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

Luxury luminaries on the perfect presents

A Ferrari 250 GT
A Ferrari 250 GT

Ian Callum, director of design at Jaguar “The Ferrari 250 GT is my favourite car of all time, and someone arranged for me to spend two days driving one that was once raced by Stirling Moss. I took it up the northwest coast of Scotland. It was the most wonderful driving experience I have ever had.” Read more about Italian supercar driving experiences here.

Alessandra Rich’s Polaroid Land Camera Model 250
Alessandra Rich’s Polaroid Land Camera Model 250 | Image: Kate Martin

Alessandra Rich, womenswear designer “My husband bought me an original Polaroid Land Camera Model 250. Apart from being an iconic film camera, it is wonderful because it slows you down; it connects you with real moments. The prints are often magical and always one of a kind, and that serendipity is part of the charm.” For two modern takes on the Polaroid camera, click here.

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John Varvatos, menswear designer “I’m a tequila guy, and someone gave me a bottle of DeLeón Leóna, one of the best tequilas in the world. It was aged in American oak and then stored for over a year in French Sauternes casks. And it came in a beautiful leather box.” $979; www.deleontequila.com.

DeLeón Leóna tequila, $979
DeLeón Leóna tequila, $979

Victoria Siddall, director of Frieze “My partner gave me a vintage Cartier ring from the 1970s, shaped like two hot-air balloons in gold, turquoise and lapis lazuli. It was sourced from Duro Olowu, an amazing fashion designer with some incredible one-off pieces of vintage jewellery.” www.duroolowu.com.

Victoria Siddall’s Cartier ring from the 1970s
Victoria Siddall’s Cartier ring from the 1970s | Image: Rick Pushinsky

Natalia Vodianova, model and founder of the Naked Heart Foundation “I was given a year’s personalised supply of Russian honey, each jar containing a different flavour I might like – an unusual pollen or one mixed with nuts. I eat honey constantly, on bread, in tea and even just from a spoon, so it was lovely, and the varied glass jars look beautiful in our dining room.” For brilliant bespoke honey, see Alexandre Sterne.

Russian honey
Russian honey

Nicky Kinnaird, founder of Space NK “When I came back from a trip to New York, my partner had filled the house with beautiful, fresh white roses. That brought a smile to my face.” For more floral gift ideas, click here.

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