LOVE IN LOCKDOWN

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Valentine’s Day is all about showing the one you love just how much you care, but it’s certainly been made a little more difficult with a national lockdown in place.

Whether you can’t get to the shops or you’re separated from your partner this year, buying them the Sunderland Gift Card – which can be purchased in values from £5 to £500 – could be the answer.

This means that they could treat themselves to something special while still knowing that you’re thinking of them and, with more than 120 businesses signed up, there’s plenty to choose from.

Here are some of our ideas for how they could make Valentine’s Day special at home:

A bouquet of roses at Bethany’s Florist, Kayll Road

Flowers always brighten up a room and with so much time spent indoors this year, they’ll get to appreciate them even more than usual. Roses are always a classic choice for 14th February but treating themselves to a bunch of their favourite flowers is sure to put a smile on their face.

Make them sparkle at The Jewellery Box, Jacky White’s Market

Jewellery is always a great gift as it gives your partner something to remind them of you every time they wear it. It can be tricky to find something you know they’ll love, but The Jewellery Box has a huge selection for them to choose from.

Get the drinks in at Ginka, Jacky White’s Market

Ginka has made quite a name for itself since opening at Jacky White’s Market and its artisan vodka and gin flavours are still available to order for contactless delivery. There’s a huge list to choose from, including rhubarb and custard, jaffa cake, toffee, candyfloss, cola cube, Turkish delight and more.

Sweet treats at Dream Candy, Cleveland Road 

Yes, we’ve all over indulged while at home but we deserve a few treats! Your loved one can spend their gift on a huge choice of jelly sweets, handmade fudge and hampers at Dream Candy and there’s even an option to create a pouch filled with their favourite sweets.

Something special to wear at Bou-Chique, Bridge Street

Just because we can’t go out this year doesn’t mean we shouldn’t look the part. They can choose something new from the exciting ranges at this fabulous store and make being at home feel even more like a special occasion.

Get creative at The Wool n Kraft Box, Jacky White’s Market

Lockdown is a great time to let your creative juices flow and pick up a new hobby. Many people have turned to crafts to keep busy over the past year and The Wool n Kraft Box has a huge selection of kits for beginners, along with a wide choice of accessories for seasoned crafters.

A new look at Talking Heads, High Street West

With barbers and salons closed for now, they could save your gift to treat themselves to a fresh cut or blow dry when they can reopen. After so many weeks being told to stay indoors, it’s sure to feel extra special..

A pampering session at Polished to Perfection, Eden Terrace

Another one to save until restrictions are lifted, Polished to Perfection offers a wide range of skin and body treatments including dermaplaning, dermal fillers, chemical peels and facials using light therapy. And if they don’t want to wait, then there’s a huge selection of beauty products to browse and buy online.  

You can buy Sunderland Gift Card at www.townandcitygiftcards.com/product/sunderland-gift-card/  

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