The best presents to give this Valentine's Day

If you’re looking around for last-minute gifts, here are a few thoughtful picks

Photograph: Laure-Anne Germond
Ah, Valentine’s. Everyone pretends they don’t care about it and then, come February 14, all the Shanghai lovebirds seem to have plans. Suspicious. Like it or not, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. If you’re looking around for last-minute gifts, here are a few thoughtful picks. And while you might have already picked out a gift, it doesn’t hurt to look around for more.

While you’re on your Valentine’s gift hunt, why not also check out some of Shanghai's best flower shops?

French Dragon

French Dragon

Looking for something crafty? Founded by Parisian Laure-Anne Germond, French Dragon is a Shanghai-based ceramics and lifestyle brand made up of hand-painted pieces and vintage textiles. Collection highlights include cute ceramic mugs with pinyin phrases, cushions and coasters made of Shanghai fabrics from the ‘60s to ‘70s. To purchase one of its pieces, go to its official WeChat account (search ID 'Frenchdragon’).

Kate Wood Originals

Kate Wood Originals

Created in Amsterdam in 2012, Kate Wood Originals is known for its wooden sunglasses, watches and phone cases. The brand offers handcrafted goods made from renewable resources, all at a good value to boot. Plus, for every purchase you make, Kate Wood donates 10 percent of proceeds to the Orbis Foundation, a nonprofit that ventures to remote areas around the world with its flying hospital providing medical services to children who otherwise might not have access to healthcare. Check out its store on Wulumuqi Lu, or visit its website (worldwide free shipping) or Taobao.

Feiyue

Feiyue

Feiyue, the iconic local footwear brand, is an obvious choice for sneakerheads in Shanghai. The shoe brand was initially designed for wushu (martial arts) practice when they hit the streets in the 1920s and since, have been worn by trendsetters and politicians alike. To purchase, visit its official page on Taobao.

Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch

Love gaming as much as your partner? The popular Nintendo Switch officially made its way to China late last year and is the ultimate couple’s console. Grab a variety of games, from classics like the Mario Series and The Legend of Zelda to couples' fitness games like Ring Fit Adventure and Just Dance. To buy a Nintendo Switch, click here.

Peddlers Gin

Peddlers Gin

In love with a gin lover? Go for a local tipple with Shanghai born-and-bred craft gin, Peddlers. Distilled using mainly Mainland-sourced Chinese botanicals, its one-of-a-kind blend is smooth and floral with peppery notes. The best part is, Peddlers Gin delivers within the hour if you order it from Bottles XO. You can also order from its official WeChat (search ID 'peddlersgin'). 

Burrito blanket

Burrito blanket

Staying in this V Day? Wrap up like a human burrito and unwind for the night. To buy the official fuzzy wrap, click here.

Maogeping

Maogeping

Pucker up because this lipstick is the ideal gift for those who both love luxury and makeup. Chinese makeup legend Mao Geping's cosmetics brand draws inspiration from classical Chinese poetry, paintings and costumes that reflect the country’s rich history. As such, the product packaging is intricate and includes Chinese design accents. To buy, visit its official website or Taobao shop.

Gentspace Shanghai Mansion

One for all the preppy and dandy guys out there: Gentspace is a lifestyle brand made up of high-quality garments, stylish design and reasonable prices. Browse its official website for smart-casual blazers, vests, shirts, ties and accessories, as well as headphones, coffee table books and magazines on arts, photography and travel.

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The Imperial Palace's royal mugs

The Imperial Palace's royal mugs

Treat your partner like the royalty they are with this set of mugs from The Imperial Palace, the one that's housed inside The Forbidden City. Waking up with fresh coffee in your royal cup sounds like a good start to the day. To purchase a set, click here.

Ecoshop

Ecoshop

Located on Anfu Lu, Ecoshop (Senlab) is a gem with a wide range of products like natural skincare, handmade soaps, essential oils, soy handcrafted candles and jewellery from local and international designers. To shop, visit its official page on Taobao or WeChat (search ID 18621924198).

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