Valentine’s (or… Galentine’s) Day is one of EV.’s favourite times of the year! And despite this year being celebrated a little differently due to lockdown, it’s still important to celebrate and spoil the ones you love.
A time where you would usually find gift wrap lining the retail counters, and hospitality venues fully booked, the sectors are yet to navigate through another seasonal holiday with the pressure of store and venue closures. So, despite being stuck in for yet another weekend, make the most of the time spent together and treat your loved one to something special!
We’ve pulled together a handy little list, packed full of our favourite Valentine’s gifts this year. From EV. clients to our personal #SmallBiz faves, you’ll find just the thing for a last-minute purchase.
‘Winning Streak’ by Nic Joly from Castle Fine Art
This handmade, studio edition 3D wall sculpture is the latest piece by Castle Fine Art’s resident artist, Nic Joly. The piece is inspired by the first UK lockdown and highlights the intimacy we are lucky to have experienced during these difficult times. Made with authentic playing cards, and individually crafted figures, this piece would be a great addition to any art lovers’ collection.
Check our Nic Joly’s need piece, here.
CBD Vitamins from CHOICE CBD
Give your loved one the gift of a well-rested night’s sleep. It’s no secret that many of us have been struggling with stress, anxiety and lack of sleep, but by adding CBD to your routine your body can enjoy the rest it deserves. CHOICE CBD’s recently launched vitamins make adding CBD to your daily routine easier than ever before. Choose from ‘Unwind’, ‘Recover’ or the multivitamin jellies.
Shop the range here.
Artpreneur affirmation cards from Gita Joshi
Not sure what to get the budding artist in your life? Gita Joshi – independent curator, award-winning art dealer, writer and host of The Curator’s Salon podcast – has the perfect gift to help keep aspiring artists creative during lockdown. Her Artpreneur Affirmation cards inspire artists to step up and make a living from what they love.
Shop the cards here.
Gypsy Water from Gypsy Brew
Would your loved one rather be spending Valentine’s with a beer in their hand at the pub? Treat them to the brand new beer from Birmingham-based, Gypsy Brew. A classic American Pale ale, this new Brummie craft beer is created in a quaint little brewery in Weatheroak Hill, so you’re supporting local too!
Check out Gypsy Brew and get your order in here.
Stylish, and sustainable jewellery from Influenstar
Necklaces start from £25
Gift your loved one a fashion-forward statement necklace that’s also eco-friendly, thanks to Midlands-based start-up, Influenstar. All pieces are made from recycled 925 sterling silver, meaning that you can look good, feel good and also take care of the environment! From rings to bracelets and necklaces, there are plenty of pieces and styles to suit all.
Find the perfect necklace, here.
Planet-friendly firewood from Love Logs
There’s nothing like a romantic evening in front of the fire or even a with home-made pizza for two. And now with the help of Love Logs, you can enjoy these simple pleasures whilst also taking care of the environment. This planet-friendly firewood is perfect for the eco-friendly person in your life.
Check out the different firewood available here.
Bespoke Jewellery by Roseanna Croft
If you are looking for something a little more bespoke this Valentine’s, then look no further than Roseanna Croft Jewellery. Specialising in bespoke engagement and wedding rings and jewellery redesigns, Roseanna will help you to create a beautiful, custom-made piece for yourself or a loved one.
Find out more here.
A pizza kit for two from Bare Bones Pizza
Staying in is the new going out, so embrace the lockdown date night and enjoy a DIY pizza kit. These kits, created by Bare Bones Pizza, are the perfect date night treat and come complete with everything you need to stretch, knead and bake your own tasty creation. You’re in for an even bigger treat with their new Valentine’s kits, which also include a bottle of wine from Wine Freedom and handmade chocolates from Bloom Chocolates.
Order your kit here.
Proper Vape from The Zeus Group
The Proper Vape range from The Zeus Group boasts rich flavours and high-quality e-liquids. The ready formulated nicotine-free e-liquid is made from the highest quality ingredients available, for the smoothest and most flavourful vaping experience. Making it the perfect gift for the vaper in your life, or those trying to quit smoking.
Buy online here.
As well as our amazing clients, we thought we’d pick a few small businesses that TeamEV is supporting this Valentine’s Day!
Hot Nude Valentines Bouquet at Isherwood
Everybody loves a fresh bouquet, no matter the occasion and it’s so important to support your local florist. So, brighten up that special someone’s day with this beautiful bunch from Isherwood. Whether a token of your affection for your other half, a Galentine’s present for your bestie, or something to cheer your mum up and tell her you miss her… flowers are always the answer!
Order your flowers here.
Personalised portraits by katiebennn
Tried and tested. It’s no wonder Hattie chose Katie’s personalised portraits after receiving a wonderful one for herself this Christmas. Katie’s stunning drawings are a wonderful addition to any household and make the perfect gift for a loved one.
Katie’s shop is currently closed, however, sign up to hear when she’s back here.
Body positive clothing and bags from Bits and Boobs
We love body positivity at EV., just as much as we love small businesses… that’s why we had to include these beautiful handmade pieces from Bits and Boobs. From T-shirts and jumpers, to tote bags and even ‘tit trays’, these pieces all make a wonderful Galentine’s present, or even the perfect treat for yourself because who better to show the love to this Valentine’s, than yourself?!
Head over to the Bits and Boobs store, here.
Gold female body statue from HomegalShop
After spotting this wonderful resin body statue whilst scrolling through Tik Tok, Holly knew she had to buy one. The pieces are all handmade, creating a unique and custom shape to each order – after all, all bodies are different! These pieces will no doubt make any interior lover full of glee, as they make the perfect home accessory.
Order your statue from Etsy, here.
Let us know how you will be spending Valentine’s this year and what small businesses you’re showing the love to! Even if the whole 14th February thing isn’t for you, don’t forget how much it means to a #smallbiz owner when you share your love for their brand online… so get tagging, reposting and sharing!
Love from TeamEV. xx