Are you stuck for last minute Valentines Day gifts? Have you promised someone something special, but haven’t got a notion what that will be? Well lucky for you, we have the perfect solutions! Whether your living in the heart of Dublin city, by Bantry Bay in Cork or even up in Northern Belfast, there’s sure to be something here for you. Intro is a nationwide agency, and we have rustled up a list of top notch gift ideas and Valentines’ Day plans for our member and followers from every corner of the island to help make this Valentines’ Day as special and memorable as possible. Don’t believe us? Take a look for yourself!
The Metropole Hotel, Victorian Quarter, Co. Cork
Looking to spoil your partner with a luxury meal this Valentines’ Day, but didn’t inherit your mothers culinary skills? Give The Metropole Hotel a shout! Based in the Victorian Quarter of Cork city, this luxury hotel is offering a stay-at-home Valentine’s experience, by constructing a delectable box of Afternoon Tea essentials available to order now for €30 per person! Delivery service is available on their website, where you can choose from a menu of sweet and savoury treats to enjoy from the comfort of your own home.
As special additions to each box, you will receive a dedicated code to a hand-picked Valentines’ Day playlist to listen to while you unwind with your partner, and recipe cards for The METs head mixologist’s signature cocktails to whittle up for a post-tea treat! If cocktails don’t tickle your fancy, you can also add a bottle of prosecco to your bundle for an additional €15-€20! What’s more, The MET crew will even include a hand written, personalised card to your delivery to make it extra special. What more could you ask for?
Brigit’s Garden, Connemara, Co. Galway
If you’re more of an outdoorsy type and live in Galway, you could take a trip outside the city for Valentines’ Day! This unusual and historical location is tucked away from Galway City, about 20mins away by car. Explore the four Gardens by taking a walk through the four Celtic festivals of Samhain, Imbolc, Bealtine and Lughnasa. The gardens each embody a certain attribute that mirrors the cycle of life, to help visitors learn about ancient Celtic history while breathing in the fresh, country air. Brigit’s Garden is the perfect escape from everyday life, and gives you time to reflect while experiencing a blend of contemporary designs and ancient Celtic stories.
Other attractions in Brigit’s Celtic garden include a Fairy fort, dating back to between the 4th and 9th century, carrying mystical superstitions and stories in its wake and the Sun Trail, a 1km walk through whimsical woodlands where you can expect to find some beautiful energy installations and absorb yourself in nature. Brigit’s Garden is open from 10am to 5pm, Wednesday to Sunday, and social distancing is prohibited during your visit.
Penelope Flowers, Kings Square, Belfast
Do you want a classic, more traditional gift to give your lover this Valentines’ Day? Check out Penelope Flowers’ website! Their beautifully quaint selection of bouquets are available to pre-order now, with prices starting at £35. Choose from an array of 9 different, pre-selected bouquets or opt for the Valentines Florists choice for a personalised touch to your order. There really is no gift more romantic than a dozen red roses! If you’re looking for something a little more long-lasting, Penelope Flowers also has aromatic, locally made candles on offer to give your gift a little extra oomph! Need we say more?
Boxable, Co. Limerick
This female-ran, innovative, Limerick-based company are selling Valentines’ Day themed gift boxes to spoil your partner, or your pals! Perfect to accompany a movie night, or a home-made meal with your special someone. Filled with pamper-night goodies, from sleep masks from Jo Browne to hand-made, Irish chocolates, this gift set is the ideal way to treat your boo. With process starting at just €18, Boxable have got you sorted for a personalised present for your partner. What’s more, they also have released a Galentine’s Day themed gift pack that you could send to your favourite gal pal, your mam, your sister or yourself! Who says you can’t love yourself first on Valentines’ Day? It’s 2021!
Vintage Cocktail Club, Temple Bar, Co. Dublin
For all our boozey babes and Bobby’s out there, this is the one for you! Dublin’s Vintage Cocktail Club have introduced their signature cocktail menu to order online, to get your creative juices flowing and your taste buds tingling! Choose from an extensive menu of VCC’s Classic Cocktail Range, with all-time favourites like the Mai Tai, Millionaire and Cobblestone. Or go the extra mile and choose The Dirty Wizard, Southern Passion or Trouble&Strife from their Signature Cocktail Menu.
If you’re feeling a little bit more adventurous, you can order a VCC Pouch Party Pack for €65 which includes: x4 cocktail pouches, garnishes, hand carved ice and two fancy glasses, along with a selection of house pita chips, nuts and olives! Honestly, you can’t go wrong. Make sure to get your orders in quick via Deliveroo, JustEat or UberEats if you’re in the Dublin area, our prediction is these packs are going to fly off the shelves on the 14th!