Valentine's Day is bigger than ever, which is a good thing, because now there's something for everyone
It's less than a week away till the most romantic day of the year (supposedly). So we've put together a guide for Valentine's Day gifts, because why on earth wouldn't we? We're sound like that.
No point in dill-dallying; let's dive straight in.
For young love
Essence 'Wood You Love Me?' Trend Edition
It's cute, love-themed and those little eye masks work a treat.
Jewellery & Accessories
Links of London - Diamond Essentials 18kt Yellow Gold Vermeil & Pave Heart Necklace €245 / Sweetie XS Sterling Silver Mini Charm Bracelet €150 / Sterling Silver Tie the Knot Heart Charm €45
Links of London have a special section on its website dedicated to V-day, and there's something to suit most budgets.
Alex and Ani - Eiffel Tower €36 / Amour €41 / Key to Life and Unbreakable Love €36
Bisou - makeup bag €75 / iPhone cover €45 / Wallet €95
Bisou, an Irish brand founded by Laura Durkan in 2017, creates "luxurious and chic" personalised accessories made from genuine leather.
KDK - Pink Cottages €120 / Pink Shamrock €60 / Tara's Hydrangeas €60
KDK - another Irish brand, founded by sisters Keira and Dairine Kennedy. Available online or in Brown Thomas and Avoca stores.
Weir & Sons - Alex Monroe Feather Heart Stud Earrings €115 / Michael Kors Portia watch and bracelet set in rose gold0 €310 / Montblanc lined notebook in pink €65
This Valentine's Day, Chupi has partnered with Moet Rose Imperial for a very special Valentine's Day. Any solid gold piece purchased from Chupi.com or instore at ATRIUM, Powerscourt Townhouse, Dublin until Valentine’s Day will include a bottle of Moët Rosé Impérial, a treat from Irish chocolatier Bean and Goose and a beautiful hand illustrated gold foil Valentine card with our favourite quote from E.E. Cummings.
The Boots run!
Of course you're going to find something in Boots. There's loads and LOADS to choose from - and loads of discounts too. Shop online on Boots.ie.
Get away from it all
Dunboyne Castle Hotel
The Valentine’s Day ‘Romantic Indulgence Escape’
The Romantic Indulgence Escape package at Dunboyne Castle Hotel starts from €275 per room based on two people sharing. The package includes: overnight accommodation; a chilled bottle of bubbly in your room on arrival; a three-course à la carte dinner in the IVY Restaurant; two after dinner house cocktails; breakfast delivered to your room with a complimentary newspaper; complimentary access to the Thermal Suite in Seoid Spa; Late check out at 2 pm. More information on 01 801 3500 or via www.dunboynecastlehotel.com.
the gibson hotel has Just the Tonic for Valentine’s Day
Spoil him or herself with an overnight stay in a superior room, followed by a delicious three-course dinner in either the legendary Coda eatery (home to RTE’s First Dates), or the pan Asian inspired Hemi bar. Also, enjoy two complimentary Love Potion cocktails before dinner. Also includes breakfast for two the next day.
Valentine's Day Proposal Package at The Marker Hotel
The Marker Hotel’s Rooftop Bar & Terrace has introduced a Proposal Package! Enjoy exclusive access to The Marker Rooftop Bar & Terrace for you and your loved one for an hour, surrounded by candles to set the mood and a bottle of Champagne. €250 per couple. It's not the only V-day package, though. There's the Gourmet Lovers €75 and Couple's Serenity €235.
Max Benjamin - Impressions of Love candle €24.95 / diffuser €32.95 / scented card €4.95
Lush - Kiss Me Quick Wash Card €3 / Unicorn Horn bubble bar €5.95 / Whole Lotta Love bubble bar €6.50
Unless your luvvah is allergic to flowers (or to watering flowers), you cannot go wrong with a bunch of the bright stuff. Flowers.ie have some traditional V-Day bouquets to choose from.
Something slightly different...
Get a 30% Discount on Friends of the RHA for Valentine's Day. Individual Gift Membership €42 (usual price €60) or Family Friend Gift Membership €56 (usual price €80) (Use coupon code valentine when you buy online).
The Sugar Club is screening True Romance on Valentine's Day and guests attending the screening of the cult-classic movie will be treated to a complimentary box of delicious Lir Chocolate Truffles.
Whether it's for your commute, long journeys or just for some alone time in a busy house, everyone has use for headphones. Sure, you can use the ones that came free with your phone, or try really good ones you'll have for ages like the two above from SONY, that have both got v. good reviews.
Everything under one roof
Lidl Organic Prosecco €14 / Essence Dark Blue €4 / Aura Unicke €4 / Soft Bear €3 / Wristwatch €7 / Picture Frame €3.99 / Mr & Mrs Mug Set €8 / Hortus Pink Gin Rhubarb & Ginge €14
Clothes - for him