For the love of local
Move away from the ordinary this Valentine's Day. No more bog standard bouquets or tasteless chocolates, pick a quality gift lovingly made here in Hampshire and you're sure to impress!
Celebrate your love with a bottle of sparkling wine lovingly made in Hampshire. The region is now recognised as one of the leading locations for sparkling wine with multiple medals awarded each year to Hampshire wines. Look for wine from local vineyards including Black Chalk Wine, Bluestone, Cottonworth, Danebury, Exton Park, Hambledon, Hattingley, Jenkyn Place, Priors Dean, Raimes and Somborne Valley. Local wines are available from farm shops and independent retailers as well as directly from the vineyards.
Give the gift of decadence with handmade chocolates from one of the county’s talented chocolatiers. Choose award-wining flavours from Winchester Cocoa including Blackcurrant and Sloe Gin, Praline Crunch and Thai Basil and Coconut. Create a bespoke chocolate hamper with JK Fine Chocolates. Little Bee Bakery have designed a range of handmade Valentine's inspired iced biscuits.
Or give an experience to remember with a chocolate making class. New Forest Chocolates, Chocolate Craft and Chocolate by Miss Witt all run regular chocolate making classes. You may choose to learn the skills and gift your results or book for your loved one to go along with you.
Scent of love
Give a moment of relaxation with a locally made beauty or home gift. Summerdown Mint produces cosmetics, candles and lifestyle products using mint and other ingredients grown on their family farm. New Forest Aromatics has a range body and home gifts made from local ingredients as well as offering a bespoke perfume making experience. Cyril's Soaps makes a range of wonderful soaps using milk from her own goats, a natural treat for skin.