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Pet Loss Grief & Paying Tribute

July 8, 2021
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The relationship between a family and their pet is strong and impenetrable.  A pet for many of us is a family member.  The grief of a loss of a pet can be similar to losing a family member or close friend and in some cases more.

We are taking a look at pet loss grief, ways to cope and how you’ve paid tribute to your pet.

Do you feel that pet loss grief is almost a ‘taboo’ subject and that people try to brush it under the carpet? Some employers now offer pet bereavement leave. One of FORTUNE’s ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ have named Kimpton Hotel & Restaurants in their list time and time again. They offer their employees a whole range of benefits including a 3 day pet bereavement leave.

Losing A Pet

We’ve been asking people how they have coped with the grief process not just for themselves but with other family members too. 

Sian who works at Valley Mill lost her cross Pug/Jack Russell just over 18 months ago.  “It was a huge loss to the family.  Oscar was just weeks away from his 17th birthday when his time came and went to the big playground in the sky.  Even to this day myself and my two boys still shed a tear.  The way we pay tribute to him and to help us with the grief is by remembering him.  We have his ashes in a box on our living room shelf with paintings of him and photos around it.  I even have Oscar’s name tattooed on my back.”

Siany’s dog Oscar loved the beach

“The boys and I talk about him and remember all of the funny and wonderful things we all did together.  As time passes the tears become less and the laughs of all the amazing times become greater.  We will always miss him but remembering him is our way of coping.”

Sian’s Memorial to Oscar

How Have You Coped?

We wanted to know how you have managed to deal with the loss of a pet.  You’ve been getting in touch with your stories.

Garath wrote to us and told us about their family dog.  “We have Spike’s ashes in a beautiful box on a shelf surrounded by memories of him. Spike was big brother to our two girls. We adopted him when he was 3. He’d been beaten and trained to fight, but was a gentle soul who was just afraid of what humans had done to him. He would wet himself when you clenched your fist near him or raise your voice when we first had him.  He was a 24kg Staffy.”

“Over the years we had some great times, from throwing a twig in Singleton Park and him bringing back half a bench, to him walking with half a breeze block in his mouth everywhere we went on foot (it seemed to make him feel safe).  Then there was the time he peed on a woman’s leg outside Verdi’s. The best one was when we thought he’d been stolen when we tied him up outside the Woodman; only to discover that he’d actually dragged the table across the beer garden to say hello to a pretty lady poodle!  Writing this has brought tears to my eyes. Tears of joy and of loss. The girls lost a brother who always looked out for them, and Em and I lost our first “child” and one of our best friends.”

Emma and Gareths dog Spike
Pictured is Garath & Emma’s dog Spike.

Photograph Engraving Tribute

Chloe who works at Valley Mill shared with us her Welsh slate photograph engraved tributes to her family dogs. Above is Gus AKA Sir Buckingham.

Sadly last month Chloe and her family lost their beautiful Jazz. As you can see in both of these pictures both Gus and Jazz were not only loved, but clearly exuberated love to all around them.

Paying Tribute

Sarah shared with us a wonderful way of paying tribute to your pet.  “I saw someone leave a bucket of tennis balls at the beach in memory of their lost pooch, asking dog owners to help themselves. I thought that was so lovely”.

Leanne got in touch and said “I still cry over mine now and I lost him 7 years ago. I have a tribute to him in the form of a tattoo and I have his ashes in my living room. They have pride of place with a glass picture of him too”.

“Sadly, the sadness never ever goes away but the memories I have of him will last forever. I also have a wall of fame where I put up all his pictures and a canvas my sister had made for me”.

A wall of rememberance for Dante the dog
Leanne’s wall of fame as a tribute to her dog Dante

“Having him all around me makes it feel like he is still here. I also kept his favourite teddy and toy his food bowl and his blanket with his name on. Some times I take them out & cuddle them, then have a good cry because he wasn’t just my dog he was my best friend”.

Pet loss tribute to Dante
Leanne’s dog Dante with pride of place in her home. A loving tribute to her furry friend.

Elise Sewell said “My little Yorkie Brutus was obsessed with corks especially champagne corks so when he passed away we used to put all our corks around a tree in the garden as a reminder of him”.

Pet Bereavement & Dealing with Your Grief

There are many places that you can visit online that give you expert advice on how to deal with your grief and also family members too.

Blue Cross offer a Pet Bereavement Supprt Service (PBSS) which is contactable by phone, email or webchat. Their service is free and confidential.

You can call their fully trained specialist team on 0800 096 6606 between 8:30am – 8.30pm.

Coping & Remembering

Jules told us about her beautiful Marnie about how she ‘coped’ with her passing in March.  “I don’t use the word cope if I’m honest, only because I don’t want to deal with the loss effectively or successfully, as the word ‘cope’ would suggest. I know it’s appropriate to feel such loss as she was a huge part of my life.  The feelings are almost a given and why wouldn’t I feel such pain? It brings to the forefront everything she gave.  Love on another level, a constant tap flowing with affection, loyalty, the softest touch, kindness, my secret keeper, my everything”.

Marnie the dog
Jules Dickersons beautiful girl Marnie

Jules continued “In some ways embracing my grief rather than stifling it was testament to all the above. I see it as a huge mark of respect to her, if I didn’t feel it and just ignored it. It’s almost discounting all she gave. Feeling grief is what happens when you lose something or someone you love so much. I always thought Marnie was so co-dependent on me, and of course she was to a certain degree; what I didn’t know until faced with life without her was the co-dependency I had for her.”

“Marnie was a constant in my life, always there, ever knowing, my one true confidant. She was the reason I got up and got out in difficult times.  She’d sense when my mood was low or upset and she’d just look at me.  How she could tell me in a look all that I needed to know at that time was truly spiritual for want of a better word. Telling me … ‘I’ve got you‘ & ‘you’re so loved’.”

Showing Tribute

To show tribute Marnie, Jules explained what her family do.  “We have her with us.  She’s still in her corner where she’d lie in an engraved box with her name and the sentiment ‘Our gorgeous girl, forever in our hearts’.  I talk to her; I have a picture in every room of her because wherever I’d go she’d be behind me.  My grandson collects white Angel Dog Feathers that he believes to be Marnie watching over him; he has 28!”

So, should there be more understanding that pet bereavement should be talked about more and not pushed under the carpet? 

Jules agrees and said that she tells her grandson that “it’s ok to cry. I talk to him about Marnie, reminding us all of what Marnie gave to us rather than focusing on the loss. Reminding myself she lived, not that she died. We are much richer because of her”.

Pet Loss Grief

It’s not just us who grieve for the loss of a pet. Your other pets will have lost a companion and their grief can manisfest in many ways. This could be through loss of appetite or over grooming.

Blue Cross have details on how you can help a grieving cat or grieving dog.

Pet Cemeteries

There are many ways to say goodbye to your furry friends. Pet cemeteries across the UK offer a wide range of services from formal pet burial, green pet burials, cremation or ashes burials. To find one near you just Google ‘Pet Cemetery Near Me’.

“Can I Bury My Pet In The Garden”?

If you are considering a home burial for your pet then you must take your local laws in to consideration.  In the UK, it isn’t legal to bury your pets in the garden of rented accommodation, a friend’s garden, public places.  Basically anywhere you don’t own.

It IS legal to bury pets in a garden that you DO own.

However, please check with your vet that their remains aren’t hazardous to health and also choose a place well away from water sources.

You can read full details of home pet burials here.

Valley Mill Pet Memorial Plaques

Here at Valley Mill we have created a range of Welsh slate memorial plaques for pets. The team understand that paying tribute to your pet is not only important but individual to each person.

Here are a couple of examples. You can view the full range here.

Valley Mill Pet Memorials
Valley Mill Pet Memorials

How Long Will I Suffer Pet Loss Grief?

Honestly, this is a question we cannot answer. This is why we’ve asked people to share their stories with us in hope that their personal experiences will help you.

Nikki shared her story of her ‘fur baby’ Murphy.  “I still have Murphy’s collar hanging on the cupboard door in my office….and it’s been 4 years.  All his photos brighten up my office. My daughter Georgie and I talk about our chocolate bear all the time. We will never have another chocolate lab, and when I knew his days were coming to an end we brought in a puppy of a different breed, not to replace Murphy before he left us, but to ease the pain when he went over the rainbow bridge”.

Pictured is Murphy the beautiful chocolate lab in rememberance and help for pet loss grief
Nikki’s beautiful chocolate lab Murphy

“The evening after I had to put him to sleep I put on my wellies, took out my then 8month old pup and walked Murphy’s favourite walk, face up to the rain to help wash away my tears. I knew Murphy wouldn’t want me to be without a doggie best pal. And I still talk to him now. I tell him about all the naughty stuff this dog does which he would never have done. The pain eases, but the memory is there to treasure”.

Don’t Suffer Pet Loss Grief Alone

Don’t forget that Blue Cross offer a Pet Bereavement Supprt Service (PBSS) which is contactable by phone, email or webchat. Their service is free and confidential.

Barry Begley got in touch and told us about Willow. “My willow passed over the bridge aged 21 and half.  Had her since she was 6 months old. Born on a farm but she was mistreated. She was rescued by a family but sadly the children didn’t bond with her. My sister bought her for a tenner and gave her to me. She was a true loyal friend and companion from that day. Saw through all good and bad times together. I still miss her like crazy, and cry everytime I think about her and sometimes out the corner of my eye feel her watching me. I know that when my day finally comes we’ll be reunited.”

Barry shared this image of Willow for our article on pet loss grief
Barry’s lovely dog Willow

More Pet Tributes – Working Through Pet Loss Grief

Maria shared with us her tattoo tribute to her dog Monty.

A wonderful tattoo tribute to Monty the dog
This ‘Monty’ Tattoo is a beautiful tribute

Sharon Latchford got in touch and told us “I found my darling Seraphina dead in her field 10 years ago last month, (crying as I type). A lot of people just don’t get how the loss of an animal can be so heartbreaking”.

Sharon with her beautiful horse Seraphina Pet Loss Grief
Sharon with her beautiful Seraphina

Shannon sadly only had her cat Hazel for a short space of time. “My neighbour gifted me my beautiful Hazel for my birthday. She was incredible. Sadly 5 months in to our time together she was knocked down on the road and died. We have kept her close and buried her in our back garden”.

Shannon’s girl Hazel

If you would like to share your stories of pet loss grief and the way you’ve paid tribute to your furry friends then please get in touch with Sian at Valley Mill.

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Protect Our Planet

June 13, 2021

We believe we all have a part to play in reducing the impact on our environment and need to protect our planet. We want to make you aware of not only ways you can make a change but also what Valley Mill are doing to help too.

Environmental Awareness Days in June

There are many environmental awareness days throughout June. The 5th of June was World Environment Day, May 29 – June 13 in the UK is The Great British Spring Clean, June 16th is World Refill Day and June 17th is National Clean Air Day.

All of Battle Green’s handmade cosmetics are PETA certified vegan-friendly and cruelty-free, and lab safety tested. Many of Battle Green’s products are reusable and refillable, allowing you to save money and reduce waste over time.

Our Products & Suppliers

Up until early 2020 we only sold products that were made in Wales and in turn, mainly supporting small local businesses.  Since then, we have branched out to UK made and UK designed and are only working with businesses who have the same ethos and beliefs as ourselves.  Whilst the majority of our products are made in Wales, some of our suppliers products are mainly handmade in the UK or designed in the UK with materials sourced sustainably from outside of the UK.

Our Welsh slate travels only 130 miles from Snowdonia. 

Carbon Footprint

Our Welsh slate travels only 130 miles from Snowdonia.    At Valley Mill it’s not only our products that we want to be eco-friendly, but our staff too.  To strive for sustainable living, we offer our team a car share scheme with a monetary bonus to reduce the amount of cars used to travel to work.  We also encourage working from home whenever possible.  This May we are proud to be starting a cycle to work scheme.  Want to find out more about educating yourselves and others? Take a look at the United Nations goals to help transform our world and protect our planet.

Keeping It Local

One of the many wonderful like-minded companies we work with is Norse. Their razors are produced specifically for the company in the steel capital of the UK, Sheffield (cue Tom Jones You Can Leave Your Hat On for all of you ‘The Full Monty’ movie lovers). 

Norse use only natural ingredients, such as essential oils. This skincare range comes in recyclable packaging to help you focus on keeping not only your hair and skin healthy but our environment too!

Unlike many companies, Valley Mill pride themselves on using only Welsh slate. We never import our slate from abroad.

Valley Mill’s Beliefs to Protect Our Planet

When Valley Mill started in 2007, Kevin Thomas wanted the company to be eco-friendly and materials to be sourced locally providing a low carbon footprint.  From day 1 Kevin knew that not only do the products need to be natural but also packaging must be recyclable.  

Apart from the fragrance in the candles, all materials that we use for our products are 100% natural.

Valley Mill’s natural soy wax candles come in either a re-usable heavy weight tumbler OR reusable tin.
Handmade in Wales using the finest quality soy wax, for a longer burn time and better scent throw. The wooden wick that works perfectly with the soy wax helps to further increase the burn time and to ensure a full surface area melt pool, to get the best possible scent when burning your candle.

Soy wax is important as not only is it a natural, renewable and biodegrable source, it also burns with zero petro soot.

It’s not just our own amazing products that are made from natural raw materials, but all of the new products we source are environmentally-friendly and mainly locally made in the UK.  Some of our suppliers use materials sustainably sourced from outside of the UK.

Norse Lifestyle

Plastic-free razors are not only sustainable, but are a slick and sharp investment too. Norse razors are the way forward. The environment will thank you and your pocket will too.

This high-quality stainless steel razor comes in a classic design that really has stood the test of time. Resulting in less irritation to the skin, this razor has a chrome single blade and is double-edged for safety. These razors use standard replaceable razor blades.

The harmful effects of plastic is now seen worldwide. Plastic is in our air, our water and our food. Each one of us have a responsibility in reducing plastic pollution.

Packaging

We have never used plastic in our products packaging and we use mainly recycled cardboard. In 2020 we also banned plastic bags from our stores.  

Reusable Tweedmill Tote Bags

A stylish tote bag, perfect for everyday, these come in a variety of colours and designs. Perfect companion when shopping. Handmade for Valley Mill by Tweedmill in Denbigh, North Wales.

World Refill Day – June 16th

Since Valley Mill was founded in 2007, we have always strived to be as environmentally-friendly as possible. We’re always looking for new alternatives to non-recyclable packaging and products. One of the worst single-use plastics for our environment is plastic water bottles. So we wanted to create and encourage an alternative solution; one that is simple and cost-effective for our customers, whilst making a positive impact on our environment.

These refillable stainless steel water bottles are very durable and last longer than glass and reusable plastic options. They will help you save money long-term, whilst also helping you to do your bit for the planet. Their leak-proof screw top caps make them incredibly practical whilst on the go. Plus, their double-wall insulation keeps your favourite refreshment at the perfect temperature for longer. They are BPA and phthalate-free, so you don’t have to worry about any nasty chemicals being released into your drink.

White stainless thermo bottle isolated on green grThese refillable stainless steel water bottles are very durable and last longer than glass and reusable plastic options.

Valley Mill’s refillable stainless steel water bottles are very durable and last longer than glass and reusable plastic options.

They will help you save money long-term, whilst also helping you to do your bit for the planet. Their leak-proof screw top caps make them incredibly practical whilst on the go. Plus, their double-wall insulation keeps your favourite refreshment at the perfect temperature for longer. They are BPA and phthalate-free, so you don’t have to worry about any nasty chemicals being released into your drink.

Cutting Down on Single-Use Plastic 

Our products reflect our beliefs.  From our water bottles to our hip flasks, we want to create and encourage an alternative solution to single use plastic.  One that is simple and cost-effective for our customers, whilst making a positive impact on our environment. 

Throw Away Culture 

How much plastic have you thrown away this week and how much of it was recyclable?  It’s hard not to get overwhelmed by it all, however there are always solutions.  It takes time and planning but once this change has been made it can be more beneficial on the environment but also your pocket too!  

Refill Stations 

More and more companies across the globe are consistently finding new and innovative ways of reducing humanity’s footprint on our planet.  

Cheers Wine Merchants in Mumbles, Swansea and The Gower Gin Company are two companies that are ahead of their game.   

The companies teamed up together to bring an environmentally conscious way of shopping for alcohol.  

Save On Waste 

Director of Cheers Wine Merchants Dafydd Morris explains why we should all save on waste.  “We introduced the Gin refill station at our Mumbles store as it gave customers a great opportunity to both save money and reuse their Gŵyr Gin bottles which in turn helps save on waste.” 

“It has proved amazingly popular and we have many customers now reusing their bottles time and time again.  We are very proud to be the first shop in Wales to offer this service and I hope it spreads across the UK.” 

Natural Beauty for the Planet

Our own beauty products and our suppliers are just full of natural goodness. They’re cruelty free too! Let’s take a look at what you can get from Valley Mill.

Natural aromatherapy from Alura Romatics Sleep Pulse Point Roll on with lavender
Alura Romatics Sleep Pulse Point Roll On

We are all striving for sustainable living and Alura Romatics are no different.  Part of Valley Mill’s ethos and brand is just this, so it made absolute sense to work together with Alura Romatics.   

About Alura Romatics

Stacey, the owner and creator of Alura Romatics, began her love of aromatherapy and essential oils through her mum and her mums trusted Aromatherapy Guide by Christine Westwood.  She believed that whatever she was going through in life, there was an essential oil for it.  Stacey knew she needed to learn more about these magical oils and became a qualified aromatherapist.  Knowing that not all products out there are the same, Stacey decided that creating the perfect product was key. She knew that everyone deserves the best for their health and happiness, thus Alura Romatics was born. 

Aromatherapy Happy Room Spray from Alura Romatics
Alura Romatics Happy Room Spray

Alongside her small and dedicated team they handmake all of their products and ensure they keep their blends natural and synthetic-free and are committed to making sure as many of their ingredients come from natural sources, where possible.  Alura Romatics products use 100% natural fragrances, they contain no harsh chemicals, are vegan and cruelty free and handmade in Cardiff. 

Battle Green

Battle Greens lip balms are not only PETA certified vegan friendly and cruelty-free but also packed full of the most beautiful products to keep your lips soft, moisturised and protected.  The balms are also packed with quality natural ingredients, and free from synthetic colours and fragrances.  

Battle Green was established in 2018. Like many people, they were feeling increasingly concerned by the stream of reports on the negative environmental impact humans are having on the planet. It’s hard to believe there are more micro plastics in the oceans than stars in the Milky Way, or that around 100 million marine mammals die from plastic pollution each year.

So, this is why the team knew they needed to create products to help protect the planet.

They are based in beautiful Snowdonia, North Wales.

Battle Green
Battle Greens natural unisex deodorants are formulated to not only absorb sweat and neutralise nasty niffs but also to gently fragrance and soften underarm skin.  The essential oils in these balms were not only chosen for their beautiful scents, but also for their amazing beneficial properties.  Essential oils are used in aromatherapy and natural holistic treatment.  These are compounds extracted from plants and each unique aroma gives it its characteristic essence.

Norse

Norse use only natural ingredients, such as essential oils. This skincare range comes in recyclable packaging to help you focus on keeping not only your hair and skin healthy but our environment too!

- 100% natural

- Vegan friendly. 

- Cruelty-Free.
– Vegan – 100% Natural – Parabens Free – Packaged in an eco-friendly recyclable kraft box

Bramblewood 

When searching for new companies to work with, it’s important to us at Valley Mill to find people with similar values to our own. We love to work with like-minded small businesses; that have their own unique story, care about the products that they make and the effect they have on you as a customer, as well as the environment. And BrambleWood Soap Co., the company behind our new skincare range, is exactly that kind of small business!

Handmade in Dorset, award-winning BrambleWood Soap Co uses a thoughtful combination of salts, dried botanicals and essential oils to create their Botanical Bloom bath tea that can aid in relieving muscular aches and pains and relaxation.

BrambleWood Soap Co. was founded in 2019 by Laura Cullen. Laura began her company as she wanted to create natural soap and skincare suitable for the whole family. All of her products are handmade in small batches in Dorset. They are 100% natural and are free from chemicals and additives. All of the natural and botanical ingredients have been chosen for their superior smell, aromatherapy qualities, and skin-nourishing properties. Everything Laura has created is vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, and is as kind to the environment as it is on your budget. They are completely plastic-free and all of the packaging chosen is recyclable or reusable.

About BrambleWood Soap’s Range

These bath bombs’ signature recipe includes moisturising cocoa butter to soothe your skin and essential oils for luxurious natural fragrances. They are wrapped in fully biodegradable glassine bags and recycled paper, meaning there is no plastic waste.

These bath bombs’ signature recipe includes moisturising cocoa butter to soothe your skin and essential oils for luxurious natural fragrances. They are wrapped in fully biodegradable glassine bags and recycled paper, meaning there is no plastic waste.

Valley Mill Soaps

Valley Mill handmade 100% natural soaps which are also cruelty free

Valley Mill natural soaps do not contain artificial colours, preservatives or additives and are free of parabens and SLS; they are just full of natural goodness. They’re cruelty free too!

Valley Mill handmade 100% natural soaps which are also cruelty free

The combination of bergamot and basil has created a handmade soap which is refreshing and revitalising, without being harsh or abrasive. The fresh bergamot fragrance uplifts and energises, whilst the natural antibacterial properties of the basil work to refresh your skin.

Made by hand at our workshop in South Wales, this 100% natural bergamot & basil soap contains the following nourishing ingredients:

– Shea butter
– Sweet almond oil
– Coconut oil
– Mango butter
– Olive oil
– Castor oil
– Bergamot essential oil
– Basil essential oil
– Coffee powder
– Cinnamon powder

Recycling to Protect Our Planet

Whether you are a business, household or school, we can all do our bit to help. We can drive the change for better living.

If you aren’t sure or need more information of not only where you can recycle but also how we can all minimise the effect we are having on our environment.

A great organisation who can not only tell you where you can recycle but which materials too. They are Recycle More and you find out more details for your business, home or school here.

Recycled Wool

Blanket colours are completely random as they are made from recycled wool from the mill, hence why they are such a great price. No two blankets will be the same.

Therefore you cannot choose a specific colour, you will be sent a completely random colour blanket. All blankets are the same pattern design and the same high quality.

All of Valley Mill’s blankets are handmade for us by Tweedmill in Denbigh, North Wales. 100% British wool.

Valley Mill Recycled Wool Picnic Blanket

The random recycled picnic blankets are the budget-friendly option, made using recycled wool just like our best-selling random recycled throws. The use of recycled wool reduces waste, making them just kind to the environment but also to your bank account. But don’t worry, just because they are affordable doesn’t mean they are lacking in quality. Wool naturally repels water, so this combined with the hard-wearing waterproof backing will help keep it clean and dry for longer and last for many summers to come. Why not pair your new picnic rug with our personalised metal bottles to help you stay hydrated whilst away from home and help the environment?

More from Valley Mill

Often the perfect traditional keepsake to mark special occasions, or the ideal gift for those who enjoy long walks and campfires, our stainless-steel hip flasks have a classic design that can be personalised with your unique message. 

PLUS between now and Saturday 19th June 2021 17:00 we are offering 10% OFF personalised hip flasks online and instore in Union Street, Swansea. T&C’s apply.

ALSO Photograph Engraving too*.

This Photograph Engraving can come with a solid slate rear plinth which enables it to be free standing or you can choose to have it rope hung.

This June we are giving you the chance to win a fantastic Valley Mill gift pack worth over £100!

The ‘Picnic for Two’ pack consists of:

  • Valley Mill Picnic Blanket – luxury cotton quilted waterproof with carry strap (choose from star, palm leaf or triangle design)
  • Welsh Slate Small Rope Tray – hand cut with rope handles for a rustic finish
  • 2 x Personalised Water Bottles – choose from a variety of colours and personalised for you
  • Valley Mill Mixed Berries Candle – made from natural soy wax, wooden wick & comes with a Valley Mill Welsh Slate lid that doubles up as a coaster

Everyone who makes a purchase of £50 or more* ONLINE at valleymill.co.uk AND subscribe to our newsletters will automatically be entered into the draw! T&C’s apply.

READ FULL TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR THIS COMPETITION HERE

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Father’s Day Gifts

June 4, 2021

Father’s Day is coming!  Sunday 20th June 2021 to be precise and we have some incredible Father’s Day gift ideas for you.

Now is the time to start planning that super gift for a Super Dad/Step-Dad/Grandad/Pops – because we have to agree that our father figures are out of this world.

Valley Mill Father’s Day Gift Guide

Dads, First time Dads, Dads to be, Grandads, Stepdads, Father figures … the Dad who has everything, not only do we have gifts for all your Dads and Father Figures but ideas to help you celebrate on the day too.

Father’s Day Ceramic Mugs

Dad you are really ROARSOME
Fabulous gift for a fabulous Dad because he is ROARSOME

Fancy a Brew?  Gift your AMAZING DAD with a fun, thoughtful and practical mug.  Great for dunking his digestives, sprinkling those mini marshmallows on his hot chocolate or serving up his morning wake up coffee. 

Strong, practical, stylish and a great quality mug for everyday use.  Go on, enhance his drinking experience. 

Movie Night

How does settling down on the sofa for a cwtch/cuddle with your Grandad watching a movie or reading a good book sound?  Then why not gift him one of our super comfy cushions for Father’s Day. 

Cuddle and cosy up with Grandad on Father's Day with the lovely Valleu Mill cushion
Grandad. The Man. The Myth. The Legend.

Thank him for all he does with this ideal decorative addition to your home.

We were once told “Cushions are the flowers of a living room”.  This means our cushions really must be the perfect gift.

Make it even cosier with one of Valley Mill’s Welsh woollen blankets.

Cosy up with a Valley Mill Welsh woollen blanket
Team up a cosy cushion with one of Valley Mill’s snuggly Welsh woollen blankets.

Gift A Welsh Slate Photo Frame

Who’s got the best Dad? You have of course!

Daddy and me photo frame. Welsh slate and handcrafted in Wales
Valley Mill personalised Welsh slate photo frame

Treasure your memories with our stunning Welsh slate photo frame.  Thank him for all he does with this ideal decorative addition to his home.

Daddy & Me … What a way to display that superb memory of your superhero!

‘Iechyd Da’ Dad

Our square ceramic & Welsh slate coasters are a fun and eye-catching way to serve Dads beverage in style. 

Valley Mill Square ceramic coaster
Square Ceramic Coaster – View the full range here

Coasters are a subtle addition to your home decor but have an important function.  Valley Mills eye-catching designs not only look great but protect your tables from drips and scratches.

Dad Ti'n Un Mewn Miliwn :  Dad You’re One in A Million.  Oerfect welsh slate coaster gift on Father's Day
Dad Ti’n Un Mewn Miliwn :  Dad You’re One in A Million

Backyard Picnic or BBQ?

If the way to your Dad’s heart is through his stomach then why not treat him to a backyard picnic or even fire up the BBQ. Check out our latest BBQ blog for some amazing recipes.

Serve up your Dads favourite BBQ meal on one of our Valley Mill Welsh Slate trays

Is he a cheese lover? Serve up his favourite cheeses on one of our cheese boards.

Serve up a selection of your father's favourite cheeses on one of Valley Mill's Welsh slate cheese boards.

Need a waterproof picnic blanket to serve up your Dad’s favourite treats? Made in Wales, our quilted cotton picnic rugs are ideal for park picnics and fun days out. The thoughtful combination of waterproof materials and a carry strap means they’re designed to be perfect for any adventure!

Adventure time on Father's Day. Grab a waterproof picninc blanket.
See our full range of Picnic Blankets here AND check out our June Online competition to win a ‘Picnic For Two’

Welsh Slate Father’s Day Hanging Signs

Let your Dad know how special he is to you and hang a reminder in your home to show him how much you care. 

He will love this Welsh slate sign and will be a treasured gift which will always remind him of you.  An ideal gift for all father figures young and old.  Valley Mill celebrating fatherhood and male parenting.  Show him how much you appreciate him with one of our thoughtful gifts. 

Hip, Hip, Hooray for Hip Flasks

June offer of 10% off personalised hip flasks valid until Sat 19th June 2021 17:00
Why not gift your Father figure a personalised Valley Mill hip flask

Often the perfect traditional keepsake to mark special occasions, or the ideal gift for those who enjoy long walks and campfires, our stainless-steel hip flasks have a classic design that can be personalised with your unique message. 

PLUS between now and Saturday 19th June 2021 17:00 we are offering 10% OFF personalised hip flasks online and instore in Union Street, Swansea. T&C’s apply.

Pamper Time

Does your Father Figure have a beard that is in need of fabulousness? Why not treat him to a Norse beard shampoo or beard oil.

Make that beard fabulous with our beard shampoo and oil

No beard? No problem! We’ve got some amazing shaving products from Norse.

We love these Norse shaving soaps. Perfect Father's Day Gift

Write Him A Poem

Why not write your Pops a poem? Show him ‘he’s the man’ with a fun gift written by you. You can try out this poem generator OR Here’s one we made earlier to give you some inspiration. You could even get it engraved on a hanging sign.

Write a poem for your Dad for Father's Day
Write your own poem and if you fancy, get it engraved on one of our Welsh slate hanging signs

Father’s Day Gift for Caravanners

Awaken your senses with the uplifting scent of warm cup of coffee! Hand made natural soy wax candles. Perfect gift for an adventurous caravanner.

These natural soy candles have been handmade in Wales using the finest quality soy wax, for a longer burn time and better scent throw. 

Gift your caravanner Dad a Hoffi Coffi candle handmade in Wales at Valley Mill HQ

Treasured Memories

Looking for an extra special way of giving a gift of a tresured memory? Why not give this unique gift of a solid piece of Welsh Riven Slate personally engraved with your own high resolution image, to capture any memory in a very unique way that will last forever.

PLUS between now and Saturday 19th June 2021 17:00 we are offering 10% OFF photograph engraving online and instore in Union Street, Swansea. T&C’s apply.

June offer of 10% off photograph engraving valid until Sat 19th June 2021 17:00

This Photograph Engraving can come with a solid slate rear plinth which enables it to be free standing or you can choose to have it rope hung.

ONLINE COMPETITION

It's your chance to win a Picnic for Two set from Valley Mill

This June we are giving you the chance to win a fantastic Valley Mill gift pack worth over £100!

The ‘Picnic for Two’ pack consists of:

  • Valley Mill Picnic Blanket – luxury cotton quilted waterproof with carry strap (choose from star, palm leaf or triangle design)
  • Welsh Slate Small Rope Tray – hand cut with rope handles for a rustic finish
  • 2 x Personalised Water Bottles – choose from a variety of colours and personalised for you
  • Valley Mill Mixed Berries Candle – made from natural soy wax, wooden wick & comes with a Valley Mill Welsh Slate lid that doubles up as a coaster

Everyone who makes a purchase of £50 or more* ONLINE at valleymill.co.uk AND subscribe to our newsletters will automatically be entered into the draw! T&C’s apply.

READ FULL TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR THIS COMPETITION HERE

Check out our full range of Father's Day Gifts from Valley Mill

Treat your Father Figure to a gift that he will treasure. See our FULL RANGE here.