Be it a blossoming romance or an enduring love, Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show someone special how much you care. Whether you’re looking to make a grand gesture or a subtle hint, discover an array of thoughtful gifts within The Royal Exchange boutiques.
EAT YOUR HEART OUT
House Blend Compostable Nespresso Pods in a refillable tin, £10 for 21 pods, Grind; Marzipan Hearts, £9 for 90g, Fortnum & Mason; Milk Chocolate Love Token Nibble Bag in Gold, £8.95 for 200g, Rococo; all available at The Royal Exchange
Pop into Fortnum & Mason to discover a delightful range of Valentine’s-themed treats, from marzipan hearts and chocolate-covered raspberries to an indulgent chocolate fondue. Meanwhile, Rococo’s handcrafted chocolate concoctions range from milk chocolate ‘Love Tokens’ to speciality truffles, which are beautifully presented in handmade, heart-shaped boxes. Grind’s eco-friendly coffee pods, which come in a pretty, pink, reusable tin, make the perfect accompaniment to any edible gifts and demonstrate your love for both the recipient and the planet in equal measure.
When it comes to making a statement, a special piece of jewellery never fails to convey serious intent. Boodle’s dazzling collar necklace, which features 38 heart-shaped diamonds, is sure to elicit a gasp, while Tiffany’s gold and ruby Lynn earrings embody a delicate beauty. If you’re looking for an unusual ring to pop the question with then a visit to Searle & Co. is highly recommended. The independent jewellery boutique offers a wide selection of new and antique pieces, each with its own distinctive style.
Ludlow Zip Guard Travel Bag in chestnut and black, £1,395, Smythson; Leather Passport Cover in scarlet saffiano, £60, Aspinal of London; Notebook #146 in croco print blue violet, £75, Montblanc; all available at The Royal Exchange
Smythson’s beautifully crafted leather goods marry style with practicality, and a travel bag is the perfect gift to get your loved one excited about your next weekend away together. No romantic trip is complete without a striking scarlet leather passport holder from Aspinal of London, while a leather notebook from Montblanc can be used to jot down and preserve your most memorable moments.
HE’S THE ONE
Calligraphy pattern cufflinks, £260, Montblanc; Nodo Precious Silver Bracelet in red, available in three sizes £537-£775, Tateossian; Diamond Point Wide Ring in sterling silver, £380, Tiffany & Co.; all available at The Royal Exchange
Finishing touches make all the difference to an outfit, and accessories with sentimental value are sure to make the wearer feel extra special. A pair of sophisticated Montblanc cufflinks will ensure your partner looks as suave as you make him feel, while a beaded bracelet from Tateossian shows you pay attention to the details. And what could be a more fitting tribute of love than a ring from Tiffany & Co.?
HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS
2020 St Valentine’s Day Box, £190, Halcyon Days; Travel Candle Collection, £69 for 3 x 60g, Jo Malone London; Bloom Botanica Vase, £100 for size medium, Georg Jensen; all available at The Royal Exchange
Our home is our sanctuary from the world, so it should be a beautiful space. Danish design house Georg Jensen offers an array of homewares that are as aesthetically pleasing as they are functional, such as this elegant, mirror-polished stainless-steel vase. Likewise, with a transient lifestyle becoming evermore the norm, little touches that are easy to travel with will allow your loved one to feel a sense of home comfort wherever they are in the world. Jo Malone London’s new travel candle collection will imbue any space with an uplifting aroma, while a hand-painted enamel trinket box from Halcyon Days will ensure the safekeeping of any jewellery, and serve as a reminder of the person waiting back home.
ON THE SCENT
Vetiver & Golden Vanilla Cologne Intense, £122 for 100ml, Jo Malone London; The Revenge of Lady Blanche eau de parfum, £192 for 75ml, Penhaligon’s; Tiffany & Love Eau de Parfum for Her, £75 for 50ml, Tiffany & Co.; Tiffany & Love Eau de Toilette for Him, £54 for 50ml, Tiffany & Co.; all available at The Royal Exchange
Our sense of smell is said to be the most evocative sense, with fragrances intertwined with memories. Penhaligon’s Portraits collection is based on dynamic fictional characters, and its latest edition – The Revenge of Lady Blanche – brings together a symphony of fresh, floral, woody and spicy notes to convey the dangerous charm and beauty the lady wields over her husband. Meanwhile, Jo Malone London’s new Vetiver & Golden Vanilla Cologne Intense captures the sensual ambience of Madagascar’s tropical coastline. For complementary scents, look no further than the new Tiffany & Love for Him and for Her fragrances. Created as a tribute to modern love, each shares a unifying central ingredient of woody blue sequoia, enhanced with fruit and floral notes for her and warming, spicy notes for him. Whichever fragrance you choose for your partner, be sure to create some new memories to accompany it together.
TALE AS OLD AS TIME
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Lady timepiece (pre-owned), £13,950, Watchfinder & Co.; Rose Bracelet timepiece, £5,395, Bremont; Rolex Deepsea 126660 – D-Blue timepiece (pre-owned), £13,950, Watchfinder & Co.; all available at The Royal Exchange
For pre-loved timepieces, each accompanied by its own special story, Watchfinder & Co. is the place to visit. Discover coveted models from the world’s leading watchmakers, such as this diamond-studded edition of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s iconic Reverso Lady, which features space for a personal inscription on its solid rose gold case back; or this special edition Deepsea D-Blue Rolex, crafted as a tribute to director and explorer James Cameron’s visit to The Mariana Trench – the deepest part of the ocean.
Over at The Royal Exchange Bremont boutique, The Bremont Rose is a new timepiece that celebrates the British watchmaker’s role as official timekeeper for England Rugby and Twickenham Stadium. It’s available on pre-order now for delivery end of February, but we reckon any rugby fans will accept an IOU that’s sealed with a kiss for this special edition.
Discover the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your loved one with a visit to The Royal Exchange’s exceptional array of boutiques, where our attentive shop assistants will be more than happy to offer inspired suggestions, advice on personalisation options and expert gift-wrapping