Valentine's Day Gift Roundup
11 Valentine's Day Gift Ideas
As Valentine gifts, Hearts and Flowers are only starters. Here are some unusual--maybe even offbeat--ideas for Valentine treats.
Add a new twist to a Valentine staple with designer chocolates personally tasted and approved by stylish Italian couture-creator Giorgio Armani. Pralines spiced with chili peppers or filled with saffron cream are among the luxurious choices crafted without artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. For your sweetheart consider the 16-piece praline set or the heart-shaped gift box set of four chocolates -- with two dragees and two chocolate squares. www.armanidolci.com
WIFI Smart Thermostat
Keep your techsmart Valentine toasty with Honeywell's new ultra thermostat that can be programmed and then controlled from anywhere by smartphone, tablet or computer. With its app backed by Honeywell's network, its features include an easy to read touchscreen, settings for auto alerts on filter changes, an indoor humidity sensor.
Reusable Silicone Lid Covers
A new take on Valentine flowers, offer a bouquet of blossom container covers. Used to create air-tight seals on bowls in the refrigerator, pots cooking on the stove, dishes in the microwave, pans in the oven, they eliminate the struggle with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Molded of silicone and available in sizes from 4-13 inches, the washable lilies, hibiscus, and sunflowers can be used over and over, an enduring and practical bouquet.
Battery Bot Mobile Chargers
Stuffed animals are cute, but this year give your Valentine Terry Le Bat, Powly Owly, Larry Lobstah, Turbo Turtle Shocky Shark. All are adorable portable backup battery chargers created by Battery Bot to charge smartphones, tablets, mobile devices with 1 A Micro USB input and a 2.1 USB output for universal charging. They're convenient and so cute that you're not apt to forget them and leave them behind.
Heart Hot Water Bottle
For nights when you can't be there to keep your Valentine warm, offer a cozy hot water bottle to snuggle up with. Sturdy rubber wrapped in an adorable heart-knit cover, it can be filled with boiling water to keep toes and fingers warm under the covers all through the night til morning.
Dual Edge Slice & Serve
Let your Valentine brighten holiday servings in style with a festive red and white polka dot Slice & Serve. Cut up brownies, lasagna, casserole, then flip your wrist and carry to the plate on the flat of the blade. With a nonstick coating, foods slide right off, and a sheath is included to protect the blade.
Leota's Catherine Spice Kaleidoscope
Deck out your Valentine in the bright red print of Leota's long sleeve empire waist pleat dress. Its handy crease-proof jersey is figure hugging and comfortable and packs like a charm for weekend getaways.
Hire a 2-4 piece jazz band to serenade your sweetie for only $99 per hour. Music for Tomorrow will supply a list of available bands and clips of their music. Sign on to their website, click in the time, date, and address of your gig, and the national jazz charity will help match you up with a group for a personal concert.
A Trip to the Tropics
Brave the winter weather and take your Valentine to the jungle and rainforest at the New York Botanical Garden where the thermometer reads 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit in the "Tropical Paradise." Check your parkas and hold hands wandering through fuchsia bromeliads, orange-yellow crotons, and other flowers and foliage in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory's romantic Victorian-style glass greenhouse.
A Cruise on the S.S. Catherine
Journey with your Valentine through the land of Ooh-la-la on Uniworld's 15-day "Portrait of Majestic France." Besides sharing a kiss under the Eiffel Tower and savoring a sensual on-board oyster tasting, voyagers will pair art, culture, and gastronomy sailing the Seine, Garonne, Gironde, and Dorgodne rivers tasting wines in Bordeaux, breathing in the fragrance of Monet's Giverny gardens, and feasting on menus designed by Master Chef Philippe Etchbest.
David Webb Earrings
Splurge with a vintage 1970's pair of earrings in 18 carat gold and diamonds with a certificate of authenticity from David Webb. This one of a kind set is among vintage choices at D.K. Farnum also offering less extravagant one-of-a-kind choices such as Diamonbar sterling silver Deco bracelets from the 1930's and clip-back Lanvin paste earrings signed by designer Albert Elbaz.
A Tote (or Two!)
Enclose your Valentine gift in a bonus extra -- the stain and water repellant canvas tote from Martha Stewart's Home Office collection at Staples. With a reinforced "leather" bottom and straps, triple snap closure, a zipper space outside, and dozens of handy inside pockets, it's convenient and roomy at the same time. One of my favorite items of the year, I like it so much I got two and carry them around town -- with or without Valentines -- in both black and handsome taupe.