Perfume may be a cliche, but if you buy your loved one a fragrance with some extra punch it'll definitely get you in the good books. I love Marc Jacobs' fragrances, and this new Eau So Fresh Daisy Delight scent is a classic. Light enough to be worn daily and fresh enough to be worn all year round, it's a universal scent that will satisfy all fragrance needs - plus it looks blooming awesome. If you'd rather stay away from the obvious, why not buy your lady a beautiful scented candle instead? A great candle will provide hours of delicate scent and create a relaxing atmosphere in your home, perfect for a Valentines night in. I love this citrus blend from Espa, which contains refreshing Peppermint, revitalising Eucalyptus and a crisply energising dash of Lime.
An extravagant red lipstick is timeless and the epitome of elegance. A premium brand of red lipstick will always offer something a little more exotic and worthy of a special occasion, making it a great gift. I love Yves Saint Laurent lipsticks because of their fabulous gold packaging and long-lasting colour, but this limited edition red lip from Lipstick Queen is equally as luxurious thanks to its vintage-inspired case. If you're not sure what colour to go for, then blue-based cherry colours work great for pale skin, while raspberry and orange-based reds work well for darker skin tones.
If your lady is as obsessed with nail varnish as I am, then a thoughtful addition to her collection could be more welcome than another ill-fitting lacy pair of knickers. Ciate offer a fabulous range of unusual glitter polishes, as well as some classic nude shades that will take her through to summer. Nailberry are a new brand that only carry a spectrum of berry shades, their formulas being free from nasties and long-lasting too. You can't go wrong with Nails Inc either; their gel polishes are a great gift idea, especially as she'll want her manicure to last the whole Valentines weekend.
Lulu Guinness is most well known for her lip-shaped bags and purses, which are timeless while still being fun. Why not get your loved one Lulu's sweet and handy lip-shaped coin purse, that also doubles up as a lipstick holder? This one is currently available via Clinique for £55.00, all of the profits going to Great Ormond Street Hospital. Although they're not cheap, they're great quality and will be treasured for years to come. You may even get a massive kiss of thanks for it too!
I hope that's given you a little inspiration, or even whet an appetite for a self-indulgent purchase. Who needs a man when you've got a credit card and a Sex & The City boxset?