It’s official, the longest January in history is finally behind us, and the season of love is just around the corner. Despite how you may feel about Valentine's Day, it’s a fine thing for conviviality that’s often lacking at this time of year. To the cynics (and perhaps realists) amongst us, Valentine’s Day is just another day, but the romantic in me needs little persuasion to spread some extra love and embrace the 14th February every year. Plus, my favourite pastime is gift-giving, especially when said gifts come from independent brands.
One thing’s for sure, Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to shower the special people in our lives with love and a heartfelt gift from an indie brands seldom disappoints. Whether you’re looking for a sentimental piece, a unique homeware gift, a touch of personalisation, or some clothing bits, independent brands are experts at crafting beautiful one-of-a-kind gifts that the people in your life are sure to appreciate and love for years to come.
Below, I’ve compiled a gift guide that will appease the fashion-lover, home cooks, and magpies in your life. Keep scrolling to discover my favourite unique Valentine's Day gifts from independent brands as well as the lust-worthy pieces to add to your wish list if you fancy treating yourself.
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Boheme Goods tie top became a cult style last summer. This year they've released a printed variation, just in time for Valentine’s Day. It features a similar style, albeit a bit more cropped, and with a double tie and fluted sleeve. It's destined to be another hit.
3. Underwear and Sleepwear
We may be years on from the introduction of feather pyjamas but our love of them is strong. Don them as outerwear or when hosting at home. Either way, it's sure to put a smile on the recipient’s face and invite some 1960s glamour to the everyday.
I don't know a single person who wouldn't be overjoyed to receive a Deiji Studios piece. It's paired back luxury at its finest. Although they're listed as pyjamas, they'll fit indoors as outerwear brief come spring. Note the side tie which is new to their 2023 designs.
Although By Milaner's arsenal boasts many spectacular bags (including some spotted in And Just Like That), I can't help but think the hue and classic style of this silk scarf lends itself well to gift giving. Granted, the silk scarf is in high demand but it's also a piece that will date well, whilst holding beautiful sentiment.
Studio Arva is the brainchild of Abi Omole. Her shop includes many treasures but among my favourites are the onyx-carved fruits. They look good enough to eat and will sit on a plush tablescape, travertine table (if you're lucky enough to own one), or fireplace.
Jewellery lovers also need adequate methods of organisation. Daisy London crafted a rattan case that's just as beautiful as their jewellery offerings. If you're feeling extra generous, pop a piece of jewellery inside as a sweet surprise. It's also available in the mini size.
Mashu bags make the best gift. Everything about their pieces, from the interior to welding materials, is made with sustainable practices in mind. The Philippa bag is a compact and classic style that will work for date nights and beyond. The hammered gold link chain works in unison with the soft ecru hue of the exterior.