...and just like that it's that time of year again - good ol' Valentine's Day. Valentines this year is very different. There will be no meals out, cinema dates, or day trips. Instead, we can enjoy each other's company indoors. This also means that Valentine's shopping has mostly moved online - and there is just so much choice! I love supporting small businesses, especially local ones, so I've compiled a list of my five favourite Valentine's Day gifts from small businesses.
Who doesn't love an afternoon tea? Especially, one that is delivered straight to your door! Tea at Yours, based in Rowley Regis, make lots of different afternoon tea options as well as cupcakes and tray bakes. What I love about Tea at Yours is that you can choose what items to have in your afternoon tea box from types of sandwiches, cakes, and scones. They can even add plates, cutlery, and serviettes. You can really create a special, personalised box for the one you love!
Ward Designs UK on Etsy sell lovely, digital family prints that you can personalise to suit your family. There are so many different designs and personalisation details to choose from - you can really create your own masterpiece. For £5, you really can't go wrong!
Sweet treats are always a big hit on Valentine's Day, and there really isn't anything better than a fluffy brioche donut filled with delicious fillings. Brum-Nuts Birmingham make the freshest, yummiest donuts (trust me, I've tried them myself!). There are so many flavours to choose from including Lotus Biscoff, Kinder, and traditional jam-filled donuts. They are creating new products and different flavours all the time, so there really is something for everyone.
The Fox and the Paintbox is a small business that hand draws and paints the most gorgeous personalised family portraits. I love all of the intricate details she puts into her paintings - they really are so precious and make a wonderful, thoughtful gift. I have now ordered two portraits from her and I absolutely love them!
Cheat X Treat is a relatively new business based in Dudley. She makes lovely, dainty cupcakes perfect for Valentine's Day, Birthdays, and other celebrations, Cheat X Treat can tailor their cupcake flavours and designs to suit your every need. As well as cupcakes, Cheat X Treat also make cheesecakes - the Kinder Bueno cheesecake being my absolute fave!