We’ve had it up to here with chocolates. The remnants of chocolate coins still making appearances at the end of January are not surprising when you bite into them and realise why you avoided them on Boxing Day. So those gifting him or her with a box of Lindt’s finest on 14th February should be prepared to face a minor (but very large) strop. It’s not about spending your latest paycheck to show them you care. It’s about putting a little thought into it.
Below are some Valentine’s Day gift ideas for him and her for those at various stages of courting whether it’s coming up to the deciding 3rd date or you’re already taken. Either way make sure this February 14th (it’s a Saturday, PUT IT IN YOUR DIARY) is remembered for all the right reasons. For further gift ideas you can use our search tool and head for the romantic section. Alternatively contact us to use our bespoke gift sourcing service. Price on application.
DATING WITHOUT POSSIBLE INTENTION
With as much or little love intention as you wish, you can personalise this giant biscuit love letter with any message using the Biscuiteers’ considerably lovely handwriting. Including edible postage stamps and hearts, the biscuits are vanilla-flavoured and made with the finest British ingredients. NB They will go down particularly well when delivered to their workplace.
With the option to write up to 18 characters the world is your oyster on this personalised box of pies. They do say a way to his heart is through his stomach so we’re taking that quite literally and suggesting this wholeheartedly British option. With pheasant and cider, pork, steak and ale and venison pies to name a few hopefully they’ll leave one for you.
Simply the best smelling flowers in the business, The Real Flower Company use their farms in Kenya and Sussex to supply us with the prettiest flowers all year round. This Yves Piaget bunch of garden roses are tied with herbs and smell similarly to Turkish delight. You can choose to have them delivered in one of their familiar hat boxes to keep for longer but these are sure to put a smile on her face. Make sure they’re delivered to work FYI. It’s all about the walk home.
Irish Willow & Clo founder, Chloe Townsend, learnt to make jewellery in Rome and continues to be inspired by her surroundings and travels. This Open Heart 22 carat gold-plated brass necklace is hand-crafted using recyclable material so great for those who are conscious of our planet. Saving it one necklace at a time.
DATING WITH INTENTION
It’s a great idea appeasing the thousands of Instagram addicts aided by the simplicity of its use. Log into your Instagram account via the Boomf website, choose 9 images that reflect your time together and have them printed onto marshmallows. If you two are just starting out you can instead devise some images to upload and remember those teenage years. ‘You’re fit’ would totally work on us.
Yes, it’s a cliché but we’d like to prove that underwear can be well received by the lady in your life. The key is not to head to Ann Summers and present anything with well placed holes in it. Keep it classy in a colour to lust after and well cut design. Underwired to push and pull in all the right places. Add a box of chocolates and you’re onto a winner.
Usually these kind of gimicky gifts don’t look quite so good in the flesh but this personalised sound wave print is something we’d be proud to hang on the wall. Choose your special song and this metre-wide matte sound wave print will be delivered within weeks. This example is Bon Iver’s ‘Skinny Love’ written discreetly in the corner but if your romantic song happens to be something a little more cheesy you can choose to keep the song title off the print keeping your little secret to yourselves.
Le Labo Santal 33 £150
Absolutely the coolest scent on the market. The French founders are men of few words (you only have to read their ‘manifesto’ on their website to realise you may not want to sit next door to them at supper) but hit the perfume world with a bang in 2006. The names are a nod to the number of notes that the scent makes up. Santal 33 is a unisex fragrance but with a masculine edge; sandalwood, leather, spice and cardamom all feature.
Luxury British ready-to-wear doesn’t get smarter than the garments coming our way from Chinti and Parker. This 100% cashmere jumper is the perfect go-to in ones wardrobe with LOVE written for the world to see. Amazingly the owners Anna and Rachael have only been going since 2009 but are now stocked in every chi chi boutique across the land. No wonder these girls have done good.
The perfect gift for those that love you but also happen to love their garden. Romantic gifts can be a little lost on men sometimes so we suggest this cider crate which will kit them out with a crab apple tree to plant in the garden accompanied with a range of mulling spaces to brew up the perfect cider when the plant harvest comes in. Throwing in an optional bottle of cider for them to enjoy whilst they wait is the winning ticket.
You don’t have to spend wads of cash to show your love. We love this quirky frame from Rockett St George courtesy of Brigitte Herod. There are variations of three cows so even you can have a little surprise on which one is delivered. Let’s just hope those cows don’t come home. Note delivery time is up to 3 weeks currently on this product.
British-born and bred Monica Vinader knows what us girls like. This 18 carat gold-plated sterling silver bracelet has a delicate row of pavé diamonds. Delicate and easy to wear everyday, this is a great romantic gift that won’t break the bank. Seen on the all the best-dressed wrists since 2009 this is a fail-safe way to a woman’s heart.
Neon Love Light £275
Trying to soften up that bachelor pad now you’ve moved in? Add a feminine touch to his interiors with this gorgeous neon light from I LOVE RETRO. Subtle enough to blend in (they’re only 21cm tall) but bright enough to make a statement when the lights are off. With exposed cables, we love the industrial feel they add to the room.
Hackney-born and bred, Tessa Metcalfe has been fashioning jewellery from her love of feathery friends since her graduation days. This gold-plated sterling silver claw ring holds a huge 34 carat rose quartz – known as the crystal for love – supported by ornate gold curls and twisted gold. Made in London this is one romantic gesture she won’t forget.
And for those who have the gift all wrapped up, whisk them away on the Friday and get back in time for the pub for Saturday (applicable to boys and the girls we’ll have you know). You’d think Henley would be all straw boaters and culottes but Hotel du Vin offers a rather modern take on Thames-side living. With a walk-in humidor, enormous beds and bathtubs to swim around in this is perfect for a romantic night a-deux. Helpful then they’ve added their special ‘Friday tonic’ to include a 3-course dinner and a half bottle of champagne for £145 or from £99 for accommodation only. We’d suggest booking the Studio Suite now to make Friday 13th February ever more appealing.