Top Valentine’s Day Gifts
The month of love is upon us. The usual gifts of flowers, choccies and jewellery are not the only way to go if you want to spoil them rotten. We’ve put together a list of the top Valentine’s Day gifts.
If you are the traditional romantic (not such a bad thing!) but want to get something a bit more unique and memorable Willow & Clo jewellery have a beautiful Hearts, Soundwaves and Willow Capsule collection where a secret is embedded in each piece. All pieces are handcrafted by Irish designer Chloe Townsend. There is the new delicate gold chain with two different size hearts. A simple design that will last forever. They also have a stunning gold leaf cuff taking minimal to a whole new level. Willow & Clo’s store is in the Powerscourt Townhouse and are open Mon-Sat. To see more pieces visit here.
For the Love of Art
The simple things in life are usually the most treasured. Capturing moments of love and happiness is so special. A photographic gift says so much and the emotions it evoked in you when receiving it will return every time you look at it. Patrick Donald Photography Gallery have this beautiful photograph that symbolises one of the most prominent images of love, swans creating a heart shape by coming together. A sudden moment of love captured in time. Patrick Donald Photography Gallery are located on Royal Hibernian Way on Dawson Street with fabulous photographs on offer. See here for more photographs.
Go for a delectable meal with your special someone. Whether it’s a first date or a ‘haven’t done this in a while’ kind of meal going for dinner allows for the breaking down of boundaries, one on one time and a chance to learn more about a person. Don’t forget to pick up some Dine in Dublin Vouchers to use in bars and restaurants all over the city! Dine in Dublin will be taking place from Monday 22nd – Sunday 28 February. Buy your tickets today for a beautiful meal in some of Dublin’s best restaurants. For more information on the vouchers see here.
Brooks Hotel are going all out with their popular ‘Valentine’s Weekend Dinner and a Movie’ package. It begins on 12th February where head chef Patrick McLarnon will prepare a three course sumptuous sharing inspired menu served in Francesca’s Restaurant. Afterwards kick back and relax in Brook’s intimate private cinema where classic romantic films will be screened during the whole weekend, “Love Actually” will be on Friday 12th, “Dirty Dancing” on Saturday 13th and “When Harry Met Sally” on Sunday 14th February. Meal from €39.50 pp or from €54.50 pp to include movie tickets and a glass of Rose Prosecco. Reservations can be made by calling 01 6704000 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
A trip away is the perfect gift for relaxation. This gift doesn’t even have to be given to your other half. Let’s not forget about the number one woman in all of our lives, our mother. After a hectic week in work and just a hectic lifestyle in general a trip away can do the world of good. Spend some time with your loved one and forget your troubles for a bit! Brooks Hotel are also offering a romantic overnight package in one of their luxurious deluxe bedrooms including the 3 course Valentine’s dinner, full Irish breakfast and late checkout and a movie at a rate of €299 per couple. This offer is available on 12th, 13th and 14th February.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Ted Baker
To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Ted Baker is launching an interactive campaign, ‘Solemates’, which will run until 14th February. The campaign reflects Ted’s true love of fishing and is based across multiple platforms including their website, facebook, twitter and through a supporting window scheme and in-store activity. Play the interactive game and you could win Ted’s prize catch of €1000 shopping spree! Follow the link to play the game. In store customers will be given a scratch card with every purchase. Customers must scratch the card and if they have a matching pair they will need to email their unique code which is detailed on the card to email@example.com to redeem their £200/€200 Ted Baker gift card.
Treat yourselves to a beautiful afternoon of tea, sandwiches, scones and cakes in the Shelbourne Hotel. From now until 23rd March Chocolate Afternoon Tea will be on offer for all chocoholics. Afternoon tea costs €45 per person. An ideal gift for your mother this Valentine’s Day too. Visit here for more information.
Smock Alley Theatre are showcasing ‘Love’s Sublime Knot’ by the City of Dublin Chamber Orchestra on February 14th at 8pm. Feed your cultured soul and enjoy performances of artistic excellence and remarkable versatility of musical styles.
A really fun way to enjoy your Valentine’s weekend with your group of friends or your loved one. Dylan Hotel have a cocktail masterclass that will train you in the perfection and practice that comes with cocktail making. After 2 hours of training you will receive an Official Dylan Certificate and then you can drink your own tasty creations. See here for more details.
Try out Teelings Whiskey Distillery in Newmarket, Dublin 8 for an unforgettable experience. Take a tour of the incredible distillery and see the whiskey being made right before your eyes. After the tour try out the various whiskeys on offer to warm up the heart such as Small Batch, Single Grain and Single Malt. If you’re not the biggest fan of whiskey don’t worry they do some beautiful unique cocktails to take your fancy. Teelings Whiskey are open Mon-Sun 9.30am-5.30pm.
Etihad Skyline Tour
What better way to see Dublin, Ireland’s vibrant and dynamic capital city than from the roof of one of Ireland’s most famous sporting arenas, Croke Park. The Etihad Skyline Tour at Croke Park offers visitors panoramic views of the city and insights into Dublin’s popular landmarks combined with the thrill of walking on top of one of Europe’s largest stadiums. The tour costs €20 for adults.
Dublin City’s Alternative Valentine’s Trail
Have a date with Dublin this Valentine’s Day. You can follow the self-guided love trail around town and open your mind to some of the most romantic spots. Use Dublin City’s Valentine’s Trail Map to find your way around. Believe it or not but Saint Valentine, patron saint of lovers, is a Dub! Visit the Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church where his remains are found. While on the trail pop into some of Dublin’s cosy pubs. A perfect day out in Dublin’s fair city!
Hire a Horse and Carriage Ride
Bernard Fagan Carriages specialise in providing horse drawn carriage tours around the Georgian area. Tours normally take around one hour and can also be tailored to suit your own individual requirements. Places of interest include Mansion House, Shelbourne Hotel, Merrion Square, Government Buildings, National Art Gallery and so on. You’ll feel like Carrie and Big in Sex and the City!
Lover’s Lane Temple Bar
Every city needs a place to celebrate and represent love.
Anna Doran, street artist, stated this when designing part of Crampton Court Lane in Temple Bar just at the side of the Olympia Theatre. ‘Lover’s Lane’ is made up of a combination of handmade decorated tiles and stencilled spray painted sections. Take a walk down this love lane and see the various tiles containing quotes about love from the people of Dublin, music and poetry.
This is for the adventure seekers who don’t want a quiet night in. XIT is the live room escape adventure game. It is designed for groups of 2-4, 2-6 or 2-8 people per room per game. You get 60 minutes to find your way out of the room you are locked in. There are different escape adventures to choose from, The Curse of the Mummy, Mysterious Investigation, Jail Break, Philosophers Stone and Boxit. The goal is simple yet challenging: get out in time! For more information see here.