January 26, 2022

The Gritty Pretty Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2022

valentine's day gift guide
Photography: Rose Garnett

Gone are the days of love hearts, chocolate and teddy bears…

There are two extremes of Valentine’s Day: the people who love it and the people who, to put it politely, despise it with a burning passion. Whether you’re single and ready to mingle or in a committed relationship has no effect on the previously stated extremes–you either love it or you hate it.

But regardless of where you sit on the love day spectrum, any excuse for a treat is a good excuse. A small token of appreciation from your significant other or your galentines (girlfriend valentines, duh!) to say thanks for loving me, even when I’m hangry. So, to ensure you get a treat you’ll actually like, we’ve rounded up the best Valentine’s Day beauty buys so you can drop hints with ease. Cupid could never!

MAKEUP

Dior Rouge Dior New Look Limited Edition Lipsticks

Just when we thought Dior makeup couldn’t get any chicer, the French fashion house releases lipsticks in their iconic houndstooth packaging. The limited edition, refillable lipsticks make the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for the girl who can’t go anywhere without a statement lip. With the formula infused with red peony for its protective properties and other natural floral extracts to keep the lips nourished, lips have never looked this kissable.

Buy now: Dior Rouge Dior New Look Limited Edition Lipsticks, $72

Victoria Beckham Beauty Lid Lustre

Who doesn’t love a little sparkle to spice up an everyday makeup look? Victoria Beckham Beauty’s Lid Lustre is the perfect gift for the Posh Spice in your life. This wet-finish glitter eyeshadow can basically be seen from space (it’s that blinding) and also contains squalane to keep the eyelids nourished while you wear.

Buy now: Victoria Beckham Beauty Lid Lustre, $48

Westman Atelier Lit Up Highlight Stick

Everyone needs a good highlight stick in their makeup kit, so why not spoil your Valentine with a luxurious Westman Atelier one. The silky, gel texture melts into the skin with ease, giving you the glow without the glitter. Plus, the formula contains vitis vita grape extract which detoxifies the skin cells and promotes the production of collagen and hyaluronic acid.

Buy now: Westman Atelier Lit Up Highlight Stick, $68

Grown Alchemist Valentine’s Age Repair Lip Duo Kit

Pucker up! Grown Alchemist’s limited edition Valentine’s Age Repair Lip Duo Kit is the ultimate gift for keeping your S/O kissable. With peptides and violet leaf extract to hydrate and nourish the lips, this will score you some extra V Day smooches for sure.

Buy now: Grown Alchemist Valentine’s Age Repair Lip Duo Kit

HAIR

Aveda NutriPlenish Treatment Masque Light Moisture

Conveniently falling towards the end of a long, hot summer, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to treat your significant other to a luxurious hair mask–and the Aveda NutriPlenish Treatment Masque is our top pick. Formulated to restore hydration without weighing the hair down, expect to see some seriously luscious locks on your date night.

Buy now: Aveda NutriPlenish Treatment Masque Light Moisture, $62

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

If you’re looking to score some serious brownie points this year, the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer is the gift for you. Designed with Air Multiplier technology to deliver fast styling and precision styling with minimal heat damage, the lamborghini of hair dryers is a very impressive V-Day gift.

Buy now: Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer, $599

Ouai Leave In Conditioner

If it’s good enough for the Kar-Jenners, it’s good enough for your Valentine. The Ouai Leave In Conditioner is the perfect gift for the hair care enthusiast in your life. Formulated with argan and evening primrose oil to leave the hair smooth and shiny, this leave in product detangles and protects against heat damage in one fell swoop.

Buy now: Ouai Leave In Conditioner, $40

SKIN

Omorovicza Queen Cleanser

A luxurious, cream cleanser, the Omorovicza Queen Cleanser is bound to be a V-Day winner. Ideal for sensitive skin and formulated with calendula extract to calm irritated skin, borage seed oil to stimulate ceramide synthesis and evening primrose oil to protect against oxidative stress, this is on the fast track to become a routine staple.

Buy now: Omorovicza Queen Cleanser, $135

Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Toner

Pretty and practical, the Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Toner is a beautiful gift for your loved one. A non-stripping formula with real rose petals and hyaluronic acid to plump, hydrate and firm the skin, this best-seller will have you in the good books for months to come.

Buy now: Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Toner, $68

Elizabeth Arden Retinol Eye Cream

A decadent formula designed to plump fine lines and wrinkles, hydrate and reduce the appearance of dark circles, the Elizabeth Arden Retinol Eye Cream is perfect for a Valentine’s Day treat. Combining the anti-ageing power of retinol with moisture-boosting ceramides, this formula is heavy-duty and hydrating all at the same time.

Buy now: Elizabeth Arden Retinol Eye Cream, $115

Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

Give the gift of great skin this Valentine’s Day with the Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant. The perfect addition to any skincare routine to leave the complexion even, dewy and radiant, you’ll be a hit if you’re S/O unwraps this come Feb 14. Plus, right now you can save 15 per cent off one item and 20 per cent off two or more items when you use the code ‘SELFCARE’ at checkout.

Buy now: Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

LIFESTYLE

Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé

If a beautiful bottle of champagne is more your Valentine’s Day speed (we get it, it means you can enjoy the gift too), then we can’t go past the Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé champagne. A bubbly rosé with hints of violet and rose petal, it’s the perfect way to cheers to love.

Buy now: Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé, $124.99

La Perla Maison Bronze Silk Satin Robe With Frastaglio

Definitely the bougiest gift on our list, this La Perla robe is a real showstopper. The hand embroidered robe will be sure to impress even the pickiest of gift-receivers, making even the most mundane tasks feel luxurious.

Buy now: La Perla Maison Bronze Silk Satin Robe, $1,950

Aerin Cocktail Shaker & Jigger Set

Spice up the bar cart with the Aerin Cocktail Shaker & Jigger Set. The perfect Valentine’s Day gift for the cocktail-enthusiast, this set is sure to wow. Taking kitchenware to a new, chic level, we would bet our lives on this gift impressing, big time.

Buy now: Aerin Cocktail Shaker & Jigger Set, $244

Simone Pérèle Satin Secrets Night Gown

The perfect addition to your chic nightwear collection, this Simone Pérèle night gown is the perfect Valetine’s Day gift. Pink, lacy and oh-so pretty, we don’t think it could get any more perfect.

Buy now: Simone Pérèle Satin Secrets Night Gown

BODY

Nécessaire The Body Wash

A daily vitamin-rich body wash designed to nourish the skin, the Nécessaire Body Wash is perfect for the low-maintenance Valentine. Containing niacinamide, vitamin C and vitamin E to refresh and hydrate the skin, this product is a cult-favourite for a reason.

Buy now: Nécessaire The Body Wash, $25

Byredo Rose Hand Wash

If your Valentine prefers chic bathroom and kitchen accessories over bougie beauty, then look no further than the Byredo Rose Hand Wash. Fragranced with a fresh bouquet of bulgarian rose, this gift will be sitting pretty, sink-side in no time.

Buy now: Byredo Rose Hand Wash, $65

Jo Malone Geranium & Walnut Body Scrub

Smooth skin is just around the corner with the Jo Malone Geranium & Walnut Body Scrub. The perfect gift for the bath-time lover, this scrub contains shea butter, sunflower seed oil and walnut shells to reveal luminous, supple skin.

Buy now: Jo Malone Geranium & Walnut Body Scrub, $90

FRAGRANCE

Tom Ford Rose Prick EDP

Is your Valentine in need of a new fragrance? Enter: Tom Ford’s Rose Prick EDP. Inspired by Tom Ford’s private rose garden, this scent is sharp, pristine and oh-so floral.

Buy now: Tom Ford Rose Prick EDP, $490

Carrière Frères La Rose Aime La Menthe Candle

Whether it’s the bedside table or the bathroom cabinet that could use a little love, the Carrière Frères La Rose Aime La Menthe Candle is the perfect addition. With the bright floral notes of rose and the sharp sweetness of mint, this candle is a serious mood setter.

Buy now: Carrière Frères La Rose Aime La Menthe Candle, $79

Coqui Coqui Room Diffuser

The perfect gift to whisk your significant other away to a luxurious Mexican resort, the Coqui Coqui Room Diffuser is decadent and delightful. Made up of 37 per cent essential oils, these room diffusers fill any space with scent in a matter of moments. Plus, they are oh-so chic.

Buy now: Coqui Coqui Room Diffuser, $315

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