Sealed with a kiss
Step away from the stuffed animals. This Valentine's Day, find a gift your honey will adore.
For all its heartfelt sentiment, Valentine’s Day has acquired a cheesy sheen, becoming the holiday equivalent of a carnival midway. Drug store shelves groan with the weight of stuffed animals clutching polyester hearts, weird robotic flowers that open to reveal kissy messages, and boxes of remarkably tasteless sweets. So here’s an idea: Go for something a bit more elegant this Valentine’s Day. Buy her something she might actually want: a brightly colored bucket bag, perhaps, or a pair of sexy aviators. And he’d surely appreciate a pair of snuggly boxers more than a refrigerator magnet that reads “I wuv my man.’’ A gift doesn’t have to break the bank, but it does require a thought or two.
Earrings, pretty in pink
Pink gold is the trend right now, seen on everything from pendants to watches. These love knot stud earrings feature 24 karat rose gold over silver, which keeps them affordable and perfect for all occasions. $50. Available at Kohl’s stores and online at www.kohls.com.
Ring in the occasion
A gorgeous statement ring, like this Naked Cushion Cut bauble from Gemvara, is sure to delight that special someone. We love this Smoky Quartz design, but you can choose from a variety of gems and precious metals to make it just what your Valentine ordered. Prices vary. Available at www.gemvara.com.
Love, in the bag
A bold spring bag can make all the difference in your honey’s wardrobe, and you can be sure that she won’t see this Mina Bright Nappa Leather bag by Milly on every shoulder. $395. Available at www.millyny.com.
The little red cocktail dress
Nothing says chic like a sexy cocktail dress, and this asymmetrical number is from one of the hippest labels around, Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet. Even better, the gathered skirt and ruched bodice look good on a variety of body types. $253. Available at www.aliceandolivia.com.
She’ll feel like a princess
Why not buy your Cinderella a pair of chic spring flats for Valentine’s Day? There’s no guessing at sizes and we promise she’ll appreciate them. These neutral ballet flats are perfect with jeans or a pencil skirt, and the pop of red patent on the toe keeps them fun, $98. You also can’t lose with this modern gold-tone bangle, $39.50. Both available at Banana Republic stores and at www.bananarepublic.com.
Time for a little class
Is she stuck wearing the same old watch year in, year out or - worse yet - constantly checking her phone to get the time? Diversify her wrist wear with a colorful timepiece from Timex, like the Uptown Chic style shown here, just $60. Available at www.timex.com.
Looking good, feeling comfy
Men can be tough to buy for, since all too many of them prefer sports paraphernalia above all else, and buying Mr. Right another Red Sox T-shirt would be mind-numbing at best. This Valentine’s Day, Thomas Pink comes to the rescue with playful Alex Check plaid boxers, $40, and the Howard Neat Tie in silk, $105, shown here in black, but available in other colors, too. At Thomas Pink stores and at www.thomaspink.com.
You’ve got it covered
It’s her phone, her camera, her address book, her lifeline. Dress up her beloved iPhone for Valentine’s with a sweet brushed aluminum case, a little something we can promise she’ll look at every single day. $40, in red and an array of other colors. Available at www.case-mate.com.
Makeup to go
Makeup maven Bobbi Brown has unveiled a limited-edition Classic To Go Palette, which features three eye shadows, two lip colors, and a gloss. The hues look good on everyone (this is Bobbi Brown, after all) and the case is small enough to tuck into a tiny purse, like the one she’ll be carrying when you take her out to dinner on Tuesday. $25. Available at www.bobbibrown.com.
Give her some lips
Give her a kiss she won’t forget. These crystal lips, fashioned into a sassy pin, will remind her that you carry the memory of her kisses with you wherever you go. $105. Available at Sonia Rykiel, 280 Boylston St., 617-426-2033.
Let her lounge in style
Allow her to slip into something a bit more comfortable with this silky lounging robe in fuchsia and black. She’ll feel elegant and pampered and - we’re only guessing here - get a lot more wear out of it than that bustier you had your eye on. Apt. 9 Swiss dot satin wrap robe, $34, available at Kohl’s stores and at www.kohls.com.
Shades of things to come
Sunnier days are coming, make sure your baby’s ready for them. These Ray-Ban classic aviators look great on guys or gals, and the fab frames never go out of style. (If you want to ask for them by number they’re 3025). $140. Available at Sunglass Hut shops and online at www.sunglasshut.com.