Valentine’s Day is almost here and as usual, men plan to spend more on women than women do on men. Almost half (44 percent) of men in relationships plan to shell out $100 or more on their significant other this Valentine’s Day compared to just 23 percent of women, according to a survey from RetailMeKnot. Whatever your spending plan, here are some great gift ideas for a range of budgets.
Say “I love you” Gallic style with this whimsical sweater from Talbots. The boatneck pullover is made of nylon, rayon and cotton and features drop shoulders, long sleeves and sequined letters that spell “Je t’aime” (I love you). It costs $79.50 at Talbots stores and Talbots.com.
The Thistle Farms Chocolate Facial Mask gently exfoliates skin with purifying natural ingredients while the Olive and Sinclair artisan chocolate bar, satisfies your chocolate cravings. This pre-wrapped set costs $25 (while supplies last) at Thistlefarms.org and benefits women — survivors of prostitution, trafficking and addictions — in the community.
“Birdy” Bracelets from Atlanta-based Ali & Bird will brighten up your sweetheart’s wrist. They are made with unique and rare gemstones and retail for $24 - $40. The bracelets are available at Collage Boutique, 705 Town Blvd NE, Ste S540, Atlanta; 404-736-6424. For a list of additional retailers, visit the website at Aliandbird.com.
Bond No. 9 Perfumista Avenue, a rose-laden scent named after a fantasy street, is the ideal fragrance for Valentine’s Day. Notes of rose and plum convey the scent of romance and love. It costs $190 and is available Saks Fifth Avenue, select Nordstrom stores and BondNo9.com.
Your love will bubble over with this limited-edition bath bomb from LUSH. The Love Locket Bath Bomb ($12.95) was inspired by a locket necklace. The outside of the locket is full of paper hearts that will float on the surface of the water. When you “unlock” the yellow center, a hidden secret is revealed. You can buy it at LUSH boutiques (Mall of Georgia, Perimeter Mall and Macy’s Lenox Square) and LUSHusa.com.
Home is where the heart is with these throw pillows from Overstock.com. Valentine White and Grey Square Accent Throw Pillows (Set of 2) are made of polyester and are 18 by 18 inches. You can get them online for $60 (shipping is free).
This “Cup of Love” is handcrafted in Vermont at Zpots Studio. The textured surface features a special spot for your thumb on the back and the words “Drink it.” It costs $32 at CatherinesTable.com.
Document those special moments on Valentine’s Day the way lovers did pre-Instagram. The Polaroid 300 Instant Camera lets you create business card-size instant color prints. It has four scene settings and an automatic flash. It costs $99.99 at Bloomingdale’s in Lenox Square and online at Bloomingdales.com.
If your lover loves books, gift him or her Love Text Bookends designed by Knob Creek Metal Arts. The handcrafted bookends are made of steel and are heavy enough to hold up your reading collection. The set costs $59.99 at Artfire.com.
Give that special someone a gift that keeps giving with a Birchbox subscription for three ($30), six ($60) or 12 ($110) months. Birchbox features samples of beauty, grooming and lifestyle products sent to your door. You can get a subscription for a man or woman at Birchbox.com.
Adorn his wrist with this eye-catching bracelet from Swarovski. It features black calfskin leather in smooth and woven strands, as well as jet crystals for a touch of sparkle. Get it for $180 at Swarovski boutiques in Lenox Square, Mall of Georgia, Perimeter Mall and Town Center at Cobb.
Treat his senses (and yours) to Tom Ford Private Blend ‘Tobacco Vanille’ Eau de Parfum, a modern, smooth oriental fragrance with notes of tonka bean, tobacco flower, vanilla and cocoa. Buy it at Bloomingdale’s in Lenox Square or online at Bloomingdales.com starting at $210 for 1.7 ounces.
Kids too young to write can still send the right message on Valentine’s Day with this Heart Stamp Set from Pottery Barn Kids. The two stamps in each set are made of maple wood with a natural rubber stamp base. The kit, which costs $13, includes one ink case. Buy it online or in stores at North Point Mall and Lenox Square.
The Chuckle Farm Fairytale Garden Kit in Jack’s Magic Bean or The Princess Pea, weaves together the fairy tales kids love with a hobby they can enjoy. Each kit ($11 at Chucklefarm.com) includes organic seeds, growing instructions, and activity cards to help kids grow their own plants.
She’ll love what she sees in the mirror with this fabric covered Heart Pinboard Mirror from Pottery Barn Teen. Display photos and other mementos on the pinboard and get a quick check in the mirror before heading out. It includes 20 pushpins and mounting hardware and costs $159 at Pottery Barn Teen and online at PBteen.com.
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