Shop Surrey Hills to celebrate a stay-at-home Valentine’s Day
9th February 2021
With lockdown in force and an instruction to stay home, it is set to be a different kind of Valentine’s Day this year for many, but that’s no excuse to skip the romance. In fact, it’s the perfect time to create a cosy night in with your loved one, whilst supporting local independent Surrey businesses in the process.
Surrey Hills Enterprises, the membership organisation that works to support local businesses and develop a thriving rural Surrey Hills economy, is encouraging people to shop locally ahead of 14th February this year, as part of their campaign to ‘Buy 1 in 5 Locally’. Through the campaign, they have created a self-motivated pledge to inspire county residents to make at least one in every five of their purchases from a Surrey Hills based business.
Whether it be ingredients to rustle up the perfect romantic dinner, hand-poured candles, locally-grown flowers, dreamy pamper products, or indulgent sweet treats, the Surrey Hills offers a bounty of products to add a touch of romance to this year’s stay-at-home Valentine’s Day.
Not only does buying locally mean that consumers will be giving back to the Surrey Hills economy, supporting individual artisans and reducing the carbon footprint of products that they’re buying, as they are sourced and created within a much smaller geographic area, but they will also be purchasing special, handcrafted products, often made with local materials and ingredients from individuals and companies based on their doorstep.
Wendy Varcoe, Executive Director of Surrey Hills Enterprises, says:
“The aim of the Buy 1 in 5 Locally Pledge is to highlight the array of high quality, sustainably-minded businesses within the Surrey Hills and to support those individuals working hard to produce local products and services. Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to take the Pledge and shop for something special with a Surrey Hills business.”
Those looking to shop in the Surrey Hills this Valentine’s Day, could consider these locally-made products from Surrey Hills Enterprises members:
Guildford-based natural skincare company, Puremess, is passionate about creating products that optimise skin health, providing maximum nourishment, from entirely natural and locally-trusted sources. They have created a new ‘Date Night Bundle’, priced at £25 plus delivery, that promises to set the scene for a perfect home-based date night. The pack includes a relaxing INZHO soy wax candle to create a romantic ambience, Puremess Muscle Balm for massage, Puremess Lip Balm for kissable lips, DIY face mask recipes to add some fun and creativity to the evening and a Puremess Sleep Balm to ensure a good night’s rest.
The Surrey Copper Distillery, an independent craft distillery based in Cranleigh, creates a distinctive library of spirits inspired by history and reflecting the essence of England, using Copper stills and carefully-selected ingredients for unique flavour and aroma combinations. They are offering a new premium ‘Copperfield and Merchant’s Heart mini gift pack’, containing three Copperfield Dry Gins (3 x 50 ml) with their perfect pairings of Merchant’s Heart Spirit Enhancers this Valentine’s Day. Priced at £24.95 plus delivery, it makes the perfect present.
Greyfriars Vineyard in Puttenham has teamed up with Kokoh Chocolate to offer two Valentine’s gift sets this 14th February. Choose from a bottle of Limited Edition Blanc de Noirs NV or the 2015 Sparkling Rosé Reserve, packaged alongside two Greyfriars branded sparkling wine flutes and two bars of decadent, handmade local chocolate, presented in a beautiful Surrey Hills gift box. The Sparkling Rosé Reserve 2015 Valentine’s Gift Set is priced at £43.99 plus delivery, with the Blanc de Noirs NV Valentine’s Gift Set priced at £52.00 plus delivery.
Those looking instead for a specially curated winemaker’s selection of bottles for Valentine’s Day, should consider the Greyfriars Valentine’s Mixed Case, which can be enjoyed long after the special day itself. The case includes two vintage sparkling wines, two non-vintage sparkling wines and two of the most popular still Greyfriars wines. Priced at £100 with free delivery.
Chimney Fire Coffee has teamed up with Ranmore Common neighbour, Ranmore Candle Co., for a limited edition collaboration just in time for Valentine’s Day. Working together, they have produced the Coffee Candle Care Pack, perfect for those that love the smell of a fresh roast. The gift pack includes a special candle infused with Chimney Fire Coffee’s directly-sourced El Salvador El Cipres, to create a sweet, subtle coffee fragrance, as well as a bag of El Salvador coffee, plus a bag of Colombia coffee, for added coffee aroma and taste. Priced at £35.00 plus delivery.
For more Surrey Hills shopping ideas for Valentine’s Day, visit the Surrey Hills Virtual Valentine’s Market: https://www.surreyhills.org/enterprises/surrey-hills-virtual-artisan-market.