Valentine's gift ideas

Valentine's Day ideas

Whether you're celebrating Valentine's or Galentine's Day, we hope you find this post inspiring for your day of LOVE.

When it comes to decor, sustainable items items are always best, which you can bring out every year. It's better for the planet as you're not adding to the landfill every year with disposable items and you can pass it down the generations as a special keepsake piece. Fabric bunting is a good example and the ones at Nessa Foye Designs come in organza bags, so you can store your bunting safely during the rest of the year.

 

Valentine's bunting

 

We all know there is a lot of chocolate and festive sweeties going around on Valentine's Day, so why not pop them all into a small Valentine's storage bin on your coffee or dining table? This bin with gnomes and love hearts is not only great for Valentine's but also perfect for Christmas. Allowing you to get maximum use out of it! Would also be useful for storing all your precious bits and bobs in.

Valentines storage bin with gnomes and love hearts

It can sometimes be tricky to know what to get the special person in your life. Chocolates and flowers are always the obvious choice but what about a heart bookmark instead? It won't be gobbled up within a matter of days or wilt and die. It can be used for years to come with fond memories of the loved one who gifted it to them. You could even gift it with a thoughtful book.

Love heart bookmark for Valentine's Day

Do you know the origins of Valentine's day? It originated as a Christian feast day honoring a martyr named Valentine. With that in mind, here's a quick and easy recipe by the Queen of baking: Mary Berry.

 

Red Velvet Brownie Traybake

Ingredients
300g (10 1/2 oz) Bournville chocolate, broken into pieces
200g (7 oz) butter
200g (7 oz) caster sugar
4 large eggs
1tsp vanilla extract
150g (5 oz) self-raising flour
15g (1/2 oz) red gel colouring

Icing
50g (2 oz) butter, softened
50g (2 oz) full-fat cream cheese
150g (5 oz) icing sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1. Preheat the oven to 180C/ Fan 160C/ Gas 4. Grease a 30 x 23cm (12 x 9in) traybake tin and line with non-stick baking paper.

2. Measure the chocolate and butter into a heatproof bowl. Melt over a pan of simmering water until smooth and runny.

3. Remove the bowl from the heat and add the sugar, eggs, vanilla and flour. Beat with an electric mixer until well blended and smooth. Stir in the red gel.

4. Turn the mixture into the tin and level the top. Bake in the preheated oven for 35 - 40 minutes, or until risen and a crust has formed on the surface. The middle should feel just firm when pressed with your fingertips.

5. Leave to cool in the tin. Brownie may dip slightly in the centre.

6. To make the icing, measure all the ingredient into a large bowl and beat using the electric mixer until pale and creamy. Spread over the brownie and swirl the top.

7. Cut into 18 pieces to serve.

Recipe taken from Mary Berry's Fast Cakes book

 

You can shop all Valentine's Day decor and gift ideas here: 

https://www.nessafoyedesigns.co.uk/collections/valentines-decor
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