Valentine’s day is fast approaching, and you may be on the lookout for the perfect gift for your special someone or friend - or why not treat yourself?
This year, it is harder than ever to buy that special present in level five lockdown and perhaps you don’t know where to start. It is more important than ever to shop local to support our local businesses and buy gifts that are made, le grá, in Mayo. Gnó Mhaigh Eo have you covered with our Top 10 of what is available…
A voucher for SUAY Hair & Skin Clinic makes for a very special present if you are looking to impress – the gift of self-care for that special person or for yourself by the leading expert team at SUAY.
Based in Castlebar, the team at SUAY are at the very top of their game and offer specialized, tailored services that achieve results and clients can expect to feel amazing after, not to mention the friendly, comforting atmosphere that greets them.
With a wide range of incredible hair, skincare and holistic treatments, you’ll be sure to find the perfect treatment! SUAY Clinic is one of the few salons in Ireland that have a Murad skin scanner which analyses your skin so the SUAY therapists can create a bespoke facial treatment tailored to your skin’s needs. For more details and to purchase a voucher, visit their website suay.ie
Now for the food and more
As we will be celebrating Valentine’s day at home this year, Devour Bakery in Ballinrobe have gone the extra mile for us and are preparing delicious takeaway meal kits and treat box options to make Valentine’s hassle-free and delicious!
Prices range between €20 - €30. The Pizza for two meal kit contains 2 X 12 inch pizzas to bake at home, one bottle of red or white wine, 2 homemade desserts - chocolate mousse and lemon posset and some homemade shortbread hearts.
The Couples Grazing Hamper consists of one bottle of red or white wine, Sheridan’s cheese, crackers, hummus and olives, charcuterie meat selection and Devour Valentine queen cakes. The Valentine’s Treat Box contains Devour Valentine queen cakes, meringue kisses, rocky road, shortbread hearts, chocolate tartlet, lemon tartlet.
Orders must be in by 3:30pm on Friday and collected on Saturday the 13th. Phone in your order by ringing (094 ) 952 1626 or email [email protected]. Give yourself a well-deserved break from cooking this Valentine’s weekend!
Noo Chocolates are handmade in Ballina from local artisan ingredients and this February they have created a special Valentine’s selection. They can be bought online at noo.ie and have a wide range of stockists throughout Mayo, which are listed on their website also.
If you are looking for fabulous flowers for a loved one in the south Mayo area, Petals and Buds in Ballinrobe have got you covered. They are an Interflora agent and delivery is available to a large area within counties Mayo and Galway.
To order a bouquet call (094 ) 9541531. Darling buds of May in Ballina are also delivering flowers on Valentine’s Day – you can place an order by ringing (096 ) 72134.
Sarangra’s Boutique also has some gorgeous new arrivals so why not purchase a voucher for your Valentine this year. Your special someone is sure to find something they love, as the boutique stocks French Connection, Superdry, White Stuff and many more popular brands. And you will also be supporting a local business! Phone (096 ) 21497 or see sarangra.com for more information.
Now, for the gentlemen…
Eddie Murphy Menswear in Ballyhaunis is offering 20 per cent off their XV Kings and Barbour stock for Valentine’s week, so you can kit your Valentine out in the best of style. You can shop online at EddieMurphy.ie and delivery is free of charge – great value all-round!
As we will all be celebrating Valentine’s at home this year, why not treat your loved one to a refreshing ‘Brewery In A Box’ of craft beer by Reel Deel Brewery in Crossmolina, Mayo.
There is a wide range of beers and flavours to choose from and the Brewery In A Box comes with the option of 6, 9, 12 or 24 bottles and all can be viewed and bought from Beercloud.ie – just search for Reel Deel Brewery!
For Him or Her…
Staunton’s Pharmacy Castlebar has a huge range of ‘Pamper Hampers’ and fragrances available to order on their website www.stauntons.ie Delivery is free nationwide if you spend over €50, and local delivery (within a 10k radius of Castlebar ) is free of charge for all orders!
Are you looking for a more personalised gift for a special someone? Gift It, located on Pearse Street in Ballina, will be able to help you out. Give them a call on (096 ) 21249.
There is the option of giving your loved one the gift of choice. The Mayo Voucher is the perfect gift for someone who may be difficult to shop for! It can be used in over 200 locations around the county and recipients know that they will be shopping in and supporting local businesses when they use it. You can purchase a Mayo voucher and check out where it can be used at mayovoucher.ie And last but not least, the cárta
And last but not least, the cárta! When buying a card, why not purchase one to tell them you love them as Gaeilge – it is sure to bring a smile! Big Leap Designs, based in Claremorris, have a wide range of adorable cártaí Valintín.
These cards are eco-friendly, and packaging is compostable so by purchasing one, you will be helping a local business and the environment! These gorgeous cards are available to purchase from bigleapdesigns.com