Last minute Valentine’s day gift guide

The month of love is upon us, yay! And after making it out the other side of literally one of the most tumultuous years the world has ever seen, there is no better time to show your nearest and dearest just how much you truly care.

Whether you’re boo’d up, happily single, planning a killer Galentine’s Day with the girls, or just want to spend time with your kids, a few thoughtful gifts makes the day that much more exciting and magical – no need to wait for a partner to spoil!

Whatever your V-day plans, we’ve rounded up some awesome gifting ideas.

For him & her

Splurge: Something Sexy
Something you both can enjoy. South African company Nette Rose makes the most delicate and intimate lingerie sets. Not only are they pretty to look at but they’re ethically made too – from the fabric and packaging, right down to the cotton used in each hand stitch.

Budget: Setting the Mood
Who doesn’t love a scented candle? Especially when they come in the form of sensual body sculptures. These vegan, soy wax candles by The Muses are hand-poured and locally-made – perfect for setting the mood for a cozy night in.

For the girls

Splurge: Skin is In
Skin tools are having a moment and we love the benefit of crystal healing too. These Gua Sha rollers from Rush Tush come in Rose Quarts or Jade, so all your girls can look snatched and ready.

Budget: Floral Party
Flowers brighten every mood, and nothing says ‘I love you’ like a whimsical bouquet from the floral maestro Heike Hayward (Fleur Le Cordeur). The best way to celebrate a memorable Galentine’s. Check out the We Are Egg store for her awesome selection.

For the kids

Splurge: Family Fun
Why not spend Valentine’s Day doing a fun activity for the whole family? Art Jamming is just that – allowing you, your partner and little ones to explore and get creative. Their Valentine’s Day special is the perfect opportunity.

Budget: Sweet Treat
Spoil your little ones with a sweet treat from Krispy Kreme. These Valentine’s Day doughnuts are as cute as ever – and will look even cuter in their little hands.

For the single ladies

Splurge: Solo Spa Day
Grand gestures do not have to be reserved for others; self-love is a thing too! We love the idea of a solo pamper day surrounded by beautiful views. Try the Garden Spa at Babylonstoren for a few good specials.

Budget: Gourmet Stash
A day indoors should not be spent without a sweet stash – but make it gourmet. How about a luxury nougat giftbox or a pack of gold-dusted, chocolate-coated caramel popcorn? Ma Mère Confections has all this
and more.

Eid At Home

With lockdown laws across the world, and South Africa, we are being cautioned to leave home only for essentials and stay in as much as possible. After a beautiful month of fasting Ramadan, we are celebrating Eid Ul Fitr a little differently this year.

I am no stranger to lonely Eids, after marrying my husband in May 2016 I joined him on many of his travels for cricket tournaments and leagues. Some of which coinciding with Ramdaan and Eid. What that meant is sometimes lonely Eid celebrations spent on airports with a bag of chips or exciting ones with new friends inviting us into their homes halfway across the world to celebrate.

This year we would have been all alone in England while my husband played cricket for Worcestershire Country Cricket Club. I had it all planned out, we would decorate our little home with fairy lights and candles. I would take a drive down to Birmingham to source some halal lamb and I would prepare a roast dinner with veggies and buy a delicious dessert from Marks & Spencer. We would dress up and video call our family in South Africa.

What I find strangely amusing about this whole plan is that we are stuck in our home country, just minutes away from family but having the same Eid celebration we had always planned! Instead of driving forty minutes to Birmingham from Worcester, I will head to my local halal butcher and grab my desserts at Woolworths instead of M&S. In some ways a more convenient Eid than usual. I will definitely miss moments with my family this year especially my eighty nine year old grandmother who I think about all the time.

What I can say I am really grateful for is that we have each other and we can make special memories in our home that will make for interesting stories later on in our lives. This strange time has made me more thankful for my family and friends, for outside and most of all thankful for my religion and culture.

My biggest prayer is for us to be free’d from the clasps of Covid19 and that we can come out of this sooner rather than later. Praying for the scientists, doctors nurses and all essential workers who are helping to fight this disease in many ways.

Eid Mubarak to all my followers, those who still read my blog and those who support me on social media! I am so thankful to all of you.

*This post is sponsored by H&M