The Minford Guide To Valentine's Day

Once upon a time Valentine’s Day used to be genuinely exciting. Receiving a surprise card or big old bunch of flowers from a secret admirer, even a single stem rose from the local garage was a thrill if it was from the boy down the road you had a crush on.

These days we’re onto all the marketing gimmicks of this particular day and can do without all that sickly sweet mush. Unless of course, you happen to be the giver or receiver of the below, well in that case St Valentine, do carry on.

You’re sending a card from Scribble & Daub

Caroline Kent of Scribble & Daub is offering a bespoke postal service where she will hand write your messages of love and post them on your behalf on February 12th. Those with dodgy handwriting – your troubles are over.

Cupid’s Bespoke Postal Service, £3

You’re giving an English Garden Rose

Forget the flowers and go for something that will last. A rose for the garden gets major thoughtful Valentine’s brownie points in my opinion.

David Austin Gentle Hermione Rose, from £17

You’re wearing a vintage style pink satin bra

This jacquard floral satin bra has a super pretty vintage vibe. Wear under a cashmere jumper to cheer up February and if your other half likes it that’s a bonus.

& Other Stories Satin Padded Bra, £29

You’re lighting a Boy Smells candle

Branch out from the usual suspects and go for a candle by super cool L.A based Boy Smells.

Boy Smells Prunus Scented Candle, £32

You’re eating stuffing your face with Chocolate Society chocolate

A small artisan company based in the Somerset countryside, The Chocolate Society makes the best chocolate and has the most beautiful low key packaging.

The Chocolate Society Milk Chocolate & Crushed Coffee bar, £4.50

You’re buying THIS dress

Mine’s already in the post.

& Other Stories Heart Printed Midi Dress, £69

You’re sleeping in ‘The Minford Sheets’

Frankly I think I should message M&S and get them to rename these ‘The Minford Sheets’ judging by how much you all seem to love them 😉

Marks & Spencer Soft Pink Washed Cotton Bedding, from £6 

You’re blowing the budget on a Chinti & Parker jumper

Ethical and stylish all at once.  Copy and past the link below and send it on to whoever you’re trying to coerce.

Chinti & Parker Cream Confetti Heart Sweater, £275

AND If you’re going to an anti Valentine’s dinner you’re giving the host…

My dinner party fail safe gift. Not a box of chocolates or a bottle of wine in sight. Always a winner.

Archivist Luxury Queen of Heart Matches, £6

Broste Copenhagen Set of 10 Tapered Candles, £7.95

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