12 best Valentine's Day gifts for her
Looking for something more than chocolates to give your partner this year? Take inspiration from our rose-free guide
Roses, chocolates and huge bouquets of pinky-coloured flowers, they’re all classic go-to gifts to spoil you’re Valentines with, but we think the best presents come from thinking outside of the box and getting a little more personal.
Here's our tried and tested roundup of the best gifts for her for 14 February.
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Desmond and Dempsey Serengeti safari signature sage set: £120, Desmond and Dempsey
Made with 100 per cent cotton, these pyjamas are from cult sleepwear brand Desmond and Dempsey, who make women’s nightwear with a boyfriend-style fit. We love that the set is made up of shorts and a long sleeve collared top (it's also available in a full long set, and short sleeve).
Known for their big prints, from toucans to jaguars which are all hand-painted in London, this serengeti design makes us feel like summer holidays are in the too distant future. And thanks to being made from cotton, they're breathable so you'll be cool in the warmer months, and they're so comfy your Valentine's won't want to take them off. The set is at the higher end of the pyjama market, but considering how much time your partner will spend in them, they will absolutely be worth their buck.
GHD glide hot brush: £125, in store in Selfridges and John Lewis & Partners
If you’re looking for a gift that’ll help your partner get ready faster, then look no further. GHD’s latest product, the glide hot brush, is sent from the time-saving gods.
Heated brushes are usually a bit hit and miss, but we were impressed by this. All you have to do is plug it in, wait a minute for it to heat up, and brush as you would with a normal hairbrush. Our tester has a mid-length blunt cut and found it was great to smooth out ends and to replenish shine. The brush saved her hair even after being in the rain, effortlessly transforming her frizz-ball into a sleek salon-finish do.
We’d warn you not to expect to achieve everything you would with other stylers – it won’t give you fully straightened locks or beach waves – but the magic here is looking like you’ve had a fresh blow dry despite having wild, unwashed hair only five minutes earlier. For a quick fix, this will become your new best friend – purely for its ability to save lacklustre locks in quick fashion.
Available in store in both Selfridges and John Lewis & Partners
Whistles Luella bloom print skirt skirt: £119, Whistles
Known for its unusual cuts and daring prints, this A-line midi skirt from Whistles lives up to the brand's reputation. We love the sleek silhouette created by the high-waisted cut, and like top to bottom button style of fastening. The print is a modern, grown up take on florals, using black to break up the big canary yellow and fuschia pink flowers.
Although buying clothes as gifts can be difficult for gifts, something that's transcends seasons is always a good idea, and this skirt can be worn now, with a chunky knit and trainers, while in summer it’s light and airy viscose material makes it a go-to for summer days. Just remember it’s rather generous sizing, so we'd suggest going down a size.
Rituals the ritual of ayurveda scented candle: £21.50, John Lewis & Partners
There’s no better go-to gift than a candle, as long as you choose the right scent. This Rituals offering comes from the brands ayurveda collection, which draws from ancient Indian Ayurvedic philosophy, based on restoring inner harmony. We’re not sure how balanced our body and soul felt after burning this candle, but we’re definitely obsessed with the scent; a delicate balance of Indian rose – a “universal symbol of purity and love” – and almond oil, which is said to have soothing properties. It delivers just the right amount of sweetness, without being too heady.
Made up of 70 per cent natural wax and with a 50 hour burn life, this candle is perfect to light on Valentine’s night and beyond. We also felt this was a steal at £21.50, considering it had the luxury feel of a pricier Jo Malone or Diptyque offering, both in scent and quality of packaging. Rituals offer a variety of products in the same scent, from perfume to body scrub, if you want to treat your better half to more gifts.
Aspinal A5 refillable notebook: £75, Aspinal of London
With an oh-so-soft navy coloured leather outer, and nicely thick cream paper you might be forgiven for thinking this notebook is too good to use, but the beauty of this is that it’s refillable. So personalise it with your Valentine's initials in the bottom right corner, and it becomes a gift that keeps on giving, and well worth it's rather heft price tag. It also comes in A4 and pocket size, but we prefer this A5 option: it’s small enough to warrant carrying around, but not too tiny that it’s hard to write in. Refill pages are £15.
Azurina black matte croc curve cardholder: £15, Azurina
You can’t go wrong with a practical and personalised gift, this croc leather cardholder monogrammed with your chosen initials is a chic addition to your partner’s pocket. With four outer card slots and a middle note section, this is small enough to tap your contactless card everywhere, with enough storage to ditch a larger purse.
The croc print combined with the gold or silver embossing of your choice is an Instagram-worthy combination, you can even choose an emoji for your added detail, but annoyingly you can’t opt to add both. Azurina sell a whole line in the same personalisable style, from handbags to phone cases, with other colours and finishes available. We want it all.
‘Becoming’, Michella Obama, published by Viking: £13 (hardcover), Amazon
Lawyer, philanthropist, former First Lady, wife, mother. In this heartfelt memoir, Michelle Obama delves into her extraordinary life to date; opening up about her childhood on the South Side of Chicago and career diversions in her mid-20s, to her later years serving as former First Lady and dealing with the demands of a nation and motherhood on the world stage.
With humour and refreshing honesty, Obama questions what it means to become who you are and encourages women and girls around the world to believe they are good enough to push barriers and achieve their dreams. It's an inspiration read for everyone, and a perfect small gift for book lover's or your first Valentine's.
Edinburgh Gin Valentine’s gin: £39.50, Harvey Nichols
The pink gin trend is here to stay, and this bottle from the award-winning distillery Edinburgh Gin doesn’t disappoint. Unlike it’s packaging, this gin isn’t sickeningly sweet, a problem we often find with other pink varieties. It’s crafted with Edinburgh Gin’s classic botanicals inclduing juniper, angelica root, and orange bitter, but what makes this blend particularly special is the addition of rose petals and hibiscus to create the pink hue, while other ingredients such as chamomile and lemon balm add a real depth of flavour.
With only 3,000 bottles made of this limited edition tipple, this is a special choice for the gin lover in your life. Balance the bitterness with pink lemonade, and throw a generous slice of grapefruit in for good measure.
Tom Ford orchid soleil perfume 50ml, £81.50 John Lewis & Partners
Since this scent from Tom Ford landed in summer 2016, it’s been a go-to evening wear perfume for many. And we still love it. As the updated version of the brand’s classic black orchid perfume that came out in 2006, this is an intense and elegant floral scent, with notes of vanilla, orchid and patchouli, with top notes of bitter orange and pink pepper. We also love how great the clean cut bottle looks on our dressing table too.
Huda Beauty the new nude eye shadow palette: £56, Cult Beauty
If your partner is obsessed with makeup, we’re certain they will have heard of beauty mogul Huda Kattan and her billion dollar brand Huda Beauty. Every product drop from the Instagram famous brand is highly anticipated, and despite their latest eye shadow palette being yet another nude-toned offering, we were impressed with the quality, blendability, and longwear of the shadows.
The 18 shades in the palette couldn’t be more Valentine-esque, with buttery mattes that include dusky blush and warm brown shades, four reflective duo-chromes, and two glitter formulas that are predominantly pink. The shimmering pearl flecks in the reflective formula add real depth to your eye look, we recommend applying a glitter glue before using the glitter shades to help them stick to the lid and to increase longevity.
The White Company noir room diffuser, £37, The White Company
This delicious blend of amber, mandarin and sandlewood is a warming modern classic fragrance, that’s perfect to get your through the last of the winter months, as the sophisticated scent reminds us of – much needed – warmer evenings. It’s a world away from heavy floral scents, making it a great addition for a shared living space. The glass square bottle holds 200ml of liquid, with black diffuser reeds, which happily fills a room and lasts around four months.
Rosie Fortescue Jewellery silver heartbeat earrings with white stones: £150, Rosie Fortescue Jewellery
Although jewellery is a conventional choice for a Valentine's gift, these striking earrings from luxury brand Rosie Fortescue Jewellery are pretty enough to justify sticking to what you know. The earrings are inspired by the peaks and troughs of your heart beat, the jagged lines you’d see on a heart rate monitor are reflected in the design. Romantic, right? The rest of the heartbeat collection, which includes handcuffs and rings, offer the same look.
Fortescue, the brand owner and designer, wanted to create a “statement earring that can be worn both day and night”. We think she delivered. At 42mm long, they feel weighty enough to note their quality, without being uncomfortable to wear. Crafted from white rhodium-plated sterling silver and encrusted with cubic zirconia stones, we wore these both in the office and for drinks in the evening and loved how versatile they were, while still being a statement.
Verdict: Valentine's gifts for her
We really loved Desmond & Dempsey's Serengeti signature set for the luxurious feel, excellent cut and for the fact we couldn't wait to jump in them after work. But for a little token something that might be more appropriate for your first Valentine's Day, we think your parnter won't be dissappointed with the Azurina monogrammed croc cardholder, or the Rituals ayurveda scented candle, which you can both enjoy.
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