From jewellery to fine fragrances, chocolates and champagne, here our the KCR team’s recommendations for gifts for your lady on this special day – or indeed to spoil yourself or your friends with as a Galentine’s Day treat. We’ve also curated some super dining experiences and romantic escapes too…enjoy!
Rubies, Diamonds & Gold
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend after all – and for a wonderful gift for your Valentine, The Diamond Store has a super collection. Here are a couple of our favourites – each with rubies. This stunning necklace above is the 1.50ct Ruby Asteria Collection Diamond Halo Pendant Necklace 18K Gold £985 from The Diamond Store here. And below are matching Ruby 0.40CT And Diamond 9K Yellow Gold Earrings £169 from The Diamond Store here.
Fine Champagne – Pommery Brut Rosé
This fine and fruity champagne is distinguished by its fleshy note while remaining lively, fresh and highly subtle. A blend of rosé and Pinot Noir of Bouzy Grand Cru. Its colour comes from Pinot Noir grapes. The champagne is stored in a cellar for three years to develop the distinctive properties of Pommery Rosé.
Delicate pale pink with slightly salmon tones. £49.99 – buy here from Majestic.
Fine Champagne – Heidsieck Monopole Rosé Top Brut
A fine, elegant champagne. Small red fruits dominate throughout, with a subtle hint of raspberry and redcurrant. Delightful, freshness with a slightly tart finish. Traditionally served with desserts, but also a nice accompaniment to grilled shellfish. Extremely intense pale pink in colour with a depth of colour offset by tiny fuchsia reflections. £36 buy here from OCADO and MAJESTIC
Spoil Her at Shangri-La The Shard
With romance budding as Valentine’s Day approaches, Shangri-La The Shard, London is offering new ways to treat a loved one this spring. From a romantic overnight stay to whimsical new wildflower decorations throughout the hotel and a host of decadent dining experiences, there really is no shortage of experiences for a sky-high celebration of love in one of London’s most iconic settings. Those looking for an extra-special stay can select a room or suite with tailor-made romantic decorations, including heart-shaped balloons and bouquets of flowers paired with hand-made chocolates, caviar and Champagne. Guests can sit back and toast to love from their bathtub with Champagne flute in hand, while watching the capital’s skyline below transforming from daytime to sunset, and into a night sky dusted with dazzling city lights.
Home to Western Europe’s highest infinity Sky Pool, couples can spend quality time unwinding on the hotel’s level 52 wellness floor and its sauna, gym and pool, all boasting stunning views over landmarks like St. Paul’s Cathedral, the River Thames and the Houses of Parliament.
Priced from £760 per night, the Love is in the Air package includes: A one-night stay in a luxurious room or suite, with breakfast for two at TĪNG. An in-room chilled bottle of Champagne. A bouquet of flowers and luxurious chocolates. Use of the Sky Gym, infinity Sky Pool and sauna. Guests are invited to customise their stay with heart-shaped balloons and couples’ massages by selecting from the hotel’s Valentine’s experience menu when booking. For further information and to book, click here.
The Perfect Gift for Loved Ones who Adore Baking – KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer
Now available in this pretty in pink Hibiscus shade, the world’s best stand mixer would be a wonderful Valentine’s Day gift for any loved ones who love to bake. There’s also a fantastic matching blender too. Both the Artisan Stand Mixer (RRP £699) and Artisan K400 Blender (RRP £329) are available in Hibiscus from kitchenaid.co.uk
Gorgeous Gifts from The Bolney Estate
There’s a great choice of gifts for your loved one from Bolney Wine Estate. You could opt for a Sparkling Wine & Tour Voucher Gift Box (£107) – a choice of one of Bolney’s sparkling wines to enjoy on the day, paired with a vineyard tour & tasting voucher for a unique experience at Bolney’s Sussex Estate. Or, a Personalised engraved bottle of Bolney Bubbly Rosé (£46, including engraving) – a lively yet soft, fresh traditional method sparkling wine with notes of red berries including redcurrant, red cherry, and strawberry, bought together with a hint of almonds. Plus a gorgeous Rosé Sparkling Duo Gift Box (£75)
which contains two different bottles of Bolney’s sparkling rosé: Bolney Bubbly Rosé and Cuvée Rosé.
Celebratory Bubbles from Champagne Jacquart
A gorgeous gift for a loved one on Valentine’s day who appreciates fine fizz. Champagne Jacquart was founded in 1964, when thirty or so artisan winegrowers launched an extraordinary venture aimed at pooling their expertise and outstanding vineyards to produce stellar quality wines. Nowadays, Champagne Jacquart is more than ever a mosaic of chalk, vines and talented winegrowers who constantly strive to build the history of the brand – dynamic, modern and driven by unfailing optimism. Jacquart Cuvée Alpha brut 2010 (in giftbox) . This is a blend of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir. Ripe orchard fruits and hints of honeysuckle come through on the nose. The palate has notes of shortbread and lemon. £131 from The Whiskey Exchange. Champagne Jacquart Website
Fine Fragrance – Premiere Note Rosa Dama
Ultra feminine Rosa Damas transports you to a beautiful June garden with roses filling the air with their wonderful scent. This isn’t just any rose fragrance though – it has hints of smoke and spice, as well as almond, pink berries and peppercorn. 100ml Eau de parfum 129 Euros from from Premiere Note . Buy here. A perfect Valentine’s Day gift for someone who appreciates fine fragrance.
Delectable Cake from The Original Cake Company
Valentine’s Day is literally a piece of cake, thanks to Lincoln artisan bakery The Original Cake Company.
The fifty-year-old bakery has launched a delicious new Artisan 9 Piece Chocolate Cake Selection – decorated with milk and white chocolate sugared hearts, rich chocolate shards and caramel ribbons.
The handmade gift box is crafted at the bakery with a secret Belgian chocolate truffle cake recipe perfected over several decades, creating a rich and fudgy cake with classic flavours. Truly scrumptious! Order yours quickly now for just £12.95 from here.
Fine Fragrance – Zadig & Voltaire This is Her!
A delightful distinctive woody, floral perfume that’s sensual and heady. Elegant like a Parisian girl dressed in white silk and cashmere, her femininity states the powerful intensity of wood in the background, with a creamy and somewhat milky twist it is sandalwood. This is Her! EDP 100ml £94. Buy here from The Perfume Shop.
Fine Fragrance – Narciso Rodriguez For Her Musc Noir Rose
A gorgeously romantic fragrance. Sensual and unexpected, Musc Noir Rose blooms with a voluptuous bouquet of intense tuberose. Top notes of Italian bergamot oil bring a radiant glow which contrasts with an addictive base of deep oriental vanilla. EDP 100ml – £107. Buy here from The Perfume Shop.
Fine Fragrance – YSL Beauty Black Opium
Sensual, dark and mysterious, this wickedly intense fragrance is the perfect gift for any bold, beautiful and uniquely wonderful lady in your life. A sensory masterclass marrying black coffee, rich vanilla and white flowers to create a scent that’s long lasting and memorable. EDP 90ml available now on a Valentine’s Day offer at just £86.40. Buy here from YSL Beauty.
Best Beauty Gifts – ghd Glide Hot Brush
This is a romantic gift that’s bound to be appreciated. A first for ghd – a professional hot brush perfect for second day styling. Dual action ceramic technology and ioniser tames hair in seconds so you are back to your first styled look in a flash. The heater technology heats to the optimum 185°C styling temperature to guarantee gorgeous, healthier looking locks. Advanced anti-static ions eliminate frizz for perfectly smooth results. The perfect combination of high density shorter bristles and longer bristles allow large sections to be styled and leaves salon smooth natural movement. An amazing hair styling revolution!
Best Beauty Gifts – REN Clean Skincare Moroccan Rose Otto Body Oil
Our beauty editor’s favourite body oil! Forget roses, treat yourself and your other half to an intensely indulgent oil that’s infused with Moroccan Rose to nourish and help protect your skin whilst soothing your mind. Enriched with an array of naturally soothing ingredients, including Sesame Oil and Damask Rose Petals, skin is left feeling nourished and calm. REN Clean Skincare Moroccan Rose Otto Body Oil £38. Buy from here.
Best Beauty Gifts – Kora Organics Rose Quartz Heart Facial Sculptor
A thoughtful and much appreciated Valentine’s Day gift is this pretty Heart Facial Sculptor crafted from the stone of love – Rose quartz. This crystal is also known for its soothing properties and is perfect for calming the complexion and cooling a puffy face in the morning. It’s also lovely to just sit and meditate with – simply lie down somewhere warm and cosy and relax placing this over your heart chakra. KORA Organics Rose Quartz Heart Facial Sculptor £54. Buy from here.
Fine Fragrance – ELLE Naturelle Mira Eau De Parfum
No need for chocolates this V-day, smell delectably delicious with this perfume enveloped with Vanilla and Praline. MIRA exudes warmth and calls on a familiar sweetness making this fragrance enchantingly memorable. ELLE Naturelle Mira Eau De Parfum 100ml £25
Delicious and Romantic Dining – Chai Wu in Harrods
Those looking to do something a little bit special this Valentine’s Day need look no further than Chai Wu. Tucked away from the bustle of Brompton Road on Harrods’ fifth floor lies this discreet and peaceful oasis, where creativity and experience reign supreme. The team has put together a selection of stunning dishes for a special Valentines Day menu, inspired by the classic symbols of love. The menu opens off with beautiful, hand-made red flower shaped dumplings plump with chunky fillings of lobster, prawns and topped with caviar and gold leaf. For mains – an abundant grilled seafood platter heaving with with whole tiger prawns drizzled with homemade sweet and spicy sauce, lobster with garlic butter topped with caviar and scallops topped with XO sauce, spring onions and chilli. To finish, there is a heart-shake Yuzu cheesecake to share.
The design of the beautiful restaurant reflects the five elements that are woven through Chinese philosophy and culture: wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Dark, polished wood is complemented with neutral tones and textures, with soft lighting and low hanging lamps providing a calming and romantic ambience – perfect for date night. Visit the website for more information and to book.
For Foodies – Heart Shaped Spicy Treat from Tracklements
For a cute and quirky gift for a very special foodie in your life, this Fresh Chilli Jam Heart-Shaped Jar from Tracklements is a super little gift. It smoulders with a gentle heat from fistfuls of fresh red chillies and is incredibly versatile, pairs beautiful with fish, meats, sarnies and creamy cheeses. Delicious! Just £6.80. Buy here from Tracklements.
Cute Mini Valentine’s Treat from Matchbox
A lovely little treat for your loved one. This tiny “Love Hearts’ Matchbox features two cute pairs of heart shaped earrings for your special lady to enjoy. Available in silver or gold. Just £30 and comes with a pouch too. Buy from Here.
Special Treats from Niederegger
but there’s a huge selection from chocolate bars to large amazing beautifully packaged gift sets, including this marzipan extravaganza one below.. 47 Euros from here.
A Romantic Interlude at The Royal Lancaster, London
With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, where better to whisk your special someone off for a romantic escape to enjoy some quality time together than the Royal Lancaster Hotel London? Enjoy a decadently delicious champagne afternoon tea and stay overnight in luxurious bliss too. Visit The Royal Lancaster website for full details.
Perfect Gifts for Foodies – Zester & Grater from Microplane
The Microplane Premium Classic Zester is a cult classic now available in a design and colour to suit every taste – no matter how wild or exotic! The latest limited series of handles are: Safari, Skull, Ombre, Tropical and Black Marble design. New Funky Edition Premium Classic Zester, RRP £24.95 from hartsofstur.com
Microplane combines two of the most frequently used grating sizes – the fine blade and the coarse blade – to create the New Microplane® Gourmet Series Dual Grater. The fine blade is ideal for zesting citrus fruits and grating ginger, garlic, and Parmesan to give flavour and aroma to many dishes as well as for grating chocolate and spices – such as nutmeg and cinnamon – for adding flavour to hot drinks and decoration to cocktails and puddings. New Gourmet Series Dual Grater, RRP £34.95 from hartsofstur.com
Perfect Gift for Foodies – Greenpan Slow Cooker
Slow cookers prepare food over a longer period at lower temperatures. The appliance is perfect for busy weekdays and family dinners of stews, casseroles, soups and curries. You don’t need to add oil to a GreenPan Slow Cooker, the ingredients won’t stick thanks to the healthy, PFAS-free, Thermolon™ ceramic non-stick coating specially designed for the higher heat requirements of electrical appliances. GreenPan, RRP £199 from John Lewis, Lakeland, www.greenpan.co.uk and selected retailers nationwide.
By Lisa Curtiss