If you’re looking for a gift for a special someone this Valentine’s Day, at Night Owl Books in East Linton we have a range of beautiful gifts and cards from independent makers in East Lothian and beyond.
Real flower jewellery from Botanic Isles
Each of these stunning necklaces and earrings from Botanic Isles is made from flowers hand-picked in Scotland and preserved in resin, including forget-me-nots from farmland around their designer's home, dandelion seeds from the shores of Loch Ness, and real Highland heather.
Each September, the designer makes the journey to the Highlands and with special permission from Scottish farmers, carefully harvests one small box of Highland heather. With this heather, thousands of studs are made with almost zero environmental impact.
Valentine's cards by Sister Paper Co
These vibrant contemporary cards by Sister Paper Co are created in small batches in the UK, using papers from FSC-certified sustainable forests. Their studio is also powered by energy from renewable sources, and their cards packaged in biodegradable cello!
Love candle from Crystal Candliers
This soy wax candle is hand-poured here in East Linton by Pauline Lothian, founder of Crystal Candliers. Available in a range of fragrances including Oud & Bergamot, Black Plum & Rhubarb, and Lime Basil & Mandarin, each candle is decorated with rose quartz crystals, symbolising love, friendship, and peace.
Love, by Carol Ann Duffy
Few living poets can match the lyricism and insight of Carol Ann Duffy when it comes to the most timeless of subjects, the heart. In this anthology Duffy selects her favourite poems on the theme of love, written across four decades, and arranged in chronological order.
Organic craft chocolate bars from Chocolate Tree
These organic craft chocolate bars are produced near East Linton by Chocolate Tree, a family-run business that strives to reduce the impact of climate change by creating products that help to restore biodiversity while providing cocoa farmers with a viable income; meaning that this gift does a little good for the world while also tasting utterly delicious!
A Table Full of Love by Skye McAlpine
With hand-marbled patterns and glorious recipes and photography, A Table Filled with Love is the beautiful new cookbook by Venice-based author Skye McAlpine. With chapters devoted to how food can Comfort, Seduce, Nourish, Spoil and Cocoon, Skye has exactly the right recipe for every moment of connection, be it an elegant dish to make someone fall in love with you, a satisfyingly reliable meal for everyday family life, or a go-to recipe for a very old friend.
Rose Marshmallows by La Maison Guimauve
These delicate Rose marshmallows from La Maison Guimauve have a light and airy texture, infused with a hint of rose essence and dressed with freshly dried rose petals - a delicious present for a special Francophile in your life!