Let’s face it: Everything is a lot more expensive on Valentine’s Day. Even if you’re planning to get just a small bouquet of fresh blooms, or dinner at a casual eatery for your partner, you can be sure to spend quite a fair bit on that one particular day. There’s no way around it, but to help you save a little, we’ve put together a guide to gifts that are reasonably priced at under S$200.
Ranging from a beautiful satin clutch by Diane von Furstenberg, to a Brooks England‘s foldable helmet, and even a jewellery casting workshop at Gallery & Co, these 10 options are perfect as a small token of affection for your new “unofficial” relationship, or as a simple accompaniment to your already elaborate (and costly) Valentine’s Day meal at a romantic restaurant. And most importantly, you don’t have to break the bank to afford these presents.
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Crafted from lustrous satin in an alluring mustard-gold hue, Diane von Furstenberg’s clutch will shine against your little black dress. It features an asymmetric fold-over front flap as a contrast to its opulent feel, and has four internal card slots for essential items.
For the ladies who love their sparkly trinkets, this is made for you. Swarovski’s Crystal Wishes consists of two interlocking pendant necklaces, one of which is adorned with an evil eye symbol and blue pavé crystals. Layer and wear them together, or give one to your special someone as a symbol of your bond. Both pieces feature a mix of metal platings.
Swarovski Crystal Wishes pendant necklace set, S$199.
Easily a unisex piece, this pair of Le Specs’ Ottoman sunglasses features a strong, geometric shape. It is made from polished silver-tone metal and has gold mirrored lenses.
Givenchy’s iPhone case is designed with white letters against a plain black background, and is simple but appropriately romantic. We love that it’s unisex and versatile.
Why buy jewellery when you can present your loved one with something you made yourself? In this workshop at Gallery & Co, you’ll get to learn every step of jewellery casting — from mold-making to cutting and venting. You can also try your hand at melting and pouring pewter. And of course, you get to take home what you choose to make from the selection of jewellery. The workshop takes place on 12 February and 26 February. More details here.
Great for those who adore their tipples, this easy-to-use device helps aerate wine efficiently. All you need to do is pour in an entire bottle of wine, and the wine breather will do its job of adding oxygen to the drink, and allowing the drink’s aroma and taste to fully develop. You can then enjoy your vino straight from the decanter. The wine breather is crafted from glass, stainless steel, plastic and silicone.
Menu Wine Breather, S$169, from Gallery & Co.
Perfect for those who love cycling, this Brooks England helmet can be folded into a compact structure that makes it easy for storage. The Carrera helmet is designed from plastic-coated EPS foam, which offers a stylish, comfortable and secure fit. Its main feature is its joined panel within the hidden flexible frame, and an adjustable elasticated Velcro-fastening strap.
A fun yet sophisticated take on your regular all-black cardholders, Burberry’s version features hand-painted, intricate floral artwork. It is fashioned in faux leather with leather-trimmed edges.
This quirky white stretch t-shirt by Comme des Garçons Play is emblazoned with two adorable hearts with eyes, and crafted in comfortable white jersey.
Add a dash of whimsy to your work outfit, with these playful gold and silver-tone brass cufflinks. They are inspired by designer Paul Smith’s love of cycling, and are shaped with classic racing bike motifs.