You’ve got a table booked at a romantic restaurant, or maybe a trip organised to a romantic spot in Hong Kong, 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. Even if you don't have a special someone to shower you with gifts, who's to say that you can't spoil yourself?
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Gift ideas for Valentine’s Day
A bouquet of flowers not impressive enough? Throw in some cosmetics, and you've got the perfect gift. Lasagacia's Makeup Flower Bouquet offers what it says on the tin – makeup and flowers all in one. Choose from three bouquet options of pink (pink roses), yellow (sunflower and white roses, and black (red roses) that comes with a complete set of makeup. For the easiest option, you can select the "dummies" package ($1,661) which includes products from brands like Nars, Ysl, Givenchy, Shu Uemura, and Urban Decay. A few clicks and you're sorted.
Available at lasagacia.com
Paying tribute to classic Polaroid cameras, hipster favourite Lomography has recently launched a special BOGOF Valentine's Day offer for those with a flair for photography. For any purchases made on the Diana F+ ($398), Diana Mini ($798), or the Fisheye One camera ($438), you can instantly get another camera for free! With a camera hand in hand, you can create and savour all those special memories with your most beloved. Offer available while stocks last.
Available at lomography.com/hk
Surprise your better half with some red-hot lingerie this Valentine’s Day. Find a wide range of bras, lingerie, bodysuits, and pyjamas 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. You can also pick up some bedroom-friendly toys while you're at it.
Available at avecamour.com
If you've got a tea lover on your hands, consider showing your love with a limited-edition Valentine Breakfast Tea ($268) from Tea WG, and double the sweetness with a bite of their luscious Valentine Breakfast Tea-infused Macarons ($20/piece). Alternatively, spoil them with Mon Amour Tea ($268), a magical potion made of a rich black tea blended with yellow blossoms and sweet notes of quince (the sacred fruit of the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite). Add on a Bain de Roses Tea Scented Candle ($598) that exhales heady notes of white sandalwood, warm vanilla, and fresh grapefruit for an extra sweet touch.
Perfume is always a risky choice when it comes to gifts, but we simply couldn't pass up on this one. Just in time for V-Day, Moschino has come out with Toy Boy, a new fragrance for men that comes in a black, teddy-bear shaped bottle designed to "awaken the tender and playful side" of men. Spicy, woody, and ambery, the fragrance combines premium quality and innovative ingredients such as Italian bergamot, magnolia, elemi gems, casherman, clove buds, and many more. There's something for the ladies too! As a special Valentine's Day offer, get your hands on the Toy Boy and Toy 2 (a floral and woody women's fragrance finished with a musky base) 30ml ($738) or 100ml ($1,338) fragrance set.
Instead of trekking it outside, staying at home on February 14 is never a bad idea. Especially with the help of Sugarfina's But First, Cocktails kit ($198). Available in three flavours – Italian Spritz, Lychee Mojito, and Strawberry Daiquiri – the DIY cocktail kit contains cocktail gummies, a bottle of cocktail syrups, and a recipe card on how to create the perfect drink to toast your valentine. If you just want to keep things sweet and simple, opt for their two piece DYO Candy Mailbox ($198), or Candy Bento Box ($288-$688) that allows you to customise and choose from Sugarfina's huge collection of candies and chocolates, including new flavours You're my Sunshine Sour Rainbows ($78) and You're my Sweetheart Strawberry Daiquiri Hearts ($88).
Send messages to your loved ones from anywhere in the world with MoMa Design Store's Lovebox Messenger ($888). Made in France from beechwood, all it needs is wifi. So whether your partner is on a trip, or you have family members and close friends living overseas, you can let them know you're thinking of them whenever and wherever they are. How it works is that when a message is received, the wooden heart on the front of the box begins to spin. It will keep spinning until the receiver lifts the lid and discover your love note under a magic mirror. To respond, spin the heart and you'll be able to send a cascade of hearts to the sender's app page! Adorable.
For something that's 100% made in Hong Kong, how does gin sound? Created by two young local distillers with a passion for artisanal spirits, Two Moons' craft gin is the first of its kind in Hong Kong. If you're afraid of giving your date the wrong idea with a full-on bottle, try the brand's signature dry gin mini tasting set ($268) instead. Made using 12 botanicals ranging from Chinese tangerine peels to Madagascan vanilla pods, this London Dry Gin delicately balances crisp notes of citruses and a soft floral kick of pink berries with mellow, nutty roots that will linger on your palate. We can't think of a better way to round off your evening.
Available at twomoonsdistillery.com/shop
Chocolates tend to be too common for a Valentine's Day gift, but when you have something as sweet as Fortnum & Mason's Valentine's Day chocolate collection, all can be forgiven. Their Valentine's Heart Chocolate Selection Box ($538) is as sweet as it gets. It contains a decadently smooth and creamy selection of milk, dark, and ruby chocolates, including ganache infused with Fortnum's famous Countess Grey tea and a pink truffle filled with Fortnum's Rosé Champagne. You can also booze up your gift with a vegan-friendly box of Valentine's Raspberry & Vodka Chocolate Thins ($228).
Impress your special someone with a DIY gift this season and check out The Lederer's DIY leather stitching packs. You can pick from a variety of gifts in their exclusive Valentine's Day collection, which includes tool kits in making everything from a leather wallet to matching iPhone cases (sorry Android users). Aside from the special V-Day collection, there are also tons of stitching packs available – even drinker holders and leather roses! After all, what says "I heart you" more than something that's handmade?
Available at thelederer.com.hk/en