18 Valentine’s Day gifts for all of the special people in your life – including yourself
07th Feb 2020
You won’t go wrong with our top picks across health, beauty and fragrance from McCauley Health and Beauty Pharmacy this Valentine’s Day, whether you’re shopping for that S.O., or treating yourself to something special.
Valentine’s Day can be a tricky one when it comes to gifting: if not enough effort is made it looks as if you don’t care enough, but if too much effort is made, it sets the bar very high for next year.
Whether you’re buying for your boyfriend, girlfriend or friend friend, you want to gift them something that perfectly fits their personality. So we’ve compiled a foolproof gift guide for Valentine’s Day that will suit every budget, across beauty and skincare to gorgeous gadgets and luxury fragrances.
We’ve also included a few cheeky Treat Yourself options, because if you can’t show yourself some love on Valentine’s Day, when can you? All gifts are available in-store or online at McCauley Health and Beauty Pharmacy now – with major savings on some premium brands. And McCauley is offering free gift wrapping on every fragrance purchase made so you can save yourself the hassle. Happy gifting!
Gifts for her
Michael Kors Wonderlust Sublime EDP 50ml, WAS €84, NOW €70
There’s something so personal about a signature perfume, yet it’s also the one thing you don’t want to have to buy for yourself. There’s nothing more romantic than your S.O. knowing exactly what fragrance reminds them of you, and surprising you with it on Valentine’s Day. This Michael Kors Wonderlust is a radiant and warm fragrance ideal for a romantic date night. The strong notes of orange flowers infused with the bold dianthus flower and the exotic Tiare flower from Tahiti, all blended with amber, give off a sensual scent that will soon become your new signature.
Lancôme La Vie Est Belle x Atelier Paulin, WAS €86, NOW €60
This limited edition fragrance from Lancôme is a real luxury. If this is gift wrapped for you on Valentine’s Day, it shows your S.O. thinks you’re worth a luxurious investment – and that they want you to smell of Iris pallida, jasminum sambac, orange blossom, patchouli essence. The bottle is a collaboration between iconic Parisian jewellers at Atelier Paulin, infamous for their art of band shaping a precious metal wire into beautiful creations. Lancôme x Atelier Paulin captures the most romantic, chic and charming side of Paris. Ooh la la.
Lacoste Touch Of Pink EDT 50ml, WAS €59, NOW €35
The perfect fragrance for the sporty woman in your life, who wants to smell of violet and jasmine while on the go.
Marc Jacobs Divine Decadance Edp Spray 50ml, WAS €88, NOW €50
Indulge yourself in this floral fragrance with champagne extract, orange blossom, bergamot, gardenia, hydrangea, honeysuckle, saffron, vanilla and amber. It is perfectly packaged in the most luxurious of bottles, a fabulous handbag accessory for date night.
D&G L’Imperatrice Edt Spray 100ml, WAS €57, NOW €35
Dolce & Gabbana says that for the L’Imperatrice woman, life is a movie and she is the heroine, meaning this is the fragrance to get your S.O. if she likes to be the centre of attention. Top notes here are rhubarb, red currant, kiwi, with watermelon at the heart and sandalwood, musk and grapefruit at the base.
Calvin Klein CK One Edt Spray 100ml, WAS €51 , NOW €30
Most women would be happy with the classic scent of CK One. Sophisticated, grown-up and strong, this is the fragrance to buy that special someone you’re in a budding romance with and aren’t sure what their signature scent is yet.
Caudalíe Beauty Glow Essentials WAS €35, NOW €17.50
This beautiful set will really show your S.O. that you care about their social conscious, as Caudelíe is an eco-friendly skincare company that specialises in anti-ageing and skincare products derived from the grapevine and other by-products of wine making. This set contains everything a woman needs for a robust skincare routine: Beauty Elixir (100ml), Instant Foaming Cleanser (50ml) and Instant Detox Mask (15ml).
Gifts for you
Fitbit Versa 2, €199.95
Who says Valentine’s has to be romantic? Why not look at it as an opportunity to treat yourself to that one thing you’ve always wanted but never quite could justify the splurge? The Fitbit Versa 2 has advanced health and fitness features as well as Smartwatch features to keep your New Year fitness buzz going. This comes in a few colours – the petal / copper rose – is our favourite, and it’s water-resistant, has alarm functions, a weather app and built-in voice control. Go on, spoil yourself.
Benefit Easy Smokin’ Eye eyeshadow palette, WAS €26, NOW €23
Major savings in McCauley Health and Beauty Pharmacy on this must-have eyeshadow palette. With this you get three complete smoky eye looks in one fast, easy shadow palette with four powder eyeshadows in two finishes (soft matte and shimmer). The ultimate self-care treat.
Weleda Skin Food Essentials Trio, WAS €20, NOW €10
This nifty little set – now half-price – contains everything you need to keep your skin happy and healthy, including: Skin Food (30ml), Skin Food Light (30ml) and lip balm (8ml) for those pesky cold nights that are sticking around.
Caudalíe Luxury Vine Body Set WAS €23, NOW €11.50
Nothing says treat yourself than some indulgent face and body creams. This Caudalíe Luxury Vine Body Set contains Vine Body Butter to make your skin silky smooth and Hand and Nail Cream to leave your hands soft and supple. And it’s half-price, what more could you want from a gift to yourself?
Stila Blue Realm Velvet Eye Shadow Palette WAS €34, NOW €17
Letting your S.O. purchase you make-up is probably not the wisest idea, so best to keep your make-up bag stocked up yourself, or by a girl friend. This hero Stila Blue Realm Velvet Eye Shadow Palette, currently half-price at McCauley Health and Beauty Pharmacy, covers all bases, from day to night.
Stila Light Up The Night Eye And Lip Set WAS €29, NOW €14.50
This handbag must-have set contains Beauty Boss Lip Gloss in Casual Friday (3.2ml full size), Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Intense Black (0.25ml deluxe travel size) and Huge Extreme Lash Mascara (deluxe travel size). All your night out or travel essentials in one nifty set.
Gifts for him
Joop! Wow! 100ml, WAS €67, NOW €29
This classic scent will make both you and your man very happy this Valentine’s. With top notes of bergamot, cardamom and violet leaf, combined with spiciness and effervescent freshness, this is a masculine scent that’s classic yet contemporary and bold.
Davidoff Horizon Edt Spray 75ml, WAS €57, NOW €28
Davidoff is just one of the luxury fragrances McCauley Health and Beauty is offering major savings on this Valentine’s Day. This woody aromatic scent gives off a powerful masculine smell, with airy top notes of rosemary and ginger. For the man who wants to turn heads.
Mont Blanc Individuel Homme EDT 50ml, WAS €53, NOW €25
Mont Blanc is one of the world’s most-renowned luxury brands. Individuel for men is a very refined and distinguished scent. Characterised by a rich variety of natural ingredients such as warm woods, it is refreshed by spicy notes and aromatic herbs.
Dolce & Gabbana Homme Intenso Edp 40ml, WAS €58, NOW €35
Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme Intenso is a new, refined edition of the Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme from 2012. This aromatic woody fragrance exudes elegance representing a contrast between clean, fresh and rich, warm aromas. This would make a very nice addition to any man’s fragrance shelf, with fresh aquatic notes and green nuances of basil and lavender.
Fujifilm XF10 Champagne Gold Camera, WAS €499.00, NOW €399.00
This slick-looking camera is a special gift for the sentimental man in your life. The Fuji X-F10 is a superb compact and lightweight, sleek, retro design with outstanding image quality thanks to the 24.2-megapixel APS-C size sensor. Other features include a high magnification Electronic Viewfinder, horizontal tilting rear LCD screen, advanced automatic scene recognition. Built-in Bluetooth® technology makes image transfer quick and easy. A new battery gives you up to 430 frames per charge.
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