My Favourites heart

My Favourites

Save your favourites with a single click and you’ll never forget a brilliant Muddy recommendation.

THINGS TO DO. ARTS. EAT. TRAVEL. FASHION. BEAUTY. KIDS. HOME

Get the inside line on what’s unique, special and new near you, straight to your inbox across 25 counties

Back to Life

Valentine (and galentine) letterbox treats

The pandemic has created a boom in letter box gifting. With so much choice and V-Day coming up, why not make someone's day.

Yes, we haven’t changed out of our pyjamas for three days and waving to the postman is now the social highlight of the day but it won’t be like this forever. So, why not show your girls and your other half that you still care (despite the pyjamas) by sending a box of treats their way for the 13 and 14 February. From plants to books, to coffee and even pants, it’s remarkable what can be dispatched through the Royal Mail these days. Here’s Muddy’s top 18.

For your pals

Biscuit Boutique

Biscuit Boutique

Gluten-free, dark chocolate bon bon biscuits are the name of the game here, covered with a beautiful fondant in incredible intricate designs and finished off with beautiful packaging. It’s a cliche to say they look too good to eat. And untrue too, as they will definitely get eaten. From £28. 

Buy now

Brown Paper Packages

Miss your besties? Use V Day as the perfect opportunity to tell them you love them by sending a lovely pamper package through the post. Brown Paper Packages, based in Cookham, is a lovely Berkshire biz, set up by Helen O’Callaghan who sends curated gifts designed to useful and put a smile on your face. Valentine Pamper Package, £38.

Buy now

Love Cocoa

Love Cocoa

If you’re missing your friends (aren’t we all), what better thing to do than send them a surprise gift of four stunning quality chocolate bars. They won’t break the bank at £16 but they will make someone very happy.

Buy now

Roast Lab Coffee Roasters

During these weirdly monotone times, it’s not unusual to consider your morning cup of coffee as the pinnacle of the day. Make your pals’ mornings just that little bit brighter by sending them a fancy single-origin coffee from local roastery Roast Lab based on the Berkshire-Bucks border. You can tailor to taste and the required grind Plus if you sign them up to a subscription, it’s a gift that keeps on giving. From £6.50 each.

Buy now

The Biscuiteers

Biscuiteers Cacti

These will cheer up a maudlin loved one no end. Iced beautifully and packaged in smart letterbox friendly packages, The Biscuiteers has a wide range of designs. Our favourites are these gorgeous cacti and succulents for the green-fingered one in your life. £25.

Buy now

Bloombox

Bloombox

Are your friends tapping away in unloved corners of their homes or stuck in bleak spare bedrooms with little more than a musty wardrobe for company? Sign them up to a 12-month subscription that spirits a gorgeous house plant with pot and care guide to their very door every month (along with occasional surprise gifts). From £39.

Buy now

Nio cocktails 

Nio Cocktails

These are posted through your door in a flat box so while the package doesn’t look like it contains alcohol, thanks to Nio’s clever flat pack ‘bottles’, it really does. Just add ice, fire up the zoom and you and your chums have a night on the (indoor domestic) tiles ready to go. Buy six for £39.

Buy now

Joules Letterbox Gifts 

Joules The Sea Shed

Joules has joined in with the letterbox phenomena and brought in some great partners so you can send flowers, brownies and even decorative ceramics to a friend in need of a pick-me-up. We love this gorgeous bath box from The Sea Shed for £28.

Buy now

Bird & Blend Tea Co.

Bird & Blend

There’s little more soothing than a good cup of tea and in these troubled times, send a friend a selection of some incredible teas and infusions. Dispatched in a gorgeous box, you can add extras like tea-making paraphernalia or, erm… gin.

Buy now

Berkshire Collective Hamper

Berkshire Collective Hamper

Want to support Berkshire’s independent producers while gifting a box of sweet treats? Berkshire Collective is where you need to go as it has a selection of local goodies that are naughty but nice – rosé sparkling from Stanlake Park Wine Estate, brownies and blondies from The Maplewood Bakery and caramel chocolate from Chocolates by Jacquie both in Windsor and Kitchen at 4A’s Valentine’s macarons. Collection or delivery within 15 miles of Maidenhead.

Buy now

For your partner

The Chocolate Libertine

The Chocolate Libertine Pink ombre heart chocolate

The Chocolate Libertine (based in Stoke Poges ) is a creative chocolatier run by the very talented Julie Devonald who can send beautiful chocolates through the post to your beloved. A valentine’s box of four delicious love hearts is just £5.95. Sweet!

Buy now

Hooves & Love

Hooves and Loves Gentleman's Gift Box scarf socks and moustache wax

Wokingham-based Hooves & Love is run by horsey mad Emma Batcheler offering a selection of luxury gift boxes for him, her and your horse. The Gentleman’s Gift Box, £35, includes a super-soft scarf, funky socks and handmade soap with peppermint & lemon essential oils, plus pumice for extra strength! He’ll be champing at the bit to open it.

Buy now

Cheese Etc

the-british-classic-cheese-box Cheese Etc

If you think V Day is shmaltzy fromagefest, then say it in, er, cheese. Pangbourne’s award-winning cheese shop offers gift boxes featuring local, British and Italian varieties. The British Cheese Box, £25, includes three cheese, crackers and chutney – open, and you’re good to go. Delivers nationwide (free if you’re local).

Buy now

The Perfume Society

Perfume Society

Does the man in your life need a shake-up of the old grooming routine? Well, here’s one way to encourage a new direction. For just £22, they will be sent 14 new, independent fragrance samples (including one from Beaconsfield’s very own master perfumer Ruth Mastenbroek) and two grooming products. Bargain.

Buy now

The Datery

The Datery

If your valentine is partial to dates and likely to involve them in all their eating plans, then look no further. The Datery douses them in chocolate and makes them look like tiny pieces of art. And all for just £18.95 for a box of 15.

Buy now

Knickers by Post

Knickers by post

This is a Valentines gift to ask for; a beautiful, designer pair of knickers sent to your home every month. Subscriptions range from one month (£20) to 12 months (£160) and while you don’t get to choose the design (every month is a surprise), you can be assured they’ll be exquisitely made and wrapped beautifully.

Buy now

Hanx Condoms

Hang

We don’t recommend sending these to someone you’ve just met on Bumble; give it three IRL dates at least, eh? But designer condoms and lubrication can be delivered to someone’s door in packaging that wouldn’t look amiss in Selfridges. What’s not to love? From 17.99.

Buy now

CDLP

CDLP

If your other half’s underwear has holes in all the wrong places, then you might consider buying him some of this beautiful Swedish gear, which Vogue has announced as the “best men’s underwear in the world”. They can be bought singularly (£29) or up to boxes of 18.

Buy now

We are Bread and Jam

We are bread and jam

Whimsical, certainly, but there’s a lot to be said for a little romance in these trying times and this personalised box of 10 notes in bottles lets your amore know precisely why they hold a place in your heart. £19.95.

Buy now

Bookishly

Bookishly

Some of us would prefer a good book rather than a bunch of roses and Bookishly helpfully provides. It’s subscription crate offers a classic book of the month teamed with a box of literary themed goodies such as tea, art and stationary. You can buy it as a one-off (£35) or sign up to a bi-monthly subscription (from £33).

Buy now

Bad Brownie

Bad brownie

Get in the good books by sending a Valentine’s Bite Box that includes up to 24 slabs of rich brownie in five different flavours: strawberries and cream, raspberry white chocolate, rose raspberry pistachio, salted caramel, triple chocolate. From £14.50.

Buy now

Looking for more lovely Valentine’s Day goodies and gifts? Check out our feature here.

Find more ideas here

Gotta Have ItLatest ArticlesLife

Tell us what you think

Your email address will not be published.

* Required
* Required

Little Black Book

The Little Black Book

Our A-Z of the grooviest local businesses to help make your life easier

View the businesses
Back Home

The Urban Guide to the Countryside - Berkshire

Reader Treats Just For You!