The perfect pick-me-up: 10 little gifts to treat yourself with using Virgin Points
The pandemic has thrown us one helluva curveball in the past year: but you, glorious you have risen to the challenge.
With brighter times lingering on the horizon, it's time to take stock and reward yourself for the many personal and professional hurdles you've managed since COVID began.
Whether it's home-schooling the kids, or tuning into for 1M Zoom calls, you deserve a treat for all you've done. Scrap that; you deserve a heap of treats – all available via Virgin Red, Virgin’s new rewards club that revolves around you.
So, stop with the endless hustle. Snooze that laptop, silence your phone and put your feet up. Now’s the moment to pause and celebrate yourself with a reward for one. Here are ten fun ideas to get you started, using Virgin Points via Virgin Red.
1. Three white wines in a wooden presentation box
Wine for the win. This beautiful presentation box contains three hand-picked vinos from the experts at Virgin Wines: an Italian Pinot Grigio, a French Sauvignon Blanc and a Chilean Chardonnay. Travel the world (in wine terms, at least) and toast to the glory of being.
2. An Atlas Mountain artisan tote bag
These limited edition cotton tote bags are pared-back and beautiful, with hand-made embroidery from local artisans in the Atlas Mountains region of Morocco. They’re produced by The Eve Branson Foundation, the charity led by Richard Branson’s late mother to preserve Berber crafts and provide young people with valuable skills. The same charity produces delicate silk thread makeup bags handmade by local artists in the Atlas region.
Makeup bag: 2,100 points via Virgin Red
3. A Saint Fragrance scented candle
A book, a candle and a glass of wine = a recipe for the perfect evening in. Make your home a haven for the night with the waft of a luxurious candle from Saint Fragrance London. Choose from dreamy scents including Rose Whispers, Balearic Isle or Powdery Skies.
4. Virgin by Design: the perfect coffee table book
Supe up your settee table with a copy of this iconic design book, celebrating the very best in Virgin brand innovation and design. Think glossy pages filled with high-octane photos and stories detailing the inside history of Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Hotels, Virgin Unite and more.
5. An online chocolate truffle masterclass
Anyone who’s weathered the past year of turmoil (hand in the air here) deserves a gallon of chocolate to bathe in. That pipe dream may be a way off, but this live truffle-making masterclass is a good place to start. Tune in with the chocolatier masters to get hands-on with the art of chocolate ganache. Nom nom.
6. A vinyl copy of The Heart Speaks in Whispers by Corinne Bailey Rae
The ambient tones of Corinne Bailey Rae in her third studio album are made for the dreamers among us. The singer’s jazz-ballad jams are infused with optimism to lift your day. As a bonus, the album also comes in collector’s vinyl, with a purer sound quality, to add to its treat appeal.
7. A ticket to the Drive In Cinema
There’s nothing more indulgent than taking yourself off for a solo night at the cinema – especially when you’re counting a drive-in experience into the bargain. Immerse yourself in a classic throwback night out at the big screen at Troubadour Meridian Water, North London, for a cinema showing with a twist. Snacks delivered by 1950s-style drive in attendants complete the retro brilliance.
8. A donation to the National Autistic Society
Being kind to yourself means spreading that spirit to others, too – and there’s no better way to do this than with a Virgin Points donation to a charity involved in life-changing work. The National Autistic Society is one of a number of organisations in Virgin Red’s Points for Good programme that you can support with points that are converted into cash donations; in support of the charity’s vision of a more inclusive society.
9. An at-home gin tasting session
You can always rely on a dash of juniper-fuelled goodness to help life go with a swing. Say a big “well done” to you with this at-home gin masterclass, complete with six mini tasters delivered direct to your doorstep. All together now: bottom’s up.
10. A Greggs caramel custard doughnut
If gin's not for you, doughnuts may be. With Virgin Red, members can grab a sweet treat from Greggs for just 200 Virgin Points for a glazed ring or caramel custard doughnut; or perhaps a triple chocolate muffin (if that's more your thing). Just a little something to add extra oomph to your day; your pat on the back for making it through.