It’s a love thing… Valentine’s gifts with a difference in Birmingham city centre

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and to save you the stress of what to get your partner, here’s our pick of the best local gifts on offer in Birmingham city centre. From sweet treats to jewellery, there’s nowhere better than Birmingham to find the perfect gift for your wife, girlfriend, boyfriend and husband or for both of you this Valentine’s Day

FOR HIM

Smithsonia

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Classic stainless steel pocket watch is a wonderful gift for any stylish man. Comes with a chain to keep your watch secure in the pocket, whilst adding that extra detail to your outfit. It also has a rear case that allows you to stand the watch up on your desk or bedside table. Find these gems in Piccadilly Arcade. £67.95 and £83.

No.50 Birmingham

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There’s a fantastic selection of men’s gifts at independent fashion store No.50 Birmingham, on Pinfold Street. This Farah washbag is perfect for men that like to take care of their appearance. If you want to go for the traditional gift route, socks are something you can’t go wrong with, however these aren’t just ordinary socks, they’re Calvin Klein. Fancy! With the chilly weather in Birmingham, this mustard Peregrine scarf will certainly keep your partner warm. Made in England from 100% merino wool, it’s a must-have for everyday autumnal wear. Prices (L-R: £20, £45, £17.50)

Maplin

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Taking it back old-school, this Crosley record player is the perfect gift to bring back nostalgia and good memories. It might blow your budget at £79.99 but with its briefcase exterior, this will look great on display in your home. Two in one!

Gruhme aftershave

Gruhme aftershave

Born in Birmingham in 2013, Gruhme men’s fragrances is a classic British brand in the making. Lead product is the No.14 version, which is intended for daily use. It blows away any morning drowsiness with its burst of citrus followed by a mellow smoky amber undertone as the base notes materialise across several hours. Gruhme No.14, £45.00 (100ml), available at Flannels, Burlington Arcade.

FOR HER

Miss Macaroon

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Chocolates can be predictable, so why not surprise your missus with some macaroons? These macaroons are heart-shaped and heart-felt – there are two delicious flavours in the gift set, rhubarb and custard & strawberries and cream. All hand-crafted by Miss Macaroon herself, in a choice of gift boxes of different quantities. Find them in Great Western Arcade.

Petals of Piccadilly

Petals of Piccadilly

Play it safe with a bunch of flowers – even more so, a red and pink flower banquet. This Valentine’s Day gift will make anyone smile with pleasure. With over 25 years of trade, who else is better to get the best flowers in Birmingham than at Petals of Piccadilly? Starting at £25.

Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shop

Mr Simms Sweet Shop chocolate roses

Do you give chocolate? Do you give flowers? Avoid the uncertainty and combine the two with these white chocolate roses from Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shop in Great Western Arcade. At £2 each, they’re a snip.

BOTH OF YOU

Be At One

Be at One Birmingham

Have a date night with a difference – a cocktail masterclass at Be At One on Stephenson Street. A great way to show off or lack of cocktail making skills with your partner. The class costs £25 per head and lasts for 90 minutes. However if cocktail making isn’t your thing, why not get it for your missus and her friend to enjoy? http://www.beatone.co.uk/masterclasses

Everyman cinema

Everyman Cinema Birmingham

Watch a movie in style at Everyman cinema. Enjoy your film on a romantic two-seater plush sofa and get your food and drink brought right to you. They have gift vouchers ranging from £20 to £50, perfect for any budget. Revealing new films every Monday evening, all the latest blockbusters are sure to be shown, ensuring there’s a film that you’ll both enjoy. Buy your voucher here – https://www.everymancinema.com/giftvouchers

Tilt

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For a night out with a difference, why not show your other half your pinball prowess by joining the league at Tilt Birmingham, in City Arcade? Tilt’s Pinball League takes place the last Monday (7.30pm) of each month and anyone is welcome to join no matter what skill level. Tilt has 14 pinball machines located over its two floors, but if pinball isn’t your thing you can enjoy the craft beers, speciality coffees and loose-leaf teas and locally-sourced treats on offer. Visit www.tiltbrum.com for news and events.

SHOPPING INSPIRATION

Love is definitely in the air at Selfridges this year with a whole bouquet of events and promotions to help Valentine’s gift shoppers find the perfect presents. Whether customers are treating their date, a mate or even themselves, they can share the love with a bunch from the Selfridges pop-up florist (February 11-14). Or how about adding a name or message of your choice to any fragrance purchases over 100ml with a complimentary bottle engraving service? (February 11-12, 12-6pm). And you can even create your own bespoke, personalised jewellery with names, dates or romantic messages. Monica Vinader, Thomas Sabo and Links are the brands participating. (Level 4, until February 14). Customers can take a photo with the Roller Girls who will be skating around the four floors of the store at various times between February 10-12, handing out sweet treats. And between February 11-12 (12-6pm) shoppers can pick up exclusive Valentine’s tags and personalise gifts with an expert calligrapher writing messages of their choice. Keep it clean!

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