10 Valentine’s Gift Ideas

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Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us and if you’re short on ideas for your other half, furry friend or fave gal pal, we have some awesome gift ideas from a selection of brilliant Independent Oxford businesses. With our list of 10 unique and quirky gift ideas you’re sure to spread the love on 14th February.

Littlemore Candle Company

Soy wax candles, hand poured in small batches, using natural essential oils. Each unique candle is decorated with botanicals and includes a healing crystal for you to keep, creating a little more than a candle. Check out Molly’ special Chocolate Valentine’s Candle.

Littlemore candle company Oxford

Payne & Son

Thinking of popping the question? Payne & Son, on Oxford’s High Street, is an eighth generation family business, established in 1790. They have an extensive ring collection featuring rare coloured stones and bespoke rings.

Payne & Son Oxford

Shop at the Old Fire Station

If you’re looking for something a bit different, check out The Shop at the Old Fire Station in Gloucester Green, Oxford. Find quirky, feelgood gifts including jewellery, homewares, textiles, prints and stationery.

Shop at the Old Fire Station Oxford

Bee Experience Day with Warborough Honey

Looking for a Valentine’s gift with sustainable eco credentials? Warborough Honey is a local producer of honey, with around 30 hives, all within 5 miles of the picturesque village of Warborough, providing educational workshops and experiences so you can find out about how your honey is produced, and how a beehive functions. Join beekeeper Steve Ash for an inspirational insight into the life cycle of bees, their social structure, honey extraction, and a hive inspection.

Warborough Honey Oxford

Bicycle Blooms

Bicycle Blooms is an artisan flower shop on Magdalen Road in East Oxford creating bespoke bouquets. Their emphasis is on seasonal flowers, seed heads, berries and foliage that reflect the year. Order your Valentine’s Bouquet by 12th February for delivery in Oxford.

Bicycle Blooms Oxford

Burrows & Hare

Burrows & Hare is an absolute gem of a find if you are looking for a gift for a discerning gentleman. This men’s lifestyle store is all about high quality items that are built to last. Find their shops in The Covered Market and Westgate Oxford.

Burrows & Hare Oxford

Happy Cakes

Since 2009 Happy Cakes have been making thousands of cupcakes with fun and love! Each cake is lovingly hand crafted in their Summertown kitchen using the finest ingredients available. Order a sweet treat for your Valentine from Julia.

Happy Cakes Oxford


Don’t forget your furry friends this Valentines Day. Gorgeous lifestyle store Indigo on Cowley Road, stock these cute Green & Wild heart shaped healthy treats, for cats and dogs.

Indigo Oxford

Oxford Aromatics

Indulge your loved one with some luxuriously relaxing bath oils from Oxford Aromatics in The Covered Market. Owner Joy, hand picks ranges from small UK producers with an emphasis on natural and organic products.

Oxford Aromatics

Tap Social

Founded in 2016, Tap Social Movement grew out of a passion for good beer and social justice. They produce awesome beer at their brewery and tap room on Curtis Industrial Estate in Botley. Drop in and pick up a selection to woo your Valentine this Thursday.

Tap Social Oxford

If you need some more indie inspiration, check out our directory full of wonderful independent businesses based in Oxford and Oxfordshire.

Happy Valentine’s & Galentine’s Day to you all!

Love, Rosie xxx

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