The Ten Best Valentine's Day Gifts
Personal love poem
If you long to woo your beloved with some lines of elegant verse but can barely string a sentence together, Simon de Deney is your man. The former poet-in-residence at Harrods, he offers a bespoke service creating romantic rhymes.
Price: from £24
www.yourlovepoet.com; 07958 6973543
Ladurée heart macaroons
For St Valentine's Day, the French macaroon specialist Ladurée has put together this mouth-watering box of pink and purple heart-shaped treats in two flavours - one is sandwiched with orange cream and blueberry jam, the other with raspberry jam and passionfruit cream. Available from 11 February.
www.harrods.com; 020-7893 8093
White Rose bouquet
Red roses do seem a little less fragrant when everyone is clutching a bouquet, so M&S has decided to instigate a trend for white blooms this year. Pinched pockets can create the same effect with a single creamy white rose for just £2.99.
www.marksandspencer.com; 08453 012 234
Paul Smith Mother of Pearl earrings
There's no need to abandon good taste just because it's St Valentine's Day. These discreetly chic heartshaped earrings in silver and mother-ofpearl will satisfy the most discerning sweetheart and give pleasure all the year round.
While not every chap likes wearing jewellery, this solidsilver ring is a great gift for those who do. Handcrafted, it consists of two rings fused together, a little like - ahem - your two loving hearts.
Remind Mr or Miss Right of your undying love every month of the year with this sweet personalised calendar. Each page features a quirky photo of your names, written in everything from pebbles to petals, flags to frost.
www.firebox.com; 0844 922 1010
Murdock Barbers at Liberty
Treat your man to a traditional wet shave, haircut and facial, washed down with a glass of whiskey or champagne at Murdock Barbers and Gentlemen's Grooming in Liberty. The service uses the exquisite Santa Maria Novella range.
Vouchers are valid for six months.
The Cheese Shed Two Hearts box
Give your honey two hearts instead of one with this inspired cheese box. Heart-shaped hunks of vintage, organic Godminster cheddar wrapped in red wax and creamy White Nancy goat's cheese come bedded on straw in a lovely red box.
Prestat Rose & Violet Chocolate Cremes
Fine dark chocolate wrapped around deliciously light rose and violet fondant centres. Choosing these chocolates for your loved one is an elegant and romantic gesture, and he or she would have to be a real chocolate fiend not to save you one or two.
www.prestat.co.uk; 020-7494 3372
One Fo(u)r mini champagne
Nicolas Feuillatte has created these cute his'n'hers mini champagnes in pink (brut rosé) and blue (brut) especially for St Valentine's Day. Simple but effective, and ideal for combining with a luxurious picnic to woo your other half (or potential other half) far from the madding romantic crowds.
Price: brut rosé £9, brut £8
www.johnlewis.com; 08456 049 049
Valentine's Day is this Saturday so be sure to stock up on gifts in time! Take a look at our suggestions here.
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