Gifts Most Welcome: Her Valentine Wish
Once upon a time, many moons ago, Valentine’s Day had absolutely nothing to do with romance; instead it was a time to observe religious martyrs named Saint Valentine (apparently there were quite a few of them). Luckily we have the High Middle Ages and their tradition of courtly love to thank for the shift and so, for quite a long time, February 14 has been a time to celebrate love and being smitten. And it’s a lovely thing to do…dedicate a day to romance. However recently Valentine’s Day has felt like it’s lost its quiver — gone are the days of hand-made cards, sonnets and a special token of affection, instead we’re greeted with super-sized doses of red, pink and white, things that have lost that personal touch.
So, in thinking of Valentine’s, step back and think truly romantic. Surprise and delight. There’s a reason girls read and re-read Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte: they want to be swept up. We’re talking mid-swoon-catch in Northanger Abbey, rainy moment on the hillside with John Willoughby (pre-scandal, of course) and potentially denouncing family and fortune in pursuit of true love. Now you don’t have to race into a burning building or run an estate like Pemberley to do said sweeping; you simply need to be thoughtful and true. One of the best Valentine’s gifts I received was a from a long-ago college beau — since he couldn’t afford flowers, he welded me one during a sculpture class (it still looks quite fetching atop my copy of Alexander McQueen by Andrew Bolton, Sølve Sundsbø and Tim Blanks).
Select that which has heart rather than that which is simply covered in them.
As so many of us have fallen into life’s incessant race, I’ve put together a few additional ideas for you to consider, things that she really wants. Remember: take that extra step to add a personal touch, no matter if it’s a token that signifies a memory, reservations to the restaurant where you had your first date, a stroll through Central Park, the ultimate proposal or simply a day doing all the things that you always want to do together. And when it comes to gift giving, trust us and your gut.
While we have it on good authority that ladies like jewelry, think about the jewelry that she wears (or wistfully says that she wants to wear) then describe it to our gems on the Main Floor. Rings are sticky territory… because they typically mean something much… bigger, long term. But if she’s a ring girl (some girls are, you know), consider our ring shields from Mizuki or bondage rings Loree Rodkin — they’re really some of the coolest ways to cover one’s knuckles. Combine smaller gifts with the more precious ones: conceal a necklace in a box of chocolate, mix elementary school Valentine’s cards with a photo-frame, call upon Victorian romance with a beautifully penned note in a frame.
Romance is about stepping back into the quiet. So pause, think about her and remember that love is where it all begins.
LOVE POTION WITH A LITTLE EXTRA SYDNEY EVAN SHINE
La Maison du Chocolat’s Love Potion with a Sydney Evan leather-banded button bracelet in the mix.
212 872 2518 for jewelry
212 872 2570 for chocolate
PHILLIP CRANGI CHARMS
Consider her initial and a shared interest you both love
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For more charms, consider Annina Vogel
MCL BANGLES & MIZUKI RING
MCL’s vibrant bangles with a ring that reads gothic cool.
Be sure to tell her Mizuki is the hot new thing; she’ll be impressed that you’re in-the-know.
212 872 2518
MONICA RICH KOSANN POCKET PHOTOFRAME
Replace the stock photos with perforated Valentine’s cards or hand-written notes
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LOREE RODKIN RINGS
Rings are tricky. These to just cool & different enough not to give the wrong impression.
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ASHLEY PITTMAN & YOSSI HARARI BRACELETS
Ashley Pittman’s are the gift that keeps on giving as her jewelry benefits communities in Kenya. Add a little Yossi shine to the mix.
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SHOP ASHLEY PITTMAN
BE CLEVER & SWEET
As I’ve said, rings are tricky. But Amedeo’s just fun enough to not be serious.
Considering concealing it in a truly delicious box of chocolates.
For Amedeo, 212 872 2518
For chocolates, 212 872 2570
BE CLEVER WITH YOUR WRAPPING
Guys are notoriously poor wrappers; so be clever: incorporate the gift into the sweet. Promise she’ll smile — particularly if it’s one of these Mizuki shield rings.
For chocolates, 212 872 2578
For Mizuki ring, 212 872 2518
JOHN DERIAN PAPERWEIGHT
Make a weighty declaration of love
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Eddie Borgo’s always fun. Pave makes it all the better.
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SHOP EDDIE BORGO
CHARBONNEL ET WALKER CHOCOLATES
Send chocolates to her office
212 872 2758
Show Your Love:
Gifts Most Welcome: