Valentine's Gift Guide 2024

Valentine's Gift Guide 2024

29 Jan 2024
'Cupid' (1807), painting by Fredric Westin

'Cupid' (1807), painting by Fredric Westin

For the chocolate lover

Pierre Marcolini

The Pierre Marcolini Metal Heart Box represents an exquisite selection, perfectly tailored for the discerning lover of fine chocolates. Within the gorgeous tin lie an array of 15 meticulously crafted delights, featuring intricately layered ganaches, pralines, and almond pastes that represents the best of what this incredible chocolatier has to offer. Beyond the pleasure of indulging in these delicacies, the reusable tin matches our philosophy on sustainability. More about Pierre Marcolini "Founded in 1995 in Brussels by the renowned chocolatier of the same name, Maison Pierre Marcolini embodies the excellence of Belgian chocolate. With unwavering commitment to the art of chocolatiering, Pierre Marcolini has propelled the brand to the forefront of the industry through his unparalleled expertise and passion for innovation. Guided by the ethics of the Bean to Bar movement, the House controls every stage of cocoa transformation, from bean to bar, ensuring the purity and quality of each creation."

Fortnum & Mason

Few things embody timeless English elegance quite like Fortnum & Mason, and for the true foodie in your life, there exists no better extravagance than the exquisite hamper curated by Fortnum & Mason. The Valentine's Hamper for this year overflows with a lavish array of delectable confections and savoury treasures, comprising champagne, caviar, chocolate, tea, and a myriad of other culinary delights. ”First founded in London’s Piccadilly in 1707, we are proud to have remained an essential destination for anyone in search of extraordinary food, exceptional service and joy-giving things ever since. Everyone remembers their first encounter with us, and no wonder – over our centuries of history, we have been committed to delivering a sense of pleasure to anyone who walks through our doors.”

Pump Street

Pump Street, situated in the picturesque county of Suffolk, England, seamlessly combines the artistry of chocolate making with the finesse of artisanal baking. Their chocolates, an exquisite sensory pleasure are wrapped in thoughtfully designed packaging which is almost too good to be recycled. In harmony with its counterpart, Pump Street Bakery, this establishment is celebrated for its devotion to the craft of small-batch chocolate. We also encourage you to visit their stunning blush-toned shop in Orford, Suffolk. We recommend their Valentine’s Bundle of Mini Bars for a taster of the best Pump Street has to offer. ”Pump Street was founded in November 2010 by father and daughter team Chris and Joanna Brennan. It is the result of Chris’ years developing his skills as a self-taught baker and later chocolate maker, and Joanna’s enthusiasm for all things gourmande. We are proud winners of a number of awards, including the BBC Food and Farming Awards Best Food Producer 2012, the Observer Food Monthly Best Food Producer in 2022 and the Kings Award for Enterprise 2023.”

For the big question

Rachel Boston

Rachel Boston, a distinguished London-based jewellery atelier specialises in the meticulous craft of creating exquisite bridal and bespoke pieces, designed to endure the test of time—a principle we ardently uphold. Each masterpiece is handcrafted and adorned with ethically sourced, distinctive diamonds and gemstones, a hallmark for which the brand has garnered notable recognition. Rachel Boston offers a design consultation service for something as unique as your betrothed. Rachel Boston is particularly special to us at Albert & Arthur as this is where our co-founders, and husband and wife duo Jessie and Seb, had their wedding bands made. "Although undeniably anchored in the Art Deco movement that inspired founder Rachel with its clean lines and ornate design details, Rachel Boston pieces are instantly recognisable as their very own: they are an elegant reimagining of classic pieces with a distinctively modern and stylish edge."

Studio Adorn

Studio Adorn specialises in hand-crafted, sustainable jewellery. Based in Norwich, founder Bonnie Doonan along with 3 other resident jewellers Lauren, Morgan and Brogan create their unique pieces with no waste and focus on sourcing ethical materials. We recommend their effortlessly classic wedding bands to commemorate your commitment to one another or the beautiful Pebble Pendant for someone close to your heart. “Studio Adorn Jewellery was founded in 2017 by local jeweller Bonnie Doonan. After spending a couple of years travelling around the world drawing inspiration from India to Australia Bonnie returned home to her roots in Norwich. Shortly after she started making jewels from her kitchen table, with a background in Interior Architecture Bonnie has been able to combine her two passions in life and grow Studio Adorn to what it is today.”

Michelle Oh

Michelle Oh’s modern take on the engagement ring is truly unique and breathtaking. Using shape and colour Michelle Oh has been able to achieve the perfect balance between modern and classic, making sure it perfectly timeless. Special attention is taken selecting the gemstones, in particular diamonds and sapphires. We love the Kahlo ring with a stunning 1.6ct cushion cut teal sapphire set in 18k yellow gold. “Born in Jakarta, Indonesia, Michelle Oh trained in jewellery design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London. Her eponymous brand was established in 2011. Eschewing fast consumer fashion and trends Michelle seeks instead to make timeless jewellery imbued with personality and meaning, future heirlooms designed to celebrate those special moments you only come across once in a lifetime.”

For when love feels like home


Since its inception in 1961, Diptyque has become synonymous with unparalleled craftsmanship and the creation of sweet-scented masterpieces that transcend the ordinary. At the heart of Diptyque's allure is a commitment to excellence and a profound appreciation for the art of fragrance. Their refillable “Temple Des Mousses” candle smells like eden with notes of moss, matcha and cedar. We think it is the ideal gift for conscientious home lover. “In bohemian Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the artistic, intellectual and festive heart of 1960s Paris, the meeting of three multidisciplinary artists, united by their shared sense of beauty, love of nature and insatiable curiosity, marked the birth of a creative adventure. Diptyque opens the door to a singular world: a space bridging dreams and reality, intimacy and universality, where imagination runs free and creativity is unleashed.”

Cire Trvdon

Each Cire Trudon creation is a testament to the brand's unwavering commitment to excellence. With a heritage dating back to 1643, this venerable French maison has mastered the art of candle making, elevating it to an unparalleled level of sophistication. The candles are encased in regal vessels, adorned with the brand's emblematic gold seal, evoking a sense of decadence and refinement. For those who love a floral scent the Josephine candle is guaranteed to delight. “Founded in 1643, it was the provider of the royal court of Louis XIV, the Sun King, as well as most of the great churches of France. Cire Trudon was the biggest wax-producing factory in the French Kingdom during the 17th and 18th centuries. In 1762, in his encyclopaedia The art of the wax producer, engineer Duhamel du Monceau, praises the skills of the Trudons and gives the manufacture as an example. Such a level of quality led to King Louis XIV elevating Charles Trudon to the French nobility as Count Trudon des Ormes.”

Evermore London

All from their workshop in London, Evermore creates beautiful candles with enduring scents, meticulously crafted through a harmonious fusion of natural and man-made fragrances. Embracing a commitment to ethical principles, Evermore's candles are vegan, cruelty-free, and phthalate-free. These candles provide the perfect scent and atmosphere for an intimate and romantic evening. We love the Grove scent. A testament to the brand's expertise, this fragrance is an impeccable balance between earthy and warm notes, creating an ambiance perfect for an evening in for two. ”Motivated by her search for a cleaner fragrance and with an aspiration to build an entirely ethically minded business, Sarah Bell founded Evermore in 2014. With a desire to work creatively with her own two hands, Sarah took candle making up as a hobby. She was shocked by the raw materials used in many candle-making kits and it soon began to unfold that there was a market for an eco-conscience alternative.”

For all kinds of love


Petalon’s story is unique, starting out offering flowers by bicycle exclusively to London postcodes. Evolving into a national service and eventually finding residence in the serene landscapes of Cornwall, Petalon has seamlessly integrated sustainability into the very essence of their exquisitely crafted bouquets. Petalon's approach to floristry is characterised by a selection of two weekly bouquets, complemented by the option to pre-order flowers for special occasions. Each arrangement not only embodies Petalon's commitment to aesthetic beauty but also serves as a testament to their transparent and thoughtful approach to sustainable floristry. Among their curated offerings, the Higher Love Valentine's bouquet stands as a favourite for us. The richness of deep reds intertwined with playful pops of pink is enough to capture any heart. ”Petalon was born in East London and founded by Florence Kennedy in 2014, shortly after her husband James began his bicycle manufacturing business. When James needed to send a bunch of flowers one day, they both realised there wasn’t much choice if you wanted to send something beautiful and original for a reasonable price. Surrounded by James’s bicycles, Florence and James began to form an idea for a better kind of flower delivery. Petalon was born, with the aim of offering beautiful yet affordable flowers, in a more conscious way.”

Grace & Thorn

Nestled in the heart of Hackney, this London-based florist has become a bit of an institution. Grace & Thorn offers not only enchanting bouquets but also hosts workshops and provides exquisite blooms for noteworthy events. Renowned as one of London's premier and innovative florists, the creations that emerge from this establishment are a testament to their commitment to pushing the boundaries of traditional floral design. In anticipation of Valentine's Day, Grace & Thorn has created an extraordinary selection, of which our favourite is The Master. Characterised by dusty pinks and rich purple hues, this bouquet presents is a fantastic alternative to commonplace reds associated with the season. “When I opened Grace & Thorn in 2011, I was tired of seeing uninspiring rows of houseplants in plastic brown pots next to flowers forced into tight bouquets struggling to breathe, so I decided to do my own thing and bring out the best in plants, ready for their next home and encourage flowers to dance and sing! Since then my philosophy has been simple: help people to see flowers and plants in a different way.”


McQueens is not merely a florist but a curator of botanical dreams and that become an international sensation. With a legacy steeped in craftsmanship and a passion for the extraordinary, each creation from McQueens tells a story of elegance, sophistication, and timeless allure. We suggestion the Aurora Bouquet for anyone who loves flowers, whether that be a girlfriend, best friend or even your aunt. “McQueens Flowers has been telling stories with flowers since 1991, building a reputation around the world for creating beautiful and memorable floral creations perfectly matched to every occasion and setting. What started out as a home of simple, stylish London flowers - beautifully presented, has grown to become one of the world’s most respected and admired floral designers – setting the standard for floral quality, style and elegance.”

For when rest and relaxation is the way to their heart


Diptyque’s craftsmanship with scents expands to more than just candles with their range of skincare. Their range of highly lingering and recognisable scents can be found in their hand creams, soaps, body washes and even perfumes specifically for hair. We think that everything about Diptyque from their bottles to their packaging exudes magic and makes for a special gift. A treat for someone who always smell good to you is the Discovery Set, 5 scents in one box.

Juni & Co.

Juni & Co., a boutique nestled in Norwich, showcases a thoughtfully assembled selection of skincare brands. With meticulous attention to detail, their aim is to assist patrons in realising their beauty and wellness aspirations through sustainable practices. Their commitment to excellence is reflected in each carefully chosen brand, a seamless fusion of elegance, authenticity, and a genuine dedication to fostering well-being. We think the is deal for anyone looking for a boost of hydration and self-care. ”After launching JUNI, Madeleine received countless questions from customers asking for product recommendations and tips on how best to use them. It was this, along with her beauty industry knowledge, that led to the creation of JUNI & CO. Now, with a decade of experience, Madeleine has carefully curated her favourite brands to help others achieve their beauty and wellness goals.”


Based on the name, you would be forgiven for assuming this is an Italian brand, but based firmly in the U.K. and taking their inspiration from the beautiful English countryside, Bertioli, Mother and Daughter duo from the Cotswold, have fused their passions for interiors and skincare in a most unique way. Everything from Bertioli is inspired by nature and encourages a slower pace of life. The Breathing & Bathing Set does just that, encourages even the busiest of bees into a state of deep relaxation. “Each product is enriched with healing and fragrant essential oils that inspire deep breathing, instilling a calm and elevating mood. Through our scents and stories, we transport you to wonderful places, immerse you in nature and inspire a love of the wild.”

For the good times

Flint Vineyard

Flint Vineyard, nestled in the countryside of Norfolk, offers a wide selection from delicate rosés to robust reds. Each bottle is a testament to the vineyard's dedication to crafting wines that evoke passion and elevate the senses. Whether you're gifting to a wine enthusiast or creating a special moment with your loved one, Flint Vineyard's selection promises to deliver a truly delightful experience of the undeniable charm of English winemaking. We recommend their Pinot Noir if you’re looking for a special gift for a red wine lover. ”After graduating from college in 2012 with a first class degree and achieving awards for ‘Best research project’ and ‘Top winemaking student’, Ben moved to Beaujolais, France, where he had secured his first winemaking post. Here, he learnt how to ‘throw out the rule book’ and experienced a more intuitive and creative side to winemaking. After two years it was time to return home and begin a new life making wine in England.”


Set in the picturesque landscapes of Kent, Gusbourne has crafted a legacy of producing exceptional sparkling wines. With an unwavering commitment to quality, precision, and a passion for the art of winemaking, each bottle from Gusbourne is a testament to the brand's dedication to perfection. Their Rosé sparkling wine is incredibly versatile with food but we personally love it as an aperitif. “From the moment we planted our first vines in 2004, our vision has been to create the finest vintage wines using grapes exclusively from our own vineyards. We grow the highest quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes across the Gusbourne Estate, with 60 hectares in Appledore, Kent and 30 hectares next to the Goodwood Estate in West Sussex. These predominantly Burgundian clones yield smaller volumes of intensely flavourful fruit, which thrive in our unique microclimates. This exceptional produce is the vital first ingredient in making our award-winning sparkling wines, all crafted using the traditional method.”

Berry Bros. & Rudd

Berry Bros. & Rudd, an iconic name in the world of fine wine and spirits. Established in 1698, this British institution has stood as a beacon of quality, expertise, and heritage for centuries. They offer a wide selection from rare and vintage wines to exceptional spirits, making it a fantastic option for everyone. Whether you're seeking the perfect gift for a connoisseur or looking to elevate your Valentine’s Day celebrations, Berry Bros. & Rudd is a good bet. If you’re looking to push the boat out and really impressed your loved one then we suggest the 2017 Champagne Leclerc Briant. A small batched variety with a beautifully unique bottle. ”Founded in 1698, Berry Bros. & Rudd is Britain’s oldest wine and spirits merchant. Family-owned and run, the company still trades from No.3 St James’s Street, though with offices in Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo too. With longstanding relationships with our producers, Berry Bros. & Rudd helps collectors of fine wines and spirits build, manage and enjoy their cellars.”

For the experience


Dishpatch seamlessly combines convenience with culinary excellence, bringing together a collection of delicious dishes crafted by renowned chefs. Whether you're craving a taste of global cuisines or seeking to indulge in gourmet creations, Dishpatch transforms your home into a culinary destination making it perfect for a night in for two this Valentine’s Day. If you’re looking for a way to show off your skills but need a little help, this Lobster Thermidor is perfect.

The Gunton Arms

The Gunton Arms, where eccentricity meets the soulful charm of a traditional British inn. Set within a picturesque deer park in Norfolk, The Gunton Arms is more than an establishment; it's an immersive experience that marries rustic allure with refined hospitality. As you arrive, you are embraced by the roaring fires, rich tapestries, and a culinary experience that celebrates the bounty of Norfolk's landscape. The Gunton Arms is perfect for a dinner or a weekend escape for two. “Opened October 2011, The Gunton Arms is a traditional pub with 16 bedrooms in an extensive historic park near Cromer in North Norfolk. The chef Stuart Tattersall (ex head chef at Mark Hix) cooks from local ingredients including venison from the surrounding deer”

Estelle Manor

In the beautiful surroundings of the Cotwolds, Oxfordshire, Estelle Manor’s elegance is seamlessly combined by timeless design and modern comforts, Each element of Estelle Manor has been meticulously curated to provide an exceptional experience, whether you're seeking a peaceful weekend retreat or a special meal for two. Just a short car drive from London, a weekend away at Estelle Manor is ideal for someone looking for a little rest and relaxation this Valentine’s Day. ”Estelle Manor is a country club and hotel nestled in Oxfordshire, perched on the Cotswolds’ doorstep. A hosted home and countryside companion to private members’ club Maison Estelle in Mayfair, London. A new school club with old school values of personalised service and discretion. An unstuffy and fun community, that brings people together who have plenty to say and nothing to prove.”

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