Valentine’s Day is upon us, and it can be tricky to give a gift that specifically says “I love you”; a gift that is intimate and thoughtful, carefully plucked from the overwhelming sea of heart-shaped chocolates and teddy bears.
Here we’ve compiled a list of gifts for women that are simultaneously thoughtful, sexy, and sophisticated.
1. A RING FOR ANY OCCASION
The daughter of artists Pablo Picasso and Francoise Gilot, Paloma has forged her own career in the arts with her bold and sumptuous jewelry designs. She has described her Olive Leaf collection as paying tribute “both to gardens as a refuge of peace and tranquility, and the dove’s noble mission of carrying an olive branch.” This band is fashioned from intricately sculpted sterling silver. For those looking to spend a little more, it is also available in gold, rose gold, and—if she likes a bit of sparkle—white gold with diamonds.
2. BODY JEWELRY
The BSTRD brand creates unique body jewelry that salutes the female body. This beautiful chain bralette is made with a dainty gold satellite chain. The chain has two clasps — one around the neck and one around the ribs/upper waist. Each connection has a few inches of extender chain in order to allow the wearer some “play” with the fit. Wear this piece either under or over your garments to achieve the desired look. Custom made to order.
3. SENSUOUS CANDLES
Founded in Paris in the 1960s, Diptyque was a passion project conceived by three creative minds: a painter, an interior designer, and a theatre director/set designer. Today it are one of the foremost brands in luxury candles, with signature fragrances inspired by nature and made with natural materials. This candle pairs the freshness of roses with the sweetness of blackcurrant leaves for a sensual, romantic aroma. And as it’s made directly in Paris, this is the perfect way to bring a little slice of the City Of Lights to your Valentine’s Day, no matter where in the world you’re celebrating.
4. SEX OIL
This oil-based personal lubricant is super luxurious, with aromatherapy benefits, natural moisturizers, and a subtle scent. Made entirely of certified organic ingredients—fractionated coconut oil, sunflower seed oil, evening primrose oil, and GMO-free vitamin E—and without fragrance, petrochemicals, and other toxic ingredients you find in conventional lubricant, you can use this lightweight oil on your body, too. It’s great for all skin types, including sensitive. (Can safely be used with condoms made from lambskin and polyurethane [plastic]. Do not use with latex condoms/products.)
5. LIP CANDY
Scented with organic rose otto, peppermint, and rose geranium, this super moisturizing lip rescue leaves lips smooth, plump, and deeply hydrated. A mix of shea butter, olive oil, rare botanical waxes, and sugar gently removes dry skin and smooths the surface for your healthiest, prettiest lips ever.
6. A GOOD BOOK
This original and lucid account of the complexities of love and its essential role in human well-being draws on the latest scientific research. Three eminent psychiatrists tackle the difficult task of reconciling what artists and thinkers have known for thousands of years about the human heart with what has only recently been learned about the primitive functions of the human brain.
A General Theory of Love demonstrates that our nervous systems are not self-contained. From early childhood, our brains actually link with those of the people close to us in a silent rhythm that alters the very structure of our brains, establishing life-long emotional patterns and making us, in large part, who we are. Explaining how relationships function, how parents shape their child’s developing self, how psychotherapy really works, and how our society dangerously flouts essential emotional laws, this is a work of rare passion and eloquence that will forever change the way you think about human intimacy.
For those unforgettable nights: a plunge front and a high-cut leg in sheer lace.
Adjustable cross-back straps and cheeky bottoms make every angle a pleasurable sight.
8. WINE & CHEESE
Wine and cheese are standard romantic offerings, but here is a creative spin that won’t just end with Valentine’s Day. Wine Down Box, a monthly subscription club, moves the focus away from big labels and towards limited-production, artisanal products. Each month, carefully curated California wines, fresh artisanal cheeses, charcuterie, and handmade crackers are selectively paired and delivered right to your door. By gifting this subscription, you’ll be able to enjoy a romantic, stay-at-home wine and cheese for months to come, keeping the Valentine’s Day vibes going long past February.
9. SILKY ROBE
This robe is made from soft and completely sheer silk georgette, complete with a silk charmeuse trim. With its pale rose colour and playfully short hemline, it’s the perfect breath of spring for those cold winter nights. Wear it over lingerie — or over nothing at all.
Toronto-based chocolatiers David Castellan and Cynthia Leung named their company SOMA after the mystical substance mentioned in the Rig Veda, which also appeared in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. From their humble beginnings in the corner of a former whisky distillery, where they roasted and winnowed cacao beans, the company has now expanded to two hip locations in Toronto’s King West and Distillery District. The decadent Xo Bar is a limited-edition bar for Valentine’s Day. Made with beans from Jamaica, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela, it is topped with plump strawberries for a sensual burst of flavour. And the real stroke of genius here? Pop rocks! This unexpected ingredient adds a “fun, bubbly effect to up the romance levels”.