Ah, Valentine’s Day. Once again, the heart-shaped holiday is rearing its romantic head – taking over every restaurant in the country, setting expectations higher than ever and leaving a trail of empty chocolate boxes and rose petals in its wake.
February 14th can be daunting. For those of us without a date, it’s another year of pressure to find someone and settle down. And it’s not much better for those of us in relationships. Valentine’s Day, unlike Christmas or birthdays, adds another dimension of difficulty to present-buying. It’s not enough just to think of something they’ll really like, or really need. This time it’s personal – and has to come wrapped in 24 carat romance.
But don’t despair. If you’re struggling to fan the flames of sentimentality, Gentleman’s Journal are on hand to inspire you to gifting greatness. So ready your wrapping paper, and prepare your ribbons, for this is our 2018 His & Hers gift guide.
Scents and Fragrances
Our sense of smell is more closely linked with memory than any other of our senses. Being able to conjure up feelings of happiness and positive emotions from even the most faintly-remembered echoes of the past, don’t underestimate the power of a perfectly-picked fragrance.
For men, we’d suggest something super masculine. Creed have bottled the essence of unbridled determination and manliness with Viking, featuring peppercorn and Haitian vetiver, and Floris’ renowned No.89 is always a good choice, with top notes of nutmeg and cedarwood. Creed also have female fragrances covered, with Love in White offering a sophisticated and slightly powdery perfume with a seductive heart of French daffodils. Or, if in doubt, Chanel No.5 is a classic for a reason…
Drinks and Spirits
Valentine’s is a day of decadence – and nothing says cutting loose and letting go like having a party for two. Whether it’s an extra glass of wine during a candlelit dinner or something a little wilder, champagne and cocktails are a byword for romance for many – and here are the best bottles you should be buying.
For the man in your life, he’s going to have one of two opinions of whisky. Either he’ll be a connoisseur, and want to savour the subtle differences in flavour. If that’s the case, give his this Johnnie Walker Whisky Collection. If he’s more of a whiskey and coke man, he’ll appreciate a classic bottle of Jack Daniels just as much. For the lady in your life, either go full hedonist and buy in the Rose Taittinger, or opt for a spirited gift of Eden Mill Love Gin. The sentiment’s there in the name…
Underwear and Lingerie
You can’t get more intimate than underwear. One of the classic Valentine’s day presents, we’ve included this over chocolates and flowers on the list because it can be both fun, sexy and a gift for both of you. And we’re not just talking about you ladies, why not upgrade his boxer briefs for one night only also?
Derek Rose do a handsome pair of silk boxers – perhaps as special as men’s underwear can get? With their subtle print and deep navy colour, they’re perhaps only upstaged by Sunspel’s vintage inspired silky option. Both luxurious options, men can return the favour with something from lingerie legends Victoria’s Secret Valentine’s Collection or Boux Avenue’s Odette Set.
Books and Subscriptions
This may be a little unorthodox for a Valentine’s Day gift, but some people are incredibly attracted to the academic, intellectual look. As such, a book can be a perfect gift. And not all are novels or heavy tomes – why not invest in a subscription or cookbook, or a travel book to suggest future trips together?
For men, we’d suggest keeping things simple. Why not go for a gift such as the new set of Vintage Classic James Bond reissues, whose covers are works of art in themselves. Alternatively, a subscription to Gentleman’s Journal never goes amiss. For female gifts, a travel book to the
Gifts and Homewares
If you’ve come this far down the list, and still haven’t been buzzed by any of our gift ideas, then you’re in luck. Homewares and generic gifts are the easiest to give and – despite lacking the personal touch that a favourite bottle or hand-picked underwear might – if you get a gift unique enough then it’ll more than make up for it.
We particularly like this pink Polaroid film, used in the brand’s iconic instant cameras but producing imagery with a rosy hue, perfect to capture those loved up moments. Similarly, these pink champagne truffles will add a little bit of sweetness into your day – and this Jo Malone candle is perfect to set the mood. Ladies, if you’re in need of some last minute ideas, cufflinks never go amiss, so head across to Ettinger to pick the perfect pair.
Looking to up your dating etiquette? Look to our foolproof date guide here…