Valentine’s Day is here and like any other year, we all are secretly excited and hoping that our loved ones will express their undying love and emotions for us in one way or the other a hug, flowers, a card, candlelit dinner, romantic getaway but like many others out there, I like to receive a well thought out present as well. Greedy? Not at all. In fact I can go as far as saying that other than Christmas I cannot think of another time of the year when we shower and are showered with love by our nearest and dearest with gift as a symbol of love.
As much as we love gifts, we all know how much of a pain it can be choosing a gift each year that the other half will love and appreciate….. A little bit like beating yourself at your own game because each year has to be better than the last (or is that just me?) I know of a friend whose husband put little or no thought into buying her presents that she has received the same item on a number of supposed romantic occasions.
At a time when we have so many gift options shoved our way on TVs and in departments stores, we are spoilt for choice so a little help is always appreciated. I have curated a His and Hers gift list this year to help you with your choices to make your partner feel special and loved.
LINLEY London Skyline Jewellery Box for Her £5,500
The London Skyline Box shows the home city of LINLEY in a new light. While the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and trees of London’s famous parks are depicted in gentle shadow using tay and bolivar veneers, the recognisable shapes of St. Paul’s Cathedral and modern buildings such as The Gherkin and The Shard rise up against a soft grey figured anegre sky.
Lined in elegant powder grey faux suede with a removable tray, compartmentalised for storing cufflinks, rings, necklaces, watches and other keepsakes, the Skyline Boxes at £5,500 are handcrafted in dark stained walnut and highlighted by nickel stringing on the lid. The boxes are lockable and have a sterling silver escutcheon, perfect for engraving a name, initials, special date or message. The Skyline Boxes are also available as a humidor.
Available at www.davidlinley.com
LEICA X-U £2,770
In this dot com era, nothing must go without being shared among friend on social media and lets face it no one likes to share bad pictures of special moments. Que the waterproof Leica X-U! The stylish and minimized design of the Leica X-U made in Germany the work of Audi Design is not only an absolute eye-catcher, it also ensures concentration only on things that really count. With a top plate made from premium aluminium and high-grip TPE armouring, the body guarantees not only an exceptional haptic experience and impressive durability, but also water resistance to a depth of up to 15 metres. Its non-slip body, an especially hardened protective cover for the monitor screen, and a failsafe double locking system for the battery compartment and memory card slot ensure that photographers can concentrate fully on their subject with no worries at all.
Available at www.leica-storemayfair.co.uk
Pyrrha Eternal Love charm necklace for Her £320
This stunning handcrafted charm necklace is a powerful and deeply symbolic piece with a double circle design that represents eternity and the bronze key on each necklace signifies guardianship and liberation while the rose quartz stone celebrates love.
Available at www.pyrrha.com
Alexandra Llewellyn Limited Edition GODDESSES backgammon board £5,800
The GODDESSES backgammon board is Alexandra’s recent collaboration with legendary photographer Terry O’Neill and features photographs of Hollywood’s iconic Goddesses including Bridget Bardot alongside other GODDESSES such as Ursula Andress, Jean Shrimpton, Racquel Welch, Twiggy, Goldie Hawn and Audrey Hepburn. Each backgammon board is signed and numbered by Terry O’Neill and limited to an edition of 20. The dice shakers are engraved with his photo taking fingerprint. With each sale of the GODDESSES backgammon board the buyer will also be given a Limited Edition Terry O’Neill 12 x 16 inches photograph print of Brigitte Bardot worth £1,200 and is signed by O’Neill himself.
Available at www.alexandralldesign.com
Lise London Ideal Lovers His and Hers fragrances £208
FOR HER :
CATLEYA, SECRET LOVE CODE is the Eau de Parfum for the sophisticated sensual woman, with an iris, rose, mimosa and beeswax heart on a violet, gaiac wood and sandalwood amber musky base notes.
FOR HIM :
AN IDEAL LOVER is the Eau de Toilette for a Poet in love, with a lemon, tangerine and bergamot aromatic start and a soft lavender and rose heart on vetiver, sandalwood sensual amber base notes.
Available at www.liselondon.com
Kirk and Kirk JENNY sunglasses £289
Manufactured in France by dynamic duo Jason and Karen Kirk, the stunning and uber chic JENNY sunglasses made from acrylic are unisex and available in four different colours but it is the season of love so we choose RED.
Available at www.kirkandkirk.com
Nadia Minkoff The Newington Red Pony clutch bag for Her £148
Nadia Minkoff is a lady after my own heart. My go to place when looking for a rare find for a special lady. The Newington bag made from the finest full grain leather and pony with a detachable chain strap can be carried both as a shoulder or clutch and comes with a fully lined suede interior. Nadia Minkoff is the fashions world’s best kept secret, make a note to also check out her amazing jewellery as well.
Available at www.nadiaminkoff.com
Lalique Clairefontaine perfume bottle for Her £360
Lalique is the Rolls Royce of the crystal world producing some of the finest crystal pieces in the world. This Valentines day you can treat your lady to a Lalique Clairefontaine perfume bottle made from clear and red crystal handcrafted in France by some of the worlds best artisans.
Available at www.lalique.com
MCCVIII Pharoh Plaque Hi-Top Sneaker for Him £515 at Harrods
I am sure by now you have heard that the musical genius that is Will.I.am has dipped his artistic toe into the world of fashion and created his first collection of top of the range sneakers for MCCVIII BRAND. Inspired by the humble sneaker and the classic wallabee, the Pharoh Plaque Hi-Top Sneaker is the first of three styles from designers Will.I.Am and his brother Carl Gilliam. The luxury sneaker is crafted in soft Italian calf leather and nubuck, and then finished with a lambskin lining. The sneaker showcases an 18-carat gold-plated brass panel on the tongue bearing the brand’s logo. Pair with your everyday wardrobe for a casual, yet high-fashion finish.
Available at www.harrods.com
Roja Dove Baies Candle £225
Perfumer Roja Dove whose name is highly respected in the fragrkance industry has created the Fresh, Sweet, Fruity, Warm, & Soft scented candle, a medley of succulent berries create a sweet, fruity harmony, which is freshened through the inclusion of Raspberry Leaves and Blackcurrant Buds, both of which are rarely used as natural materials in perfumery.
Available at www.rojaparfums.com
Pierre Marcolini Box of chocolate hearts at Selfridges £19.90
Fresh on the market are these terribly irresistible new permanent collection of milk, white and dark chocolate hearts by Pierre Marcolini available at Selfridges. If I do not receive at least one box this season, heads will roll!
Available at www.selfridges.com
Mark Powell Red knit silk tie £65
This 100% silk skinny tie by legendary tailor and man-about-Soho Mark Powell is very befitting of the Valentines but can also be worn all year round.
Available at www.markpowellbespoke.co.uk
Berluti UN JOUR MINI briefcase for Him £2,297
Made from Venezia leather developed in the early 1990s by Olga Berluti, UN JOUR MINI briefcase is designed to carry everything you need, from morning until night with ease and class. Available in Gloria, Light, Nappa, Craquelé leather versions.
Available at www.berluti.com
Bibi Van Der Velden Mammoth Hand Clasp £1,919
Jeweller and sculptor Bibi Van Der Velden creating art of the wearable variety. Primarily a conceptual artist jewellery, or what she calls ‘wearable art’, is just one of the avenues she uses to explore new ideas with her collections ranging from the weird and wonderful to the fantastical, and one of the most intriguing is Mammoth. This beautiful mammoth hand clasp is made of 18ct. yellow gold, green tsavorite and mammoth ivory.
Available at www.bibivandervelden.myshopify.com
ANNIE HAAK Ruby Red Swarovski Silver Charm Bracelet £75
This is an amazingly beautiful handcrafted Annie Haak Limited Edition Ruby Red Swarovski silver charm bracelet with only 100 pieces in existence in the world.
Available at www.anniehaakdesigns.co.uk
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe for Him and the Saint Valentine 2017 for Her
The vintage-inspired Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe, first presented in 2013, has extended its range by introducing a 38 mm timepiece attired in abyss blue The new three-hand 38 mm Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe model appears in a blue shade particularly cherished by Blancpain in that it recalls the depths of the ocean. Various key characteristics of this timepiece are nods to the first Fifty Fathoms editions. Setting the perfect finishing touch, the steel bezel features a blue ceramic insert and hour-markers in Liquidmetal, an alloy known for its deformation resistance and its long-term stability.
Available a www.blancpain.com
Betony Vernon string of pearls massage ring £615 at Coco de Mer
Make of it what you may but this little Betony Vernon string of pearls massage ring for the middle finger with seven cultured pearls is designed with a secret sexy purpose. Not only is it a statement jewellery piece but it can also spice up your marriage or relationship!
Available at www.coco-de-mer.com