13 January 2017

Special Welsh gifts for your love 

Ever been stuck on what to buy for your other half? Well, fortunately for you Wales is a veritable treasure trove of beautiful, original and hand-crafted gifts that will make your dearest swoon. 

Couple shopping in Cardiff Arcades

Couple shopping in Cardiff Arcades

You can forget about cuddly sheep and dragons too. Let’s keep this classy and modern, OK? 
We've put together some ideas on what to get that special person in your life as a way of saying "dwi'n dy garu ti" ("I love you").  So whether you’re a couple that enjoys cosy cwtches indoors, tramping around outdoors or something glitzy and shiny to keep forever  – we’ve got it covered.  
If you’re headed to one of Wales’ romantic regions or dining at our loveliest restaurants, these symbols of your love and commitment will be the perfect accompaniment for your little rendezvous tête-à-tête in Wales.   

A Welsh glass of red 

Toast your relationship with a legendary Welsh love potion. Try Lurvill’s Delight, a fruity soft drink originating from Ynyshir in the Rhondda, It’s based on an original recipe used between 1896 and 1910. Apparently, profit from the original Lurvill's Delight helped 150 struggling coal miners and their families to emigrate to America.  

a bottle of Lurvill's Delight

Lurvill's Delight

 by Lurvill's

A tipple to knock your Welsh woollens off! 

If you'd rather raise a glass of something stronger with your other half, opt for one of Penderyn Distillery's premium spirits from the Brecon Beacons. Choose from their classic Penderyn Single Malt Whisky, Brecon Five Vodka, Brecon Gin and Merlyn Cream Liqueur, all of which have won international recognition.  If you’re planning a romantic retreat in the Brecon Beacons though, Penderyn’s visitor centre nearby  is well worth a visit. 

Penderyn whisky barrels

Penderyn whisky barrels

 by Penderyn

A cwtch indoors

Snuggle up under a traditional Welsh woolen blanket, like the soft lambswool quilts and throws produced by Jane Beck of Welsh Blankets. Jane's blankets are made using old looms and traditional weaving methods that capture the industrial history of where she lives, on the border between Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire. 

Jane Beck blanket

Jane Beck Blanket

 by Jane Beck

Some tunes by a Welsh legend 

Kick back with your significant other and listen to the music of Welsh legends. You could go for some classic Tom Jones, a big belter from Shirley or the latest album from The Gentle Good (who launched Wales' Year of Legends). If music isn't your cuppa or you just want a bit of peace and quiet, maybe try some legendary fiction from Wales by Dylan Thomas or Roald Dahl.  

Gareth Bonello, The Gentle Good, working on his music

Welsh musician The Gentle Good

 by The Gentle Good

Sweets for your sweet

Nothing is sweeter than your love, we know, but you could sweeten the deal with an edible Welsh treat. A slab of Nomnom chocolate, made near Llanboidy, could win over the coldest of hearts. Go patriotic with the Welsh Cake bar (yes, chocolate AND Welsh cake together) or be thematic with the Love bar, made with salted caramel and milk chocolate.  

Nomnom chocolate bar

NomNom Chocolate

 by Nomnom

Something touching

If your other half likes jewellery, a necklace or earrings made in Wales could be lovely. Emma-Kate Jewellery has a dainty daffodil range, and some of the profits from it go to a Welsh community charity.  Or you could  go classic with Clogau Gold – the Gold of royalty and sourced from the dramatic mountain ranges of Snowdon. If it’s puckering up for a ‘Sws’ (kiss) you are after,  Gwdihŵ products may be a nice surprise. Their ranges include soothing muscle rubs and yummy lip balms, all made in Conwy.  

Clogau Gold, heart shaped necklaces

Clogau Gold, necklaces

 by Clogau Gold

Say it with a bunch of Welsh daffodils

Don't just say it with flowers, say it with a gift of genuine Welsh Daffodils delivered fresh from the field. The national flower of Wales can now be delivered to your loved one direct from growers in Wales, just like Brooksgrove in the heart of Pembrokeshire. I mean is there anything more cheerful than a splash of sunshine from Welsh daffs? We think you’ll be hard-pressed to find a lovelier flower…

A field of Narcissus flowers with blue sky in the distance

A field of Narcissus, Brooksgrove Farm, Pembrokeshire

 by Gary Rees

A trip to remember 

Dark Skies, Elan Valley

Dark Skies, Elan Valley

 by Dŵr Cymru

Make memories that last forever with a road trip that takes in some of Wales' natural beauties. You could tour the Brecon Beacons, explore Pembrokeshire's bountiful beaches or adventure in the waters of North Wales. There are plenty of romantic places to stay across the country if you're planning an overnighter.