Red roses and chocolates aside, could anything be nicer than receiving beautiful home accessories or furniture this Valentine's Day? From classic collectables and antique artworks, to contemporary ceramics and lighting, these exquisite gift ideas have all been chosen with eclectic, antiques-filled interiors in mind - so you can rest assured that they'll look beautiful in a home of any age or style.


A brief history of Valentines Day

The history of Valentine's Day is somewhat of a mystery but the earliest accounts date back to the Ancient Roman festival, Lupercalia. Far from the lover’s holiday it is today, during this celebration, shepherds sacrificed elderly goats to bring health and fertility to their new livestock.

Some thank Geoffrey Chaucer, the mouthpiece of courtly love, for the creation of February 14th in his famous poem The Parliament of Fowls.

However, the most popular account of the holiday’s origin is certainly more romantic. In 270 AD, a priest named Valentine was executed on 14th February by Emperor Claudius II for performing secret marriage ceremonies on Roman battlefields.

During his time in prison he healed the jailer's blind daughter and on the night before his execution gave her a hand-written letter, signed ‘From your Valentine’.

Valentine's Day gift ideas for antiques-lovers

Treat your loved one to something extra special this Valentine's Day with our edit of covetable homewares and home accessories...

Handmade Titmouse vase by Astier de Villatte

Handmade Titmouse vase by Astier de Villatte, £375, Liberty London

Buy handmade Titmouse vase by Astier de Villatte from Liberty London (£410)

French 1970's portrait

Valentine's day gifts

Buy French 1970's portrait from Medium Room (£920)

Nephrite table lamp in antique green

OKA table lamp

Buy nephrite table lamp from OKA (£395)

Decorative 19th century French carved library chair

Valentine's day gifts

Buy decorative 19th century French carve library chair from Streett Marburg (£2,200)

Diptyque roses scented limited edition candle, £60, John Lewis

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Buy Diptyque roses scented limited edition candle from John Lewis (£60)

Marguerite pink candle holders

Marguerite pink candle holders, £48, Mrs Alice

Buy marguerite pink candle holders from Mrs Alice (£48)

Fleur Crewel rug, from £58, Anthropologie

Fleur Crewel rug, from £78, Anthropologie

Buy Fleur Crewel rug from Anthropologie (from £58)