Published: 02 Feb 2021.

The month of Love is upon us. Valentine’s Day is on a Sunday this year.

Milngavie businesses have stepped up to make it memorable for all you love cats out there.

Legend has it that the celebration of St Valentine’s Day involved “the priests sacrificing a goat, for fertility, and a dog, for purification. They would then strip the goat’s hide into strips, dip them into the sacrificial blood and take to the streets, gently slapping both women and crop fields with the goat hide. Far from being fearful, Roman women welcomed the touch of the hides because it was believed to make them more fertile in the coming year.
Later in the day, according to legend, all the young women in the city would place their names in a big urn. The city’s bachelors would each choose a name and become paired for the year with his chosen woman. These matches often ended in marriage
“. [Source here]

Well, we can’t imagine any of that in Milngavie’s precinct in a couple of weeks time. However, who would have thought 2020 was anything like we experienced, so never say never…

As deliverers of Local Love, we are enamoured to highlight a few businesses with some great ideas for 14th February. SEE FULL LIST HERE

Finsbay Milngavie Valentines Home Kit and day after Breakfast kit.
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As innovative as ever, Finsbay have come up with another “home kit” to make Valentines special this year. Over and above the incredible food and drinks, add cocktails, beer, wine and next day “breakfast kits” to your order.

So there is no time to waste for all you bachelors and bachelorettes. It’s time to put your name in that urn to see what 2021 will bring. There is no goat hide on the menu, but there is a wonderful Goats Cheese Soup. The Home Kit hamper includes their signature Flat Iron Steak and either two cocktails, two beers or a bottle of wine delivered to your door for £50 for two.

Slapping through the crop fields and streets with sacrificial blood is a premium service for long-term customers only, subject to social-distancing measures being adhered to at all times. Interested parties are advised to contact for further details.

The Dress Shop

Marble Puffer Jacket £87.50 from £125

Or you can treat the Love of your life to a top woman’s wear fashion brands such as Casamia, Eliza Gracious, Grizas, Lebek, Marble, Tinta Style and Peruzzi. The minor issue that there is a 70% off sale, in no way diminishes the Love you have for the person you are buying for.

It demonstrates commitment through the time and effort put into product research and tailored tastes of your loved one.

Buying a size too small is just the icing on the cake to make your lady feel extra special that her name was picked from the urn. And there is a 30 day returns window.

Creature Comforts

Every dog needs a coat for Valentines

Then there is the greatest love of all, which is unconditional love our pets have for us. In modern times we no longer sacrifice our pampered pooches for purification.

We buy them clothes, gifts, toys and squeaky things. Many celebrate their birthday, take them to dog Spa’s and grooming salons. We serve them highly palatable hypo-allergenic food made from high quality ingredients.

So why should they miss out on Valentines Day? ———->

Milngavie Gift Card

In Milngavie, even in lockdown with many working from home and a lot more time on your hands to think of a special, thoughtful, love-filled gift to make this Valentines Day the most special of events; a shining light in a winter of darkness; the inspiration that a hopeful future awaits in Spring;

……we know some will be in a panic on Saturday 13th February.

Panic not.

As Milngavie not only celebrates Local Love, we Love Local.

Simply head to the entrance to Tesco and pick up an extra special “* Milngavie Gift Card.

You can then romance your man with swashbuckling yarns of how you hacked into the global financial systems to deliver him a piece of plastic loaded with a bucket load of untraceable cash.

Watch his knees buckle as he finds out it can be spent on beer, full fry up breakfasts, proper man-shaves or a shiatsu massage when everyone opens up again.

That will be the perfect Valentines Day at home.




There are many more businesses offering great ideas and gifts for Valentines Day this year. It is more important than ever that we all continue to support them as a community.

Many are selling safely online and offering free home deliveries; or food collections at the front door. They have made tremendous efforts to adapt their business to keep going and survive through the last year.

Who can believe it’s been that long? A sincere thank you to everyone in Milngavie and the wider area who has spent their hard earned money in a local business

* We have to inform everyone before a gift card is purchased there are no goat hide suppliers in Milngavie who accept the Milngavie gift card.

Note to Milngavie business owners
For a link to be added from this news article to your business offer, please get in touch. Send us details of what you are doing for Valentines Day.