It’s not as difficult as you might think to plan a winning Valentine’s Day gift. All you need is a little sentimentality – when you put some love and thought into your present, and you can never go too far wrong.
However, if you’ve found that you’re stuck at that planning stage and require a little romantic inspiration, you’ve most certainly arrived at the right place. From little treats to big gestures, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite starry-eyed surprises to make their Valentine’s Day…
A little something
Not sure where to start? Try some tokens of affection that won’t break the bank
Guerlain Meteorites Blossom La Laque Colour in 862 Star Dust
Brand new from Guerlain’s spring collection is this bang-on-trend shimmering top coat, which transforms nails into dazzling prisms of iridescent light. It’s a beautiful gift choice for beauty buffs and novices alike as it can be worn alone on bare nails, or on top of other nail colours to bring out their unique facets. Plus, you can casually drop the fact that it’s limited edition into conversation for extra brownie points.
Amor Amor Eau de Toilette
If fragrance is the quintessential present of Valentine’s Day, then the aptly named Amor Amor couldn’t be more perfect for romantic gifting. Inspired by the exhilaration of a first kiss, this cheeky fruity floral is exciting and sweet, creating instant appeal with its burst of blackcurrant and uplifting grapefruit. The ingredients that you expect to be in a fragrance about love are all present and correct – lily, jasmine, rose, amber, tonka and vanilla – creating a memorable scent that hits all the right notes. The 30ml size is a lovely little token, currently on offer with 45% off RRP.
Tisserand De-Stress Massage Oil
Going for something a little more sensuous this Valentine’s Day? Tisserand stock a range of massage oils with up to 95% organic ingredients, offering luxurious skin conditioning with added aromatherapy benefits. My favourite is the De-Stress Massage Oil, which blends uplifting mandarin oil with lavender oil, well known for its relaxing qualities. If the gift for two doesn’t go down as well as you hoped, it can also be used as a body moisturiser for one!
More to love
The next level of romance – special gifts for your special someone
Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely
Because a fragrance called Lovely couldn’t be anything less, could it? The debut fragrance from actress and fashionista Sarah Jessica Parker is made up of all of her favourite aromas, from creamy orchid to a crisp apple martini. The result is a scent of intriguing contrasts: refined aromatic and citrus notes blended with sultry woods and flowers, all brought together in an enchanting pink orb topped with a lid reminiscent of a crystal door knob. And the best part is, at the moment, you can buy the 100ml bottle for less than half price.
Too Faced Romantic Eye Classic Beauty Shadow Collection
If you’re searching for something for a beauty lover, this is a lovely choice. The Romantic Eye palette from Too Faced is a decidedly feminine collection of neutrals, pastels and softly shimmering eyeshadows with which to create delicate eye looks. The sturdy, floral printed palette also contains all of the instructions you need to create three unique looks, from the muted Romantic Day look, to the glitzy Romantic Fashion look. And to top it all off, each shadow has an appropriately love-themed name.
Ralph Lauren Romance
Ralph Lauren Romance is a quintessential Valentine’s Day fragrance, and not just because of its name. The sophisticated scent is perfect for this time of year: citrus, floral, uplifting and cheerful, with a sparkling character that will effortlessly take you from the grey days of winter to the blue skies of spring. It’s timeless and it’s understated, with cross-generational, elegant appeal. Romance is an ideal option when you’re not quite sure of the fragrance your recipient already likes!
The grand gesture
Bold and memorable, these luxurious gifts are in it for the long haul
Lanvin Marry Me
So, here it is… the big one. The fragrance with which to propose! Lanvin’s tongue-in-cheek Marry Me Eau de Parfum is quite possibly the world’s best smelling engagement token, a bright and joyful floral scent ensconced in a bottle with an oversized bow. You can use the gift as a distraction while you get down on one knee, or you can pop the ring around the neck of the bottle! However you do it, you can be sure that after the big event, she’ll have a beautifully fragrant reminder of the moment every time she sits at her dressing table.
Dior Trianon Cherie Bow Palette
Treading less commitment-centric ground is this luxurious palette from the Dior spring collection, the ultimate gift for beauty collectors. Inspired by the idea of a contemporary cortisane and paying homage to Raf Simon’s love of the Fontanges bow, the heavyweight metal clutch contains three pastel eyeshadows, a deep black eyeliner for perfectly accentuated eyes, and a sweet pink blush. It’s a real treat, and one that can be enjoyed every day thanks to the exceptionally wearable colour harmony.
Prada Candy L’Eau Gift Set
And for our final gift, a Valentine’s Day show stopper. The Prada Candy L’Eau gift set is wonderfully kitsch, packaged in a heart shaped box evocative of a box of chocolates and finished with a chic little bow. Open it up and you’ll find the luxurious Candy L’Eau fragrance with its honeyed citrus notes and statuesque bottle, plus a matching roll-on fragrance that’s the ideal size for a handbag. A romantic gift indeed.