It’s so easy to get caught up in the hype surrounding Valentine’s Day and feel pressured into finding the perfect present to show your love. That’s where we can help, and (fellas, take note) more often than not, it’s the thought that counts. Chocolates and flowers may be considered traditional, but we’ve also rounded up some jewellery, skincare and even bedroom attire to help inspire you. You can always copy and paste the link of your choice if you want to drop some heavy hints to your other half. Or of course (whether single or taken), there’s no time like the present to treat yourself!
John Masters has come up with this gorgeous kit specially for the occasion. It contains four products from the heavenly-scented rose range (including a limited edition lip balm, hydrating toning mist, hydrating face serum and rose and apricot day cream). As a sweet bonus, it also includes a rose-shaped meringue pop from Hong Kong favourite The Cakery. It’s sure to be a hit with your significant other!
John Masters Organics Valentine’s Day Rose Kit, $990, available online from 1 to 14 February
Yves Saint Laurent certainly knows how to make a seriously good-looking lipstick. Not only does the packaging of its Volupté Plump-In-Colour ooze class, but the lipstick also contains a heart-shaped lip balm core (to help add shine and plump up the lips), making it the perfect Valentine’s day gift. It’s packed with natural coconut oil and pomegranate extract and there are several colours to choose from. We love the look of the lunatic red.
YSL Beauté Volupté Plump-In-Colour, $310, available at Lane Crawford
No Valentine’s day gift guide would be complete without some flowers. But for something a bit different we love the fresh-from-the-fields style of the hand tied bouquets from FLORISTRY at M&L. There’s something to suit all budgets with gorgeous flower jars and bud vases starting from just $120 (Lover’s Isle is our pick). While larger bouquets begin at $650 (the Gypsy Heart has our solid seal of approval). As an added bonus the bouquets come in a reusable canvas tote bag!
FLORISTRY at M&L Gypsy Heart Flower Bouquet, from $650, available online
If you’re looking for just a small token, Sugarfina’s Champagne Bears® could fit the bill. The luxurious sweets are made with Dom Pérignon Vintage Champagne (flavoured with classic Brut and Rose) and have become a firm favourite for any special occasion in our office. They come in two sizes so you can choose between a 100g or 300g box.
Sugarfina Champagne Bears®, $88 for 100g or $198 for 300g, available in store
Another good option for those with a sweet tooth is this cute Hot Chocolate Treat from BYDEAU. It’s got everything your other half could want for a cosy night in, including drinking chocolate from Grounded Pleasures, a mug and a Formulary 55 Rosehip & Clay Face Mask. It’s also presented beautifully in a gift box with a red bow!
BYDEAU The Hot Chocolate Treat, $450, available online
This bracelet from Hong Kong Oapes is sure to please. The Chinese character for love in Cantonese has been crafted out of silver, and studded with some white crystals for a bit of bling. It’s the perfect gift to always remind the recipient of HK, wherever they are in the world. Plus you’ll be supporting a local brand, so what’s not to love (pun fully intended)!
Hong Kong Oapes Silver Love Rope Bracelet, $698, available online or at Shop H310, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong
If you have a bit of money to spend Obellery’s Drop Baroque Pearl Earrings will certainly put a big smile on your Valentine’s face. Freshwater pearls are always a welcome gift, especially when they are dangling at the end of a silver hoop. The jewellery brand says that when worn, the pearl flutters to the subtlest of movements, and likens it to a quivering teardrop. This stunning pair of earrings comes in 18k gold plated silver.
Obellery Drop Baroque Pearl Earrings, $2,100, available online or at PMQ, Shop H403, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong
If your other half loves a bit of sparkle and owns an Apple watch, this limited edition glitter band from Casetify will certainly make an impression. It’s made from scratch resistant material and lined with smooth leather, so comfort is guaranteed. The pink caught our eye, but the gold is equally pretty. Did we mention there’s free shipping to Hong Kong?
Casetify Glitter Apple Watch Band, around $430, available online
If you’re looking for a bold statement piece of jewellery (with a hint of naughtiness) this Woven O-Ring Choker from E.L.F. Zhou might just be the answer. You could wear this leather choker collar out for dinner on your Valentine’s date, and no one would be any the wiser about how it could be transformed in the bedroom!
E.L.F. Zhou Woven O-Ring Choker, $620, available online
Map Of The Heart perfume is a great choice for either him or her. This intoxicating collection of fragrances comes in three different colours and scents. Each is said to be as unique as its wearer, so why not start exploring which one will bring out the best in you and/or your partner!
Map Of The Heart Eau De Parfum, $1,400, available online
Setting the mood is a key part of romance. This is where The Lion Rock Press comes in with its limited edition Hong Kong Skyline Candle. Encased in glass jars and adorned with faux rose gold cut-outs of the city’s gorgeous skyline, the candles are hand-poured locally with natural soy wax and lead-free cotton wicks. It’s sure to help create the right ambience.
The Lion Rock Press Hong Kong Skyline Candle, $250, available online
We love this Eberjey PJ set, which is made from super soft jersey. It manages to look good, without compromising on comfort. Although it comes in several colours, we think the black sets the perfect tone for Valentine’s Day.
Eberjey Gisele Short PJ Set, currently reduced from $835 to $584.50, available online from Avec Amour
If you’re looking for some slightly more revealing sleepwear, then check out the satin Quinn T-Back Slip from RAVEN + ROSE. It has a deep V-cut plunging neckline, as well as spaghetti-style straps which form an elegant “T” shape at the back. It manages to be both sophisticated and sexy.
RAVEN + ROSE Quinn T-Black Slip, $2,600, available online
Also by RAVEN + ROSE, the Emilie is a sport-luxe halter-neck style bralette, made from mesh and satin. There’s a peephole opening at the back, which fastens delicately at the nape of the neck. If you are looking for something extra cheeky, check out the matching briefs which have a teasing open backside.
RAVEN + ROSE Emilie bralette, $820, available online
Are you looking for a piece of jewellery, that can also give immense pleasure? The Crave Vesper is not only a beautiful piece of jewellery, but this little magic bullet is also a vibrator! It looks great around the neck and between the sheets, and it comes in rose gold, silver and gold.
Crave Vesper, $799, available online
If Grand Love and Epic Sex sounds like your perfect Valentine’s, then why not take your relationship to the next level with a coaching session from Nathalie Sommer? She promises to help you achieve new levels of passion, satisfaction and sexual fulfilment. Plus, you’ll learn how to identify your partner’s blueprint type and how to better please them both inside and outside the bedroom.
Coaching Session with Nathalie Sommer, between $2,000 and $3,000, available online