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Love in the time of lockdown is a tricky business. Perhaps you’ve spent the last year navigating the tricky waters of Zoom first dates or trying to nurture a blossoming romance via awkwardly socially-distanced walks. Or maybe, after spending every waking moment with your significant other, you’re realising that absence really does make the heart grow fonder. It has, in short, been a testing time for every relationship.
Which means, of course, that Valentine’s Day 2021 is more important than ever and, as lockdown means there’s really no excuse not to put the effort in, that begins with finding the perfect gift. Whether she’s a foodie, beauty fanatic or jewellery aficionado, read on for our edit of this year’s best luxury Valentine’s Day gifts for women.
The best fashion gifts
Even with a great fine dining delivery and a good bottle of champagne, it can be hard to recreate the atmosphere of a romantic restaurant when you’re surrounded by the detritus of your kitchen-table 'home office'. One thing that can help, however, is getting out of the loungewear and properly dressing up – and Temperley’s silk gown has 'special occasion' written all over it. Surprise her with accessories from Alexander McQueen, Dior, Aquazurra and Gingerlily to go with it and you’ll sure to have a night to remember.
The best beauty gifts
We could all do with a little pampering right now and, thankfully, beauty brands are stepping up to provide Valentine’s Day-worthy treats she'll love. If your partner is a fragrance fan, Chanel’s Mademoiselle L’Eau Privée is a delicate scent designed specifically for date night, while Tom Ford’s provocatively-named Rose Prick comes in a smart set complete with the brand’s cult Casablanca lipstick.
If she’s a skincare lover, a jar of Acqua di Parma’s Rosa Nobile body cream paired with Omorovicza’s rose quartz face roller will show you’ve really done your research. Alternatively, recreate a luxury spa experience with the Shangri-La hotel’s Valentine’s At Home hamper, packed with the hotel’s signature bathrobes, a bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne and luxurious products from Neal’s Yard and the hotel's own in-house brand.
The best foodie gifts
Some people are born to host and, if your wife or girlfriend is one of them, chances are the last year has been pretty dire for her. Give her the gift of gatherings to come with beautiful tableware from Astier de Villate and Dior Maison. As for those who prefer the eating to the cooking? Stick to the romantic classics with a bottle of Bolney Estate Cuvée Rosé and a box of delectable treats from Daylesford or Ladurée.
The best home gifts
After the monotony of months spent at home, even something as small and simple as a Fornasetti candle or vase of Flowerbx snapdragons can be enough to make a room feel new again – and isn’t that the greatest gift you could offer right now? For presents with more longevity, Saint Laurent’s heart paperweight, created in collaboration with crystal specialist Baccarat, is a quintessential Valentine’s gift, while R+D.Lab’s pretty pink wine glasses will put you in the mood to toast to the future. Smythson’s The Only Way Is Up notebook, meanwhile, strikes the right hopeful note to brighten up her day.
The best jewellery gifts
If all else fails, you can’t go wrong with diamonds. Or rubies, sapphires and emeralds, for that matter. The mere sight of a box in Tiffany blue or Harry Winston navy is, after all, enough to get most hearts racing. For a gift she’ll never forget, Chaumet’s one-of-a-kind Eclosion mechanical watch is hard to beat, while both Annoushka and Cartier are offering personalisation services this Valentine’s Day that promise to take an already exquisite gift to the next level.