By Aimee L
Valentine’s Day is a day that is dedicated purely to those whom you love. It doesn’t have to be your bae necessarily, but just about anyone you love and care about and wish to declare your unromantic or romantic love to, openly and unashamedly.
I personally love Valentine’s Day. It’s a day I get to tell my family and friends how much I love them and shower them with thoughtful little gifts Which is why for this Valentine’s Day, I have compiled a list of great gift ideas from various price points, that I believe your Valentine (be it your bae, BFF, mum or sibling) will absolutely adore.
A great gift has nothing to do with how much it costs and everything to do with what it signifies to the receiver, and the effort and thought that went into choosing it, so here are my favourite picks:
Great Gift Ideas For Under $50
Shower Her With Roses (literally) – If you find the cost of roses during this period to be too steep (who doesn’t) why not shower your mum or BFF with this gorgeously scented range of body care from Love Beauty and Planet instead?
I couldn’t get over how beautifully scented the Majestic Glow Murumuru butter & rose body wash $10.90 and Delicious Glow body lotion $13.90 was, and feel that it would make for a wonderful gift for just about anyone who loves the scent of roses, supports ethical and cruelty-free beauty products like I do, and just loves a bit of pampering.
The Perfect Gift Of Self-Care – Hysses Salt & Sugar Scrub which retails for $28.90 in Rose Geranium is a great way to start the day on the right note and would make a great gift for your mum, sister, BFF or even yourself. This gentle formula is non-comedogenic and non-irritating and comes in five scent varients – Rose Geranium, Lemongrass, Ginger Peppermint, Bergamot Geranium, and Lemongrass Peppermint. You can enjoy a 25% introductory discount on this newly launched product.
Gift Her Gold And Roses – Let me start off by saying that this product is amazing! After using it, my skin looked brighter and my pores smaller and I am hooked! The Bio-Essence Bio-Gold Rose Gold Ampoule which retails for $32.90 for a 14-day intensive treatment, is packed with concentrated rose essential oil and bio gold, and would make for a great gift for just about anyone who would like to have better skin.
I expected the scent of roses from this product, but it was scent-free and the contents of the ampoule melts and absorbs pretty fast into the skin, leaving no greasy or sticky after-feel. This product promises ‘petal soft skin’ and it certainly delivers!
The Gift Of Bling That Wont Leave A Hole In Your Wallet – Show your mum, your sister or even your BFF you care with Bio-Essence Bio-Gold Rose Gold Water which retails for $36 and comes in both yellow and rose gold.
This decadent and lightweight essence is rich with flecks of gold and precious Japanese rose extract, and makes skin look and feel plumper and more hydrated after use.
Gift Her A Scented Keepsake – I think the Hysses Yuan Yang Trinket Scenting Clay which retails for $39.90 is just so precious and would look lovely on a bedside table, car or desk. This handmade trinket scenting clay would make a perfect gift for bae, your BFF, your mum and even your sister.
The Perfect Couple Gift – This is a gift that would benefit both parties if you know what I mean (wink, wink). The Aromatic Wood Bath & Massage Oil by THANN for $45 is a delightfully scented dual-purpose oil that you can use on each other during a romantic getaway together.
I can’t get over how the combination of warm and woody nutmeg essential oil with the uplifting notes of orange and tangerine essential oils could smell so amazing. Since none of my colleagues agreed to massage me with the oil, I had to use it post shower and I was obsessed! It melts right into the skin, leaves a delicate spa-like scent behind and left my skin so soft and supple, I just couldnt stop touching myself (not in a perverted way obviously).
Gift Her The Scent Of fresh cut blooms – I love reed diffusers. They are stylish, add that bit of oomph to a space and most of all, they make your space smell amazing. The Hysses Rose Geranium Home Scent Reed Diffuser comes in three different sizes and retails for between $49.90 – $200.90 (you can now enjoy 15% off all Rose Geranium Home Scent Reed Diffusers and refills in store.).
This reed diffuser will fill your home with the romantic and heady scent of Bulgarian roses and the Geranium and would make for a lovely gift for your mum or literally anyone. The Rose Geranium Home Scent contains antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties, making it the perfect gift during this period.
Gifts Ideas For Under $250
The Perfect Gift For The Lipstick Obessed BFF Or Bae – I am so obsessed with the Hourglass Confession Limited Edition Refillable Lipstick Duo which retails for $120. The shades for Valentine’s Day this year is beyond gorgeous and is giving me major vamp vibes!
Set in a sleek gold applicator, each Confession Ultra Slim Refillable Lipstick delivers creamy, saturated and long-wearing colour with a satin finish and lasts and lasts no matter how much greasy food you cram into your mouth.
This Valentine’s Day, Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick will come in a duo set of two exclusive shades –– a deep pink (with blue tones, perfect for balancing yellow undertones) and a dark, brick red. Emblazoned next to the Hourglass logo is a discrete heart shape –– but that’s not all. Both exclusive shades’ names play on open-ended phrases: I Hope We… (Deep Pink) and Only You… (Brick Red). OMG I am dying!!
The Perfect Couple Scent – I was pleasantly surprised by the new couple scent that was launched just in time for Valentine’s Day by Crabtree & Evelyn. Let’s start with the scent for Her – Evelyn Rose Femme De Force Scent which retails for $118 comes in a sweet, baby pink glass bottle that belies the surprise that lies within.
One spritz of this scent and I was hooked. This is no ordinary rose scent. This is a modern take on a rose scent but with an attitude. A refreshing burst of lemon, cassis and frankincense is what you get when you first depress the plunger, followed by the bold and unapologetic, floral notes surrounded by a warming blend of spiced nutmeg and cashmere woods. This is a fierce fragrance that settles to a sensuous base of vetiver and musk, leaving a long-lasting impression as fearless as its wearer and one that bae is going to absolutely love!
The scent for Him – Crabtree Raw Instinct Scent also retails for $118 and is an uplifting, refreshing and fresh scent. The burst of citrus takes an unexpected twist as it is warmed by earthy eucalyptus and floral apple blossom, before settling to a smoky woody base. Balancing both sweet and spicy notes.
This is a scent that could work for both guy and girl, with its masculine, yet almost unisex feel about it.
The Perfect Bag For Him And Her – There is really nothing cuter than a ‘his’ and ‘her’ couple bag. The Yamenia XL in Stone by Kipling which is priced at $139, is perfect for your man, whether he is trawling through the night markets in Thailand or heading down to Orchard Road for some retail therapy.
This versatile piece can be worn as a bumbag or a cool crossbody bag and has two zippered compartments that provides ample space for him to store your makeup essentials and his wallet.
For ‘Her’ there is the ART Mini in Curiosity Grey by Kipling which retails for $139 and has adjustable corners that alter the size and shape of the bag in an instant. This little handbag is light and roomy with a zipped main compartment and plenty of pockets – a feature that every girl can appreciate.
Designed for leisure, the Art Mini also features a useful key clip, chic water-repellent finish and a matching Kipling monkey too!
The Gift Of Perfect Skin – I am a huge fan of Thann products and treatments and I think a curated skin care box from the brand would make for a wonderful gift for just about anyone. Here are some goodies that I would recommend. Rice Extract Moisturising Cream $55 is the brand’s best-selling, extra-rich formula that boasts the ultra-therapeutic and nourishing Asian Rice Bran Oil, which is used in all its skincare products.
Adding to its potency is the Rice Callus Culture Extract, which contains powerful antioxidants. Together with a host of other premium ingredients, they synergistically rejuvenate the skin, and enhance collagen expression and skin barrier function reducing pore size, improving radiance and firmness and providing long-lasting moisture.
I would pair this with their Shiso Revitalizing Face Mask which retails for $50 and is a staple in many of Thann’s famed facial treatments. This mask doesn’t just allow you to take a piece of the spa home but promises the gift of youthful radiance. Containing the key ingredient of Shiso, it boosts skin’s moisture levels, brightens, protects, and repairs dry, damaged and discoloured skin caused by blemishes, stress, hormonal imbalance, pollutants and sun exposure.
I would wrap it all up with their Oil-Free Facial Sunscreen SPF30 PA+++ which retails for $45. This full-spectrum formula protects against UVA and UVB rays, enhances skin luminosity and vitality, and also combats premature ageing, wrinkles and skin irritation caused by sun exposure.
What I like best about it though is that it doesn’t leave skin feeling greasy or shiny.
The Perfect Gift For Your BFF or Bae – I am so loving Poh Heng’s Valentine’s Day collection in 22K gold. Inspired by geometric motifs with a creative play on textures and shapes, the Poh Heng’s Freestyle: Hearts and Stars collection features a selection of really beautiful, fun and trendy rings, earrings and necklaces, all in 22k gold.
I think the Freestyle Stars ring that retails for $220, would make for a fabulous friendship ring for your BFF or a promise ring for bae.
Gift Ideas Under $1000
The Perfect Gift For “The One” – Lee Hwa Jewellery Heart’s Desire priced at $978 (U.P $1,968) is a stunning 18K white gold ring studded with diamonds. This is the perfect piece for that very special lady in your life.
I am obsessed with the intricate workmanship and was almost blinded by the sparkle!
I hope these suggestions help you to find the perfect gift for those whom you love. Remember, it’s not about how much you spend, but the thought that went into the gift you chose. So from all of us here at Lifestyle Collective, we wish you a a very happy (and early) Valentine’s Day!