Valentine's Day is approaching and so the race is on to to shower your loved one in jewels, memorise all those romantic sonnets, and become the all-round perfect partner for one day.

Or perhaps not. While many people enjoy a touch of romance on Valentine's Day, it is really the genuine gestures which mean the most, and for many of us a small well thought-out gift is sure to delight. 

If you're struggling to work out the perfect treat to give your beau, never fear. Nottinghamshire has a plethora of independent shopping gems that are just waiting to be discovered, so read on and get inspired!

If you are more of a presence over presents kinda couple there are various Valentine's events throughout Nottinghamshire, along with lots of special offers on fabulous places to eat, drink and relax. We've also got a whole load of inspiration for gorgeous dates in the city and county right here.


MAKE
 

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 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!


SHARE
 

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?

On Derby Road in Nottingham's city centre you'll find The Worm That Turned, where you'll be spoiled for choice in stylish garden furniture, practical accessories and one-off pieces to spruce up your garden, yard or balcony. Why not work together to make a gorgeous outdoor oasis to spend time in over long spring evenings? It's worth noting that The Worm That Turned also offers a free gift wrapping service, so you don't have to worry about paper cuts.

If you love vintage style or are passionate about sustainability, why not hunt down unique treasures at Budby Antiques & Vintage Emporium. The 5500sq. ft listed barn in rural Nottinghamshire is packed to the rafters with an eclectic mix of furniture, paintings, prints, wall art, sculptures, jewellery, and unusual artefacts.


CLASSIC


When thinking of Valentine's, sometimes time honoured classics are the best choice for romantic gifts. Just because it's been done before doesn't mean it can't also be unique and heartfelt! 

Second hand charity bookshop Bookwise has stores in the city centre district of Hockley, in the town of Newark and the village of Southwell, and stocks a great range of vintage tomes. Why not see if they stock your beau's favourite read in a beautiful early edition, or hunt down one of the great Romantic poets such as Lord Byron or Pablo Neruda, then handwrite a note in the front cover that they can find in years to come.

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. If you're a little unsure what you're lady might like the super friendly expert staff will be more than happy to help you pick out something perfect. 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.

Chocolates may be the classic Valentine's gift, but it needn't be cliché. Made in Nottingham's quirky and creative hub, Sneinton Market, the multi-award-winning Luisa's Vegan Chocolates are made using a traditional artisan process to transform directly-sourced, single-origin cocoa beans from bean-to-bar. If you're more of a presence over presents couple, or you're just looking for a twist on the classic, why not book onto one of their tasting experiences? You'll learn about the process, discuss the diverse tasting profiles that arise from each single-origin bar, and discover the fundamental differences between chocolate maker and chocolatier, all whilst tantalising your taste buds with Luisa’s delicacies.

Food is often the best way to a person's heart, so if you are sending a token of love to another a hamper from award-winning deli Deliah Foods will go down a treat. There are lots to check out on their website, with themes ranging from real ale and local produce to French or Spanish goodies.

If you want to treat your partner to their favourite tipple you'll find a range of specialist, independent purveyors in Nottingham. For fine wines Weavers Independent Wine & Spirit Merchants is the place to go - this Nottingham institution has been run by the Trease family since 1897, and you can bet the knowledgeable staff will be able to help you pick out just the right bottle for your beau. Gin-thusiasts are well catered for with their signature Castle Gate Gin, a delectable London dry style with a distinct character created by the addition of hand foraged acorns from Sherwood Forest to their unique botanical mix. Meanwhile, fans of fine single malts and drams of pure peaty decadence should seek out Gauntleys Fine Wine, Whisky and Cigar Merchants


LOCAL
 

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.

Nottingham Tourism Centre are proud to support local artists, designers and makers with over 250 new gift ranges that are either made locally, inspired by Nottingham, or are from local independent businesses. Choose from luxury, loose leaf teas, amazing upcycled art, jewellery, clothing and much more. If your sweetheart is a fan of the tricky trees you'll find an extensive range of official Nottingham Forest FC merchandise in store too. 


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
 


This blog was originally published in 2017 and has been updated.
 

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