cards as well.

Half-and-half heart stud earrings – handmade from sterling silver, fine silver and 24k gold accents, these elegant heart earrings are approximately 8mm long – £30.00

Simplicity stud earrings – handmade from sterling silver these sophisticated and modern earrings are approximately 20mm long – £60.00

Dotty pendant (black) – handmade from fine silver this fun pendant is approximately 26mm in diameter and comes with 45cm long sterling silver snake chain. Matching earrings are also available – £64.00

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Studio 28 Patisserie

A gorgeous patisserie and chocolate business owned and run by Naomi Longfield (check out our Sunday sit-down with her, here). From her studio at Hoults Yard, she brings high-end chocolate and pastry to Newcastle and while doing so, is building a community around what I love. Treat yourself or a loved one to these delicious delicacies. Kudos if you manage to share. 

Large heart with white seal – a creamy 33% milk chocolate heart filled with handmade honeycomb clusters coated in milk chocolate – £8.50

The smaller hearts (red is dark, pink is milk) – a rich 70% chocolate heart filled with mini heart buttons – £6.00

The buttons – white chocolate drops decorated with little red hearts – £3.00

The bonbons – pack of 6 (£8.50), or a pack of 12 (£16.00)

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D&B - SWEETHEART TABLESCAPE - £90.00

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SALOME x Stephanie Waxberg Tribal pearl fringe earrings - £105.00

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Say it with songs - Various Cards - £3.99

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Posterhaste - personalised heart star map - £20.00

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This is Silk - Silk Pillowcase - £45.99

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Hattingley Valley - Limited Edition Love Box - £41.00

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Artisan Bouquet

HLN’s go-to flower delivery service, Artisan Bouquet is committed to sustainable floristry. They can make bespoke arrangements but have created a gorgeous range for Valentine’s Day, from traditional deep red roses to bundles including wine from Laneberg Wine, chocolates from Studio 28 and a candle from The Black Candle Company. 

Deep Love gift set – 20 deep red roses and foliage with stems kept long, as well as a pack of 6 romantic chocolates from Studio 28 and a large 3 wick candle handmade by the Black Candle Company – £89.00

Be My Valentine bundle – 12 Naomi deep pink roses, 1 bottle of Maximillian red wine, 1 bottle of sparkling white wine “This Mortal Angel”, pack of 6 chocolates from Studio 28, and a small Valentine’s candle from The Black Candle Company – £98.00

Sweet Pink gift set – This small gift offers a different choice to the usual red roses  A large bouquet arranged with hydrangeas, ranunculus, asparagus, and various different types of pink roses, berries, and more. Presented in a porto vase box with ribbon, message, and food. There is also a small Valentine’s day candle by the Black Candle Company of Northumberland.

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Laura Jayne Designs

Laura Jayne Designs is a graphic design studio, run by Laura Thomson. Laura has a passion for graphic design and gorgeous stationery, she also offers branding & design services. 

Laura has a small e-shop filled to the brim with greetings cards, prints & stationery she has designed. This February you’ll find greetings cards for everyone you love, whether you’re buying for your Lockdown love, Galentine, or yourself there’s lots to choose from – check her shop out. 

Quarantine Valentine’s card – £2.50

To the moon and back Valentine’s card – £2.50

Love hearts Valentine’s card – £2.50

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Diablesse - The tipple for lovers - £31.90

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Bubblegum - Personalised Bubble Balloon - £32.00

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Lanique - Valentine's Love Box - £95.00

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Lego - Bouquet Set - £45.00

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Four roses - small batch bourbon - £32.00

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Butlers - Valentine's letterbox cheese - £16.50

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Bellwoods 

Bellwoods is a modern online lifestyle store, bringing together a collection of items for you, your home, and your life. Owner Nathalie is really passionate about supporting and shouting about independent designers and wants people to see the amazing work made by someone’s own hands – the creativity, time and effort it takes to make something truly unique and special, rather than a mass-produced item made with no care and attention. Nathalie can even write out your card and send it directly to your special someone. Just leave your message in the notes section at the checkout. 

The ‘You’re my lobster’ gift – featuring Bellwoods’ Gold Flora Hoops, Scallop Shell Candle and their special “You’re My Lobster” card. The gift will come wrapped up in a gift box, with ribbon and a pink floral posy – £40.00

The ‘Bloom’ gift – featuring the gorge Aubrey Necklace, floral Bloom Bath Salts their gold foiled You & Me card. The gift will come wrapped up in a gift box, with ribbon and a pink floral posy – £30.00

The ‘I love you’ gift – featuring a bum candle (style it front or back), a bar of dark cherry chocolate and the ‘I Love You, Now Get Off Me’ card – £28.00

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Tori-Lo 

Tori Lo Designs was established from a love for all things leather, quality, and unique. In creating Tori Lo Designs, they wanted to cross boundaries within leatherwork, using fun and creative dying techniques hand colouring every hide to create an individual and unique surface that the bags can then be moulded. Each product is hand made in each step from cutting to dying and finally sewing. Only using top-quality vegan leather, and ensuring that each stitch is perfectly in place. A completely unique present for any bag lover.

Libby Gold Spark Heart Drop Earrings – £20.00

Personalised Leather Love Card – £8.95

Hidden message leather clutch – £62.50

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Tequila Rose - Strawberry Cream - £12.00

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Nutella - Personalised Jar - £9.99

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Northern Wine & beer Co - Valentine's Case of 6 - £75.00

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Cutter & Squidge - Valentine's Day Biskie Box - £14.90

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Edinburgh Gin - Personalised Valentine's Gin - £36.00

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Sonosynthesis Macrame - Wall Hanger Kit - £16.00

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Awesome Botanical

Awesome Botanical produce handmade bath and body care products that are scented with beautiful natural essential oils. Based in Gateshead, the creator behind the brand suffers from anxiety and is a great believer in products that will help you relax and unwind, as well as being kind to your skin.

Blushing rose whipped soap – £7.99

Ultimate Valentine’s gift box – £49.99

Love you lots gift box – £29.99

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Haitch Bands

We love a scrunchie at HLN HQ (especially our Ad Exec, Molly). Haitch Bands is a hair accessory brand specialising in scrunchies and headbands that add a pop of personality to your look. Each accessory is made in brand creator Hayley’s home studio in Newcastle. The Valentine’s Day Gift Boxes are designed to mimic a favourite Valentine’s treat (hello, strawberries and cream) and come gorgeously packaged with a Valentine’s Card that can be personalised too. 

Chocolate covered cherry – three velvet scrunchies (red, white, brown) which arrive packaged in a red box – £20.00

Chocolate covered strawberry – three velvet scrunchies (pink, white, brown) which arrive packaged in a pink box – £20.00

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Adriana Homewares - Raspberry Throw - £220.00

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Noble Macmillan - Leather Noughts and Crosses - £150.00

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Honest Burger - DIY Kit - £16.00

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Snag Tights - Love Me - £14.99

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ZYMURGORIUM - FLAMINGO PINK GIN - £19.00

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Soda Stream - Spirit - £99.99

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Aviary Art

HLN’s fav art gallery, Aviary Art makes art cool and accessible. They even offer a 0% interest-free payment plan on anything over £100, paid back over 10 months on all original artworks. Applications are subject to a quick credit check that can be done online.

Eros original painting by Tim Fowler – 84cm x 118cm – £3,000

Also available as a signed Limited Edition giclee print (Unframed) – Edition of 5 AO £750 / Edition of 50 A2 £250.

Deeply in Love original sculpture by Zoe Grace – 86cm x 79cm – £3,000

Weakness for You screen print by Adorn The Common – Limited Edition of 20 – £80

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Knit Knot North

Staying in is most definitely the new going out. And let’s face it, our only option right now! So why not pick the latest binge-worthy Netflix series and tuck yourself under a gorgeously soft, chunky knit blanket from Knit Knot North. Samantha Hunter, a Graphic Designer by day at SK DESIGN STUDIO and knitter by night, is the maker and creator behind Knit Knot North, after she turned her hobby into a business during lockdown. Sam hand-makes all of her gorgeous knits from chunky acrylic or merino yarn in a variety of beautiful colours. Her blankets, throws, and bed runners make the perfect stylish interior accessory to cosy up your home. Draped across your furniture, they make a rather Insta-worthy bedroom, living room or nursery.  Knit Knot North also has super chunky scarves and snoods to brighten up your winter wardrobe, keeping you warm on the 248th lockdown walk of the past year! Gifts can also be conveniently sent direct to recipient with a gift note included free of charge – that’s Galentine’s, Valentine’s and lockdown birthdays sorted!

Until her new website goes live, just message Sam on Instagram or Facebook to place your order. More information (sizes, prices and colours) can be found in the highlights section on Knit Knot North’s Instagram account. One last treat? P&P is currently free – go, go go! 

Snoods – kids (from £14.99) / adults (£29.99)

Scarf – £49.99

Heart shaped wreaths – from £24.99

Blankets – from £109.99 / Baby blanket – £59.99

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Endelwiess Piano - price on application

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Function of Beauty - Personalised Skincare - from £19.00

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Palm Beach - Banana and Butterscotch Rum - £9.99

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Kiss the Moon - ROSE RITUAL BEDSIDE SET - £30.00

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Ample Bosom - Cassiopee Body - £127.00

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Lindt - Virtual Tasting Experience - £20.00

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Botanicals By Beacon

Alexandra started Botanicals By Beacon when she lost her job in late 2019 at four months pregnant. She obviously found it very difficult to get another job at that time and struggled mentally. She had always believed in the power of essential oils, and being pregnant without many other outlets for stress, turned to her trusty collection. She really delved into meditating to keep calm for herself, and more importantly growing baby George. From there, Botanicals By Beacon was born. Alexandra really wanted to create a brand which is pure and natural. From the jars, to their wax and even the packaging, Botanicals by Beacon tries to use sustainable and environmentally friendly products. Because of the struggles Alexandra went through, they always try to have a charity aspect of their work, whether that’s donating products for raffles that benefit good causes, or directly giving a percentage of their profit – kindness makes the world go round!

Wildflower tea light holder – £6.95  for 1, or £22.95 for a set of 4 and trinket dish – £10

Selenite Moon – £22 and Selenite bar – £11.95
 
‘Breathe’ and ‘Happiness’ candles – £39.95
 

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Comfees

Now THIS is the ultimate 2020/21 accessory. Working from home? Cosy night on the sofa? Working from bed? (Guilty). This North East based business has developed the UK’s longest and warmest wearable hooded blanket. They started trading during lockdown and are very proud that the launch of their business has been totally self-made. They’ve developed their own social media exposure and launched their website with no outside funding or promotion. In just three months, they sold out of their first launch. Comfees initially started with a range of 10 colours but due to high demand from customers are now working on adding more colours as well as patterned Comfees and a summer range. 

This is the PERFECT self-care gift to yourself (or a Galentine) – trust us, we’ve got one and we know you’ll love it. 

Comfee wearable hooded blanket (various colours) – £49.99

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Tilbea - Back to Bed Bundle - £89.00

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Bathmate - Bullet Vibrator - £19.99

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Noveltea - The tale of Earl Grey - £24.95

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Penny and Meriwether - Personalised Cocktail Set - £45.00

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Coole Swan - Irish cream liqueur - £25.00

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Mariage Frères - Sexy Tea - £24.00

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