Being original with Valentine’s Day gifts becomes harder each year. It’s not long until the day of love and there’s more reason than ever before to celebrate your partner or closest friends. Valentine’s Day 2021 might look a little different, but you can still make it memorable, and our guide is stocked with romantic and thoughtful gifts for the most important people in your life.
VALENTINE’S DAY GIFTS
Myla Columbia Road Red
So delicate, so flattering and surprisingly supportive. For exquisite and intimate feminine fashion then Myla has it all: wearable lingerie and nightwear with soft, beautiful fabrics and thoughtful, effortless styling detail. This is some of the most desired lingerie for the woman of today and we love Myla’s Columbia Road’s latest addition in striking Red Ombre, which is made all the more lovely with gentle silk trims. We also can’t get enough of the Charlotte Street collection’s embroidered black lace featuring red floral details. A full set with the matching thong, brief and suspender completes the look.
Price | From £45 – £110
Fleur Of England Nightwear
Drape your Valentine in luxury with Fleur of England’s range of designer silk robes and Babydolls. The elegant thigh-skimming pieces are trimmed with hand-cut lace and the stand-out embroidered designs bringing a touch of glamour to any nightwear collection. Each garment is hand-designed by Fleur Turner, fitted precisely in-house by her team and produced in Portugal. If it isn’t exquisite it won’t leave the door. While you’re shopping, discover the brand’s luxury lingerie and choose from timeless designs inspired by the classic slip dress or opt for something a little sexier.
Price | from £225 – £425
KitchenAid Cordless Suite
No strings attached. Enjoy a new kind of freedom with KitchenAid’s cordless hand blender, 5-cup chopper and 7-speed hand mixer. Enhance your kitchen space whilst inspiring culinary creativity and confidently get a romantic meal achieved on a single charge. Create recipes you love with better-than-ever results. It has to be Empire Red – the colour of romance – if you’re giving an adventurous maker all the kitchen power they expect, but without the cord.
Price | from £119
Duchess & Butler Tablescaping
Duchess & Butler have brought tablescaping to a new dimension with 15 new beautifully created Valentine’s Day gift collections. From the company that helps you set the tone of the table with their decorative tableware, the finest glassware, cutlery, dinnerware, candles, and more. This Valentine make your meal at home on trend with The Bridgerton Valentine’s & Engagement Sweetheart Tablescape gift, including the Fiori glassware featured at the Duke and Daphne’s wedding reception in Netflix’s recent stand out romantic series, Bridgerton and based a colour palette of powder blues and whites, this gift set is oh so Daphne Bridgerton!
Price | £90 – £230
Looking forward to a romantic walk with your Valentine? These boots are for true explorers and urban escapers. A retro camper execution in apricot and blue, Palladium’s latest Pampa boots are great Valentine’s Day gifts for those who want to explore urban environments with a bold and audacious attitude. Sturdy but light and Waterproof+, this design has become timeless. In or out of lockdown, explore the art and soul of the urban landscape in the ultimate gear for discovering the modern city.
Price | £77
T.M. Lewin gifts for him
T.M. Lewin has a great range of accessories and clothing, great for the winter months and perfect to gift your loved one this Valentine’s Day. Combining fit expertise with cutting edge textile and design innovations, their ranges will help you build the ultimate Valentine’s Day wardrobe like a classic merino wool crew neck which can be worn as a handy layer over shirts and underneath any jacket.
Price | £49.95
Skinned – Facial In A Box
This Valentine’s Day gift is a clever idea. Online booking platforms have had to re-imagine their offerings during the pandemic while people are restricted from enjoying facials and body treatments by professionals. With this in mind, Skinned at Home has launched as an immersive experience to spend a pampering Valentine’s date indoors. A pre-selected box of advanced luxury skincare products provides your own at home pampering. Including access to video tutorials with product guides, each box also features a pre-made Spotify playlist, premium organic chocolates, a holistic diffuser and a pretty headband to wear during treatments.
Price | £275
Heyland & Whittle Valentine’s Day Hamper
Love is in the air with this luxury range of award-winning natural soaps and home fragrances. The Valentine’s Day gift Hamper has the very best selection of Heyland & Whittle’s rose scented bath and home luxuries that will last you through to the next Valentine’s Day. The box includes: bath melts, 10 handmade soaps, a sweet pea & rose diffuser, candle, room spray, a twig heart AND Doris, an enchanting little love bird. Hand painted and made from recycled oil drums, Doris is a charming Valentine’s companion.
Hampers from £75
This rather clever bottle (available in seven colours) is the world’s first self-cleaning water bottle and water purification system. It uses UV-C LED light to eliminate up to 99.9999% of bio-contaminants from your water and bottle. Powerful PureVis™ UV-C LED technology activates at the touch of a button and every 2 hours to eliminate harmful bacteria and viruses. How hygienic! Double-wall vacuum insulation keeps your water cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours.
£95 (500ml bottle)
A speaker and wireless earphones in one! You can instantly switch it to become a portable speaker, dual speakers or even a pair of wireless earphones. This little light handheld speaker can also become your mini home stereo. Available in red, white and navy blue, they are great value (compared to Apple AirPods) and also charge while you play. The speaker provides 7.5 times battery recharge for the earbuds and you can use the earbuds and the speaker for 6-hours of playtime with a single charge.
Valentine’s Day at home with Shangri-La
Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London has launched a deluxe hamper for Valentine’s Day, stocked with everything to recreate the hotel’s luxurious bath experience from the comfort of your own home. The Valentine’s Day gift hamper can be delivered across the UK and includes a Shangri-La signature scented candle, two plush Shangri-La bathrobes, Neal’s Yard Beauty Sleep Foaming Bath with essential oils, a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne and a Valentine’s Day card.
Romantic experience vouchers at The Landmark London
Five-star Grande Dame hotel, The Landmark London in Marylebone are offering vouchers from £20 which can be used at a later date. They can be used towards spa treatments in The Landmark London’s spa or to experience a leisurely lunch and the famous High Palm High Tea at the hotel’s Winter Garden Restaurant. You can also personalise vouchers and have them delivered by email or post, printed in a beautiful gift envelope.
Buyagift Valentine’s Day Gifts
Valentine’s Day gifts ideas sorted. Share the love this Valentine’s Day with a Buyagift voucher to make their heart skip a beat with an inspirational, heartfelt experience. Lift the lid on love and spend quality time being pampered with a luxury Elemis Spa Day at Bannatyne, an overnight romantic stay with Champagne dinner at the Flemmings 5* hotel, lunch at The Savoy Grill or a Sunrise Hot Air Balloon ride for two. Buyagift vouchers are valid for 20 months and their experience boxes are valid for two years – plus they are offering free extensions due to the pandemic.
Price | depending on experience
VALENTINE’S FOODIE GIFTS & EXPERIENCES
Burger & Lobster DIY Kits
One of our fave restaurants will deliver stunning, great value wild Atlantic lobster rolls and aged beef burgers straight to your door (in the UK). The burger kit (for two or four) features an 8oz Nebraskan beef patty with lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions and B&L’s secret burger sauce. The lobster roll kit comes with soft buttery brioche bread that will house chilled lobster, dressed in Japanese mayo and lemon along with that unforgettable lemony garlic butter. To help prepare your masterpieces, there are video tutorials and instruction cards too.
We love how Burger & Lobster has evolved over the years (even though our resident expert Vi has ordered the same lobster roll dish for the last 9 years) and now we can enjoy these great dishes at home too.
Original burger kit for two – £22
Lobster roll for two – £28
I Love Caviar
Caviar is an essential Valentine’s Day gift. This delicacy is now mostly farmed so it is cheaper to produce and new caviar disruptors I Love Caviar are the first company to pass on these savings to consumers but still maintaining that high quality. Affordable caviar varieties include Oscietra (30g for just £45!), Beluga and much more. They also sell other lovely stuff like fish meat, chocolate, truffles and Iberico Pata Negra.
A Harrods feast with Deliveroo
One for the Londoners – Harrods and Deliveroo have teamed up to offer food and drinks from their luxury outlets from a whole chicken from The Grill’s rotisserie or the Fish Bar’s most decadent fish and chips. With a huge range of dishes from across six kitchens, there is something for everyone’s tastes including Harrods Pizzeria, The Sushi Bar, Chai Wu, Harrods Dining Hall, something from the iconic food hall and our favourite Kama by Vineet for a creamy coconut prawn curry. If you aren’t in the delivery area don’t worry as you can collect from Harrods which is conveniently also outside the congestion charge zone.
Tim Allen Masterclass
Chef Tim Allen (formerly of Launceston Place and Wild Rabbit) is supplying a gorgeous Valentine’s feast with ingredients provided by Wellocks, suppliers of ingredients to almost half of the UK’s Michelin-starred restaurants.
This great value three-course menu for two is inspired by the North West of England and includes: A Winter ‘salad’ with seasonal vegetables cooked various ways, Yelison curd with Manjares truffle and honey followed by a roasted rack of Herdwick lamb, gently braised neck fillet, madras curry, butternut squash, puffed seeds, Ashcroft cauliflower and lamb jus. For pudding, a Michel Cluizel baked chocolate, peanut brittle, whipped Longley Farm buttermilk and Madagascan vanilla. The virtual masterclass is available to purchase until midnight on 5 February with ingredients being delivered on 11 February ahead of the masterclass on 13 February.
£70 for two
Le Miel des Francais
Honey is the ONLY food that includes ALL the substances necessary to sustain life, including water. How romantic is that?! This stunning French raw and rare monofloral honey is artisanal, natural and really tasty. This is like honey you have never tasted before and I prefer to enjoy it on its own straight out of the jar (but dont double dip). Available in Selfridges Food Hall, our favourite is the buckwheat honey followed closely by the acacia honey with gold leaf. These honeys are also available at Hive Restaurant where you can pair honeys with cheese and much more.
Available in Selfridges Food Hall and online soon
Sam’s Riverside Valentine’s Day menu
Sam Harrison and the team at Sam’s Riverside have prepared a full Valentine’s Day menu for 2021with so many choices including oysters, a seafood platter and other shellfish treats. The main course features Head Chef Ashley’s Beef Wellington to share (vegan and vegetarian Wellingtons available on request as well as vegan/vegetarian starters) and Passion Fruit Pavlova to follow. There is even a cheese course as well as a range of special cocktails. These will all be available to collect on Friday 12th, Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th February 2021. Delivery is also available within 2 miles of the restaurant.
If that wasn’t enough, there are also three Valentine’s Hampers which will be available from Sam’s Larder including Blue Without You (above) which is jam packed with treats from independent luxury brands.
Pizze from the Napoli Gang
Napoli Gang is a new online surprise from the Big Mamma Group who brought to us Gloria Trattoria and Circolo Popolare. 100% of the dishes and recipes are different, with tempting homemade pizza create for you at home exclusively based on raw products directly from the producers and generous Italian cuisine at affordable prices. Our favourite of the 10 pizzas has to be the Truffle Squad with Mozzarella fior di latte, ricotta, black truffle cream, fresh truffle, button mushrooms, thyme and chives. On Valentine’s Day, the XXL lemon pie will even be turning pink!
Pizzes from £10
Park Chinois at Home
Chinese New Year 2021 and Valentine’s Day in one! These dishes from Executive Chef Lee Che Liang include a rose-inspired Valentine’s dessert; two pre-bottled cocktails of your choice; and two Park Chinois fish chopstick holders with a calligraphy notecard. To start, wasabi prawns alongside a Chef’s vegetarian dim sum selection followed by champagne roasted duck and steamed wild seabass in XO sauce. A selection of fine wines, champagnes and beers are also available to order.
Available in London on 13th and 14th February through the Park Chinois website (via Slerp), and via Supper and Deliveroo.
£195 for two.
Macknade’s The Perfect Gesture Hamper
Foodie haven Macknade has a wide selection of hampers to choose from, and The Perfect Gesture is packed with everything for an evening locked in with your loved one. For decades, Macknade has enthralled and inspired with its Kentish and Italian influences. The much-loved food hall showcases the finest-quality goods and supports small and growing producers, chefs and growers from across the county of Kent. This classic hamper feature’s Chapel Down’s Sparkling Bacchus, Holdsworth’s Theobroma Chocolate Collection and a gorgeous pastel dipped candle.
Price | £55
Sacla’ Wine & Dine Gift Box
Feed the gastronomic passion of your loved one this Valentine’s Day with a Wine & Dine Gift Box delivered from Sacla direct to your door. Together you can prepare a selection of super special tasty dishes with some ingredients sure to melt the heart. Pour two glasses of fresh, crisp Catarratto 2018 white wine and cook up a sharing bowl of square spaghetti with a ruby red rich sauce of whole cherry tomatoes, burrata, basil and Gran Padano cheese. To finish, dip into the tin of D Barbero Mixed Filled Chocolates and nibble on three decadently different chocolates.
Price | £28
Champagne Taittinger Prestige Rosé Brut NV
This vegan-friendly Champagne is remarkably vibrant and sophisticated; it’s a cuvée that stands out instantly with its intense, shimmering colour. Anyone seeking a superbly blended rosé can pair this lively, fruity, fresh and elegant wine with something sweet or cheesy – and we’re not only talking about food matching! The nose is strong and expressive, characterised by the aroma of freshly crushed wild strawberries, cherries and blackcurrants. Overall, Taittinger’s Prestige Rosé displays charm and subtle harmony of flavours.
Price | £40
Gusbourne Blanc de Blancs and Rose 2016
2021 trends are showing that English wine is the popular drink choice for 2021. Gusbourne’s brand new Blanc de Blancs 2016 is a vintage English sparkling wine is as good as champagne. It is softly rounded, pure and elegant, fruity and fresh with natural minerality. Made from 100% Chardonnay grapes, the Blanc de Blancs 2016 has hints of lemon, nectarine and green apple on the palate when you sip it, alongside a flinty, saline minerality. You might also experience further notes of toasted brioche, shortbread and hazelnut when you are tasting it, which adds to the complexity and elegance of the wine.
Gusbourne’s Rose 2016 (above) is also a charming Valentine’s Day gift to share this Valentine’s Day. It is a delicate pink in appearance, with soft summer berries and floral notes on the nose. Made from a blend of estate-grown Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, Gusbourne’s Rose has a crisp freshness and is presented in a special gift box too.
£59 for the Blanc de Blancs
£49 for the Rose
Bottle Bar & Shop Create Your Own Hamper
These lovely people in Catford (Natalie and Xhulio) specialise in premium bottled cocktails and infusions which are all handmade from start to finish. The create your own hamper is great for Valentine’s and can be shipped across the UK at no extra cost too. The hamper includes a 50 cl cocktail of your choice, a 20 cl gin infusion (Cucumber Gin/Earl Grey Gin/Pink Grapefruit Gin/Rhubarb Gin) and another 10 cl cocktail of your choice along with some almond biscotti by Sunday Pancakes Bakery, chutney by Good Food and artisan chocolate by Chocolate Tree.
9diDANTE Inferno Vermouth
This red vermouth inspired by the nine circles of hell (“Inferno”, in Italian) of Dante’s Divine Comedy has a story to tell. Produced in batches of 6,666 bottles (of course), 27 botanical herbs are carefully selected from around the world to make this a great sipping vermouth or mixed into cocktails like a classic Negroni. Each herb corresponds to an infernal circle that gives 9diDANTE its naughty, sexy character and an explosion of taste: wormwood (Limbo), cardamom (Lust), bitter orange peel (Gluttony), cumin (Greed), basil (Anger), nettle (Heresy), tansy (Violence), fennel (Fraud) and caraway (Treachery). Blended with equal parts of Dolcetto Rosso and Cortese Bianco wines, this innovative vermouth delivers an intense ruby colour and an experience that is highly tannic, bold in flavours and balanced in freshness and acidity.
The name ‘Cotton’ derives from the magnificent building in which Otterbeck Distillery is housed: built on the site of an 18th century, five-story cotton and silk mill on the banks of the Otterburn Beck, a tributary of the River Aire. The gin packs a delicate punch (44% ABV) and is a gorgeous blend of aromatic botanicals including Yorkshire Watercress, English coriander and hand foraged spruce, making this a fragrant and herbaceous gin.
Keepr’s British Raspberry & Honey Gin
Care and love should be poured into every Valentine’s gift, and Keepr’s are offering a complementary personalised label service to make each bottle extra special. Their Classic London Dry Gin has been carefully distilled with only the finest botanicals from around the British Countryside. Keepr’s British Raspberries & Honey Gin is a superb infusion with delicious raspberries and a touch of 100% raw British Honey from their own fully traceable apiaries in Oxfordshire.
Price | £37.50
Perfect Cellar Sparkling Trio
Delivering high quality and artisan wines straight to your door, Perfect Cellar offers Michelin Star and 90+ point wines from exclusive domaines and châteaux in France. Whatever the price point, there is a case of delectable reds or an opulent selection of whites. The Perfect Sparkling Trio is a handpicked gift box with three award winning bottles of bubbly. If you know your Valentine’s favourite tipple then create a bespoke gift from a wide selection, making the gift that little bit more special.
Price | £45
Lanique Spirit of Rose
Made by steam-distilling thousands of hand-picked rose petals sourced from the East, Lanique is an incredibly versatile spirit that brings a rosy touch to the most romantic day of the year. Beautifully bottled, cocktail connoisseurs will love this gift, too. Top up with prosecco and a squeeze of lime to create a Lanique Rose Fizz or add as a splash to prosecco and tonic for a rosy twist on the classic Spritz. The true Spirit of Rose has been enjoyed for over 200 years, throughout European aristocracy; it is 18th-century splendour recreated for this modern world.
Price | £27
BLOOM Gin Raspberry & Rose Gift Box
Gift your loved one roses with a difference this year – with BLOOM Gin’s brand new Raspberry & Rose gift box, created by the world’s first female gin distiller, Joanne Moore. The gorgeous gift pack balances the sweet richness of ripe raspberries with distilled rose petals, creating a deliciously refreshing gin with a fruit and floral twist. It’s so good that once the Raspberry Mojitos start flowing, we can’t guarantee a bottle of BLOOM will last any longer than a traditional gift of roses.
Available exclusively at Tesco from 25th January – 14th February 2021
Price | £20
CAMPARI Art Pack
For the creative Valentine, look no further than the CAMPARI Art Pack. Associated with cutting edge art and design for 160 years, the CAMPARI Art Pack, which includes a 70cl bottle of CAMPARI is accompanied by a limited-edition poster by renowned avant-garde artist and pioneer of Futurism, Fortunato Depero, in a unique collectable canister.
Price | £17.25
Nothing like an aged whisky to get things going. Glen Moray is a solid single malt and our favourite is the 12 year. anCnoc also in Speyside have a wide range of expressions. anCnoc 18 year old has been matured in Spanish oak ex-sherry and American oak ex-bourbon casks whilst anCnoc 24 year old has been aged in a combination of ex-bourbon and sherry casks and has a spicy fruity taste, with notes of candied orange, honey and leather.
These gorgeous things are little balls, almost truffle-like and a little light fudge in consistency, made by hand with swiss cocoa, condensed milk and double cream. They come in many varieties from milk chocolate to dark, milk and white, white, Ovaltine, biscuit, Oreo, pistachio, walnut, lemon, coconut, dulce and peanut. Created by Katia Hickmann, she also creates brownies, cookies and occasion cakes – from bright, outrageously gooey ‘wow’ cakes (cakes with a Perspex film that when removed allows the gooey cake toppings to fall down around the cake – too good for words) as well as Naked Cakes, Traditional Cakes and Volcano Cakes. For Valentine’s Day gifts, Katia has developed a beautiful box of brigadeiros with fresh British flowers.
16 brigadeiros and the flowers are £55
Niederegger Marzipan Hearts
Marzipan made from sun-kissed almonds is said to be an aphrodisiac, and Niederegger is the world’s largest marzipan brand. Their sweet and nutty marzipan hearts are guaranteed to go down well with loved ones as a gift from the heart. Made with aromatic premium-quality Mediterranean almonds, with no extra sugar added, the secret recipe is handed down from one generation to the next at the family-run business. Combine the warm colours of wine and marzipan with your Valentine and discover a harmonious blend of flavours.
Price | £4.50 – £35
Pierre Marcolini Valentine’s Day Two-Drawer Gift Box
For over 20 years, Pierre Marcolini, founder of the Maison of the same name, has perfected the art of making chocolate – from the bean to the bar. This sweet gift is a delicious assortment presented over two exceptionally soft drawers: a box of 25 iconic hearts and a box of 36 unmissable truffles. The rounded Hearts are available in a variety of flavours, while the Truffles are made from a fine chocolate shell filled with creamy flavoured ganache for an explosion of light flavours. Pierre searches for the rarest cocoa with which to make the finest chocolate, believing that the business of chocolate goes hand in hand with pleasure, sharing, discovery, and creativity.
Price | €64
Willie’s Cacao Valentine’s Collection
For true chocolate lovers, the Eros The God of Love box from Willie’s Cacao contains the taste of pure happiness. Soft, nutty dark chocolate gently entwines with smooth Marc de Champagne and freshly roasted hazelnuts for delectable champagne truffles. Raspberry chocolate praline truffles with a liquid centre are craft-made using real raspberries that are hand dipped in melted raspberry chocolate and twice dusted with powdered raspberry chocolate. Pop open The Golden Pod to find dark chocolate pearls filled with cascades of molten caramel, with delicate flakes of sea salt riding the waves. Willie’s only use the world’s great single estate cacaos, which like fine wines all have highly individual flavours.
Price | £24 (RRP £31.97)
Farhi Milk Chocolate Foiled Praline Hearts
Presented in a signature nine-way gift box, this delicious assortment of crunchy chocolate heart-shaped pralines is a luxurious confectionery gift for foodies. Each one of Farhi’s milk chocolate hearts is wrapped in lavish foiling and filled with creamy hazelnut. Since 2003, Farhi has become synonymous with very best in chocolate gifting – the expansive range also boasts gourmet jars, bonbonnières and plenty more.
Je Joue Fifi Rabbit Vibrator
The rabbit – redefined. This toy-tastic gift has five vibration and pulsation patterns from each ear and the shaft, offering everything from a gentle purr to a deep rumble. Soft and perfectly contoured, Fifi is available in purple, pink or black and offers simultaneous G-spot and clitoral stimulation for the ultimate in sensory indulgence. Take pleasure in some intimate discovery this Valentine’s Day – even in isolation – and let Fifi take you from gentle arousal to an enhanced climax.
Price | £90
This punchy Valentine’s Day gift is great as everyone deserves to experience sexual wellness. Satisfyer bring ground-breaking technology to the party with their elegant toy designs. For her, the Love Triangle is stylish, modern and orgasmically exciting. This handy and sophisticated clit vibrator gently catapults to climax like never before with its sensual combination of pressure waves and vibrations. Or treat the both of you with the Satisfyer Royal One: this cock ring with clitoral stimulator is made of body-friendly silicone and titillates both partners thanks to the restricted blood flow and powerful vibrations.
Price | Love Triangle £29.22 (on offer from £44.95)
Price | Royal One £17.52 (on offer from £26.95)
YES Double Glide Lubricant Combo Pack
Fast becoming the range of choice for conscious adults, YES promise the best performing and most ethical intimate products. Personal lubes, intimate washes and vaginal moisturisers are certified organic, vegan and vegetarian, and this range of high-end intimacy products have been ethically and sustainable produced and manufactured. The YES DG (double glide) pack combines the discreet and silky YES WB gel to match vaginal pH, moisturise and lubricate intimate tissues, and the luxurious YES OB lubricant with rich oils and butters to nourish and condition skin. Use a little or a lot, for pleasure or for health.
Price | £16.99
Cum Face – The Game
This hilarious yet unique two-player game features a double pump action penis where the object of the game is to pump the penis as quickly as possible to be the first player to squirt their opponent in the face, or mouth, and be declared the one with the fastest wrist action.
24 Red Roses from Moonpig
For when one dozen is simply not enough. Moonpig knows all about celebrating these heartfelt life moments with thousands of card designs and a joyously curated selection of treats. This big, breath-taking bouquet of two dozen Kenyan Burgundy red roses is for seriously spoiling someone on Valentine’s Day. Each classic red rose boasts a luxurious, full-bodied head, and a 48cm stem. Hand-tied by Moonpig’s florists, this elegant flower bouquet first arrives in bud to make sure the roses last as long as possible. Wait a few days and they will show their true colours, turning into beautiful blooms.
Price | £45
Bloom & Wild’s Letterbox Flowers
These handy letterbox packaged flowers arranged by Bloom & Wild’s creative and expert florists show your Valentine how much you care. Surprise your Valentine with joyful perfection of The Ori: roses, carnations, stocks, limonium, lisianthus, dianthus solomio and olive foliage.
Price | £38
Valentine’s Day gifts have to smell good too. With Valentine’s fragrances that both he and she will love, Perfume Direct brings scent-sational gifts to your door (even next day). Dior J’Adore is always a best-seller – a sparkling fresh floral bouquet that is deeply sensual and totally feminine. Or for men, Toy Boy by Moschino is a playful spicy-woody-amber scent that opens with top notes of Italian bergamot, pink berries and nutmeg, sweetened by rose, flax flowers and magnolia.
Price | Dior J’Adore Eau de Toilette Spray 100ml, £85.99 (RRP £94)
Price | Moschino Toy Boy Aftershave Spray 100ml, £66.99 (RRP £85)
Laboratorio Olfattivo: Cozumel Perfume
This experimental Italian perfume brand packs a heady punch. Don’t let the plain, demure and no-nonsense packaging fool you, Cozumel is a grown-up, complex scent conjuring up “herbs, the Mexican sun, wild smells and men’s skin”. It’s not light or floral, it’s pure sex. And while it’s marketed as a man’s scent, we think it’s perfectly unisex. With top notes of Vietnamese basil and bergamot and heart notes of blonde tobacco, amber and Indian hemp, Cozumel is nostalgic and very, very sensual.
Price | £90
Memoize London Rose Luxuria
The essence of ultimate want and desire, this intoxicating fresh, floral and oriental scent heightens the senses, leaves skin tingling and craving for more. Holly Hutchinson founded Memoize London to tailor truly directional perfumes that combine effortless wearability with a personalised, bespoke touch. From a world-class collection of scents, this perfume’s top notes of bergamot, lemon, orange and tropical fruits give way to a heart of floral accords and a rich base of amber, benzoin, moss, precious musk and woody undertones to complete the scent. Rose Luxuria is the epitome of lust, love and seduction.
Price | £227
Jo Malone Poppy & Barley Cologne
This light yet sensual fragrance from the esteemed house of Jo Malone London is the perfect Valentine’s Day “stocking filler”. Poppies are such a quintessentially British bloom and the lively, nostalgic floral scent is enchaced by rose, violet and lovely juicy blackcurants. Barley lends a grainy, homegrown hint and this is one you can wear all day. As ever, the chic, iconic Jo Malone packaging never fails to get us going!
Price | £100 for 100 ml
Escentric Molecules: Molecule 01 Perfume
A Luxuriate Life favourite, Escentric Molecules is known as the “anti-fragrance fragrance brand” by innovative perfumer Geza Schoen. His concoctions are highly conceptual and created from “aroma-molecules” that do not exist in nature. This is all him. Molecule 01 has a velvety, woody note which mysteriously vanishes after spraying – but then returns. The magic of this particular creation is the impact it has on other people – highly pheromonic. Try it.
Price | £72
Von Norten Relaxing Oil
Gift your partner with this body oil and the promise of a sensual massage together. Made with raw, ethically sourced and vegan ingredients, Von Norten is a sustainable home and body line that nurtures with nature’s most healing elements. The relaxing and concentrated body oil is made with wellness in mind through natural and non-toxic ingredients to encourage a healthy complexion and radiant glow. Formulated to revitalise, relax and illuminate, apply to enjoy soft and touchable skin. Complete your couples’ massage with a diffuser from this range to fully enlighten the senses.
Price | £20
Little Flickers London
La Prairie White Caviar Eye Extraordinaire
A La Prairie gift – to yourself or to someone else – is a real treat. The Swiss brand is synonymous with luxury, wellness and rejuvenation. And it makes out hearts glad to think of all the clever scientists working their magic in the La Prairie labs — this is skincare for grown-ups. This eye cream illuminates the architecture of the eye and is infused with the breakthrough molecule lumidose — the enzyme responsible for the formation of melanin. Simply put, it restores firmness and elasticity, making your skin better able to reflect light. A must for being photographed! Wizardry aside, the packaging at La Prairie is half the fun. It’s so delectably decadent. The highly polished silver cap opens like a jewellery box to reveal a light-reflecting mirror and a ceramic massage tool. This is the ultimate beauty gift for him or her.
Kiss the Moon LOVE Night Cream for Hands
How about giving your Galentine a peaceful hands-on gift? Kiss the Moon is the 100% natural night-time aromatherapy brand that promises a peaceful and restful night’s sleep. LOVE Night Cream for Hands is a super-rich cream made with nourishing shea butter, essentials oils of rose and frankincense and blended with vitamin A. Massage before bed, taking time to breathe in the relaxing aromas, and enjoy the best night’s sleep.
Price | £28
Ardell Magnetic Liner and Lash
While fake eyelashes look amazing, they can be a total nuisance to apply – whether on your own or with someone helping you. “Dead spider” is not a good look. So for this Valentine’s Day, as a gift for your other half or yourself to make your eyes even sultrier, try Ardell’s magnetic fakies. Glide on the liner then the lashes just pop on – and they’re also reusable. Ooh la la!
Price | £9.99
They say that diamonds are a girl’s best friend and Burlington’s diamond with overcheck Argyle pattern is deeply rooted in British history. As early as the 18th century, it was known as a symbol of affiliation with the Scottish clans. Whether it’s for Valentine’s or Galentine’s this year, Burlington’s trio of cute and cosy socks for women playfully interact with tradition. For a modern ‘Brit Style’ look, choose hosiery with true character because these latest colours and designs invite you to discover your new favourite socks. Each pair of characterful socks also comes wrapped in stylish gift box for that extra special tootsie touch.
Electra Emoji Domed Ringer Bike Bell
Let your Galentine know that you want them – and do it in fun style! ‘I had to ring your bell,’ said Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch. At Electra – who put the fun into bike riding – they know what Marilyn means and this Valentine’s Day, are suggesting that you cheekily show someone how much you care with a stylish Electra bike bell. The idea is to ring once for Champagne, twice for hugs and kisses and three times for more! This is the Galentine gift that keeps on dinging.
Price | £10.99
Noble MacMillan x Jakki Doodles Luxury Card Box Fuchsia
Made of the finest calfskin leather with suede lining, this luxury card box is the stylish result of a collaboration between Noble Macmillan and talented journalist and artist Jakki Jones, also known as ‘Jakki Doodles.’ Quintessentially British throughout, Noble Macmillan’s classic leather goods are designed to last a lifetime and created with both practicality and extravagance in mind, combining timeless craftmanship with modern style. Celebrating both conventional and contemporary colours and ideas, this is a beautifully fun gift.
Price | £140
All imagery courtesy of the brands in this guide. Leading image courtesy of The House of Daniel Thwaites.