If you’ve spent January on something of a festive comedown, giving up the things that brought you great happiness in December (from drinking to spending all day in your PJs to blowing your salary like an impulsive lottery winner with a shopping addiction), we think Valentine’s Day provides an excellent excuse to dial down the self-denial a little. Whether this means finding the perfect card for your partner and writing a few words to make them smile, or finding a gift that they’ll really appreciate, we’ve shared a few present ideas which we think are pretty hard to resist. Relationship brownie points ahoy!
La Mer The Lip Balm
Admittedly, La Mer’s skin-soothing lip balm is more of an investment than your average lip treatment. However, we love the idea of giving your partner the most luxurious possible version of an everyday essential, so that every time they re-apply their lip balm, the process feels a little bit special. Plus His & Hers adores the fresh mint flavour. Yes, we all love a grand gesture, but we also love the kind of gift that’ll be used and appreciated every day. £52.
Tom Ford Beau de Jour
We all know that a great fragrance can transport you back to a moment in time, so rather than buying your partner’s usual fragrance this Valentine’s Day, why not introduce them to a new scent which could become their future favourite and start making some memories? Tom Ford states: “Beau De Jour presents the perfectly groomed gentleman who considers every detail.” If this sounds like the man in your life, you may have found their fragrance match! £83 for 50ml.
Slip Pure Silk Eye Mask
If you want to buy your partner a little slip of a thing in silk, why not resist the temptation to buy underwear this year, and opt for something a little less obvious. The His & Hers team can’t get enough of these Slip pure silk eye masks, which are designed to work even harder than your blackout blinds to shield you from light pollution at night, helping you to get your full eight hours of blissful slumber, plus silk’s super kind to the skin, protecting the wearer from pillow marks. You can’t argue with a gift that helps ensure that your partner wakes up feeling well rested and cheerful in the morning! £50 from Amara.
New Morning Essentials
Getting up for work in the mornings can feel particularly challenging at this time of year. If your partner’s kettle or toaster has put in some hard yards over the years and could do with an update, we’d recommend Next’s new kitchen appliances for a gift they’ll appreciate every morning while making the perfect tea or coffee. The kettle’s just £38, and the four-slot toaster’s £45, but both look more expensive thanks to their simple, on-trend design.
Jo Malone London Vetiver & Golden Vanilla Cologne Intense
Earlier this month, His & Hers paid a visit to Jo Malone London’s new Liverpool ONE store, where we were introduced to Vetiver & Golden Vanilla Cologne Intense. Don’t let the word intense fool you, this is a beautifully subtle fragrance, with the vanilla notes adding a delicate shot of warmth. This is a really easy to wear scent, which you’ll want to envelop yourself in like a cashmere coat to bathe you in its comforting aroma as you leave the house in this chilly weather. Jo Malone London offer a gift wrapping service, finished with a gift tag, and purchases of two or more products can be presented in a heart-shaped gift box. His & Hers particularly likes the option to engrave your loved one’s initials or a short message on selected scents. £78 per 50ml Cologne and £122 per 100ml Cologne. Available in Select Boutiques and from www.jomalone.co.uk
Pommery Rosé Brut NV Champagne
This year, we were keen to include a few unusual Valentine’s gift options. However, if your partner loves champagne, who can resist going with the classics! This Pommery Rosé Brut NV Champagne comes in an exclusively designed gift box. Available at Waitrose, £40. (*At the time of writing, Waitrose were offering 25% off this Valentine’s treat, making it just £30).
Maison Francis Kurkdjian L’eau A La Rose
If you were asked what you associate with Valentine’s Day, roses would probably be one of the first things on the list. This fragrance has fruity and floral notes, offering a modern way to wear the scent of roses. It’s a modern romance in a bottle! £150, available from Selfridges.