Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

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With Valentine's Day a few weeks away we are excited to share some of the picks for that special person in your life, and some ideas for you to drop ever-so-subtle hints. Here are a few of our favorites that covers the best in travel, jewelry, fashion, beauty, and gifts that give back.

Quirky Gift Ideas:

For some silly gifts, we love CafePress with their Soy Happy Together T-ShirtI Love You More Than a Zombie Loves Brains T-Shirt and the I Mustache You to be My Girlfriend T-Shirt.

We also love the quirky gifts from Bespoke with some of our favorites being the Pick Up Line CoastersTonight/Not Tonight pillow and the Cute as a Button card.

For the Fashion Maven:

For the fashionable mama dreaming of summer we suggest the Silvano Apparel Carpentier Sunglasses where 10% of proceeds benefit the American Heart Association.

Fashion mavens will also love the uber comfortable Hästens Bathrobe complete with its double cut, terry cloth bathrobe. Made of the most premium quality cotton, we love how it features the Hästens signature blue check design.

For the hair, we love the cute CyndiBands, a new and fashionable hair accessory line, is a sweet and fun gift for any Valentine on your list! These Valentine’s Day inspired hair ties are perfect to wear in your hair or to make a fashion statement on your wrist. CyndiBands are available in a variety of colors and patterns, as well as customized packaging and offerings for special occasions. Some of our favorites are the Be True and the Love packet.

We are also big fans of Wakami, a philanthropic fashion accessories brand who recently released two very special unisex bracelets, perfect for the occasion. TheKiss bracelet is available is a variety of colors and features gorgeous gold or silver beading and a charm engraved with ‘kiss’. A cute reminder to grace your sweetheart’s wrist. TheLovebracelet is available in a variety of colors to suit males or females and is available with gold or copper beads woven beautifully throughout.

A really sweet idea that we love is the "lock of love" with Pictures on Gold personalized Gold and Sterling Silver Lockets. Through Pictures on Gold you can permanently laser your photos inside a Gold or Sterling Silver Locket and keep that moment close to your heart forever.

Ted Baker has tons of stylish bags with some of our favorites being the FRIMLOR - Metal square tote bag, the HICKORY - Stab stitch bag, and the cute MARKUN - Stab stitch bag.

For jewelry, we love the Sabine statement necklace from Piperlime and the super sweet linked in love necklace by Nelle and Lizzy. We also love the Love necklace from Earthy Chic.

We also love the personalized options from Nik's Naks with some of our favorites being the popular State Necklaces, Mini Letter Stud Earrings, and the cute Heart Coin Purse.

Another favorite is Mela Artisans, a luxury lifestyle brand that can enrich your life with beautiful and functional handcrafted artwork while being inspired by the stories of the artisans who created them. At the same time, you can forge a personal connection with these same artisans through purchases and loans that allow them to grow their businesses and develop their artistic skills. These home and fashion accessories are all handmade in India.

For lingerie, we love Naja, a company that creates exclusive designs paired with the highest quality of fabrics, placing significant focus on structural changes and better product design. Features reserved almost exclusively for luxury lingerie, such as breathable memory foam cups and ultrasonic sealed straps, are now being brought to consumers at fair prices. Naja uses Peruvian sourced Pima cotton for the softest feel and intelligent fabrics with odor and sweat wicking properties for real women with performance needs, all while remaining health and eco-conscious by using no phthalate materials and water based dyes. Additionally, through Naja’s Underwear for Hope program, the company donates a percentage of profits to training women in the poorest and most violent areas of the world to sew. Naja then employs them so that they can help themselves and their children. With each purchase of Naja, consumers can feel good knowing that they are contributing to changing a woman’s life.

For the Music Lover:

Beatles fans will love to commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ first U.S. visit and the band’s history-making debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” The U.S. Albums, a new 13-album collection spanning 1964’s Meet The Beatles! to 1970’s Hey Jude, will be released January 21 by Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol. The Mastered for iTunes LP collection, including a 64-page booklet with Beatles photos and promotional art from the time, as well as a new essay by American author and television executive Bill Flanagan, is available now for digital pre-order exclusively on iTunes (www.iTunes.com/TheBeatles). All of the Mastered for iTunes albums (with the exception of The Beatles’ Story, an audio documentary album) are also available now for individual pre-order on iTunes (iTunes.com/TheBeatles).

Romantic Getaways:

For those looking to get away this Valentine's Day, we suggest a trip to Norfolk, Virginia where you can enjoy a vibrant culinary and arts scene, within a charming waterside city that is perfect for a romantic (and affordable) getaway. This includes places to stay such as the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel and the Bed and Breakfast at Historic Page House Inn and so many things to do. From prestigious venues like the Harrison Opera House and The Norfolk Chrysler Hall to hip, smaller spots such as The Norva and The Jewish Mother, the city is a mecca for the musically talented. Visitors can listen to the Virginia Symphony, the Virginia Opera, or up-and-coming bands at the Belmont House of Smoke and Smartmouth Brewing Co. Other things to see include the Chrysler Museum of Art Glass StudioMermaid Winery and the Palace Station. Be sure to visit www.visitnorfolktoday.com for additional information.

If you can get away, we also suggest a trip to Mexico through Marriott Caribbean & Mexico Resorts’ newest initiative, Cupid on Call. Just launched this month, this emergency romance program is designed to help even those most romantically challenged spice up, or repair, their relationships. The program features a menu of love-inspiring amenities available for purchase and delivery, as well as complimentary offerings such as suggestions for the most romantic locations around the resort and destination.

Foodie Gifts:

Sometimes it's really hard to get out, which is why we love the option of online classes from Noodle Education. For Valentine's Day, we suggest the French Home Cooking: The Essential Techniques class where renowned cookbook author and culinary instructor Cynthia Nims teach you to create eight delicious dishes for your date — from a lofty soufflé to a perfect roast chicken to a silky custard-style ice cream.

Another fun class that they offer is Sweet & Savory Food Gifts where you can give the gift of food as you discover techniques to transform six delicious recipes into memorable handmade gifts for any occasion! Perfect for those with a sweet tooth where you can make irresistible meringue pecans and the sumptuous chocolate bark.

For the Home:

Gifts that enhance the home are always fun, and this Valentine's Day we suggest the Goodwin + Goodwin The End Typographic Bookend $25 at ArstyModern.com and the Leah Singh Scarpa Sunset Pillow at LeahSingh.com. With both purchases 20% of proceeds benefit the American Heart Association.

We also love the aden + anais' Classic Dream BlanketsA luxurious blanket that is perfect for adults, our classic daydream blanket is made of four layers of 100% cotton muslin and love. Cozy up with the daydream blanket during quiet notes at home or use as an added home accent.

Housewares:

For some fun houseware items we love Bespoke Custom Gifts where you can find Personalized platesPersonalized MugsPersonalized Dessert Plates, the cute Pinch of Love measuring spoonsSweetheart Bottle Opener, the Dresser Tray and the sweet. Little linen heart sachets.

We also love the Royal Copenhagen Contrast Mug Set and the unique Mono Filio Teapot with Integrated Warmer from ShopHORNE.com.

Beauty:

One of our favorite new lines is Le Couvent des Minimes. Some of our favorites are the Smile Lip Balm, a softening and nourishing balm that comes in Pear, Orange Blossom, and Mint flavors. We also love the Loving Care Body Balm Lotion, a replenishing formula that is created with Le Couvent des Minimes’ own preparation of Galen’s Wax. Loving Care Body Balm Lotion helps protect and repair dry skin and is safe for the entire family, even a baby’s delicate skin. Calendula extract soothes as Mallow extract prevents dryness, gently repairing and restoring skin. Dermatologist-tested and hypoallergenic, the formula leaves skin supple, soft and balanced.

Evelyn Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley Dream Lip Collection: This year’s lip-loving duo offers a pop of pink for your pout with Estée Lauder’s best-selling Pure Color Lipstick and new Pure Color Gloss. Full-size Pure Color Lipstick in Rubellite and limited-edition Pure Color Sheer RollerGloss in Hot Pink are featured in a stylish two-toned textured pink clutch with a classic Estée Lauder golden touch.Estée Lauder will also donate 20% of the suggested retail price from the sale of the Evelyn Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley Dream Lip Collection to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.

AHAVA Mineral Botanic Duo Set: Treat yourself or someone you love to the pampering benefits of Dead Sea minerals and organic plant extracts. AHAVA’s skin-nourishing Mineral Botanic Velvet Cream Body Wash (500 ml) and Body Lotion (400 ml) in Hibiscus & Fig delivers essential moisture to the skin leaving it calm, clean and refreshed – and subtly fragrant. Price: $26, Available at AHAVAUS.com in February

Ralph Lauren Fragrances Polo Red Valentine’s Day Set: Inspired by Ralph Lauren’s car collection, Polo Red is the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for the man in your life with drive and ambition. With powerful notes of red saffron, red grapefruit and red cedar wood, this spicy, woody fragrance captures speed, adrenaline and – most importantly – seduction. The ultimate in design and distinction, the fiery red, high-gloss bottle mimics the sleek curves of an automobile. The kit includes a 125 ml EDT, a 1.36 oz EDT and a 3.4 fl oz After Shave Balm. Price: $86 (a $162 value), Available in February at RalphLauren.com and select retailers.

We also love dermaE with some of our favorites being the derma e® Vitamin E Intensive Therapy Body Balm, ahighly-concentrated topical recovery treatment with naturally sourced full-spectrum Vitamin E rescues and restore extreme cases of dry, dehydrated skin and the derma e® Evenly Radiant Dark Circle Eye Crème, a skin-brightening eye crème helps diminish the look of dark circles, fine lines and puffiness around the delicate eye area.

Gifts that Give Back:

This year, do something out of the norm by participating in Sugartooth Tours. This annual seasonal tour features a plethora of tasty treats, as well as an equally sweet donation to House of the Roses, a local non-profit that offers homeless and at-risk children free weekly on-site dance workshops at partner outreach facilities, such as homeless shelters and community centers throughout New York City, as well as performance opportunities at outside locations. For each tour ticket sold in the month of February, $1 will be donated to the charity.

Featured on this year?s tour will be six tastings, including chocolate truffles, hot chocolate, cupcakes, cookies and more. Also included is the option to add a wine/beer paring at the tour?s final destination to allow for more one-on-one time with a special someone. The tour, which starts in the trendy Chelsea neighborhood, will last approximately 2- 2 ½ hours and covers 1.5 miles of walking with stops along the way. Guests will walk down the High Line, and end in the West Village. In addition to scrumptious sweets, guests will also learn culinary and cultural history at each stop, and a few tidbits and facts about Valentine?s Day and it?s history. This year?s Valentine?s Day tours are scheduled for February 8th, 9th, 13th, 14th, 15th, and 16th. Tours run at 5:30pm. Tickets are $50 without the pairing, or $70 with the pairing and can be purchased by visiting www.sugartoothtours.com.

Fun Night Out: 

For those in NYC, enjoy a night out to see the Off-Broadway show, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding is back! Known as the “Granddaddy of Interactive Theater,” the show takes center stage starting March 5, 2014 with a newly updated production in the heart of Times Square.

Perfect for anyone seeking a unique fun night out on the town, audience members ARE the wedding guests and encouraged to optimize the experience by taking on the impromptu roles of Tony and Tina’s family and friends.

The two-part show begins with a sidesplitting ceremony at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School auditorium (120 W. 46th St.—this is the “Fame” high school!), followed by a short walk by the entire bridal party and audience through Times Square to a dedicated room atFood Network star Guy Fieri’s Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar(220 W. 44th St.). There, guests enjoy the hilarious reception complete with an Italian-style buffet dinner, cocktails, dancing to DJ Donnie Dolce, NYC's #1 wedding singer/DJ and surprise VIP guests. Unlike Broadway shows, cell phone usage is highly encouraged during the proceedings, so audience members and the cast can utilize social media to real-time tweet each other, share photos and videos.

Other highlights of the revamped production:

  • Surprise marriage proposals can be arranged in advance
  • Custom-made fashion for special members of the cast
  • After attendance, guests receive a Thank You note from Tony and Tina
  • Premium/family seating is available for bachelor/bachelorette parties, mom’s night out
  • Special on-site raffles and product giveaways during the reception

Performances begin Wednesday March 5th and run Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 7 PM, with matinees Saturday at 2pm & Sunday at 3 PM. Tickets are $125 for “Friends” seating, with Premium/Family Seating available at $175 for all performances. Tickets are available by phone, toll free, at 866-811-4111 or online at www.TonyLovesTina.com.

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