Valentine’s inspiration: the best gift I’ve given recently…

Top tastemakers share their idea of the perfect gift

Piecco Pang leather handbag, from $1,000
Piecco Pang leather handbag, from $1,000

Pearl Lam, gallerist “Piecco Pang is a wonderful Hong Kong designer who makes soft leather handbags in intricate patterns and using great colours. They make fabulous presents.” From $1,000; www.pp4e.com.

Teatro alla Scala
Teatro alla Scala

Alberta Ferretti, fashion designer “The best gift I’ve given recently was a box at La Scala for TheNutcracker.” 2 Via Filodrammatici, 20121 Milan (+3902-88791; www.teatroallascala.org).

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Ben Gorham, founder of Byredo “I gave a custom fragrance to some friends who had just got married. The idea was that they wouldn’t smell it until the wedding day, so it would become the memory of their wedding in a bottle. I came up with the ingredients by tapping their friends and family for the scents the couple both like, and then I combined them, favouring the bride. I didn’t give it a name; I just labelled it with the date.” Click here for more on buying bespoke perfumes.

Byredo bespoke perfume
Byredo bespoke perfume

Roja Dove, perfumer “A pair of gold cufflinks with a simple diamond in the centre of each side – pure understated elegance. My friend, the jeweller Shaun Leane, designed and created them as part of his bespoke service, so they couldn’t be more personal.” www.shaunleane.com.

Shaun Leane bespoke gold and diamond cufflinks
Shaun Leane bespoke gold and diamond cufflinks

Julia Muggenburg, founder of Mayfair’s Belmacz gallery “A friend of mine travels a lot, and I thought he would like to have the perfect travelling sculpture, something small that can be with him in his luggage, but that he can take out whenever he sits and writes and thinks. I gave him a bronze fig by sculptor Joel Tomlin. In German we call such a thing a Handschmeichler, which means “hand caresser”. You hold it and it’s the perfect fit.” www.joeltomlin.co.uk.

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Janice Blackburn, designer, craft and design curator“When some close friends moved house, I bought them a fig tree from Clifton Nurseries. My husband’s aunt gave us a maple tree years ago, which has become part of our household. She passed on more than 20 years ago, but the tree lives on and I wanted our friends to have something that would last.” 5A Clifton Villas, London W9 (020-7289 6851; www.clifton.co.uk).

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