Straight from the Heart — Behold Part 1 of our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide !
Forget Forrest Gump-worthy boxes of chocolates and cliché bouquets of roses. This February 14th, opt for a gift that speaks to your Valentine’s individual tastes, to her spirited personality and unique sense of style. From coquettish heels to delicious scented candles, these gifts have so much personality, they will surely make hearts skip a beat.
P.S.: It’s okay to anoint yourself your own Valentine and indulge!
Alice + Olivia Gigi Grosgrain Printed Heels, $295. Available at AliceandOlivia.com
Any girl will feel like the Queen of Hearts in these flirty Alice + Olivia open-toe pumps, which feature a red heart pattern printed atop textural grosgrain. With a heel that measures 4.3″ in height, they’re a tall fashion tale that’s all the way real.
Badacious Good Luck Kiss Earrings, $64. Available at PatriciaField.com
Victorian gone kitsch, these heart-shaped earrings blend together baroque elements liked gilded-looking details and faux pearls with cheeky, crafty features like fuzzy red velvet. Measuring 2 1/2″ in width and 4 1/2″ in height, they’re not for the faint of heart and yet they’ll make adventurous types faint in delight.
H&M Woven Top, $29.95. Available at HM.com
What would Valentine’s Day be without oodles of hearts? This woven top, available at H&M’s online boutique only, will get girls into the loving spirit with its wide fit, 3/4-length raglan sleeves, ribbed cuffs and hem, and slightly sheer fabric, which is covered with fluttering hearts.
Lulu Dharma Carnelian 5 Wrap Bracelet, $190. Available at LuluDharma.com
According to mystics, the carnelian stone can bring harmony into the home, fight negativity, bring a surge of creativity and inspiration, fuel ambitions, and increase one’s sense of confidence.With rows of round carnelian beads positioned between thin straps of red leather, secured in place with red thread, this 5-wrap bracelet should make any woman feel a bit more secure with every aspect of her personality. And what’s better than the gift of confidence?
On Gossamer Mesh Hip Bikini with Embellishment (shown above in Strawberry Margarita and Iris), $16 each or 2 for $30. Available at OnGossamer.com
Fellas, you don’t have to break the bank when buying lingerie for your sweetie. After all, most women will treat those La Perla bustiers as they would their finest china, taking them out on only the most special of occasions.Instead, invest in some skivvies that are comfortable, practical, adorable and affordable — like these bikini panties from On Gossamer, which are made with seamless superfine mesh (bonus points for giving gals no visible panty lines!) and feature a pretty, lacy delicate edge. Each of these low-rise bikini briefs falls below the waist and features a cheeky rhinestone embellishment at its center, with one bearing a heart shape and the other spelling out the word “Love.”
Cult Gaia Morello Cherry Turband, $38. Available at CultGaia.com
She’s an ice cream sundae with a cherry on top, so why not convey that via your Valentine’s Day gift? Handmade in Los Angeles, this 100% cotton turband features a retro chic cherry print that’s got plenty of fashion juice.
Melissa Spikes Heel, $155. Available at ShopMelissa.com
Brazilian footwear brand Melissa has spent years showing that plastic is, in fact, fantastic. With its candy apple red hue, matte finish, diamond-shaped peep toe, vampy stiletto heel, and the rocker-inspired spikes adorning its heel counter, this shoe more than makes the point!
Archipelago Botanicals Apple Soy Candle, $30. Available at Archipelago-USA.com
Let her know she’s the apple of your eye with this Archipelago Botanicals candle, which contains more than 70% natural soy wax for a cleaner, non-sooty burn. Measuring 4.25″ in height, this hand-poured 14 oz. candle smells like a delicious red apple picked right from the orchard. Instead of so many candles that are billed as smelling like apple but really feature sweeter, candy-like, artificial scents, this one truly nails the aroma. As the candle burns, you’ll imagine holding a shiny red apple and lifting it closer to your nose, whiffing its skin, then sinking your teeth into the fruit, having the juices in its center rush into your mouth, then chewing its sweet-yet-slightly tart flesh.
Princess Vera Wang Cascade Button-Front Tank, $38. Available at Kohls.com
No need to “pink” about it: this button-front tank is as laid-back as it is lovely thanks to a fanciful ruffled overlay, which is shorter along the center of the bodice, falling right below the bustline, and longer at the sides so as to create a winged, fluttering, flowy effect.
ban.do Girl Talk Kiss Me Headband, $15. Available at Shopbando.com
Let the hair accessories do the talking! With 0.5″-tall letters spelling out the word “Kiss Me” along the top rim, this hot pink metal headband says it all: time to pucker up!