Thank You for entering the Valley Mill Back to School competition. This competition is now closed and our winner is Seren!
Lucky Seren has won a Back To School chalkboard, a personalised stainless steel water bottle AND a Family Chalkboard planner.
“I’m going to be Spider-Man when I grow up” – Buddy aged 6
“I want to be the coalman on The Flying Scotsman” – Caiden aged 8
Back To School Fun
Mark your child’s first day back to school each year with a Welsh slate first day chalkboard. Capture the memories that will last forever.
As parents, we all have hundreds if not thousands of photos of our kids on our phones. So why not make the first day back to school special?
Just think of their faces in a few years when you show your children all of these pictures and they see how much they’ve grown through their school years.
As parents, we know that our children’s growing up years goes so quick. Why not make this a new family tradition in your household?
Do you have a busy life? Our Welsh slate chalkboard family planner is perfect for busy homes and workplaces.
Whether it’s meal planning, tasks, a weekly planner for all of the children’s activities, a family planner or just a list of all the fun stuff you’ve got coming up. We handcraft each board from the highest quality Welsh slate. Our natural slate is locally sourced which not only supports the local economy but also has a low carbon footprint.
Back To School Personalised Water Bottle
Keep the kids hydrated at the school with this eco-friendly water bottle. Back to School with their own personalised water bottle. Did you know that our water bottles are triple-walled and can keep any drink cold for up to 24 hours, or hot for up to 12 hours? Plus, they look awesome too!
“You Can Be Anything”
Terms and Conditions
This competition runs from Monday 9th August 2021 00:01 until Sunday 22nd August 2021 2021 23:59.
We will announce our winner on Wednesday 25th August 2021. The winner will win 1 x Back To School Chalkboard, 1 x personalised water bottle, 1 x chalkboard family daily planner.
One entry, per person.
One winner will be chosen at random from all of the entries.
Grown Ups: It is your responsibility to send your child’s entry via the competition page on our website.
By entering this competition you give full consent to Valley Mill using any images/text you have sent to us for our promotional purposes.
Any information submitted to us will not be distributed to any third parties.
This offer is not valid in conjunction with any other promotions and discounts.
The above terms and conditions may be altered without prior notice.
This competition is only applicable to persons living in the UK.
Choice of designs or colours of products dependent on stock availability.
All entries and copyright in them automatically become the property of Valley Mill.
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If a prize is declined or unclaimed by a selected winner, or if a selected winner cannot be contacted from the details supplied within 2 weeks of first attempting to notify a selected winner, the prize will be forfeited. In such circumstances, Valley Mill reserves the right to select another winner at random from the eligible entrants.
Choose a personalised wedding gift that will really stand out. Check out our unique wedding ideas for not only gifts but wedding table decorations too.
The Big Day
So you’ve received your invite, you’ve chosen the perfect outfit … but now you need a PERFECT present for the wonderful couple. Well, you’ve come to the right place for some amazing ideas for a personalised wedding gift to knock their socks off.
Not only are we going to give you inspiration for gifts for the couple but also for the wedding guests too. In fact we’ve even got some beautiful wedding decorations to make your guests say WOW!
Welsh Slate Personalised Wedding Gift
They deserve the best, so give them the best. A bespoke personalised Welsh slate wedding present from Valley Mill will show them how much you care. Just take a look at this beautifully crafted Welsh slate heart clock.
What is the Best Gift for a Wedding Couple?
How long is a piece of string? We 100% recommend you match your gift to match the couple. Is the couple outdoorsy? Maybe they are moving in to a new home. Do they love their food and wine? Use your knowledge of the couple to choose the best gift for them.
Our Welsh slate personalised photo frames are extremely popular. They can be rotated to a portrait or landscape format. A lovely way to display photographs from the special day.
Gifts for the Food Lovers
How beautiful would a personalised welsh slate cheese board look with a selection of the couples favourite cheeses? OK, so just typing the word cheese make us want to grab a cheese knife and tuck in, but you can’t deny that this looks fantastic.
It will look EVEN more fantastic when it’s personalised too! Our Welsh slate tray with copper handles makes a beautiful serving platter for cheese and much more.
Grazing boards and grazing platters are all the rage right now. So why not gift the couple a personalised wedding gift of a Welsh slate graze board. Plus, the board is so versatile it can be used to display almost anything.
If the couple you are gifting are wine lovers then our wine racks are all completely unique. Each one is made from solid Welsh slate. We have options from 2 – 7 hole bottle holders. Every wine rack is completely unique so there are never two the same. Please get in touch with our team if there are any specific requirements you need.
Gifts for the Home
Why not help the happy couple start married life with a beautiful gift for their new home? Whether its a handcrafted ceramic tea set, a set of mugs or a Welsh slate photo frame; these gifts make a beautiful reminder of their big day for years to come.
A set of fun mugs always goes down a treat as a gift for a wedding or, in fact any occasion. Our ceramic and enamel mugs can be personalised online with our easy-to-use design tool. We have a range of well over 30 fonts and many many icons too. We even offer photo mug printing. All you need is your imagination and perhaps access to their photo albums on Facebook for the funny pics.
One of our latest products comes from Alice Funge. This handmade collection from Alice Funge is exceptional. The styles and shapes of these pieces will compliment any interior home style.
Why not gift some beautiful homeware to the couple? Check out this elegant vintage influenced ceramic collection from Alice Funge.
If the couple love to leave messages for each other then a personalised Welsh slate hanging chalk board would go down a treat.
Gifts for the Outdoorsy Couple
Staying hydrated is a big must for the active couple. Why not gift them some personalised stainless steel water bottles?
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.
Do they love camping? If so, then these enamel mugs are perfect for the couple. You can create the design of your choice using our easy to use online design tool.
Enamel mugs are a perfect alternative to plastic camping wear. They last the test of time and are actually pretty stylish too!
Perhaps the outdoor lovers may appreciate a beautiful new picnic blanket?
Made in Wales, our quilted cotton picnic blankets 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!
Personalised Wedding Gifts for the Party
It’s wonderful to be able to share the special day with your family and friends. We are sure that many of the people around you have helped with this special occasion and you want to be able to thank them with a unique gift.
Our range of personalised hip flasks are very popular for wedding gifts for Father of the Bride, Groomsmen, Best Man, Ushers and more. We even have a matte pink hip flask that can be given as gifts to the bridesmaids.
Why not thank your family and friends with a Valley Mill handmade candle and a personalised Welsh slate coaster. You can personalise with your own names and date of the wedding or have their names engraved or a message of your choice.
Mother of the Bride/Groom Gift
How about a beautiful piece of jewellery for the Mother of the Bride or, Mother of the Groom that WON’T break the bank. This ‘picnic necklace’ from Ronin Jewellery is just £21.50.
Flower Girl Gift
Are you looking for a gift for your flower girl? How about one of these beautiful handmade bath bombs from BrambleWood Soap Co? We have a wide range of different bath bombs. Pictured here is the ‘Relaxing Rose Bath Fizzy’ which is scented with Rose Geranium essential oil and made with moisturising cocoa butter. Perfect for a flower girl.
Can you Decorate a Church/Civil Ceremony for a Wedding?
Often there are restrictions on how you can decorate your wedding ceremony so, it’s always best to check what you can and can’t do before making any purchases. So, do get in touch with your venue ASAP.
Flowers are always very popular. However, if you want to add some uniqueness to your day then why not add some personalised Welsh slate signs. Literally you can choose anything to have engraved on our signs. Take a look at some of the ideas we have for you.
Imagine heading in to the service and seeing one of these Welsh slate signs welcoming you in. So unique, so quirky and so you!
Welcome your guests to your day with this personalised Welsh slate heart hanging sign. You could even have ‘Seriously Awesome Couple Getting Married This Way’ or ‘Happily Ever After Starts Here’ engraved on it. There are SO many options.
If you are looking for guidance on your civil partnership & wedding and reception and celebration events during this pandemic then check out the Welsh Government website.
What Do You Put On Wedding Tables?
The answer is completely up to you. There are no wrong or right ways to do this. We recommend you always include your unique style when planning your wedding.
However, if you need some inspiration of some mind-blowing wedding decor ideas then take a look at these.
So, you arrive at the venue for the wedding breakfast and this personalised Welsh slate table planner greets you. Straight away your guests know they are in for a unique time.
In fact, you then head to your table to see your table name setting is in fact also a beautiful gift for yourself.
A Welsh slate hanging sign adds a personal touch to your day.
Welsh Slate Table Planners & Settings
We understand that your love story is unique, so your Wedding should be too! Have your bespoke Table Planners & Settings engraved onto 500 million year old Welsh slate and distinguish your big day from any other.
Our team at Valley Mill will work with you to design your dream table planners, whether it be a large Welsh slate planner with easel, that can include over 120 names, or individual table planners, which make beautiful centre pieces for a more intimate affair.
Personalised Wedding Gift Favor Ideas
Being on a budget does not mean you have to cut corners on quality. We provide quality custom pieces for each wedding.
Give Your Guests a Gift They Can’t Wait to Take Home
Gift a wedding keepsake that the guests will really love. I know we always come back to our beautiful Welsh slate heart coasters as the designs available are almost limitless AND they are just so unique. Just use your creativity to choose what you want engraved on them.
Here at Valley Mill we have a fantastic range of handmade Welsh love spoons for all budgets. They are traditionally handcrafted in Wales from high-quality hard wood.
Did you know that we also produce our own range of handmade natural soaps? 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 and vegan friendly too!
Our soaps make a cute little favor for wedding guests.
We all love a bargain and getting our monies worth. So, how do you get a meaningful and thoughtful gift without breaking the bank? Then take a look at our Valley Mill ‘Gifts Under £15’ Guide.
Whether it’s a gift for a teacher, colleague, a relative or even a wedding gift, we have a range of inspired ideas just for you.
We’ve all had or got a teacher who has gone the extra mile. Why not treat your or your child’s teacher to one of our special gifts to show them your gratitude for their exemplary work.
You could treat them to some pamper time with our natural beauty products or perhaps even personalise a mug (every teacher loves a brew). You can also choose one of our very own mug designs.
Teachers hands go through a lot so this super cute rose butter gift tin from Bathing Beauty is just perfect.
Enjoy the aroma of freshly baked Welsh Cakes …. with none of the washing up! These natural soy candles have been handmade in Wales using the finest quality soy wax, for a longer burn time and better scent throw.
We want to give you ideas that you know your teachers will use. If they shave, whether legs or face then they will adore this peppermint shaving soap from Norse. Plus a earth friendly product as Norse only produce vegan and eco friendly gifts.
Maybe your teacher is an adventurer. A reusable personalised water bottle is another gift you know will be appreciated and used.
So you’ve got your invite, your wedding outfit is sorted. Oh no! There’s no gift list! Don’t panic because we’ve got your back and we’ve got some really thoughtful gifts for under £15 that you can present to the happy couple. We are confident that these gifts will be sincerely appreciated.
Celebrate love, with a love spoon. The Welsh custom of giving a love spoon originated in the 17th century, when lovers would offer to their partners intricately carved spoons, bearing symbols of their feelings and hopes.
Today, Welsh love spoons are given as gifts to mark friendship, engagements, weddings and anniversaries. They also make excellent reminders of visits to Wales.
Celebrate the marriage with a unique engraved Welsh slate hanging sign. We also have many designs to choose from too.
Individuals or pairs? We’ve got many coaster designs to choose from or you can personalise them via our online design tool.
Perhaps you want to gift a present to one (or more) of your Wedding Party. Our reusable hip flasks are just £13.95 and that includes personalisation.
What about a gift for the flower girl? These beautiful bath fizzys are also perfect for the Mother of The Bride and bridesmaids too.
Welsh Slate Gifts
Our Welsh slate products are the heart and soul of this company. These are the gifts that Valley Mill was founded on. Valley Mill began in 2007 with director and creator Kevin Thomas. After purchasing a laser engraving machine and utilising two bedrooms at home as a workshop, Kevin began handcrafting Welsh slate products.
As my Mam would always say ‘Come here and give us a cwtch’. Cwtch is a warm and affectionate Welsh word. If a Welsh person gives you a ‘cwtch’, not only are they giving you a hug but they also want you to feel safe and warm too. This 6mm thick hanging Welsh slate heart comes in at just £9.50.
These hanging signs are packaged and beautifully presented in a gift box.
Gift a feel good pressie to someone you care about.
More Gifts Under £15
How about creating and gifting a bespoke ceramic Christmas decoration. Using our online design tool you can add your own image or text.
The Extra Mile
There are soooo many amazing people out there who go the extra mile. The Welsh word ‘Seren’ means ‘Star’. Check out this lovely tapestry tin candle for that STAR in your life.
Does someone you love deserve a surprise gift? Check out these beautiful gifts under £15 for that LOVE in your life.
Jewellery For UNDER £15!
A gift of jewellery is always a very personal touch. However, it’s hard to get beautiful items under £15 … until now!
Carrie Elspeth’s Mini Haematite Hearts jewellery is the definition of stylish simplicity. These plated haematite hearts glitter and sparkle in the light, making it truly captivating!
Carrie Elspeth also makes a matching bracelet which is just £13.45 and earrings also £13.45.
Based in Ammanford, Ronin Jewellery has been designing and handcrafting gemstone jewellery since 2006. The semi-precious gemstones that Ronin use in their collections take millions of years to form beneath the surface of the Earth, which makes each one unique. All of the gemstones have their own sentimental meanings, which makes Ronin jewellery an ideal gift. All Ronin Jewellery is gift boxed and contains a label identifying the different elements of the jewellery.
They craft a variety of earring designs which are all just £12.95
Homeware Gifts Under £15
This handcrafted Welsh slate table trivet is an elegant way to organise your table condiments or use in your kitchen to protect your worktops from hot dishes. Serve up sophisticated style dining in your home or restaurant. This rustic chic table trivet can also serve as a display platter for cheeses, desserts, sandwiches or used as a grazing board. Each trivet is individually hand cut allowing for a natural and completely unique finish.
Treated to resist staining and fitted with protective cork pads on the underside to prevent scratches. This stunning addition to your home will look great in a modern or traditional setting. Our table trivets can also be used to display candles and decorations. We also sell matching coasters and placemats for the full style dining experience.
Denby create beautiful ceramics which are as practical as they are stylish.
People do love a personalised gift. Well, it does show a little more thought has gone in to this gift. We have a fabulous range of ceramic coasters with a different design for each letter.
We also have a range of Welsh tapestry design ceramic coasters. All of these designs have been created in house at Valley Mill.
These durable enamel mugs are great for gifting others but also gifting to yourself. You can personalise your own at just £10.95 or buy one of our desirable Valley Mill designs at just £8.95.
Tealights & Tealight Holders
Do you love candles? We think you will love our handmade soy wax tealights and our Welsh slate tealight holders. The fragrances range from classic Bara Brith to calming Cwtch Violets.
This tealight holder is an excellent accompaniment to our scented soy wax tealights, and will make a great centrepiece to your dining table or mantelpiece, or just about anywhere you like!
Two Gifts for Under £15
Savour the rich aroma of traditional Bara Brith- with none of the calories! Box of 4 beautifully packaged, finely fragranced natural soy wax tealights. Each tea light is hand poured into an aluminium cup with a cotton wick. At just £6.75 per pack you can treat yourself and gift a friend for under £15.
Whatever the reason for the gift we have a range to suit all occasions and everyone young and old.