While we’re not likely to turn down a romantic meal or bloomin’ bouquet, Valentine’s Day can get, well, a little repetitive year after year. From original homewares to made-in-Siam scents, these chic gifts are guaranteed to get your beloved’s heart a’ fluttering.
For house-proud home bods, head to Alexander Lamont which shelves some seriously stylish gift options. A longtime Bangkok resident, Lamont works with Thai artisans to craft exquisite furniture and objets using traditional materials and techniques. Gift a set of his beautiful Gold Spring votives and light up your loved one’s day; the candle holders are made from horsehair, black lacquer and pure gold – perfect for creating that all important romantic glow.
When only bling will do, beeline to Lambert Gems, one of the city’s most reliable jewellers. Pick from their own range of sparklers (the brilliant-cut rose diamond and gold ring caught our eye), but a one-off is also well worth the splurge: their clever craftsmen will set stones, realise your design and copy loved or lost pieces.
Gift the scent of Thailand with an artisan fragrance from Karmakamet. From humble origins as a stall on Chatuchak Market, this scentsational mini-empire has a range of apothecary-style shops across the city. Browse the original, nostalgically packaged scents, such as wild fig, Moroccan Otto of Rose and guava and wild honey, all of which smell as good as they look.
Renowned silk star Almeta (which has worked with the likes of Missoni) uses traditional Thai weaving methods to create custom-made silk items, from one-off dresses and robes to home furnishings. There’s also a fabulous range of silk tableware, perfect for making that romantic meal extra special.
For an indulgent, sensual romantic gesture, you need look no further than The Peninsula Spa. Indulge in some pampering à deux with their Precious Time Together treatment, which includes a salt and oil full-body exfoliation and aromatherapy massage for two, plus a double rainshower and hydrotherapy bath. We won’t blame you if you never want to leave.
Alexander Lamont / 3 / F Shop 8 / Ploenchit Road / 10330 / + 66 2656 1048 / 10am-8pm daily / www.alexanderlamont.com
Almeta Silk / 20/3 Sukhumvit Soi 23 / 10110 / + 66 2 204 1413 / 10am-8pm daily / www.almeta.com