Let’s call this little roundup a last-minute Valentines Day gift guide based on the fact it does double duty as fun wedding gifts and accessories for your own day (that’s the bonus with Valentines Day and being engaged, you get to revel in the bright red hearts and bask in the glow of love and have it all work for a wedding too!).
Sometimes, we’re not after big teddy bears and elaborate presents. So I’ve chosen little items you can duck out and get today, for your beloved or your girlfriends or your own heart!
1. Napoleon Perdis ‘Love Birds’ Collection
I love this sweet gift set. Makeup artist Napoleon Perdis was inspired by artist Felicia Aroney and her “Love Birds” painting. The result? A sweet makeup bag filled with a lip gloss and matching nail colour that makes a nice little Valentines Day gift. There are five sets available (Dove (white pearl), Flamingo (hot pink crème), Gold Finch (nude with a hint of shimmer), Skylark (chocolate crème) and White Swan (pale lavender with a kiss of pink)).
2. Too Faced Sweethearts Flush Blush
I couldn’t go past this “Something About Berry” heart-shaped blush from Too Faced. A little makeup treat that I definitely wouldn’t mind seeing appear tied with a bow, sweet and simple but so useful!
3. Giorgio Armani Si
Ah fragrance, the traditional Valentines gift after chocolate and red roses! This sophisticated scent from Giorgio Armani “Si” is the designer’s ode to modern femininity. Sultry Sicilian Bergamot, Mandarin oil and Liquer de Cassis top notes and a floral, sugar sweetness underneath.
4. Burberry Brit Rhythm for Her
How stunning is this perfume bottle? Brand new and just in time for Valentine’s Day Burberry Brit Rhythm for Her has the scent of lavender first before heading into the spicy arena of pink pepper. Described as feminine with an edge of rock and roll, it’s definitely a perfume with a difference.
5. Mug Big Heart: Neon Hearts From Kikki K
I am slowly realising how important my favourite mug is to my morning routine and if Mr Polka showed up with this beauty I wouldn’t be averse to using it as my lucky mug. Gold heart? Winner!
6. Lush Neon Love Soap
I love gift ideas that are oh so sweet but tiny like this Lush soap. It’s got a creamy heart centre (fresh figs, passion fruit juice and soya yoghurt) surrounded by a sweet red blend of Bergamot and rosewood)
7. Koko Black Valentines Heart Pop In Milk
Chocolate is a Valentines Day favourite – this is a heart on a stick. I’m not sure why I needed to point out the obvious, except to point out the ingeniousness of chocolate on a stick in Summer. I vote this as a winner.
8. Pommery Brut Rosé NV
There is nothing quite like champagne for something special and this Pommery Rose is going to be a winner for me because, well it’s pink and it’s champagne and I really don’t need to say more now do I?
9. Haighs Milk Red Heart
Everybody in my life knows Haighs dark chocolate peppermint frogs are my favourite chocolate in the world and this little heart? You can’t go wrong with chocolate. It’s sweet, it’s simple but most importantly? It’s delicious.
10. Be My Valentine Cupcake Box from The Cupcake Queens
After giving Mr Polka Dot cupcakes (far less perfectly decorated might I add) for our first Valentines Day, cupcakes are a favourite Valentines Day treat for me. This pretty gift box is available for same day delivery – how’s that for last-minute sweetness?
11. Benefit Lollitint
With a name like that, I could hardly leave this handy little makeup gem out of this oh so sweet roundup. A lovely little Valentines treat for girlfriends too wrapped up with a lollipop don’t you think? Right on trend, Benefit’s candy orchid tint is a double duty makeup treat that can work on both cheeks and lips.
12. David Beckham Intense Instinct Eau De Toilette
Just in case you thought this was completely girl friendly (I think anyone enjoys a good cupcake, so it really isn’t) I’ve popped in this brand new fragrance from David Beckham. Firstly the red glass bottle is suitably Valentines inspired but the scent? Top noted by Melon, lemon and ginger, and ending in a woody base of white cedar and teak. The scent is limited edition so if you love the sound of this one, jump on it!
13. Lush Be Mine Gift Box
Ah Lush, how you make bath time so sweet. This gift box has plenty of pampering treats in it – body conditioner, massage bar and delicious smelling soap.