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So what will you buy your true love on Valentine’s Day?valjohn.jpg Forget the flowers, chocs, perfume, and other such predictable and parsimonious presents. Go for imaginative style, whether in a small shape or on a grand scale, and the ardent suitor will wish to impress both in his personal gift wrapping and the setting.

No time for a new Savile Row suit now, but cause to have the favoured one cleaned or certainly pressed. So many men neglect pressing; and if there is any chance that one might be going down on one knee to the lady, then it should not be a baggy one.

Suitably attired, the choice of surroundings will set the scene, whether  a de luxe treat abroad or a valwatch.jpgtop tea shop. Now all you need is a present that shows a touch of class, style and generosity.

A Valentine suitor would indeed be displaying generosity with the gift of this very exceptional watch by Backes & Strauss.

An entwined design of hearts in white gold, set with diamonds, and a centre piece of sapphires, surrounds a mother of pearl face, set with diamonds, and for good measure there are more diamonds on the strap's buckle.Backes & Strauss, in Jermyn Street, are the world's oldest diamond abartwatch.comcompany, started in 1789, who work with Switzerland's famous Franck Muller workshops to create handcrafted timepieces. This one has a price tag of £30,000. www.backesandstrauss.com

Moonlight was meant for lovers, so the song says, so the latest Moon watch from a.b.art provides a somewhat less extravagant but apposite Valentine's choice. The KLD Moon timepiece shows each lunar phase on its black face as the moon waxes and wanes through each quarter, including full and new moons. and the moon glows in the dark on its black face. In a limited edition of just 500, this seems like a heavenly valgosset.jpggift and only available from abart-uk.com, price £298.

No Valentine's Day should pass without a glass of champagne. Providing a very special fizz, the Grand Millesime 2004 is the latest vintage from Gosset.

Should you wish to impress with knowledge, Gosset is the oldest wine house in the Champagne region, founded in 1584, initially concentrating upon red valruinart.jpgwine, later switching to champagne. This vintage is the result of a particularly good year for the grapes. Presented in its own gift box, price £79, from mckinleyvintners.co.uk

For those ladies who have a preference for pink, there's a fine rosé champagne from Ruinart. This is the oldest champagne house, established in 1729 by Nicolas Ruinart. Rosé has become much more popular recently, and this one is available from selfridges.com at £59.99.

The cuddly teddy bear, below, would be a cute gift, to go with the candy striped lingerie set in pink and white. This is valundies.jpgone of the sets in the latest collection by Alexis Smith, a lady who started her website in 2011 to cater for other ladies who share her 'problem' - big boobs, small back. The bras are especially designed for larger busts. Price £45 (not including Teddy). Lots more to look at on her site at www.alexissmith.eu.

For a really indulgent gesture, a trip to the Orient-Express' manor house hotel in Mallorca, La Residencia, provides a romantic setting for a special weekend.

At this tucked-away, luxury retreat, with a backdrop of the Tramuntana mountains, a couple may wander among pine forests and lemon groves, take advantage of the spa, perhaps enjoy a massage, and later a romantic candle-lit dinner à deux.

There is of course a complimentary valresid.jpg bottle of champagne on arrival. Prices start from £334 for the one-night Valentine's Day treat, staying in a Junior suite, with extra nights at special rates. Go to hotel-laresidencia.com for more details.

For the modern girl, the Apple iPod takes a lot of beating, and now you may have it specially engraved with a Valentine's message.

Apple will personalise the iPod touch or nano, or the iPad, by adding a laser valipod.jpgengraving message, free of charge. They will also gift wrap. You have until the 11th February to buy online and have delivered for the 14th, either to you or the lady.

From £249 on www.store.apple.com




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IF your love is a chocolate addict, a chocolate pizza may capture her heart.


This 10inch round of Belgian chocolate has a milk chocolate base, topped with a wicked assortment of chocolate curls, red rainbow drops, white chocolate honeycomb balls and finished with a white chocolate love heart.

You can create your own assortment of calorie-busting ingredients in 7 or 10 inch sizes. Available from the gift website Prezzybox.com.


A COCKTAIL from the Golden Era of cocktail drinking is promised by Hush, as part of their Valentine's Day attractions.

This Mayfair restaurant is valhush.jpgoffering a Valentine's Day four course feast and a cocktail menu of"Forgotten Treasures" for a romantic evening. hush.co.uk

For those who might prefer a romantic afternoon, the Ritz is putting on a Valentine's Day Afternoon Tea, with all the traditional trimmingsvalritz.jpg plus a glass of rosé champagne. Early booking essential on 020 7300 2345.

And to combine a romantic meal with quite the best way of seeing London, City Cruises is offering a Valentine's three-hour cruise along the Thames. This includes champagne, dinner, wine, and dancing to a live band, while the great sights of London pass by the window. Again, early booking is essential. citycruises.com