Valentine’s Gift Guide 2020 ! Part 1 !

THE NATION OPTS FOR ‘PUPPY LOVE’ THIS VALENTINE’S DAY 31% […]

THE NATION OPTS FOR ‘PUPPY LOVE’ THIS VALENTINE’S DAY

31% of dog owners admit they would rather spend Valentine’s Day with their beloved pooch than their significant other

New research shows that just under half (44%) surveyed, revealed their top dinner date for Valentine’s evening was their dog
As more than a quarter (27%) said their expectations of Valentine’s Day are never met
A third of dog owners feel more loved by their dog than their partner on a daily basis
Natural Instinct launches Special Edition Valentine’s Dinner for dogs to treat the special canine friend in your life

With the most romantic day of the year fast approaching, award-winning pet food brand, Natural Instinct, is launching special edition recipes of Valentine’s Dinners for dogs and cats, as it’s revealed that it’s not just humans who feel the love on Valentine’s Day.

New research, completed by over 2,000 dog owners, has revealed almost half (44%) would choose to have dinner with their dog over family and friends this Valentine’s Day, while 43% admitted to buying gifts for their beloved pooch.

However, it is not just the annual romantic celebration of Valentine’s Day that demonstrates the close bond between dogs and their owners. A third of dog owners feel more loved by their dog than their partner on a daily basis, when it comes to enjoying their spare time and more than half (57%) would choose to spend this with their dog above and beyond anybody else.

Marking the special occasion, Natural Instinct is unveiling its Valentine’s Natural Lamb Dinner for the nation’s canine friends, as well as a tasty treat. Natural Instinct raw meals contain 100% British meats and poultry, alongside the freshest fruit, vegetables and natural supplements to create wholesome, tasty and nutritious frozen dinners.

Rachel Kirby, Digital Marketing Executive and spokesperson for Natural Instinct commented,

“Dogs have long been known as ‘man’s best friend’ and it is warming to see that this friendship continues to grow with many dog owners opting to spend Valentine’s Day with their pooch, and as many as 45% even admitting to buying gifts for their beloved pets. To celebrate doggy dates this Valentine’s Day, we’re excited to launch our special edition Valentine’s Natural Lamb dinner and healthy, Chicken Heart treat, available from February 1st to treat the UK’s much-loved pups!”

Available 1st February 2020 from Natural Instinct

Valentine’s Dog Natural Lamb Dinner from £4.65

Valentine’s Cat Lamb & Chicken Dinner from £3.55

Valentine’s Chicken Hearts (suitable for both dogs and cats) £2.50

The Most Romantic Cruises for Valentine’s Day

Kerry Spencer, Editor, Cruise Critic

“You could not give a more romantic or experiential Valentine’s gift than a cruise holiday. There’s a good reason why highly successful TV show ‘The Love Boat’ was on our screens for nearly 10 years: cruise ships are the epitome of romance. Not only is hitting the waves a fabulous way to make memories together or rebooting your romance, it also comes with a wealth of luxurious trimmings and trappings to boot: exciting destinations to explore, intimate dining experiences, sensual spa days – and superlative service – all ensuring you and your loved one really will like pampered VIPs throughout.

“Whether your idea of one-on-one time is gazing across the glistening sea, relaxing with pampering treatments, or holing up in your cabin relishing long lie-ins – you can expect plenty of opportunities to relax, have fun and just think about each other.

Here are three romantic cruises to suit all budgets:

Two-night Taster Cruise on Cunard’s Queen Mary 2

“A three or four-day cruise is the perfect Valentine’s gift to truly surprise the important person in your life. A cruise offers the chance to leave all your cares behind as you enjoy a sumptuous experience of fine dining, quality entertainment, perfect pampering and an exciting shore experience or two. Modern-day cruise ships are packed to the gills with innovative onboard activities – from exciting wine tastings, specialist educational programmes, and arts and crafts to dance classes and luxury spa treatments. You and your partner will certainly never be bored onboard, especially with so many cruise evenings now bringing Vegas-style shows, West End musicals, comedy, magic acts and a variety of live music and dancing.

“For a truly grand experience at a surprisingly low price, Cunard Line is offering a two-night Southampton to Hamburg cruise on the stunning Queen Mary 2 on 13th July. Prices start from as little as £299pp and includes the inbound flight to the UK, all meals and entertainment, chocolates on your pillow, and a romantic bottle of sparkling wine in your cabin on the first night.

“QM2 truly feels like a five-star hotel, without losing Cunard’s maritime heritage. This ship offers couples the chance to step back in time to a golden age of travel. Dressing for dinner, taking walks on the Promenade Deck, dancing in the Queens Room, experiencing the Planetarium, enjoying a refined cream tea or simply just delighting in the lavish ambience throughout – this is one of the most elegant cruise experiences for any couple to enjoy.”

Please find details of the deal here

Check out what other cruisers are saying about their experiences on Queen Mary 2 here:

Experience True Luxury On This Year’s Best Cruise Line for Romance – SeaDream Yacht Club

Recently winning the Best for Romance award in Cruise Critic’s Editors’ Picks Awards, in December 2019, SeaDream Yacht Club highly impressed judges for expertly knowing how to set a romantic mood with its top-deck Balinese daybeds for sunshiny or evening snuggles; delectable dishes served alfresco at tables for two; and over-the-top service that leaves passengers wanting for nothing. Cruises to idyllic settings in the Caribbean and Mediterranean, with off-the-beaten-track ports, also make the line the ultimate couple’s getaway at sea.

SeaDream Yacht Club is offering a 7-night Dubrovnik to Venice all-inclusive yacht experience on SeaDream I, departing 27th June 2020. Prices start from £4,827pp, and include all flights, gourmet meals, wines with lunch and dinner, an open bar, water sports, golf simulator, special movies under the stars by the pool, Bvlgari bath amenities, personalised stationary, onboard gratuities, and much more.

SeaDream 1 truly adheres to one of the industry’s most all-inclusive philosophies. Everything from cocktails and caviar to kayaks, water skis, jet skis, bikes and golf simulators are included in the price. Ideal for romantic souls, this glamourous vessel wows with eager-to-please staff; interesting crew-led shore excursions to less travelled spots – where mega-ships don’t go; free-flowing Champagne and caviar beach parties – and it’s stunning Balinese sunbeds. These beds are swathed in high-thread sheets and fluffy duvets for sensual nights spent sleeping behind the stars – you’ll even get a pair of signature SeaDream pyjamas embroidered with your first names – for free. You can’t get more romantic than that!

Chocolate Cruises on Princess Cruises

“If your Valentine is a real chocolate lover, then it might be worth checking out the offerings on Princess Cruises – which is without doubt – the Willy Wonka of the cruise industry. The line offers a truly comprehensive onboard chocolate experience – to delight any chocolate fan. It’s extraordinary Chocolate Journeys partnership with award-winning chocolatier, Norman Love, has meant exquisite desserts in the main dining room, specialty restaurants and the buffet, as well as chocolate-flavoured cocktails, a wine and chocolate pairing, and even chocolate-themed spa treatments.

“The master sweets maker, Love, who spent decades as an executive pastry chef at The Ritz Carlton hotel chain, debuted his Chocolate Journeys on Regal Princess in 2015, during Princess Cruises’ 50th anniversary. The partnership is now on all of the line’s ships.

“Princess Cruises’ latest annual chocolate survey highlighted that 70 percent of women crave chocolate more than sex as an ‘afternoon delight.’ It certainly has tried to capitalise on the popularity of chocolate with an array of indulgent chocolate offerings onboard. The line has given chocolate a presence at its buffet – with some ships even boasting a chocolate fountain or two. Each ship is different – but chocolate is always a key theme. Some pastry chefs, for example, do a monster Chocolate Indulgence breakfast buffet on the last sea day. Others make chocolate pastries, muffins and Danishes available all the time, along with a rotating type of chocolate cake in the evening.

“If you want to smell like a candy bar, you can even indulge in an extraordinary, hydrating, anti-oxidant chocolate body treatment offered in the Lotus Spa. Jane MacDonald, singer, actress and star of popular TV show Cruising with Jane McDonald loved it.

“Or what about a Wine and Chocolate Tasting session? Love worked carefully with the sommelier to pick complementary wines to match his chocolates. Perhaps you will notice the edges of an Argentinean Malbec being softened by chocolate from the Dominican Republic? Or the deep dark notes of a chocolate made with 88 percent cocoa being enhanced by a juicy super Tuscan red?

“Princess Cruises’ Chocolate Journeys are available on all of the line’s ships, but some of the programme elements vary depending on the vessel. Nonetheless, I think we can all agree, that each ship could make a chocolate lover’s holiday – a dream come true!”

“Princess Cruises is offering a 7-night Aegean and Mediterranean cruise onboard Enchanted Princess, on 22nd August, 2020. Fly-Cruise prices start from £1, 599, which include all meals, entertainment and return flights from London to Rome.

“Please find details of Chocolate Journeys on Princess Cruises here – www.princess.com/ships-and-experience/food-and-dining/chocolate-journeys/

THE PERFECT GIFT TO REV UP YOUR VALENTINE’S DAY

Annual fundraiser at Goodwood Motor Circuit

If your loved one enjoys life in the fast lane, forget the chocolates this Valentine’s Day and buy them tickets to The Children’s Trust Supercar Event. Taking place at the Goodwood Motor Circuit in Chichester on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 July 2020, this event promises a weekend to remember.

Throughout the two day extravaganza, over 150 amazing supercars will be attending including the Lamborghini Aventador S, Lamborghini Diablo SV, Ferrari 488 Pista and the McLaren 720S. Now in its 14th year, the event attracts more than 12,000 visitors and is expected to raise over £100,000 for The Children’s Trust, a charity supporting children with brain injury.

If you’re looking for a gift you can get the whole family involved with this is the perfect choice. There’s a host of entertainment for all ages including, water zorbs, inflatable go-karting and helicopter rides. Younger guests can also have their first driving experience with the Stay Safe Driving School (over 14s).

Tickets start from £25 (2 adult, 2 children aged 4-16), adult ticket £10, child and concession tickets £6. Visit thesupercarevent.com/.

Valentine’s Day dates at The Celtic Manor Resort

For a memorable Valentine’s Day in the beautiful Welsh countryside, the five-star Celtic Manor Resort is the ideal destination. Set in more than 2,000 acres of panoramic parkland at the gateway to Wales, The Resort offers a touch of style and glamour in the most luxurious of surroundings.

Couple’s Valentine’s Spa Treat

The Celtic Manor is home to two award winning spas, including the Forum Spa. There are 16 beautifully appointed treatment rooms designed for full relaxation. With ambient lighting, aromatic scents and luxurious electronic therapy couches, guests are sure to feel rejuvenated and restored.

This Valentine’s Day, couples can enjoy a personalised massage in the dual treatment room, plus a glass of bubbly and chocolate-dipped strawberries. The offer includes access to the serene relaxation rooms and full use of the Forum Spa’s facilities. Prices start from £140 per couple. Find out more here.

Wake up in five-star surroundings

Make Valentine’s extra special with a stay in uber-luxe Welsh accommodation. Located on the sixth floor, the Signature Rooms each feature a 6ft king-size double bed, sitting area, marble bathroom, a host of Elemis amenities and a balcony with far-reaching views of the countryside. Along with 5-star accommodation, the Signature Valentine’s Escape package includes a delicious three-course dinner at Steak on Six, a full Welsh breakfast buffet and use of the hotel’s health club throughout the stay.

Prices start from £315, per room, per night. Valid for stays on 14th February 2020. Find out more here.

Relax on the banks of the River Usk

An idyllic riverside inn with an award-winning seasonal menu of locally sourced ingredients, Newbridge on Usk is the perfect spot for a secluded country getaway. The charming 200-year-old inn makes an ideal base for riverside walks and exploring the Monmouthshire countryside. There are six rooms, all with luxurious roll top baths, and a 2 AA Rosette restaurant fronted by Adam Whittle. The Valentine’s Day menu includes a delicious array of treats, including Roasted Venison Loin and a mouth-watering Welsh cheese selection.

Prices start from £189, per room, per night. The package includes a three-course dinner, overnight accommodation, a full Welsh breakfast and use of the spa facilities. Valid for stays on 14th February 2020. Find out more @ www.celtic-manor.com

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20 Place de la République, 72340, La Chartre-sur-le-Loir, France
www.lhoteldefrance.fr

Best gift for your BFF this Galentine’s day!

We’ve all heard about Valentine’s day but in the female forward world we live in, more and more ladies are spending their February 14th with their best friends, celebrating Galentine’s Day. So, for all of the self-partnered, the single and ready to mingles and the bellas before fellas, we have just the gift for you on this very special day.

CÎROC Red Berry have teamed up with luxury spirits personalisation service INKD, to create the limited edition ‘Galentine’s Day’ bottle for 2020. With a high balance of fresh wild raspberry and luscious ripe strawberry essences, this bottle will be a berry special way of saying ‘I love you’ to your best friend.

To top it off INKD are offering customers the chance to add a bespoke message on the bottle – the perfect personalised gift.

Available to purchase:

GET IT INKD – £35, 70cl bottle with personalised message.

The Ultimate Blend for your Lover this Valentines Day

Step away from the supermarket flowers and get personal this Valentines Day.

Let’s be real, your guy may not appreciate a stuffed toy or an elaborate floral display this Valentines Day – but do not fret, Copper Dog, the eight malt blended scotch whisky and celebrity favourite, has launched a personalised gifting service to help make his February 14th that bit more special.

Whether your shopping for a husband or a boyfriend, this boozy gift is sure to be a hit. The well-balanced whisky can be enjoyed both on it’s own, or mixed into cocktails, it‘s deliciously fruity with a hint of honey, spice and everything nice! And the cherry on top? Copper Dog have teamed up with personalised service INKD offering personalised messages for your partner – a unique twist to the perfect gift!

What’s more, just order online and have the bespoke bottle delivered straight to your door as quickly as cupid can fly.

CÎROC their world this Valentine’s Day!

If there’s one time to up your romance game, it’s Valentine’s Day. So put down the supermarket flowers and show your significant other how special they are with a limited-edition Valentine’s Day bottle of CÎROC Red Berry, launched by luxury spirits personalisation service INKD.

The bespoke bottle features hearts, cupids’ bows and all things LOVE-ly for your partner on this special day.

With a high balance of fresh wild raspberry and luscious ripe strawberry essences, this bottle will be a berry special way of saying ‘I love you’. To top it off, INKD are offering customers the chance to add a bespoke message on the bottle – the perfect personalised gift for your partner.

Available to purchase:

GET IT INKD – £35, 70cl bottle with personalised message.

A Recipe for Romance – from the Simple Soups Linocut Series by Kate Guy

A recipe for romance…
From the Simple Soups linocut series by Kate Guy

The French called the tomato the pomme d’amour, or the Love Apple, as they believed that the exotic tomato had aphrodisiac powers – which makes it rather apt to include on your Valentine’s Day menu!

From the Simple Soups series, printmaker Kate Guy has conveniently assembled and illustrated all the ingredients you need to make a temptingly tasty Roasted Tomato Soup and captured them in her lino print recipe tea towel.

The large print is made of individual ‘ingredient’ linocut prints which, combined together, make this complete easy-to-follow recipe – the ideal start to your Valentine’s night celebrations!
Tomatoes are, of course, the stars of the show along with onions, carrots, celery, peppers, garlic, parsley, olive oil and of course a pot to put it in are captured in sumptuous shades of ruby red.

Made from organic cotton, very absorbent, hard-wearing and fully machine washable at 40 degrees, you’ll be able to breeze through the drying up once you’ve created and enjoyed your culinary creation!

The tea towels (£12.00 each) are presented with a paper ‘belly band’ which has the cooking instructions for the recipe on the back…..

Roasted Tomato Soup tea towels and packaging

The Roasted Tomato Soup design is also available as a greeting card which also includes the cooking instructions on the back…..

Roasted Tomato Soup greeting card from Kate Guy

Artist and designer Kate Guy has combined her love of printmaking with a love of food and cooking to create a range of signature homewares featuring the strong graphic qualities of lino-cut and screen printing.
Taking as her ethos for the business the quote by William Morris “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”, Kate has created her ‘Regional Recipes’ and ‘Simple Soups’ series of illustrated recipes which are then transferred to textile and graphic designs on a range of items for the kitchen and home.

Drawing on influences from her home in North West London and the Languedoc region of South West France which she visits regularly, Kate’s key inspiration is from food and the kitchen;
“I feel that the kitchen is the true heart of the home and the smells and tastes that can be found in this social hub are prominent in my work.”

“Each design begins as a drawing inspired by my surroundings, I work in a sketchbook, keeping it as a visual diary and I also take lots of photographs. I use these as inspiration for my prints; I create linocut blocks which I hand-print, and sometimes paint with watercolour. These prints are then further developed into a range of themed kitchenware, prints and stationery.”

As well as tea towels, Kate’s range of homewares includes Tote Bags, Range Hob Covers, Oven Gloves and Pot Holders, Aprons, Greeting Cards and Wrapping Paper….

Kate also holds workshops with small groups in her studios in Putney and Camden; printmaking, general art classes, student tutoring and one to one sessions – see the website for further details.

See the full range at www.kateguy.co.uk

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The Chocolate Memory Box

In one unique personalised gift, it is both a moment of chocolate indulgence and a memory that can be treasured forever.

Inspired by news of packaging waste’s impact on the environment, we recognised our own role and wondered what we could do to reduce our footprint on the planet. Whist our boxes are recyclable, ultimately they are still being disposed of immediately after use. We asked ourselves, could they have a second use? Given that we already included photos in our gifts, it made perfect sense to make the whole box the photo. We added holes to the back of the box and introduced a frame. Better yet, the gift can still be delivered through the letterbox. Now the box isn’t disposed of, but kept and treasured. It is only necessary to recycle the card shipping box.

Share a treasured photo, then include a chocolate message to say just how special they are.

Here’s how it works for Valentine’s
(although it could be for any occasion): 1.Upload that photo of you and your loved one together; perhaps that special holiday, or your first date, or maybe your favourite wedding picture.
2.Then let them know how much you love them in yummy Belgian chocolate letters.
3.Finish with a note to say who it’s from (or, in true Valentine style, keep them guessing!).
4.Finally add your frame.
After your chocolate message has been enjoyed, that special memory can be framed and hung on the wall.

BE MY VALEN(WINE) – GET ROMANTIC WITH ALDI

Celebrate the one you love with a bottle from Aldi’s Valentine’s Day drinks range. These on-trend pink drinks are sure to make your Valentine wink on this special day. Whether you’re spending the day with a friend for Galentine’s or finish with a romantic candlelit meal for two, treat them to one of Aldi’s great value, top quality tipples. Available in stores and online now, these bottles are sure to set hearts aflutter!

Rosé-Spumante (£5,79, 75cl)

Available in stores and online now

A classic and elegant Italian rosé sparkling wine, with intense summer fruits, pears and citrus freshness. Delicious served chilled and can be enjoyed before beginning a romantic evening.

Veuve Monsigny Champagne Rosé (£16.99, 75cl)

Available in stores and online now

Produced in collaboration with Champagne Philizot, this beautiful and seductive Rosé shows crisp red berry fruit flavours and a delicate French Patisserie character. Careful cellar ageing has enhanced its complexity, elegance and length. A chilled glass of this fizz is ideal for raising a toast with your loved one or friends.

Rockstone Ridge White Zinfandel (£4.19, 75cl)

Available in stores and online now

Perfectly sun-kissed grapes are selected for this fresh and zesty Californian White Zinfandel, which is bursting with succulent strawberries, raspberries and cranberries. A tipple perfect for this ‘berry’ special occasion.

Greyson’s Pink Gin (£12.99, 70cl)

Available in stores now

Switching from WINE-derful drinks, this GIN-credible drink depicts an elegantly smooth, sweet taste once sipped. The flavour is best described as having fresh raspberry and strawberry flavours, followed by juniper and subtle blackberry notes. With its refreshing taste and its pretty pink shade, this gin makes a GIN-unely delicious gift for the special someone in your life.

To shop the Valentine’s Day range please visit: www.aldi.co.uk/c/wines/Valentines-Day-Wines.

Limited-edition teddy bear to mark 90th anniversary milestone


Britain’s oldest remaining luxury teddy bear manufacturer, Merrythought, which has created bespoke bears for everyone from One Direction to Prince Charles is celebrating its 90th birthday this year with a special limited-edition 90th commemorative teddy bear.

Just 300 unique bears have been produced for the celebration and will be on sale from Merrythought stockists and online at merrythought.com retailing at £199.

Shropshire-based Merrythought was founded in 1930 by Gordon Holmes. It has since been passed down through four generations and is now under the helm of his great-granddaughter Sarah Holmes as it celebrates the milestone.

The firm is still based in the same factory and has remained true to its origins by continuing to make bears by hand as part of a skilled, delicate 15-stage process.

Bohemian Charm With Lava Moment

Inspired by the iconic beauty and stunning beaches of the UAE, whether you’re looking out onto rolling dunes and panoramic skies, or marvelling at modern constructions such as the stunning Burj Khalifa and Burj Al-Arab, white sandy beaches or crystal blue seas this was the true inspiration behind the Lava Moments Sea Collection. Which showcases a number of scented candles that mirror the sea’s ability to evoke true emotion to soothe and cleanse.

Seaful Cube Candle, (Small – £43.00) (Large – £78.00) from Amara.

The freshest fragrance featured in the Sea Collection. Suitable for all hours of the day. A pleasing fragrance for those drawn to the finer pleasures in life.

Sea Dream Cube Candle, £78.00 from LavaMoments.

Promises a journey of complete bliss. It radiates a sunny fragrance that’s reminiscent of a fresh and woody seaside.

Evening Walk Cube Candle, £78.00 from LavaMoments.

Reminiscent of a soft gentle breeze and sandy walks on the beach. The burn is clean with a subtle zest; a truly heart-warming aroma.

Pink Dusk Cube Candle, (Small – £43.00) (Large – £78.00) from Amara.

With luxurious aquatic and woody notes paired with patchouli. The new Pink Dusk collection is expertly created from superior craftsmanship.

To achieve distinctive detail and quality each and every candle is carved and hand painted to perfection. Reflecting the roots of the collection each artisanal candle from the Sea Collection is embellished with seashells to add an oceanic element and bohemian charm to the designs which will leave you feeling like you’re soaking up the sun in hotter climates too.

Celebrating a friend of family member moving into a new home? Make a house a home with a candle from the Lava Moments Sea Collection, an ideal house warming gift. Because after the stress of unpacking boxes, while the surroundings maybe unfamiliar it is so important to make that space as comfortable as possible and a Lava Candle would do just that, an escape from the chaos. A gift of pure luxury, designed to add that opulent finishing touch to any living space. Enjoy that comforting warm glow of a Lava Candle for a true slice of relaxation.

Luxury fragrances and artesian styles sits amongst the DNA of Lava Moments. From high fragrance, container filled candles, inclusion candles and handmade scented pillars Lava Moments has a candle to suit each and everyone’s taste. To find out more information on any of these collections please visit Lava Moments.

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You’re the Balm!

Don’t let dry, chapped lips get in the way of a romantic kiss this Valentine’s Day. Give your lips some TLC with Jack Black’s range of Intense Therapy Lip Balms… Goodbye chapped lips, hello kisses!

www.mankind.co.uk

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Jack Black Intense Therapy
Lip Balm SPF25
£7.95 each, 7g

Show your lips some love this Valentine’s Day with Jack Black’s Lip Balms, enriched with superior skin conditioners and antioxidants. This emollient balm soothes and relieves dry, chapped, irritated lips. Unlike waxy sticks, it penetrates quickly to provide instant relief.
Offers broad-spectrum sun protection with an SPF of 25; also guards against windburn and temperature extremes.

Lip Service

~ Lemon ~
If you’re feeling zesty

~ Black Tea ~
If you’re feeling hot

~ Grapefruit ~
If you’re feeling fruity

~ Shea Butter ~
If you’re feeling smooth

~ Natural Mint ~
If you’re feeling fresh

Jack Black products are available from: www.mankind.co.uk ~ www.boots.com ~ www.escentual.com

Jack Black also have a great body spray

Jack Black All-Over Body Spray (£27.00, 100ml)


Lighter than cologne, this body spray combines zesty Natural Citrus with fresh herbal notes of Mint and Rosemary to create an invigorating scent that’s ideal for all occasions. Featuring the fragrance of Jack Black’s best-selling All-Over Wash you can expect a cool, clean and energising scent that’s long-lasting, leaving him smelling irresistible!

& Jack Black also have a Beard Grooming Kit!

Jack Black Beard Grooming Kit, £32.00


Contains Jack Black Grooming Heroes:

Beard Wash 44ml , Beard Lube® Conditioning Shave 44ml, Beard Oil 30ml, Beard Comb.

This four-step grooming routine will leave skin and facial hair looking their best. Travel friendly to keep you groomed on the go, including a handcrafted, travel-friendly beard comb that helps keep facial hair in check and under control.

Stockist: www.mankind.co.uk ~ www.escentual.com ~ www.thegroomingclinic.com

 

Say Yes! to better safe sex

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WooWoo extends current health and beauty range with natural sexual health and pleasure products including CBD based orgasm oil

British health and beauty brand WooWoo are on a mission to help liven up the nation’s sex lives with a new range of sexual health and pleasure enhancing products.


In a move that will see the brand extend their product offering to straddle both the feminine care and sexual health categories, the new product line-up includes an arousal boosting lube, a hemp and CBD based orgasm oil, and pleasure enhancing condoms to complement their current range of cleansers, soothers and pampering products.

As with all existing WooWoo products, the new collection is derived from natural ingredients, paraben free, and will also feature the same stand out bold and bright packaging made from sugar cane.

Launched 12 months ago, the female designed British health and beauty brand aims to help women value their vaginas and feel more sexually self-confident. Extensive research by the brand earlier this year revealed that three quarters (75%) of sexually active British women are dissatisfied with their sex life, with four out of five (81%) women also admitting to having unprotected sex at some point in their lives.


With the latest figures from Public Health England revealing a shocking rise in sexually transmitted infections, particularly in young adults, WooWoo is launching the range of products in a bid to stem the spread of STI’s and put sexual pleasure forefront and centre for women.

WooWoo company founder and CEO Lucy Anderson comments on the range: “Our aim from inception has been to make women’s sex lives better. Our own research into sexual health and attitudes towards female pleasure reveal women’s sexuality and sexual activity is still a taboo topic. These outdated attitudes are not only impacting our sexual pleasure, but also mean young women are putting themselves at risk.” “We’ve led the debate around sexual health and well-being issues with our Worship Your WooWoo Campaign, now we’re taking action.

We hope our new range of sexual health and pleasure enhancing
products will help women feel more confident to say yes to fun, but safe sex.”

The new WooWoo product line includes:

Protect it! – WooWoo Ribs & Dots Condoms |12 pack – RRP £9.99
Natural rubber latex ribbed, and dotted condoms designed to mutually maximize pleasure during sex.

Protect it! – WooWoo Real Feel Condoms | 12 pack – RRP £9.99
Extra thin natural rubber condoms for an intimate and sensual experience.

Protect it! – WooWoo Ribbed Condoms | 12 pack – RRP £9.99
Natural rubber latex ribbed condoms designed to increase sensation and pleasure during wear.

Protect it! – WooWoo Party Pack Condoms | 3 pack – RRP £3.75
Mini pack of 1 x Real Feel Latex Condom 1 x Ribbed Latex Condom 1 x Ribs & Dots Latex Condom

Slide it! | Arousal boosting lube – RRP £9.99
A slick, moisturising lubricant designed to help keep things moving and stimulate senses. Featuring natural and soothing moisturisers such as macadamia oil, and aloe vera, and Japanese honeysuckle and geranium oil to aid relaxation and reduce irritation and inflammation. This beautifully scented water-based lube is safe to use with condoms and sure to put a spring in your sex life.

WooWoo Bliss Oil | Natural orgasm enhancing oil – RRP £9.99
An exotically and beautifully fragranced oil perfect for use alone, or better still with friends. Featuring moisturising Aloe Vera, relaxing geranium, and hemp and CBD oil to heighten and stimulate sexual pleasure.
Refresh it! | Cranberry & Aloe Vera Wipes 12 pack – RRP £2.25

A smaller 12 wipe handbag or festival ready pack of our refreshing intimate wipes. The wipes are lightly scented with cranberry extract, which is widely recognised for its healing properties in helping prevent UTI’s. These 100% biodegradable and plastic free wipes are ideal for a quick wipe down after sex.

Cranberry cleanse | Cranberry & Aloe Vera pH balanced wash for all over and intimate use – RRP £3.75

A gentle cranberry & Aloe Vera pH balanced wash for all over and intimate use. Featuring cranberry extract which is widely recognised for its healing properties in helping prevent UTI’s, and soothing Aloe Vera to cleanse intimate skin and maintain your natural pH balance.
The seven new products will be available exclusively at Superdrug stores nationwide, and via woowoo.fun, feelunique and the Amazon beauty store.

To find out more about the WooWoo product range visit www.woowoo.fun
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Sweet, But Not So Innocent

Gifting for the ones you love this Valentine’s Day can be a mind field, saturated with the familiar sight of flowers, teddy bears, chocolates and bottles of fizz you don’t know where to turn to for something a little more out of the ordinary.

From the overwhelming supply of winter berries and spices scents surrounding the festive season. If your Valentine’s Day date struggles with over powering, heavily scented candles then the PyroPets from 54 Celsius provides the perfect alternative due to their fragrance free content. These PyroPets artistic, geometric animal sculptures simply yet significantly enrich the surroundings with their fantastic presence. So if a first date is on the cards, let your PyroPet take centre stage and conversation will soon ignite across the dinner table. Light the wick and watch this space as the profile of your animal begins to warp, the melting wax peels back to reveal a menacing flame and scorched aluminium skeleton.

Each PyroPet offers a burning time of approximately 6-20 hours, plenty of time to accompany your Valentine’s Day plans. Made from paraffin wax, a cotton wick and an aluminium skeleton. Each candle offers a slightly different burning experience, which is why we would recommend placing your candle on a plate with a minimum diameter of 10 inches (25 cm) to contain the wax as it melts.

54 Celsius ensured versatility in each of their designs, incorporating a selection of colours to suit your interior. Whether that is minimalistic monochrome in a tinge of black, grey and white, soothing pastel hues of peach, mint and baby blue or a vivid wash of electric blue, red, lavender and yellow.

The PyroPet collection boasts over 8 different animals, all names in keeping the Icelandic roots of the brand. Such as Kisa (Cat), Bíbí (Bird), Hoppa (Rabbit), Ugla (Owl), Dýri (Deer), Dreki (Dragon) and Voffi (Dog). Each of the PyroPet candles are available to buy online for between £12.50-£27.00 from 54 Celsius.

Antigua. With its picture-perfect white sand beaches, crystal-clear aquamarine waters and lush jungle-fringed peninsulas, it is no surprise that Antigua has been awarded the accolade of Romance Capital of the Caribbean.

Offering an abundance of quiet, private spots for proposals, and stunning beachfront venues for weddings, honeymoons and intimate dinners, Antigua is ideal for couples at any stage of their romantic journey.

From relaxing on one of the 365 pristine beaches to enjoying a sunset sail around the island and even adopting a donkey together at Antigua’s Donkey Sanctuary, there are plenty of activities to make this romantic getaway memorable.

For those seeking an escape to paradise with their other half, Antigua is a year-round favourite for couples, but especially rows the boat out for its guests during the annual ‘Romance Month’ in June.

Adults only stay

Antigua’s all-inclusive Nonsuch Bay Resort recently unveiled adult-only sanctuary The Escape is undoubtedly the place to stay.The Escape is set amongst secluded, unspoilt hills at a suitable distance from the family-orientated section, and boasts its own private on-site beach, as well as boat access to nearby Green Island’s stretches of deserted white sand. Each unit comes equipped with its own private plunge pool, wet bar, and king-sized bed. Guests wishing to exert themselves beyond The Escape’s exceptionally comfortable pool loungers can also enjoy quintessentially Caribbean activities like sailing. Heading out at sunset makes this experience even more romantic, with couples able to choose packages that incorporate champagne and dining. Starting price from £335 per room.

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Zippo HeatBank™: The New Rechargeable Hand Warmer That Keeps Hands Toasty and Your Devices Powered

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Zippo has launched the latest addition in its best-selling line of reusable Hand Warmers: Zippo HeatBank™: Available in 3-hour and 6-hour run times, these slim, sleek HeatBanks offer dual-sided heat to ensure continuous, gentle warmth. The Zippo HeatBank also features a USB charging port, combining dependable, finger-thawing warmth with the convenience of a device power bank.

The 3-hour Rechargeable HeatBank (RRP: £24.95) is powered by a rechargeable 2,600 mAh lithium polymer battery for lasting, dependable warmth of up to three hours. Two adjustable settings – high and low – offer an opportunity to adjust the heat to any environment, and an operating temperature of up to 45°C makes these HeatBanks the perfect option for short outdoor activities or even chilly offices. The 3-hour model is available in two colour options: silver and black.

The 6-hour Rechargeable HeatBank (RRP: £39.95) comes equipped with a 5,200 mAh lithium-ion battery, offering up to six hours of run time. With five different heat settings and a maximum operating temperature of 50°C, these HeatBanks are ideal for those looking to stay outside longer. The 6-hour Rechargeable HeatBank is available in two colour options: silver and green.

Both the 3-hour and 6-hour models feature indicator lights, which display heat settings as well as remaining battery, letting users know exactly when it’s time to recharge. Additionally, an included charging cable can be plugged into many electrical devices for quick recharging, turning each Rechargeable HeatBank into a portable power bank for a variety of items, including mobile phones, tablets or digital cameras. Like the iconic Zippo Windproof Lighter, each Zippo HeatBank is rugged, durable and made to last.

Zippo’s environmentally friendly rechargeable HeatBanks join the popular 6-hour and 12-hour Refillable Hand Warmers in the brand’s expanding Hand Warmer portfolio. The Zippo Refillable Hand Warmers are flameless and convenient to use over and over again, generating 35% more heat than the traditional disposable Hand Warmer products currently on the market.

Zippo’s new line of HeatBanks is now available for purchase on Zippo.co.uk as well as select retailers. More information can be found at www.zippo.co.uk/176-hand-warmers

Because the festivities never stop at Gold Reef City!

Gold Reef City (www.tsogosun.com/gold-reef-city-casino), SA’s most loved local entertainment spot, has hit the floor running with several thrilling events and gaming promotions all on the go at the same time! Who says the festivities need to end in January? It’s a new year and a new decade, bringing with it several new ways to have fun! What are you waiting for?

It’s Movie Madness at Gold Reef City!
Lights, Camera, SAVE! If you’re under 18 or a pensioner you only pay R85 for your movie ticket, popcorn and a cold drink – every day and every show until Sunday, 9 February! If that is not enough, get in on our Movie & Meal Deal from as little as R99! Get a 2D movie ticket, mouth-watering chicken strips and dip, or hot dog and chips from Vigour & Verve for only R99! Bump it up to a Margherita pizza for R115 or a burger and chips for R125. Yes, it’s magical Movie Madness (www.tsogosun.com/gold-reef-city-casino/offers/movie-madness) at its best!

The Gold Reef City Valentine’s Date Night package: not for the faint of heart!
For most couples Valentine’s Day is a day of love, romance and sweet surprises. But not everyone feels that way about the month of love! Gold Reef City knows these couples well and has specially catered for them by offering thrilling Valentines Date Night packages (www.tsogosun.com/gold-reef-city-casino/offers/valentines-date-night). These thrill-seeking, adventurous adrenaline junkie couples get to start their Valentine’s Date Night with selected rides such as the Tornado, Mermaids, Wave Swings, UVO and the popular but terrifying Storm Chaser. Next up in the programme is a gourmet picnic dinner and movie under the stars for only R1 000 per couple! Take it up a notch by choosing the R2 500 package per couple and you get to stay over at our four star Gold Reef City Theme Park hotel! It’s a perfect match! There are limited tickets so make sure to book your package today. Contact us at GoldReef.DateNight@tsogosun.com or phone Paulina / Abida on 011 248 6940/ 6991.

Love a good laugh? Celebrate the Month of LOVE with Sifiso Nene’s Combo Comedy
Comedic sensation, Sifiso Nene, will be bringing you the best comedy combination on Valentine’s Day 2020 at Gold Reef City, Lyric Theatre. Whether you are single or not, in love or not, the Combo Comedy Show (www.tsogosun.com/gold-reef-city-casino/whats-on/theatre/combo-comedy-show) promises to get all South Africans from all walks of life under one roof to share a few hearty laughs. The all-star cast features performances from local comedy greats – don’t miss this laugh-a-minute performance with tickets starting at only R220 – R270 per person. The show starts at 20h00.

Gold Reef City gift cards: give the gift of choice
Gold Reef City has launched its very own gift card (www.tsogosun.com/gold-reef-city-casino/stores/gift-cards)! Now you can give the gift of a well-deserved day out – including eating out, shopping out or going out to a show! It’s the perfect gifting idea for that someone in your life that has everything! OR, for younger visitors, so they no longer need to handle cash while enjoying a day out with their friends! The Gold Reef City gift card can be used at the casino and entertainment complex: the Victorian train station themed cinema, the Lyric Theatre and the Theme Park at Gold Reef City, including any one of the complex’s amazing restaurants. All the gift cardholder needs to do is swipe the card and instantly enjoy all the thrills that Gold Reef City has to offer. The perfect day out to make memories – not to mention the convenience!

Sizzling Hot Saturday Night Jackpots!
Mulbarton resident, Joseph Ford could hardly believe his luck on Saturday evening, 28 December 2019 when he won a brand-new VW Polo Vivo in the last Saturday Night Jackpots promotion car draw of 2019! What a way to end the year! The good news? The 2020 Saturday Night Jackpots (www.tsogosun.com/gold-reef-city-casino/whats-on/saturday-night-jackpots-2020) has kicked off with over R4.2 million in CASH and PRIZES – including 13 sexy new VW Cross Ups – to be dished out! As if that wasn’t enough – there are bonusing sessions for Day Visitor cardholders so that EVERYONE has a chance to win! A whopping R100 000 in FreePlay will be up for grabs! This time it could be YOU!

Fantastic 5 comes alive at Gold Reef City!
Gold Reef City is treating its Black cardholders to an exclusive promotion worth R1.3 million! Five fantastic cash prizes will go to five guaranteed winners, every Friday, over the next three months. The Fantastic 5 promotion (www.tsogosun.com/gold-reef-city-casino/whats-on/gaming/fantastic-5) started on Wednesday, 1 January with the last draw taking place on Friday, 27 March 2020. Each Friday will see five Black cardholders walk away with a share of R100 000 in cash. Active Black Rewards Cardholders automatically qualify for the draws. It’s that simple!

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Motif

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Motif is the perfect personalised gift guaranteed to make this a Valentine’s Day to remember. There are so many gift options for Valentine’s – but Motif photos’ personalised photo printing app offers something much more special than a romantic dinner for two!

The 20% off code is: MotifValentines20

The free-to-download app helps you create beautiful photo books, calendars and cards using all the treasured memories you’ve captured with your loved one – whether it’s those special moments from your first Christmas together, a proposal or perhaps even your Wedding Day, Motif Photos offers a unique and personal gift that your partner will treasure for years to come!

Crazy Store Valentine’s Day Products

Heart shaped lollies, 25g


New for Valentine’s Day from Forever Sewing –

the ideal personalised gifts for you and your partner

Spend a romantic night in with personalised matching
lounge wear and dressing gowns

Forget FOMO this Valentine’s Day and get ready to fully embrace JOMO instead – as we have the perfect cosy night in treat for you lovebirds. You and your partner can now spend the day (and night) matching up in cosy lounge wear or even in your very own personalised dressing gowns.

Forever Sewing, luxury personalised clothing brand, have created sets of matching loungewear and luxury dressing gowns that can be embroidered with your sets of initials, pet names or even something secret… Ideal as a quality gift that you can both spend the rest of the year enjoying.

With celeb fans of the brand including, Jacqueline Jossa, Dan Osborne, Harry Derbidge, Stacey Solomon, Rochelle Humes, Mrs Hinch, Abbey Clancy and many more, you can bet the celebrities will be matching up with their partners this February too!

Launched just in time for Valentine’s Day the dressing gowns are priced £25 – £45, come in a range of colours to keep everyone happy and can be personalised with your name on the back and initials on the front.

Lounge wear starts from £53 for adults and £23 for children.

Available from new born size up to an XL adult size.

See foreversewingx.co.uk/collections/new-arrivals/products/dressing-gown

Fatherson Bakery launches new Valentine’s Day cake range

Creating delicious food, honestly made


To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Fatherson Bakery is launching two new mouth-watering creations – the gorgeous Chocolate Heart Shaped Cake, and two delicious Valentine’s Cupcakes. Award-winning and known for creating delicious food that is the honestly made, Valentine’s range will be in-store early February across the UK, including Spar, the Co-Op, Budgens and many national and independent Garden Centres and grocery retailers.

Renowned for creating a ‘taste of homemade’ when it comes to bakery creations, the Valentine cake range from Fatherson Bakery uses ‘best in class’ quality ingredients that are all locally sourced. Lovingly made by Fatherson artisan bakers, with a tried and tested Fatherson ‘owned secret’ recipe the Valentine cake range features fresh ingredients to replicate the same much-loved baking practices used in the home kitchen.

With a mission for 2020 to become one of the first eco-friendly bakeries in the UK, all packaging is 100% recyclable. The Fatherson Valentine range includes:

Fatherson Bakery Chocolate Heart Shaped Cake

Lavishly layered with sweet red icing, this scrumptious Chocolate sponge Heart Shaped Cake is created big enough for two for you and your partner to share this Valentine’s.

Suitable for vegetarians

RRP: £5.00

Fatherson Bakery Valentine’s Cupcakes

Two delicious handmade vanilla and chocolate sponge cupcakes topped up generously with scrumptious icing.

Suitable for vegetarians

RRP: £4.00 for two cupcakes

Stitch & Story:


They offer a wide range of knitting and crochet kits, either for beginners or more advanced knitters. They have kits within a range of categories, the main ones being Homeware, Fashion and Baby & Kids. For something different to give your loved ones on valentines day, take a look at their products here: www.stitchandstory.com/collections/shop

Scotland Kilt Company:
With us still having to cope with the cold weather, The Scotland Kilt Company are able to keep your warm for the rest of the winter months. They primarily provide a great range of kilts and kilt attire for an occasion necessary, however also have a wide range of clothing and accessories for women. They sell coats, jumpers, bags, scarves and gifts etc… They even have a range for your pets! Take a look at their products here: www.thescotlandkiltcompany.co.uk/

ZuBlu:
For a great valentines experience for both you and your partner to share, ZuBlu is right for you. They are a leading dive travel company, who provide the best scuba diving destinations in Asia! They can show you the best places to dive depending upon the type of water animals you would like to see or if you want to see the beautiful reefs, they can provide that too. If you want a valentines experience you will never forget check out ZuBlu here: www.zubludiving.com/

Happy Valentine’s Day from AO.com.

For breakfast in bed…

2 Slice Toaster – Red

RRP £129

Key Features

Toast 2 slices at once
Reheat toast quickly and easily
Special function for perfectly toasted bagels
Defrost function thaws bread quickly
Handy removable tray lets you dispose of crumbs easily

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Morphy Richards Evoke 100108 Kettle – Red

RRP £49

Key Features

1.5 litre – make up to 6 cups of tea or coffee
3000 Watt power output
Rapid boil for hot water in a hurry
360 degree connection for left or right handed use
2 year manufacturer warranty for peace of mind

Espresso Coffee Machine – Red

RRP 319

Key Features

Milk frother gives your drinks a perfect creamy finish
Heating system keeps water at the ideal temperature
Cup warmer gently heats your cups for the perfect drink
Adjust the amount of water added to your coffee
Mixes steam and milk for delicious cappuccinos

For a romantic night in…

3.5 Litre Slow Cooker – Copper

RRP £30

Key Features

3.5 litre capacity
Choice of 3 heat settings to choose from
Glass lid lets you monitor cooking without losing heat
Easy-to-use dial control
Components are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning

Philips Hue White and Colour Ambiance E27 Twin Pack – A+ Rated

RRP £66

Key Features

Smart light bulb – control from your phone or tablet
White and coloured bulb – choose from 16 million shades
Screw fitting with 25,000 hour lifespan
Special mode adjusts the brightness to help you focus
Relax setting changes the light to a soft glow

Sony Portable Wireless Speaker – Red

RRP £129

Key Features

· Built-in speaker for standard sound quality

· Bluetooth and NFC enabled for wireless connectivity

· Expandable system – stream music in every room

· Get the party started with the Mega Bass boost

· Creates a bright lightshow in time with your music

For Galentine’s Day…

Acer C200 Projector UXGA – Black

RRP £163

Key Features

UXGA resolution – sharper and clearer than HD
Max screen size of 25 inches makes it ideal for travel
2000:1 contrast ratio – bright, vibrant pictures
Super-portable with up to 4 hours of battery life
Connect external devices via HDMI or wireless dongle

JBL Link 300 Wireless Speaker with Google Assistant – Black

RRP £199

Key Features

Voice-controlled WiFi speaker with Google Assistant
Stream tracks from Google Play Music and Spotify
Play, pause and skip tracks with a simple voice command
Bluetooth enabled with internet connectivity
Expandable system – stream music in every room

Table Top Wine Cooler – Grey – A+ Rated

RRP £189

Key Features

Holds 12 bottles of wine
Efficient A+ energy rating
Handy controls let you change the temperature easily
Interior light illuminates the cabinet
Dimensions (cm) – H49.8 x W43 x D50

Tyne Bank Brewery have created distinctive, fruity beers perfect for celebrating with loved ones.


The independent Newcastle cask house uses a range of hops to create a variety of unique flavours – from the quintessentially British Rhubarb and Custard to the refreshing American IPA.

Personalised for the beer lover in your life, mix and match from Tyne Bank Brewery’s bespoke range of 6 beers and create the ideal gift for those who love a fruity twist or prefer an original pale-ale for under £30.

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The Tyne Bank Brewery bottle gift pack is perfect for beer lovers and can be customised to suit their taste.

Stockist: www.tynebankbrewery.co.uk

RRP: £8.50

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Tyne Bank Brewery beer cans are available in a mixed pack of 3.

Stockist: www.tynebankbrewery.co.uk

RRP: £16.50

The range is also available to buy as standalone cans – a perfect gift for him or her this Valentine’s Day.

Rhubarb & Custard 4.4% | Strawberries & Cream 3.8% | Summer Breeze (v) 3.9% | American IPA (v) 6% | Helix (v) 5% | Silver Dollar (v) 4.9%

Stockist: www.tynebankbrewery.co.uk

RRP: £2.20 per can or mixed case of 12, £26

About Tyne Bank Brewery

Formed in 2011 and based on the banks of the River Tyne in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne Bank Brewery strives to produce the highest quality beer using the best possible ingredients. It is proud to be at the forefront of a vibrant and growing North East beer scene.

Tyne Bank brews a core range of five ales, which are permanently available. These range from Castle Gold, a refreshing light pale ale to a wonderfully fruity 4% West Coast IPA. The expert team also uses their knowledge and expertise to produce a wide variety of ales for their monthly specials taking inspiration from several different beer styles from across the globe.

Chococo’s Chocolate Lobsters for Valentine’s Day


NEW Foiled Chocolate Lobsters (£10.00/125g) Lobsters are supposed to mate for life and as Chococo was founded in Swanage, on the Dorset Coast, creating theses handmade chocolate crustaceans for aspiring cupids to declare their love seems fitting. Choose from; a milk chocolate lobster made from 45% Venezuela origin milk chocolate that comes wrapped in pink foil and a dark chocolate one made from 67% Madagascar origin dark chocolate that comes wrapped in purple foil. Both lobsters come hand-decorated on the outside with natural colours in pastel shades with a dusting of edible shimmer. The dark chocolate lobster is dairy-free and vegan-friendly. They also have a gift tag that says – ‘You’re my lobster’.

www.chococo.co.uk/milk-chocolate-love-lobster-813.html

For Valentine’s Day 2020, Dorset-based artisan chocolatier Chococo has created a collection of gorgeous chocolates that take inspiration from the sea, all the way to the moon and back.

Aspiring lovers can select from the following gifts: freshly handmade Valentine’s selection boxes featuring NEW flavours and a NEW design, NEW chocolate lobsters, NEW ‘To the Moon & Back’ hearts and NEW Chocolate Heart Boxes.

Carefully developed by the team, led by founders Claire and Andy Burnet, all the gifts are freshly handmade in Purbeck, Dorset, from fine origin chocolate from Madagascar (dark chocolate 67% cocoa and 65% milk chocolate cocoa), Venezuela (milk chocolate 45%) and Colombia (white chocolate) – so the object of your amorous intentions will get the best possible fine chocolate rush. Chococo has always been a firm believer in working with chocolate high in cocoa solids and low in sugar, as it believes in giving its customers a fine chocolate, not a sugar, experience.

Chococo cares about the impact of its packaging on the environment and always has done – since launch back in 2002, its iconic selection boxes have always only ever had cardboard grids inside to hold each chocolate in place, never plastic vac forms. All Chococo’s new gifts for Valentine’s 2020 are in compostable plastic-free woodpulp bags or cornstarch cellophane. For more information please see the notes to editors section.

All the items listed below are available online on its website www.chococo.co.uk and from Chococo’s four Chocolate Houses in Swanage, Dorset; Winchester, Hampshire; Exeter, Devon; and Horsham, Sussex. Alternatively, you can call 01929 421777 to order some tempting Valentine delights.

Epson’s portable laser projector, the EF-100, is ideal for creating the perfect romantic date night

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, many are in the process of planning the ultimate romantic experience and sourcing the perfect gift for their significant other. Epson’s portable laser projector, the EF-100, is ideal for creating the perfect romantic date night, allowing you to relax at home and enjoy an immersive and personal home cinematic experience.

The projector is available in two designs – the white EF-100W features silver accents while the black EF-100B has copper edging, and both models boast a stylish finish, including rounded corners, minimalist buttons and a tactile, leather-like covering. Even in daylight, the laser light source delivers a bright and vibrant picture, so there’s no need to turn lights off, close the curtains or even use a screen. Key features of the EF-100 include:

Stylish finishes, compact and lightweight design
Big display size (up to 150 inches) and HD resolution
Project on almost any surface and in any direction (laser light source, vents and power inlet on the side)
Long-lasting and high-quality laser light source
Stress-free set up, simple to stream content (connects to Amazon Fire, Chromecast, Roku), easy sound options (including built-in 5W speaker).

For Valentine’s day Turn A Favourite Picture Into Portraits On Gold and add the Touch of Gold to personalize and preserve Your Precious Memories . . .

Portraits on Gold was developed to provide innovative choices for Custom Design with a Personal Touch –

There are so many reasons to turn to Portraits on Gold. Whether digitalizing a current photo, repairing a torn, faded one, or a damaged photo to be reproduced; combining a group of photos into one picture or colorizing an old outdated one, our specialists work one on one with you to achieve a new creation.

AND Valentines Day is the perfect choice for Portraits on Gold, it is a unique one of a kind gift that will perfectly express the sentiment behind the gift.

Once the photo has been rendered it is melded with Goldtone Metal, to allow the lustre and brilliance of the gold to adorn your picture.

Your original picture is never damaged or destroyed.

We understand how precious these treasured moments are to YOU and ensure that as a gift, or for personal appreciation, this
“Personalized Forever Keepsake” will bring lasting memories to be enjoyed for generations; elegantly dressed in GOLD!

PORTRAITS ON GOLD

These reproductions start at $99.00 and examples can be seen at: www.portraitsongold.com a different unique and wonderful gift for Valentine’s Day

Or how about a unique elegant greeting card that when framed becomes a gift! at www.greetingongold.com

Bluemint clutch

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Valentine’s gift idea

Plates for less are running a competition at the moment whereby a lucky person can win a free registration mark, as detailed here: www.plates4less.co.uk/competitions/valentines-2020.html?fbclid=IwAR1VtKAAWYvLkZnbutr6OQAzOP5yzCL1JFUuM8hvYCOgtC5AGVNkMdvvq08)

A company providing personalised registrations and number plates, which make great gifts. They can carry intimate personal significance, they can display a favourite sports team or player, a nickname, they can even be used to promote businesses. they can take care of the transfer, meaning customers don’t need to worry about contacting the DVLA, or they can simply provide the V750 Certificate of Entitlement to be gifted at Valentine’s and transferred later, either by you or the receiver. Plates for Less provide gift certificates, too, which can be delivered the next day for those who leave their shopping to the last minute! As well as providing the rights to registrations, they can also provide the number plates to display the registration – which make for very distinctive presents when gift-wrapped!

For more information see plates4less.co.uk

The London Philharmonic Orchestra have a special Valentine’s concert featuring beautiful French music – a very romantic gift and outing for any couple!

www.lpo.org.uk/whats-on-and-tickets/5323-valentine-in-paris.html

Velvet Rose Activewear
1. Ladies V-Cut Leggings $63.00
2. Men’s White Tracksuit Set $120.00

It’s a new decade and top of the year when everyone is looking to get fit.

Forget the flowers, forget the jewelry…give your sweetheart a gift called “Toujours L’amour.”


It’s a gift they’ll never forget (and never forgive you for.)

Here is a link to a page on which you can see a bronze of the art:
www.barrows.com/tjl-red-1.html

The bronzes are priced at $7,500 (plus shipping and handling) plus 9.5% sales tax in California.

Loacker Gran Pasticceria Tortina

Loacker Gran Pasticceria Tortina is the trifecta of taste experiences. Luxurious crème nestled between with two crisp wafers and an exquisite chocolate enrobing makes this award winning product extra special. The Tortina tartlets are available in three perfectly rounded flavor varieties: Tortina Original with dark milk chocolate, Tortina Dark with dark chocolate and Tortina White with white chocolate. Because they are individually wrapped, these refined delicacies are always fabulously fresh!

Loacker Chocolate Bar

Loacker’s range of rich, premium chocolate bars have become a definite consumer favorite! Each 55g bar contains six generous tablets, and each tablet contains a luscious layer of crème over a light, crispy wafer leaf, providing a one of a kind indulgent experience. The unforgettable flavor experience is available in different varieties: Milk Creme, Dark Creme, White Creme, Chocolate Creme, Napolitaner and Raspberry Yoghurt.

Loacker Quadratini

Enjoy an unrivalled and delicious flavor experience with Quadratini! Loacker Quadratinis take delectable up a notch with five light, crispy wafers enveloping four layers of smooth cream in a vast assortment of irresistible flavors. The bite-size, crunchy cubes will tempt you to enjoy more than one. Flavor varieties include: hazelnut, chocolate, vanilla, dark chocolate, lemon, coconut, raspberry-yogurt, cocoa & milk and blueberry-yogurt, along with ltalian Blends – Espresso, Tiramisu, and Cappuccino.

GIFT A LOVED ONE A BREAK THIS VALENTINE’S WITH

PREMIER COTTAGE VOUCHERS

Struggling to find the perfect treat for a loved one this Valentine’s? Then why not give them the gift that everyone wants – a break?

Premier Cottages’ self-catering collection features almost a thousand stylish places to stay in over 200 beautiful locations and its gift vouchers can be used as part or full payment for a holiday or short break at any of these.

They also have a collection of properties that are ideal for two, ranging from stylish countryside barns to romantic boltholes with pools and picture perfect escapes with hot tubs. Many are dog-friendly too. Great value options include the Shepherd’s Hut at Mill Granary Cottages in Durham, which sleeps two and costs from £200 for two nights.

Vouchers can be bought in various denominations ranging from £50 to £250 and are valid for three years. To purchase simply visit: www.premiercottages.co.uk/vouchers

The Best Alcoholic Gifts for Valentine’s Day

For Him

Cotswolds Distillery Trio Gift Set

From £44.95 for 3x 20cl. Available from cotswoldsdistillery.com.

Cotswold’s Distillery’s trio gift pack is the perfect gift for the spirits drinker in your life. The trio pack comes with three 20cl bottles of their signature Dry Gin (46% ABV), Single Malt Whisky (46% ABV) and Cream liqueur, made with fresh Irish cream (17% ABV).

J&B Rare Scotch Whisky

From £22.50 for 70cl (40% ABV). Available from Waitrose, masterofmalt.com, thewhiskyexchange.com, drinksupermarket.com, 31dover.com and Justerini & Brooks.

Steeped in history, J&B Rare is a blended Scotch whisky combining forty-two malt and grain whiskies in one smooth yet subtle blend. A unique process of blending mastery, bringing together the bold flavours of single malts with lighter grain whiskies, adding fullness and depth to the blend. This is a whisky whose blends and behaviours have transformed tastes and defined the category, earning loyal clientele from the Princes of England to the Kings of Swing.

Gin 1689

From £35 for 70cl (42% ABV). Available from Master of Malt and Amazon.
Based on an original 300-year-old recipe from the time of King William III of England, also known as William of Orange, and Queen Mary II, Gin 1689 is distilled with the same botanicals as the 1689 recipe uncovered in the British Library’s rare book section by Founders Alexander Janssens and Patrick van der Peet. Gin 1689 is a classic juniper style spirit in a distinctive royal blue bottle with luxurious gold lettering. Other botanicals include dried quince and pippin (apple), lemon and orange peel, nutmeg, aniseed, and clove.

Barentsz Gin

From £32.95 for 70cl (43% ABV). Available from Harvey Nichols, Amazon, 31Dover, Master of Malt, Whisky Exchange and Drinksupermarket.com.

Barentsz Handcrafted Gin is a premium distilled Gin, infused with Jasmine flowers from China, as well as eight other botanicals for an elegant, dry and well-balanced finish. Made from the marriage of two different grain spirits – Winter Wheat and Golden Rye, this unique combination gives the gin a soft and smooth, pure flavour – smooth enough to sip neat.

Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin

From £34.95 for 70cl (43% ABV). Available from The Whisky Exchange, Master of Malt and DrinksSupermarket.com.

Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin is a triple-distilled spirit, handcrafted in a traditional copper pot still in small batches at one of India’s oldest distilleries, located in the foothills of the Himalayas. The use of botanicals is a time-honoured tradition in India. Jaisalmer has 11 botanicals, 7 of which are sourced from the four corners of India.

Lowlander Botanical Beer

From £2.02 for 33cl. Available from 31Dover.com, Harvey Nichols, BeerWulf.com and Amazon.

Lowlander Beer is an award-winning brewery from the Netherlands – literally the Low Lands. Each of its botanically brewed beers has a unique story and a unique flavour. Inspired by the journeys of the Lowlanders to faraway lands, Lowlander Beer brews with botanicals to create unique beers full of both character and flavour.

Union Spice & Sea Salt Rum

From £34.95 for 70cl (41% ABV). Available from Master of Malt and The Whisky Exchange and Spirited Union.com.

Union Spice & Sea Salt is a smooth cask-aged Barbados rum infused with five delicate spices, including Guatemalan cardamom, Madagascan cloves and vanilla for a sweet spice aroma. Peruvian cacao adds a deep richness and moreish honey-nut finish. To enhance both the taste and flavour, the rum is infused with a pinch of Añana sea salt. Its great purity and high mineral content ensure it perfectly complements the rich flavours of the rum.

For Her

Barentsz Mandarin & Jasmine Gin

From £38.00 for 70cl (40% ABV). Available from Barentszgin.com and from 31Dover.com in a luxury gift carton.

The second pioneering spirit in the Barentsz Gin range; a distinctively smooth, fragrant and fresh gin. Distilled in small batches in London, Barentsz Mandarin & Jasmine gin is delicately infused with natural mandarin peel and exotic jasmine flowers for a distinctively smooth and fresh taste

Kokoro Gin and Kokoro Gin Liqueurs

From £29 for 70cl (42% ABV). Available from kokorogin.com, Master of Malt, John Lewis, 31Dover, Amazon and other good retailers.

Kokoro London Dry Gin is small batch, distilled in London in a copper pot still with nine botanicals including its core ingredient, Japanese Sansho berries. The berries are hand-picked and imported from the Afan Woodland, a sustainable forest in the Nagano prefecture region of Japan.

Also in the Kokoro Gin range are their delicious Japanese-inspired liqueurs, including Blueberry & Lemongrass, Yuzu and Ginger and Cherry Blossom.

From £12.50 for 20cl (20% ABV). Available from kokorogin.com and John Lewis

Union Lemon & Leaf Rum

From £29.95 for 70cl (38% ABV). Available from Master of Malt and The Whisky Exchange and Spirited Union.com.

Union Lemon & Leaf Rum, the world’s first botanical white rum, is an Agricole-style rum from Mauritius made with lemons grown along the Amalfi Coast. Spirited Union distills the finest blue eucalyptus leaves to create a balance of refreshing lemon and herbal flavours. When combined with Sri Lankan Highland black tea, the Mauritian rum’s distinctive grassy citrus notes produce a light & minty union. The flavours have been united with the delicate, earthy tone of kina bark together with sarawak pepper & sarsaparilla root for a complex spicy finish.

Pinkster Gin

From £36 for 70cl (37.5% ABV). Available from Marks & Spencer, Fenwick, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, and Majestic Wine, Ocado, 31Dover.com, Master of Malt and Pinkster Gin.com.

Hand-steeped in fresh raspberries, the original Pinkster Gin makes for a deliciously dry gin, with a hint of fruit and an exceptionally smooth finish. Be sure to garnish with some fresh raspberries and a sprig of mint!

Pinkster Royale

From £25 for 35cl (24% ABV). Available from www.pinkstergin.com.

This rich raspberry spirit makes for a fabulous cocktail – a member of the Pinkster family it is made from up-cycled gin soaked raspberries and contains no added sugar. Best enjoyed added to a glass of your favourite fizz or neat over ice.

Luxury

Cotswolds Founder’s Choice Single Malt Whisky

From £64.95 for 70cl (60.4% ABV). Available from cotswoldsdistillery.com, Master of Malt and The Whisky Exchange.

This cask strength release from the Cotswolds Distillery comes from their founder Dan’s favourite casks: shaves, toasted and re-charred American Oak red wine barriques. These uniquely active casks give a rich and intense maturation to the distillery’s fruity spirit, offering toffee, oak and red fruits, and a beautiful, deep colour.

Cotswolds Founder’s Choice Single Malt Whisky was awarded ‘Best English Single Malt’ at the World Whiskies Awards 2019

Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky

From £44.95 for 70cl (46% ABV). Available from cotswoldsdistillery.com, Waitrose, Majestic, The Whisky Exchange, Harrods and Laithwaites

Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky is the first whisky ever distilled in the Cotswolds. Cotswolds use 100% locally grown, floor-malted barley and mature whisky in first-fill ex-Bourbon barrels and reconditioned red wine casks. Rich, fruity and sippable with notes of honey, Seville orange marmalade and dark red fruits.

Cotswolds Dry Gin

From £34.95 for 70cl (46% ABV). Available from Cotswoldsdistillery.com, Waitrose, Majestic, Oddbins, Laithwaites, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and Fortnum and Mason.

Cotswolds Dry Gin is a delectable blend of nine carefully-considered botanicals, including lavender from the Cotswolds and freshly-peeled pink grapefruit and lime zest. Cotswolds Distillery use over 10 times the amount of botanicals and do not chill filter the gin, which causes a beautiful pearlescent cloud to appear when ice or tonic is added, known as The Cloudy G&T.

Rampur Double Cask Indian Single Malt Whisky

From £60 for 70cl (45% ABV). Available exclusively from www.thewhiskyexchange.com

Rampur Double Cask Single Malt is a hand crafted single malt whisky matured in hand-selected American Bourbon barrels as well as European Oak Sherry casks chosen by Master Distiller, Anup Barik.

Distilled in traditional copper pot stills, the malt matures for two-thirds of its life in handpicked American Bourbon Barrels and a third in European Oak Sherry Casks at India’s largest distillery and is then non-chill-filtered and bottled at 45%. The combination of Rampur’s unique distilling and the double cask maturation process, sees this luxury Single Malt taking traditional Indian heritage and rooting it in contemporary culture. Delicate balsamic vanilla notes from the American white oak compliment the full-bodied aroma whilst rich caramel, dried dark fruits and spiced tonality from the European oak add to the depth of flavour.

Rampur Single Malt

From £49.95 for 70cl (43% ABV). Available from thewhiskyexchange.com

This super premium malt whisky is distilled in traditional copper pot stills, matured at the distillery and then non chill-filtered and bottled at 43%.
Rampur Indian Single Malt Whisky is smooth, with a mellow taste with a long-lasting finish. It is distinctively malty, with creamy vanilla taste with hints of apricot, apple and sweet and wine-like finish

Chinese New Year & Valentine’s Day 🧡

Give the gift of Mandarins with Barentsz Mandarin & Jasmine Gin

Recently launched Barentsz Mandarin & Jasmine Gin is the perfect gift to celebrate Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day 2020. Delicately infused with natural mandarin peel and exotic jasmine flowers from China, this award-winning gin has no added sugar and has a distinctively smooth and fresh taste.

Barentsz Mandarin & Jasmine Gin is the perfect gift to give this Chinese New Year as a delicious alternative to mandarins, which are traditionally given to relatives and friends as symbols of abundance and good fortune.

Barentsz Gin is named after the Arctic explorer, Willem Barentsz, who sought a passage through the Arctic during the Dutch Golden Age. One of his quests was to open up the North Eastern trading route to bring mandarins from China to the West. Infused with natural Mandarin peel,

Alternatively, with Valentine’s Day now only a month away, why not give the gift of Barentsz Mandarin & Jasmine Gin if you are looking for something a bit different or if pink gin is not for you. With the Jasmine flower representing a symbol of love, romance and beauty, this is the perfect gift to show your other half how much you care.

Barentsz Mandarin and Jasmine Gin was launched in December 2019 following on from the success of the original jasmine expression. The eye-catching bottles make a great pair, so why not buy one for yourself and one for your partner this Chinese New Year or Valentine’s Day?

Best served as a G&T, Barentsz Mandarin and Jasmine Gin is perfect for a fuss-free Valentine’s Day tipple if you are choosing to stay in this year. Both expressions are smooth enough to sip neat, so be sure try them on the rocks.

Barentsz Gin is gluten free, sugar free and vegan, with no artificial sweeteners.

Barentsz Mandarin & Jasmine Gin ABV: 40%.

RRP: From £38.00 for 70cl in a luxury gift carton.

Barentsz Jasmine Gin ABV: 43%.

RRP From £32.95 for 70cl

Both expressions are available from: www.barentszgin.com and Master of Malt.

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DIVINE INSPIRATION FOR VALENTINE’S DAY!

Need divine inspiration this Valentine’s Day then look no further than Thai Square Spa.

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Housed within a beautifully converted Victorian Turkish bath on Northumberland Ave, between the historic Trafalgar Square and the Thames Embankment; Thai Square Spa (one of the top three finalists as Best Urban Spa in the 2019 Good Spa Awards) is offering the Couples Divine Getaway.

This three-hour getaway for two that offers Thai rituals to nurture the mind, body and soul and provide sanctuary and relaxation.
Entering it’s 10th Year, Thai Square Spa is one of the only central London spas’ that offers truly authentic Thai Spa treatments and therapists.
This romantic journey starts with a Floral Foot Bath that cleanses and purifies the feet using essential oils. This is then followed by Exotic Scrub. These exotic treatments are inspired by ancient Thai rituals and bestow a healing and restorative effect on body and mind. Experience a sensory journey of blissful relaxation that combines exfoliation and deep hydration to restore tone & smooth the skin back to its most beautiful.

Then it’s a Thai Herbal Healer treatment for him and her. A traditional Thai herbal therapy to soothe tense, stiff muscles. This healing treatment begins with the application of a warm Thai herbal poultice, which contains a variety of therapeutic Thai herbs and spices. A full body ‘ritual massage’ follows using Imantara So Sen Uplifting Jasmine Massage and Body Oil.
Finally finishing with a Facial Revival. For centuries Thai women have looked to nature for its healing and nourishing benefits on the skin. This treatment uses a blend of essential oils in a detoxifying and purifying mask to nourish and leave the complexion soft and radiant.

Included within the authentic Thai experience is the opportunity to enjoy an indulgent hour within Sen Space, which offers facilities such as: jacuzzi, steam room, ice fountain, sauna and a spacious relaxation area. #loveisinthesquare and make this year’s Valentine’s Day truly indulgent. £500 (Price for 2 people).

Thai Square Spa, 25 Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5AP
Tel: 020 7839 7990
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www.thaisquarespa.com

  

Give the taste of the Caribbean to loved ones this Valentine’s Day, with Elegant Hotels First Bajan Recipe Book, TASTE


Elegant Hotels Group has just launching its first cookbook, TASTE, which brings to life more than 50 recipes curated by the great gastronomic talents working across Elegant Hotel’s seven Barbados properties. Available to purchase on Amazon, TASTE captures the best of Barbadian ingredients, cuisine as well as some of the island’s finest craft cocktails across 250-pages of inspiring recipes, words of cooking wisdom and tantalising images.

An ideal gift for keen cooks and those who want to bring a little taste of the Caribbean into their homes this Valentine’s Da. TASTE will introduce the reader to the talented and creative Chefs from Colony Club, Treasure Beach, Tamarind, Crystal Cove, Turtle Beach, Waves Hotel and Spa and Daphne’s restaurant.

Treasure Beach’s award-winning chef, Javon Cummins believes that people “eat with their eyes” and this is showcased in his signature and theatrical Smoked Flying Fish dish, which celebrates one of Barbados’ most loved ingredients as a reimagined upmarket starter. Barbados is known as the culinary capital of the Caribbean and the launch of TASTE brings this expert knowledge and recipes to life. Home cooks can recreate the flavours of the island and their Elegant holiday in the comfort of their own kitchen.

The ultimate Valentine’s Day gift: A luxury seven-day holiday to St Lucia

The Landings Resort & Spa by Elegant Hotels has launched their ultra-indulgent Luxe at The Landings package which will treat guests to millionaire-inspired experiences in St. Lucia’s exclusive Rodney Bay. Indulgences include a helicopter transfer fro m the airport, a private yacht charter, personal butler, private sunset dinner, signature spa treatments, and luxury villa accommodation overlooking the turquoise Caribbean Sea.

Luxe at Landings includes luxury accommodation in a one, two or three bedroom Butler Beachfront Villa Suite with breakfast based on two people, canapés upon arrival, one-way helicopter transfer from Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) to the north of the island and a luxury car transfer for the return airport leg which includes four bottles of sparkling or still water. Guests will also enjoy a one day trip for two on a private yacht charter to the World Heritage Pitons or Diamond Waterfalls with lunch onboard, a private sunset dinner for two on the beach and a 60-minute Lucian Paradise spa treatment for two. The new package is now available for purchase with a starting price of £917 per night per person (based on double occupancy and four nights minimum length of stay).

Gtech inventor designs massage robot

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When Nick Grey, inventor and founder of award winning home technology specialists Gtech, realised that lots of people like him needed a regular massage to loosen up their back, but the NHS simply couldn’t cope with the demand, he decided to do something about it.

The result is the MYO Touch – an automated massaging bed. Underneath a comfortable contoured bed is a powered robotic massage roller that seamlessly glides along a track. The intensity of the massage can be personalised from so light you can barely feel its touch to deeply invigorating. You can simply lie back and enjoy a full-length massage or target problem areas such as your back, arms or legs.

The MYO Touch – where technology meets tranquility

The massage bed has been engineered to bring relaxation and calmness into your day and enable you to enjoy a massage in the comfort of your own home whenever you need it.

MYO Touch is quick and easy to assemble allowing you to set up your massage space in minutes. In addition to this, you will also get access to Gtech’s audio library with four 15-minute tracks to help you unwind, whether it’s rainforest sounds, mindful podcasts or guided meditations, all downloadable on your smart phone or tablet. The bed folds down easily and can be packed away for simple storage for use next time.

MYO Touch User Trials

Gtech ran a pre-launch trial with 50 people and the indications are that the MYO Touch could be beneficial to users, at least in the short term. Graduate Sports Therapist Harry Ingham carried out the testing and concluded, “Lower back pain is the leading cause of global disability. During the MYO trials I saw decreases in blood pressure and increases in a range of movement which led me to believe the product has real potential. Also, there is definitely a link between elevated mental health and reduced back pain. Results of a clinical trial carried out by the University of Washington in 2016 found that mindfulness-based stress reduction can be an effective treatment option for patients with chronic low back pain”.

As Nick Grey says “It’s interesting that the only treatments NICE recommend for lower back pain are massage, mindfulness and exercise. But I see them as being linked. Having a massage is an extremely mindful experience and that can be enhanced by preparing the setting and providing a sound track to the massage. And, if the wellbeing from massage and mindfullnness generates extra exercise then we could be on to something!”.

The MYO Touch is available now at www.gtech.co.uk/myo-touch RRP £299.99

The Story Behind The MYO Touch

The National Institute for Healthcare Excellence (NICE) recommends exercise, massage and psychological support like mindfulness for long-term sufferers of lower back pain. But Nick Grey found problems with two of these treatments – getting a regular massage was inconvenient and mindfulness is not easy to achieve. “I visited a lady who worked both for the NHS and privately and she told me some interesting stuff. Back pain is incredibly common – 80% of adults suffer from it at some stage and for some it is a regular state – they just live with it” says Nick. “However despite the NICE recommendations the NHS is pushing staff towards ‘hands-off’ treatments such as stretching. The NHS simply do not have enough practitioners to spend thier time massaging the massive number of back pain sufferers. In addition providing deep tissue massage can be extremely demanding risking repetitive strain conditions on the practitioners themselves. Given the hard repetitive work and the need for 1 to 1 personal service providing treatment is costly – you can’t get enough therapists to service the demand. As an inventor that struck me as an obvious application for a robot.”

     

THIS VALENTINES GIVE YOUR PARTNER ACCESS
We’re a month away from the big day and If you’re looking for a slightly different Valentines Day gift idea for your feature, look no further.

Maybe your readers are looking to take the next step in their relationship, well we’ve got it covered with the award-winning NUKI smart lock. You don’t even need to get a key cut! Just give your loved one access via a fob or through the NUKI app. Its a simple as that.

Nuki website: nuki.io/en/

Best Couple Health and Fitness Escapes for Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day approaching, rediscover romance with the best Valentine’s Day wellness breaks to suit every couple. From adventure-loving, Globetrotting and sporty couples to those looking to rediscover their zen this Valentine’s Day, Health and Fitness Travel, the wellness holiday specialists has hand-picked the best health and fitness breaks to reconnect with your partner and enjoy the activities you love doing most. Whether it’s a weekend unwinding in the tranquillity of the Yorkshire hills or a week walking the wonders of China, these healthy holidays are guaranteed to rekindle the romance for every kind of couple.

Chilled Couples: Grantley Hall, UK

With this luxurious spa destination tucked away in the hills of Yorkshire, there’s no need to travel far for a relaxing wellness break this Valentine’s Day. With plenty of workout areas and treatments in the luxurious spa, you can rejuvenate and relax together, taking care of both the body and mind. At the end of your visit, you will not only leave with a renewed connection with your partner, but also leave with a clarity of mind and overall improvement in your well-being.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 3 nights at Grantley Hall for £1,800pp. Price includes full board and a wellness programme.

Adventure-driven Couples: China Active Tour

For the ultimate adventure this Valentine’s Day, escape to the fascinating country of China together on an active tour like no other. With activities like walking the Great Wall of China, taking a boat ride along the stunning Li River and cycling past the rice paddies of Yangshuo, there is an endless amount of ways to keep active together whilst taking in the breath-taking sights China has to offer. Step off the beaten track as you trek through tiny villages and experience a side of China you never knew existed.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 14-nights for the China Active Tour for £1,831pp. Price includes arrival transfer and full board.

Healthy Foodie Couples: Kamalaya Relax & Renew, Thailand

With a restaurant, café and tea lounge serving a variety of dishes to cater to every need all day long, Kamalaya in Thailand is a healthy foodie couple’s dream. This Valentine’s Day treat your loved one to over 70 therapies in the Spa and a detox menu they will not be able to refuse, on this gentle and renewing wellness holiday. Explore the local Thai food together by getting involved in cooking classes and Oolong tea sharing, or soak up the culture with a Monk’s cave visit and temple tour.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Kamalya from £2,620pp. Price includes accommodation, full board, a wellness programme and return private transfers.

Active and Sporty Couples: BodyHoliday Fusion Fitness, St Lucia

If you’re the kind of couple that loves a challenge, then why not mix up your normal workout routine this Valentine’s Day with an exclusive Fusion Fitness holiday at BodyHoliday in St Lucia. From the high intensity of kettle bell, beach bootcamp and circuit training to the deep relaxation of mind and restoration treatments, meditation and yoga, choose from a range of options to diversify your workout routine. After you’ve been pushed to the limit, reward yourselves by venturing into the calm Caribbean waters with activities like scuba-diving, sailing or water-skiing.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at BodyHoliday from £2,440pp. Price is all-inclusive and includes a Fusion Fitness program, accommodation, and return private transfers.

Globe-trotting Couples: Costa Rica Wellness Tour

Create unforgettable memories together this Valentine’s Day by venturing to the hot springs of La Fortuna and relaxing in a volcanic mud bath on this exclusive wellness tour in Costa Rica. After a long day exploring the wonders of Costa Rica, try something a little different and unwind with a Stand-Up Paddleboard yoga class. You will take part in a local project supporting up to 200 farmers at a coffee plantation, encouraging you to connect with the people of Costa Rica, leaving you both with a renewed sense of clarity.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights in Costa Rica from £1,775pp. Price includes breakfast, 2 lunches and 3 dinners, accommodation, a wellness tour and return private transfers.

Zen & Mindful Couples: Santani Wellness Resort & Spa Re-balancing Bliss, Sri Lanka

Set in the rolling green hills of Sri Lanka, Santani Wellness Resort & Spa is the perfect place for couples to enlighten the mind and energise the body. Daily meditation sessions and guided walks will instil a sense of peace and reconnect you with yourself and each other. Truly relax with a daily spa treatment and rejuvenate the body together with group yoga or dip in the thermal salt pools. The minimalistic approach of this mindful holiday will leave you both with clarity of mind, and the ability to lead a balanced lifestyle.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Santani Wellness Resort & Spa from £1,825pp. Price includes full board, a de-stress program and return private transfers.

Fitness Couples: Training Paradise, Thailand

Teamwork makes the dream work on this fitness retreat. With a panoramic view of Chalong Bay, encourage each other to make healthy behavioural changes during coaching sessions such as functional training, boxing and yoga sessions, that will guide you both towards an active lifestyle. Training Paradise offers opportunities to partake in local activities, such as Thai boxing or Muay Thai, making this intimate healthy holiday the perfect place for couples to experience the Thai culture together and get fit at the same time.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 10 nights at Training Paradise from £1,625pp. Price includes full board, a fitness programme, and return private transfers.

OGGS 2 Pack Chocolate Fudge Cakes

The OGGs® chocolate fudge two pack makes for the perfect pair for couples, friends and self-partnered individuals alike. Two cakes are better than one so why not make yours a double and spread some love this Valentine’s day. Whether you care for yourself, a loved one, an animal, for the environment or the planet as a whole. No matter where cupid finds you, OGGs® shows you care.

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Available in Sainsbury’s local stores, priced from £2.50 for a 2 pack.

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What’s more, if you or someone you love is Vegan, OGGS have got you covered. These fantastically fudgy delights are as ethical as they are scrumptious, melting in the mouth with every bite while being completely egg and dairy free. Better still, like all of the OGGS® range, these treats are baked using Aquafaba; an all-plant liquid egg substitute made from chickpea water.
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Nim’s Valentines Apple Crisps

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Nothing says romance like sharing a bag of crisps, so by popular demand Nim’s is launching its limited-edition, crimson-coloured RedLove Apple crisps in time for February 14th 2020. These Great Taste award-winning apple crisps are Valentine’s red all the way through to the centre and have a mouth-wateringly rich apple aroma.

Available in selected Tesco stores.

www.nimsfruitcrisps.com

Health and Fitness Travel, the wellness holiday specialists.

Unique, healthy holidays ideal for a romantic getaway over the Valentine’s day weekend. The options include an active escape to St. Lucia’s BodyHoliday, a wellness tour exploring the tropical Costa Rica and a mindfulness journey to Sri Lanka.

United Kingdom: Grantley Hall

With this luxurious spa destination tucked away in the hills of Yorkshire, there’s no need to travel far for a relaxing wellness break this Valentine’s Day. With plenty of workout areas and treatments in the luxurious spa, you can rejuvenate and relax together, taking care of both the body and mind. At the end of your visit, you will not only leave with a renewed connection with your partner, but also leave with a clarity of mind and overall improvement in your well-being.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 3 nights at Grantley Hall for £1,800pp. Price includes full board and a wellness programme.

China: Active Tour

For the ultimate adventure this Valentine’s Day, escape to the fascinating country of China together on an active tour like no other. With activities like walking the Great Wall of China, taking a boat ride along the stunning Li River and cycling past the rice paddies of Yangshuo, there is an endless amount of ways to keep active together whilst taking in the breath-taking sights China has to offer. Step off the beaten track as you trek through tiny villages and experience a side of China you never knew existed.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 14-nights for the China Active Tour for £1,831pp. Price includes arrival transfer and full board.

Thailand: Kamalaya Relax & Renew

With a restaurant, café and tea lounge serving a variety of dishes to cater to every need all day long, Kamalaya in Thailand is a healthy foodie couple’s dream. This Valentine’s Day treat your loved one to over 70 therapies in the Spa and a detox menu they will not be able to refuse, on this gentle and renewing wellness holiday. Explore the local Thai food together by getting involved in cooking classes and Oolong tea sharing, or soak up the culture with a Monk’s cave visit and temple tour.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Kamalya from £2,620pp. Price includes accommodation, full board, a wellness programme and return private transfers.

St Lucia: BodyHoliday Fusion Fitness

If you’re the kind of couple that loves a challenge, then why not mix up your normal workout routine this Valentine’s Day with an exclusive Fusion Fitness holiday at BodyHoliday in St Lucia. From the high intensity of kettle bell, beach bootcamp and circuit training to the deep relaxation of mind and restoration treatments, meditation and yoga, choose from a range of options to diversify your workout routine. After you’ve been pushed to the limit, reward yourselves by venturing into the calm Caribbean waters with activities like scuba-diving, sailing or water-skiing.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at BodyHoliday from £2,440pp. Price is all-inclusive and includes a Fusion Fitness program, accommodation, and return private transfers.

Costa Rica: Wellness Tour

Create unforgettable memories together this Valentine’s Day by venturing to the hot springs of La Fortuna and relaxing in a volcanic mud bath on this exclusive wellness tour in Costa Rica. After a long day exploring the wonders of Costa Rica, try something a little different and unwind with a Stand-Up Paddleboard yoga class. You will take part in a local project supporting up to 200 farmers at a coffee plantation, encouraging you to connect with the people of Costa Rica, leaving you both with a renewed sense of clarity.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights in Costa Rica from £1,775pp. Price includes breakfast, 2 lunches and 3 dinners, accommodation, a wellness tour and return private transfers.

Sri Lanka: Santani Wellness Resort & Spa Re-balancing Bliss

Set in the rolling green hills of Sri Lanka, Santani Wellness Resort & Spa is the perfect place for couples to enlighten the mind and energise the body. Daily meditation sessions and guided walks will instil a sense of peace and reconnect you with yourself and each other. Truly relax with a daily spa treatment and rejuvenate the body together with group yoga or dip in the thermal salt pools. The minimalistic approach of this mindful holiday will leave you both with clarity of mind, and the ability to lead a balanced lifestyle.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Santani Wellness Resort & Spa from £1,825pp. Price includes full board, a de-stress program and return private transfers.

Thailand: Training Paradise

Teamwork makes the dream work on this fitness retreat. With a panoramic view of Chalong Bay, encourage each other to make healthy behavioural changes during coaching sessions such as functional training, boxing and yoga sessions, that will guide you both towards an active lifestyle. Training Paradise offers opportunities to partake in local activities, such as Thai boxing or Muay Thai, making this intimate healthy holiday the perfect place for couples to experience the Thai culture together and get fit at the same time.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 10 nights at Training Paradise from £1,625pp. Price includes full board, a fitness programme, and return private transfers.

LOVE IS ON THE CARDS

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Load with any amount from £10 – £120, available to buy from Post Offices, gift card stands in Tesco stores nationwide and online at one4all.com

Finding the perfect gift to say “I love you” on Valentine’s Day can be a challenge, especially for those wanting to steer away from traditional red roses or boxes of chocolate this year.

For something a little different that they’re sure to love, look no further than One4all, the UK’s leading multistore gift card which allows loved ones to choose a gift they really want.

The One4all Gift Card has options aplenty, as it can be spent at over 55,000 stores and websites across the UK. Save yourself the stress and let your Valentine choose from high-street favourites including John Lewis, Topshop, Curry’s, Boots and Marks and Spencer – there really is something for everyone.

What’s more, the gift card is tailored to suit all budgets and can be loaded with anything from £10 – £120. It also couldn’t be easier to buy, as it can be purchased at your local Post Office, gift card stands in Tesco stores nationwide or online at one4all.com, making it the perfect solution for those prone to shopping last-minute.

For shopaholics who love to purchase the latest fashion, recipients can take a trip to a host of top retail brands such as H&M, New Look, River Island, Primark and Schuh – the options are endless.

Beauty and skincare worshippers will have the chance to shop at Look Fantastic, The Body Shop, Glossybox and Mankind to revitalise their skin for a post-Valentine’s Day glow.

Tech fanatics will be spoilt for choice as they can buy the latest gadgets including TV’s, laptops and tablets from leading retailers, such as Curry’s, PC World, Carphone Warehouse and Argos.

For those who enjoy a day out exploring or an adrenaline-filled activity, recipients will love the opportunity to use their One4all Gift Card to book an experience through Red Letter Days or Virgin Experience Days, complete with Segway tours, afternoon tea or supercar driving to choose from.

It might be that your Valentine prefers a relaxing trip away, they’ll love the chance to redeem their gift card at SpaSeekers, Spa Finder or to book a holiday via Inspire Travel, for the ultimate opportunity to wind down and relax.

There is so much choice with a One4all Gift Card and it is the perfect way to make this Valentine’s Day the most special one yet.

The One4all multi-store gift card is available in a choice of designs, RRP £10-£120, and can be purchased in Post Offices, gift card stands in Tesco stores nationwide or online at one4all.com.

For more information, visit: www.one4all.com.

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18 Ct Gold Plated Personalised Disc Map Necklace
by GEMMA MCGUINNESS JEWELLERY
£100

Valentine’s Day and Ragdale Hall Spa – a match made in heaven…

Celebrate the most romantic day of the year by spending quality time together at Ragdale Hall Spa, the UK’s leading spa resort… Just relax, be pampered, eat well and let Cupid work his magic!

Sweep your loved one off their feet and choose Ragdale Hall’s Cupid’s Couples Day for nine hours of chilled-out relaxation. Reconnect in the dazzling Rooftop Infinity Pool – heated to a blissful 35 degrees and offering stunning views out over the rolling Leicestershire countryside; unwind in the Thermal Spa’s series of heat and water experiences including the outdoor Waterfall Pool and the magical underground Candle Pool, and indulge in a sumptuously healthy three-course buffet lunch. You’ll also be pampered with a Classic Manicure (for her) and a Soothe ‘n’ Splash facial (for him), before rounding off your day with a glass of pink bubbly each and a plate of tapas – made to share, of course!

If you’d like to keep the outside world at bay for longer, then Ragdale Hall’s two-night Romantic Getaway Break will give you the time to relax and recharge together. You’ll both receive a pampering Blissful Face and Back Therapy (50-minutes) or a Soothing Back Massage and a Lavender Tea Tree Exfoliation (both 25-minutes), and a bottle of Champagne in room on arrival. Wake up feeling refreshed to breakfast in bed, followed by a three-course lunch and dinner in the Hall’s luxurious Dining Room. And you’ll still have plenty of time to drift away together in one of Ragdale Hall’s many relaxation areas.

Or perhaps a Ragdale Hall Spa Voucher would make the perfect gift for your other half? Let them choose their own spa day or break from the extensive range of options by giving them a monetary voucher (or eVoucher) – and present them with their gift on February 14th.

Ragdale’s Valentine’s packages are available throughout February and March only, so plan your time out together now, and Ragdale Hall spa will take care of the rest. Cupid’s Couples Day has prices starting from £271 per couple, and the two-night Romantic Getaway Break is priced from £410 per person. Vouchers start from just £25 and are valid for 12-months from date of purchase.

For more details on Ragdale Hall spa days, breaks or vouchers visit www.ragdalehall.co.uk or call 01664 434831.

A Tau safari affair to remember…

It is believed the first Valentine’s Day in the year 496 originated from a Roman festival called Lupercalia, which was officially the start of their spring in mid-February. Since then, there have been many adaptations, from sending anonymous missives to delivering gifts. Whatever the custom has evolved into, in the end, it resulted in a celebration of love and hope that love is reciprocated and springs eternal.

Picture a romantic breakfast for two overlooking a bush safari waterhole, where game and birdlife abound. This could be followed by a relaxing spa treatment for two, with vistas of the verdant bush. Now visualize a happy, relaxed couple, lazing at a pool, overlooking that waterhole, or just reclining on their private room deck with vistas of the waterhole, followed by a leisurely lunch, again overlooking that waterhole and the Tshwene Tshwene hills of the Groot (Great) Marico beyond.

This is Tau Game Lodge in the magnificent Madikwe Reserve, where unpretentious five-star safari luxuries await. Imagine a safari game drive with sightings of the myriad game, including the Big Five, followed by sundowners in the bush before a magical dinner, listening to lion roar and elephants trumpet…could it get more romantic and indulgent to celebrate romance? The music of the night at this established lodge bordering Botswana is unsurpassed.

Ever seen an African wild dog and her young basking in the morning sun, or a lioness and her cubs lazily rolling in the grass, after feasting the previous night?

The lodge is enclosed within the reserve, resulting in the humans being subtly fenced in, while game, including several crocodiles, roam free, including the spectacular birdlife.

The Tau Valentines 2020 package @R23,400 per couple, includes:

Accommodation
3 meals per day
2 game drives per day
Drinks and snacks on drives
Tau Spa Oasis African Foot Ritual (30 minutes) per adult: Allow your feet to be pampered by our therapists in a soothing footbath to drain away tiredness. Next your feet are pummelled and massaged with an aroma-therapeutic based scrub to remove all dead skin followed by a true African warming foot massage.

This rate is exclusive of the following:

Park Entrance fees of R180.00 per person (Subject to change)
Tourism Levy of R10.00 per person per night (Subject to change)
Bar, Mini Bar, Laundry and all other extras
Rhino Conservation Levy of R165.00 per adult per night

To book on this special please quote: “TAU VALENTINE 2020”

WARNING: ADDICTIVE: Get a taste of the magic of Tau on the new live webcam: taugamelodge.co.za/main-lodge/live-webcam/

The Tau Cubz Club, Tau Spa Oasis and Tau Conference Centre make this an ideal malaria-free destination for romantic, family, leisure or corporate safaris.

Tau Game Lodge opened its 5-star safari doors in 1995 and offers 30 rooms, from Standard to Luxury to Family Suites.

+27-(0)11-466 8715/17 – taugame@mweb.co.za – www.taugamelodge.co.za

Flare Audio and have several unique gadgets / tech that would be perfect for a Valentine’s gifts


Take a look at Sleeeps, launched just before Xmas.
A unique, effective, comfy sleeping aid to block unwanted night noise, the perfect Valentine’s gift for a partner if you snore!
www.flareaudio.com/blogs/press/flare-launches-holy-grail-of-sleeping-aids

Also JET earphones (award winning earphones at a range of price points) with phenomenal clarity and no detectable distortion). It’s high end pro-delivery audio delivery without the high price tag.
www.flareaudio.com/products/flares-jet-earphones

Finally, Isolate ear protectors, perfect for anyone who’s partner works in or travels via noisy environments (including sports stadiums); the first ear protectors made out of solid titanium. Isolates ‘turn down’ noise around you without loss of clarity or the ‘muffling’ that occurs with foam alternatives.

www.flareaudio.com/collections/isolate-mini

If you’re looking for a pricier option, the latest eco-friendly tech is Zero speakers;
www.flareaudio.com/blogs/press/flare-audio-announces-world-s-first-premium-eco-speaker – but these start at £1000 and run to 20,000 so not in the briefs price range.

Five of the best European destinations for a romantic Valentine’s Day escape

a&o Hostels has hand-selected five of Europe’s best cities for celebrating Valentine’s Day. a&o Hostels provides a perfect base for those looking to sneak away to a convenient, cosy place at a great rate this February. With central and affordable accommodation in key cities across Europe, the hostels are a fantastic choice for savvy couples wanting to save their cash for romantic activities. Offering private rooms, 24-hour service, free Wi-Fi, guest kitchens and laundry rooms, a&o Hostels offers travellers the chance to explore some of Europe’s most beautiful locations without breaking the bank.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Couples looking to make the most of a weekend away to celebrate their love, can soak in the intimate offerings of Tivoli. Offering a full night of romantic experiences, guests can begin with a stroll along the beautiful streets, followed by a candlelit dinner at one of its fine dining restaurants. Those who want to commit, can lock hearts using a love padlock on the bridge over Tivoli Lake and skate on Copenhagen’s charming ice rink.

Stay at a&o Copenhagen Nørrebro from €78.01 (£66.18) per person, per night. Just a short 10 minutes’ drive from Tivoli, a&o Copenhagen Nørrebro is the perfect location for couples wanting to be in the middle of it all.

Vienna, Austria

Vienna’s decadent architecture and spacious avenues provide a stunning backdrop for a romantic escape. For those looking for a touch of glamour, attending a classical opera or Viennese ball makes for a particularly unforgettable night. Both the Kaffeesiederball (Ball of The Coffeebrewers), a glamourous black-tie affair held at the Imperial Palace, and the final night of Wiener Staatsoper’s reimagining of Beethoven’s Fidelio, fall serendipitously on Valentine’s Day. Couples can also take a horse-drawn carriage through the picturesque city centre, with special Valentine’s packages offering champagne and sweet treats to enjoy along the way, or book a private candlelit dinner overlooking the city atop the Riesenrad, the world’s oldest Giant Ferris Wheel.

Stay at a&o Wien Hauptbahnhof from €54.25 (£46.02) per person, per night. Close to Vienna’s new Central Railway Station, a&o Wien Hauptbahnhof’s convenient location boasts easy access to the city centre, as well as Vienna’s International Centre.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

It’s easy to buy roses almost anywhere in Amsterdam, but for truly special bouquets, head to renowned designer florist Gerda’s Bloeman for the best quality seasonal blooms. For a unique activity, couples can take a day trip to the fairytale castle of Muiderslot, located just east of Amsterdam. Dating back to 1280, this medieval palace features a moat, drawbridge and numerous turrets, as well as manicured gardens – the perfect setting for lovers to wander in. A visit to the Magere Brug (Kissing Bridge) is recommended to those hoping for eternal love. With local legend decreeing that lovers who kiss here stay in love forever, it is no surprise that the site is a popular proposal spot.

Stay at a&o Amsterdam Zuidoost from €118.16 (£100.23) per person, per night. Located close to the metro in the Bullewijk district, a&o Amsterdam Zuidoost boasts easy transport links by car, bus or train, and provides a spacious refuge from the hubbub of the inner city.

Venice, Italy

Couples can meander through Venice’s cobbled streets and tranquil waterways to seek out the Bridge of Sighs by foot or boat, with numerous intimate tours available. For those wanting a quintessentially Venetian experience, a private gondola ride complete with a serenade is the perfect choice. Travellers wanting to explore further afield can also enjoy dinner on traditional Venetian-style Galleon while sailing through Venice’s enchanting lagoon. Sights from aboard include the stunning islands of Le Vignole, San Francesco of the Desert, Burano, Torcello, Mazzorbo and Murano, as well as St Mark’s basin. For an ‘old style’ date night, watch a performance at Le Fenice Opera House.

Stay at a&o Venezia Mestre from €59.18 (£24.75) per person, per night. Mere steps from Venice’s central station, a&o Venezia Mestre is perfectly placed to enable travellers to get to and from the city’s main sights.

Berlin, Germany

Not generally known as a romantic destination, Berlin is the perfect option for a low-key Valentine’s Day getaway. Travellers can spend the afternoon customising cakes at Kastanientörtchen, where up to 1973 different combination possibilities are on offer. Those keen for a taste of Berlin’s party scene are invited to join other passionate dancers at the city’s 7th Annual Valentine Dance Festival. The nearby island Pfaueninsel (Peacock Island), located in the Havel River, is also ideal for a picturesque day trip. Set on the outskirts of the city near the border with Potsdam and Brandenburg, this idyllic island is home to extraordinary architecture, including a memorial temple for Queen Louise of Prussia, a late Gothic Kavaliershaus, and a quaint castle, as well as free-ranging peacocks.

Stay at a&o Berlin Mitte from €53.26 (£45.18) per person, per night. Located at the heart of Berlin, a&o Berlin Mitte is close to central hubs such as Alexanderplatz and Ostbahnhof, and readily accessible by car, train and public transport.

-ENDS-

About a&o Hostels:

a&o was founded in 2000 by Oliver Winter and 39 hostels in 23 cities and eight countries (Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Italy, Poland and Hungary) can currently be booked; new openings in Warsaw, Copenhagen and Budapest are scheduled for 2019/2020. As the largest hostel provider in Europe, the chain is growing at over 15 percent per year. With around 28,500 beds and around five million overnight stays in 2018, a&o recorded sales of around 152 million Euros. The American investor TPG Real Estate has been the owner of a&o since 2017. Even after almost 20 years, the company is still run by its founders.

For further information about A&O Hostels, visit:

Offering something to suit every palate, from a deliciously fry Rose to a velvety smooth Malbec, Dark Horse caters for all tastes during the season of love. Set the mood for a romantic evening this February with a Dark Horse wine, perfect to share with friends and loved ones.

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Available nationwide from all good stockists – RRP £8.50

Dark Horse Merlot

This full-bodied wine is filled with jammy fruit flavours, toasted oak and warm spice. A delicious accompaniment to a romantic dinner, perfectly paired with dishes from red meat to stiffed mushrooms

Dark Horse Rose

For a “pink” Galentine’s Day wine option to share with the girls, consider the Dark Horse Rose. A blushing wine boasting fresh strawberry, raspberry, citrus and floral notes. Pair with grilled salmon or a fresh salad for a refreshing crisp finish.

Dark Horse Cabernet Sauvignon

To add some decadence to a romantic evening, choose this rich and velvety smooth Dark Horse Cabernet Sauvignon. Featuring concentrated jammy fruit and black cherry flavours, the added hints of dark chocolate and espresso offer a suitably decadent end to a special meal with your loved one.

Dark Horse Sauvignon Blanc

A bold wine with a big personality, the Dark Horse Suavignon Blanc has exceptional flavours of lively pink grapefruit, backed by notes of fresh tropical fruit and bright citrus – harmonising beautifully with fresh fish and aphrodisiac dishes like oysters and avocado.

 

Welcome in the season of love with the perfect bottle for that special someone. Whether it’s a smooth red, bubbly Moscato or a drier styled white wine, there’s a tasty tipple for everyone to enjoy this Valentine’s Day.

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Barefoot Sauvignon Blanc (RRP £6.99)

Barefoot Sauvignon Blanc is a dry white wine, bursting with fruit flavours including honeydew melon, nectarine and peach. Fresh pear, line and crisp citrus notes meld into a soft, delicious finish. Pair with some fresh veggies and mild cheese, or simply sip it on its own.

Barefoot Bubbly Moscato (RRP £7.99)

Barefoot Bubbly Moscato is deliciously sweet, featuring flavours of fresh berries, juicy cherries, red apples, and other subtler notes such as orange. It’s delicious and light to drink, pairing perfectly with mild cheese like halloumi, as well as fruity sorbets and cheescake. This wine is ideal for celebrations and can add a sparkly to any occasion

Barefoot Shiraz Cabernet (RRP £6.99)

Full of flavour, Barefoot Shiraz Cabernet is bursting with jammy blackberry and embodies hints of toasty vanilla, giving it a smooth, velvety finish. This tasty tipple comes with an affordable price tag and is ideal for a romantic night in.

Why not give it a go with a sizzling steak or a good tomato pasta!

Barefoot Pink Moscato (RRP £6.99)

Barefoot Pink Moscato is the pinker, sweeter sibling of the Barefoot Moscato Wine, a perfect option for sultry nights and leisurely evenings with loved ones. This is a deliciously sweet and versatile wine. Its sweetness makes it an excellent accompaniment for desserts – perfect with strawberries and whipped cream or a chunky slab of cheesecake.

Tesco Finest Premier Cru Brut Champagne 75Cl

From Our Heart To Yours – Godminster’s Newest Gift Set Launches For Valentine’s Day

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Award-winning cheddar creator, Godminster, has launched a new version of their fabulous Triple Cheddar Collection, featuring a heart-shaped burgundy waxed truckle, perfect for Valentine’s Day.
The gift set combines one of each of Godminster’s multi-award-winning cheddar truckles. It’s an instant cheeseboard and with our gorgeous heart-shaped cheddar, it makes the perfect foodie gift for your Valentine.

Get your Valentine’s gift sorted in a heartbeat with this tasty treat. The Godminster Vintage Organic Cheddar is produced in Somerset, England’s cheddar county. Deliciously creamy in texture but with a rich depth of flavour, the cheddar is made to a traditional recipe. The heart truckle is a great way to show your love for Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, birthdays or any other special occasion. The heart shape symbolizes love and affection, and this is a sure-fire way of showing someone you care.
The 200g Godminster Oak-Smoked Vintage Organic Cheddar uses the same delicious cheddar that is used in the waxed variety, and is smoked for 8-10 hours over sustainably-sourced oak chippings. This cheddar picked up a Gold Award at the World Cheese Awards for Best Smoked Cheese too!
And last but by no means least, Godminster’s newest truckle, the gourmet Black Truffle Vintage Organic Cheddar completes the set. This indulgent organic cheddar is set to become another must-have from the Godminster Collection. Made with the revered ingredient of European Black Truffles, authentically hunted using a truffle hunter and hound, this truckle will delight your taste buds with the rich and moreish flavours you would expect of delicious fresh truffles. It won Gold at the International Cheese Awards 2019.

The Triple Cheddar Collection is be available online at www.godminster.com/products/triple-cheddar-collection-heart/ where you’ll find lots of ways to show your love. It’s a great way to convey a whole host of messages as a thoughtful gift, or just as a treat for yourself. Say cheese!

Make It A Totally Luxurious Valentine’s… Whittard Rhubarb & Custard Flavour White Hot Chocolate…

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The retro sweet shop favourite – reimagined. Think pink…

Whittard of Chelsea sources the finest teas and coffees from around the world and with 125 years of experience, our people are specialists. We offer a wide range of teas, coffees, hot chocolates, instant tea and more at www.whittard.co.uk

Whittard of Chelsea sources the finest teas and coffees from around the world and with 125 years of experience, our people are specialists and proud of the products we deliver.

We offer a wide range of teas, coffees, hot chocolates, instant teas, china and tea & coffee making equipment and our mission is to surprise and delight our customers with our passion for the very best tea, coffee and related gifts.

Find your nearest store: www.bit.ly/WhittardLocations

Est. 1886

A Helping Hand from Yardley London

Yardley London Nourishing Hand Cream Duo Travel Set RRP £7.00

Available from www.yardleylondon.co.uk

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Using a hand cream is the best way to repair and restore damaged hands, ensuring that they not only look younger but feel softer too. Along with everyday tasks; the main causes of damage to hands are exposure to water, chemicals and severe temperatures. Discover the solution by protecting and moisturising your hands, nails and cuticles, leaving them silky soft and lightly scented with the Yardley London Nourishing Hand Creams in this Duo Travel Set.

A collection of luxurious Nourishing Hand Creams, lightly scented with the gorgeous English Rose and Lily of the Valley fragrances, each contain skin caring natural floral extracts and shea butter, that are easily absorbed into the skin, leaving hands feeling soft and smooth whilst conditioning and strengthening the nails. Each Hand Cream contains 95% naturally derived ingredients as well as being Paraben-free.

English Rose: A refreshing, light fresh floral with sparkling citrus and rose top notes blended with tea accord. Combining a complex floral heart of rose bud, magnolia, violet and cassis with warm woody notes, it’s enhanced with patchouli and musks, adding velvety tones to the base.

Lily of the Valley: A light, feminine white floral with fruit pear accords in the top note and a beautiful floral bouquet heart of lily accord blended with freesia and enhanced with a pretty, musky base.

Simply adding this one product to your daily routine can completely change the condition of your hands, so the sooner you start using the Yardley London Nourishing Hand Creams, the sooner you will see results! It’s also handbag and travel friendly so you can keep one with you all the time.

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Artisan Balinese Silver jewellery brand Nusa ideal for Valentine’s Day for Her.

Jembong Silver Pendant
£60

Show how much you care this Valentine’s Day with a personalised gift from CEWE

This Valentine’s Day, treat your loved one to a gift that’s personal to them and something they’ll be able to cherish for years to come. From photobooks where you can reminisce on your treasured memories together, heart snow globes for a fun and thoughtful gift and wall art that can be displayed and enjoyed each day – CEWE has a personalised gift to suit all tastes. Give them the gift of memories this Valentine’s Day with a unique and personalised gift they will be able to treasure forever.

Small Photo Book – the perfect token gift. 14 x 13cm – Up to 50 pages, from £5.99.

Make a quick album of your favourite photographs together with a small photo book. Ideal for displaying a small selection of your most treasured memories from a holiday or special event you shared together.

Square Photo Book – the ultimate photo album. 21 x 21cm – Up to 98 pages, from £24.99.

This photo book has a fresh, modern look that’s ideal for displaying your best images, making it the perfect choice when creating a unique album for your loved one. Display all of your favourite memories together including holidays, birthdays and all the wonderful moments in between that you cherish!

Large Landscape Photo Book – the ultimate book for your favourite memories. 28 x 21cm – Up to 178 pages, from £28.99.

Surprise your partner with a trip down memory lane this Valentine’s Day with a gift that they’ll be able to treasure forever. A perfect size for all sorts of stories, it’s easy to see why this photo book is a best seller. With enough room for your favourite photos, it would make the perfect gift to display all of your most-loved memories together.

Jigsaws, from £24.99.

If you’re looking for something really thoughtful this Valentine’s Day, why not surprise them with a Jigsaw of one of your favourite photos together or even as a unique way to propose? A photo and text of your choice will be printed on the puzzle and they’ll be able to piece it together to reveal a thoughtful message and lovely photo.

Photo Globe with Hearts, from £7.99

For something sweet and thoughtful, treat them to a photo globe complete with a photo and text of your choice and red heart conffetti. This gift is something they’ll be able to keep on display at home or on their desk at work to always be reminded of a special memory you share.

Photo Mugs, from £6.99

Gift them a personalised mug this Valentine’s Day that will remind them of you with every brew. Chose from a variety of styles and sizes and add a photo of an occasion or moment that means the most – a sure way to brighten their cup of tea!

Photo Cushions, from £17.99

Take your favourite photo together from camera to cushion. This gift will look perfect in any home and will brighten up any room.

Wood Prints, from £24.99.

This gift is truly unique and keepsake – a beautiful photo that captures your favourite memory and can be admired for the years to come! It’s perfect if your Valentine’s home has a rustic, cosy feel and will look great in any room.

Framed Photo Print, from £19.48 and Canvas Prints from £12.99.

A beautiful gift for your loved one to display a perfect memory of the two of you in their home. A canvas or framed photo print is a gift that they can appreciate all year round and will instantly remind them of a happy memory you share.

For more information about the range of Valentine’s Gifts CEWE have to offer, please visit: cewe-photoworld.com

SHOW THEM YOU KNOW THEM WITH THE PERFECT VALENTINES DAY GIFT FOR MANCHESTER UNITED FANATICS!

Range of styling products available for lovebirds

Every Valentine’s Day, love birds across the nation are under pressure to impress and get their partner a gift that will suit them perfectly.

This year, those who are searching for a Valentines gift for MUFC’s fans are spoilt for choice with Remington and Manchester United’s range of co-branded styling products which include a variety of male and female grooming tools.

Everyone wants to feel good and express their style, especially on date night, so gift-buyers can impress their nearest and dearest with a new styling product.

The exclusive range, which features electric shavers, beard trimmers, hairdryers and stylers comes complete in club colours and emblazoned with the legendary Manchester United crest – a match made in heaven for any Manchester United Fan!

The products are available to purchase online from the Remington and Manchester United websites, Amazon and the club’s megastore.

Tim Wright, Vice President for Appliances at Spectrum Brands commented:

“Our co-branded products, which were announced in 2019 and celebrate our partnership with Manchester United, are the perfect gift for any fan to receive from their valentine who wants to incorporate their love for the club in their daily styling routine.”

The full range includes:

Beard Boss Beard Styler – With nine variable length settings and up to 40 minutes of cordless run time, the Beard Boss Beard Styler includes a comb lock to put to rest any worries of uneven lengths, and CaptureTrim Stainless Steel cutting blades for a sharper cutting performance. Decked out in the club colours and featuring the Manchester United crest it also features an EDGEStyler to create clean lines and individual styles
Colour Cut Clipper – With nine colour coded combs ranging from 1.5mm-25mm and two taper combs, confusing accessories are a thing of the past. The self-sharpening, steel blades ensure the clippers deliver optimum hair cutting performance day after day. Includes a Manchester United hair cape to capture hairs.
Durablade – The perfect size for every washbag, the Durablade is a travel friendly, cordless hybrid groomer, with blades that never need replacing (for the 5-year lifetime of the product). The Durablade includes four stubble combs for adjustable lengths and a Manchester United storage pouch.
Heritage Hair Clipper – Combining a classic retro design with Remington’s latest grooming technology, the Heritage Hair Clipper provides up to 60 minutes of use from a single charge. The clipper comes with a range of fixed combs 1.5-25mm and taper level to blend between the cutting grades, as well as a Manchester United face towel and stylish storage pouch.
Heritage Foil Shaver – The timeless classic design of the Heritage Foil Shaver was inspired by Remington’s first foil shaver in 1937. Featuring the Manchester United crest, this versatile gadget is suitable for either dry or wet shaving and uses LiftLogic multidirectional foils that capture and cut hairs from any direction, whilst adapting to facial contours. The Heritage Foil Shaver also comes with a Manchester United face towel and storage pouch.
Power Series Aqua Electric Shaver – The active contour technology built into the Power Series Aqua Electric Shaver gives a smooth shave that transitions easily between face and neck. It’s 100% waterproof and can help cut down on grooming time by incorporating your shave into a shower routine, and with a detail trimmer to trim and edge you’re sure to be match day ready.
Quick Cut Hair Clipper – With nine guide combs and a quick ten minute charge time, this easy to use clipper has been created using CurveCut Blade Technology which delivers 57%* greater blade coverage than standard clippers. With your own Manchester United hair cape included, you can achieve professional results at home, every time.
Silk Curling Wand – With a tapered, ceramic coated barrel, the Silk Curling Wand has ceramic coating for silky smooth results and a conical barrel for luxury spiral curls. Designed in club colours and emblazoned with the Manchester United crest, the curling wand also includes a stylish Manchester United branded storage pouch and heat-resistant glove.
Sleek and Curl Expert Straightener – With an impressive heat up time of 15 seconds, the hair straightener not only produces sleek, smooth results but can also create beautiful, bouncy curls. Included with the straightener is a branded heat mat to protect any surface, although the straightener has a built-in auto shut off after 60 minutes for peace of mind.
Thermacare Pro 2400 Hairdryer – The 2200W hairdryer delivers a 2400W performance, drying with less heat for increased protection, with low noise and 90% more** ions for frizz free shine. Included with the hairdryer are a diffuser, slim and styling concentrator nozzles for no-frizz results and a stylish black storage bag embroidered with the club crest.

*Vs a standard Remington Clipper

**Vs a standard Remington 2400W dryer

Ombar Gift Box

A beautifully designed box containing Ombar’s organic fair trade & dairy free goodness and the gift box shoes the dark and rich tones of chocolate in it’s purest form. The box contains one Coco Mylk bar, one Coconut 60%, one 72% Cacao and one 90% cacao bar. RRP: £8.99

Scentsy – flame free and SAFE.

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BOOK! Don’t Date A Do Nothing Bitch: Your One Stop Manual for Turning Your Dating Life Around Kindle Edition
by Eva Schubert >> On Amazon!

Have you had frustrating relationships with women? Have your friends told you horror stories from their dating lives? Have you experienced the misery of going out with a girl who treats you like garbage? This book is your one stop manual for turning your dating life around. Stop dating disasters before they end up costing you. Here is what you will get in this concise, easy to read book, complete with illustrations.
-Learn how to identify a Do Nothing Bitch and avoid being taken for a fool
-Avoid common mistakes in approaching women
-Use the principles of field testing to shock proof your relationship
-Make yourself more attractive to high quality women

More about the author

Eva Schubert

Eva Schubert is a university educator, researcher, and writer. She has a Master’s degree in education from the University of London and enjoys writing in a wide range of styles. Books she is most likely to be caught reading these days are about history, poetry, or skill development.

In addition to writing, she has released several albums of original music, mostly jazz, and holds a private pilot’s license. She is also an avid endurance hiker, runner, and weight lifter. Eva lives in Vancouver, Canada with her family.

Website at www.evaschubert.com
Instagram: @evaschubert

For Valentines Day, Hawaiian Choice CBD Topical Gel is great as it’s used for massages in spas including at the Four Seasons, Grand Hyatt, Marriott . The jellies are good too as they’re a smaller, tasty treat! Best wishes >>

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Hawaiian Choice is Hawaii’s most popular CBD wellness brand. They use broad spectrum USA grown CBD (Zero THC) and add organic or wild gathered Hawaiian fruits, essential oils and honey to make their products taste and smell amazing. Hawaiian Choice tinctures, topical gel and edible jellies are stocked across Hawaii, the US Mainland and even in Japan at more than 150 locations ranging from the Four Seasons to luxury Daimaru Department Store. They can be shipped worldwide and are frequently ordered by customers in the United Kingdom and Europe. Hawaiian Choice even offers free US shipping on orders over $50 and international over $300. All products are lab tested with full reports online. You can read all about their products at :- www.hawaiianchoice.com. You can also find their lab reports, where they are sold and more there.

 

Tucketts are non-slip grip fitness socks that allow your toes the freedom to connect with the mat or machine.

Get the most out of your barefoot workout (yoga, pilates, barre, martial arts, and more) with confidence and stability.

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5 styles for Tucketts toeless grip, workout socks, & tons of colors.

TUCKETTS HAS 5 STYLES:

Allegro:


Used for all barefoot workouts including aqua aerobics. The soft strap and stitched heel secure the foot for comfort. From yoga and barre classes to martial arts applications and more, one will feel secure in movements, and feet will have complete range of motion. Elastic trim supports ankles throughout the workout, and the top of each sock remains open to allow ample airflow. This innovative design gives the best of both worlds. If you can’t wear shoes but prefer not to go completely barefoot, these non-slip Pilates socks are the perfect solution. Since the toes are open and only the first two toes are separated, one can easily make the small balance adjustments that are often necessary in various workouts.

Ballerina


Perfect for Barre and Pilates, but not for yoga, this patented toe free design feels like a whisper, and allows one to channel their inner ballerina. The ballerina-inspired socks have the shape of a ballet flat with open toes and were created specifically with Pilates and barre classes in mind. Both Pilates and barre were originally designed to be performed barefoot, but, sometimes a little more traction is needed. Just like a ballerina’s pointe shoes must fit impeccably in order to be able to perform at peak performance, non-slip barre socks need to conform to the foot perfectly. With Tucketts signature toeless design, it’s easy to make tiny adjustments to balance. Movements can be executed with complete confidence and never have to worry about slipping. Whether you’re worried about perspiration causing feet to slip or just wanting more traction during barefoot exercise, these socks are perfect.

Anklet


Used for all barefoot workouts with great arch support, these ankle grip socks are designed for all types of barefoot exercises.. With the dual benefit of traction and circulation, toes will have full mobility, which allows for best stability. Get all the support needed from a compression-style sock without worrying about the possibility of slipping. Unlike other yoga socks that separate or cover the toes completely, Tucketts provides separation between the first two toes only, leaving the others free to grasp the mat and make balance adjustments. No matter if you’re headed to your weekly Pilates class or if you’ve decided to venture out into martial arts, these non-slip ankle socks offer arch support while still maintaining a barefoot feeling.

Knee High


Used for all barefoot workouts with arch and heel support, and compression, these toeless knee-high socks are perfect for Pilates, barre, yoga, martial arts, and more. Whatever your barefoot exercise may be, our socks give you fantastic arch and ankle support that just isn’t possible when you’re completely barefoot.

Leg Warmers


Perfect for all barefoot workouts and streetwear, working out with leg warmers keeps muscles warm to prevent injury. These leg warmers provide complete range of motion to perform intricate movements while keeping muscles warm and agile. Perfect to stay cozy on chilly days! Originally worn by dancers to warm up at the barre and during 80’s exercise classes, workout leg warmers are now used everywhere in the world of fitness. During any type of workout, it’s important to keep muscles warm at all times in order to prevent injury. Tucketts leg warmers assure complete range of motion to perform intricate movements while keeping joints and muscles warm and agile.

T-minus weeks until Valentine’s Day! But What Gift? >> You can get a special axol plush with heart tin today!

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with
Paxton & Whitfield

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Paxton & Whitfield, the UK’s oldest cheesemonger, has a great range of cheese gifts to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year. Cheese lovers can choose a delicious heart-shaped Coeur de Neufchâtel or a luxurious version of this cheese, a Coeur de Neufchâtel aux Truffes. There is also a selection of fine cheese homewares for serving cheese à deux for that extra special romantic touch. Then finally, to top it off there’s a delicious house Champagne, perfect for accompanying fine cheese. All you need to do is decide which items to buy for your heart’s desire.

All the items are available from Paxton & Whitfield’s four shops in Jermyn Street – Piccadilly, Cale Street – Chelsea Green, Bath and Stratford upon Avon, as well as online at paxtonandwhitfield.co.uk.

Coeur de Neufchâtel PDO* (£7.50/ 200g) – Hand-picked for its unique flavour and superb quality, this heart shaped delicious artisan cheese dates back over 1,000 years to 1035 when Hugues I of Gournay gave it to the Abbey of Sigy as a tithe. During the Hundred Years War, legend tells that local girls from Neufchâtel-en-Bray offered the cheese to English soldiers, who thought that the cheese tasted like heaven and that the bloomy white cheeses, shaped like a heart, were angel wings. This makes it the perfect cheese for romantics to enjoy on Valentine’s Day. This smooth, creamy artisan cheese is made from unpasteurised cow’s milk, in upper Normandy, France, and takes its name from the town where it is made, Neufchâtel. Similar to Camembert in texture and taste, it has a richer flavour with a hint of mushrooms and a soft white velvety rind. It is the oldest cheese to be made in Normandy and since 1977 it has been a protected cheese, being given the Protected Designated Origin (PDO) status.

Coeur de Neufchâtel PDO* aux Truffes (£10.25/225g) – This delicious heart-shaped cheese is made even more special with the addition of black summer truffles that have been mixed with creamy Brillat Savarin cheese. This moreish blend is then spread between two halves of the Coeur de Neufchâtel to create a decadent cheese sandwich. Perfect for a Valentine’s supper. NOTE: This cheese can only be ordered from the shops.

Paxton’s Raclette Heater (£30.00) – A great gift for a couple who love their cheese, this raclette heater has two raclette pans that rest on a stand. The cheese is melted on the pans by the heat of tealights that sit beneath them. The pack contains two pans, two spatulas, the stand, a recipe booklet and eight tealights. It comes presented in a Paxton & Whitfield branded presentation box.

Paxton’s Fondue Set for Two (£35.00) – What could be cosier on Valentine’s night than this grey ceramic fondue set for two? It comes branded with the Paxton & Whitfield logo on the outside and it sits on a wooden base. The heat to melt the cheese comes from a tealight. The pack contains the ceramic fondue, two forks, the wooden base, a tea light and a recipe booklet. It comes presented in a Paxton & Whitfield branded presentation box.

Paxton & Whitfield Champagne Grand Cru (£40.00) – The perfect way to round off your evening is with a bottle of Paxton & Whitfield’s specially selected Champagne. Chosen by Paxton’s wine buyer for the unique flavours that make it suitable to eat with cheese, this Champagne uses the Pinot Noir

grape to give great depth and a full flavour.

* PDO – Protected Designation of Origin, for products that are produced, processed and prepared within a particular geographical area, and with features and characteristics that must be due to that area.

GET THE HOLLYWOOD GLOW
From beauty eggs and blushers to foundations and powders – go glam this Christmas and fill their stockings with EX1 Cosmetics.

EX1 Cosmetics Beauty Egg, £12.99

EX1 Cosmetics Beauty Egg
£12.99

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EX1 Cosmetics Blusher (Love Story), £9.50
EX1 Cosmetics Blusher (Love Story)
£9.50

EX1 Cosmetics Invisiwear Liquid Foundation 6.0, £12.50

EX1 Cosmetics Invisiwear Compact Powder 6.0, £11.50

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‘I love you to the moon and back’ –
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Chococo

For Valentine’s Day 2020, Dorset-based artisan chocolatier Chococo has created a collection of gorgeous chocolates that take inspiration from the sea, all the way to the moon and back.

Aspiring lovers can select from the following gifts: freshly handmade Valentine’s selection boxes featuring NEW flavours and a NEW design, NEW chocolate lobsters, NEW ‘To the Moon & Back’ hearts and NEW Chocolate Heart Boxes.

Carefully developed by the team, led by founders Claire and Andy Burnet, all the gifts are freshly handmade in Purbeck, Dorset, from fine origin chocolate from Madagascar (dark chocolate 67% cocoa and 65% milk chocolate cocoa), Venezuela (milk chocolate 45%) and Colombia (white chocolate) – so the object of your amorous intentions will get the best possible fine chocolate rush. Chococo has always been a firm believer in working with chocolate high in cocoa solids and low in sugar, as it believes in giving its customers a fine chocolate, not a sugar, experience.

Chococo cares about the impact of its packaging on the environment and always has done – since launch back in 2002, its iconic selection boxes have always only ever had cardboard grids inside to hold each chocolate in place, never plastic vac forms. All Chococo’s new gifts for Valentine’s 2020 are in compostable plastic-free woodpulp bags or cornstarch cellophane. For more information please see the notes to editors section.

All the items listed below are available online on its website www.chococo.co.uk and from Chococo’s four Chocolate Houses in Swanage, Dorset; Winchester, Hampshire; Exeter, Devon; and Horsham, Sussex. Alternatively, you can call 01929 421777 to order some tempting Valentine delights.

The 2020 Valentine’s Collection includes:

NEW CHOCOLATES & PACKAGING Chococo’s Valentine’s Selection Boxes (Large £23.00 – 25 chocolates/ Medium £17.50 – 16 chocolates) Say it with these delicious selection boxes packed with Chococo’s handmade chocolate hearts, gems and truffles. The boxes feature a gorgeous NEW pastel design. They will include two of each of some of the following flavours, making these boxes perfect for sharing; NEW Mure Royale, crafted with mure liqueur created by Dorset based masterchef winner Matt Follas, NEW Caramelised white chocolate & cocoa nibs, Hazelnut praline, Peach Bellini, Hazelnut studded 65% dark milk chocolate, Dorset Sea Salt Caramel, Raspberry and Madagascar Vanilla.

NEW Chocolate Heart Box filled with Hearts and Gems (£15.00/150g) This beautiful heart shaped box is completely handmade from Chococo’s unique house 45% Venezuela origin milk chocolate. On the outside it is decorated with natural colours with a light dusting of edible shimmer. Inside the heart nestle a selection of chocolate hearts and gems: Ruby chocolate, Hazelnut praline, Peach Bellini, NEW Caramelised white chocolate & cocoa nibs, NEW Mure Royale and Dorset Sea Salt Caramel

NEW Foiled Chocolate Lobsters (£10.00/125g) Lobsters are supposed to mate for life and as Chococo was founded in Swanage, on the Dorset Coast, creating theses handmade chocolate crustaceans for aspiring cupids to declare their love seems fitting. Choose from; a milk chocolate lobster made from 45% Venezuela origin milk chocolate that comes wrapped in pink foil and a dark chocolate one made from 67% Madagascar origin dark chocolate that comes wrapped in purple foil. Both lobsters come hand-decorated on the outside with natural colours in pastel shades with a dusting of edible shimmer. The dark chocolate lobster is dairy-free and vegan-friendly. They also have a gift tag that says – ‘You’re my lobster’.

NEW ‘To the Moon & Back’ Hearts (£13.50/200g) These delicious and gorgeous chocolate hearts come in two varieties – in milk or dark chocolate. The milk chocolate version is made from 45% Venezuela origin milk chocolate and has the words ‘…to the moon and back…’ hand-piped in white chocolate on it. The dark chocolate one is made from 67% Madagascar origin dark chocolate and has the same message hand-piped on it in naturally coloured dark chocolate, so is dairy-free and vegan-friendly. They both come decorated with natural coloured pastel swirls and are dusted with edible shimmer.

Love Is In The Air

1. PyroPets (Kisa – The Cat, Voffi – The Dog, Hoppa – The Rabbit, Einar – The Unicorn or Ugla -The Owl) £12.50-£27.00 from 54Celsius.

For him or for her candles provide the perfect back drop to your Valentines Day plans, but unlike your standard everyday candle the ingenious creators of the PyroPet collection go above and beyond to create candles so engaging, they steal the show. Beautifully artistic, geometric animal sculptures which each reveal a fantastic surprise as they burn! From Icelandic designer Thorunn Arnadottir the founder of the PyroPets, light the wick and watch this space as the profile of your animal begins to warp. As the melting wax peels back to reveal a menacing flame and scorched aluminium skeleton. Each PyroPet offers a burning time of approximately 6-20 hours, made from paraffin wax, a cotton wick and aluminium.

2. YuYu Pure Japanese Collection, £45.00 from YuYu.

Who wouldn’t love the large spread of blissful heat from the YuYu Bottle this Valentine’s Day? Measuring 81cm in size the YuYu is the world’s first long hot water bottle that can stay warm for up to 6 hours thanks to the bubbles on the surface of the bottle which count not only as a massaging feature but also create air pockets allowing the bottle to stay warmer for longer. Eco-friendly, biodegradable, fair trade, flexible and beautifully soft, with an elongated shape. The YuYu can be effortlessly wrapped around your body as the genius strap provides endless opportunities to wear, enjoying hands free heat application as you tie the YuYu around your waist, back or shoulders.

3. Varidesk Pro Plus 36, £365.00 from Varidesk.

If you are looking to make an investment this Valentine’s Day on something more than just a novelty gift, surprise your loved one with the gift that keeps on gifting. Ideal for workaholics who need to strike that right balance between work and home life to feel healthier, happier and even more productive. The two tiered design is ideal for a dual monitor setup allowing the separation of a laptop and monitors from your keyboard, mouse and other accessories. Using a spring loaded boost and 11 different height settings, no assembly or installation is required, as the ProPlus 36 sitts comfortably on top of your current desktop.

4. Capsulier Lite, £75.00 from Amazon.

For the coffee connoisseurs among us the revolutionary Capsulier Lite is the latest gadget which would make a fantastic gift idea for him or for her this Valentine’s Day. Allowing you to make your own reusable and sustainable Nespresso pods – the world’s first single-push, mess-free capsule maker. An ingenious way to make superb tasting coffee. So you no longer need to rely on shop bought coffees or the local barista. Capsulier’s expertly designed capsules, save you money and reduce waste, mess-free and preserve the aroma and flavour of your favourite coffee. The easy to use stainless steel capsules can be reused time and time again in place of single-serve coffee pods. Simply load roasted and ground beans into the Capsulier, close the lid, and push the lever, you’ll have a capsule ready for use in seconds.

5. ION8 Beauty Leakproof (350ml/500ml) £11.99- £12.99 from Leakproof.

Maintaining a healthy intake of water is hard but the benefits are second to none. Being hydrated helps flush out toxins and helps skin stay radiant. The ION8 Beauty boasts a one touch system, so you can open these drinking bottles with just one hand, meanwhile the added lock ensures peace of mind when throwing into a bag. Made from BPA free, phthalate free, non-toxic TRITAN, this versatile drinks bottle with a soft-touch ‘frosted’ textured grip is odour resistant and easy to hand wash, offering effortless hydration thanks to the vented, smooth liquid flow. Get your skin ready for the day ahead and stay hydrated with one of ION8’s no-spill water bottles, the perfect size for your lunch box or handbag.

NEW 2-in-1 face and neck sheet mask designed specifically for bearded men

(and it’s suitable for men without beards too!)

SKINBUDDY® solves the problem bearded men had using facial sheet masks.


It includes ingredients specifically for men’s unique skin, is sized to fit larger male features, and features an innovative strip for beard and neck

Facial sheet masks are one of the most popular and effective treatments to help improve the appearance of the skin through hydration – and are used to help with aging, targeting fine lines, wrinkles, and dryness. Most conventional sheet masks are designed for women meaning they are too small for larger male facial shapes, plus they are especially difficult to fit for men with beards, as they don’t adhere properly to the skin.

NEW SKINBUDDY® 2-in-1 face and neck sheet masks were developed specifically for men with beards. Thanks to an innovative design and perfect-fit technology, they are suitable to be used even with facial hair, and also on the neck. The SKINBUDDY® facial sheet mask is:

· Specifically designed for larger male facial features and beard / neck use

· Made from 100% natural perfect-fit stretch-cotton

· Infused with proven age-defying facial serum especially formulated for men

· Hydrates and refines the skin, reduces pores, and minimizes fine lines and wrinkles

· A German development combined with South Korean technology

Oliver Barg, the creator of SKINBUDDY® said: “If you’ve got a beard, you will know that conventional facial sheet masks can be tricky to use. Most don’t adhere properly to your face, so using them is difficult and you don’t get to enjoy all their benefits. We only use the best quality and scientifically proven ingredients, manufactured in South Korea – the world’s leading facial sheet mask experts – and produce our masks in one of the country’s most advanced factories. In my twenties I felt indestructible. But partying and my age soon caught up with me. You can’t turn back time, and you can’t reverse the signs of aging.

Sure, smartphone filters mean you can still look great in photos, but if you don’t take care of your skin and look in the mirror, you’re faced with the harsh reality – fine lines, wrinkles, and dry patches. Having spent 15 years living in Hong Kong, I was familiar with the popularity of facial sheet masks for women to help them defy the effects of aging. But they were less popular with men until celebrities like Ronaldo, Jimmy Fallon, Chris Pratt or even P. Diddy started using them recently.”

Recent research has shown that as more men embrace the bearded look, they are also spending more time and money on skincare, with sales of male skincare up by 16.5% in the last year [1]. A third (33%) of UK men say they use face creams and lotions on their skin. While men are spending more on keeping their skin and hair looking good, categories such as razor blades and shaving products have been hit, as more men choose the bearded look. The number of men who are clean-shaven is in decline, falling almost 20% in the last 5 years. The amount of men who are switching between clean-shaven and stubble has increased by 15% in 3 years.

Oliver continues: “I realized that many men with beards took great care of their appearance but were missing out the benefits of facial sheet masks. There were no sheet masks dedicated to men’s needs on the market, including being suitable to be used with beards or on the neck, where we see the most wrinkles and other signs of aging later in life. So, I wanted to develop a great product, that’s solves an existing problem and benefits others. We spend over one year in research and development, and finally SKINBUDDY® was born. The facial sheet mask solution for all men with beards (and for non-bearded men too!)

SKINBUDDY costs £38.65 for a set of 5 masks. But has now a Christmas special promotion for £30.92 including free worldwide shipping.

For more information about SKINBUDDY, please visit skinbuddy.com

The Corinthia philosophy is usually more is more – when it comes to time spent in a blissful spa or the luxurious comforts that make a room just right, for example. However, sometimes it is nice to delight in the joy of less. Up to 50% less. Guests can rest easy in the comfort of their Corinthia bed, knowing they made an excellent saving when they booked in The Corinthia Winter Sale. The sale begins on 17 December 2019.

Save up to 50% at Corinthia Prague
The city of a hundred spires, with a thousand reasons to visit, but one important reason to stay at Corinthia Prague. Save up to 50% at Corinthia Prague during The Corinthia Winter Sale. Lead-in rates from €70 / £59 per room per night (room only, two sharing). Bookings must be made by midnight 31 January 2020 for stays until 30 December 2020. For more information, visit corinthia.com/prague or call +420 261 191 111.

Save up to 50% at Corinthia St George’s Bay
The coast is calling and there is a sun lounger waiting. Guests are encouraged to not waste one more minute simply dreaming… Save up to 50% at Corinthia St George’s Bay during The Corinthia Winter Sale. Lead-in rates from €90 / £75 per room per night (room only, two sharing). Bookings must be made by midnight 31 January 2020 for stays until 30 December 2020. For more information, visit corinthia.com/st-georges-bay or call +356 21 374 114.

Save up to 50% at Corinthia St Petersburg
Whether it is to experience the phenomenon of the white nights or simply to enjoy the splendid surroundings of Corinthia St Petersburg, there is something that will make a stay even more magical… Save up to 50% at Corinthia St Petersburg during The Corinthia Winter Sale. Lead-in rates from €103 / £86 per room per night (room only, two sharing). Bookings must be made by midnight 31 January 2020 for stays until 30 December 2020. For more information, visit corinthia.com/stpetersburg or call +7 812 380 2001.

Save up to 50% at Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa
From discovering the beauty of the island to the special memories that last a lifetime, this is the true magic of Malta. Save up to 50% at Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa during The Corinthia Winter Sale. Lead-in rates from €105 / £88 per room per night (room only, two sharing). Bookings must be made by midnight 31 January 2020 for stays until 30 December 2020. For more information, visit corinthia.com/palace or call +356 21 440 301.

Save up to 50% at Corinthia Lisbon
A sunny disposition is easily gained in Lisbon. Whether it is the warming glow of the Mediterranean rays or the colourful streets lined with cafes that evoke happiness, there is one more thing to produce a smile. Save up to 50% at Corinthia Lisbon during The Corinthia Winter Sale. Lead-in rates from €115 / £96 per room per night (room only, two sharing). Bookings must be made by midnight 31 January 2020 for stays until 30 December 2020. For more information, visit corinthia.com/lisbon or call +351 21 723 6363.

Save up to 40% at Corinthia London
A city of a million options. A short stroll from the West End with enough dazzling shows to satisfy all of those culture cravings and an array of dining delights on the doorstep… but the only decision to make now is when to visit. Save up to 40% at Corinthia London during The Corinthia Winter Sale. Lead-in rates from £306 per room per night (room only, two sharing). Bookings must be made by midnight 31 January 2020 for stays until 30 December 2020. For more information, visit corinthia.com/london or call +44 20 7321 3000.

Save up to 30% at Corinthia Budapest
With fairy-tale cityscapes to capture the imagination and plenty of cultural delights to marvel at, a trip to Budapest may seem like a dream but it is a Corinthia promise that these rates are a reality. Save up to 30% at Corinthia Budapest during The Corinthia Winter Sale. Lead-in rates from €99 / £83 per room per night (room only, two sharing). Bookings must be made by midnight 31 January 2020 for stays until 30 December 2020. For more information, visit corinthia.com/budapest or call +361 479 4000.

All rates are per room per night based on two sharing. To take advantage of these rates stays must be booked by midnight 31 January 2020 and are valid for stays until 30 December 2020.

For further information, visit www.corinthia.com/offers/the-corinthia-winter-sale/

CHOCOLATE TO SET HEARTS AFLUTTER

THIS VALENTINE’S DAY…

Set hearts aflutter this Valentine’s Day with the deliciously romantic Love Cocoa Chocolate Bars and Truffles from Royal Opera House shop.

Irresistibly charming and beautifully wrapped, share the love with these decadent chocolates, the ideal gift for that special someone in your life.

So, win a place in their heart with Love Cocoa this Valentine’s Day! They really are the perfect sweet treat for your perfect match.

Salted Caramel Milk Chocolate – £4

Raspberry Champagne Heart Truffles – £15

Salted Caramel Heart Truffles – £15

Sea Salt Organic Dark Chocolate – £4

Royal Opera House shop – shop.roh.org.uk