Whether you’re having a cosy night in or planning a lavish night out, Valentine’s Day is the ideal opportunity to buy local, showing love for the Surrey Hills whilst delighting someone special with locally-made goodies.
Surrey Hills Enterprises, the membership organisation that works to support local businesses and develop a thriving rural Surrey Hills economy, is encouraging people to shop locally ahead of 14th February this year, as part of their campaign to ‘Buy 1 in 5’. They’re asking people to take a self-motivated pledge to make at least one in every five of their purchases from a Surrey Hills based business.
The Surrey Hills offers a bounty of products to add a touch of romance to this year’s Valentine’s Day and by shopping locally, consumers will be giving back to the Surrey Hills economy, supporting individual artisans and reducing the carbon footprint of products that they’re buying, all whilst purchasing special, handcrafted products, often made with local materials and ingredients from individuals and companies close by.
Those looking to shop in the Surrey Hills this Valentine’s Day, should consider these locally-made products from Surrey Hills Enterprises members:
Guildford-based natural skincare company, Puremess has created the Romantic Retreat bundle, ideal for those looking to relax and cosy up this Valentine’s Day. Containing a beautiful hand-poured Soy Wax candle with Sweet Orange, Bergamot and Lavender essential oils for relaxation, a mineral-rich Rose Clay Mask to naturally enrich skin and a box of four unique chocolates from Sweet C’s Chocolates. Priced at £30.
Chimney Fire Coffee has teamed up with Ranmore Common neighbour, Ranmore Candle Co., to produce the perfect gift for the coffee lover.
The Coffee Candle Care Pack includes a special candle infused with Chimney Fire Coffee’s directly-sourced El Salvador El Cipres, to create a sweet, subtle coffee fragrance, as well as a bag of El Salvador coffee, plus a bag of Brazil Signature Espresso and a Chimney Fire Coffee tote bag. Priced at £35.
The Surrey Copper Distillery is an independent craft distillery based in Cranleigh distilling a distinctive library of spirits inspired by history and reflecting the essence of England.
They have created the premium Copperfield and Merchant’s Heart Mini Gift Pack, containing three Copperfield Dry Gins (3 x 50 ml) with their perfect pairings of Merchant’s Heart Spirit Enhancers. Priced at £24.95.
Greyfriars Vineyard in Puttenham has teamed up with Kokoh Chocolate to offer two Valentine’s gift sets this 14th February. The Rose Reserve 2018 gift set (£43.99) or the “X” Blanc de Noirs 2017 (£52) combines a bottle of the premium wine alongside two Greyfriars branded sparkling wine flutes and two bars of decadent, handmade local chocolate, presented in a beautiful Surrey Hills gift box.
With specially selected handcrafted chocolates in a valentine gift box, heart shaped lollies in ruby and white chocolate, a treat bag of mini hearts with romantic messages, an I LOVE CHOCOLATE mug with hot chocolate and two bars of their most popular couverture Colombian chocolate in milk and dark, all presented in a wrapped gift hamper. Priced at £35.
Adam Aaronson Glass Studio produces stunning individual glass pieces from his studio in West Horsley. Each piece in is unique and original, created using traditional glassblowing methods, inspired by a love of nature, the play of light on water and the landscape. Making for the ideal thoughtful gifts, there is a wide range to choose from, including this Lavender Fields Heart, priced at £55.
Artisan, Rosanna Clare, works with leather to create a wide range of products for the home, for her and for him, including leather bags and accessories. The Waterproof Canvas & Leather Wash Bag for him, made with a combination of waterproof 12oz canvas cotton and quality leather for a stylish and modern design. Priced at £45.
Spoil the man in your life with the Men’s Traditional Suede Leather Slippers from MateusMonique, the eco-friendly and vegan accessories company. Traditional, comfy and super light, these leather slippers for men are handmade from 100% leather upper and inner, perfect for year-round use and the ideal replacement for artificial, plastic slippers.
Horny Pants range of premium bamboo underwear and organic cotton tshirts for him and her are the perfect gift for a loved one.
With 10% from sales supporting endangered wildlife, through their work with the Born Free Foundation and the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, the products are comfortable, environmentally sound and stylish. Buy the Black Horny Pants for Men for £25.
Making premium rums in the Surrey Hills, Ripping Yarns Distillery is a family business covering the whole rum-making process, from fermentation to bottling, or from ‘molasses to glass’. Their award-winning Premium Golden Spiced Rum (£42.99) is twice pot-distilled and then gently infused with a carefully chosen blend of botanicals and spices. An easy sipping Rum that can also be enjoyed with a mixer or as part of a cocktail, it is lightly spiced so that the rum spirit can still shine through.
The Acorn Earrings from Oddie & Hope make for the perfect nature-inspired Valentine’s gift. Beautiful white freshwater pearls set in sterling silver hand textured acorn caps with a twisted wire ‘stem’, hung onto sterling silver gently textured hoops, they can be worn with the acorn or on their own.
A beautiful silk scarf is a classic choice for a loved one, something to last a lifetime, and those from Kate Lloyd are truly exceptional. Created using images taken by Kate herself and inspired by horses and the natural world, such as reflections in water, stunning leaves or the calming sea, each scarf has its own story and is presented in a gift box with fully recyclable packaging. The Square Shadow Horse Silk Scarf, featuring a limited edition printed image, is priced at £120.
This vegan drink is luxurious and a natural mood elevator, created from hand shaved Cacao Paste – as unprocessed as you can get. A delicious treat this Valentine’s Day, it’s a wonderful choice for the person that has everything.
To discover more brilliant businesses in the Surrey Hills, visit: www.surreyhills.org/local-businesses.