Wrapped in love and personalised for pleasure, gifting is a fine art; honed to perfection by amorous couples. The new-age lover no longer banks on that last-minute purchase of jewels and a hurried assemblage of flowers — these days brownie points are scored through thoughtfully curated gifts that speak individually to the object of your affection. Observation, attention to detail, generosity and an adventurous spirit make you the Valentine Santa for your lucky one. And if you really want to go all-out, take our advice: don’t reserve your gift-giving for Valentine’s Day — indulge your better half all this month and, better still, all year round with these awww-inspiring ideas.
A HAND-PICKED FOOD BASKET FOR THE GOURMAND
She could be batty over bibimbap for brunch and he could go till the end of the earth for an artisan, grass-fed Colorado-grade bison steak. Whether your bae’s heart beats for comfort nosh or posh gourmet adventures, it’s unlikely that a February itinerary garnished liberally with their favourite foods will be anything less than utterly memorable. Ditch the Michelin star table reservation for a painstakingly customised gourmet hamper that showcases your splendid knowledge of your loved one’s palate. Be it their beloved Parisian macaroons, coffee from Guatemala that you discovered together, seafood delicacies from Mumbai he grew up on, or that restaurant-grade pasta machine she’s been eyeing all year, curate a basket of food memories that will have your Valentine eating out of your hands all year round.
A LUXURY TIMEPIECE FOR THE DISCIPLINARIAN
She’s an old school girl who invests in time and luxury with equal dedication. She’s never late for a date and won’t let you be either. Clearly she doesn’t need a watch, but a timeless chronograph will have this classicist secretly turning cartwheels. Ensure that your selection is discreetly glamorous with a mother-of-pearl dial and sapphire crystal set with cascading diamonds. She’s familiar with maisons de Rolex, Patek Philippe, Breitling and Omega, so make sure your gift bears au courant features like a pulsometer scale — it will measure her heart rate (which will spike when you slip this beauty on her wrist) — and a second-time zone indicator.
A LIMITED EDITION TECH TOY FOR THE GEEK
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This one admires novelty more than big bucks, so you needn’t necessarily splash out on a foldable screen, über-arty laptop. He’ll be equally chuffed with a super-portable mobile printer, ear pods for his smartphone, a wireless speaker, a gaming headphone or a phone dock to jazz up his work desk. Or you could just gift him a cool wireless doorbell, customised to play ‘your song’ whenever you come a-calling at his pad!
A CUSTOM-MADE OUTFIT FOR THE FASHIONISTA
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Everyone loves a boy who sweeps the web to get his Gucci-loving girlfriend a pretty dress. But this time, move beyond tony labels to show you really know her, and have been listening to her when she’s propounding on fashion! Get an outfit customised by her favourite local atelier with the fabric, length, cut and tailoring that she loves. Whether it’s a set of co-ords or an anarkali, she’ll be starry-eyed by your sartorial effort.
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