Valentine’s Day gift guide
PSSST! Here’s a secret: Most women don’t want chocolate for Valentine’s Day! No, not even gourmet, high end dark chocolate. I know, I know I might get a couple of emails after this statement in disagreement. However, the majority of people who are celebrating Valentine’s Day don’t want candy – men and women alike.
When my husband and I first began dating, he presented me with flowers and big boxes heart shaped filled with chocolates. It wasn’t until we were married that I clued him in – yes, the flowers are nice and warranted sometimes, but they die too quickly to be appreciated too much. And the chocolate – well, they add to the waistline and don’t contribute to health and fitness.
There I said it. There are so many other gift options for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day that will demonstrate your thoughtfulness and love. The best part is that your significant others will be thrilled and find it useful!
Kinross Ruffle Shawl Cardigan is 100% cashmere with subtle ruffles that make it the perfect luxury layering piece in any weather. Available colors: Arctic, Ballet Slipper, Black, Ivory and Lingonberry. One size. Price: $295
Kut from the Kloth has some of my favorite denim that is super stretchy and comfortable without creating muffin top. Along with bottoms, the brand does an excellent job with their tops. For the Fashionista in your life, the Diana Relaxed fit skinny jeans ($89) in black have a mid-rise fit that is super sleek and stretchy for casual day wear that transitions into night time. Another winner is the Beatriz Diamond Quilted Jacket ($98) which is in a flattering silhouette for all sizes with enough room to layer underneath. The Fredrica Furry Knit sweater ($98) is super cozy and is crafted in a luscious cream body with a faux fur collar that is resonant with current fashion trends. https://www.kutfromthekloth.com/
Dagne Dover’s bags are great for everyday use because the brand carries 3 different lines for versatility – Coated Canvas and Leather for a professional feel and Neoprene as a casual carryall. The Landon Carryall comes in 3 sizes and variety of colors and prints is a great fashionable gym bag to store all your essentials. The Allyn tote, a leather handbag that also comes in 3 sizes, is perfect for the young professional as the interior provides organizational structure with pen loops and an efficient water bottle holder not to mention a key leash! Prices vary $100 and up https://www.dagnedover.com/
Cougar Shoes, a family-owned Canadian footwear company that has been making quality and stylish footwear since 1948. They design boots with the latest construction technology and use waterproofing techniques to ensure your shoes are comfortable and long-lasting. Give the fashion friend in your life the Kensington Chelsea Boot ($70), which is an ankle rubber rain boot with a rounded toe for comfort. The boot is easy to pull on and has memory molded insoles for optimal comfort.
Another great option is the Vera Suede Shearling Boot ($240), which is a mid-height suede boot with genuine shearling collar. Not only is the boot lined with polar plush lining for warmth, but it’s also waterproof – perfect for all types of weather.
Lightbox jewelry emerged as an alternative to pricey diamonds. The innovative company specializes in impeccably made, laboratory-grown diamond jewelry that is just as beautiful as the real thing. Their signature halo earrings and pendants come in three colors to choose from – pink, blue and white – and are available in 2 sizes. Each stone is inscribed with a security tag that verifies its authenticity. Prices range from $500 to $900 www.lightboxjewelry.com.
The Kitsbow Icon Shirt V2 ($220) is functional enough for a bike ride, while versatile enough to wear to a nice dinner. With articulated shoulder vents, stretch gussets, subtle reflective hits, bigger cuff openings and made of American Pendleton wool, the shirt is hand-sewn in Oakland, California. https://www.kitsbow.com/
Mizuno’s BR-D4 Stand Golf Bag ($199)
Your significant other will love this bag for Golfing. A lightweight, stand bag with a magnetic pocket, matching rainhood and cooler pocket, this bag is a pleasure to own. Other features include an apparel pocket for ample storage, large ball pocket, cart strap channel for secure fit without restricting access to pockets, double shoulder straps and a bottom grab handle for easier lifting. https://www.mizunousa.com/
Think about the Muse® 2 as a personal meditation assistant that is designed to provide real-time feedback on brain activity, body movement, breathing patterns and heart rate during meditation. Muse® 2 uses built-in biosignal, inertial, and heart sensors to create real-time audio experiences in four key areas to help users find focused calm, improve posture, and increase breath and heart awareness.
Along with the companion app, Muse® 2 translates meditators’ internal states into immersive soundscapes to provide subtle guidance during meditation. ($249) www.choosemuse.com
If he loves to cook, Le Creuset’s Limited Edition Ombre Dutch ovens incorporate the quality the brand is known for along with rich colors that soften from light to dark. Made with cast iron for slow-cooking, braising and roasting, the Dutch oven is a kitchen necessity for any home chef. Prices vary. https://www.lecreuset.com/
For a more moderately priced option, Tasty - the world’s largest social food network has an 11-piece non-stick cookware set, which includes everything from fry to sauce pans. Not only is it affordable, they are high-quality with soft silicone handles for easy an easy grip and steam vents to prevent overflowing. The set is dishwasher-safe which is my favorite component. The set comes with a Tasty recipe booklet for fast and easy recipes. The 11pc cookware set is available in 3 bright colors exclusively in Walmart stores and Walmart.com. (Prices range from $82 to $88)
Glerups are the most fashionable slippers you can find. Made of felt to keep the feet toasty in winter months, the designs are based on a tradition of hand felting, which is done manually and requires skill and time. The beautiful slippers are available for Men, Women, babies and toddlers. The signature grey felt boot from the company’s inception in 1993 has evolved into many rich color assortments as well as boots that have rubber soles as well. Prices vary ($95 to $135) https://www.glerups.com/