Friday, 29 January 2016

Delicious, scented and fabulously flirty gifts for Valentine’s Day.

I always find it hard to remember that Valentine’s Day comes so close after Christmas.  The weather’s dour and it seems unreasonable to ask anyone to go out an buy yet more gifts.  But go they must – the men in this post (another coming up) – unless they’re going to let their loved one end up with nothing on Valentine’s Day other than a bunch of supermarket (or worse, garage) flowers and a scrappy card. 

Pippa Craddock 12 red roses bouquetGodiva chocolatesBollinger Rose champagneJo Malone Red Roses cologneCharbonel et Walker pink champagne trufflesSarah Hickey moonstone necklace with freshwater pearlsThe White Company White Rose candleAstley Clarke Rose Jade bracelet

I’m not going to get into the ‘diamonds on Valentine’s Day’ issue.  There will be many diamonds bought as gifts and for more serious matters.  Enough said.

I do think that you should make  haste and book a table somewhere if you’re thinking of taking her out – many places will be booked up already.  There’s nothing like a romantic dinner at home, of course, as long as you can cook, and don’t expect her to put on the Marigolds afterwards.  So you’ll be doing the clearing up too….

Pierre Marcolini chocolate collectionAlex Monroe Hummingbird NecklaceFortnum and Mason Lovers Dozen bouquetFortnum and Mason Magnificent Macaron CollectionFortnum and Mason Bed of Roses BouquetTiny Flower lace trimmed nightdress with deep V backSarah Hickey Keshi pearl drop earringsDiptyque Rosa Viola candle

Where gifts are concerned don’t leave it to the last minute, either, and if you want to give a flirty little something for goodness sake get the sizing right.  Delve into the lingerie drawer or check the closet if you’re not sure, and if you’re in the slightest bit unsure when buying….don’t.  The ‘you can always exchange it’ idea just doesn’t work here.  Oh and if buying lingerie or nightwear do not (hear that?) buy something you will like, buy something you know that she will love.  Period. 

Melt Chocolates Valentines BoxFantasie Susanna basqueChan Luu Swarovski Crystal earringsSomerset by Alice Temperley silk chemise

Valentines Day gifts have to be personal, beautifully packaged and aimed directly at the recipient.  Not just a ‘gift’ but something special, no matter how expensive or not.  So impersonal accessories or food or gadgets etc just won’t do.  Give her something delicious, fragrant, flirty and/or simply gorgeous and you’ll be getting it right.