Robb Report’s Seven Cures for the Common Valentine’s Day Gift

Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Féerie; Photo by Anthony Falcone

It is believed that Valentine’s Day has origins in the ancient Roman holiday of Lupercalia, which celebrated fertility through laughter, frolicking, feasting, and animal sacrifice. Since as far back as the 5th century, when Pope Gelasius I replaced this bawdy, jovial occasion with a day named for a Christian martyr called Valentine, significant others and prospective lovers have celebrated their affection on February 14. But too often do Valentine’s Day offerings fall short of adequately expressing the true heights of that affection. This year, the editors at Robb Report have compiled seven suggestions—from extraordinary chocolates and the world’s top Valentine’s Day dinner menus to mouthwatering jewels and an award-winning wristwatch in red—to help reinvigorate the romance of Valentine’s Day with the passion with which it was once celebrated.

Tables for two are a hot commodity on February 14. These five restaurants are especially enticing, with innovative Valentine’s Day menus that engage both the heart and the mind. Aquavit, New York Red...
The jewelry designer Judith Ripka has created a captivating collection of jewelry for Valentine’s Day that goes far beyond the standard heart motif. Known for employing an array of colorful and...
For those seeking an over-the-top experience this Valentine’s Day, the new Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown hotel has partnered with Saks Fifth Avenue for a Capital Engagement Package . Priced at...
Toast a loved one with a glass of Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée and decadent chocolate truffles from Vosges. The Chicago-based chocolatier pairs a bottle of bubbly with a mix of nine exotic...
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Cire Trudon —the 370-year-old Parisian maker of opulent candles for the royal court at Versailles — has created a $160 box set of three of its top-selling scents (...
Nancy Gonzalez —the Colombian handbag designer known for her wide selection of precious-skin bags and accessories—has devised a welcome Valentine’s Day alternative to traditional red roses. She has...
In 2008, the Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Féerie took home Robb Report ’s Best of the Best award for Women’s Watches. Now Van Cleef & Arpels is back with the Féerie Rouge , a new version of...