say I love you with these cute Valentine’s Day gifts

With February 14th just around the corner, there’s no better way to say those three special words than with something small and thoughtful. To me, receiving a handmade gift is much more intimate than a card or present from a mainstream store, and I love supporting independent businesses. Therefore, I’ve decided to put together a gift guide featuring some cute Valentine’s Day gifts from small local companies that I thought you would all love. These items can either add a personal touch to your main present, or simply be the main gift itself, whether you are buying for your partner, friends, family or even for yourself!

Love Give Ink

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Couple’s Foiled Keepsake Heart

As soon as I set eyes on this Couple’s Foiled Keepsake Heart, I knew that it would be perfect for this post! Handmade from clear acrylic with gold or silver foil, these little hearts can be personalised with names and a satin ribbon of your colour choice to create a romantic gift for your other half. I was so excited to open it when it arrived, beautifully packaged in a gift box with a ribbon wrapped around to give it that special feel. Martha, the lovely face behind Love Give Ink, also popped in a couple of extras in the form of these colourful print cards, which I absolutely love. I can’t wait to hang this little heart in my room!

Love Give Ink are a small London-based company focusing on printed gifts for all occasions, from anniversaries to birthdays and even Christenings. Everything created and sold by Love Give Ink is chic, thoughtful and beautifully presented. They are currently running a campaign known as ‘Our Love Story’ to celebrate their new Our Love Story Collection featuring beautiful gifts for anniversaries, weddings and, of course, Valentine’s Day. Use the hashtag #ourlovestoryhere with a photo of you and your other half for a chance to win £100 worth of Valentine’s treats.

Other delightful items to try:

Couple’s Initials Memory Book

Foiled Reasons I Love You Notes

‘Our Love Story’ Secret Messages Card

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Bee Good

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Lip Balm Trio

As someone who cannot live without lip balm, I was delighted to receive not one but three wonderful tubes of this essential beauty product in a selection of flavours. The lip balms are made with a trio of oils – crambe, echium and borage – for that super moisturising effect.  To me, the Raspberry & White Chocolate one instantly reminds me of a delicious dessert following a romantic candlelit dinner, so it makes a perfectly appropriate gift for Valentine’s Day! The Vanilla & Honey and Lime Blossom & Honey ones sound equally yummy and complete a cute set that would make a lovely present for a friend or loved one.

Having been a fan of Burt’s Bees for a while, I was super excited to come across another natural skincare company to try. Bee Good is based in Hampshire, so it’s super local to me, and was started by Caroline and her beekeeper husband Simon with the intention of harnessing excess honey and beeswax to create natural skincare products.

Other delightful items to try:

Honey & Crambe Daily Hand Cream

Honey & Wild Water Mint 3-in-1 Cleansing Water

NectaPerfecta Beautifying Mask

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Karen’s Krafts

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How cute is this card?! When Karen showed me a selection of her cards, I was instantly drawn to this Bee Mine one. I am so impressed with the level of detail in this card, from the carefully cut out foam hearts and bumblebees to the embossed writing inside the card – everything about it feels luxurious, personal and handmade with care. The envelope even has a little bee on the back!

What’s even sweeter about this is that all of the items from Karen’s Krafts are handmade in a little craft room in the Rossendale Valley, which means that they are truly personal and made with love. If you’d like to order one of her lovely cards or pieces of jewellery then make sure to put your order in early since they are all made by Karen herself!

Other delightful items to try:

All Hearts Card

Red Sewn Card

Single Strand Leather Bracelet

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Hippo & Co.

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Greeting Cards for Couples  |  All You Need Is Love Print

I have been completely spoilt by Hippo & Co. with this selection of their adorable pun-ny cards and this super romantic wall print! To me, there’s something so endearing about inanimate objects with faces so as soon as I saw the Cookies and Milk card, I knew it was perfect. Although you can’t tell in the photo, the All You Need Is Love print is actually A3-size so it’s perfect for popping in a frame and hanging up in the house. You can even personalise it with your names, along with a special date, to create a sentimental keepsake.

You have probably come across Stacey Michelle‘s lovely blog before, but I only very recently found out that she is also the co-founder of the online boutique, Hippo & Co., where she designs and makes beautiful cards, wall art and other cute goodies… aka the ultimate blogger job! Hippo & Co. specialise in creating ‘fun things for fun folk’, which already makes them sound like the perfect company to go to to add that special touch to any occasion. Their range of Valentine’s prints and cards is vast so you are sure to find something adorable for your date this year.

Other delightful items to try:

Big Spoon Little Spoon Card

Love Bunnies Print

I Lava You Card

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I hope this little gift guide has inspired you to pick up something thoughtful and handmade with love this Valentine’s Day, whether you are buying for someone special or just treating yourself. Also, I realise that there is an underlying theme of bees in this post haha – accidental but cute nonetheless!

What are your thoughts on small handmade gifts? Have you picked out anything for your Valentine this year yet?

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* These items were gifted to me for the purpose of this post; however, I approached the companies myself and chose items that I thought would appeal to my lovely readers. 

33 Comments

    • milenkamillie
      February 6, 2017 / 2:21 pm

      Thank you! x

  1. February 5, 2017 / 3:59 pm

    Such a cute gift ideas!! All those cards are so cute 😍😍

    • milenkamillie
      February 5, 2017 / 7:55 pm

      Thank you lovely! I’m glad you like them ☺️ xxx

  2. February 5, 2017 / 5:35 pm

    All of these products are super cute! I wish I was in the UK so I could purchase these❤

    • February 5, 2017 / 6:13 pm

      Hi Danielle,
      I am able to ship overseas. Please contact me if you would like any of my cards.
      Thanks,
      Karen

    • milenkamillie
      February 5, 2017 / 7:56 pm

      Aww they’re lovely aren’t they! xxx

  3. February 5, 2017 / 6:16 pm

    These are all lovely – but the Hippo Cards especially are really cute 🙂

    • milenkamillie
      February 5, 2017 / 7:56 pm

      Thank you lovely ☺️ I love a good pun! xxx

  4. February 5, 2017 / 9:37 pm

    This is such a cute post! Ingenious idea to contact companies yourself. I might have to do that! I particularly love the prints from Hippo & Co. The Bee Good lipbalms look so deliciously pampering! The foiled keepsake heart with Dave & Milenka on is adorable! xxx

    • milenkamillie
      February 6, 2017 / 2:20 pm

      Thank you! It’s definitely worth getting in touch with small businesses as they are always grateful to be contacted ☺️ Hehe thank you lovely! xxx

  5. February 5, 2017 / 10:30 pm

    The photos are so cute! Love all your gift ideas. And omg those cards, they are adorable!! xx

    • milenkamillie
      February 6, 2017 / 2:19 pm

      Aw thank you! I’m glad you like them ☺️ xx

  6. February 6, 2017 / 7:11 pm

    Ah those cards are SO adorable!!! I agree with you, I love thoughtful homemade gifts more, it just more sentimental that way and the independent businesses definitely excel in that aspect. They just seem to have cuter more personable and customizable things to choose from. I love the glass heart with your names on there- I love anything that you can customize with names and dates. Andrew and I agreed that we were going to make something for each other for the holiday, and me being such a planner I already know what I was going to do but now I’m loving these little ideas you shared with us! I’m torn haha I might just have to have a foiled heart made regardless!

    xo, JJ

    • milenkamillie
      February 7, 2017 / 9:39 am

      Hehe thank you! Exactly, and I feel like the big shops don’t need any more money but for small businesses it makes all the difference. That sounds like such a sweet idea! I can’t wait to see what you make (I’m hoping you’ll show us on the blog afterwards! Hehe) but yessss an extra little touch would be nice too! I’m sure lovegiveink.com deliver internationally 😊 xxxx

  7. February 6, 2017 / 8:45 pm

    Millie, so well chosen! I always enjoy buying from small suppliers, especially the handcrafted. My boyfriend’s birthday is actually on Valentine’s Day! We love the quiet, small things. Quirky cards to boot. This year I’ve booked a night’s stay in one of his favourite towns – we’ll browse the vintage market and rifle through all the charity shops (our idea of heaven!)… There’s something about supporting locals and independents. This weekend I’m interviewing a friend who knits – most of her things are for charities though! I’m constantly telling her that she should set up a small Etsy. 😌 xxx

    • milenkamillie
      February 7, 2017 / 9:36 am

      Thank you, Chloë! It just feels a little more special doesn’t it. Aw that’s lovely! Which town is this? It sounds like the perfect mini break away 😊 And that sounds so sweet! Will this be going up on your blog? She definitely should! Thank you for your lovely comment 💗 xxx

    • milenkamillie
      February 7, 2017 / 9:34 am

      Aw thank you! 😊 x

  8. February 7, 2017 / 7:53 am

    Such cute cards! I also love the sound of that Bee Good white choc lip balm (a self-treat for Valentine’s Day perhaps as I’m single..?) x

    • milenkamillie
      February 7, 2017 / 9:33 am

      Thank you! You should definitely treat yourself to something – that’s what the day is for! 😊 x

    • milenkamillie
      February 8, 2017 / 3:01 pm

      Aw thank you lovely! 😊 xxx

    • milenkamillie
      February 9, 2017 / 1:36 pm

      Thank you! That one’s adorable isn’t it ☺️ xx

  9. February 9, 2017 / 2:47 pm

    Such a cool ideas! Love them all!

    • milenkamillie
      February 9, 2017 / 6:01 pm

      Thank you so much! xx

  10. February 12, 2017 / 10:24 am

    Great post. I might have to try the NectaPerfecta Beautifying Mask once payday arrives from Bee Good. Those cards are so cute too. Great selection.

    • milenkamillie
      February 12, 2017 / 6:18 pm

      Thank you! Yessss that mask sounds lovely doesn’t it! xx

  11. February 12, 2017 / 9:55 pm

    Aw, loving these ideas! Especially the cards from Hippo&Co were so cute!!! I can’t even with cute puns like that! xx

    • milenkamillie
      February 13, 2017 / 2:21 pm

      Thank you! They’re adorable aren’t they! As soon as I saw the pun ones I was like ‘I need these in my life!’ hehe xxx

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