This Thursday is Valentine’s Day (in case you hadn't heard already!) and we are big believers in giving the gift of food and drink, for any occasion really. Here are a few ideas that are especially good for last-minute.
If you’ve left it until now to buy your loved one a gift, then, to be honest, you are cutting it a little fine! We're kidding, of course. Nonetheless, we've created a list of not only apt food- and drink-related gifts, but they are also quick and easy to pick up, even on the day.
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The Provence Collection by Max Benjamin
Inspired by one of France’s most beautiful regions, this candle collection captures the unique aroma associated with Provence. The lavender, citrus and herbaceous notes present in these candles will transport you to this Mediterranean location, reminding you of the romance and luxury of Provence. The capsule collection contains three different fragrances available in candles, diffusers and scented cards. You can find the collection at Arnotts, Brown Thomas, Carraig Donn and online.
Floral Cupcake Bouquet by The Cupcake Bloke
The Cupcake Bloke Bakery in Rialto stocks a multitude of fabulous hand-baked goods, but this floral bouquet takes the cake (pun intended). Comprised of several beautifully iced cupcakes cleverly disguised to look like flowers, you’d be forgiven for thinking this was actually a bouquet of flowers, such is the delicacy of the piping work here. These bouquets will be available in the Rialto store in the lead up to the 14th, so get down quick before they’re all gone.
Bean and Goose Valentine’s Sharing Bag
Bean and Goose chocolate produce some of Ireland’s most creative chocolate right now, so we’re excited to see that they’ve launched a Valentine’s gift bag. Containing a luxurious rose petal infused sharing bar, plus a strawberry shortbread white chocolate bar and a coconut, raspberry and thyme bar, this is sure to impress your Valentine. Order by tomorrow to ensure you get the bag by the 14th.
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VALENTINES Swipe Sharing Bark Rose infused hazelnuts, pistachio praline, orange segments & rose petals Craft bar gift bag Strawberry shortbread & white chocolate Coconut, raspberry & thyme Who will you be sharing your Bean & Goose with? To get there before the 14th ROI & NI - order by 12th Rest of World - order by 7th beanandgoose.ie/shop #bestofallmydays #sharingmybeanandgoose
Heat Changing Mugs from Lidl
These heat changing mugs from Lidl are far too cute to pass up, so your Valentine will surely be enamoured by them. The mugs come in two varieties: The first are black and white his-and-hers mugs and the second (our favourite) is a set of interlocking mugs with hearts on them that change colour when filled with hot water. At just €4.99 for the set, these mugs are a steal.
Graham Norton’s Own Irish Gin from Supervalu
Graham Norton, one of the country’s best-loved comedic forces, has returned home to create his own gin for Supervalu following on from the success of his wine range. The gin, which is produced with 100% Irish grain, celebrates the flavours of West Cork. The 12 botanicals in the gin, which include angelica, fuchsia flowers, orris roots, rose hip and basil, create a unique and delicious tasting spirit. You can find it in Supervalu off-licences around the country.
Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut NV from Aldi
If you’re looking for Champagne that will impress but won’t break the bank, then we recommend you try this award-winning wine from Philizot & Fils at Aldi. Blended from a mix of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes, this Champagne has won a multitude of awards, including Silver Medal at the Drinks Business Champagne Masters and Silver Outstanding at the International Wine & Spirits Competition, so it’s sure to please. Get it for just €19.99 at Aldi stores nationwide.
Booja-Booja Four Corners Collection
Award-winning chocolatiers Booja-Booja have added their Almond Salted Caramel Chocolate Truffles, which is a firm favourite of chocolate lovers, to their nine-truffle Four Corners chocolate box. The handmade organic truffles cater to all dietary requirements without compromising on flavour: they are vegan, dairy free, gluten free and soy free. You can find Booja-Booja products in health stores around the country.