As much as we love chocolate and long-stemmed roses, we believe Valentine’s Day gift-giving can be much more thoughtful. Even if you’re time-poor, we’ve gathered some last-minute present ideas – some traditional, some out-of-the-box – to show your loved one how much you care.
Diamonds and pearls
It is impossible to go wrong with classic jewellery for the chic and glamorous woman in your life. Understated, simple pieces of the finest craftsmanship represent the utmost in elegance and taste. Diamonds and pearls are a timeless pairing, symbolising perfection and everlasting love, loyalty and sincerity.
Kailis Australian Pearls has brought these two gems together in the Meridian collections, launched in honour of its 40th anniversary. The geometric range combines the radiant beauty of South Sea pearls with Royal Asscher Cut diamonds, each one a stone of 74 facets for dazzling shine. The Royal Meridian and Nouveau Meridian collections are available at Kailis boutiques and select retailers, including J Farren-Price, Sydney.
Kailis Royal Meridian stud earrings in 18-carat gold with Royal Asscher Cut diamonds, RRP $11,500.
A chic travelling companion
A well-travelled suitcase is a must for every global adventurer, so make hers striking as well as durable. Samsonite has long been a go-to brand for the jet set, seamlessly combining style with a lightweight, nearly indestructible construction. The legendary Cosmolite spinner range is still the pinnacle of hardiness and elegance, now lighter than ever and available in a ruby red. Choose from four sizes: 55cm, 69cm, 75cm and 81cm. Why not complement a suitcase with a surprise trip, or fill it with elegant travel essentials, such as an oh-so-soft cashmere wrap?
Samsonite Cosmolite 3, RRP $579–899, exclusively at Strandbags
Quick, effortless (hair)style
If your loved one relishes beauty products that save her time and allow her to feel her best, she’s sure to be thrilled with Dyson’s latest styling innovation. Hot on the heels of the revolutionary Supersonic™ hairdryer (which now comes in 23.75-carat gold) is the new Airwrap™ styler, a six-in-one toolkit for curling, waving and smoothing. It promises salon-worthy hair without the damage of extreme heat by employing the Coanda effect, a nifty engineering discovery that attracts hair to the barrel and then wraps it up without the need to wind. The complete set includes a pre-styling hairdryer, two 30mm barrels (one each for clockwise and anti-clockwise curls), two 40mm barrels, firm and soft smoothing brushes and a round volumising brush, all presented in a tan storage case.
Dyson Airwrap™ styler Complete, RRP $799
Couture for the kitchen
Fuel her passion for cooking and creating with bright, covetable appliances that echo her sense of style. Dolce & Gabbana has partnered with Smeg – another Italian brand known for its vibrant aesthetic – to create limited-edition kitchen essentials that double as art. Sicily is my Love will transport your breakfast table to the homeland of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana with richly coloured lemons, cherries and folkloric florals emblazoned on the range of blenders, toasters, juicers and kettles.
Smeg Dolce & Gabbana Sicily is my Love Kettle, Citrus Juicer and 2-slice Toaster, RRP $799 each
Smeg Dolce & Gabbana Sicily is my Love Blender, RRP $1,099
A timeless dress watch
A classic watch will always stand the test of time. This Valentine’s Day, opt for one that is sleek and elegant, with subtle detail and impeccable craftsmanship. Jaeger-LeCoultre’s new additions to the Master Ultra Thin range fits the bill in white gold and midnight blue enamel guilloché, offering an understated iridescent sheen. Each one of the three models – Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon Enamel, Perpetual Enamel and Moon Enamel – is a limited edition, ensuring his timepiece will go on to become an heirloom.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Enamel, POA
A place for everything
Inject some style into his workaday life with a fresh take on the carry-all portfolio in soft leather. Choose one with dedicated space for 21st-century essentials and thoughtful details. We think he’ll love Gallantoro’s Halo compendium, a masterpiece of Italian leather (with a choice of butterscotch or black) made by hand in Sydney. This mobile office is designed to fit tablets of up to 11 inches, alongside an included A5 day-to-a-page diary. There’s also space for his phone, credit cards, passport and boarding pass, cables or headphones and keys. Make his ultra-personal with custom monogramming.
Gallantoro Halo compendium, RRP $399
Sound and design
Give his record collection a new lease on life with a turntable that combines beauty, quality and sound. Pro-Ject Audio Systems has been creating stereo products for analogue audiophiles since 1991, with no better example of its expertise than The Classic SB, a pared-back belt-driven sub-chassis turntable that harks back to the simple design of the 1950s and ‘60s. To celebrate the centenary of Ortofon, Pro-Ject has partnered with the world’s largest producer of turntable cartridges to create the Ortofon Century Anniversary-Turntable. Built on the The Classic SB, it features an eye-catching aluminium sub-platter and piano-black chassis that is sure to make an impact alongside his records.
Pro-Ject Ortofon Century Anniversary-Turntable, RRP €2,990
The finest wine experience at home
Decanting is essential to separate an old wine from its sediment or accelerate the process of aeration to discover complexity in a young drop, making an elegant decanter a must for your cherished oenophile. Sculptural and practical, a hand-blown piece brings a sense of occasion to every bottle of wine. Riedel’s Fatto a Mano series of glasses and decanters combines colour with handmade precision. Each of the decanters features a black-white-black line coursing along its surface, adding elegance to Riedel’s most successful designs. The Mamba (pictured) is recommended for uncovering the aromas in young wines, while the Amadeo and Cornetto are designed for champagnes and mature wines.
Riedel Fatto a Mano Mamba decanter, RRP $649.95
For both of you
An adults-only getaway
Reconnect with one another far away from everyday cares (and children) with an island escape. Adults-only resorts are serene sanctuaries where you can indulge in refined pleasures without worrying about whether the kids or grandkids are having a good time. Likiliku Lagoon Resort is a romantic’s dream of idyllic overwater bungalows (the only ones in Fiji), castaway picnics, underwater beauty and inventive cuisine served in secluded settings. In Vanuatu, The Havannah combines a tropical setting on a natural deep harbour with friendly island service and aquatic discovery, while Rumours Luxury Villas & Spa welcomes guests to the Cook Islands with beachside pool villas and decadent spa treatments.
Read our review of The Havannah, Vanuatu here.