If my experiences are anything to go by, Valentine’s Day is unavoidably hyped and more often than not poorly executed, and chances are I’m not the only woman out there thinking this. Nevertheless, the awkwardness experienced when faced with an expectant betrothed, completely empty handed, is much worse than the risk of gifting anything.

To help you side step the rookie error of opting for one of the generic, commercial V-day gifts the market is saturated with this at time of year, we’ve put together a list of list of gift ideas. Because even amidst all the schmaltz it wouldn’t go amiss to treat your special someone to a special something. A bunch of flowers is a sure fire hit, a romantic meal for two is a done deal, but if you really want to impress, why not choose one of the following gifts? As chosen by yours truly, we’ve done the hard work so you don’t have to; you’ve no excuse now.

Bjorg Jewellery 5 Uncut Diamond Bracelet

Diamonds are a girls best friend, but diamonds are so commonplace these days. This Bjorg Jewellery bracelet features uncut diamonds, and aren’t uncut diamonds just somehow much more romantic? They say, ‘my love for you is raw, like these diamonds,’ and, ‘we may not be perfect, but we are so great together.’ Either way, it makes for a dope bracelet and an even doper present.

Commes Des Garcons Chalayan Airbourne Perfume

Fashion designer Hussein Chalayan’s first venture into the world of perfume may seem like an unlikely commercial move for him, but it was a risk worth taking. The unusual combination of scents, based on an imaginary journey from Cyprus to London, gives a relatively predictable gift a completely new spin. Find it online and instore at Wood Wood.

Sooph Taupe Varsity Jacket

As much as you love how cute your girlfriend looks in your oversized Varsity Jacket, there will probably come a time when you’re just desperate for it back, if that time hasn’t come already. As a replacement, treat her to this Sooph jacket in taupe with suede sleeves, and you can have matching his & hers, now what’s cuter than that? You can even get these jackets custom made, so if you want to take this gift to the next level, get it personalised.

Dries Van Noten Snakeskin Cardholder

Perhaps if this was the 1920s and you were a gangster boss, you’d buy your moll a floor length mink fur coat as a gift of a love. Reality bites but just because it might be slightly out of your price range, that’s not to say you can’t give your girl some animal skin this Valentine’s. This Dries Van Noten cardholder strikes a perfect balance between the eye catching snakeskin leather and it’s minimalist design. Buy it online over at LN-CC.

Lonely Hearts Lace Mesh Galloon Black Bra

Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without an ode to what goes on behind closed doors. Red may seem the more obvious colour choice, but black always exudes so much more class. This Lonely Hearts soft cup bra is subtle, pretty, and available online here.

Diptyque Figuier Candle

The amount of scented candle brands out there is totally overwhelming. But Diptyque candles are a fail-safe option, every time. With a strong range of fragrances and often limited edition runs, there’s one to suit everybody, and if the scent wasn’t enough to convince you, the oval logo design should be. Buy them online here.

Charbonnel et Walker Pink Marc de Champagne Truffles

Naturally we had to squeeze a love heart somewhere into this guide, but when it’s a box full of Charbonnel et Walker’s Pink Marc de Champagne truffles, it’s a cliché worth giving. They look good, they smell good, they taste good. That’s three of the five senses done, we’ll leave the other two up to you. Order them online here.

Wallpaper City Guides

If you want to be especially thoughtful, how about buying her a city guide to that place you are always talking about going on a weekend break to? You might not even be required to execute the final plan, because as they say, it’s the thought that counts.

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