Love it or loathe it, February is the month when everyone is seeing red, whether or not they're in love. There's no way you could get through a day in mid-February without spotting that red heart _ the symbol of love, the epitome of cultural commercialism that is St Valentine's Day.
Love is sweet, but selecting a gift of love might not be. Hearts are everywhere, and out there we have a sea of red and pink _ everything looks the same, and it takes more than love and a desire to see a smile on your loved one's face to find a perfect Valentine's gift.
Let's start with the compulsory shape _ the heart. Anyone looking for a present bearing this archetypal shape of love has a massive selection offered by several local designers and luxury houses.
With the latest spring/summer 2013 collections returning to their tongue-in-cheek treatment of the theme of love, Sretsis has a range of accessories that would just fit the Valentine's Day sensibility, such as the heart-shape Kinder Hearts sunglasses and Heart & Arrow bangles. For those looking for bigger gifts than small accessories, but still love the heart motif, DKNY and Mulberry offer their sweet version of familiar handbags. The red DKNY tote comes with a detachable black arrow in pink heart key chain that makes it as much a perfect St Valentine's Day gift as a bag for just any day once the key chain is removed. But for those who prefer the hearts to be where they are for good, Mulberry's Valentines Bayswater Clutch Wallet would surely make a luxurious and romantic gift.
For those who prefer something more cheeky than mere hearts, Kloset's latest collection offers a range of accessories that bear the "Kiss" mark, making love more saucy than ever. But if you're more on the tender side, and yet not wanting to stick to the archetypal image, a flower shape may probably be an option that doesn't stray far from the romantic theme. Disaya's English garden-inspired summer collection offers pieces of jewellery in uber-sweet pastel flowers, be it the ring or the necklace. Renowned handbags and leathergoods designer Boyy also comes up with another Valentine's idea for those who prefer it customised _ the personalised phone case, you can choose the colour and message for the leather case.
Another Thai leathergoods designer whose annual Valentine's collection has always received positive response from fans is Tu'i. This year, Tu'i picks her hit bag Juliette, and glams it up for the season of love with Swarovski crystals and delicate Ostrich feathers, all in three sweet palettes deriving from the colours of the rose.
About the author
- Writer: Samila Wenin
Position: Muse Editor