If you are looking for some inspiration for the perfect presents for Valentine’s day (or if you are single then what’s stopping you from treating yourself?!) then take a look at some of our top picks in our 2019 Valentine’s day gift guide below.
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Forget roses and texts this Valentine’s Day and instead opt for an old-school gift from luxury stationer’s, Pen Heaven. One that can be cherished for a lifetime. From personalised journals and luxury fountain pens to the finest writing paper and reddest ink, Pen Heaven bring you their finest selection of must-have items for 2019 in passionate crimson shades for every kind of lover. Our favourite is this stunning Rose Gold Filofax. It is stylish and practical and comes gift boxed for the ultimate ‘wow factor’ what more could you want? Available from https://www.penheaven.co.uk/
The Merchant of Venice continues its journey in the Far East with the launch of a fragrance inspired by the aromas and precious materials of Asian lands: Blue Tea.The magical and enchanting story of Blue Tea stems from Marco Polo’s extensive travels to China in1265, to meet with the legendary Mongol emperor, Kublai Khan. Following the emperor’s instructions, Marco Polo and his men returned to Venice in 1269 with a message for the Pope. In 1271, they set off again to China to take the Pope’s reply back to Kublai Khan. Their journey took them three and a half years along the fabled Silk Road, an ancient network of trade routes that connected the East and West.
Exploring the richness of regenerating tea, the fragrance evolves around a poetic accord of blue tea and floral bouquet of rose, magnolia and neroli. Heart blooms on contact with these various facets, suave, fresh and sometimes slightly fruity. Base notes of textured vetiver rounded by musks support the rural and stimulating touch of green. Available to purchase from Harvey Nichols and Harrods.
Love is in the air and MARTINI has the perfect selection of sparkling wines that are ideal for treating a loved one this Valentine’s Day. With a vibrant pink hue and glorious silver glint, MARTINI Rosé Demi Sec is the quintessential choice for the day of love. This delicious wine is soft and semi-sweet with fresh strawberry and a hint of orange zest to taste. A fine balance of delicious fruit and refreshing acidity, it can be served in a chilled flute or balloon glass over ice, and enjoyed as an apéritif or over a candlelit dinner. Martini Rosé Demi Sec 8% is available from Ocado for £12.99 and Rosé will be on offer for £6.99 on Ocado until 19th Feb.
Diptyque Eau Duelle is one of the most romantic and warming fragrances you could wish for. With Valentine’s day just around the corner, you can guarantee that if you are on the lookout for a sweet (but sophisticated) scent then diptyque Eau Duelle will impress. Stay tuned for a full fragrance review coming to the beauty column soon. Priced at £70 for 50ml from www.diptyqueparis.com and Space NK.
With the Roses collection, diptyque celebrates the rose in all its forms. The Roses limited edition scented oval is enclosed in a pale pink porcelain medallion, complete with a ribbon. Nestled in a drawer or hung in a linen closet, it imparts a gentle scent of freshly cut roses. Priced at £42 this is the ultimate romantic gift idea this Valentine’s day. You can also find the stunning diptyque Valentine’s day candle collection and more here: www.diptyqueparis.com/en_uk/
Illamasqua Deity Beyond Powder Highlighter is perfect for Invoking the fresh radiance of a spring morning and for Valentine’s day gifting or makeup for your dinner date. Beyond Powder in Deity has a unique golden green shimmer. This baked highlighting powder and its lightweight texture add a subtle warmth and healthy glow to your skin for an iridescent shine and silky finish.
This can be applied to the cheekbones, collarbones and shoulders to give an elegant golden glow to the skin. Having tried this highlighter all week, I can safely say that it is one of the most beautifully pigmented powder highlights that you will get your hands on this season and it works perfectly to create that almost effortlessly glowing radiant complexion that we all crave during winter. Priced at £34 and available from www.illamasqua.com
Dr Lipp lip tints are perfect for Valentine’s day gifting (why not pop them into little goody bags as ‘GALentine’s day gifts for your girl friends?) and would also be perfect for giving your lips a natural flush of colour during the daytime in this cold weather. Priced at £6.99 from www.drlipp.com
If you are looking for Valentine’s day tipples or the perfect bottle to give your loved one, then Aldi has some great options!
Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut NV (£11.49, 75cl) (Available in Aldi stores and online now) – A bestseller and highly acclaimed award-winning wine from the Champagne house Philizot & Fils, this fizz is blended from a complex and elegant mix of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes, before being carefully aged in cellars to create its unique and beautiful taste. Ideal for celebrating precious memories with a loved one.
Beaujolais Rosé 2018 (£5.99, 75cl) (Available in Aldi stores and online now) A pale and delicate rosé from the famous Beaujolais region in France, this wine is fresh and lively, with attractive strawberry and raspberry aromas. It is well balanced with the perfect freshness and acidity, and pairs well with food – the ideal bottle to share with your loved one over dinner on Valentine’s Day.
Want a treat for your hair this Valentine’s day? HASK has bottled up everything you love about your daily indulgence to bring all its nourishing (and delicious) benefits to your hair. Thanks to the powerful antioxidant resveratrol found in grapes, the UNWINED collection nourishes and restores hair leaving dull strands revived. Inspired by white, rosé and red wines, the collection features nourishing wine extracts and intoxicating scents that work to tame frizz, protect, hydrate and strengthen. You can find everything from deep conditioners to leave in sprays that will give your hair a non tipsy treat! Find out more: www.unwinedbyhask.com
Chrlotte Tilbury has the most seductive and feminine scent for Valentine’s Day in the form of their Scent of a Dream fragrance. Charlotte describes the fragrance as: Featuring a blend of JOY top notes including Lemon, Peach and Black Pepper, ‘FLEUROTIC’ heart notes of Jasmine, Frankincense, Tuberose and Violet, plus MAGIC MOLECULE base notes of Fire Tree, Iso E Super, Patchouli and Ambroxan. It attracts LOVE, LIGHT, POWER, POSITIVITY and SEX to the wearer!
Presented in a gorgeously multi-faceted glass bottle that evokes memories of the bottles you’d find displayed on your mother’s vanity, this is perfect for daytime or date night wear on Valentine’s day or any occasion when you want to feel confident and sexy. Priced at £49 for 30ml you can find this and many more delights here: www.charlottetilbury.com
GLOSSYBOX releases their first special design edition box for 2019, ‘It’s All About Love’. Worth £50+ this month we see 6 stunning products guaranteed to leave you feeling fierce and fabulous! The amazing HUDA Beauty lip contour will feature in this month’s Valentine’s box, worth £16 there are 2 shades available, but which one will you get? To add to the excitement GLOSSYBOX includes a 6th EXTRA treat to share that special moment with your other half, the new Alien fragrance by Thierry Mugler, for him and for her. A Glossybox subscription would make the perfect gift this Valentine’s day! Sign up now for £10 a month at www.glossybox.co.uk
Last but not least… are you looking to spice up your Valentine’s Day? It may not be a gift as such but premium crisp brand Tyrrells has launched a limited edition aphrodisiac flavoured crisps, Honey and Chilli, to get pulses racing on the most stimulating day of the year. Honey and Chilli is available now (for a limited period only) in selected independent retailers. Fans can also win packs and date night essentials via Tyrrells’ social media.
Full of aphrodisiac properties, both honey and chilli can have provocative effects on the body – the first tinkering with hormone levels while the latter triggers nerve endings on the tongue – releasing endorphins and increasing heart rate. Yummy!