Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas
Valentine’s Day is almost upon us! We realise that sometimes it may be a bit of a struggle to find a gift that will wow your loved one, and although you may believe in presence over presents we would like to try and convince you otherwise. This selection of Nottingham’s independent shopping gems are just waiting to be discovered, so read on and get inspired!
If you’ve got a knack for craft and want to put that extra time and effort into a present then making your loved one a gift is the way to go…
At The Bead Shop on Market Street you’ll find a dazzling array of textures, colours and types of beads to create a gorgeous piece of jewellery, whatever your partner’s taste. If the thought of assembling intricate jewellery fills you with fear, do not fear – there are plenty of simple but stunning designs available. The friendly staff are always happy to lend a hand, give advice on trickier designs or provide a bit of inspiration.
If you want a gift as unique as your sweetheart then take a wander to Debbie Bryan Studio in the Lace Market, stockists of an eclectic range of exceptional artisan gifts that you won’t find anywhere else. From jewellery and accessories to homewares and art, not only does Debbie Bryan champion the epitome of handcrafted high quality products but is also a great spot for an afternoon tea.
Alternatively, if it is your partner who is creative or crafty themselves they’re likely to be very impressed if you bring them along to either of these Nottingham gems. Both host an extensive range of workshops so you can learn to create your own piece of jewellery or art, and gift vouchers are available too!
If you aren’t really into romantic tokens but want to pick up something to share, then why not buy a unique piece of furniture or stunning art work for your home? We recommend you walk along Derby Road, where you’ll find more than enough gift inspiration.
First stop on Derby Road is the Hung up Art Gallery. Get something original for your home this Valentine’s Day. Hung up Art Gallery’s got a selection of urban and street art that will give your home a contemporary feel.
On the other hand, if your other half likes quirky and vintage items Le Chien Et Moi’s got it all, and it’s just a stone throw away. Under one roof you’ll get hand-distilled scents, exquisite apothecary collections, hand-crafted jewellery, Norwegian ceramics, English small-batch chocolate, uncommon books, hand-poured candles and a unique curation of vintage, antique and recycled furniture. You can view them all in their shop or browse through their online store in the comfort of your home.
Just a short walk away you’ll find The Worm That Turned, where you’ll be spoiled for choice in garden furniture and accessories. Many of the items are available online, however the shop has a selection of one-off pieces and vintage finds that are only available in the shop. The shop offers a free gift wrapping service, so you don’t have to worry about paper cuts.
When thinking of Valentine’s, sometimes time honoured classics are the best choice for romantic gifts. If your lover is a lady, perhaps treat her to some finery from Stick & Ribbon, a bespoke boutique tucked away in Bridlesmith Walk. Specialising in ladies fashion, accessories and gifts, they know what ladies like with their chic contemporary style. A firm favourite for Valentine’s comes from the lingerie brand Kinky Knickers who produce a lovely range of elegant underwear made from Nottingham lace.
Once you step into Behind the Red Door you’re likely to be struck by some immediate gift inspiration, so it’s a good place to start off if you need some pointers. Offering a great assortment of modern items, from perfumes and bags to practical and ornamental homewares you’re bound to leave with something. We particularly recommend browsing the great range of cards and stationery, which favour wit and good design over soppy sentiments.
If your loved one’s got a passion for all things Nottingham you may want to pay a visit to one of our top three picks of local focused shops.
Buy your sweetheart a a valentine gift with a Nottingham feel at Dukki Design. The makers who sell their crafts at the shop use the rich heritage, wonderful local dialect and beautiful landmarks of Nottingham in their creations. You can even order a personalised gift via their website.
If you’re after fine art and quality handmade gifts then Created by Hand is the ideal shopping destination. You’ll find there works from over 40 of the best designer makers from Nottingham and the surrounding areas. The shop’s got an ever changing mixture of eclectic and unusual pieces, beautiful ceramics, a wide range of jewellery, wonderful artwork, high quality textiles and mixed media gifts and much more.
For even more original crafty gift ideas head to Focus Gallery where you’ll find a selection of pieces created by local artists. Focus Gallery began in 1971 and throughout the years it’s been a best loved destination for gift shopping by locals. It houses onsite jewellers for bespoke services and also runs workshops throughout the year.
We hope in reading this blog you may have discovered a few lesser known Nottingham spots for independent shopping and will be successful your search for love tokens. Found the perfect gift in one of these great businesses? We love to hear about it – why not send us a photo via our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!
~Blog written by Kinga and Sophie