Valentine’s Day is almost upon us (yes, its coming up quite quickly) and you’re still coming up short on gift ideas? Breathe a deep sigh of relief, my friend. We’re here to help. The bright minds at SHARP have joined (and exhausted) our collective brainpower in a bid to help you make this Valentine’s Day one to remember. And before you ask — no, there are no flowers or chocolate on this list (sort of). We’re going big.
Louis Vuitton Malle Fleurs
A romantic piece rooted of Louis Vuitton history, the Malle Fleurs is a reinterpretation of an iconic piece created in the 1910s for the brand’s top clients: the flower trunk. The water-resistant metallic tray and Vuittonite lining mean that flowers, water, or soil can be put in the tray without damaging it. Over the top? perhaps, but who doesn’t love LV luggage of any variety?
Tiffany Lock Bracelet
While the idea of a “lock bracelet” isn’t entirely new, Tiffany has added their own spin on this latest unisex variant. Unlike other examples that require a special key, the “lock” is created by a special tension mechanism that took the brand’s artisans and engineers roughly a year to perfect. Offered in white, yellow, and pink gold in a few distinct variations, this is the kind of timeless stuff we love to see from the brand. (from $6,800)
Dillon’s Gin Sweet Valentine Kit
Valentine’s Day for some is an excuse to crack a bottle of bubbly, but there’s something to be said for a mean cocktail. With the help of the Dillon’s Sweet Valentine cocktail kit, you’ll have everything needed to craft a lovely drink (or four) for the two of you to enjoy. It’s complex enough to impress, but not so much that a rookie mixer will struggle with it. ($66)
Matching Breitling Chronomat Watches
As we covered in this year’s His and Hers Watches Guide, there are a lot of options to run with, and you don’t need a watch brand to tell you which partner in any couple should wear what watch based on their respective gender. That said, whether it’s his and hers, hers and hers, theirs and theirs, or his and his, we think the ice blue dial Breitling Chronomat is a solid choice.
Byredo Bibliotheque Candle
Nothing sets the mood quite like the scent of a…French library? Trust us. It’s less dusty, leather-bound copies of The Count of Monte Cristo, and more peach, plum, vanilla, and patchouli. Yum. ($90 USD)
Celebrating 25 years of the iconic Fendi Baguette bag, the Italian fashion hours has released 25 re-editions from their iconic archive. The stunning Baguette #20 is inspired by the Fall/ Winter 2005 / 2006 collection and presents in a light blue lamé sheepskin, perfectly reflecting the icy hues of the season (with serious Snow Queen vibes!). As versatile as it is trend forward, the Baguette #20 can be carried by hand, over the shoulder or as a cross body with a detachable strap, leaving the styling decisions to her. Featuring the renowned FF clasp, a Fendi is always a great look.
Zen Flower Vase
Give flowers inside this unique amber vase designed by Luca Nichetto and your partner is likely to act like one of those kids who enjoys the box that their gift comes in more than the gift itself. We’d still count that as a win, though. ($140)
TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 200 Date
It’s been in the market for a year or so, but the Aquaracer Professional 200 Date stays on our Valentine’s Day list on account of its perfect quality-to-value offering. It’s a compact and rather slender diver that can safely fly under the banner of unisex; something you and your partner can share without much fuss. That said, there’s also a more petite 30mm version if you wanted to go the route of “his and hers” watches for the occasion. No matter how you slice it, it’s one of our favourites from last year that doesn’t call for an astronomical sticker price or difficulties with waitlists and other nonsense. ($3,450)
Prada Shearling Bucket Hat
Pastels are huge this winter season, so you can’t go wrong with a high-end plush, blush pink hat that is equal parts functional and cute for the colder climes. With a definitive nod to the 90s, bucket hats have seen a mass resurgence of popularity among all retro lovers. Decorated with the Prada logo in enameled metal, the hat subtly declares its luxe status. With 100% sheep shearling on the outside and a 100% silk lining on the inside, this piece feels wonderful to the touch.
Max Mara Cashmere Blanket
In the height of the hygge months, a Cashmere blanket really helps the cultivation of cosy. The calming sand shade evokes the comfort and warmth of an alpine lodge getaway. Encased in a leather throw holder, the blanket can be aesthetically stowed and carried to each desired snug spot. Stylized with fringed edging and embroidered with the iconic “M” logo, this blanket adds sophistication to any living space.
Cartier White Gold Love Bracelet
Plenty of Valentine’s Day gifts are corny and rely on novelty. Not this bracelet. While it is a worthy of expression of your love — it does come from Cartier’s long-standing “Love Collection”, after all — its spare, frill-free form is also chic and timeless. ($6,600)
Tekla Classic Bathrobe
Denmark’s it-brand for bedding and bath wear has crafted what may be the perfect unisex bathrobe. We recommend the Carmel colourway, with its sharp blue pinstripe. It’s also 100 per cent organic, if that tickles your fancy. ($205 USD)
MEC Fireside Double Wide Sleeping Bag
For the more adventurous, the idea of romantic camping getaways maintain a certain level of appeal (when the weather gets a bit warmer). This sleeping bag accommodates two people, while also securing your pillow and sleeping mat in place so you don’t roll onto the cold, hard ground in the middle of the night. Now the only thing that can disturb your sleep while camping is that mysterious rustling sound in the woods that wakes you up at 2 a.m. You know it’s most likely a chipmunk, but it could be a bear. At least you have your loved one to hold you close. ($390)
Moncler Legere Crossbody Bag
This nylon crossbody bag may be compact but how many boxes of chocolate do you think it could hold? Well, our calculations have proved inconclusive, but we hope it’s a lot. The bag comes with a detachable shoulder strap so it can also be worn as a pouch. Cool. It’s also made using recycled materials that are environmentally friendly. Even cooler. ($980)
F. Miller Necessity Kit
Give the gift of smooth, hydrated skin with this kit that includes a face oil, body oil, cleansing oil, toning mist, and, yes, a lip balm (all in a cool reusable washed paper bag) from Toronto’s own F. Miller. This is the Necessity Kit, so you have no choice but to buy it. ($160)
Tromba Tequila Manhattans
We’re throwing one more cocktail in the mix, perhaps on account of bias, but we’re okay with that. It’s hard to beat a clever spin on a Manhattan, ant the folks at Tromba got it right. In case you’re curious, here’s the recipe:
- 2 oz. Tromba Añejo
- 1 oz. Sweet Vermouth
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice, and stir until thoroughly chilled. Strain over ice. Garnish with a cherry.
Glenlivet Nadurra First Fill Selection
Among our favourite single malt scotches. Aged in first fill American white oak barrels, it’s a light, zesty, and fruity scotch for the person who likes rich scotches. Let’s hope that’s your Valentine, and not just you. ($85)
When Objects Work Bohemian Crystal Carafe
Ditch the wine bottle and use this crystal carafe designed by UK architect and master of minimalism John Pawson. Nobody has to know just how expensive (or inexpensive) that bottle of wine is when it’s in a carafe that looks this good. ($245)
Fordite / Vintage Westinghouse Micarta Ring
Here’s one that’ll impress all you gearheads and collectors. It’s time to put a ring on it, but not just any ring — how about this beautiful, unique, and ultra-rare one? Made using spectacular Fordite, with an outer later that was milled from a slab of Westinghouse Micarta from the 1940s, we’re not quite sure there’s any better (or frankly, cooler) way to say “I love You.” ($900 USD)
YSL Y Eau de Toilette
Stimulate the senses with this classic scent from YSL. With a top note of bergamot supported by fragrant iris, it leaves a… titillating…trail. ($135)
Sade Baron Blue Lemonade
Scrub down with this bar of soap that includes Blue Clay. Like all products from Toronto brand Sade Baron, it’s made of all-natural and ethically sourced ingredients. It looks cool too, like a slab of blue and yellow marble — which is how it got its name “Blue Lemonade.” It’s also been featured on the Goop website so if it’s good enough for Gwyneth, it’s good enough for you. ($24)
Hennessy Paradis Impérial Cognac
A blend of cognacs that range from 35 to 130 years old, this Hennessy has notes of jasmine and orange blossom. And that, in our opinion, makes for the perfect nightcap. ($3,825)