The day of Valentinus has been commemorated in some form in Europe since ancient times, but when America joined the celebrations in the early 1800s, the day soon gained a romantic character, together with the giving of presents and cards.
In Finland, the day is known as Friends' day and has been a special day for both lovers and friends since the 1980s. On that day, it is nice to remember all those dear to your heart and show that you care.
The magic of scents
A luxurious fragrance always makes an impression on the recipient.
Dolce&Gabbana's Desire is perfect for a mysterious woman who reminds you of a hidden jewel. Desire does not overpower but reveals its beauty at the right moment. This elegant scent combines flowery and fruity aromas with a seductive musk.
For him, Dolce&Gabbana Intenso Pour Homme Eau de Parfum is an interesting new arrival – with a woody and masculine feel, it's bold and full of life.
Just as intense but with a fresher tone is Lacoste Noir, which exudes memories of warm summer evenings. The top note is watermelon, followed by herbs and chocolaty aromas.
Stories told by jewellery
The handsome heart-themed Live Hard Live Your Dream, or ‘Elämän roihu’,silver pendant is a suitable gift for a man who lives life to the fullest, with great passion and heart. This jewellery series by Kalevala Koru is inspired by the Dudesons.
In Finland, Valentine's Day is dedicated to both friends and those in love.
Following the same theme, the Fullness of the Heart (‘Täysin sydämin’)pendant and earrings, designed by Tiina Lahtinen, also refer to the importance of living from your heart. Theirs is a fresh, modern look.
Kalevala Koru's Eura Heart, or ‘Euran sydän’,pendant is based on an object from the Viking era. The pendant and matching earrings are available in bronze or silver.
On the move with love
If your love enjoys luxury items designed to make life easier, Tumi's Alpha Bravo Knox Backpack might be just the thing: this hard-wearing and roomy pack has many pockets and sturdy handles to boot.
Also by Tumi, the Alpha Hanging Travel Kitis handy to take along and hang on a hook in a hotel bathroom.
A more feminine Valentine's Day gift is Longchamp's Le Pliage Cuir handbag, found in three sizes and eight gorgeous colours at Helsinki Airport.
Images: Dolce&Gabbana, Escada, Kalevala Koru, Lacoste, Longchamp, Tumi
Prices at Helsinki Airport
Perfumes at Duty Free (T2):
Dolce&Gabbana Desire: 75.95 EUR for 50 ml
Dolce&Gabbana Intenso: 54.50 EUR for 75 ml
Lacoste Noir: 56.95 EUR for 100 ml
Jewellery at Finngold:
Live Hard Live Your Dream pendant: 179.00 EUR (100 cm chain, pendant length 52 mm)
Eura Heart pendant: small 49.00 EUR, large 95.00 EUR (adjustable chain, small 42–45 cm, large 70 cm; pendant width: small 17 mm, large 31 mm)
Eura Heart earrings: 55.00 EUR (length 32 mm)
Fullness of the Heart pendant: 99.00 EUR (adjustable chain, 45–50 cm; pendant width 30 mm)
Fullness of the Heart earrings: 75.00 EUR (length 11 mm)
Bags at M-Boxi:
Knox Backpack: 265.00 EUR (43 × 30.5 × 15 cm); material: ballistic nylon; colours:
grey-blue, jeans blue, black, blue, and olive
Le Pliage Cuir: small (25 × 23 × 16 cm) 337.00 EUR, medium (32 × 28 × 17 cm) 391.00 EUR, large (40 × 31 × 18 cm) 441.00 EUR; colours: bright yellow, green, pink, blue, red, black, dark brown, and camel brown)
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