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The CF Valentine's Day Gift Guide 2021: For Her

Yes a box of chocolates is lovely, but this is what she really wants come Valentine’s Day.

Whether it’s your S.O., best friend, sister, or mother, Valentine’s Day may be cliché, but it’s a lovely way of showing appreciation for those you love the most. From rose-scented fragrance to silky lingerie, sparkling wine to rings, these are the gifts she really wants.


THE PERFUME

She will be enarmoured with this Gucci fragrance even before the first whiff, thanks to the alluring bottle (which takes inspiration from the Italian farmacia). The fragrance is instantly hypnotic: fresh rose, lingering musk, and woody notes.

 

THE ROMANTIC TABLESCAPE

Our love for tablescaping knows no bounds, particularly when Moda Operandi's in-house homeware label, Moda Domus, keeps on delivering retro-inspired pieces we can't live without. These pretty spiral-stemmed glasses  (£150) are perfect for toasting the end of Dry January. Pair with a pretty crochet-embroidered cocktail napkin for a chic flourish. 

These pretty spiral-stemmed glasses are perfect for toasting the end of Dry January. Pair with a pretty crochet-embroidered cocktail napkin for a chic flourish.

THE LUXE LIPSTICK

There's red lipstick, and then there's red lipstick by KILIAN. A flattering, matte red hue is delivered in one sweep but the pièce de résistance is… the silky formula, infused with a delicously sweet scent of marshallows and orange blossom. 

 

THE LINGERIE

With lingerie being the building blocks of all our outfits, Valentine's Day is the perfect time to invest.This Fleur du Mal bodysuit is as charming as it gets, with an unparalleled fit. There's also this Love Stories bralette marries comfort with pretty details. 

 

THE COCKTAIL RING

We love Colombian jeweller Daniela Salcedo for her fun and irreverent take on jewellery. This chunky gold ring, encrusted with rubies, is as playful as it is chic. It makes for a super-cute pinky ring, whether gifted for someone else, or yourself.

This chunky gold ring encrusted with rubies, is as playful as it is chic. It makes for a super-cute pinky ring whether gifted for someone else, or yourself.

THE SPARKLING WINE

What would Valentine’s Day be without some bubbles? Whether for a luxurious breakfast in bed, or romantic dinner, Three Graces'by Chapel Down is a winner. This English sparkling wine boasts notes of ripe apples, fresh red berries, and toasted brioche. Side note: the winery in the undulating fields of Kent is well worth a visit too.

 

THE T-SHIRT

Eight years ago Michael Kors launched the Watch Hunger Stop campaign, the brand’s global philanthropic initiative supporting the UN’s World Food Programme. This unisex T-Shirt is the gift with a conscience: for each shirt sold, 100% proceeds will go to the WFP, providing 100 free school meals.

 

THE HOMEWARE

Sometimes practical gifts are the best gifts to receive. Le Creuset gives a romantic edge to your Beef Bourginon with this heart-shaped casserole dish.

 

LE SMOKING JACKET

Any recipient of Racil's signature blazer, modelled on the original Le Smoking jacket, will be happy. We love this romantic pairing of bubblegum pink and black.

 

Any recipient of Racil’s signature blazer, modelled on the original Le Smoking jacket, will be happy. We love this romantic pairing of bubblegum pink and black.

THE CANDLE

Re-ignite the fire of your romance with the latest quirky candle from Boy Smells. POLYAMBEROUS is a hedonistic scent of cardamom, geranium, tobacco flower, pistachio, patchouli, and tonka bean. It makes a perfect bath companion too.

 

 

THE WATCH

If you are going big this Valentine's Day, a sparkling new watch from Omega is sure to delight. There's a lot to love here, from the coral pink mother-of-pearl dial to the diamond indexes.

 

If you are going big this Valentine’s Day, a sparkling new watch from Omega is sure to delight.

THE SPECIAL SLEEPWEAR

'More Joy' has become the optimistic mantra of Christopher Kane since his A/W18 collection. First there were beach towels, deck chairs, and baseball caps, and now the Valentine's Day capsule features sumptuous silk pyjamas, sleepmasks… and vibrators. Emblazoned with 'More Joy', 'Special' and 'Sex', this is the playful gift to put a smile on their face.

 

THE SKINCARE

We love roses, but we love their skin-transforming power delivered in hard-hitting skincare even more. Dr Sebagh's Rose de Vie range harnesses the power of rose hip oil to deliver hydrated, plumped, and dewy skin to fall back in love with. Dr Sebagh is also offering 50% off the Rose de Vie range on the 13th and 14th February, if you can hold out, that is.

 

 

We love roses, but we love their skin-transforming power harnessed in hard-hitting skincare even more.

THE CASHMERE

Chinti & Parker is our go-to for knitwear, whether it’s cashmere basics or playful prints. Wear your heart for all to see with this wool and cashmere blend knit, with a nod to summer days spent on the French Riviera.

 

THE NEW BAG

The signature bag from Edinburgh-based Strathberry has received a romantic update in bright cherry red. With elegant gold hardware and a classic shape, it's an investment piece to be cherished for many years to come. 

 

THE BRACELET

What says "I love you" like a dusting of precious gemstones? In this case, an ombré array of pink sapphires to punctuate a delicate gold bracelet. It's the perfect gift for girlfriends, best friends, or quite possibly, yourself.

 

What says “I love you” like a dusting of precious gemstones?

THE ROMANTIC BLOUSE

Wardrobe additions are always welcomel gifts. We love this frothy pink blouse – it's hyper-feminine in a marbled, delicate pink hue with statement sleeves and frilled collar.

 

THE SHOES

If the start of 2021 is anything to go by, your trainers will get a lot of wear this year. We love this collaboration between Adidas Originals and Japanese label, Human Made. The little lovehearts on the sole give a subtle nod to the festivities.

 

THE SUNGLASSES

Spring is around the corner – get ready to see it through rose-tinted glasses with these oversized retro shades from Fendi.

 

Spring is around the corner- get ready to see it through rose-tinted glasses with these oversized retro shades from Fendi.

THE NOTEBOOK

This jolly little notebook from Smythson is a thoughtful gift for jotting down musings and thoughts on-the-go.

 

BOUQUETS AND BLOODY MARYS

Flowers or alcohol? Thankfully the hard decision has been made for you .This whimsical wild bouquet of brightly coloured anemones, ranunculus, and tulips from Lucy Vali Floristry is complemented with a bottle of Sapling vodka and The Pickle House tomato mix to concoct Bloody Marys from the comfort of your living room, to spice up the day’s proceedings, quite literally.

THE TASTE OF ITALY

The most thoughtful presents this year are those that lighten the load of lockdown living- such is the magic of this hamper. Skincare darling, Irene Forte, has joined forces with Venice-based chef, Skye McAlpine, to bring together the gift of great skin and indulgent dining. Comprising skincare heroes, step-by-step recipes devised by Skye, fresh Italian ingredients from Lina Stores, and topped off with a bottle of Della Vite Prosecco, this indulgent hamper more than delivers a touch of la dolce vita.

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