With V Day just around the corner, we ask Kelly Thompson – the woman behind our favourite art, homeware and lifestyle destination, Makers’ Mrkt – for her ultimate loved-up gift ideas.Â
I know that Valentine’s day can induce eye-rolls for all, but deep down we all secretly hope that someone, a lover, a crush or a friend will take the time to think of us and do something to make us feel special. At Makers’ MrktÂ Valentine’s Day isn’t a cheesy day, it’s a day to celebrate your loves, no matter what category they fit into. Main tip – ditch the thoughtless cliches, receiving a giant teddy bear in a restaurant is cute for a minute, but then you’re the chick carrying the giant bear and the following year some kid is picking him out at the Salvation Army…true love, I think not.
1. Firstly, we can’t forget the boys, they’re usually a little more practical so get them something that will make their every day better,Â not just Valentine’s Day. Why not bring him breakfast in bed with a morning tea or coffee in a new Gidon BingÂ Coffee Percolator and matching cup, then every day following, as he makes his morning coffee he will look at the percolator and think of that romantic breakfast in bed, awww.
4.Â Inspired by the female form, The Abs ObjectsÂ Woman VaseÂ is a Makers’ MrktÂ exclusive in Australasia and is handmade by Avi in Tel Aviv. The best interiors are those thatÂ get filled over time, a collection of memories from travels and adventures, I love the idea of gifting a ceramic or artwork or something that someone will keep forever. Add a single stem flower and a note and this is a beautiful gift.
5. If you’re looking for something extra special and also somewhat symbolic, the Kerryn LevyÂ Asymmetry PairÂ is a one-off piece, made by hand in Adelaide. I just love how the organic forms mould with each other and can stand as a pair or be split as unique vessels. That’s you, and your love represented in clay right there!
6. If you’re going to do jewellery do it right, shop from a maker with ethical production using quality materials. If you’re gifting something, you don’t want to be gifting something made by an unhappy worker, that can’t be good romance juju! Flash Jewellery was originally started in NZ and is now based in Byron Bay and every single piece is made by handÂ by a manufacturer whoÂ is certified by the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC).Â Nina’s designs are contemporary and can be wornÂ every dayÂ and now come in 14K Vermeil. I love thisÂ Leisure ChainÂ bracelet.
7. Sometimes it’s not about the gift but about the experience, cook dinner, enjoy some wine and snuggle up on the couch together. Would recommend switching off the lights and setting the mood with a set of Table for TwoÂ candles, or maybe a few sets around the house for full romantic ambience!
A day to celebrate love and companionship is what we need more than ever right now, the most important thing is to take five and think about the person you love or want to celebrate. Do something that will make them feel special and seen and then reap the rewards as you bask in their love and smiles for the rest of the day, Valentine’s Day gifting is a win-win for all and not to be discounted as just another cheesy commercial day.