From the exclusive to the quirky: Valentine’s present guide - in pictures

Don't wait until the last minute to find the perfect present for your loved one on Valentine's Day. For inspiration, check out Rebecca McLaughlin-Duane's handy gift guide, with options ranging from the exclusive to the quirky.

Gems and roses

Choose from the La Marquise jewellery's limited-edition Valentine's Collection, which includes Cupid's-arrow bangles, heart-shaped rings and "Love" brooches, and pendants in rose gold. Prices upon application. La Marquise has 10 boutiques in the UAE – visit to find your closest. Customers who visit one of the stores on Valentine's Day will receive a red rose.

Paint the town red

Accessories queen Tory Burch has imagined a romantic range for ladies. Classic designs, such as the Robinson perforated multi-totes and adjustable shoulder bags, are available in bold ­vermilion, while the flip-flops, with bow detail, come in poppy red. Smaller gifts include coin-case key rings in the shape of a bird, ­appliqué heart iPhone cases and ruby smartphone wristlets. ­Prices upon application. Visit

Sign of the times

Salvatore Ferragamo celebrates with a special edition of one of its famous watches, the Idillio. The timepiece has an embellished ­mother-of-pearl dial with pavé diamonds, offset against a red alligator-­effect strap. Also available this month is a collection of knot bracelets for him and her. Some have braided leather, others feature ­double-heart jewels. Prices for the jewellery start from Dh1,100, while the Idillio watch starts from Dh7,250.

True blue

We're loving the passport holders and heart-shaped key rings in Aspinal of London's electric cobalt blue range. Equally desirable are letterbox saddle bags and Marylebone minis, available in smooth Italian calf leather, lined with shimmering grosgrain. For something a bit more exquisite and delicate, Aspinal's silk scarves come in navy and shades of deep-sea blue. Prices range from Dh300 to Dh6,000. Visit

Perfectly suited

Ascots & Chapels is offering an "Enhanced Shirt Experience" bespoke package for gentlemen this month. It includes three handcrafted shirts, finished with mother-of-pearl buttons, engraved cufflinks and interchangeable collars and cuffs. The Dh1,100 deal also includes three pocket squares, collar stiffeners and 12 months of ­tailoring services for wear and tear. To book an appointment, call 050 458 3700. Visit

Truth or dare

Mary-Pierre Julien of Givaudan has released a playful new fragrance for Valentine's Day. Guess Double Dare, which has floral, woody and amber overtones, is packed with scents of wild strawberries and lychees. Heart notes include violet leaf and jasmine, while base notes comprise vetiver and vanilla. Available at beauty counters across the UAE, eau de parfum bottles cost Dh215 for 50ml and Dh270 for 100ml. Visit

All wrapped up

A limited-edition Be My Valentine version of Alexander McQueen's iconic skull-print scarf is available in magenta. Made from silk-chiffon, the scarf is 104 x 120cm, costs Dh1,100 and is available at The Dubai Mall and The Galleria on Abu Dhabi's Al Maryah island. Visit

Cinderella slipper

Santoni has turned its back on red to ­instead focused on sheer, crystal-­embellished shoes for ­Valentine's Day. Three styles of the micro-appliqué designs are available: a tapered-toe ­b­allerina, a mid-heel décolleté and a side-opening stiletto pump. The capsule collection, which starts from Dh2,150, is available at ­Level Shoe District and Rodeo Drive outlets in Dubai. Visit

Beyond skin deep

Luxury skincare brand Aesop has a new range of products for men this month. First up, a ­water-soluble parsley seed cleansing oil infused with macadamia oil, vitamin E and A. Suitable for all skin types, prices start from Dh205 for a 200ml bottle. There is also a cleanser in the collection for Dh130 and a recommended masque – containing rosehip-seed extracts, which are rich in antioxidants – for Dh140. For delivery across the UAE visit or

Tech tock

Presuming that tech-savvy chaps might appreciate an Apple watch this Valentine's Day, the brand has come up with some stylish new versions. With prices starting from Dh1,399, you can choose from gold and rose-gold aluminium cases. The far-and-away winner, how­ever, is the Hermès leather-strap model with an extra-long band that double-wraps around the wrist. Available in four colours – fauve, etain, capucine and bleu jean – prices are ­available upon request. Visit

Body bliss

The St Regis Dubai is offering couples a 60-minute spa session for Dh990 on February 12, 13 and 14. The ­treatment involves an aromatic couple's massage in a room that also has a hot tub, sauna, steam room and a light-sound shower. Spa-tinis will be served throughout the hour. Visit

Designer darling

The Outnet has a far-reaching range of gifts for the lady in your life. ­Currently trending: Dolce & ­Gabbana's Bette sandals in blush suede and a transparent Love Pandora Perspex clutch bag by Charlotte Olympia. More amour-themed apparel comes in the form of heart-print cotton separates by Être Cécile and rose-print jacquard minidresses by Giambattista Valli. For prices and delivery details, visit

Look the part

Zadig & Voltaire has ­unveiled its latest ­collection of unisex eyewear. Available at leading department stores, the bi-colour range comes in lightweight acetate and has two coloured pins engraved with the brand's angel-wing logo. For prices and to see the full range, visit www.zadig-et-­

Country charm Bottega Veneta presents its Valentine's Day recommendations for him and her, with scents characterised by musky notes, cedarwood and tonka beans. The eau de parfum for women is typified by leathery floral chypre and ingredients inspired by the Venetian countryside, such as mown hay, wood and fresh flowers. Prices for 50ml bottles start from Dh300 and Dh455 for 75ml bottles. Available at leading department stores. Visit

Think outside the box

Prepare for a romantic weekend away with ­luxury-luggage brand Rimowa's ultimate oversized ring box, in the form of a ruby aluminium vanity case or a sleek silver carry-on weekender bag. For him, there are glossy black briefcases and large long-haul multiwheel models. Aluminium designs cost from Dh1,900 to Dh5,600. Visit