Whether you are spoiling your partner, cheering up a friend or just treating yourself, here’s my guide to the best possible Derbyshire Valentine’s. No faceless chains; just lovely, local, indie small businesses. Valentine’s, Galentine’s or just a lockdown treat, here’s my selection of the very best Derbyshire gifts this Valentine’s.
Peak District Candle Co make delightful hand poured soy wax candles that are stylishly presented in environmentally friendly glass jars. The 100% soy wax is a completely natural product which burns slower and more evenly, giving you a long lasting product. A standard sized candle costs just £10. There’s a wide range of scents available but for the most romantic, I’d pick Fresh Roses or Peony & Oud.
The Ramble Guide to the Peak District is a beautiful book written by Athena Mellor. It features twelve walking routes, as well as over 50 sites of interest, pubs, cafés, accommodation and more. There are a handful of stockists across the Peak District, or buy online here for £16 plus £3 postage. Mine arrived super quickly.
Harper and May are a new venture selling simply stunning jewellery. Each piece is lovingly made to order and beautifully packaged in the owner’s home in Matlock. Many of the items can be personalised. However, I just love the simplicity of the sterling silver dainty heart stud earrings, an absolute steal at just £8. Shop the rest of the Harper & May here.
Snuggle up. If you and your loved one like nothing more than a good snuggle on the sofa, why not treat them to an upgraded blanket? Since we’re all home a lot more it makes sense to invest in our surroundings. Hide and Thread is a small, independent furniture business ran by Matt and other half Catherine, creating handmade and bespoke furniture from its workshop in the vintage quarter on Dale Rd, Matlock. In addition to the handmade footstools, ottomans, benches and hallstands, they stock a wide range of different blankets, but I particularly love the Weaver Green brand, so luxurious that you’d never guess they’re made entirely from recycled plastic bottles! Hide and Thread have also just commissioned a beautifully illustrated tea towel celebrating some iconic Matlock sights.
Some of my Favourite Gift Shops in Derbyshire
Libby’s has a dedicated Valentine’s section on the website with a good selection of lovely, affordable jewellery and cards .
Handmade Design of Ashbourne also has a Valentine’s category with a wide range of cards and gifts. I love the Ivy and Ginger leopard print earrings, made in nearby Staffordshire, they’d make a perfect Galentine’s gift.
Chesterfield’s Shop Indie has a good range of quirky Valentine’s gifts, including plenty for men, like beard shampoo bars for less than £6. You can also search ‘for him’ which can be really handy if your husband is as difficult to buy for as mine!
Vouchers for an experience are always welcomed
Derbyshire Distillery sell gin experience gift vouchers for £25pp. The experience involves a G&T on arrival, a distillery tour, 4 gins to sample while learning the history of gin, how it’s made and how to create the perfect G&T. You’ll also receive a complimentary voucher to use in their distillery shop.
Ringwood Hall sell a range of gift vouchers – from afternoon tea, to a spa day (starting at just £59pp!) to an overnight stay.
In addition to their Valentine’s Edit which has everything from flowers to chocolates to locally reared steaks. Sauced Here are also a great place to buy experience gift vouchers. There’s everything from learning how to make craft chocolates, to foraging, to photography to yoga. See the full range here.
The Little Shed also sell a wide range of vouchers, everything from a box of cupcakes voucher to a gentleman’s afternoon tea! I love that prices start at just £5.50 for a ‘tea and cupcake’ voucher – a perfect little treat for your single mate that needs cheering up? Also check out their gift shop for a range of pretty little things. I love the faux snake skin clutch bag, for just £12.99! Or for the young at heart, a personalised name bracelet for less than £6.
Your local farm shop is likely to be an Aladdin’s cave of foodie goodies that could be gifted. Also check out their selection of craft ales, spirits etc. Check out my list of the best farm shops in Derbyshire.
How about some sweet treats to celebrate your sweetie? Glamberry are the ultimate in pretty treat boxes. They have long since sold out their postal treats, but if you can collect from Derby, you could still snag the most stylish bespoke chocolate treats.
A range of places are offering afternoon teas. Depending on where you live, I would recommend The Café at Libby’s in Chesterfield, The Star at Cotton or The Little Shed in Allestree or Ashbourne. All need booking in advance.
If savoury is more your thing, a range of places serve delectable grazing boards. In Chesterfield, try Birdcage or Every Last Bite. At the time of writing this, Every Last Bite were fully booked for Valentine’s Day itself, but if you could be flexible on dates, their Brie Heart looks epic! Two layers of cheese topped with a range of deli meats, Spanish olives, feta stuffed peppers, fresh fruit, nuts and pomegranate seeds. Just over the Nottingham border, try Fresh Al Fresco in Sutton-in-Ashfield.
Two of my favourite florists in Derbyshire are Tineke (who did my wedding flowers) based in Wirksworth and JJ’s Flowers in Chesterfield. Both deliver and have a range of options to suit all budgets. JJ’s is a great option if you’re looking for contemporary dried flowers, including that Instagram (and swingers!) favourite, pampas grass. Or support your local florist. It’s worth booking in advance.
Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Or Galentine’s? Or should every day be a day of love? Let me know in the comments. xoxo