Last minute Valentine's Day Gift Guide
Valentine's day is coming and I am always looking for inspiration on what to buy my friends or myself this time of the year. I love relying on some of my favorite local shops to find what I’m looking for, but, since the entire world is in lockdown during this period, I also turn to my go-to online retailers who seem to always come through with fun products. Whether you’re having something sent to your home to wrap and give in person, or sending a gift to your loved ones anywhere in the world, find my favorite last-minute gift ideas below, all sourced from places known for reliable package delivery in time for Valentine's Day.
When it comes to jewelry, I love Aurate because to my knowledge they are an ethical brand. They use durable materials built for everyday wear, they are transparent about pricing, sustainable production, and they give back to their community a portion of their profits. They use recycled gold, a material that can be reused without diminishing in quality and without creating any environmental decay.
So this Infinity Heart ring in solid gold or gold vermeil is a wonderful gift idea.
A very nice gift idea would be this, pure silk sleep mask. Crafted from long-strand mulberry silk both inside and out, it protects delicate skin from the tugging effects of tossing and turning.
The brand slip was created in 2004, by Fiona Stewart whose dermatologist suggested that she sleep on a silk pillowcase, as part of her acne treatment. Unable to find one, Stewart sourced the best silk she could find and wrapped it around her pillow. Developed and refined for over ten years, the brand’s signature slip silk provides the ultimate combination of shine, thickness, softness, and durability for their line of pillowcases, sleep masks, and more.
Beauty products are always a good gift idea. This vitamin C serum is a very potent product with a unique, bi-phase formula that features a top phase of nutrient-rich wild rose oil and 15% vitamin C to help brighten and tone overall while deeply hydrating your skin. The bottom phase features a dark spot correction complex to target hyperpigmentation and discoloration.
KORRES is a personal favorite beauty brand because it was born in the oldest homeopathic pharmacy in Athens. It combines Greek tradition and cutting-edge science to deliver state-of-the-art skincare since 1996. Each formula is carefully crafted with an eye to efficacy by a team of botanists, scientists, and engineers, referencing a library of over 3,000 herbal remedies and harnessing the power of wild botanicals that have grown in Greece for thousands of years.
Since 2021 is a year that you will be spending Valentine's Day at home, you can give the gift of sweet dreams with a charming sleep set! Its darling motif lends a touch of style to lazy Sunday mornings and stay-at-home movie nights.
Roller Rabbit was inspired by a fable of a magical rabbit found on a discarded piece of fabric in India. Since its launch in 2003, the capsule collection of block-printed kurtas has grown into a lifestyle brand.
Accessories are always a good gift idea, since they are always handy for elevating an outfit. Personalizing your gift always shows that you took extra care in your gift. The Daily Edited has a large variety of accessories than can be personalized.
Dainty hearts anchor the slender chains of sterling silver threader earrings plated in gleaming 14-karat gold.
Translating to "silver alive" in Italian, Argento Vivo creates timeless, affordable sterling silver jewelry. Based in New York City, the brand draws inspiration from travel and architecture to design simple yet sophisticated necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings.
When in doubt about a gift you can never go wrong with jewelry. Playful yet sophisticated, this Beaded Bracelet is a favorite wear-anywhere accessory. Its blends simplicity and style, making it chic enough to be worn alone, stacked with other bracelets, or layered with your favorite watch.
Sending a personalized gift always shows that you care for someone and that you really put time and effort into your gift. There is no brand that does personalization better than The Daily Edited. They are known for their high-quality leather pieces (vegan options are also available), which you can personalize in multiple ways according to the character of the person you are offering the gift to.
A red lipstick is a staple product in every girl's beauty bag and a gift that never goes to waste. I have always loved Christian Louboutin Beauty, which has now updated its signature 'Velvet Matte Lip Colour' in five shades of red. Part of the lineup, this deep 'Jackie' one is richly pigmented to impart full coverage that lasts for hours. It's infused with hydrating natural oils and seed butters to leave your pout feeling really soft.
Last but not least, if you are out of ideas on what to buy your loved ones, you can always showcase your love by offering them your heart!
Believed to be the stone of universal and unconditional love, JIA JIA's rose quartz is aptly shaped like a heart. Detoxed through an ancient purification process, it has a smooth, glossy finish and weighty feel, though every piece has unique flecks and beautiful character. Gift it to someone special to promote inner healing and peace.
Hopefully, my ideas will provide you with the inspiration you are looking for, to shower your loved ones with gifts on this special day. Especially during our times, when we are socially distancing, it is more important than ever to show our loved ones that we care for them, making a phone call, sending a card, or even offering a gift from the heart. I'd love to hear about your ideas in the comments below, or on my Instagram.
Happy Valentines Day!
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