Don’t be caught out empty-handed this Valentine’s Day. Bring a smile to the face of the one you love – or like – with one of these pampering and romantic luxe gifts. And if you don’t have a special someone to shower with gifts, why not treat yourself to one of these little luxuries instead?
Timeless and elegant, fragrances evoke and create memories. And while lockdown restrictions mean we’re perhaps a little less daring with our wardrobes at the moment, a scent can be worn and enjoyed on any occasion.
Colonia by Acqua di Parma
Presented in a chic and classy bottle, this light fragrance embodies a sophisticated yet playful Italian style. Its authentic ingredients include citrus fruits from Sicily, lavender, damask rose, vetiver, sandalwood and patchouli. The scent comes in four sizes, with the option to engrave a short personal message on the lid and/or bottle.
Gender Neutral Scents Subscription Service by Yú Parfums
Vegan, cruelty-free and presented in a recyclable box, these scents made from raw global ingredients are an ethical choice. Ideal if social distancing or geographical distance means you can’t meet in person, Yú Parfums subscription collection arrives by post, and fits through the letterbox. Each box (usually delivered every other month, although you can opt for different frequencies) comprises three 10ml gender-neutral perfume chapters with a refillable atomiser and nine scent sticks
Tiffany & Co Intense Eau De Parfum Women’s Perfume Spray
Buy the lady in your life a little something from a brand that’s truly eponymous with romance. This intense interpretation of its signature fragrance carries notes of pink pepper, mandarin leaf, pear, iris, jasmine and rose, alongside headier musk, amber, cashmeran and benzoin. Available in two sizes, its bottle and packaging carry the iconic Tiffany colour and aesthetic.
With a tipple to suit almost everyone, a bottle of something tasty is the solution if you’re unsure what to buy. It’ll never go to waste and is perfect for sharing.
Primo Aperitivo Negroni
Carrying a rich, masculine vibe, this blend of dry gin, sweet vermouth, fragrant juniper, bitter aperitif and orange essence has a depth of flavour, as well as colour. The liquor’s hue is echoed in a navy blue, burgundy and gold bottle, a seductive addition to any kitchen shelf or drinks cabinet. Pour it into a short crystal tumbler over ice and savour each sip.
VII Hills Italian Gin
Having seen a trendy resurgence in the past decade, gin is an accessible, evergreen drink that’s easy to imbibe. This fragrant and fruity one is crafted in Moncalieri, close to Turin, a region known for its wine and vermouth production. A vacuum pot distillation process enhances the flavours of its seven ingredients: juniper, blood orange, pomegranate, Roman chamomile, rosehip, artichoke and celery.
Named after a turn of the century Aviation cocktail, this Dutch-style rye spirit is combined with botanicals steeped for 48 hours and redistilled. . The effect is crisp and subtly spicy. Calling back to the art deco era in both taste and design, there’s a speakeasy feel about Aviation gin, that’ll enchant any vintage fan with a taste for spirits.
Aberlour 14-Year-Old – Double Cask Matured
Take a more traditional gifting route, with a classic double cask. This one comes from Speyside and has been matured for over 14 years. Aberlour has won countless awards and accolades since its inception in 1986, making it one of the nation’s premier distilleries.
Glen Moray 12 Year Old
Distilled in Speyside on the banks of the River Lossie Glen Moray 12 Year Old is aged in select American oak casks. The smooth expression has beautifully balanced vanilla and berried notes and has won a multitude of industry awards.
anCnoc 12 Years Old
anCnoc 12 Years Old is distilled in Aberdeenshire in Knockdhu Distillery. A must-have in any whisky drinker’s collection, its sweet to start with an appetising fruitiness and a long smooth finish. Light yet complex, smooth yet challenging, this is a dram that has something for everyone.
This relatively new (2013) brand is practically made for Valentine’s gifting – its flirty pink colouring is achieved by steeping raspberries in a clear spirit. In terms of taste, the gin is a mix of zesty and fruity, with a hint of water mint adding a freshness and zing into the mix. Pair it with Pinkster’s Boozy Berries and Gin Jam, which is made from the post steeped raspberries, the perfect package!
If the way to your loved one’s heart is through their stomach, then one of these hampers, dining experiences and chocolates are the ideal way to woo. And as they are made for sharing you’ll get to enjoy it too!
IMP & MAKER’s Weekend Champagne Hamper
Get the hotel breakfast in bed experience without leaving home, when you purchase IMP & MAKER’s Weekend Champagne Hamper. A mixture of savoury and sweet, the indulgent package includes Pol Roger bubbles, Spelt & Honey Loaf, fresh strawberries, Tiptree teas and spreads, Yockenthwaite Nutty Spelt Granola, Vintage Lincolnshire Poacher Cheese and pouring yoghurt. You’ll also discover Iberico Jamon de Bellota, Alfred Enderby smoked salmon, avocado and British Blue Eggs, to rustle up your favourite variation of Eggs Benny. Delivery is UK wide and a hamper will see you through the entire Valentine’s weekend.
Delicario Candlelit Dinner Hamper
Not a morning person? Not a problem. You and your other half can order a triple course evening feast, that’s sure to stimulate the senses. Damien-Buffet bubbles are packed into your hamper, with a personal greeting card and your food items. Begin with sun-dried olives and a pâté of artichokes and grilled aubergine, followed by Chianina fillet and rich mushroom risotto. Complete your meal by feeding each other the artisan pralines for dessert.
Smooth and silky and utterly indulgent, a box of award-winning chocolates by Rococo Chocolates are the perfect gift for your sweetheart. Their Valentine’s range includes tempting truffles, individual artisan bars, bags of bitesize chocolate kisses and much more to mark the special occasion.
One Fine Dine
You may well have already tried a heat and eat at home restaurant fine dining package. This one comes from One Fine Dine, a decade-old company that’s proven to be ahead of the current curve, having offered in-home dining for some time already. Courses can be ordered separately to build your own bespoke menu. Or opt for One Fine Dine’s Valentine’s Package, comprising amuse-bouche, three amorously themed courses, a bottle of wine, petit fours and printed menus for posterity.
Jewellery & Accessories
A precious wearable keepsake or bag will mark the occasion for years to come and add a touch of sparkle to the annual day of romance.
The highly respected Edinburgh institution Hamilton and Inches dates back to 1866, a specialist in luxury watches and high-end jewellery. Its Luna Collection has been imagined by silversmith Ruth Page, and takes its inspiration from the volcanoes and craters of the moon’s surface. Interlocking silver links reflect light like moonlight dancing on the edge of the water, creating a particularly profound and dreamy effect.
Harber’s Laptop Briefcase
Available in tan, black, or deep brown, and in two sizes, this stylish piece can be used to protect a laptop or simply as a small travel case. It’s handmade in Spain, from full-grain vegetable-tanned cowhide leather, a material that ages gracefully, developing a unique patina. The briefcase has pockets for A4, A5 and A6 notebooks, a passport, pens and cords, plus two magnetic pouches, as well as a carry strap for extra comfort on the go.
BVLGARI’ – Serpenti Cross-Body Bag
Inspired by Chinese New Year, BVLGARI’s special edition Serpenti cross-body bag collection makes for a splendid Valentines gift. The bold magenta and garnet red colour choices along with the brass gold plated snakehead closure, with black onyx eyes are sure to set your loved one’s heart a flutter. Made from calf’s leather this gift is one that will be treasured and admired for years to come.
Piaget Heart Pendant
Dazzle your loved one this Valentine’s Day with a show-stopping white gold and diamond Piaget heart pendant. With its unique curves the elegant piece of jewellery illuminates the neckline and will make your valentine truly shine. Exceptional and extravagant – just the way true love should be!