Valentine's Day is approaching, and since we can't go out on glamorous dates this year, 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 with online shopping and click-and-collect options that are just waiting to be discovered, so read on and get inspired!


MAKE
 

If you’ve got a knack for craft and want to put that extra time and effort into a present - and since we're all stuck at home anyway these days - then making your loved one a gift is the way to go…

At The Bead Shop's online store 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. They even have video tutorials available to show you what to do.

If you want a gift as unique as your sweetheart then check out Debbie Bryan's online shop. They stock an eclectic range of exceptional artisan gifts that you won’t find anywhere else: from jewellery and accessories to homewares and art, championing the epitome of handcrafted, high quality products. 
 


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?

You can browse The Worm That Turned's stunning collection of lighting, décor and furniture online via their website. 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? 

If you love vintage style or are passionate about sustainability, why not hunt down unique treasures in the Budby Antiques & Vintage Emporium online shop? 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, and you can browse their selection all from the comfort of your own home.


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! 

If your lover is a lady, perhaps treat her to some finery from Stick & Ribbon's online shop. A bespoke boutique tucked away in Bridlesmith Walk which specialises in ladies fashion, accessories and gifts, they know what ladies like with their chic contemporary style. If you're a little unsure what your 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. You can check out the range on their website.

The Harley Gallery and Portland Collection are both closed at the moment however if you're looking for unusual gifts to spoil your loved ones for Valentine's, visit their online shop where you'll be spoilt for choice. 

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 Delilah 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, which boasts a huge range across its online store. Both sellers are offering click and collect as well as delivery, so you can shop with confidence.


LOCAL
 

If your loved one's got a passion for all things Nottingham you may want to check out our top three picks of local focused shops.

Buy your sweetheart a a valentine gift with a Nottingham feel at Inspired. They have a stunning range of treasures that your loved one is sure to adore, including framed prints, cards, jewellery, textiles and ceramics. Ideal Valentine's Day gifts include their charming mice or bird felt figures, or one of their stunning prints to brighten up your home.

Stop by the Nottingham Tourism and Travel Centre to get your hands on some other local goodies. Explore everything from Nottingham lace to stunning artwork from local artists. You can buy prints, mugs and more with iconic Notitngham landmarks and local sayings. You can also browse Nottingham Forest Merchandise, glassware and locally handmade soaps.

Find more local gift ideas in our Local Gift Guide!

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 in 2022.
 

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