Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, however with the UK back in lockdown, many of us will be seeking alternative ways to celebrate from the comfort of our homes. This has challenged businesses to come up with ways of providing its customers with a memorable at-home experience. We have rounded up a selection of special Valentine’s Day gift ideas from some of the incredible business ventures that we are lucky enough to have on our doorstep:
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Dining in is the new eating out
Reigate café run by chef Simon Flint, who has worked at a host of exclusive London restaurants, has created a tempting ‘love in’ 3 course feast menu which is available for delivery or collection all weekend.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
Local Reigate restaurant favourite launched their hugely popular Cullenders at Home service during the first lockdown and for Valentine’s Day are offering a wonderfully indulgent three-course menu to enjoy over the special weekend, which is available for pick up Thursday – Sunday.
View the menu and place an order here.
Reigate based Mango Catering has been creating food with flair and imagination for events for over thirty years. With the events industry on hold, the business has temporarily repurposed and is currently catering for private customers at home. Set the table and look forward to fine dining delivered to your home ready to heat and serve.
Reigate’s first gin brand, Batts Hill, a business which started during the first lockdown, has created the ultimate Valentines gift set for gin-lovers. The beautifully wrapped set comprises 70cl of its delicious small batch dry gin, presented with a copper jigger and two copper mugs. Batts Hill are also offering a free box of their Flint House collaboration gin-infused truffles with every purchase as well as free local delivery using the code Valentines21, providing the perfect ingredients for a lockdown Valentines party for two.
Click here to visit their Facebook page for further details.
Sweet Valentine’s treats
Gift your loved one a pouch of wonderfully moreish coconut raspberry macaroons from local organic snack food brand Nourish. Packed full of skin and immunity boosting vitamin C and antioxidants this is a snack you will not feel guilty indulging in!
Click here to visit their website to place an order - local delivery available.
This Valentine’s Day, indulge in a date night feast from Guilty Bakes, delivered directly to your door. Boxes include a personalised red velvet cakesicle, prosecco and a host of other baked treats.
Themed gift ideas
Show your love this Valentine’s Day with a striking print from talented local artist Emily Canino’s Valentine’s collection. Alternatively, why not treat your loved one to a DoodleMoo Love candle? Each candle is hand poured locally with 100% soya wax. Local delivery is available.
Click here to visit their website to see the full range and place an order.
Send a little love this year with a romantic Valentine’s gift from Gerrards. They are open for orders via their newly launched website or message via social media, and all gifts are available for home delivery or click and collect. They can also be gift wrapped with a special message included if required.
Click here to visit their website.
Make it a family affair!
Half term is fast approaching, but with lockdown measures in place, we will all be looking for ideas to occupy the children at home. With this in mind, Love Reigate, along with local Reigate Facebook group Reigate Family Trail, have launched a Valentines Family Trail colouring competition.
The colouring sheet design has been created by the Reigate-based Adam’s Art Gallery and is available now for collection from Robert Leech in Reigate.
There are a range of exciting prizes for the winning entry, including a 12-month Love Reigate membership, framed Adam’s Gallery print and a £50 holiday voucher.
Find out more here. Good luck!
While Valentine’s Day will certainly feel very different this year, the fantastic efforts made by local businesses to offer alternative ways to celebrate at home, as well as going above and beyond to provide that extra personal touch including door-step deliveries, will help to ensure that it can still be a special occasion to enjoy – which in these tough times is more important than ever.
Header image courtesy of DoodleMoo – Special edition ‘Love Love’ print in gold