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What she wants this Valentine’s Day

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Looking for Valentine's Day inspiration? Here's our selection of romantic, indulgent and luxurious presents for women

Here at The Jackal, I get some very strange suggestions in my inbox for potential Valentine’s Day gifts from companies looking to cash in on the innate panic some men feel about finding the perfect present for their partner. Of the many pitches, there were a few suggestions in particular in these emails that raised my eyebrows: a shiny new toaster for your amore, perhaps? Or maybe an STI testing kit? (I’m not kidding).

In case you’re in any doubt, I can confirm that neither of the above will be enthusiastically welcomed by your wife, girlfriend or lover due to an almost impressive absence of romance in both. Finding a thoughtful, romantic, indulgent gift needn’t be difficult or stressful – and we’re here to prove it. If you’re looking for inspiration, take the lead from my edit of Valentine’s Day gifts for women, and you won’t go far wrong. You can thank me later.

Shopping for a man? These Valentine’s Day gifts for men will stand you in good stead.

Neom Organics Happiness scented candle

They may not have figured out how to bottle happiness yet, but the clever people at Neom have somehow managed to decant it into a candle. Featuring a mix of seven essential oils, including white neroli, mimosa and lemon, it’s expertly blended to help balance emotions and make its owner feel more positive – in fact, when tested 92 per cent of the candle’s users felt uplifted and in a better mood. On top of that, the four-wick candle is part of Neom’s ‘Ultimate’ range, meaning it comes in an eye-catching handmade marble design, finished with 18-carat rose gold.

£180, neomorganics.com

Petalon Frequent Flowers subscription

Don’t just stop at one bouquet for Valentine’s Day – max out on the romantic appeal of flowers, and order a bouquet subscription for her instead. Hackney florist Petalon offers a ‘Frequent Flowers’ delivery scheme, where you send bouquets as often as you like, for as long as you like. There are two bouquet options to choose from each week and, even better (and greener – pun intended), Petalon deliver their flowers by bike to addresses across central London. Get them delivered to her office for bonus points.

From £35 per delivery, petalon.shop

Jo Malone London Valentine’s Day box

The fleeting scent of a freshly picked rose bouquet is lovely, but it gets even better when you combine that with a scent that lasts even longer. Jo Malone London has created a bespoke gift for Valentine’s Day, filling one of its signature cream and black boxes to the brim with white and red roses arranged by luxury florists Moyses Stevens, and a bottle of its Red Roses Cologne. The perfume itself is a blend of seven exquisite roses, crushed violet leaves and a hint of lemon to make something totally classic – much like giving a rose bouquet itself.

£140, available to order from Selfridges London from 7-14 February, selfridges.com

Smythson Mara leather wallet

The lipstick-red colour may be classic Valentine’s, but this timeless wallet will last well beyond the month of February. Crafted from soft calf leather, the croc-effect wallet comes with a handy eight card slots, bill compartment and coin pocket. Who says practicality can’t be romantic?

£275, net-a-porter.com

Saskia Diez ‘Barbelle’ pear earring

Forget diamonds: in 2019 pearls are a girl’s best friend. This single statement earring from German designer Saskia Diez will earn you major kudos this Valentine’s Day. With seven freshwater pearls on a solid gold setting, the earring will become her go-to for work and weekends alike.

£105, net-a-porter.com

Stella McCartney ‘Ophelia’ nightgown

No one makes lingerie and nightwear quite like Stella McCartney. In a luxurious silk-blend, this Ophelia nightgown is a notch above your usual lingerie buys. It features an intricate lace bodice, shoulder ties and a fluid satin skirt with side splits.

£300, matchesfashion.com

Menu smoked échasse vase

So you’ve bought her the big bouquet of two dozen red roses – now she needs somewhere to put it. This échasse vase from Danish interior design brand Menu will make a slick addition to any table or sideboard. Based on designs for laboratory test tubes, the vase comes in an elegant drop shape and stands on four slender gold legs (fun fact: échasse means ‘stilts’ in French). A word of warning though: she might expect you to keep buying bouquets to keep it filled.

£387.88, trouva.com

Fleur of England Desert Rose set

Fleur of England is a lingerie label that makes the kind of pretty, romantic and – crucially – well-fitting underwear that women like to add to their Pinterest boards and ‘saved’ posts on Instagram. The brand has updated its bestselling triangle bra just in time for Valentine’s day, in sheer Italian tulle with guipure embroidery and silk trims – plus there are also briefs to match. Of course, the trick is getting the right size. If you can’t sneak and see what size she usually wear, Fleur of England’s got you covered: take a look at the Men’s Guide section of the website, which walks you through the lingerie buying process step-by-step.

Bra, £99, briefs, £95, fleurofengland.com