Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and in celebration of the ones you love, we have the perfect list of last minute gift ideas that you will be thrilled to give. From teachers, to siblings, to parents, colleagues, best friends and life partners, a carefully curated list of what to give is all you need to celebrate those special people in your life.
1. Teachers & Colleagues
There is no better time for you to celebrate the teachers in your lives, than Valentine’s Day. A bespoke token to show your appreciation of all they do, day-to-day and month-to-month. Where they best teach and encourage your child to be the very best person they can be, while preparing them for the future filled with hope and possibility. There’s nothing like the beautiful, hand crafted enamel bowl with the signature swirl enamel thumbprint, that will be cherished for years to come.
Whether it’s for their desk at school, or a bureau, vanity or bedside table at home, it’s appropriate to consider giving a smaller scale bowl. From the newest stunning Astra Collection, the Astra 4” Bowl offers modern style that is bold and beautiful. For something a little softer, the Classic 4” Petite Bowl or the Peony 4” Petite Bowl, both have a subtle style that has clean lines but is still timeless. For a fabulous figural gift, the Rose 4” Petite Bowl or the Lily 4” Bowl are absolute showstoppers that will “bloom” all year round. The size and scale of these bowls are perfect for paperclips on the desk, a sweet treat or safely keeping precious jewels nearby. And all of these beautiful bowls are perfectly priced at $35 or less.
2. Sisters, Brothers and Others in the Family
Show your family some love by sharing and giving some beautiful entertaining pieces for their personal entertaining collections. Decorative serving platters and aluminum serving platters continue to be all the rage and come in a wide range of sizes, styles and prices. And depending on the size, each piece can be used for a plethora of different things. Smaller scale trays are perfect for simple pleasures such as meat and cheese trays, with artisan breads. Pair these with a small bowl and you have the perfect combo of savory appetizers and dips and sauces. For serious entertaining, the larger scale serving trays or the serving trays with handles can truly handle the heavy lifting. The larger scale trays and decorative serving platters are ideally used for hearty charcuteries platters overflowing with aromatic meats and cheeses, stacked with olives and breads and topped off with sweet, fresh fruits, like strawberries, blueberries and red grapes. Add a dollop of crunchy nuts, and you’ll have a perfect platter to rival even the most seasoned guests.
If platters aren’t their thing, the enamel bowls are perfect for the fresh-out-of-the garden seasonal salads. From single serving sizes of 6” stainless steel to large, robust family-style bowls of stainless or sand case aluminum, the Julia Knight Collection is the perfect power house for every meal and every occasion.
3. Best Friends, Besties and BFFs
Toast to your enduring years of friendship, love and adventures. The years that have passed and those yet to be, with select pieces from the Barware Collection by Julia Knight. Whether your bestie enjoys the sweet or dry sensation of their favorite wine or they lean to a perfectly crafted cocktail, there is a wide range of specialty barware pieces to appeal to their preferred alcoholic beverage of choice.
It doesn’t matter if you have a wine connoisseur on your list or a bestie who simply loves a good bottle, the Classic Wine Chiller or the Classic 6” Wine Coaster, make the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for the oenophile in your life. If your bestie loves to try her hand at a carefully concocted cocktail or mixed drink, the Classic Cocktail Shaker, alone, or with the Classic Cocktail Pick Set, make for a perfect night in with friends.
4. Mothers and Grandmothers
No one has been there for you like your mother or grandmother has. From a scratched knee, to your first date, the big job promotion and the arrival of your own sweet baby girl, your mother and grandmother have been your biggest advocates, your most cherished mentors and their greatest accomplishments. Valentine’s Day is such a sweet day to not only tell them how much you love them, but it’s also the ideal day to show you care with a gift that will last a lifetime.
Nothing means more to the family matriarchs than gathering everyone together, feasting over a grand meal, sharing stories, laughter and the latest news. And for these occasions, whether they are weekly, monthly or on special holidays or occasions, having stunning serveware and centerpiece bowls to accommodate the larger number of guests is critical. For family style dishes, such as handmade pastas, garlic mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes with savory bacon and brown sugar, the Classic 15” Round Bowl, the Peony 15” Round Bowl, the Florentine 15” Round or Oval Bowl would be ideal. For smaller sides, such as a radicchio, lentil and apple salad, a squash salad with white beans or a black fig and tomato salad, the new Astra 12” Bowl, Cascade (metallic or enamel) 10” Bowl, or the breathtaking Sierra 18” Oval Bowl are perfect addition to every table.
For those mothers and grandmothers that have a sweet tooth, the Peony 10” or 14” Cake Stand are special pieces that will be used for every occasion. They’re favorite chocolate cake, fruit torte or raspberry cheesecake will be stunning on these footed pedestal cake stands. The soft, scalloped edges with the hand applied mother of pearl infused enamel are a pretty compliment to any decedent dessert.
5. For Everyone on Your List
Show a little love and care with the special Hearts Collection by Julia Knight. The Heart 4” Bowl or the Heart 7” Bowl come in the sweetest colors and represent how much you truly adore someone. These hearts are perfectly used for special tokens or jewels, a sweet treat such as a truffle or a single scoop of ice cream, or even as something as necessary as a paperclip or rubber band. No matter what the use, you’ll find a smile when you give an exceptional gift such as this.
No matter who’s on your list, this Valentine’s Day, take a moment to call them or text them a loving little message. Or better yet, stop over and give them a hug and tell them what they mean to you. Regardless of how you tell someone or show someone you love them, this year, commit to making it happen. Small gestures can have big meanings and positive results.