We’re thinking pink, feeling flirty, and revelling in romance this Valentine’s Day. Feeling unsure about the perfect gift for your lover? We’ve got you covered. Find a little inspiration with our top picks for luxury Valentine’s gifts.
A Dinner Date
High-end cookware manufacturer Le Creuset is known for its range of colourful, eye-catching enamel French ovens (an oh-so-pretty variant of the Dutch oven). These colourful Heart Cocottes make for the perfect table centrepiece at a romantic dinner for two. Each delightful heart-shaped piece is cast individually in a sand mould and hand-inspected by French artisans. The glass-like, smooth enamel interiors resist stains and prevent sticking, making clean up a breeze. This means you can turn your attention to more important things, like breaking out the apéritifs.
Founded in the chic landscape of 1980s North Hollywood, OPI creates fine nail lacquers that have dazzled the hands of America and drawn some impressive brand collaborations. In 2003, OPI developed an exclusive line for Legally Blond II, and in 2010, the company created a brooding, whimsical palette for Alice in Wonderland. Other notable partners have included Ford Mustang and Dell. The brand recently curated a list of its most iconic pink and red shades, which will add a little extra flair to any Valentine’s Day outfit. With shades like ‘Mod About You’, ‘Bubble Bath’, and ‘Getting Nadi On My Honeymoon,’ OPI is equal parts flirty and fashionable.
A Romp In The Sheets
Frette is a brand with serious lasting power; the company has been producing high quality linens and home furnishings since 1860. Based in Monza and Milan, Frette employs skilled artisans to craft luxury bedding from premium fibres, and the line has found its way into some of the world’s most prestigious hotels—think Claridge’s and The Peninsula—as well as the dining car of the famed Orient Express. For those forgoing a Valentine’s weekend getaway, transform your own bed into one fit for a posh hotel with the Frette Hotel Collections, inspired by the company’s heritage of designing for luxury hotels worldwide. Our favourite? The Riviera set, with a subtle rope motif that nods to the chic yachting culture of the Côte d’Azur.
Cannabis purveyors Beboe have a surprisingly heartfelt origin story; when founder Scott Campbell was a young child, his mother was diagnosed with cancer, and his eighty-five-year-old grandmother would carefully bake ‘special brownies’ to help ease her nausea and revive her appetite. This tender, compassionate gesture between mother and daughter inspired Campbell to create a company that would offer the “sophisticated cannabis consumer an experience unlike any other on the market.” Now perfectly legal in the state of California, Beboe delivers beautifully packaged vaporizers, pastilles, and box sets straight to your door. Who doesn’t crave a subtle, euphoric high on Valentine’s Day?
Luxury lingerie brand Agent Provocateur sits very comfortably in that tantalizing grey area between naughty and nice. The soft nude pink of the Davinah bra, coupled with a subtle bedazzling of Swarovski crystals and gems, gives the undergarment a classic vibe of femininity and romance. An impeccable and daring build, on the other hand, juxtaposes that softness with a racy wink: a plunging silhouette and bondage-inspired collar turn all that silk and Leavers lace into one incredibly sexy surprise.
Valentine’s Day might take place in the dead of winter, but that doesn’t mean your skin can’t be dewy and oh-so-soft. Herbivore Botanicals was created by husband and wife team Julia Wills and Alexander Kummerow in their humble Seattle kitchen. Determined to create body products that were effective, non-toxic, and therapeutic, the pair began experimenting with raw materials straight from the earth: think French pink clay and Brazilian gemstones. Gift your partner (or yourself) with this romantic pink body polish, made with virgin coconut oil and delicate Moroccan Rose. With your newly smooth and floral-scented skin, you’ll be skipping the perfume and leaving for dinner au naturel.
A Love Letter
Emails and texts have turned physical love letters, once a staple of courtship, into something of a lost art. Revive the romance of a handwritten note with a Wilde House Paper monthly subscription. Co-founders Lauren Saylor and Megan Heddinger come from an eclectic background of fashion, wedding planning, and graphic design. In 2015, they applied their creative energies to stationary, and the result is a line of edgy, artistic paper products. Each subscription includes a monthly delivery of three luxury paper items, so this Valentine’s Day, give a gift that will keep the romance blossoming all year long.
Hermés has been designing its widely coveted scarves since 1937, and since then, the chic accessory has appeared on the throats of everyone from Queen Elizabeth to Jackie Onassis to Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct. The Duo d’Etriers shawl is perfect for the colder winter months: hand-rolled cashmere and silk make this piece comfortably warm and buttery soft. This piece bears a circle cut in the middle, a detail that pays homage to the original Hermés carré design by artist Françoise de la Perrière.
Valentine’s Day is definitely a time to indulge the senses and tempt the sweet tooth. When Louis Ernest Ladurèe opened a bakery in Paris in 1862, he did so in the midst of a rapid upswing in Parisian finery; soon that little bakery was surrounded by the finest names in French luxury, as well as clientele frequenting the nearby prestigious Garnier Opera House. Today the brand is known for its innovative and colourful macarons. Taking a page out of the Parisian fashion industry playbook, Ladurèe releases exciting new desserts biannually (Rose Religieuse, the Rose-Raspberry Saint Honoré, the Liquorice Millefeuille, the Blackcurrant-Violet Macaron…). This Valentine’s Day, gift your lover with the Précieux Hamper, a delectable mix of “Sablés Viennois” biscuits, “Arabesque” macarons, “Incomparables” chocolates, an ivory rose chocolate bar, violet marshmallows, and fine jam— all packed in a gorgeous purple hat box.
And, Of Course, Bubbles
We may have saved the best for last, but we’re guessing you won’t be saving this gorgeous champagne until the end of the evening. Get things flowing with this Tsarine Rose Brut. Produced by Chanoine Freres, Champagne’s second oldest house (with a history dating all the way back to 1730), this vintage comes in a beautifully ornate tin gift box. Created in honour of the Russian Empire (a prominent export market for champagne), the design of the bottle was inspired by the spires of St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow. This prestigious pick is sure to impress your partner; Tsarine Rose Brut took home a silver medal at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in 2013. With notes of stone fruit, fennel bulb, and raspberry, and with a silky, creamy complexity, these bubbles are bound to rise to the occasion.