Everybody deserves to feel loved, so with February 14 just around the corner, we’ve curated a little list of gifts for friends, lovers and cynics.
LVLY Bacon Kit
Bacon makes everything better, love included. Hannah Donovan and Verity Tuck from LVLY (thoughtful, same-day gift deliveries in Melbourne) have teamed up with BaconSmith for a Valentine’s Day special. Its bacon kit can make up to two kilograms of delicious, home-cured bacon. Stick with the classic cure or experiment. “The kit includes recipes for sweet bourbon, spicy Mexican and coffee-doughnut bacon,” says Hannah.
Vegetarian option: LVLY’s Chocolate Fix.
Homecamp Copper Flask
Like a good relationship, Homecamp’s pure, solid copper hip flask naturally oxidises to get better with age. Each one is handmade in the USA by Jacob Bromwell and features an American birch stopper to keep your lover’s favourite poison fresh.
Lonely’s autumn/winter 2015 collection is filled with romance. There’s velvet, florals, lace and garters in a palette of dark navy, pistachio, crisp white and damson purple. Available online or at Incu Women’s.
Lucy Folk Honeymoon
Lucy Folk’s latest range, Honeymoon, is everything love should be. It’s bright and sunny, colourful and sparkly. Treat your lady with bright accessories, cocktail clutches or sunglasses. Or, get ready for your own honeymoon with an extra special engagement ring..
I Got Your Back Candle
Originally created to show a friend she’d always be there, Waan Pivasiri from You, Me & Bones has been busy in the studio hand pouring more of these kitsch spine-shaped candles just in time for Valentine’s Day. Made from natural beeswax, the candles purify the air around them and emit a subtle honey scent. There’s free express shipping until Friday for Broadsheet readers (enter FREEHUGS at checkout), or, with some notice, “Those last-minute lovers can pick it up in person,” says Waan.
The Little Wine Room Mixed Box
The Little Wine Room is all about tailoring wine to suit your lifestyle, but we think you can tailor wine to suit your friends, too. These mixed boxes of hard-to-find half bottles feature a carefully curated selection of wines from Australia, Europe and New Zealand. Give all six to a friend you really love, or a bottle each to six you just like.
Flowers & Brownies
Some things are simply too good to rely on someone else for. Ms Murphy Flowers and Doughboys Doughnuts teamed up to create the ultimate Valentine’s package: flowers and doughnuts. Of course, they sold out in a flash, so we’ve found the next best thing. Tillda Flowers will deliver your choice of sun flowers, tulips or roses along with homemade brownies.
Treat yourself and email firstname.lastname@example.org to order.
Small Batch Sample Box
If your one true love is coffee, then you might just find your perfect match at Small Batch. The roasting company behind Auction Rooms and Filter is offering four of their best flavours for just $60. Choose espresso or filter, or both.
Shadow Electric Gift Pass
Valentine’s Day isn’t for everyone, but great films are. Shadow Electric has gift passes available for its 2015 season which includes non-romantic flicks such as Scream, Charlie’s Country and Birdman.
Dog Photog Pop-up
Not everyone loves romance, but everyone loves dogs. Heather Lighton and Daniel Aulesbrook from Dog Photog are running a Valentine’s Day pop-up at The Good Copy on Saturday. Bring your pooch between 11am and 4pm for a love-inducing snap to melt the most cynical of hearts.