Though we all know we should be appreciate our special someone every day of the year, Valentine’s Day is the one day to really spoil your partner in crime. This gift guide is for the person that puts up with you on your worst days and sticks by your side, no matter what. That said, it’s time we said “no” to the cheesy Valentine’s presents and actually put some thought into getting the perfect gift.
Bypass the giant cheap chocolate displays and grab something we guarantee will put a smile on your valentine’s face.
Everyone knows nothing says I love you more than a decent pair of sneakers…well maybe not, but everyone does love a fresh pair of kicks, especially from Puma’s latest drop. Our pick? The Cali Sneaker in white. The 80s-inspired minimalistic design means they’ll look cool and casual with any outfit. With a not-too-tall platform sole and classic leather upper exterior, there’s no going wrong with this shoe.
Moët & Chandon
Bubbles are a Valentine’s Day must. Skip the wine this year and treat your lover to a bottle of something they deserve. Moët & Chandon has released three limited edition Rosé Imperial bottles as part of their ‘Treasured Ties’ collection. Just in time for February 14th, the three iconic designs are emblemed with a black-tie theme and are already making their mark as a Moët & Chandon’s collector’s item. It's an easy and elegant way to show someone you care.
As much as we would love a trip to Italy for Valentine’s Day, it’s probably just not on the cards. However, Nespresso has the next best thing. The Nespresso Over The Ice range introduces two limited-edition iced flavours, Ispirazione Shakerato and Ispirazione Salentina, inspired by authentic Italian iced coffees. Nothing goes down better than a rich, ice-cold coffee on a hot summer’s day, trust us your valentine will agree. As an extra special bonus, Nespresso has also released the VIEW Iced Recipe Kit including everything you need to concoct the perfect iced coffee.
If you’ve always dreamed of owning a masterpiece in your own home, Samsung has heard your wishes. Teaming up with the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, we introduce to you The Frame. The Samsung television’s sleek aesthetic and art mode functionality creates a whole new feel for your home. There's now no need to have just one painting or print on your wall—with New Zealand heritage art from our national museum, you can switch up the images or even add your own.
Skip the chocolates and teddy bears this year, and buy something your special someone will actually really love and use. Mecca has brought out an entire Valentine's Day range featuring some of their most loved products and special edition gifts to take the stress and guesswork out of gift shopping. From perfumes, candles, and cosmetics to pampering skincare and hair products, there's something for everyone.
Emotionally Unavailable x Nike Air Force 1 “Valentine’s Day”
Just in time for Valentine's Day, Nike's buddied up with Chinese streetwear label Emotionally Unavailable for a rosy red spin on the AF1. They've got a pink felt Swoosh and a dripping heart graphic on the inner-tongue. So cute. The collab will drop February 8, check online at Nike and at select Nike stores.
Les Girls Les Boys Love Note tulle bralette
This UK-based loungewear label has been making a lot of noise since launching in 2017. Led by Agent Provocateur co-founder Serena Rees, the brand has a gender fluid, inclusive, sustainable bent: something a bit new for the lingerie world. They've collaborated with Opening Ceremony and are all about loving being yourself, confident and comfy. Shop this embroidered number at Net-A-Porter here.
Pleasures Gum Ball tote bag
Valentine’s Day is all about indulging in life’s many pleasures: chocolate, wine, maybe even a spot of grocery shopping with LA-based streetwear label PLEASURE's neon printed tote. Get it here.
Pat McGrath Labs BlitzTrance lipstick
Love should be big, bold and kind of sparkly right? Kind of the same as makeup visionary Pat McGrath’s approach to lipstick. Her line of luxury, emollient-rich formulas will keep lips hydrated, while the heavy pigment is eye-catching, to say the least. Buy it here.
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