Valentine’s Day 2018: gifts for him and her

From flowers and chocolates to gin and heart-shaped cheese

Jewellery and watches

If you are shopping for her and are keen to push the boat out, take a look at the gorgeous range of jewellery from Annoushka, including the Gold Ruby Vine bracelet (above) and Dusty diamond rings. Tiffany also has its own glittering Valentine’s collection on sale – the Paloma Sugar Stack earrings have particularly caught our eye.

William & Son have teamed up with the three Michelin-starred Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester to offer anyone who buys an item from its stunning Bridal Collection of jewellery a chance to dine at the restaurant’s Lumiere Table, which is surrounded by a sparkling curtain made up of 4,500 fibre-optic lights. Find out more here.

Ernest Jones is a reliable stop for presents for both men and women. For her, a heart-shaped pedant of either the low-cost variety or one costing a little more should do the trick. While, a new watch is always a reliable present for the man in your life, and Ernest Jones has a cracking selection.

Alcohol

Whether you’re buying for him or her, booze is an easy and usually very welcome present for Valentine’s Day. Here’s a brief selection of tipples to go for…

A bottle of fizz or decent wine will hit the spot on February 14 and Aldi has put together a very reasonably priced Valentine’s range. The star of the show is undoubtedly the Crémant du Jura (pictured above), which at £7.99 is an absolute bargain.

If you’re looking for something a little different, try Freya birch spirit, an alternative to vodka and gin that takes its name from the Norse Goddess of love and fertility. Perfect for Valentine’s in other words.

Is your other half a craft beer fanatic? If you so, then place an order with Beer Ritz or Honest Brew, and if you’re unsure what to order, then our beginner’s guide to craft beer will be a huge help.

Chocolates

Marks & Spencer can always be relied on for Valentine’s gifts, and its heart- shaped chocolate box selection, at £25, is a guaranteed winner. Similar boxes can be picked up from Fortnum and Mason (above) and Godiva, while Hotel Chocolat is another dependable place to stock up on sweet treats.

If you want to give chocolate with a personal touch, why not have a bash at one of our Vitnage Chef recipes? Chocolate flapjacks or the exceedingly simple chocolate tiffin comes highly recommended.

Flowers

Saying it with flowers is the classic way of celebrating Valentine’s Day, and from Freddie’s Flowers (above) to Bloom and Wild, there are plenty of brilliant online florists to order from – go here for our guide to the best of them.

Tickets

Niamh Cusack and Christopher Eccleston will star in Macbeth (RSC)

A gift that can be enjoyed together is a fine idea for Valentine’s, and tickets for a night or day out are the perfect joint present…

For theatre lovers, take a look at our guide to plays to book ahead for, including Poldark’s Aidan Turner in a Martin McDonagh revival and Christopher Eccleston in the ‘Scottish play’, and our list of exhibitions to see, featuring the stunning new show at the Royal Academy reuniting paintings from Charles I’s legendary collection and an upcoming Egon Schiele exhibition at Tate Liverpool.

If your other half is a cinephile, treat them to a Curzon membership – and if you’re wondering what to see, then consult our films to catch in February guide.

For the classical music connoisseur, pick out a concert or two from the South Bank Centre’s recently announced new season of concerts.

Or for something a little different, why not sign up to a cooking or a butchery course? The School of Artisan Food and The Ginger Pig do a whole host of different classes. Or for the committed drinker, The Ginstitute in Portobello Road, holds gin making classes, where you can make your very own gin to take home.

Cheese

Perhaps not the most obvious of Valentine’s gifts, but if your partner is a a cheese-lover, then treat them to a present from Paxton & Whitfield. A heart-shaped cheese is an obvious choice, but there are also an excellent selection boxes and cheese knives and boards to pick from.

If you are looking for something extra special, try getting hold of one of these rare breeds cheeses recommended by experts Bronwen and Francis Percival.


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