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15 (non-cliche) Valentine’s gifts for her

The best ideas to surprise a woman on Valentine’s day, chic and far from clichés

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If you’re not thinking about getting her roses and chocolate this Valentine’s day, here are 15 romantic and elegant ideas (far from clichés) that will impress her.

Let’s start with soft gifts. How about a duvet cover set and pillowcase by Hästens? The Swedish brand produces the world’s best beds since 1852 and offers bed linen made with natural high-quality materials. The picture below shows them in red, which goes very well with the ‘Control’ red lamp by  Muuto, featuring an aluminium base and a small knob that regulates the dimer creating a romantic atmosphere. 


However, if you like the idea of getting her a home accessory (no electrical appliances please, especially on this occasion), here are some plates by Ilaria Innocenti featuring romantic heart patterns. The picture here shows them in red but they are available in other colours too. Otherwise, check out this ceramic vase designed by Marcantonio for Seletti. Another great idea is this hand-knitted rug from Nepal, ‘Soul on the Danceflour’, by  cc tapis featuring a geometric heart. Finally, if you’d like to leave a romantic note for Valentine’s day (or to better remember your grocery list) consider ‘Message Board’ by Design Letters (on sale on designrepublic).

If you are looking for a truly out-of-the-ordinary romantic gift, on The Night Sky website you can order a picture of a sky full of stars on a specific day of your choice (maybe the day of your first kiss, of the birth of your child or of your wedding day). You can then have it delivered at home printed on a beautiful opaque paper together with a wooden frame. If you like the star idea, you can also visit the Online Star Register website to choose a star, name it and give it as a gift. 

For more traditional people, who believe that Valentines giftshave to be jewellery, here are 3 unique suggestions. A bracelet by Aliita, a young brand of minimal and elegant bijoux founded by Cynthia Vilchez Castiglioni. Otherwise, we would recommend Hemleva’s pins with the shape of garden herbs and tropical plants, an alternative way to say you like gardening. Our third idea is a ring that reinterprets the shape of pearls, the ‘Bearing Ring’ by Giulio Iacchetti for Maison 203, made with 3D printers.

Our last three lovely ideas are: a set of fake tattoos by Tattly designed by artists and designers, they last a couple of days and will make you smile for sure. Otherwise, while you wait for the release of the capsule collection by Marimekko for Uniqlo on March 29th, why not choose a colourful shirt from the new collection of the Finnish brand to anticipate spring! Lastly, a limited edition of Marni’s Mrs. Midi bag, known for its heart-shaped latch and painted in red for the occasion (available from February 1st).

Finally, if you are not on a budget, we believe the best Valentines gift is always a trip. How about the geometric spa Blue Lagoon? 20 minutes away from Keflavik airport in Iceland, extended on the lava soil rich with silicon, sea weed and minerals, a truly unique experience!


by Marta Lavinia Carboni / 7 February 2018


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