I've never been hugely into Valentine's Day - I'm not hugely against it, just I've never been a swooning, loving kind of person (save when it comes to Katy, of course). Having said that, it's almost impossible to avoid Valentine's when you're blogging, and so I've found some bits and bobs that you can buy on the high street (okay, one's online but it does have a high street price tag) from 3 of my favourite brands - and there's not a rose or box of chocolates in sight.
1: Baylis and Harding
Stand Out Product: Magnolia and Pear Blossom 3 Candle Set (£14.99)
Other Notable Products: N/A
I've worked with Bayliss and Harding in the past and have one of their triple wick candles and I like it, it's fine - but it's just plain white and clean smelling. Like I said fine, but boring. So, when I saw that they had a new Valentine's set out I was desperate to get my hands on some - not only did these seem like they'd be a stronger scent, but they all looked adorable in silver and pink metallic glasses (and I figure that I could use them again. Probably for make up storage). These burn evenly, smell amazing - and not too heavily floral, as I hate that - and only come in at around £15; plus, you can order them online or you can just nip into Argos and grab a set. I believe there's a second scent for Valentine's due, but it's late and so will actually come out later in the year. I'll keep you updated on that. If candles aren't your thing, they have the standard body wash sets and all sorts to pick from, so have a scout around to see what you can find - none of them appeal to me personally other than the candles, but they do some amazing stuff.
Stand Out Product: Dating Journal (£6)
Other Notable Products: Red Satin Heart Confetti (£3.25) // Funny Valentine's Cards (various prices)
Without a doubt Paperchase is one of my favourite shops on the high street, but it's probably not one that I would tend to go to for Valentine's gifts. Having said that, the Dating Journal they have for this Valentine's is one of my favourite gifts - and it's so cheap and versatile. I think it's hilarious for you if you're single or in a relationship and it's just a great way to look back on past relationships - plus, it's cheap enough that you could buy it for a single friend if you felt like they'd appreciate it. It's not the most romantic of presents, admittedly, but I do like it.
For something a little more romantic, try their really affordable Red Satin Heart Confetti to set the scene on Valentine's night, also their cards are bloody hilarious (this "I'm Gay For You" card is just perfect for Katy and I. Although it does have cats on it but beggars can't be choosers).
Stand Out Product: Love Bites Lollies (£9.99)
Other Notable Products: Nari The Narwhal Night Light (£9.99)
Firebox are running a campaign this year and it's based around whether you're going to play it safe with your Valentine's gifts or whether you're willing to take a risk - and so they sent me a selection of bits and pieces for both sides. Now, they're not for the faint-hearted or those sensitive to bad language, but amongst my favourite were the Love Bites Lollies that have phrases on them that get a little more forward as you go on (plus they have amazing flavours including Salted Caramel), and they're definitely a risk for some newer relationships but I think they're bloody hilarious.
If you want to play it a bit more safe, the Nari the Narwhal Night Light is just adorable and every bit as affordable as the lollipops. Personally, I love both so it's just a matter of preference!
What are you hoping to get for Valentine's Day?
Contains PR samples/items gifted to me by companies however all opinions are my own - please view my disclaimer for more information.
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