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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Joules Letterbox Gifts
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.
Bird & Blend Tea Co.
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.
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.
For your partner
The Chocolate Libertine
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!
Hooves & Love
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.
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).
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Looking for more lovely Valentine’s Day goodies and gifts? Check out our feature here.