Valentine’s Day 2021: Luxury Gifts for Her
As Valentine’s Day creeps closer, it’s clear that 2021 celebrations will be unlike any before. However, staying home shouldn’t mean the gifts are any less special. To help you show your affections, we’ve compiled a guide to the most thoughtful luxury Valentine’s gifts for her, from indulgent skincare to glittering diamonds. And we’re proud to say that this year’s Valentine’s gift guide also gives back; each brand featured has been carefully selected for its eco-conscious credentials as part of our bid to showcase sustainable luxury.
Temple St. Clair, 18K Color Theory Earrings
Subtly clashing two shades of pink, the 18K Color Theory Earrings are the epitome of Valentine’s jewels, with a diamond-encrusted bale ramping up the luxury. Set within Temple St. Clair’s signature 18K gold (which is obtained only from sustainable sources certified by the Responsible Jewelry Council), a hot-pink tourmaline is framed by a ring of faceted rubies promising to cause a statement – especially when paired with the matching ring. Every stone used in Temple St. Clair pieces is responsibly sourced, with close attention to best practices in both human rights and the environment.
Deborah Blyth, Gold Tealight Holder
Regarded for her sculptural gold pieces, Deborah Blyth successfully elevates an everyday item such as a tealight holder into a coveted luxury item, ideal for a meaningful Valentine’s gift for her. Featured in the DB at Home collection, the 18K gold-plated tealight holder has been artfully designed to emulate the warped shape of a melting candle. Each piece of Deborah Blyth’s jewelry and homeware is designed and crafted within a small area of London, dramatically minimizing potential carbon emissions and ensuring traceability throughout the entire process.
The Ethical Silk Company, Mulberry Silk Pajamas
With Valentine’s Day 2021 set to be more about staying in than going out, there has never been a better time to treat your loved one to a pair of ultra-luxe pajamas. Each pair of The Ethical Silk Company’s block-printed pajamas is caringly produced at a Fairtrade tailoring unit in Jaipur, India, which is committed to both ethical and environmentally friendly practices, ensuring a sustainable supply chain. Adhering to a “buy well, buy less” ethos, The Ethical Silk Company strives to create premium-quality items that will be worn and cherished for years to come.
Stella McCartney, Falabella Tiny Tote Bag
A guide to luxury Valentine’s gifts for her wouldn’t be complete without a designer bag. Highly regarded for its long-standing commitment to sustainability, including never using animal products and harnessing the Environmental Profit and Loss tool to measure and reduce carbon emissions throughout its supply chain, Stella McCartney is the perfect choice for an eco-conscious Valentine’s gift. Our favorite pick is the dainty Falabella Tiny Tote bag in feather blue, complete with a signature diamond-cut silver chain. Constructed in Italy, the Falabella uses a combination of polyester and recycled polyester to achieve a convincing faux-leather finish without animal cruelty.
Aman, Aman Fine Fragrance
Intended to continue the Aman ethos of respecting rather than dominating the natural world, each perfume in the group’s new line of fine fragrances is designed to echo the distinct characteristics of its luxurious destinations. To transport the recipient to more exotic settings, choose the fragrance aligned with their favorite holiday destination. Each sophisticated scent in the gender-neutral collection has been created without the use of animal testing and is free from phthalates, artificial colorants, parabens and formaldehyde. The packaging is similarly considerate; each bottle is constructed from a combination of glass, ABS, PETG and HPP plastics, all of which are recyclable.
La Bouche Rouge, Refillable Lipstick
Based on the knowledge that the cosmetics industry is the third-most-polluting industry, La Bouche Rouge is on a mission to change beauty for the better, starting with its aim to rid plastics from its operations completely. One innovative approach to reduce both plastic use and waste is through refillable cosmetics, constructed from a combination of stainless steel and leather/vegan leather. La Bouche Rouge’s infinitely refillable lipstick formulas use up to 99% organic ingredients that are vegan, cruelty-free and beeswax-free, providing a guilt-free alternative to a makeup must-have. An impressive range of shades are on offer, but for a personal touch, make use of the bespoke lipstick color tool.
$150 for case and first lipstick, $40 for refills, laboucherougeparis.com
Chantecaille, Chantecaille x John Derian Rose de Mai Harvest Set
Under the lead of founder Sylvie Chantecaille, Chantecaille is a beauty company with a plethora of charitable causes under its belt; from raising awareness (and more importantly, funds) for endangered species to protecting fragile underwater ecosystems. The brand shines a spotlight on these many causes via themed seasonal collections, with significant donations given to each. For a meaningful eco-conscious Valentine’s gift, we recommend the limited-edition Chantecaille x John Derian Rose de Mai Harvest Set. Complete with the iconic Rose de Mai Face Oil and Pure Rosewater and a vanity tray, the set’s packaging is inspired by a late-19th-century botanical print from the John Derian archives.
Graziela, Floating Diamond Necklace
You don’t need us to tell you that diamonds always make a winning luxury Valentine’s Day gift for her. However, for a more eco-conscious sparkling gift, look no further than the 3.5C Floating Diamond Necklace by Graziela, with five dazzling stones presented on a white gold 18-inch chain. Each stone featured in a Graziela piece is ethically sourced in terms of both human and environmental safety. The brand also works directly with miners to cut out third parties and ensure traceability throughout the supply chain. A portion of all Graziela sales is also donated to animal charities, reflecting founder Graziela Kaufman’s passion for animal advocacy.
Nouvel Heritage, Initial Mood Bangle
There are few items more cherished than personalized jewelry, especially when given to a loved one on Valentine’s Day. For a personal yet enviably chic gift, opt for a pair of Nouvel Heritage’s diamond-encrusted initial bangles in yellow gold; one bearing your initial and the other the initial of the recipient to symbolize your relationship. Nouvel Heritage’s sustainability credentials are vast, with all of its jewelry constructed in its BREEAM-certified, family-owned workshops in France, using only 18K recycled gold and conflict-free precious stones.
$7,200 for two bangles, nouvelheritage.com
Amaranté London, Infinity Roses
Red roses are as synonymous with Valentine’s Day as Cupid himself; however, picked flowers are notoriously un-environmentally friendly, not to mention short-lived. Luckily, Amaranté London offers a sustainable solution in the form of infinity roses, which have a prolonged lifespan of up to three years. Amaranté works closely with farmers to ensure they meet and exceed Fairtrade expectations, which has historically been a major concern in the flower industry. The company is also going further than just neutralizing its carbon footprint; instead, it aims to produce more O2 than CO2 with every purchase, ensuring Valentine’s Day gifting that leaves a positive impact in its wake.
From $165, amarantelondon.com
Cathy Waterman, Gold Heart Ring with Pink Sapphire & Leaf Gold Arrow Band with Rubies
Drawing inspiration from the natural world and vintage designs, Cathy Waterman’s jewelry has adorned society’s elite for many years, leading her pieces to become the epitome of modern classics. The company works exclusively with ethically sourced stones and recycled gold and platinum, and each piece is made by hand in Cathy’s California studio. Offering an artistic take on the traditional Valentine’s pink heart motifs, the designers’ pink sapphire heart ring, paired with the gold leaf arrow band with scarlet rubies, is a beautiful way to show your affections.
Heart ring $2,2400; Gold arrow band $4,360, cathywaterman.com
Loewe, Stripe Scarf in Mohair and Wool
Spring may be on the horizon, but there’s certainly still a February chill in the air – and with indoor venues remaining closed in many locations, a warming mohair scarf has never been more appropriate on a guide to luxury Valentine’s gifts for her. Best known for its eternally stylish accessories, Loewe is committed to working with high-quality, low-impact materials to reduce its impact on the planet, with factors such as traceability, fair working conditions and environmental protection held in high regard.