Smoked glass and mirrors
No one can go wrong buying homeware from this company, whether it is its elegant, plain-white porcelain dinner service (which includes plates of all sizes priced from £1 each, a teapot for £5 or a large pasta bowl for £2); the five-star 350-thread-count pure-cotton bed linen with single duvet covers at £20; the set of three mirrored glass tables costing £95; or one of many glamorous table lamps (right) priced from £7 to £20.
There are five Matalan stores within the M25; for your nearest, visit www.matalan.co.uk, or call the store-locator line on 0845 330 3330.
A small but exquisite range of merchandise coincides with the Royal Academy’s blockbuster Russian exhibition. Look out for the espresso coffee cup-and-saucer set (left) made at the Lomonosov Imperial Porcelain factory in St Petersburg (£14.95 for the set) and a red pleated velvet scarf inspired by the Russian Cubist Kazimir Malevich (£85).
We have five pairs of exhibition tickets to give away. To enter the draw, email your name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org, with Russian in the subject line, to arrive by midnight on 11 February.
The Royal Academy Shop is at Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1. Call 0870 848 8484, or visit www.royalacademy.org.uk.
Key to their heart
This company has come a long way since its days of selling only writing paper and envelopes.
For St Valentine’s Day, Smythson is offering an imaginative selection of presents, including heart-shaped, red-leather and mirrored key rings (right, £75) a lizard-print leather version (£55), and a luxury three-drawer jewellery box with a heart-shaped key-fob (£1,105) - and, of course, cards that say just what you want them to say.
Smythson is at 40 New Bond Street, W1 (0870 521 1311; www.smythson.com).