FForget chocolates and flowers, Romeos. We think outside the box and go beyond with our guide to romantic gifts. This list is neither for the faint of heart nor for the weak on discretionary income. Because these luxury gifts are guaranteed to charm the most reluctant femme fatale and spin those credit cards.
Sorry folks, this is about enchanting the women in your life – not the men. This is your guide to the best romantic gifts for Valentine’s Day or any day:
Heartthrob caftans, yeah
This romantic La Vie Style House kaftan captured our romantic hearts the moment we saw the photo. The Dallas-based fashion label – with boutiques in Dallas and Houston – offers this beauty in mini and maxi lengths. A similar Valentine’s Day-inspired kaftan features white lace fabric accented with embroidered red hearts. The perfect gift for the girl in your life or for yourself. Cost: $750.
Gardenias & Candles
We first encountered High Camp Supply on Instagram last year and quickly ordered a box of three dozen fresh cut gardenia flowers for a dear friend’s birthday. This year, I swoon over the candles at High Camp Ephemeral Luxury. Including the Vine & Bloom “Campfire” wide wick set
Nestled among 24 fresh-cut gardenias, this large hand-painted glass candle features a wide wooden wick and the signature gardenia and palo santo scent. The candle is hand poured with black soy wax in the black glass container and white soy wax in the white container. Ships direct from the California Coastal Farm. Cost: $425.
Caviar, of course
Instead of saving the delicacy of caviar for the Christmas holidays, we suggest you treat yourself on February 14. Nothing says love like a can (or more) of hybrid beluga whale, Russian imperial ossetra or California white sturgeon. We assume that most caviar lovers have a favorite source for the delicacy, whether it’s Petrossian or our personal favorite, Caviar Express, and have their favorite Russian, Iranian or American origin.
Depending on your tastes and wallet, there are plenty of caviar options. Examples: $600 for two ounces of Beluga Hybrid from Caviar Express, $406 for one ounce of the spectacular Petrossian Special Reserve Ossetra from Petrossian.
For the woman who unapologetically loves fashion accessories, we think there’s nothing more fun than the Dior Lady Dior “phone holder”, shown here in Cloud Blue Cannage lambskin. (It’s also available in a few other colors.) It’s adorned with a removable DIOR charm and can be carried by hand or cross-body thanks to its handle and removable chain strap. Cost: $1,150
The rare Tattinger Comtes de Champagne rosé, always a vintage, is only produced when the year has been exceptional and all the demanding quality criteria have been met. It’s divine, the perfect start to an evening of seduction. As ballet legend Rudolph Nureyev once said, “When I drink Comtes de Champagne rosé, I don’t dance anymore, I fly…”
We would agree that with a glass of this elixir in hand, we are indeed flying. Cost: $259.99 at Total Wine.
As it’s fitting that Valentine’s Day and rodeo season coincide, several of Miron Crosby’s to-die-for western-style boots are a perfect gift that fulfills two needs. As they like to say, “Santiags are the new white trainers”. What cowgirl or girly tinhorn wouldn’t want ranch-to-runway boots that are suitable for any occasion, especially Valentine’s Day with The Love Boot ($1,925), X&O Elaine ($2,295) or the Metallic Hot Pink Maggie ($975).
Love, love, love this shimmering vase, the wavy design of the Eye Crystal Vase comes from the rare technique involving outer horizontal cuts and inner vertical cuts that combine to produce this magical visual effect. If red is the color of Valentine’s Day and your gift is a forever memory, this might just be the ticket. Cost: $550.
Desert Flower Jewels
As Houston-based jewelry designer Christina Greene expands her reach, we’re on board with the Desert Blossom collection which is a nod to her Texas roots, making jewelry perfect for events in the Valentine’s Day, the Cattle Baron and the rodeo. Highlight pieces include necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings crafted from Arizona Kingsman turquoise and 18k gold-plated brass settings. Cost: ranging from $115 to $1,300.
Gucci, Gucci, Ya Ya Ya
Gucci, the iconic Italian brand, presents a delightful retro-designed Gucci Bamboo 1947 handbag, a new version of the handbag created out of necessity after World War II, when bamboo was replaced by hard-to-find raw materials. These bags are available in mini, small and medium. In all sizes, they are beautiful works in which the style of the bamboo top handle stands out with interchangeable leather and canvas straps that cast a contemporary light on the sophisticated silhouette.
The charming bag is presented in different sizes and in a vibrant color palette. Cost: Varies by size and finishes and typically runs around $2,300.
As the Chinese zodiac welcomes the year of the tiger, the king of all beasts, Harry Winston presents a premier watch that features two tigers on its dial along with gold rosettes inspired by the grand entrance leading to the iconic living room of Harry Winston’s Fifth Avenue. Wow Wow Wow. A limited edition of eight pieces, the watch portends good fortune and happiness for years to come.
This 18k rose gold beauty features 65 brilliant-cut diamonds and one emerald-cut diamond in the mother-of-pearl dial, and a red alligator strap with 18k rose gold buckle. Cost: If you have to ask, you probably can’t afford it.