You’ve got a table booked at a romantic restaurant or maybe a suite at a five-star hotel, you're almost there, so let’s talk gifts. There’s always flowers and chocolates to fall back on, but if you’re looking for some inspiration for the perfect present for your loved one, we’ve got you covered.
But if you’re really looking to surprise your date, there’s no bigger one than a night at a love hotel. We didn't say they had to like the surprise.
Gift ideas for Valentine’s Day
Contemporary accessories label Cafuné, best known for their leather goods, has partnered up with floral design house M Florist to create a bouquet in a handbag, shaped like a basket. The leather Mini Basket Bucket comes in either in chili red or arctic blue, with three variations of flower arrangements to pick from: red, pink and purple. Flowers and a snazzy shoulder bag, it’s a win-win. $3,500.
Surprise your better half with some red-hot lingerie this Valentine’s Day. Find a wide range of bras, lingerie, bodysuits and pajamas of the comfy and seductive variety at the online lingerie store. Whether you’re looking to dial up the heat for the special day or simply get a confidence booster, Avec Amour has the answer. Plus, any red items could work for CNY too. Starts from $395. Available at avecamour.com.hk.
Get your pad Valentine's-ready by having it not reek. Popular Korean fragrance specialists Soohyang offers everything from scented candles – they have 33 scents including love spell and pink cotton – diffusers and scented calendars. Like Soohyang’s motto: "Life is better when you smell nice." $589. Available at various i.t. stores.
Paying tribute to classic Polaroid cameras, hipster favourite Lomography has recently launched the world’s first analogue camera to work with Fujifilm Instax Square Film: the Lomo’Instant Square. The camera features a 95mm glass lens and various creative features including unlimited multiple exposure, long exposure, the new 10-second selfie function and flash colour filters. Pick between black, white, brown red and a limited blue. From $1,550; lomography.com/hk.
You can’t go wrong with makeup when it comes to gifts. Korean beauty brand 3CE has launched special Valentine’s Day sets that come with a adorable heart-shaped lip pot – available in brick red or tinted pink colour. Other items in the set include matte lipstick, blush cushion and velvet lip tint. Available at various locations in i.t, 6/F, 1 Hysan Ave, Causeway Bay, 2367 2311.
Change it up from luxury chocolates and opt for playful and quirky sweets instead. The Bonbonist invites customers to mix and match different confectionaries – there are more than 70 selections to pick from – to tailor their own sweet box, as well as personalise it with adorable stickers and ribbons. Time to treat your sweetie!
A carefully curated collection of award-winning and cult beauty products from the best brands in the eco-beauty industry. The three included – LXMI Nilotica Goddess Glow (use under foundation or as a highlighter), évolué Brightening toner and KARI GRAN Suji Red Lip Whip and lip brush – mean you can give non-toxic products this Valentine’s. $800. Available at Harvey Nichols Beyond Beauty/Beauty Bazaar.
Aside from flowers and chocolate, jewellery is a must for February 14. Make a love declaration with their selection of heart-themed accessories including a heart pendant, a bracelet adorned with the word ‘love’ and a rose-gold necklace. For something less on the nose, Blue Nile also features a collection of sparkling pieces for every zodiac sign. Best of all, the online store allows you to design your own engagement ring! Starts from $1,450. bluenile.com/hk.
The eco-friendly lifestyle brand is offering two beautifully crafted gift sets for him and for her. For the ladies, the box set contains a rosemary body wash paired with body milk and argan oil. For the guys, the set includes eucalyptus shaving foam and face wash, aftershave and daily moisturiser. Curated with the world's safest, non-toxic, animal cruelty-free skin, hair and body products, you can look better without feeling guilty. From $470.
The handmade designer jewellery from this boutique is sure to win hearts. Browse through their 18-carat jewellery collection which includes gold, diamond and pearl earring drops – which happen to be a favourite of Kate Middleton (if that's something you care about) – and other statement pieces like crown rings and love chain necklaces. From $8,000.