A Valentine's Day gift guide for homies, lovers, friends because everyone needs love

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  • This is the first Valentine's Day of the pandemic, and many people are looking forward to celebrating it in unique ways.
  • For those still making plans and waiting for their loved ones or partners to drop hints about what they want on 14 February, we're happy to lend a helping hand with a few gift ideas.
  • Appealing to all five senses; we've recommended beauty treatments, Netflix movies, and fragrances to give and receive love this Valentine's Day whether you're spending it alone or with a significant other. 

Everyone deserves to feel loved on Valentine’s Day. Whether it’s for a lover, friend, family member or yourself, a thoughtful gesture or sparkling surprise might seem small, but can mean so much.

To support this sentiment, luxury jewellery brand Pandora, conducted a study on how we express and celebrate our love. Their findings revealed that around 50 percent of participants feel loved when their significant other shows that they are thinking of them and remembers special occasions like Valentine’s Day.

This is why this Valentine’s Day, Pandora is focusing on the idea that it’s the little things we do for each other in our relationships that can say the most about our feelings. The subtle gestures, the little reminders of our feelings and small, but well-chosen gifts that show you know your partner (and loved ones) are what really brings the magic to Cupid's day.  

READ MORE: Hey single ladies - self-love is the best love  

And we agree. 

Because as Dr. Lenora Antionette Stines said; 

"... there's love of children, love of self, love of God, love of a partner. All of them have a different shape. But all of them is the same in the end."

That's why in our 2021 Valentine's Day gift guide, we've got something for everyone - singles, friends (with or without benefits), family and romantic partners. You decide which is for whom.


Placecol Skincare Clinic

I recently paid the Placecol Skincare Clinic in Randburg, Johannesburg a visit for their Magnesium mani. This treatment targets joints, arthritis, and any hands in need of a break. The lemongrass oil massage at the end is sure to give your senses a bit of a kick for the rest of the day. 

As a nod to the month of love, I opted for Scarlet red nails at the end of my treatment.  

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Photo: Writer's own 

Set an hour and R270 aside for your loved one or yourself for the magnesium mani or pedi at Placecol.  

Lume Beauty Atelier 

To treat yourself or a partner to full body experience outside of the bedroom, make an appointment at Lume Beauty Atelier in De Waterkant, Cape Town. Here, you have a wide array of body massages and treatments to choose from. 

The LUME Bespoke massage (R990) looks like a good date to us.  


Isn't bubbly just the most romantic drink ever made? 

Add one of these champagnes, MCCs and sparkling wines to your dinner plans:    

Personalised Mesmerising Bubbly Tube with an MCC/champagne of your choice, R399 to R1099.95 on NetFlorist   

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JC Le Roux gift hamper, R389.95 on NetFlorist  

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House of BNG Prestige Reserve MCC 750ml, R799.99 at Woolworths   

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Veuve Clicquot - Rose Champagne - 750ml, R759 on Takealot 

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Watch these new releases on Netflix: 

Malcolm & Marie 

As a filmmaker and his girlfriend return home from his movie premiere, smouldering tensions and painful revelations push them toward a romantic reckoning. 

Malcom and Marie

To All The Boys: Always And Forever

It started with an old love letter — and turned into a new romance. What does the future hold for Lara Jean and Peter?  

Synopses and images supplied by Netflix 

Jewellery is always a sight for sore eyes. 

Artfully blending thoughtful sentiment and iconic style, Pandora’s new Valentine’s pieces combine expert design and advanced craftsmanship techniques to achieve innovative elements such as a three- dimensional rose charm and a heart-shaped T-bar closure. 

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 Images supplied on behalf of Pandora 

Shop the Pandora Valentine's collection here. 

These are our top recommendations from this collection:   

Pink Swirl Heart Collier Necklace, R3999

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Vintage Cassette Dangle Charm, R779 

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Images supplied on behalf of Pandora 

Because roses are lovely to marvel at for about two to three weeks in your lounge or entrance hall, we've put them in this category too. 

Champagne & Roses gift set, R1 789 on Izimbali by Mbali 

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100 Red Roses in a vase, R3000 on Izimbali by Mbali 

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First, set the mood aromatically with a Matisse Femme Candle from Poetry, R250  

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And now, pull out the gift... 

Emporio Armani's New Love Story  

Emporio Armani unveils its new fragrance campaign starring British actor Nicholas Hoult and Italian actress Alice Pagani. This new chapter follows the introduction in 2017 of the fragrance duo STRONGER WITH YOU for him and BECAUSE IT’S YOU for her, celebrating unconditional love and the strength of togetherness. 

For her:

30ml | R935

50ml | R1485

100ml | R1925 

For him:

30ml | R1090

50ml | R1595

100ml | R2040

Available at all major retailers. 

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PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 03: A woman wears a Dior mono

Images supplied by Emporio Armani 

Louis Vuitton

Les Parfums Louis Vuitton has unveiled a new fragrance, Étoile Filante, composed in Grasse by Master Perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud. A voyage for the senses, a precious nectar, nestled in the House’s signature perfume bottle. A perfumer’s dream come true.  

In South Africa, you can shop this new parfume at the Louis Vuitton Sandton City store in Johannesburg and the Louis Vuitton Cape Town store at the V&A Waterfront, at the price of R4000   

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Image supplied on behalf of Louis Vuitton 

Plus, more scents...  

W. Beauty NEVADA for Him EDT, R199 at Woolworths 

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Versace Eros Eau De Parfum (for him), from R1 295 at Woolworths   

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Tom Ford Rose Prick, from R4 150 at Woolworths   

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Carolina Herrera Good Girl Suprême Eau de Parfum, from R1 935 at Woolworths  

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Images supplied by Woolworths 

READ MORE: A global pandemic wasn’t enough to keep these 4 relationships down. Here’s how they did it  


Listen to the Ultimate Valentine's Day playlist compiled by Mashable on Spotify

The likes of Beyoncé, Marvin Gaye, Elton John, and even NSYNC will be your soundtrack to a sweet day whether you're spending it alone, with a bestie, or the love of your life.  

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How are you spending this Valentine's Day? Tell us here.

Additional information provided by Press Room on behalf of Pandora

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