The most romantic day of the year is just round the corner. Whether you’re planning a special evening or you’re searching for the perfect gift, look no further than our wonderful New Forest Marque members.

You can stock up on local, seasonal ingredients for the perfect meal at home, or if you’re heading out for the evening, you can sample the delicious flavours of the New Forest via our hospitality members. 

Whatever you’re plans are this year, unique gifts are always a lovely way to show you care – from beautiful jewellery and aromatherapy candles to artisanal bakes and homemade jams, there’s something for everyone.  

We’ve got lots of ideas up our sleeves, so keep reading our Valentine’s Day gift guide for some local inspiration.

Unique Valentine’s Day gift ideas

Valentine’s Day has a reputation of being a little bit cliché, but it doesn’t have to be all chocolate and roses. With so many top quality products available right here on our doorstep, you’ll be spoiled for choice this year. Our artisan producers and local craftspeople offer some really unique ideas suitable for all budgets that we know your partner will love.

For foodies:

Whether you think they’d prefer a delicious bottle of Wyrd Gin, a beautiful jar of Noble Bee honey, or a tasty bag of Fordingbridge Fudge – our members offer hundreds of delicious foodie gifts that always go down well. If you can’t choose just one, you could always build a bespoke New Forest Hamper full of your favourite local treats.

For nature lovers:

A plantable packet of wildflower seeds is a lovely, sustainable option for garden lovers. And for those passionate about local wildlife, a membership for Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust could help to make a real difference.

After all that time in outdoors, we need to treat our hardworking hands to some TLC. Cyril’s soap shed have a specially designed goats milk soap with added scrubbiness to get to work on ground-in dirt, while New Forest Aromatics provide a nourishing hand balm to soothe your skin afterwards.

For a hint of luxury:

If you think your loved one deserves an extra special gift this year, why not treat them to a 100% alpaca wool hat and scarf set? Or if they’re in need of some deep relaxation, luxury bath foams could be just the ticket. Of course, a special bottle of oaked red or sparkling rose from Setley Ridge Vineyard could be the perfect finishing touch to your indulgent evening.

Staying in? Romantic meals at home

All of the best dates involve food. Whether you’re cooking up a three course meal, or simply serving some nibbles with your favourite bottle of wine – we’ve got a few ideas up our sleeves to make your romantic night in just perfect.

In our opinion, all the best meals are made with locally sourced ingredients. Our New Forest Marque producers, brewers, bakers and preservers source their raw ingredients, wherever possible, from within the area.

So, whether you’re picking up a sumptuous steak from Sway Butchers, a wheel of Lyburn Cheese, or some impossibly fresh Earlmaur Shellfish – you can be assured that every plant or animal labelled with the New Forest Marque logo has spent at least half of its life growing right here, in the New Forest.

Of course, Valentine’s Day isn’t complete without a good glass of wine. Brook Hill, Marlings and Setley Ridge vineyards all offer bottles of locally vinified wine for the perfect finishing touch to your evening. Whether you’re partial to a red, white, rosé or fizz – there’s something for everyone.

Pop into Everton Nurseries, Hockey’s Farm Shop or Shallowmead to stock up on some of the best New Forest Marque produce.

Going out? The best places for a Valentine’s date night

Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to get dressed up and celebrate the people you love over a cocktail or two. Whether you’re taking your partner out for a romantic meal, or gathering your best friends for a fun “galentine’s” celebration – there are plenty of options here in the New Forest.

Anissa’s Thai Kitchen in Lyndhurst offers delicious, authentic Thai food made with locally sourced ingredients, while the London Tavern is a great choice for low-key, top quality pub grub.

If you’re looking for something a bit extra special, a night at The Pig or Lime Wood Hotel would be a fabulous treat. Burley Manor is always a good choice for afternoon tea or a cocktail in the heart of the forest.

Whatever you get up to, we hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day, full of delectable food, indulgent drinks and fun times with the people you love.

If you’re cooking up a storm with New Forest Marque products this year, don’t forget to tag us in your photos. We’d love to see what you create!