Valentine's Day is different this year.
For many of us, separated from friends and family for nearly a year, it's become increasingly important to show those people how much they mean to us and how much we miss them. Rather than direct all of our tokens of affection to one person this year, we are searching for ways to share the love with everyone who is special to us - and with social distancing and travel restrictions in place, the challenge is to find a way to do this from afar.
We've come up with some ideas for you here.
#1 Sending Hugs
Send a hug in the post with one of these unique tokens your loved one can carry in their pocket or hang somewhere they'll see everyday.
From top right: Sending Hugs from Strange Magic Crafts, £5.00, Pocket Hug Handwarmer from Tweedles Handmade, £5.00, Polymer Clay Pocket Hug from Petitis Carreaux £7.50, and Portable Hug (in gift box) from Diane Denham Designs £6.
#2 Time for a Cuppa
You may not be able to have a cuppa and a chat in person right now, but send your bestie one of these unique teacup bags filled with organic lavender from Indigo and Rose (£9.95) to tell them how much you're looking forward to the day you can do it again. Why not pop some of their favourite tea, and a packet of special biscuits in the package too?
#3 Something to Look Forward to
The lovely thing about this little purse from Diane Denham Designs (£10) is that you can fill it with other things. How about a voucher for something you can do in the future? (We love Theatre Vouchers from London Theatre Direct)
#4 Unique and Personal
Let someone special know you're always thinking of them with a personalised message on this little ceramic heart from Liza Lambert (£5.00). Why not send it along with a Zoom invitation so you can have a chat..... almost like normal?
#5 Cards are not just for Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day isn't Valentine's Day without a card, of course, (Like these unique cards from Flamingo Arts Emporium , Katie Sarah, and Resin Expectations) but why not make a promise to send a card or note every few weeks? There's something exciting about receiving post, a handcrafted card makes it seem like a mini gift, and a little message reminds the recipient of how much you are looking forward to seeing them again.
There are lots more fabulous ideas for really unique gifts in our online shop (and don't forget to show some love to yourself, too!) www.craftcoopshop.co.uk