LOVE IS IN THE AIR IN SUNDERLAND
The most romantic day of the year is just around the corner and whether you’re spending it with your partner, best friend or your favourite rom-com, it’s a great excuse to do something special.
You don’t have to travel far to do so, with plenty of Valentine’s Day goodies in our very own city centre.
And if you were lucky enough to receive a Sunderland Gift Card for Christmas, then we can’t think of a better time to start spending – with more than 150 of the city’s businesses signed up to the scheme.
KEEPING IT TRADITIONAL
Hotel Chocolat, Straight From the Heart
Treat your partner to a gift that’s as sweet as them. This romantic heart-shaped box is filled with 35 indulgent chocolates, including a gin truffle, caramel espresso martini and pink Champagne truffle.
Beaverbrooks, Citizen Eco-Drive Vintage Sport Men’s Watch
You can never go wrong with jewellery and if you’re looking for something that sparkles then Beaverbrooks is the place to be. From diamond earrings to stylish watches, you’re sure to find whatever you’re looking for.
The Fat Unicorn Kitchen and Stores
The saying goes that the way to your love’s heart is through their stomach and a home-cooked meal is sure to impress. Pick up some top-quality ingredients at The Fat Unicorn, light some candles, put on your favourite playlist and you have everything you need for a romantic evening in.
A meal for two at 808 Bar and Kitchen
If your cooking skills could use a little work then a night out at their favourite restaurant is sure to go down a treat. Thanks to our bustling food scene in the city, you’re sure to find a cuisine they love.
Bethany's, Eternal Love
It just wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without flowers. Their favourite blooms will be personal to them but if you’re stuck with which ones to choose then nothing says romance like a bouquet of red roses.
Price starts at £55
SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT
A class or event at Beacon of Light
If you really want to wow them this year, then a trip to the award-winning Beacon of Light is sure to impress. The venue offers a wide range of classes and events so it’s a perfect choice if you want to try something new.
Boudoir photoshoot at David Lawson Photography
For a truly memorable gift, why not treat your partner to a boudoir photoshoot? With expert guidance on lighting and posing, you’re sure to feel fabulous at the shoot and your other half will be pleasantly surprised when you reveal the final product.
Prices start from £49
Fizzing Afternoon Tea at Let There Be Crumbs
Afternoon tea is a great alternative to an evening out on the town and you can even throw in a glass of bubbly to celebrate the occasion. This is a great choice if your partner has a sweet tooth, with four delicious desserts on the menu.
Priced at £31.45 for two
Primark, Pink Heart Shaped Candles 3 Pack Heart Tealight holder
While grand gestures might be popular this time of year, showing you care doesn’t have to break the bank. If you’re on a budget, why not decorate your home with some heart-shaped tea lights, pour them a glass of wine and run them a bath to come home to after a hard day at work?
Treat them to a film at Empire Cinema
There’s no rule book on how to celebrate Valentine’s Day so if your partner is a cinephile then it’s a perfect time to schedule a trip to the pictures. With huge blockbusters, independent films and screenings from the National Theatre and the Royal Opera House, there’s sure to be something for everyone.
Gel manicure at The Beauty HQ
Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to celebrate all the loved ones in your life, not just your romantic partners. Treat your friend or a family member to a pamper session at The Beauty Lounge – you could even opt for matching manicures.
Adult bowl, Eat and Drink at Sunderland Bowl
Get a group together for a trip to Sunderland Bowl and may the best team win! With bowling, mini golf, shuffleboard, smart darts, beer pong and table tennis on offer, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to which game to choose first.
Price £18 per person
Marks and Spencer, Cocktail Shaker with Recipes
If bars and restaurants packed full of couples doesn’t sound like your sort of scene then why not bring the party to your place? This handy cocktail shaker comes complete with recipes down the side so all you need to do is get your friends to pitch in for the ingredients.
Pandora, Pavé Freehand Heart Dangle Charm
Jewellery may typically be a romantic gift but it’s also a great choice for Galentine’s Day. A Pandora charm is a fantastic choice, so they can be reminded of your friendship every time they see it on their wrist.
Waterstones, The Love Hypothesis
Valentine’s Day is a great time to get stuck into a romcom and if you have a friend who’s a keen reader then a book makes a perfect gift. This bestselling title follows a fake relationship between two scientists and the unlikely chemistry that develops between them.