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Valentine’s Ideas, Close to Home

Most people these days brush Valentine’s Day off as a commercial, money-making, hall-mark holiday. And while this is mostly the case, there is no denying that being EXTRA romantic one day a year is rather nice. So instead of fuelling the big corporations, why not invest in something unique and made by an independent business in your area. Here are our top London picks (to be given to girlfriends, best friends and yourself!)…and don’t worry if you aren’t a London local – they all deliver nationwide!

Grace & Thorn – Flowers of Hackney

An alternative to red roses, the “Wild Romance” bouquet contains flowers including pink roses, carnations and waxflower. From £50 – £90.
www.graceandthorn.com

(The title image of this post on the homepage is from the Grace & Thorn website.)
 

Katie Rowland – Elegance with an edge

Katie’s whole collection is simply divine, but for extra V-Day points choose from the stunning Spin Heart Earrings, £215  or the Ishtar Athani Pendant (pictured), £130.
www.katie-rowland.com

Bee’s Bakery – hand-made biscuits, cookies and cakes in West London

These adorable (and delicious) treats can be personalised to spell out your true love’s name and other sweet nothings.
www.beesbakery.co.uk