Valentine’s Day Gift Guide Part 3 — Love Is All We Need
Don’t say “down with love” this Valentine’s Day — flaunt that big heart of yours and make the day special and memorable for your significant other, as well as your closest friends and family. In uncertain times, there’s nothing like the comfort and warmth of someone’s love — and while there’s a million ways to express that affection, sometimes it’s nice to communicate the sentiment through a beautiful token.
Here, a few more ideas for you lovelies:
Kilian Collection Discovery Set, $140. Visit LuckyScent.com, as well as Bergdorf Goodman, select Saks Fifth Avenue stores, and Apothia.
Kilian Hennessy (yes, THAT Hennessy) has established a new budding family empire with his eponymous fragrance brand, which he launched in 2007. Kilian’s intricately nuanced, elegant scents have earned him a dedicated following over the last three years and, now, those who aren’t familiar with his work can be introduced to his fragrance catalog thanks to the new Kilian Collection Discovery Set. The boxed set features an atomizer pump and eight 0.25 oz. fragrances: Love, a marshmallow-inspired scent; Beyond Love, a romantic tuberose fragrance that ignites your passions; A Taste of Heaven, a feisty, absinthe verte fragrance; Liaisons Dangereuses, a floral oriental scent centered on Damascus Plum; Cruel Intentions, a mysterious, woody fragrance centered on the oud; and Back to Black, a gender-bending number with tons of sex appeal.
Tylie Malibu Runaway Stud Neon Pink Clutch. Visit NeimanMarcus.com
There’s something almost innately funky and perky about a black and hot pink combination – it evokes a slightly punk-y girl power(which is probably why rock/pop stars like Avril Lavigne, Blondie, and Rihanna have all donned looks in this color scheme). Thanks to the six rows of black pyramid studs along the flap, this Tylie Malibu clutch has a playful, Gem-like quality.
Moet & Chandon Champagne Brut Rose Imperial, $50. Visit CrownWineAndSpirits.com
Toast in style with a bottle of Moet & Chandon Champagne Brut Rose Imperial, which features sour cherry and strawberry notes for a fruity but not overly sweet flavor.
Phyto Coveted Collection, $65. Visit Nordstrom.com
This gift set it like a shrine for all of us Phyto devotees, where we can sing the praises of the outstanding haircare brand as we indulge our tresses with some yummy products. The Coveted Collection set includes travel-sized samples of the following cult favorites: Phyto 7 Daily Hydrating Botanical Cream, a miracle product for us dry hair gals, since ingredients like rosemary leaf extract, sage leaf extract, pricot kernel oil, willow leaf extract, and calendula extract help to nourish, smooth, and soften your mane; Phytodefrisant Botanical Hair Relaxing Balm, which includes ferula, horseradish, sage and plant mucilage extracts to tame even the most persistent frizzies and leave your hair straight and sleek; Phytomist Instant Hydrating Conditioner, a moisturizer that packs a hefty punch; Phytovolume Actif Volumizing Spray, which will add lift and bounce to your tresses through its formulation of keratin amino acids; and Phytolisse Shine Serum, a lovely finishing product for when you’re blowdrying and styling your hair.
At first glance, these may look like fairy tale character-inspired figures you’d display in your home, but they’re so much more than that — these dolls are actually way smaller than they appear in the photos above, and they’re meant to be worn as necklaces. Crafted by Parisian jeweler Servane Gaxotte, these necklaces exude the exuberance and playfulness of childhood and the romanticism of the City of Lights. Plus, the doll necklaces are exquisitely outfitted, donning ballerina-esque tulle skirts and lace-up boots. The Kisan Concept Store in NYC has a nice selection of these extremely rare Servane Gaxotte pieces, so here’s your chance to give someone a doll they won’t ever have to part with!
De Vecchi Ere Cuoro Bowl, $248. Visit Yoox.com
This silver bowl centerpiece measures 5.5″ in width, 5.1″ in height, and 0.8″ in depth. The most amazing aspect of the centerpiece is how it’s sculpted to reflect light in an interesting and innovative manner.
Michael Kors Very Hollywood Luxury Set, $65. Visit Sephora.com
With its mandarin, gardenia and vetiver notes, Michael Kors’ Very Hollywood fragrance channels the bountiful energy and vibrancy of a young Hollywood starlet. The gardenia notes add a hint of screen siren sexiness but, unlike other scents, this one feels way more youthful and coy. Plus, just in time for Valentine’s Day, Michael Kors is debuting this Sephora exclusive, which includes a 1.7 oz. EDP and a 0.25 rollerball perfume with a cutesy rhinestone-studded MK charm.
Natobie Jewels RJB160, $295. Visit NatobieJewels.com
Coral is about to make a big splash this spring, and this ornate bracelet, with its interlocking gold circles and inset coral, red orange, and pink stone will keep you one step ahead of the rest.
Antoine + Manuel “Love Pink” Wall Stickers, $105. Visit Yoox.com
Put a little love in your housewith these wall stickers by Antoine + Manuel, which have an artful quality thanks to the intriguing graphic prints featured in the heart shape. The best part?Applying them requires way less skill than any wallpapering effort!
NYC New York Color Lip Sliders Tinted Lip Balm $2.99 each. Available at mass food and drug retailers. Visit NewYorkColor.com to find a retailer.
These affordable lip balms provide just a hint of glossy color. Available in perky shades like Sugar Baby, a bright red, and Sugar Coated, a cotton candy pink, N.Y.C. New York Color’s Lip Sliders are cleverly packaged so that you can just place your thumb on the case’s top lid and slide it upwards to open. The balm itself has a slightly sticky consistency, but it’s still quite a steal for the price point!
Emily Elizabeth Jewelry Twin Heart Earrings, $90. Visit EmilyElizabethJewelry.com
These earrings just make me want to start singing “Two of Hearts” (yes, I’m corny sometimes!). Each of these earrings features a pair of bulbous goldtone hearts of two different sizes dangling from a thin golden chain strand.
PUMA Women’s “Vega” Red Dial Red Strap Watch, $45.99. Visit Overstock.com
This sporty number features a red rubber strap and case, and the oversize numbers make it easy to tell time even when you just steal a peek at your wristwatch.
New Balance Valentine’s Day 460 Sneakers, $55. Visit FinishLine.com
For Valentine’s Day, NB is releasing a limited-edition version of its 460 style in a white/red color scheme. The Valentine’s Day 460 sneakers feature red stitching along the “N” logo, a red insole, a bold red stripe along the heel, and a heart symbol and the number “460” stitched on the tongue’s label.
Steven Shein LOVE Text Ring, $21. Visit Karmaloop.com
Give hands some TLC with this wooden ring, which features the word “Love” in big block letters.
Not Soap Radio “The Stuff That Cupid Dips His Arrow In” Bubbles for Bath or Shower, $15. Visit NotSoapRadio.com
I admit: I have a bit of a dirty mind. And clearly, that’s precisely what Not Soap Radio was counting on when it named this ginseng scented bubble bath “The Stuff That Cupid Dips His Arrows In.” But let me be clear: this product’s brilliance goes beyond the cheeky double entendre associated with the name. As if bubble baths weren’t sexy enough, the ginseng scent functions as an aphrodisiac, engaging your carnal desires. When you take a sudsy bath with your special someone, let’s just say there will be tons of dipping going on!
LUSH Be Mine, $24.95. Visit LUSHusa.com
Already wrapped nicely with a tattoo-inspired, rose print paper, LUSH’s Be Mine gift set features a trio of sensual products to make your skin and lips smooth, soft, and kissable. The set includes the Flying Fox honey scented shower gel, the Honey Trap Lip Balm (which features a mix of white chocolate, honey, vanilla and sweet wild orange), and the Soft Couer Massage Bar, an emollient, heart-shaped bar that melts against the skin and moisturizes it with cocoa butter and honey. Yum!
Keds Champion “I Love Keds” White Canvas Sneakers, $40. Visit Keds.com
The basic Champion sneaker gets a makeover here, with doodles of daisies, marigolds, guitars, hearts, stars, and tiny skulls in red, yellow, and a minty white color. When you see these, you can’t help but feel the urge to whip out your marker and add your own personal touch.
Soft Hugwear Bear With Pink Blanket, $24.95. Visit Walmart.com
This cuddle bug of a teddy bear is ready for some serious spooning — he’s even got his own pink blanket and sleep mask to ensure he gets some nice shut-eye. Sweet dreams!
Wet ‘N Wild MegaLast Lip Color, $2.99 each. Visit WNWbauty.com
These new Wet ‘N Wild lip colors are ultra creamy and deliver rich pigment onto your lips — all without drying out your lips. I tried the Wine Room, Mauve Outta Here, and Red Velvet, and here’s what the colors look like (as pictured from left to right):
Julia Failey “Little Rose” Rings, $85 for silver; $105 for sterling silver with 18k gold vermeil; and $105 for sterling silver with rose gold. Visit JuliaFailey.com
Each of these rings is made of reclaimed and deoxidized sterling silver and features a 1/4″-wide rose detail along the center. I love how the ring’s band features intertwined stems with tiny thorn details, giving each piece a more primal, in-the-wilderness feel.
Calvin Klein Frame Clutch in Bronze, $118. Available at Macys.com
Every woman needs a clutch that’s sleek, versatile, and simple enough to work for a number of occasions. This Calvin Klein Frame Clutch can work for anything from a romantic dinner date to a prestigious black-tie affair.
Ariel Gordon Love Knot Rings, $68 each. Visit ArielGordonJewelry.com
Made of a single metallic wire, each of these handcrafted rings is twisted to create a pretzel-like shape that symbolizes two hearts becoming inextricably intertwined.
Restoration Hardware Book of Memories, $48. Visit RestorationHardware.com
A great romantic getaway. A beautiful wedding. A child’s first birthday. A graduation. These are the moments we want to capture forever and while we can’t rewind time and relive these experiences, at least we can remember them and savor them by doing so. Restoration Hardware’s Book of Memories allows you to celebrate these special moments by putting them on display inside a photo album that can be propped up like a book, with each page becoming a frame. The engravable book holds six photos.
Temple St Clair 18K Classic Round Earrings in Pink Tourmaline, $1200. Visit TempleStClair.com
Sometimes the most beautiful pieces of jewelry are also surprisingly simple. Take, for example, these Temple St Clair earrings, which feature pink tourmaline stones along the center of a grooved, golden sphere and a trio of diamond studs adorning the bottom for an unexpected dash of excitement.
Arcona Raspberry Resurfacing Peel, $68. Visit Arcona.com
This strawberry-colored formula features green tea, raspberry, grape seed extracts, and lycopene, all of which help to improve circulation, minimize uneven pigmentation, and improve the texture and clarity of your skin. All you have to do is apply it to clean skin, wait 8-10 mins., and then rinse with warm water. If you use it 1-2 times a week, you’ll start seeing results within about a month.
Ghurka Wine Caddy, $195. Visit Ghurka.com
This leather caddy keeps wine bottles chilled for four to six hours — so, whether you’re planning a picnic in the park or going to a local dinner party, your vino will stay at the perfect temperature. Plus, the leather caddy looks extra stylish with its cinch-like tie and gingham print lining.
Pacifica French Lilac Spray Perfume, $22. Visit PacificaPerfume.com
According to the “Language of Flowers,” the lilac is symbol of early love — that stage when your heart races at the mere thought of your beloved and the sense of promise fills the air. This soft, powdery, feminine fragrance will capture all those charming, magical emotions.
New Balance Pleated Skirt, $39.99. Visit NBWebExpress.com
Shopping for a gym junkie? Then consider giving her this sporty pleated skirt, which is perfect for a game of tennis or a dash to that killer cycling class.
Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Sensual Sandalwood & Fig Body Mist, $15; Massage Oil, $16; Body Wash & Foaming Bath, $13; Body Lotion, $13; Roll-On, $9.50; Sugar Scrub, $16. Visit BathAndBodyWorks.com
This aromatherapy collection is designed to bring out your sensual side, with woody sandalwood and fig notes that are complemented by invigorating citrus notes. The body lotion is my absolute favorite since it really softens the skin and leaves just the slightest alluring scent.
Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur, $29.99 per 750 ml bottle. Available wherever fine spirits -based beverages are sold. Visit DrinkGodiva.com for more information.
Forget milk chocolate — when it comes to chocolate, I’m a bit of an extremist, preferring premium dark chocolate and creamy white chocolate. This sweet, syrupy liqueur, then, is the ultimate treat with its white chocolate and Madagascar vanilla flavors.
Fruitz Watches, $225 each. Will be available at FruitzWatches.com, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus.
These sporty watches, with their oversize, sunburst-themed dials and their eye-catching rubber straps, are the newest addition to the Philip Stein watch collection. And, as you might have surmised from the collection’s name, the color schemes are inspired by fruits, with styles like Watermelon (which features a green strap and red dial) and Raspberry (which features a deep purple-y pink strap and dial).
SkullCandy Lowrider “Pink Print” Headphones, $39.95. Visit Skullcandy.com
The bright, gleaming colors of these SkullCandy Lowrider headphones were inspired by the candy-painted Chevys Pimp C loved to rap about.
Mighty Fine Hello Kitty “Love Bug” T-Shirt, $24. Visit TheGiantPeach.com
As if I needed another reason to adore Hello Kitty! Now, the sassiest of all feline creatures is showing off her amorous side, donning a ladybug-like shell, along with a set of antenna topped off with red hearts. Talk about getting bitten by the love bug!
U by Ungaro Fever For Her Eau de Parfum Spray, $34. Visit Avon.com
This chypre floral fragrance features sweet berry and Chinese osmanthus top notes, a floral heart incorporating lychee, honeysuckle and white rose notes, and a woody base with a hint of patchouli.
Avon Ultra Color Rich Mega Impact Lipstick SPF 15, $8. Visit Avon.com
The new Ultra Color Rich Mega Impact Lipstick is based on Avon’s new chromapixel technology, which helps to magnify every single hue. Available in 10 shades, this lipstick is saturated with iridescent pearls for high-wattage shine. Here’s a look at what the Charged Cherry looks like (isn’t it brilliant?!):
Wrecords by Monkey Valentine’s Day Bracelets. $15 each. Visit WrecordsbyMonkey.com
I’ve been a fan of Wrecords by Monkey’s funky, urban accessories for a while now, but this may be my favorite collection to date. The bracelets and cuffs in this special collection are, like all Wrecords by Monkey designs, made of repurposed vinyl LPs and they feature bandanna-like prints in pink or red color schemes with a heart at the core of the patterns.
Clara Kasavina “Amore S” Heart shape Clutch, $430. Visit ClaraKasavina.com
Make it a feast of love with this heart-shaped cast iron crocotte, which is ideal for stews, soups, and other hearty concoctions.
TOMS Red Canvas Classics, $44. Visit TOMSshoes.com
Whenever you buy a pair of TOMS shoes, the company donates a pair of shoes to a child in a developing country. So, basically, you’d be doubling your gifting efforts. That’s what I call spreading the love!