What better day than Valentine’s to get a little naughty with your gifts? Let liquor be your ambrosia and body paint your Cupid’s arrows this Day of Love. These alcohol gifts won’t exactly earn the approval of St Valentine, but your partner is sure to welcome such a titillating surprise.
Musgrave Gin & 1701 Collaboration
If you’ve got someone special who is the gin to your tonic, this is the perfect Valentine’s gift! The most beautiful pink imaginable, this hamper is sure to match the shade of those rose-tinted glasses that come on every time you look at your beloved. Featuring rose-infused gin as the star (truly the stuff of fairytales), this box includes a host of other delights. Pour your Rose Gin and Elderflower Tonic water into 2 Spiegelau glasses while you nibble on 1701 Dark Chocolate Salted Almond Butter Brittle and sink into the marshmallowy goodness of a Roasted Macadamia Nougat Box. And in case this exquisite collection hasn’t said enough, you can include a hand-written card for even more articulation of your feelings. A night in was never more romantic thanks to the Musgrave Gin Collaboration. Is that warmth you’re feeling in your chest love, or gin? They’re pretty interchangeable. Available here; R1780.
Moët & Chandon’s Emoëticons
Inspired by the creative, expressive world of emojis and emoticons, Moët & Chandon’s Emoëticons let you share and love in THE NOW, in the Maison’s signature style. Speak what’s in your heart and on your mind when you personalise your message – and your bottle! – with Emoëticons, the group of images including champagne bottles and flutes, eyes, lips, heart sunglasses, music notes, smileys, the words pop!, kiss, love, and more. Emoëticons give you endless, colourful and stylish ways to convey your love. The Moët Rosé Impérial Emoëticons Limited Edition Gift Box is full of Moët Rosé Impérial’s lively spirit. The gift box is adorned from top to bottom with the bright Emoëticons. It also comes with a page of Emoëticon stickers under the cover to personalise your bottle of Moët Rosé Impérial. Open the cover and open THE NOW! Available from leading liquor merchants nationwide from: R649.95
Boekenhoutskloof – The Chocolate Block in Gift Box
Valentine’s Day and gifts go together like wine and and another glass of wine. What better gift for your beloved vino enthusiast than a bottle of Boekenhoutskloof from The Chocolate Box? Boasting fruity notes of prunes, mulberries and cloves, the floral hints are what make this delicious bottle especially perfect for February 14th. Forgot to bring home flowers? Just offer up a glass of Boekenhoutskloof instead! The taste sensation is finished off with plums, blackberries and olive tapenade on the palate, giving that final boost of satisfying flavour. Much like your relationship (hopefully), this wine has been handled with the utmost care. The compositional varietals have been tenderly sourced from Piekenierskloof, Franschhoek and Swartland, making the final bottle a true labour of love. Available from Makro stores worldwide (availability at certain times may vary), R199,95.
Graham Beck Gorgeous Pinot Noir Chardonnay 2016
Tell someone they’re gorgeous this Valentine’s Day in a rather delicious way. A blend of pinot noir and chardonnay this resplendent wine comes in a coppery-pink hue. Orange blossom and jasmine on the nose are followed by the delightful flavour of raspberry cream and honeydew melon. Available here; R60.
Emergency Lovers Box
If you managed to forget about Valentine’s Day once more, all hope is not yet lost! Gift Lady comes to the rescue with the perfect last-minute save for the forgetful romantic. The generosity of this Emergency Lovers Box should more than make up for your lack of preparation, and might even get you back into your partner’s loving arms. Nothing says ‘I definitely didn’t forget’ like this treasure trove. Just be sure to open it discreetly, as some items could make St Valentine turn the colour of a long-stemmed rose. The small chocolate hearts and red petals are PG enough, but the rating goes up the further you delve into this tantalising box. Available from Gift Lady, R1105.