Show the cruise lover in your life just how much you care this Valentine’s Day with our Cruise Blondes’ top 10 gift guide. There are presents they can take on their next cruise – oh the idea! – as well as remind them of their favourite voyage while we all wait to set sail again.
She’s shore to love these cruise-inspired Valentine’s Day treats this delivered with a kiss – of course! – on February 14
Cheers to love!
Distilled in a disused boatyard in County Fermanagh in North West Ireland by Joe McGirr and his family, this award-winning gin uses locally-sourced botanicals that celebrate the region’s rural setting. Made with organically-produced what spirit, it’s infused with angelica, lemon, coriander, lemon, liquorice root, juniper and sweet gale. The zingy floral notes and gentle spiciness makes for the perfect G & T on Valentine’s Day. Boatyard Double Gin, £34, available at Waitrose and selected retailers.
Scent Of A Voyage
Keep your love of cruises burning at home
Inspired by years working on luxury cruise ships, Art House London founder Rosemarie McGrath has created this gorgeous brand of candles which will instantly remind you of your favourite voyage.
While you can’t take a travel candle on board a cruise ship – it’s a banned item – these are perfect for lockdown when we can’t sail, and in between cruises when we can, to remind you of trips to far flung destinations. They’re hand-poured using 100 natural plant wax, and infused with either pure essential oils or fragrance oils. Choose from crushed lavender, twisted rosemary, blackened pomegranate, rosebud, shaved sandalwood or pressed limeleaf. £26, Art House London candle, also available in travel size travel, £13
You Little Beauty
The best things come in small packages
Small is beautiful with this Wild Foraged Skincare Essentials travel set. It contains a purifying cleansing lotion, rebalancing skin tonic, replenishing mask and protecting day cream, all made with organic and foraged ingredients from the Rhug Estate in North Wales. £85, rhugwildbeauty.com
This neon personalisation and silver case just screams holiday!
When it’s time to set sail again we’ll be packing our bags in this Love Island-inspired suitcase. It’s glam, comes in three sizes and means I’ll never lose my luggage at the airport or cruise terminal again. You can choose to personalise it in pink or blue with up to 20 characters. It comes with locks and eight wheels so it’s easy to get on and off the ship. From £119.99, Getting Personal
All That Glitters
Add some sparkle to your life with this mini jewellery case
Take your favourite jewellery on your travels in style in this beautiful mini size Ted Baker jewellery box. Made from vegan leather, with felt interior, there’s a ring and earring holder with a compartment for bigger jewels (a girl can dream on Valentine’s Day!) bracelets and necklaces. Metallic Pink Jewellery Case,£29.95, Annabel James
Float your sailor’s boat this V-Day with a surprise gift that inspired by the ocean and your favourite cruises
Love In A Bottle
This is how we like our roses
Created after the founder proposed to his sweetheart and she said that if the answer was yes she’d wear a corsage of four roses at an upcoming ball (which she did!), it’s no wonder roses are at the heart of this small batch bourbon. The label has a cut glass rose in the centre of it and the bottle looks like a rosebud when held upside down. It’s the perfect drink for Valentine’s Day. Four Roses Bourbon, £31.95, thewhiskeyexchange.com
Wear your travels on your wrist
Perfect for cruise-loving couples, El Camino unisex bracelets are the ideal way to remember your favourite ports of call. Choose from a cute boat, wave, destinations or glass ocean charms which we heart. Bracelets start at £21.99 with individual charms costing £8.99 – £15.99, El Camino Bracelets.
Driven To Look Good
Care for yourself and the planet with this ethical washbag
Created from upcycled truck tyres that would have otherwise gone into landfill, this washbag is the stylish and ethical way for cruisers who care about the planet to transport their grooming essentials. It’s waterproof, durable, created by local crafting communities and still features the original tyre markings. Even better, for each one sold Jungley plants a tree, working with verified reforestation partners across the world. Perfect for tree lovers and men who never get tyred of looking their best! Upcycled truck tyre wash bag, Jungley, at Treat Republic
Sailing In Sunshine
We’re cruising not walking on sunshine with this vintage poster
Bring the sunshine of your favourite tropical cruise into your home all year round with this stunning poster. The vintage hand-drawn illustration shows the SS Great Northern docking in a Hawaiian port with a volcano in the background. The 60 x 90cm framed travel poster was to advertise Hawaii winter cruises for an American railway company. €223, Mind the Gap.
Perfect Valentine’s Day Perk-Me-Up
The perfect blend of morning happiness we all love
Along with the bracing sea air, there’s nothing better to start off each morning on a cruise than with a Pour Over coffee. So why not recreate that hit of luxury coffee back home with a Melitta EPOS system. It comes with an integrated grinder to make fresh coffee at the push of a button. Customise the strength for the perfect cup, and the built-in hotplate means it stays hot for up to 40 minutes. What’s not to love? £299, melitta.co.uk