This post is brought to you by Heathrow Airport
Going somewhere but forgot to buy your special someone a little (or not so little) gift? Well, I will let you in on a secret – more and more I choose to arrive early at my home airport, which as you all know, is Heathrow Airport, the place where 99% of my trips begin.
One of the reasons why I will do pretty much anything to fly to and from Heathrow is very simple: it offers the best shopping experience I have ever experienced. And I have been around. And I am going to let you in on another secret: the Heathrow Rewards Card. Think it gives you just free wifi? Well, think again. For every pound you spend at the terminal (with some exclusions like tobacco products), you will collect points. That can happen when you park at LHR, when you buy food/drinks/newspapers… but also when you buy cosmetics, lovely designer bags and the odd pair of diamond earrings. And exchange money. Yes. You can use it at every retailer at the airport.
And one thing you may not know: if you are flying outside the EU, all designer brands will give you 20% off. Yes – off the Chanel handbag or Tiffany & Co. earrings that never goes on sale. Other brands, like Smythson, for example, extend the 20% courtesy to all passengers, irrespective of where they fly. Can you see where I am getting to? Exactly.
So with the help of Heathrow Airport’s Personal Shopping Team, here is a last minute Valentine’s Gift Guide with some ideas for men and women from diverse brands like Bulgari, Smythson, World Duty Free, Links of London and Thomas Pink.
A selection of gifts from Bulgari
Le Gemme for Men
High Street Price: £215
Heathrow Price: £172 – available at T4 & T5
Garanat – Inspired by the deeply red Garnet from Bosphorus. This crimson gemstone shines in the darkness, bringing its wearer the impassioned courage and vision of Suleyman the Magnificent, the most seducing Sultan of the Ottoman Empire. A fiery masculine rose.
Gyan – Blue sapphire from Kashmir. A name in Sanskrit, meaning ‘divine wisdom’, Gyan evokes velvety blue saphhires imbued with the spirituality of the midnight sky in the Himalayas and the seductiveness, lucidity and insight of Alexander the Great. A heart of patchouli illuminated by a corona of nocturnal Jasmine.
Onekh – Black Onyx from the Middle East. An impenetrable black gemstone of powerful and ambivalent energy reserved for the strong-spirited. Onekh, an ancient Levantine word that meant Onyx long ago, derives its mystery from Naram, the first Mesopotamian king, and god of the moon.
The Octo Ultranero
High Street Price: £5,250
Heathrow Price: £4350 – available at T2, T3 & T4
Bulgari’s best-selling Octo Ultranero in black offers a darker finish to this exceedingly popular model, with a black lacquered polished dial and hand-applied, pink gold-plated hour-markers. Ultranero quite literally means “very black” and the 41mm DLC-coated steel case delivers a decidedly masculine look with refined touches of pink gold to accentuate its features. Featuring in-house Bulgari Calibre BVL 193, and decorated with circular graining, Côtes de Genève, chamfering and snailed finishing, this Bulgari watch is robust as well as handsome, with water-resistance up to 100 meters and a solid 50-hour power reserve.
Le Gemme Orientali
High Street Price: £215
Heathrow Price: £184.80 –available at T4 & T5
Bulgari has recently revealed a new and exclusive collection of High Perfumery, around the world of the secret Gems Road. Sailing across the Mediterranean, and traversing the desert, Bulgari explores a whole new oasis of perfumes in Le Gemme Orientali once again signed by Master Perfumer Daniela Andrier. Basking in the Middle Eastern sun, Bulgari has seasoned its classic Le Gemme collection with a new sensory experience – Le Gemme Orientali. This tribute to the emblematic gemstones of the Arabian Peninsula arises from the supreme essence of the Italian jeweller, in a collection of three complementary perfumes. Bulgari has assembled the natural scents of the Earth into beautiful aromatic creations – much like the setting of fine gemstones in a jewel.
Bulgari Serpenti Bag in Ruby Red
High Street Price: £1,800
Heathrow Price: £1,500 – available at T2, T3 & T4
Flap cover bag ‘Serpenti Forever’ in ruby red calf leather. Brass light gold plated snake head closure in black and white enamel with eyes in green malachite. Small size with two gussets, pocket mirror, various internal pockets and snake body shaped chain. Also available in other colours.
A selection of gifts from Links of London
High Street Price: £45-£95
Heathrow Price: £38-£79 – available at T5
For over 25 years, Links of London have offered timeless yet innovative products, unrivalled in elegance and sophistication. The iconic Sweetie charm bracelet will become your most beloved jewellery piece once you have personalised it with special charms.
Links of London Timeless Bracelet in 18ct Rose Gold
High Street Price: £120
Heathrow Price: £100 – available at T5
With a subtle nod to London’s most iconic landmark, our Timeless 18kt Rose Gold Vermeil Bracelet features a single rose gold vermeil disc with intricate cut-out detailing inspired by the face of London’s ‘Big Ben’.
A selection of gifts from Smythson
Albermarle Small Bucket Bag
High Street Price: £695
Heathrow Price: £556 – available at T2, T3 & T5
Sleek and considered with a cool confidence, the Albemarle is the perfect work-to-weekend handbag. Handcrafted from lightweight calf leather together with sumptuous bonded suede it is carefully designed for those on the go. This leather bucket bag is more than meets the eye. An adjustable strap allows it to double as a shoulder and a crossbody bag whilst a hidden pocket at the back allows for easy access to your everyday essentials. Spring Summer introduces bold poppy and crisp white alongside classic black and tan to this collection of effortlessly stylish handbags.
Panama Heart Keyring
High Street Price: £55
Heathrow Price: £44 – available at T2, T3 & T5
Wear your heart on your keys with a luxury heart-shaped keyring from Smythson. Add initials for a personal touch.
Panama Cosmetics Case
High Street Price: £175
Heathrow Price: £140 – available at T2, T3 & T5
Smythson’s cosmetic cases offer practicality and style. Ideal for housing all of your beauty essentials, they are crafted from hard-wearing, luxurious leather and will fit perfectly into a tote or handbag.
Burlington 24 Hour Travel Bag
High Street Price: £1,395
Heathrow Price: £1,079 – available at T2, T3, T4 & T5
Seriously versatile with bags of style, the Burlington Collection is defined by beautifully soft grained deerskin. Designed to see you from the office to the departure lounge, this collection of leather bags and accessories bears the trademark of all-round functionality with clever compartments concealed to make your life and travels easier.
Burlington Large Washbag
High Street Price: £425
Heathrow Price: £329.17 – available at T2, T3, T4, & T5
Brown washbag in soft deerskin. Contrasting khaki cotton lining. Two compartments with zip top closure.
A selection of gifts from World Duty Free
Dom Perignon Vintage Blanc 2006 Limited Edition 75cl
High Street Price: £155
Heathrow Price: £125 – available at T2, T3, T4, & T5
Dom Pérignon is vintage champagne only. Each Vintage wine is created from the finest grapes grown in one single year. Reinventing itself by interpreting the unique character of the seasons. Daring not to release a Vintage if the harvest does not meet its ideal. After at least eight years of elaboration in the cellars, the wine then embodies the perfect balance of Dom Pérignon, its greatest promise. This is Dom Pérignon Vintage, the Plénitude of harmony. Dom Perignon 2006 Creator Edition by Michael Riedel – His work shows an affinity to Pop and appropriation art, it represents a departure away from the issues of mechanical reproduction and simulacra of these previous generations. More specifically, it engages with the aesthetic possibilities derived from digitization and uses the idea of the transfer as new content in its own right.
Tom Ford Eye Colour Quad in Seductive Rose
High Street Price: £64
Heathrow Price: £53.30 – available at T2, T3, T4, & T5
Four opulent complementing shades achieve multiple looks, from a bold, smokey eye, to a sexy slash of colour and everything in between. Formulated with advanced colour processes, the four luxurious finishes—sheer sparkle, satin, shimmer and matte—offer a spectrum of intensity and effects and deliver incredible shade fidelity and outstanding adhesion. Two custom applicators included.
House of Hazelwood 18-year-old 50cl
Not available on the high street.
Heathrow price £62.99 – available at T2, T3, T4, & T5
House of Hazelwood, an elegant and vivacious new blended Scotch whisky inspired by family luminary Janet Sheed Roberts (1901 to 2012) and expressed through the spirit of the great Art Deco cities that influenced the world in her heyday. The packaging takes its inspiration from three of the most mesmeric cities at the forefront of the Art Deco movement: Paris, Mumbai and Shanghai. The design focuses on the creation of a distinctive visual leitmotif associated with the luminosity of each city. House of Hazelwood 18 Year Old is inspired by the classic elegance of Paris in the 1920s. This release reveals an elegant and classic whisky, perhaps the purest expression of Kininvie and Girvan spirits in the range, and married in tuns of Portuguese oak.
Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille
High Street Price: £148
Heathrow Price: £116.95 – available at T2, T3, T4, & T5
Opulent. Warm. Iconic. Tom Ford’s affection for London inspired this scent, reminiscent of an English gentlemen’s club, redolent with spice. He reinvents a classic fragrance genre by adding creamy Tonka bean, vanilla, cocoa, dry fruit accords and sweet wood sap for a modern, opulent, and almost heady impression that’s all man, unless worn by a woman.
A selection of gifts from Thomas Pink
Thomas Pink Strummer Texture Shirt
High Street Price: £100
Heathrow Price : £83.33 – available at T2, T3, T4 & T5
The Strummer Texture shirt features an intricate rectangular pattern exclusive to Thomas Pink, neatly finished with signature ‘Pink’ detailing on the last button and under collar. The Strummer ensures comfort and style that wears beautifully in every sense.
Slim Fit: tailored but not tight | Button Cuffs | Semi-Cutaway Collar | 100% Cotton
Needless to say, you will collect some lovely Heathrow Rewards points by purchasing any item for sale at the airport – and if you haven’t got your card yet, you can apply online right now (takes a minute) and you even have some bonus points to start with, if you use the code MRSOBLG217. I know, I can be nice sometimes.
Just to give you an idea, I was shopping recently at the airport and when I was going to pay for my Tom Ford perfume… it was absolutely free. I was surprised (and delighted). I guess buying those Chanel shoes and countless bottles of champagne and gin paid off.
Until the next flight..
PS. This post is sponsored by Heathrow Airport. Why? Because they know I am a Heathrower and a very loyal and regular shopper at their terminals. And I love my Heathrow Rewards card. I really do.