14 of the best Valentine's gifts to give your loved one

By Suzanne Baum | 27 Jan 2021 | Indulge, Design

With much of the outside world still off-limits, 2021 is the year of the lockdown love-in

After a difficult and tumultuous year, all we need is love right now. So with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, there’s no better time to go heart to heart with the special person in your life.

As sceptical as many may be of the occasion, this year it represents an opportunity to present a token of love and appreciation to your partner. And with no prospect of candle-lit restaurant dinner dates or romantic overnight hotel stays on the horizon, Valentine's 2021 is all about creating the atmosphere at home.

Here, Tempus has compiled a selection of some of the best luxury products to treat the love of your life to this year.

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PICTURE PERFECT

This limited edition print by young French artist E M Forgé is picture perfect. Inspired by the works of Harland Miller, the artist adapts his style by adding his own wit and humour to it.

Not only is the piece stunning to look at, but the also words resonate. Furthermore, although this print is striking when left unaltered, it can also be framed for you and delivered straight to your doorstep by 14 February. Be sure to hurry; only a limited number of these prints are available.

£275

gelartoprints.co.uk

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SOUL TO SOLE

It’s been a long time since we had the opportunity to dress up, so be sure to add some glamour to your working-from-home outfit with these gorgeous mahabis curve animal print slippers.

Known for their comfort, these slippers are also kind to the planet; their luxurious wool lining uses EcoCert™ organic wool from Italy, while their fixed soles are made from responsibly sourced Pura-Latex rubber. The product also arrives in beautiful, eco-friendly packaging.

£140

mahabis.com

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EYE TO EYE

If the stress of the pandemic has caused you plenty of sleepless nights over the past year, this luxurious silk eye-mask from DROWSY could be the answer.

Providing total black-out, the mulberry silk provides a soothing touch and will help you finally get a good night’s rest. Available in different colours.

£49.50

drowsysleepco.com

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PLANT A KISS

Stylish, intriguing and a great hobby, a terrarium would make a perfect addition to any house, particularly during lockdown. These miniature gardens, housed inside small – and usually sealable – containers like bottles and jars are both adorable and an aesthetic flourish that can brighten up any living space.

As fully functioning (albeit tiny) plant ecosystems, they’re mostly self-sustaining, with the plants watering themselves through transpiration and condensation.

From £275

fourstore.co.uk

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THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN

The 1.55ct Ruby Asteria Collection Diamond Halo Ring in 18K White Gold, a stunning piece available from The Diamond Store, will put a sparkle back into your loved one's life.

With shimmering colours and an elegant design, this work is a true symbol of love and will make a worthy addition to any jewellery lover’s collection.

£850

thediamondstore.co.uk

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BAGS OF LOVE

This Anya Hindmarch bag is a true statement piece, and not just for its looks. Part of the quirky, eco-conscious I Am A Plastic Bag collection, the generously sized charcoal grey tote bag was crafted from 32 half-litre plastic bottles previously destined for landfill.

The innovative cotton canvas-feel fabric is given a weather resistant finish using materials made from recycled car windshields. Step out in environmentally friendly style - pandemic permitting.

£695

danielfootwear.com

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LIGHT OF YOUR LIFE

This fascinating light mannequin is one of numerous innovative art projects from ultra-creative interior designer Jimmie Martin. A sculpture piece that doubles as a lamp, this work will quite literally light up any space in your home.

Each product is custom-made to order.

£4000

jimmiemartin.com

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CAFFEINE QUEEN

What better way to fuel our lockdown-driven caffeine fix than taking a shot at a brand new coffee machine?

There are currently hundreds of excellent options on the market, but we believe everything about the ENA 8 from JURA helps it stand out from the crowd, from its innovative technology to its fashionable design features.

This machine offers a choice of 10 barista-quality speciality coffees, from the classic espresso to long coffee creations such as the latte macchiato.

£999

jura.com

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LOCKS OF LOVE

The name caviar alone evokes a sense of luxury and refined elegance - so imagine what oil extracted from the famed food can do to your hair.

With the Love Is in the Hair package, the ALTERNA Caviar range has come up with a beautiful box of products that will totally transform your locks. The perfect TLC for your hair after a year of hairdresser closures, the range includes products for restructuring bond repair, ​​replenishing moisture, smoothing anti-frizz and multiplying volume to name a few.

Prices vary

alternahaircare.com

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SHEER LOVE

It goes without saying that everyone loves a bit of cashmere, making these ultra-soft leggings from Commando the perfect Valentine's gift.

These leggings will make your loved one feel cosy and snug, and they are ideal for the working-from-home life that has become commonplace for billions around the world.

Made from a lightweight and soft cashmere blend, these slightly sheer bottoms glide over the skin. Wear with either of the matching butter cashmere tops for the ultimate in luxurious layering.

£57

luxury-legs.com

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SWEET TREAT

If a sweet tooth is more your partner's vibe, Ladurée is launching two limited-edition macarons in time for Valentine's Day.

The first has seen the brand's chefs shape the classic passion fruit macaron into a love heart, giving it a shiny bronze glaze, while the second - a Valentine’s Day exclusive - is the “be mine” macaron in a sensual rose flavour.

These unique designs are available from 23 January.

Prices vary.

laduree.co.uk

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HOT CHOCOLAT

The "Way to your Heart Hamper" from the master chocolatiers at Hotel Chocolat, is ribbon-tied and ready-to-gift, and we believe it's enough to sweep the ultimate chocolate lover off their feet this Valentine’s Day.

Dive into your wildest chocolate fantasies with this box; a selection of caramels, truffles, pralines and more means there’s something for everyone, and the treats have been expertly paired with a small bottle of prosecco.

£40

hotelchocolat.com

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ROE-ING UPSTREAM

The height of indulgent luxury, your loved one won’t believe the lengths you went to for a special Valentine's Day when presented with the Les Yeux Dans Les Yeux Dinner Set from Petrossian.

This extraordinary dinner set comprises the very finest seafood specialities. To start with, you and your partner will indulge in Caviar and Classic Petrossian Vodka for the perfect pre dinner pairing, before moving on to smoked salmon blinis and a luxuriously creamy and flavoursome tarama with caviar on rye Croustissian.

The meal is rounded off with candied ginger peels to end on a sweet note. And what's more - the set also contains everything needed to serve caviar and vodka, including mother-of-pearl tasting spoons, vodka flutes and a collector's insulated bag.

£255

petrossian.co.uk

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SCENTED LOVE

Available from John Lewis, the Boy Les Exclusifs de Chanel Eau de Parfum, draws inspiration from the inseparable bond between Gabrielle Chanel and Boy Capel. 

The botanical and woody accents of Boy Chanel create a unique fragrance that transcends gender, presenting a lavender and geranium accord heightened with exquisite notes of wood. A fragrance that transcends gender and illustrates a personality.

£155

johnlewis.com