Valentine’s Day may have become a somewhat commercial holiday, but there’s no reason you have to gift your partner with a tasteless mainstream gift. Being lovers of all things design-orientated and beautiful, we at HL recommend you use the day to present your beloved with a meaningful item of style.
With this in mind, we’ve each given thought to the type of gift we would love to receive from our significant other, plan to give our partner or intend to treat ourselves to (because why should this occasion only be for couples?) come 14 February. You’ll find our Valentine’s Day staff picks below.
a butterfly immortalised
South African company Papillon Belle uses the delicate wings of butterflies that have reached the end of their lives to create iridescent pendants, rings and earrings with sterling silver frames. The one-of-a-kind pieces come in gift boxes along with a certificate that features a photograph of the butterfly used and some of its details.
his and hers pillows
We have to admit, they’re a little bit cheesy, but Zana’s his and hers pillow covers are a sweet way to remind your dearest (and yourself) of your connection every night before you nod off. They are printed with paired phrases like ‘I have always known’/’it was you’, ‘I love you’/’to the moon and back’ and the cute option below.
paris in print
This limited edition print of a map of Paris – the famed city of love – is part of a travel guide series created by David Ehrenstrahle and available locally from Anatomy Design. If you’ve visited the city as a couple, it would serve as a lovely memento; if you haven’t yet, it’ll be a good motivation to go experience the romance of this special city.
jhb hates you t-shirt
Off-beat creative duo Jana + Koos’s ‘JHB hates U’ t-shirt is a cheeky play on the theme of love and a fun gift for a special kind of partner with a special sort of sense of humour.
a bush of roses
As cliché as they might seem, flowers are still a smile-worthy gift, but the problem with bouquets is, they perish very quickly (and that’s not such a happy reflection on your love). So this year we recommend you rather go for a rosebush that’ll keep thriving long after 14 February.
If your other half is a patron of clay, you cannot go wrong with a handmade ceramic piece from local artist Amor Coetzee of Dayfeels. We especially love the Seasea ramekins, which reflect her characteristic clean, muted aesthetic and her love of nature. Email her at email@example.com to order – a percentage of each ramekin sold goes to a church in Khayelitsha.
a one-off sarah pratt artwork
Made with a hefty heap of love, artists Sarah Pratt’s one-off works will appeal to a loved one who shares her playful, quirky approach. The piece below was created from ink and gouache with hand-cut collage detail. It and others like it are available from the Alex Hamilton Studio Gallery and Salon91.
words from the heart
Typography enthusiasts will no doubt appreciate a sentimental print from the Seven Swans stationery collection. The brand hot foils copper and gold phrases onto naturally textured paper that can be box framed or left unframed, and the result is minimal but striking. Favourite love-related phrases include the rather original one below and ‘you’re a sky full of stars’.
Because we can’t imagine anyone would turn their nose up at LINDT, we had to include the master chocolatier’s new range of limited edition gift boxes here. You can pick up a heart-shaped box filled with LINDOR milk chocolate or strawberry and cream truffles, a heart-shaped collectible tin packed with sweet bliss, a set of three strawberry and cream bites or any of the regular cornets.
Win a LINDOR picnic hamper filled with Lindt’s gift boxes and more.
bonus: original cards
If you’ve decided that words are enough, why not place them inside a card with a novel, non-cliché message printed on the front? These options from Monk Designs have stolen our hearts.