From Sussex with Love: Your ultimate V-day gift guide
Keep it local this V-Day with our ultimate roundup of all the treats and goodies you need for a night to remember. Print out, leave around the house - et voila!
Keep it sexy
A lockdown V-day is no excuse to slob around in your granny pants! Vamp it up with the colour pop and sexy, decadent detailing of the Baroque collection from Brighton-based Unmentionables, perfect for spicing things up. Feeling more angelic than saucy she-devil? You’ll be wanting the luxe lace-trimmed Zen collection, all in soft and breathable bamboo silk.
Light my fire
Set the mood with flickering candlelight, courtesy of this luxe rose-gold number handcrafted in natural soy from The Little Sussex Candle Co. We’ll be going for the Damson Plum, Rose and Patchouli fragrance, a sophisticated and sensual blend to put love in the air – literally.
Massage this sultry and conditioning blend of plant extracts from Lewes-based A S Apothecary onto your skin to richly moisturise from head to toe. Even better, get somebody else to massage it in for you!
Eau de You
Chanel no 5 is soooo last year. Create your own signature scent instead with Sussex perfumer Nancy Meiland. She’ll use her technical expertise combined with a sensitively developed profiling process to create a precious ode that suggests and accentuates all that makes you unique. What an original and unique gift idea (hint, hint).
Sweet like Chocolate
Mmmm, nothing says I Love You like a goodie box packed full of delicious choccies and sweet treats. This gorgeous box is brim-full of fairtrade organic chocolates, handmade with love in West Sussex, by Cocoa Loco. If you’re after something a little less understated, the Valentine’s day slab looks mouthwateringly good too and very ‘robust’.
Pink to make the boys wink
Sip this elegant sparkling Rose de Noirs 2014 from Albourne Estate, the perfect pairing with richer meats like duck, game or lamb. Unusually for a sparkling rose it’s made with Pinot Noir grapes and bursting with rich raspberry, dark cherry and cranberry aromas.
Keep the blush theme and get into the spirit of V Day with this delicately flavoured artisan raspberry gin from Brilliant Gin – made in small batches to make sure each and every bottle is perfect.
Say it with flowers
Order the perfect bespoke bouquet from Battle-based The Flower Shed Sussex, for delivery in time for V-day. Rest easy in the knowledge everything, including the packaging, is as sustainable and eco-friendly as possible.
Mwah! Pucker up with a bespoke lip from Brighton-based The Lip Lab, the home of custom beauty. Snap her up a gift voucher for a visit or go for a ready-made blend in classic red. As well as a session to create your own bespoke blend for lips, there’s also a foundation service. Create the ultimate shade and never suffer from the dreaded orange chin-line again!
Looking for something to do together to make V-Day a bit special? Try one of Charlie Doodle’s online candle-making workshops. You’ll be sent everything you need to make your own candles and it’s a lovely absorbing activity to indulge your creativity. If you’re up for something more saucy, try the nipple tassel making kits instead.
Nibble, lick, suck and sup your way through a delicious hamper packed with treats from Sussex Gourmand – Covid might be keeping you at home but your taste buds can travel all around the world with this collection of artisan, award-winning food and fizz.
Time for bed
Curl up and get cosy, or slide in and get steamy, whichever you opt for, do it in style with stunning linen from Knepp Estate-based Piglet in Bed. All-natural materials get softer and more stylish the more you wash them, which is a great excuse to get them a bit, um, dirty.
Give the gift of me-time
Treat her (or yourself) to a permission slip to lock the bathroom door and escape with a blissful at-home spa experience from Self Care Sundays Box. The perfect pampering treat, packed with full-size eco-luxe products and a treatment plan. The theme of the next box is Sleep Retreat – come on, what’s not sexy about more sleep?!