A selection of gift ideas for Valentine’s Day.
For a truly indulgent dip in the tub, these pearly pink glitter bath bombs actually have the aroma of rosé wine. There’s enough here for 10 relaxing baths and if you ask your partner to close their eyes, they’ll feel like they’re lounging in their favorite drink – but don’t call them an old bath.
£7.99 from www.prezzybox.com
lessons of love
Share the pleasure of learning about wine together by signing up for one of Belfast Wine School’s tastings or classes. Held at the Bullitt Hotel, the relaxed and informative events range from a focus on wines in different parts of the world to wine pairings and cheese nights. Personalized golden gift certificates are available online.
romance is in the air
Add another sound to the clink of glasses – the clink of these delicious wind chimes made from recycled wine bottles. They come in a range of colors trimmed with attractive copper bands and the wooden ball hanging inside is attached to a heart-shaped flag that catches the breeze.
£19.08 for one or £111.32 for the full set of seven, on etsy.com
A winery in Wicklow? Who knew? Móinéir wines are created from berries rather than grapes at Wicklow Way Winery and you can surprise your partner with a tour of this unique business which includes tastings of all three varieties – strawberry, raspberry and blackberry – and pairings with cheese and chocolates.
Tour gift vouchers from €25 at www.wicklowwaywines.ie
Marked with love
I Heart Prosecco sounds like a bubbly just made for Valentine’s Day, so why not take it a step further and get a personalized bottle? Put the sparkle back in your relationship by having your own message printed on the tag, and there’s an additional option for it to come in its own gift box.
£19.99 plus delivery, from personalized.iheartwines.co.uk
Scents and Sensitivity
Instead of a bottle of perfume, give your wine-loving partner a complete perfume kit. Le Nez du Vin aroma training kits have been used for years to train sommeliers and will help any wine enthusiast sharpen their nose.
£67 for 12 flavours, up to £270 for 54 flavours, at coolersomm.com
Pop your cork in Killarney
Take your love to Killarney for a Valentine’s break and taste exceptional wines in the Great Southern Hotel’s wine room. Sample suggestions from head sommelier Massimo Mirabile or try the Enomatic wine service system, an interactive experience that dispenses wine by the glass using a prepaid card.
A one-night Wine and Dine experience is currently on offer from €185 per room, which includes a €10 Enomatic wine list. www.greatsouthernkillarney.com
Put them on
Make your loved one laugh over their Chardonnay with these fun, saying-it-all socks. Available in a range of colours, they fit women’s sizes 3-11, or there’s a nice soft premium version that fits women’s sizes 4-10. No sizes for gentlemen – it seems they are the ones doing the service.
£5.57 on etsy.com
your sexy thing
Schmooz your partner with a case of Cloof Very Sexy Shiraz, an exceptional South African wine that combines rich blackberry notes with spicy notes. Try your local independent wine merchant, but failing that, the UK-wide Fine Wine Company still seems to ship to Northern Ireland and have it in stock.
£70 for a case plus postage, at www.thefinewinecompany.co.uk
The perfect package
Okay, you bought them a really nice bottle of wine. Now make it even more special with this eco-friendly bamboo presentation box featuring four sommelier tools neatly stored in the lid. Inside you’ll find a corkscrew, drip ring, bottle stopper and spout, and the box can be engraved with a romantic message of your choice.
£28.99 on etsy.com