Little more than a month on from Christmas it’s time to hit the shops again in search of the perfect gift – yes, Valentine’s Day is here.
If you’re looking to treat the lady in your life then forget the petrol station bouquets, kitsch teddy bears and heart-shaped chocolates of romantic cliche and present her with something really special.
For fashion and beauty fans there are plenty of options to consider – from designer jewellery and lippy to sweet-smelling potions.
Struggling with gift ideas? Don’t panic because whether you’re looking to impress your date or want to treat yourself, we’ve got you covered.
Women love a Breton stripe and this super-luxury sweater from London-based knitwear brand Chinti & Parker is guaranteed to put a smile on your Valentine’s face. Made from 100 per cent Italian cashemere, it is a relaxed fit with cream and navy stripes for that timeless look.
The addition of a vibrant red heart gives it a playful touch that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day and beyond.
Sexual Healing, £63, Art Meets Art
Picking the right fragrance can be tricky. But for fans of alternative or unisex scents this signature whiff from new brand Art Meets Art ticks all the boxes.
Their perfume range takes inspiration from pop songs, and our favourite has to be Sexual Healing. A fun twist on the Marvin Gaye classic, this one’s all about fierce sensuality and is an enticing combination of smoky leather and sweeter notes like iris and violet.
Bella Freud, Pink Loving Scented Candle, £48, Liberty London
If you like the idea of gifting a scent but fear making the wrong choice, then opt for a candle instead. This one from fashion designer Bella Freud will earn you some serious brownie points.
Housed in a millennial pink glass votive it’s embossed with the word ‘loving’ in gold and is inspired by Bella Freud’s cult jumper designs. Made from handpicked ingredients, the candle can burn for up to 40 hours and will leave your home smelling like tuberose absolute, amber crystals and sandalwood.
Red Roses Bath Oil, £44, Jo Malone
Rose-scented beauty products are another great way to treat any beauty buff and also make for an interesting alternative to the traditional bouquet. Our top pick is this romantic bath oil from luxury brand Jo Malone.
As a treat, run her a hot bath and add a few drops to fill the air and scent her skin with the odour of a freshly-cut bouquet and a hint of lemon.
Pink Opal Ezra Stud Hoop Earrings, £50, Astley Clarke
Buying lingerie, clothing or shoes for a fashion-obsessed girlfriend can be a minefield. For a failsafe option that’s still guaranteed to impress plump for stylish earrings.
Understated yet contemporary, these Pink Opal Ezra Stud Hoops from Astley Clark are inspired by the flamboyant style of Peggy Guggenheim and sculpture pioneer Alexander Calder.
These 18-carat rose gold-plated silver hoops also feature a 10mm pink opal gemstone stud that sits at the front of the ear.