We get it. Valentine's Day is either your thing or you eye-roll so hard whenever you hear it mentioned your eyes almost get stuck in the back of your skull.
Personally, we like it. We like it because to us it's a chance to show everybody in your life some love, not just your SO. Celebrate friendships, your siblings or your mum and don't feel excluded by the event.
We've cobbled together a universal Valentine's Day gift guide from some our favourite independent makers, designers and artists to hopefully provide you with some inspo.
// Cards & Art
Rebecca and Karl pour their heart into beautifully designed cards and prints and we are huge huge fans of their work. Their 'To The Moon & Back' card below is a lovely choice for Valentine's that's heartfelt but not too soppy. Their selection of art prints are also a very sweet gift idea especially this one for the coffee crazy person in your life. And hey if things get serious they also make swoon-worthy wedding stationary ;)
Elsa's 'Sexy Man' gift card first caught our eye at The Frome Independent Market and we laughed and laughed and laughed and then bought her final copy! You can now snap him up on Etsy along with some adorable prints in time for V-Day. Our faves include her ships in bottles and the fishermen - adorable!
// House Things
We've long admired Anna's hanging succulent planters and especially love those with little faces on them. Anna's ceramics are entirely handmade and are subtle enough to suit any space whilst still being very very cute <3
Okay more ceramics but indulge us if you will. The special thing about Julia's mugs, bowls and beakers to us is that not only are they beautifully decorative, they're the most wonderfully useful shapes. Whimsical and charming, they're a lovely gift that anybody would be delighted to get.
A L P A C A S O C K S What are you still doing here?!
Seriously, February is cold and gross and Alpaca socks are like little pouches of heaven. We suggest getting some for yourself as well as your loved one to avoid arguments.
For perfectly imperfect French linens, homewares and handmade tunics, Masion Brocante is the place. The thick, rustic weaves of antique linens are perfectly captured and their functional linen pieces are perfect for everyday wear. Their linen totes are also to die for!
// Frivolous things
The warm glow of our amber glass jar candles is perfect for this time of year. Our small size is great for dotting along a mantlepiece and our triple-wickers work best in large rooms as they'll fill the space with scent.
Roberta's Etsy shop is filled with beautifully hand embroidered pieces and we especially love her custom star sign hoops. Get one for yourself, your bestie or combine two star signs on one hoop for Valentine's. They're a special way of showing some love and will also look so sweet hung anywhere in your home. We love them!
Awesome Christmas present embroidery I did for @maeviefm for her fella - it's the Big Bear and Little Bear consoltellations. I enjoyed making this one so much! 🐻🌟 DM me if your interested in something like this... maybe a constellation for your other half? . . #ohdearymeshop #etsyshop #embroidery #handmade #stars #galaxy #bigbearlittlebe #comsolations
All that remains is to wish you all a happy Valentine's Day and that we hope you'll enjoy shopping independent this year!