There’s no shying away from the fact that this Valentine’s Day is looking pretty different to its predecessors. Candlelit restaurant meals are off the menu, and there’s no chance of a cocktail night or spa weekend for months.
But, despite the lockdown love affair of COVID-19, say ‘I love you’ (or even ‘I love me’) with one of these luxe ‘can’t go wrong’ romantic gift ideas instead.
Gifts For: Something Pampering
1 Dior Backstage Ready To Glow Makeup Set
Recreate favourite runway looks from Parisian beauty powerhouse Dior with the Backstage Make-up Set for the face and lips. Housed in a playful, sparkling logo pouch, the kit features the iconic Glow Face Palette to enhance the natural glow of the complexion as well as the Lip Glow lip balm to revive the natural colour of lips for a radiant everyday look.
£64, purchase via selfridges.com
2 Alteya Organics Rose Otto Regenerating Concentrate
Why not gift the fountain of youth? This High-Performance Regenerating Serum deploys its youth-enhancing effectiveness, with visible results to the naked eyes, in less than 15 minutes after first use! It helps transform texture, reduce wrinkles and improve skin’s luminosity, day after day, reaching its optimum effectiveness in 30 days of use.
The advanced, non-toxic formula uses potent bio-active ingredients to improve texture and natural glow, and achieve brighter, softer, younger-looking skin.
£55.00, shop via lovelula.com
3 Neäl & Wølf’s Protect & Pamper Collection
Love is in the hair care. Whether it’s for someone special (or that special someone is you, enjoying a well-deserved self-care session) we’re sure you’ll fall head-over-heels in love with Neäl & Wølf’s new Valentine’s collection.
A match made in protect and pamper heaven, this gorgeous bundle combines Velvet Nourishing Hair Oil 100ml and Guard Heat Protection Spray 150ml – perfect for a moment of indulgence whilst taming unruly tresses.
Beautifully packaged in a plush, silver cosmetics bag, spoil a beau with this tress-taming wonder duo.
£24.40, purchase via nealandwolf.com
4 Wellbeing Ritual Aromatherapy Balm
This gorgeous Wellbeing Ritual Aromatherapy Balm is an excellent present for someone seeking relaxation and help with mindfulness. Beautifully packaged with information on Scentered’s Wellbeing Ritual of ‘Stop.Inhale.Reset’, use the LOVE balm to achieve a sense of calm and peace.
Stop – Apply the balm directly to your wrist, neck and temples.
Inhale – Raise your wrists to your nose and deeply inhale, visualising the mind state you wish to achieve in this moment.
Reset – Exhale deeply as you step into the next moment of your daily journey.
£14.50, purchase via scentered.me
5 Armani Beauty Lip Maestro
Intensely seductive and illuminating, Lip Maestro is Armani Beauty’s first lip stain to plump the pout while simultaneously creating a smooth, velvety texture. Sensual and non-sticky, this matte lip colour offers hours of hydration and comfort with concentrated pigments.
£32.50, purchase via harveynichols.com
6 Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub 200g
Self-care essentials. Feel perfectly pampered with the Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub; a luxurious formula that works to restore smooth, supple skin from top to toe.
Utilising Sea Salt and stimulating Robusta Coffee Beans, the gentle exfoliator effectively buffs away dry, flaky skin to leave it feeling super soft with a delicious fragrance of an orange mocha frappuccino. All-over glows are just a scrub away.
£13.95, purchase via lookfantastic.com
7 Nereus London’s Madagascan Pink Pepper Natural Body Wash
Wake up and smell the safari. This fresh and elegant fragrance was inspired by the experience of being on safari in Africa. Just after you wake up and before the heat of the day arrives, there’s the supremely refreshing smell of nature in the air to aid you on the day’s adventure.
The experts at Nereus London have captured this aroma with a body wash that uses 100% natural pink pepper, fresh ginger, eucalyptus, and clove oils. Designed to be uplifting and revitalising while providing a luxurious clean, it’s perfect for a suavely sustainable gift.
£19.99, purchase via nereus.uk
8 Panasonic EH-XS01 FACIAL Steamer
Pamper nights await. Treat that special someone to the ultimate at-home beauty experience with Panasonic’s Facial Steamer. From a three-minute deep cleanse to 12-minute hydration mode for moisturizing, improving elasticity and stimulating collagen, Panasonic’s Facial Steamer provides premium results, even for those with the busiest schedules! Perfect for taking care of skin or for just adding an element or relaxation into your loved one’s day.
Currently on offer for £90 (RRP £129.99). Shop via currentbody.com
Gifts For: Something Stylish
1 Gucci GG 0860S Sunglasses
Spoil a sun worshipper with these chic sunglasses by Gucci. A style is exclusive to Vision Express, we’re obsessed with the brown tortoise shell finish on this impressive piece of eyewear.
£199, purchase via visionexpress.com
2 For Love and Lemon’s Faye Lace Underwire Bra
Custom-designed scalloped lace combines with bold contrast edging in this long line underwire bra, finished with vintage-inspired buttons. From FOR LOVE & LEMONS FOR VICTORIA’S SECRET: An exclusive collaboration that blends dreamy confidence with thoughtful detailing, giving each piece a unique and feminine feel.
£82, purchase via forloveandlemons.com
3 Bamford Bee Chain
Italian jewellery designer Maria Grazia Baldan conjures golden magic for the wellness gurus of Bamford. Featuring a bee motif in 18 carat solid gold with semi-precious stones and made under the guidance of Italian experts with makers in Jaipur, India, this stunning necklace is bound to make a buzz.
£650, order via bamford.co.uk
4 Eberjey’s Gisele jersey pyjama set
The ultimate 2021 gift – opulent pjs. Ali Mejia and Mariela Rovito of Eberjey fame design with the philosophy that the layer worn next to the heart should express happiness, love and confidence. Enter the Gisele pyjama set for a dreamy take on sleepwear. Touch-me-now jersey makes it a silky soft and lightweight duo, a feel that’s encouraged by the relaxed fit and easy-to-wear shapes.
£125.00, purchase via selfridges.com
5 Agent Provocateur Cupid Plunge Underwired Bra
Play Cupid with this beautiful red and pink plunge bra from the lingerie wizards at Agent Provocateur. With sheer tulle embroidered with luxury pink and red hearts, along with matching red satin bows sitting neatly on the straps, this luxe bra is perfect for a gift to both yourself and that special someone.
£115, purchase via agentprovocateur.com
6 Le Chiquito Noeud peach suede top handle bag
A peach for a peach. The warm peach tone of Jacquemus’ Le Chiquito Noeud bag has us dreaming of sun-drenched destinations. Suspended from a ring top handle, this plush suede style is crafted with a hands-free shoulder strap and finished with the brand’s gleaming gold-tone logo plaque.
£500, purchase via harveynichols.com
7 Julia Mays’ 1104 heart print elaphe stiletto pumps
Who cares if she has nowhere to wear them but the living room – these gorgeous stiletto pumps will put a smile on any fashionista’s face. Handcrafted in Italy, these Elaphe Ivory heels feature a hand-painted heart print for the perfect Cupid-friendly finish.
£429.00, purchase via harveynichols.com
8 Flutter Hearts Rose Gold-Tone Stainless Steel Chain Bracelet
Make your loved one’s heart flutter with this beautiful rose gold bracelet from Fossil. Crafted from stainless steel with a gorgeous heart motif, it’s ideal for a spot of stylish wrist candy this Valentine’s.
£39.00, purchase via fossil.com
9 Boux Aveue’s Izzy Candy Pink Balconette Bra
In the words of the great Gemma Collins herself, you know you want this candy. Full of floral detail with delicate, feminine touches, this pink Boux Avenue bra is ideal for a bra that’s both special and comfortable. Add the matching underwear to finish the sweet set.
Prices from £38, shop via bouxavenue.com.
9 MINI Tricolour Block Duffle Bag
Who says practical can’t be romantic? These beautifully crafted duffle bags from MINI come in a selection of gorgeous colours and finishes, suited to all tastes. A perfect way to help you plan that post-lockdown romantic getaway, why not treat yourselves to a matching duo? You’ll be ready to hit the road in style for that special weekend trip you’ve had planned.
£55 – £95. Shop via shop.mini.co.uk
Gifts For: The Luxe Lifestyle
1 Pink & Roses’ Pink Sensation Bouquet
You can’t go wrong with a stunning bouquet of flowers. Simply beautiful, the Pink Sensation rose bouquet includes a variety of roses, ranging from classic red Naomi roses to rich pink garden roses. This show-stopping bouquet is completed with soft pink feathers and dried bunny tails for a romantic flourishing finish.
£135, shop via pinksandroseslondon.co.uk
2 Seletti Love in Bloom heart-shape vase 25cm
No, your eyes don’t deceive you. Yes, this is a vase made to look like a human heart. From Italian designer Marcantonio, the Seletti ‘Love in Bloom’ vase reproduces the heart in a subversive way, the veins and arteries forming a network of bud vases ready for your next floral arrangement.
£85, order via selfridges.com
3 Plissé Kettle 1l, Red By Alessi
Striking and stylish, there’s no chance of landing in hot water with this gorgeous kettle. Designed by Michele De Lucchi for Alessi, the Plissé 1 litre is a reinterpretation of Alessi’s iconic kettle. With a sculptural form alluding to the folds of a pleated fabric the Plissé is very much a piece of art as well as a practical kitchen tool.
£69, purchase via ariashop.co.uk
4 Loewe’s Textured-leather iPhone XS Max case
Elephant in the room? Loewe’s phone case is modelled on the house’s iconic tote, which is designed in the same elephant shape. Compatible with the iPhone XS Max, it’s been made in Spain from hard-wearing textured-leather and is debossed with the brand’s distinctive ‘Anagram’ emblem. As well as being ultra durable, it’s also ultra adorable too.
£325, purchase via net-a-porter.com
5 Sophie Allport Multicoloured Hearts Adult Apron
Spread some love while cooking up a treat with this beautiful adult apron featuring an array of multicoloured hearts on a neutral grey background. An excellent gift idea for those who love to bake!
There is a also handy pocket at the front which is perfect for helpfully holding your utensils when cooking.
£21.00, purchase via sophieallport.com
6 Kaymet Rose Pink S18 Tray
Breakfast in bed has never looked quite so glam. This Kaymet Rose Pink S18 Tray is handcrafted in South London from high grade anodised aluminium with a diamond cut surface. And then powder coated in Rose Pink to with a gold outer frame that adds a luxurious touch.
Used by stars of the silver screen and the Royal Family, add a regal touch to your next avocado toast with this stylish piece of kit.
£95, shop via sirgordonbennett.com
7 K for Kiwi Printed Silk Eye Mask
Get some silky shuteye with this K for Kiwi printed silk eye mask from Jessica Russel Flint. With a cute, clever design and fun kiwi motifs, it’s the next best thing when it comes to lying horizontal at a spa with cucumbers covering one’s eyes.
£36, order via harveynichols.com
8 YTL Hotels’ Valentine’s Gift Voucher
YTL Hotels is here to take the pressure off Valentine’s Day with an exclusive gift voucher offering, the perfect solution for last minute lockdown gifting with a belated weekend away at one of the UK’s suavest stays.
From whisky tasting in Edinburgh to natural healing thermal waters in Bath and countryside escapes on a historic island in Bray, YTL Hotels’ outstanding portfolio of five luxury UK properties offers British breaks to suit the most discerning of partners, whatever their interests.
For the wellness addicts, we recommend The Gainsborough Bath Spa, the only hotel in the country with access to Bath’s natural thermal waters. The Gainsborough Bath Spa is a modern icon of luxury wellness and the ultimate Valentine’s gift for those in need of a little zen.
Monetary gift vouchers may be used as full or part payment at the hotel of your choosing, including the restaurant. To book, contact YTL Reservations Centre at email@example.com or call +44 (0) 207 657 8200
Gifts For: Something Foodie
1 Choc on Choc’s I Burn For You Chocolate Match Box
The perfect gift for a Bridgerton TV show fan, surprise a loved one with this adorable ‘I Burn For You’ Chocolate Match Box. Made from solid white Belgian chocolate, these individual matches are sure to add a spark alight!
£18, order via choconchoc.co.uk
2 Benji’s Vegan Truffles
Satisfy your sweet tooth with this vegan take on a luxurious confectionary classic. Whipped up in Manchester by founder Ben, dive into a variety of flavours including original (think a creamier Ferero Rocher!), Chocolate Orange, and Cinnamon and Ginger. Just in time for Valentine’s, there’s also a lavish Cherry to sink your teeth into as well.
Presented in a small cardboard box, carefully wrapped in bright tissue paper, these vegan bites are ideal for a moreish vegan-friendly treat.
£8 for a box of 6, purchase via vegantruffles.co.uk.
3 F❤CK OFF VALENTINE’S DAY HONEY CAKES by NATASHKINOltd
NATASHKINOltd, a brand new concept from cult fashion designer Natasha Zinko has launched the perfect anti-Valentine’s Day gift. Introducing the F❤CK OFF HONEY Cakes, the perfect gift for the Valentine’s sceptic.
Ideal for those who are single, feeling fed up, or, just simply not in the mood for love, these cursing confections are guaranteed to bring smiles (and a finger up) this Valentine’s Day, cheering up those in need of a sweet sensation. Had enough of your partner by the third lockdown? Let them know with these damning delights, available in three delicious flavours. What’s more, these cakes aren’t all bad as they are gluten, dairy, guilt but definitely not fun-free.
Ironically, each cake has been crafted with love, featuring all-natural ingredients and a zero-waste policy, meaning it’s the perfect confection for the conscious consumer.
Each cake can be edited to celebrate Valentine’s Day, with the cheeky addition of F❤CK OFF Valentine’s Day.
£45, available to order in Traditional Honey, Mango-Passion Fruit or Chocolate Peach-Yuzu flavours, in store and on Deliveroo or UberEats for £45.
4 Mirabeau x Paul A Young gift set
Spoil a gin fan with this luxurious duo. Mirabeau, the innovative award-winning rosé brand founded by British winemakers Stephen and Jeany Cronk, has collaborated with master chocolatier, Paul A Young, for a deliciously moreish gift.
On a mission to create the perfect package to be sent to loved ones near or far, Paul A Young has developed a bespoke section of hand crafted chocolates inspired and infused with Mirabeau Dry Gin and it’s sparkling rosé, La Folie to create two beautifully indulgent chocolate truffles; the Mirabeau Gin Ganache and the Mirabeau La Folie Sparkling Rosé truffle.
This stunning nine-piece selection of Mirabeau-inspired chocolates comes complete with a 70cl bottle of Mirabeau Dry Gin. Each box will feature three delicious chocolate flavours; Paul A Young’s signature milk chocolate heart, the Mirabeau Gin Ganache and the Mirabeau La Folie Sparkling Rosé truffle.
£55, order via mirabeauwine.com.
5 Jude’s Ice Cream
After 2020, we all deserve a scoop (or three) of ice cream. In preparation for the nation’s first Valentine’s Day in lockdown, Jude’s have launched a limited edition ice cream delivery gift box service. The ice cream boxes will be available for ten days only and are the perfect gift to send to loved ones to brighten up their day this year.
Order from Jude’s classic range, vegan range, lower calorie range or a build-a-box combination of the nation’s favourite Jude’s flavours, as well as Jude’s limited edition Winter Spiced Latte which will also be available exclusively to those purchasing the Jude’s gift box.
Available to order from 1st February until 10th February, all orders will include a Jude’s tote bag and Jude’s recipe book (RRP £16.99).
Cost: Jude’s ice cream delivery gift boxes (RRP: £45) are available to purchase from the Jude’s website and include 6 x460ml tubs of ice cream, a Jude’s tote bag and a Jude’s recipe book.
When: Last orders are Sunday 7th February for delivery on Wednesday 10th February and Wednesday 10th February for delivery on Saturday 13th February.
6 Chococo’s Valentine Chocolate Heart Box
Chocolate & Valentine’s Day are well known to go together, but for something a little extra special treat someone to a box of special chocolates in which the box is edible too! Delve into the unique chocolates inside (with flavours such as Peach Bellini and Dorset Mure) before polishing off the heart shaped box for a diet-breaking bonanza.
£15, order via chococo.co.uk
7 Sent with Love from PAUL Valentine’s Boxes
Say it with carbs, and lots of them – in the form of freshly baked French pâtisserie from PAUL Bakery. Crafted with passion and packaged with care, go heart-to-heart with the ‘You & Me Bundle’ (£19.95) featuring two heart-shaped cakes (Craquant and Fraisier) and a box of 12 mini macarons, or opt for the ‘Sent with Love Box’ (£26.95) also including additional treats of chocolate dipped shortbread biscuits and, with the compliments of PAUL, five chocolate beignets (mini doughnuts).
These two boxes can be pre-ordered via paul-uk.com from 25th January with delivery (within M25) and collection from 8th February. Each also comes with a £10 PAUL voucher off your next purchase, inside the box.
8 Lakrids by Bülow Strawberry & Cream
For a liquorice lover, bite into luscious limited-edition confectionary with Lakrids by Bülow’s new LOVE Collection. Created on the Danish island of Bornholm, the collection features two exciting flavours – Strawberry & Cream and a Fruity Caramel.
These Danish morsels been carefully handcrafted with the finest ingredients, ethically sourced from the best suppliers around the world. We recommend ordering the Lakrids by Bülow LOVE Mixed – a combination of both flavours Strawberry & Cream and Fruity Caramel, to enjoy both sweet and salt.
RRP £27 for 550g, purchase via lakridsbybulow.co.uk.
It ain’t easy being cheesy but at Pleesecakes that’s what it’s all about. Steal your foodie’s heart with a ‘Pleese Be Mine’ handmade Chocolate Cheesecake Hearts – six silky-smooth geometric hearts filled with three cheesecake flavours – caramel and butterscotch, vanilla with a coconut twist and Nutella – swirled with chocolate digestive pearls, and elegantly packaged in a gift box.
Delivery is available across London and the South East (70-mile radius from Pleesecakes HQ in Redhill, Surrey) or collection is available right up until Valentine’s Day from HQ.
10 Montezuma’s Love Bites Truffle Collection
The extraordinary chocolate company, Montezuma’s, has launched the perfect gift for chocolate lovers this Valentine’s Day; a mouth-watering collection of 16 milk chocolate hearts with salted caramel and dark chocolate hearts with hazelnut praline in an eye-catching red box.
Ideal for a sweet-toothed soul, Montezuma’s delicious chocolate truffles are handcrafted to bring you the very best of luxury truffles, carefully packaged in 100% recyclable packaging for an eco-friendly touch.
Purchase via montezumas.co.uk, RRP £14.99
Gifts For: Something Boozy
1 Perrier-Jouët’s Adèle Bouquet Champagne Giftset
Perrier-Jouët and McQueens Flowers will be celebrating their ongoing partnership for Cupid’s special day with an extraordinary and romantic gift, inspired by a true ‘Love Story’. Introducing the new and unique Adèle Bouquet Champagne Giftset.
The Adèle Bouquet and Champagne Giftset, is named after Perrier-Jouët’s co-founder, Adèle Jouët. The glorious floral arrangement is built around a captivating winter flower – the anemone – a bloom which unites Perrier-Jouët and McQueens and is synonymous with both houses. This floral jewel adorns the iconic bottles of Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque vintage cuvées and is the emblem of the Champagne house, as well as being a firm favourite of McQueen’s Founder, Katy Ellis.
Created to celebrate love in all its forms, be it friendship, companionship or family, the exquisite Adèle Bouquet and Champagne Giftset features the rare and elegant Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Rosé 2012 or the luscious Blason Rosé, both celebrate the excellence of the Perrier-Jouët Maison.
Prices from £140. Order via mcqueens.co.uk
2 Caorunn’s Raspberry Gin
This raspberry tipple is ideal for a gin fan. Caorunn is passionately handcrafted in small batches in the heart of the Scottish Highlands – this premium gin is quadruple-distilled and uses only the finest pure grain spirit as well as traditional and foraged gin botanicals.
Caorunn Scottish Raspberry (50cl) combines the invigorating dry, crisp taste of Caorunn yet is enhanced by a natural raspberry sweetness – mix it with lemon juice, Chambord, sugar syrup and soda to create a refreshing Valentine’s Day Raspberry Collins.
Caorunn’s 70cl Raspberry flavour available to purchase online and in Tesco. RRP £21
3 Laurent Perrier Cuvé Rosé Brut Champagne 75cl
Even in lockdown, there’s nothing better than getting the bubbles in – and Laurent Perrier’s blushing Cuvé Rosé Brut Champagne is always a given. Distinguished by its unique aroma of freshly-picked berries and exceptional freshness, this bottle of fizz captures the authentic taste of France and is a welcome addition to any glass flute.
£51.99, purchase via selfridges.com
4 Il Gusto’s Pink Gin 350ml
Crowning itself as a ‘theatre of taste’, Il Gusto proudly garners the best (and often most unusual) curated selection of wines, spirits and liqueurs. The perfect party in a bottle, this pink gin is presented in a slender high heel.
Mix into your cocktail of choice to fill it with fruity freshness. It’s best enjoyed neat on the rocks, but a little colour is just what your G&T is missing; mini umbrella and streamers optional.
£29.90, order via selfridges.com
5 Bottle Bar & Shop’s Strawberry Gin Liquor
Free from artificial flavours and colours, Bottle Bar & Shop’s Strawberry Gin Liqueur makes a carefully-curated pour. This delicious elixir features Rock Rose Gin infused with fresh English strawberries, bursting with natural flavour and delicious enjoyed on ice or mixed to create a long and refreshing cocktail.
£28, purchase via bottlebarandshop.com
6 Château Léoube’s Sparkling de Léoube Rosé NV
A sun-kissed Provence rosé, in Twilight-worthy sparkling form. Introducing Château Léoube’s Sparkling de Léoube. Classic Provence rosé – bursting with crunchy peach, pink grapefruit, red apple and redcurrant – but now with bubbles and delicate notes of toasted hazelnuts and almonds. Made using the same method as Champagne, Léoube’s new fizz is a sip of French Riviera sunshine in a bottle.
£40.50, purchase via harveynichols.com
7 Red Letterbox Wine Tempranillo 75cl
Surprise someone special with a bottle Letterbox Wine® – a fun, safe and planet-friendly delivery of wine through the letterbox. These full-sized (75cl) bottles of wine are made of 100% pre-existing PET (not single-use plastic), and are easily recyclable after use to boot.
They’re also shatterproof so require minimal protective packaging to arrive safely at the destination – which means no spilled wine and a contact-free, seamless delivery into the home.
We recommend the rich flavours of the Spanish Tempranillo for a ‘red’dy-made gift that’s bound to impress.
£13.99, purchase via BoroughBox.
8 Isle of Harris’ Harris Serve Gift Set
The specially curated gift set combines all the elements for enjoying the award-winning Isle of Harris Gin in good company. A beautiful bottle of Isle of Harris Gin is accompanied by two hand-crafted, matching gin glasses and a bottle of Sugar Kelp Aromatic Water to ensure the perfect pour.
Presented together within a bespoke presentation box, photographic print, and accompanied by suggested serves, this is the ideal way to share our island spirit with friends and loved ones.
Includes tasting notes and serve information. An accompanying gift message can also be added at no extra cost, handwritten by one of one of the Harris team to complete the offering.
£88, purchase via harrisdistillery.com