11 gift ideas for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day

Put some thought into your gifts this February 14, your Valentine will love you for it, writes Esther N McCarthy

1. MATTERS OF THE ART

11 gift ideas for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day

Wearable art is the way to her heart. Go handmade and Irish-made with this 100% silk twill scarf by artist and designer Claire O’Connor. €190, www.clareoconnnor.net

2. SAVE YOUR SKIN

11 gift ideas for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day

The newest launch in the iconic Bobbi Brown collection is the hydrating water fresh cream. Drenched with winter rose and hyaluronic-acid, it promises 100 hours of skin-rejuvenating hydration, plus it is silicone-free. €52.50. Brown Thomas, Arnotts,

Debenhams and www.bobbibrown.co.uk/

3. IN THE GOOD BOOKS

11 gift ideas for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day

Show your sensitive side with the gift of poetry. Amy O’Connor has self-published her collection, A Beautiful Complexity. It’s aimed at males and females of any age and deals with the themes of love, loss and the journey through life. €10.70 on Amazon, €3 on Kindle. You can follow Amy’s writing over on her Instagram page @aocpoetry

4. LIFE’S A BEACH

11 gift ideas for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day

I’m not hinting or anything, but a cruise to a private island really does say I love you, doesn’t it? It also says, check the credit card bill, pronto. Life is a beach at Royal Caribbean International’s new Coco Beach Club on Perfect Day at CocoCay in The Bahamas. Visit RoyalCaribbean.com for more info.

5. DRESS FOR SUCCESS

11 gift ideas for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day

For a stunning and unique gift, Bray-based Audrey Vance will create a custom-made bridal illustration of your beloved’s wedding dress, prices start at €150, www.weddingdressink.com

6. TEA WITH A TWIST

11 gift ideas for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day

Afternoon tea with a twist - a G & Tea, if you will. The River Lee has a fabulously decadent offering that

includes a cocktail as well as all the delicious foodie fare. The G&Afternoon Tea is €35 pp, www.doylecollection.com/

7. BREATH OF FRESH AIR

11 gift ideas for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day

Instead of roses, why not this wild rose Kenmare Jersey cable dress from IrelandsEye Knitwear’s Just Breathe Collection? €150 from Kilkenny Shop, House of Ireland and www.irelandseyeonline.com/

8. ON THE MONEY

11 gift ideas for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day

Indulge in a little ‘to me, from me’ and treat yourself to a stylish new Orla Kiely wallet, €90 from Kilkenny shop. www.kilkennyshop.com/

9. PICTURE PERFECT

11 gift ideas for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day

Click the shutter for a heart flutter with Sony’s RX100 VII camera, the first of all the models to include a mic input, which combined with tilting screen, makes it a good choice when vlogging a romantic trip away (a cruise perhaps?) €1,300, www.sony.ie

10. LOUNGE AROUND

11 gift ideas for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day

Loved one loves to lounge? Get her the B by Ted Baker robe, €77 from www.debenhams.ie

11. IN THE PINK

11 gift ideas for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day

Pucker up for the kisses with Charlotte Tilbury’s best-selling, award-winning Pillow Talk. It’s the perfect nude-pink, suits-all, effortless, lip-enhancing shade for smooching on Valentine’s Day. €32, from BT and www.charlottetilbury.com/

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