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20+ Valentine’s Gift Ideas from Derbyshire Small Businesses

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. Here’s my selection of the very best Derbyshire gifts this Valentine’s, fully updated for 2022.

trio of candles in a gift box - Peak District Candle Co

Valentine’s Gifts from Derbyshire Small Businesses

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 £12.50.  There’s a wide range of scents available, including a dedicated Valentine’s range. I particularly love the Roses Collection, which are available to buy in a range of sizes or as a trio.

leather keyrings

Family run, Orgill Originals handmake quality leather bags and gifts from both leather and a range of upcycled materials. There are beautiful bags for both him and her, as well as a range of smaller, yet incredibly sentimental gifts such as this personalised key ring which are just £9. I also love the copper tokens for just £4.

small copper token with the word 'love' engraved

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. There’s also a lovely range of outdoorsy and gorgeous home and lifestyle products.

Harper and May sell 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 £10.

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?  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!

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.

For a real treat, the best afternoon tea I’ve had in Derbyshire was at the Cavendish, for which you can buy gift vouchers 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 £6.50 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.

Valentine's in Derbyshire. The Little Shed afternoon tea.

Foodie Treats from Derbyshire Small Businesses

[AD] Looking for sweet treats to celebrate your sweetie? There’s nothing more special than a macaron. Perfect Peaks Patisserie always have gorgeously seasonal flavours. The spring flavours that would be perfect for Valentine’s. Flavours include strawberry daiquiri, Raffaello, rose lychee and raspberry, passionfruit and tangerine, matcha and cherry, blackcurrant. Order by DM (and mention Lovely Local Indie to receive 10% off!).

Simply Sweets sell beautifully packaged pick and mix boxes. These can be sent nationally.

pink sweets

If savoury is more your thing, a range of places serve delectable grazing boards, such as Tipple Adventures near Chesterfield. Just over the Nottingham border, try Fresh Al Fresco in Sutton-in-Ashfield.

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.

For a round-up of the best dine in options and Valentine’s menus, click here.

Valentine’s Flowers from my favourite Derbyshire Florists

Some of my favourite florists in the Derbyshire area are Tineke (who did my wedding flowers), JJ’s Flowers in Chesterfield, Ink and Earth and J Austin Designs in Wirksworth.

Or support your local florist. It’s worth booking in advance. Most deliver and have a range of options to suit all budgets.

Photo credit: J Austin Designs

Some of my Favourite Gift Shops in Derbyshire

Handmade Design of Ashbourne located on a cute cobbled square, shop in their lovely Ashbourne shop or on-line.

Libby’s on Chatsworth Road in Chesterfield has a beautiful selection of Valentine’s cards and gifts.

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!

I also love Design 44 in Derby, The Apple Tree Gift Shop in Ockbrook, and The Bottle Kiln in West Hallam all of which always has a great range of gifts.

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

For a round-up of the best dine in options and Valentine’s menus, click here.

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By Molly Scott

Derbyshire blogger - bringing you the best places to eat, drink, spa and stay in the wider Derbyshire area. Champion of the most fabulous independents.

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