Saint Valentine can't have imagined that his legacy would be a
mass of overpriced chocolates, oversized cards and overblown
blooms. But rather than be a curmudgeon about the 14th February,
make the most of potential gift receiving! (Or self-gifting).
Herewith a few of my favourites:
Handpicked ingredients including Tuberose, Amber crystals and
sandalwood are the melange for Bella Freud's new candle. The red
glass receptacle is inscribed with Bella's signature chainstitch.
"Loving is the private doodle as you think of your Amour," she
explains. A doodle most gratefully received.
candle, £38 at bellafreud.com
Meanwhile, slogan queen Katharine Hamnett's LOVE
t-shirt, is a multi-layered Valentines present. Five pounds
from the sale of each tee goes to Kids Company, the charity
providing support to inner-city children, whose development can be
severely affected as a result of neglect, abuse and lack of love.
At Kids Company, love
is front and centre.
T-shirt £30 katharinehamnett.com
Kids Company, kidsco.org.uk
Who didn't draw an arrow-pierced heart on homemade Valentine
cards as a young'un? Happy first-love memories now worked-up into
an adult version by LA-based KDIA Jewelry;
18k rose gold set with hot pink and cool blue sapphires. Wear
your heart on your finger, not on your sleeve.