It’s all about self-love, brother.
Valentine’s Day is due for a reboot. Let’s shift attention away from cheap milk chocolate and synthetic fluffy bears and allow ourselves to get lavish and practice the beautiful art of self-love. Here’s a list of treat yo’ self gifts that show just how much you love you. Whether your single or in a relationship, selflessness is overrated this time of year. XOXO you.
Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate Patrón Alquimia Collection
Six bars using different chocolates, ganache, and rare Patróns make up this extravagant line by Kreuther Handcrafter Chocolates, which costs $1,000 per 24-piece box. That’s close to $50 per chocolate square … but you can’t put a cost on loving yourself. The Nigraurum bar is a marbled milk chocolate with salted caramel and Patrón Extra Anejo 5 Anos, the crimson Rubedo bar is chestnut and Gran Patrón Burdeos ganache with chestnut confit bites enrobed in crimson-hued milk chocolate, and our third favorite is the amber Citrinitas made of Quebec forest honey ganache and rare Patrón en Lalique with citrus-almond Florentine crumble in smooth dark chocolate.
Van Cleef & Arpels Ruby Gold Wildcat Cufflinks
Treat yourself like the sexy beast you are with these 18-karat gold cufflinks from the high-end jewelry- and watch-makers Van Cleef & Arpels (they used to make bling for Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, and the Duchess of Windsor.) The fearsome wildcat with glistening ruby eyes sets us back $4,6000, but the vintage piece is in mint condition and is a reminder that you should feel as fine as a wild beast.
Dimitri Bez Zebra Boat
Hello, lover. A red-orange leather interior wrapped in dark wood. All-electric. Retro-meets-minimalist modern design. We’re in love. The Zebra Boat was designed by Parisian engineer and modern designer Dimitri Bez, who swapped the common combustible engine of ski boats with a low-impact, eco-friendly electric motor and tossed out futuristic, overcomplicated boat trends for a classic, clean look. The minimalist aesthetic of the dashboard is gorgeous, with a retro-looking white wheel and details. A contrasting OLED touchscreen for navigation doubles as a video screen for while you’re floating in the open sea.
Oliva Serie ‘V’ Melanio Cigar
Valentine’s Day is about being big and robust. We found the cigar to match. Wrapped in a dark and oily Sumatra leaf grown in Ecuador, Oliva Serie ‘V’ Melanio blends long-leaf ligeros from Nicaragua and Oliva’s heritage leaves from Condega and Esteli with tobaccos from Jalapa. Voluptuous and indulgent, touches of creamy coffee and pepper add a surprising rich and feisty kick. Often described as, “delicious,” this 2017 cigar is the male counterpart to the diamond earrings you get your S.O. every year. (So let them know!) One of these top 10 cigars of 2017 would do also.
SplinterWorks Hammock Bath
Celebrate V-Day with a bubble bath in a floating hammock tub. This modern, industrial design by SplinterWorks was created as “the ultimate vehicle for total escapism,” blending the relaxing power of the bath tub with the shape of a suspended hammock on a continuous, curved surface (not the flat-bottom you’re probably used to). Vessel is crafted in England out carbon fiber, making the tub super strong. Now for the bubbles — we’re not talking your everyday soap suds. Fill your tub with Martini & Rossi Sparkling Rosé. Because why the heck not.
Vuarnet Glacier 1957
The French masterminds of eyewear have made us fall in love all over again. There are only 600 pairs of Vuarnet’s 60th-anniversary ode to its classic 1957. The Glacier 1957 comes in three colorways (we heart the warm orange lenses) and protects against UVA, B, and C rays (most sunglasses are only UVA and B). Apart from the malleable cable arms, the crown feature is the set of detachable leather side pieces that reinforce the vintage, sporty style of French skiing. They just look so damn cool.
THE FORTYSIX Penthouse in Barcelona
We love ourselves for this romantic vacay for one. Built in the 1940s by Gaudí’s close friend, Buenaventura Conill i Montobbio, this Barcelona penthouse has been redesigned by famous interior designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán and architect Helga Hidalg. Yes, it sleeps nine, but this trip is all about treating you, so take up space, darling. The rental is conveniently located on Passeig de Gracia, the most exclusive boulevard of Barcelona, next to the boutiques and famous restaurants like La Manzana de la Discordia. The best part: Two balconies open to unimpeded views of the iconic Passeig de Gracia and Gaudí’s Casa Batlló. You’ll be swaggering in after an evening drinking fine Spanish wine. At $615 a night, it’s a better deal than most luxury hotels.
Bonus: You’re going to need a Valentine’s-appropriate suitcase for your trip. RIMOWA Limbo in deep red is made of light, durable polycarbonate and, at $850, you’ll have a bag for the next 10 Valentine’s trips. When it comes off baggage claim, it’ll stand out with its beauty and color.
Article originally published February 6, 2017. Feature image courtesy of SplinterWorks/Facebook.