Just when you think all of the holidays are over, here comes Valentine's Day! I like to celebrate my Valentine, my kids and my single gal pals who may find this day a little depressing. So read on for some great gift ideas for all....
For A Romantic & Unique Experience:
*For the ultimate chocolate experience that is truly unique for the big night out, make dessert reservations at the Julia Baker Confections boutique that just opened in the Biltmore Fashion Park in December. In addition to Julia's gourmet chocolates, you can also enjoy fine wines and delicious lattes, coffee and more. Plus you can tell your Valentine that you are treating them to the gourmet chocolates that the stars enjoy. Julia Baker has served the likes of Elton John, Robert Redford (even designed his birthday cake), Alicia Keys, U2, Paris Hilton, Jennifer Aniston, Britney Spears and many more. And it is super cool that Julia is one of Arizona’s own! She went to Paris and graduated top of her class from Le Cordon Bleu Paris.
If you can't make a night of it at her unique boutique, drop by ahead of time to purchase her elegant chocolate gifts that include the luxurious 48-piece Red Hat Box. This beautiful big red hat box offers a delicious assortment of hand-cut chocolates and truffles that include fabulous flavors like the French Caramel Truffle, Irish Creme Ganache Truffles, Raspberry Ganache Chocolates and more! Or select the 16-piece Signature Oval box that beautifully houses Julia's hand-crafted chocolates for $40 a box. All of her chocolates come with no preservatives, so enjoy by the date that comes on the box. For more information about Julia's new flagship chocolate/wine/coffee boutique visit www.juliabakerconfections.com and for reservations for Valentine's Day or for other special events and private parties, call 602-845-4440.
* Support a local Ahwatukee momprenuer and give him the gift of food with you as his romantic chef. Give him a lovely pasta basket from Nonna's Sauces. Include a personalized label from you that promises him a future romantic home cooked meal or cook for him on Valentine's Day if you want to spoil him and stay in for the night. Order one from the local Nonna's Organic Sauces at www.nonnassauces.com or email to Lyn@nonnassauces.com. Each beautifully-decorated gift box comes with 1 jar of sauce (your choice from her variety of homemade Italy-inspired varieties), one package of pasta, one recipe and homemade Biscotti. Yum and fun for him, plus stay inside and avoid the Valentine's Day crowds. And since the homemade sauce is already prepped and jarred for you, cooking him a gourmet and romantic meal can be done in no time, giving you both time to truly enjoy the food and each other.
*Check out the Marc Anthony line that sells at Kohl's. For fun and for great style and comfort give him a pair of the Marc Anthony Solid Model Boxer Briefs ($18) in a Valentine's Day purple, pink or red paired with the Marc Anthony black V-neck t-shirt that sells for under $20. Marc Anthony also has great styles and shirts like the Marc Anthony Slim-Fit Checked Casual Button Down grey shirt I showed in the segment that sells for $29.99. You can see the entire Marc Anthony collection in Kohls stores or at www.kohls.com.
*Dial-a-Drink Cocktail Shaker ($19.99 at Bed, Bath & Beyond) - This cool contraption can transform him into a talented bartender and if he likes to entertain, this is the perfect gift. The stainless steel shaker provides 15 cocktail recipes and the ingredients appear on the side of the shaker as the base is twisted. Fun and functional gift!
*J Lo line at Kohl's is the line to try for great fashions that fit and show off a gal's curves! Every time I wear a J Lo outfit, I always get compliments and I love telling people that it is Jennifer Lopez's very affordable line that sells at Kohl's. Check out the dress I wore in the segment by J Lo. It is a pretty wrap dress and it only costs $39.60. The stunning necklace ($31.20) that perfectly complements that dress and the earrings ($11.70) are also by J Lo and are sold at Kohl's. Either get this as a gift or go and shop for your perfect Valentine's Day outfit for the special night. And she has other great accessories, too. The ones I showed in the segment are:
*Jennifer Lopez Gold Tone Simulated Crystal Drop Earring ($32.00)
*Jennifer Lopez Gold Tone Stainless Steel Crystal Chronograph Watch ($161.25)
*Jennifer Lopez Gold Tone Simulated Crystal Dome Ring ($28.00)
All of these items make perfect Valentine's Day gifts. I have been buying J Lo's line for two years now and I can tell you that her styles hold up and garner lots of compliments! You can see the entire J Lo collection in Kohls stores or at www.kohls.com.
*Put a box of chocolates in a functional gift that she will appreciate such as the Built Laptop Tote Bag that sports a pretty decorative design, but is also durable since it is made out of the same fabric that a wetsuit is made of. I have one and I love mine. Sells for $59.99 at www.builtny.com.
*Here is a unique concept that gals will love and the company gives back, too! It is called the Miche Bag line and this interchangeable purse cover idea is genius! Miche sells a variety of base bags in four sizes that can be paired with several decorative shells, so that your Valentine can change out designs to match her different outfits. Base bags sell for around $39.95 each and shells start as low as $14.95, so the purses are very affordable. Such a cool idea! And Miche gives back. The company donates proceeds from every handbag sale to a variety of charities that include cancer research funding, too. For more information and to order Miche bags visit www.michebag.com.
*Put together a little love makeup basket with items from Beauty Brands that fit the love theme. This is also a great idea to give to your teenage daughter for Valentine's Day. Beauty Brands now has a new section called The Studio that houses lots of great brands including Too Faced which has some perfect items for Valentine's Day. I like the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder ($29) that is made with real cocoa and smells like chocolate. Combine that with Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick ($19) because the actual lipstick has a heart engraved into the tube that is exposed when the lipstick is twisted open. Fun! For the Beauty Brands location closest to you or to order their beauty products online, visit http://www.beautybrands.com.
For Your Single Gal Pal That You Want To Cheer Up
Plan a girls night in and have your single gal pals over with wine and fun wine glass gifts. Lolita Hand Painted Wine and Cocktail Glasses come with fun themes that celebrate our gal pal friendships like the Girlfriends Rule glass that comes with a Peach Schnapps/Raspberry Liqueur recipe on the stem. Or give your friend the Gals Night Out Graffiti wine design that sports a recipe that calls for Gin, Apple Brandy and more. Each hand painted wine and martini glass comes with a fun recipe on the bottom of the stem. For more styles, pricing information and to order online, visit http://www.designsbylolita.com/searchadv.aspx?searchterm=graffit.
For the Teacher:
I found a cute hollow apple-shaped milk chocolate bar at Walgreens that says #1 Teacher on the box. Perfect for your child's teacher.
What are your fun and unique Valentine's Day gift ideas? Share here in the comments section and visit my website at managedmoms.com for more gift ideas, recipes, pet pics and more! Happy Heart Day!