hatever your feelings about Valentine's Day – the epitome of romance or all just a bit naff – there's no denying the pandemic has been testing on most relationships. Best, then, to seize any opportunity to turn date night into a special occasion. And while we're sure you've had the best table in the house booked at that cosy neighbourhood restaurant you both love for weeks now (right?), if you've yet to find the perfect gift, allow us to lend a helping hand. 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
Prefer to beat the crowds and spend Valentine's Day at home? 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 Reformation's Nikita gown has 'special occasion' written all over it (plus, it's ideal for all those postponed weddings you'll be attending this year).
Add to the surprise with coordinating accessories from Prada and Saint Laurent or really up the ante on date-night-at-home with Claridge's luxurious cotton pyjamas (we highly recommend buying yourself the matching blue pair for the full experience). Alternatively, opt for Gyles and George's tongue-in-cheek lambswool sweater, which will let her know how much you cherish her without you saying a word.
The best beauty gifts
We could all do with a little pampering now and then and, thankfully, beauty brands are stepping up to provide Valentine’s Day-worthy treats she'll love. If your partner is a fragrance fan, Tom Ford's Lost Cherry eau de parfum is a playful, sumptuous scent perfect for nights out, while Dior’s prettily-packaged hydrangea candle is both a gorgeous home fragrance and covetable ornament.
If she’s a skincare lover, a jar of Sisley-Paris' cult Supremÿa Baume will show you’ve really done your research while Charlotte Tilbury's best-selling K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick is both Valentine's appropriate and likely already very high on her beauty wishlist. Finally, Slip's silk scrunchies are an elegant and practical everyday luxury she's unlikely to buy herself – the best kind of gift.
The best foodie gifts
Some people are born to host and, if your wife or girlfriend is one of them, you're in the privileged position of having an easy gift recipient on your hands – because no true host can ever have too much colourful tableware or too many stylish kitchen accessories. Once Milano's linen apron and oven mitt set are the chic chef's must-have, while Les Ottomans hand-painted ostrich tray, created exclusively for upmarket interiors retailer Amara, promises to be a talking point at any dinner party. As for those who prefer the eating to the cooking? Stick to the romantic classics with a bottle of Ruinart Rosé champagne and a box of delectable treats from Rococo or Ladurée.
The best home gifts
After spending so much time at home over the past two years, even something as small as a bouquet of flowers can be enough to make a room feel new again. But why stop at a simple bouquet when you can gift Neill Strain's show-stopping display of 100 red roses? For presents with more longevity, Verner Panton's Cone heart chair is a quirky and memorable Valentine’s gift, while La DoubleJ's pretty, candy-hued champagne coupes, created in collaboration with Venetian glassmaker Salviati, will put you in the mood to raise a toast. Smythson’s Wonder Woman notebook, paired with a set of pastel pencils finished with love-themed quotes by Nick Cave, meanwhile, creates the perfect gift set 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 gorgeous gift she won't be worried about wearing every day, turn to Mejuri. Founded by Noura Sakkijha with a mission to democratise fine jewellery, since 2015 it has been offering sustainable, traceable diamond jewellery that is both of the highest quality and fairly priced. There's a vast array of designs available but we're rather taken by the Solo bracelet. Crafted in 14 karat yellow gold and finished with a dainty diamond, it can be worn on its own or stacked with favourite pieces already in her jewellery box.
Looking for more of a special-occasion piece? Sophie Keegan's diamond-and-tourmaline drop earrings certainly fit the bill (and pair perfectly with both Aya's ruby station necklace and Ouroboros' unusual rhodochrosite pendant). Or perhaps you've decided Valentine's Day is the perfect time to pop that all-important question. Annoushka has got your engagement ring needs covered with a range of show-stopping pieces, like this morganite and diamond stack. Good luck!