Valentine’s Day gift guide
Chocolates, flowers, fragrances. We all know the traditional tokens to bestow on Valentine’s Day, but why not mix things up a bit? Shopping expert Nick Carvell’s selection of gifts with a twist are guaranteed to please loved ones
Rituals’ The Ritual of Sakura gift set
We could all do with some renewing energy right now – and that’s exactly what this Rituals set is dedicated to. Infused with rice milk and cherry blossom, The Ritual of Sakura scent infuses all four of the items in this box: a scented candle, a body scrub, a body cream and a foaming shower gel. It’s a bathtime essential that’s as exciting to enjoy solo as it is with someone else.
Boodles Be You diamond bangle
Travelling slightly further up the arm, this bangle from historic Liverpool jewellery house Boodles is as understated as it is eye-catching. The 18ct yellow gold band is set with 1.90 carats of brilliant cut diamonds – an important feature, as this cone-shaped cut is designed to maximise light return through the stones, meaning it can’t help but sparkle from any angle in any light.
Pierre Marcolini ‘Ruby Assortment’
Chocolatier Pierre Marcolini is famous not only for being one of the few in the world to roast his own cocoa beans, but also for his inventive creations. His Valentine’s Day Assortment is a love letter to the strawberry, featuring two boxes of chocolates and a jar of his rhubarb-strawberry jams, as well as his Coeur à Croquer (a hazelnut-sesame creation with a strawberry centre) and his new Strawberry Crush tablet (a white chocolate bar pressed with crispy strawberries). Magnifique.
Boy Smells Rose Load fragrance
Whoever you’re purchasing for this Valentine’s Day, Boy Smells is a perfect place to look for fragrances. The Los Angeles company prides itself on its gender inclusivity, resulting in scents that approach notes you might have preconceptions of in new and interesting ways. Rose Load is a perfect example, taking the trademark rose scent and splicing it with crisp rhubarb, piquant peppercorn and precious woods to create a cologne that anyone would fall in love with. 65ml.
Bvlgari B.zero1 necklace
The 1970s are trending for men right now and fewer items are so iconically linked with the disco decade as a gold necklace. If the man in your life needs something to slip under his silk shirt, take a look at this understated number from legendary Roman jeweller Bvlgari, with its delicate gold chain supporting a circular gold pendant inspired by the Colosseum. Less Bee Gees and more bravo!
Wild at Heart monthly bouquet subscription
If your inamorata’s eyes light up at the sight of a bouquet, why not prolong that joy for months – or even years? Founded by florist Nikki Tibbles, Wild at Heart creates beautiful seasonal arrangements – and the company’s monthly subscription service will deliver them direct to your significant other’s door for however long you want. Just select the size and it takes care of all the rest (including the vase!).