While we’re not huge fans of commercial holidays at IRORI, we do believe in treating your loved ones every now and then. After all, it’s nice to receive something unexpected every once in a while and days such as Valentine’s Day act as the perfect excuse.
One of the questions we often get asked at IRORI is what makes a good gift for a minimalist? That person who seems at peace with everything they own and isn’t driven by having objects on display in every room. It’s certainly hard to shop for someone who appears to not want anything. So what do you buy for someone like this? Discover the perfect gift for that special person in your life with our minimal Valentine’s Day gift guide.
Large Beige Mug by Kinto | £21.50
It’s impossible to go wrong with ceramics as a gift, in our opinion anyway. This large beige mug by Japanese brand Kinto is perfect for starting the day off right with your loved one. The natural texture of the clay peeks out at the base below a layer of calm coloured glazing and the edges are reminiscent of quarried stone. Pair this with the promise of breakfast in bed at the weekend or a fresh brew every morning.
Aromatic Massage Oil | £14.00
If you can’t give your partner a massage on Valentine’s Day, when can you? This skin-nourishing massage oil by Neal’s Yard Remedies is a blend of soothing essential oils in a vitamin-rich base to leave your body and mind, balanced and relaxed. Plus, it makes way for experiences over one-use items. A mix of sunflower, almond and wheat germ oils with geranium, lavender and marjoram fragrances, this gift is essential for a cosy night in.
Vitriini Box by Iittala | £45.00
The Vitriini box designed for Iittala by designer and glassmaker Anu Penttinen was specifically created to take care of trinkets and mementos. Pop something special in one of the colourful boxes so they can value the design principles behind it and keep it on display forever.
Picto Wall Clock by Rosendahl | £42.50
Dating a graphic designer? This modern classic piece of design makes for a unique gift to the one you love. Designed in 1984 by Steen Christensen and Erling Andersen, the minimal clock features orange hands on a grey base for a retro touch.
This expertly blended, energising scent by IRORI favourite Neal’s Yard Remedies contains 13 aromatherapeutic organic essential oils, each with unique benefits to help invigorate senses. Treat your partner to the sophisticated aroma of bergamot, grapefruit and bay for a cologne with a difference.
A fragrance for her can be hard to master, especially in a non-fussy design. The Acqua dell'Elba original fragrance evokes details of the Mediterranean coast with subtle aromas of the macchia stirred up by the fresh breeze of the sea. The floral fragrance features top notes of orange, myrtle, gardenia and jasmine, middle notes of marine rockrose and base notes of the mediterranean macchia. Plus, it will look great on top of a vanity with its simple bottle design.
Eternity Ocher Candle by Onno | £58.00
Light your partner’s fire with the Eternity Ocher candle from Onno, an uplifting sweet and fruity home fragrance contained in a handmade amber glass container. A candle is both a romantic and thoughtful gift for a minimalist thanks to its functionality and wellness qualities, especially when there is a story behind it too. This one is handmade in Belgium with exclusive perfume, special pure wax and 100% cotton wicks that give off a warm golden glow.
The Essence collection by Iittala, designed by Alfredo Häberli, evokes a sense of balance and harmony. Made in Finland using a special mouth blowing technique, this pale pink beauty is a limited edition piece of sculptural and functional art that makes for a highly desirable gift. Treat him or her to the rosy-hued glass for an understated and elegant statement on the table or bar cart.
If you have a higher budget for your Valentine’s Day gifting, try this ultra-fine gold watch by FOB Paris. Powered by solar energy, the urban and straightforward design is meticulously hand assembled. Designed to be not just a watch but a piece of jewellery too, this will make a wonderfully thoughtful gift for your partner.
If you like to theme your Valentines with presents in appropriately red hues, this fluted mug from Royal Copenhagen will help with all the love connotations. The modern and elegant design is highlighted by the decorative fluting that was first introduced in 1775 and is now a Royal Copenhagen hallmark.
In another pick for the beauty cupboard, this organic aftershave balm nourishes, hydrates and cools skin to give post-shave comfort to your man. Formulated with organic aloe vera to help soothe and cool, organic baobab to nourish and help combat dry skin, as well as sodium hyaluronate to help improve the skin’s barrier function. Give the gift of hydration this year.
Coffee Brewer Set by Kinto | £136.00
If a present that works for you too is your preference, opt for the coffee brewer set by Kinto. Complete with a brewer stand, porcelain brewer, paper filters, server, holder and cups, this coffee lover’s set is perfect for a slow Sunday morning. Don’t worry, we won’t give the game away that it’s actually a gift for you too.
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