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Amaffi, Forever Tango Perfume
With the power to instantly transport the wearer and all those around them, luxury perfume is the perfect choice for an evocative Valentine’s Day gift for her. Our favorite this year comes from Amaffi, which uses natural ingredients to create rich and indulgent scents, each of which is encased within luxurious crystal bottles. The Amaffi Forever Tango perfume leads with the rare champaca flower, which oozes vanilla-sweet aromas for an intoxicating aroma. The sultry fragrance is presented in a regal ruby-red bottle adorned with crystals to create a striking statement. Each Amaffi perfume also comes with a handy travel bottle, for on-the-go top-ups.
Fife Arms x Iseabal Hendry, Barrel Bag
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As part of an exclusive collaboration with iconic Highland hotel, The Fife Arms, Scottish artisan Iseabal Handry has crafted a series of meticulously made leather bags. Each one is designed and handmade, from the cutting to the stitching, in Scotland, with a focus on zero-waste principles. Our favorite is the Barrel Bag, which sees tenement green and buttery tablet leathers carefully weaved together using traditional basket-making practices. A soft Italian suede inner pouch with a drawstring closing keeps the bag’s contents safe. As unique as it is beautiful, you’re unlikely to see anyone else with this rare find of a bag.
Ippolita, Stardust Reef Bangle
Jewelry is a winning luxury gift for her no matter the occasion – but on Valentine’s Day, there is no choice but to up the ante. For an alternative from the gushy pink hearts, look no further than Ippolita’s understated yet undeniably gorgeous Reef Bangle, crafted out of 18K recycled gold. Designed to emulate the now-extinct coral reefs of the Mediterranean, the elegant bracelet has glittering diamonds artfully dotted throughout, creating a perfectly imperfect finish, just like that seen in the natural world. Stack with other gold bracelets or wear alone – however, the lucky recipient chooses to style it, the Reef Bangle is guaranteed to be a conversation starter.
This Valentine’s Day, we’re keen to not only gift material items but also share knowledge and meaningful experiences with loved ones – and a membership to online wine education platform, Vivant, is just that. Offering a host of interactive virtual experiences and guided tasting sessions, Vivant is focused on building its members’ expertise in the world of wine, from understanding how to pair with food, gaining insight on responsible producers and taking a whistle-stop tour through some of the world’s most prestigious winemaking regions. And, with expert guides talking you through in real-time and tasting kits delivered directly to your door, this is as close to an in-person tasting as it gets – without needing to leave the comfort of your home. Get a membership for two to share your ongoing wine journey.
From $149, vivant.eco
Tom Ford, Rose Prick Candle
For some reason, scented candles have gained a reputation as a boring gift; a cop-out present for when inspiration lacks. However, at Elite Traveler, we couldn’t disagree more – you just need to find the right one. And if there’s anyone who can make home scenting chic, you can bet it’s Tom Ford. As with the eau de toilette of the same name, the Rose Prick candle is inspired by the designer’s own private garden, where varieties of wild roses bloom spectacularly, casting sweet floral aromas over all that visit. The addition of notes of Sichuan pepper, turmeric and tonka bean ensure that this long-burning candle avoids falling into being too sweet, with a touch of fiery fierceness seeping through – just as the sharp thorns of a rose lurk beneath the petals.
Bamford, Complete Skincare Set
Founded on the belief that we all need to harbor a more meaningful connection with nature, Bamford proudly only uses natural ingredients in its comprehensive range of skincare products. Each product line aligns with the stringent COSMOS standards for organic cosmetics, ensuring that they’re good for both us and the planet. For the full Bamford experience, opt for the Complete Skincare Set, which is a comprehensive edit of results-driven products that will leave her skin looking better than ever. From brightening cleansers and hydrating serums to sunscreen and nourishing oils, this set has it all.
Paradero Todos Santos, Whale Watching Vacation
©Paradero Todos Santos
With Valentine’s Day 2021 dominated by Stay Home guidance, 2022 is the year to go all out on a romantic holiday getaway. For a vacation that she’ll never forget, whisk her away to Paradero Todos Santos where you will be able to witness one of nature’s great events: the annual Gray Whale migration. The all-suite hotel offers daily ocean safaris for guests to responsibly witness these great mammals as they arrive in Baja, where they come to give birth after a 5,000-mile journey from the cold waters of Alaska. After an immersive ocean excursion, head back to the hotel for a romantic couple’s spa treatment followed by an alfresco dinner – we promise it’ll be a Valentine’s Day like no other.
Ocean Safaris from $300 per person plus room rate, paraderohotels.com
Ludovica Mascheroni, Le Blanc Trunk
A romantic Valentine’s picnic is nothing without a bottle of rare Champagne. To ensure you can transport your favorite label safely and of course stylishly, luxury Italian design house Ludovica Mascheroni has revealed Le Blanc – a purpose-made trunk, just for carrying Champagne. Covered in supple Italian leather with a bleached oak interior, the Le Blanc case has space to carry a bottle of bubbly in an insulated casing, two flutes, a tray, two napkins and a leather bottle coaster. Designed to look like a vintage suitcase, the Le Blanc is as beautiful as it is practical. Just remember to fill with a bottle of her favorite vintage for the ultimate Valentine’s Day gift for her.
$7,716, email firstname.lastname@example.org to order
Vrai, Strength Diamond Necklace
As its name suggests, the Vrai Strength necklace is designed to empower – and we couldn’t think of a more inspiring Valentine’s message. Suspended on a 14k solid gold chain, like all Vrai diamonds, this shield-shaped 3-carat beauty is lab-grown, eliminating any concern about traceability or ethical standards. However, where Vrai diamonds differ from your standard lab-grown stones, which are known for their energy-guzzling, is in their carbon footprint. Vrai proudly only uses renewable energy sources, making its diamonds 100% emission-free. It’s a win for the buyer, the producer and the planet.
Temple St. Clair, 18K Color Theory Earrings
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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.
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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
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Silk nightwear always makes a winning luxury Valentine’s gift for her, but for a more eco-friendly option, look no further than the Ethical Silk Company. 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.
La Bouche Rouge, Refillable Lipstick
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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, $45 for refills, laboucherougeparis.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 $170, 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 $2,400; Gold arrow band $4,360, cathywaterman.com
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