Whether you fall into the serious smooshfest or what a load of codswallop camp at least Valentine's Day promotes something wonderful in life – LOVE – and next to health we here at eclectica reckon it's the MOST important thing there is.
The history of V-Day is interesting, and whilst these days it is pretty much seen as a bit of a commercial fest, it's origins go way back - originating as a Western Christian liturgical feast day honouring one or more early saints named Valentinus.
Here in the UK the day first became associated with romantic love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century. Later, in 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards... ...and if that's your bag, we here at eclectica can help with that! Here are some gorgeous goodies you can use to woo your one and only, or remind your favourite human that you think they are the bees knees. Or tell your Galentine or Palentine that they are totally rad!
The perfect token of love! We have a range of gorgeous designs in silver and gemstone which signify all aspects of love... The infinity symbol for everlasting love; lockets keep treasured memories close to the heart. The gemstones Rose Quartz & Garnet are said to represent unconditional love & and fidelity, respectively.
Clockwise from top left: Marcasite Infinity Earrings (£27) Rose Quartz, Rhodochrosite, Tourmaline & Mother-of-Pearl Necklace (£210) Silver Heart Locket (£52) & Garnet bracelet (£85)
We love blooms & flowers are a classic gift. Nothing quite says I love you more than the ultimate symbol of the rose & we have a couple of long-lasting varieties available! Made locally by 'The Grumpy Blacksmith' are the stunning steel ever-lasting roses - beautifully crafted, one or more of these are great for those who don't do cut flowers - these will never die. We also have super romantic heart flower garlands. These hanging hearts are made locally, come in a range of sizes and perfect to make someone's Valentine Day a special one. A really gorgeous burst of bright colour in the Winter - just when we need it!
L-R: Heart Garlands (£10-£29) & Hand Forged Steel Roses (£55)
Nothing symbolises love more than a heart. With the iconic Salty's Studio stripey heart you can wear yours on your sleeve or chest & or hang it on your wall! We LOVE these! Real eclectica faves for this Valentine's.... All of these pieces are designed & screen printed by hand, right here in Ludlow by husband & wife team Sandra & Jim Salter.
Add a witty ditty to one of our fab new Angela Chick cards. Not the poetic type? Remind them of one of the best times you've shared together or what it is you love most about them– you know – the cheeky grin, twinkly eyes or good arse!
The little things in life can make a BIG impression...& these gorgeous goodies won't break the bank. Plus all* these gorgeous goodies are all handmade locally... Cute as a button are these hairclips and Alice Bands! Sparkly hearts! Whoop! It doesn't have to be serious really and the hanging hearts and pennants have some proper cheeky messages..nudge & a wink. 'Against the Grain' maker, Murray, has styled a trinket pot and bowl with a quirky heart emblem for us and make perfect gifts that'll remind the one you love everyday how much you luurve them :))) *except Angela's badges.
Clockwise from left:
Oak Trinket Pot (£18) Lovers Badge Set, by Angela Chick (£3.50) Hand-Turned Sycamore bowl inlaid with wooden hearts (£30) Glitter Clips (£2.50) Hand-embroidered pennants (£9.50 can be personalised) Message Heart (£10)