Surprise someone special with a unique, personalised gift by these designer duos this Valentine's Day

Personalised Couples Cushion Set

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Still searching for the perfect Valentine's Day present? Don't worry, there's no need to panic-buy chocolates in damaged boxes and left-over roses, because there's still time to get beautifully crafted romantic gifts for your loved one.

We asked the experts behind 'the home of thoughtful gifts', Not on the High Street, to round up the most unique and inspiring Valentine's Day gifts from their top 5 creative business partners. Founded on their love for crafts and each other, these businesses have been set up by creative couples with a vision to bring handmade, thoughtful gifts to life - because no one wants a last-minute gift.

Basil & Ford

Lucy And Matt Founders Of Basil And Ford Not On The High Street Creative Partner

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Basil & Ford are an arty couple who joked about starting a screen-printing business after hand-making their own wedding stationery. Lucy and Matt met at university, becoming an item within 2 months and as they say, the rest is history.

From selling up and moving out of London, investing savings into hefty screen printing machinery and teaching themselves how to use it, this couple turned their passion into their business - creating completely bespoke map prints detailing individual love stories. 

Basil And Ford Personalised Map Wedding Art

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"We create a complete one off. Like a finger print it’s unique. No two are the same. The maps we use are vintage and original. They show their age through the tanning of the paper and often show the creases of the folds. Like the love story they portray, they’re unique in every way", the couple explain.

The business' name comes was inspired by the couple's own love story - Matt was born in Basildon and Lucy was born in Stamford - hence Basil & Ford was chosen! Lucy and Matt's top pick for Valentine's Day is their personalised Bespoke Map Wedding Art, £100. This unique print is the perfect present for Valentine's Day or an anniversary as the maps show the location of where you and your loved one first met, where your proposal occured and where you tied the knot.

Bread & Jam

Jamie And Catherine Bread And Jam Not On The High Street Creative Partners

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Bread & Jam are a fun-loving, inseparable couple who, after a slight set back having lost their first business in the economy crisis, were determined to re-build a company that creates gifts to just make people that little bit happier.

From joking about creating 'velcro suits' so that they couldn't be parted, to now working side-by-side daily, this husband and wife team use their creative backgrounds to make everything from inspirational notecards to 'reasons why you're wonderful' boxes.

A Little Box Of Romantic Gestures Romantic Gift

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Jamie and Catherine's favourite gift for Valentine's Day is this Little Box Of Personalised Romantic Gestures, £19.95. It's the ideal gift for that special someone you want to spend time with as you can create up to ten date nights to remember and memories that will last forever.

Create Gift love

Emily And Tony Founders Of Create Gift Love Not On The High Street Creative Partner

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Create Gift Love is a 10-person-strong business run by a husband and wife team, Emily and Tony. They were able to get off the ground thanks to a brilliant red velvet sofa - a hidden antique that they bought at auction and sold for 10 times the original price.

With a keen eye for quality products and materials, Emily and Tony turned their love for interiors into beautiful hand-crafted products that capture life's perfect moments - whether that's a significant date in keyring form or unique wooden cufflinks.

Personalised Never Forgot Calendar Keyring

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The couple say "we have a simple ethos: if we create something that we are passionate about and people like it, we will get to keep doing what we love doing. We make all our products out of raw materials so everything is made to order and 100% British made - this is something we have been passionate about since day one."

Emily and Tony's top pick for Valentine's Day is the Never Forget Personalised Wood Keyring, £14. Each wood keyring is engraved with your memorable date and a personalised message underneath to commemorate the day you met or married your significant other. 

Clouds & Currents

Bridget And Pete Founders Of Clouds And Currents Not On The High Street Creative Partner

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Clouds & Currents is a business that started after now-ex-teacher Bridget noticed an emerging trend for unique bridal accessories (whilst planning her own wedding), and began to create a range of handmade wedding hangers with a new found skill of wirework.

With the on-the-side business taking off, Bridget and her husband Pete quit their teaching jobs to focus on developing unique gifting products that you can't find anywhere else and fulfilling orders - they've handmade over 120,000 gifts since 2012. 

Personalised Couples Cushion Set

Image: Clouds & Currents

Bridget and Pete say "from our humble beginnings back in 2012, creating the UK’s first, award-winning Wedding Hanger by hand from our living room, we’ve broadened our range to design over 600 products offering our customers (over 100,000 to date) a great variety of bespoke design and the chance to 'escape the ordinary' gift-giving experience."

"It’s no secret that we LOVE Valentine’s Day! As each item in our store is made in-house, we’re really proud of our range of products that can be given as Valentine's gifts." Bridget and Pete's top pick is the Personalised Couples Cushion Set, £40, this romantic present is guaranteed to make your favourite person feel extra special.

Martha Brook

Martha And Chris Brook Founders Of Martha Brook Not On The High Street Creative Partners

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Martha Brook is the home of delightfully individual stationery that began after Martha handmade her husband Chris a box of 10 little love notes for their first wedding anniversary.

Inspired by this beautifully thoughtful, one of a kind gift, Martha up and left her corporate career and, with the support of husband Chris, built a thriving business from a fully personalisable range of cards, notebooks and photo albums - making each piece as unique as the person it's bought for. 

Personalised Heart Love Notes

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Martha says "here at Martha Brook, we love Valentine’s Day! As a husband and wife team, many of our range comes from gifts we have made each other and in today's increasingly digital world, giving the gift of something tangible like our personalised paper products, is the perfect way to show someone how much you care."

Martha and Chris's top gift for Valentine's Day is the Personalised Heart Love Notes, £12. The box contains between 10 - 12 charming little heart-shaped notecards to tell someone exactly why you love them as each card can be personalised with a message.

 

Do you have more ideas for a thoughtful Valentine's Day gift? Tweet us @goodhomesmag or post a comment on our Facebook page.

 

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