Gentlemen, Get it Right This Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day shouldn’t come as a surprise—and yet it sneaks up on too many men. Last year they vowed not to wait until the last minute. And yet on February 14th there are men in the BG jewelry department (212 872 2570) looking frantically for the perfect gift. Stay strong, lads, help is at hand. Yes, jewelry is always welcome. You’d like to give it some thought. Examine your wife or girlfriend’s collection. What stones does she favor? What colors flatter her?
Women—and men, for that matter—don’t want a default gift. They want some thought put into it. And they deserve some thought. It’s going to be very tricky to get a table at Daniel at this late date. What about a table at the Cafe Carlyle? It’s a classic place to hear jazz on the Upper East Side. Or you can cross the hall to Bemelmans Bar, which is dark, romantic and has the wonderful murals painted by Ludwig Bemelmans.
Shoes and bags—we know these are popular with women. It’s something that they feel very strongly about. You don’t run into the handbag department and get the first thing that catches your eye. Is your true love a Manolo Blahnik (212 872 8940) woman? Where Charlotte Olympia (212 872 8940) leads does she always follow? Is she partial to Valentino? To Judith Leiber (212 872 2872)?
Yes, there are plenty of welcome gifts. What about a luxurious scent from A Dozen Roses or Tom Ford (212 872 2733)? Not forgetting Diptyque candles, a box of chocolates from Charbonnel et Walker (212 872 2808).
But what about a table for two at BG Restaurant looking out over Central Park (212 872 8977)? She can open your gift as you sip champagne. She’ll be very impressed. Of course, now that you’ve set the bar high you’ll have to do even better next year. Better start planning soon.