With Valentine's Day around the corner, the search for that special gift begins. Our gift guide covers it all, from beauty essentials to self-care luxuries, stylish accessories to fitness gear. Discover the perfect token of your affection
For beauty lovers
DIRTEA are the creators of some of the most potent mushroom powders and blends on the market, and their “Beauty Mushroom” product promises beauty and skin-enhancing properties for the beauty lover in your life. Like the rest of the DIRTEA range, Tremella is organic, environmentally friendly, completely natural and 100 per cent vegan with no grains or fillers.
The powder, which can be added to coffee, tea or hot water, contains polysaccharides, which have been shown to potentially have anti-ageing properties and antioxidant effects. According to the makers, a daily cup of Tremella can improve skin tone, elasticity and hydration, reducing fine lines and wrinkles. It can also strengthen hair and nails. Truly the most magic kind of mushroom! And it comes in a pretty baby pink tin to keep your cupboards looking aesthetically pleasing for Valentine’s Day and beyond.
Unlock the secret to radiant skin with Olivanna’s "Radiant" Collection. A beautiful collection of luxurious, glowing goodness, the set comes with a chic fluffy pouch.
This collection boasts a star-studded lineup of ingredients, including their Signature Soothing Complex, hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, vitamin C, bakuchiol, and algae. It's a powerhouse, to say the least.
But let's dive into the products. The Hydra-Glow Marine Algae & Hyaluronic Acid Mask is like a spa day at home. Indulge in it twice a week, and let your skin feel revitalised and rejuvenated. The Bakuchiol Restoring Eye Cream deserves every accolade it's received, including Harper’s Bazaar's Best Eye Cream in 2023. It's a wrinkle-fighting champ, reducing depth by 23 per cent in just a month. The Vitamin C Brightening Day Serum is another standout. It's like a burst of radiance for your skin, and it works wonders on dullness.
Lastly, the Hyaluronic Firming Day Moisturiser will become your daily hydration saviour. It's like a tall glass of water for your skin, especially if it tends to feel dry.
If you're considering giving yourself or your loved one a skincare upgrade, give the "Radiant Collection" a try. Your skin will thank you for it.
Show your eyelashes some love this Valentine’s Day with the “Glow For It Lash Growth Serum”! This vegan, cruelty-free serum contains only ethically sourced, natural ingredients, like peptides and biotin, to allow your lashes to healthily grow long and strong.
In the short time we've been using the serum (which we apply nightly), our eyelashes already feel stronger, and we've noticed that they’re falling out less. With the best results for lash growth seen after 12 weeks, we're excited to keep using “Glow For It” to help our lashes even more. And it’s not just us who’s seen results: the serum has over 1000 five-star reviews!
Manscaped is shaking up the men's grooming game with their smart take on essential tools. This brand gets it—they know you want to look good from head to toe, and their gear is made to handle every bit of you, even down to the tricky bits.
They're not just about looks, though. Manscaped is serious about doing good, too. They're teaming up with the Testicular Cancer Society to help fight cancer and support those affected by it.
We took a swing at their "Performance Package," and here's the scoop: The "Lawn Mower" is your go-to for tackling hair down there. Then there's the "Weed Whacker" for nose and ear hair, "Crop Soother" to calm your skin post-shave, "Crop Preserver" to keep you fresh, and the disposable "magic" mats for easy cleanup.
Plus, Manscaped tosses in some cool boxers and a sleek toiletry bag because they’re all about those extra perks.
All in all, it's a no-brainer for a top-notch gift that any guy would appreciate.
For self-care advocates
During a holiday so focused on couples and romantic love, don’t neglect self-love this Valentine’s Day.
Lovendu create journals and planners which aim to provide you with the tools to improve your mental wellbeing, with focuses ranging from “Overthinking” to “Self-Love”. Their latest release, the beautiful “Romanticise Your Life Journal”, encourages you to fall in love with who you are, space for 14 weeks of journaling, doodling and reflection on the big and little things that bring you joy in your life. And, with its pastel cover, silver-gilded page edges and double ribbon bookmarkers—as well as the option to personalise—it makes a great gift for your Galentines and Palentines.
If your special someone frequently suffers from joint or muscle pain, you should definitely give them a romantic Valentine’s Day massage. In the long run, though, you’re better off gifting them this little powerhouse of a massager. Lovingly designed by the self-proclaimed “most famous physical therapists on the internet,” Bob and Brad, the Air 2 massage gun is addictively effective, easy to use and beautifully designed.
Unpacking this product is a mini-event in itself. The product is housed in a sleek case with a convenient handle. It practically begs to be taken on adventures—to the office, on holiday, business trips, or spontaneous weekend getaways. Unzipping the case unveils a beautifully organised treasure trove, complete with the massager and five top-notch attachments designed to target different muscle groups. There's even a thoughtful case pocket to stash the manual, cables, or any other small essentials you might need on the go.
Despite the massager’s feather-light weight, it packs a punch. With a 12mm amplitude, it offers a deep tissue massage that delves deeper than most compact massagers. Its triangle ergonomic design, featuring a concave surface and curved angles, ensures a secure and comfortable grip during each soothing session. You'll have the power at your fingertips, with three adjustable speeds to cater to your desired intensity.
A heartwarming expression of affection and self-pampering, it's the ideal Valentine's Day present for your beloved without putting a dent in your wallet.
For the date nights that don’t involve leaving the house (think movie marathons or tucking into a takeaway), your partner will need something cute and comfy. The Vitality Uni Cozy Jogger is perfect!
These fleece-backed joggers are warm, cosy and ultra comfortable for lounging around. Made of 68 per cent cotton and 32 per cent recycled polyester, the drawstring waist allows you to adjust it for the perfect fit. For the full ensemble, why not get the Vitality Women's Cozy Zip (£100) to go with it? If you want guarantee that your gifts will arrive by Valentine’s Day, order by February 8!
For active types
Navigating the world of activewear can be overwhelming, given the plethora of options, styles, and choices at our disposal. However, when you discover a brand that truly resonates with your needs, sticking with it becomes second nature. That's precisely what we found in The Gym Wear Boutique—a brand that consistently delivers on the essential pillars of quality, comfort, and affordability.
We put the Flex leggings and sports bra set to the test and were not disappointed. This ensemble, crafted from a blend of nylon and spandex, offers a perfect blend of softness and durability, which will elevate your performance to new heights. Both the bra and leggings offer exceptional support, with the leggings featuring a double-layered high waistband to ensure everything stays securely in place, even during intense workouts.
What sets this set apart is its quick-drying and moisture-wicking properties, ensuring you'll never have to endure the discomfort of sweat-soaked clothes clinging to your body during your training sessions.
The icing on the cake? This set not only enhances your performance but also your appearance. It's incredibly stretchy, providing a snug fit that keeps everything in check. The sports bra comes with just the right amount of padding to offer a flattering shape and features an appealing three-strap racerback design. Remember, when you look good, you feel good, and when you feel good, you're ready to give your workout your absolute best.
One of the options from the impressive range of Airoc’s performance bamboo activewear, these shorts will make your loved one feel fantastic whether she’s working out at the gym or relaxing at home (and looking great too!).
Sustainable, premium, breathable and comfort-boosting, made from organically grown bamboo, these contour shorts are refreshingly polyester-free. As the company say, “no more wrapping yourself in plastic like a packed lunch”. The shorts are available in midnight or olive for £52.
You know that one hoodie in your closet that you keep reaching for, whether you're heading out to the great outdoors or just lounging at home? Well, this one might just become your (or your man’s) new favourite. BÆRSkin is not your ordinary fleece hoodie. It’s incredibly high-tech, boasting numerous features like adjustable straps, multiple hood panels and pockets in places you never thought possible.
The hood also features something called Windsulation Design, which is a fancy way of saying you won't feel the wind cutting through. It's thick, but not too bulky, and it has a fleece weight (330gsm) that keeps you toasty without feeling like you're wearing a blanket.
The pockets are something else—there are 12 of them (including a really fun “reverse-kangaroo” style pocket), all secure. So, when you head out, you can stash your phone, keys, and whatever else without worrying about losing them. And for once, the elasticated hood and waist actually do their job without making you look like you're wearing a parachute.
For pleasure seekers
If you want to treat your sweet-toothed special someone to some luxurious treats, look no further than the Valentine’s Day range from Love Cocoa, founded by chocolatier James Cadbury (the great-great-great grandson of the founder of Cadbury’s!). My personal favourites are the “Petite Praline Hearts”—the smooth and moreish milk chocolate truffles with just a hint of nuttiness— and the “Salted Caramel Milk Chocolate” bar, with its tasty combination of the rich milk chocolate and the tang of the salted caramel.
However, Love Cocoa’s products aren’t just delicious—they’re also refreshingly sustainable. They only use ethically sourced cacao from properly paid farmers and workers, and so far, they have planted 1.6 million trees across North and East Africa. Their gorgeous packaging is 100% plastic-free and recyclable (the film covering the “Salted Caramel Milk Chocolate” is compostable!)—what a wonderful way to show the Earth a little bit of love this Valentine’s Day.
Give your loved one a reason to celebrate with this exquisite single-vintage sparkling rosé. Its gentle blush pink colour is not just visually appealing but sets the stage for a truly enjoyable experience, perfect for anyone who appreciates a good sparkling wine..
As you take a sip, you'll be greeted by a cascade of fine, delicate bubbles that dance gracefully on your palate. This wine offers a harmonious blend of flavours, like the refreshing notes of red apple and the subtle tartness of cranberry. The finish is a delightful balance of creaminess and freshness, creating a sophisticated and nuanced tasting journey.
Whether you're enjoying it with appetisers, starters, or indulging in red berry desserts, this sparkling rosé's well-balanced acidity effortlessly complements a variety of dishes. It even pairs wonderfully with the richness of cheddar cheese, making it a versatile choice for all your culinary adventures.
So, whether you're celebrating a special occasion or simply looking to elevate a casual evening, this sparkling rosé promises to add a touch of elegance and charm to every moment.
When it comes to selecting a tantalising Valentine's Day gift, we wholeheartedly endorse the "Pleasure Experience" set as the ultimate choice. This carefully crafted set is designed to be savoured over an enticing 14-day journey, akin to an adults-only, one-of-a-kind advent calendar. It's the perfect gift idea for those seeking to add an extra spark to their Valentine's Day celebration.
A remarkable collaboration between the trailblazing pleasure pioneers, SheSpot, and the esteemed high-end party planners, Killing Kittens, this set promises a thrilling odyssey through sensuality, self-discovery, and tactile pleasures, all neatly packaged within a unique treasure chest.
This collection is incredibly versatile, catering to couples, triples, or even quadruples, as well as singles. It comprises a thoughtfully curated assortment of premium products, ranging from sexy handcuffs to luxurious lubricants. The products hail from distinguished, sex-positive brands committed to promoting guilt-free, liberating sexual experiences.
Among our personal favourites are the exquisite tie-side briefs from the luxury brand Agent Provocateur and the delightfully fragrant massage candle, courtesy of the innovative French brand YESforLOV. This candle melts into a warm, silky oil, adding an extra layer of indulgence to your sensual journey.
In addition to these enticing goodies, the set also includes access to one of Killing Kittens' seductive workshops and a complimentary ticket to one of their famous parties. With its intrigue, seduction, and adventurous spirit, this gift is bound to be an unforgettable treat for your significant other.
For accessory aficionados
Nothing says “I love you” like a little luxury, and nothing says luxury like a beautiful bag. With Strathberry’s Lunar New Year Crescent on a Chain bag, you can celebrate both Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year.
Strathberry is an Edinburgh-based, internationally-known brand that specialises in luxury leather goods. It was founded by husband and wife Guy and Leeanne Hundleby, and inspired by their time living in southern Spain, in mountain regions known for exquisite leather craftsmanship.
The LNY Crescent on a Chain bag is typically beautiful. It is lined with lovely Year of the Dragon themed illustrations in a burgundy colour, contrasting with the versatile vanilla exterior that will go with any outfit. It’s a slim crossbody with space for the essentials, including card slots so that you don’t even need to take your entire purse out with you!
No jewellery collection is complete without a simple gold chain that goes with everything. The DESERI ICON is a timeless classic, the perfect gift for a loved one who loves to dress up. The gold chain is bold enough to be a statement but not so chunky as to steal the show, instead perfectly complementing any outfit.
Founder Deseri Kelley wanted to share the luxury handbag lifestyle ever since she received her first designer bag as a gift when she was nine years old. She created DESERI to be a Black woman owned business delivering luxury accessories at reasonable prices.
Show your love with a captivating piece of jewellery that will catch the attention of all who gaze upon it! The Luna Charles heart eye pendant necklace is 18ct gold vermeil (also available in sterling silver) with an eye design embossed in the heart-shaped pendant. It's full of character and attitude, as well as love of course, and the details will mean this necklace will be a favourite of your loved one for years to come. It’s perfect on its own or layered with other pieces and it’s presented in a beautiful gift box, making it an ideal Valentine’s Day gift.
It’s February so there’s still cold snaps and the need to wrap up sometimes. Here’s a couple of amazing options that will make it a cosy Valentine’s Day, even if you’re out celebrating.
New Era and NFL have teamed up for the Official On Field Knit collections, available for men, women and kids. There’s plenty of teams with bright designs (and a fun bobble!) to choose from. If you don’t follow the NFL, why not follow Taylor Swift’s lead and show your support of the Kansas City Chiefs (who compete in the Super Bowl on February 11 against the San Francisco 49ers!). Hats vary in price and are available from europe2.nflshop.com
Another excellent option is the soft, cosy luxury of sustainable menswear brand Neem London’s cashmere ribbed beanie hat. Made in Germany to exact standards, they’re knitted from superfine, soft cashmere that’s lightweight and loose-fitting, yet insulating and won’t ruin your hair!
Made from biodegradable fibres, they’re available in four colour options (red, navy, olive and oatmeal). Priced £85, it’s an ethical, stylish investment that will keep your partner warm and is available from Neemlondon.com
When searching for the perfect Valentine's Day gift, why not opt for a present that combines style, functionality, and sustainability? The Selby Eco Changing Bag is a hidden gem that ticks all these boxes and more. With its stylish and elegant design, this bag exudes an air of luxury without the hefty price tag. Its subtle sophistication and quality materials are bound to leave a lasting impression, and it's clear this bag is built to endure the test of time.
What sets the Selby Eco Changing Bag apart is its spaciousness. It effortlessly accommodates everything you need, making it an ideal choice for parents with two kids or those who simply require ample storage. But here's the magic: this bag doesn't scream "baby bag." It's so chic and versatile that you'll want to take it with you wherever you go, whether it's for shopping, picnics, travel, or just a day out on the town without your little ones.
Crafted from 100% certified recycled PET Polyester, the bag boasts a classic black exterior and a contrasting light grey lining that's both water-repellent and easy to wipe clean—a lifesaver for parents on the go.
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