Although Valentine’s Day is considered a celebration of romantic love, with the gift-giving aspect of the holiday present since the 15thcentury, modern day festivities have changed the nature of the holiday. As much as I applaud the celebration of love in any capacity, I consider self-love and the love of friends and family an equally worthy way to spend the day! The following are Valentine’s gifts for both couples and singles; ways to declare your love for both the romantic and non-romantic loves of your life. Happy early Valentines Day!!
Simple Jewelry: These delicate heart rings, sold exclusively at Catbird (similar to those featured here), serve as a subtle reminder to the wearer of whoever gifted them with it. Available here in rose gold, yellow gold (both $96), and sterling silver ($56).
Deborah Lippmann’s Some Enchanted Evening: Titled after South Pacific‘s show tune of the same name (about love at first sight), Some Enchanted Evening is the perfect polish for the day, which also transitions well into the warmer seasons. Available at Catbird, $19.
Bobbi Brown’s ‘Pink and Red’ Collection: You can’t go wrong with Bobbi, and this collection is the perfect beauty palette for Valentine’s Day-or any other, for that matter. The limited edition collection includes Valentine’s-themed polishes (in shades such as Pink Valentine) and other delectable shades available in Bobbi’s Creamy Matte Lip Colors, Sheer Color Cheek Tints, and Sheer Lip Glosses. Available at Bobbi Brown (here), Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, and Dillard’s. Prices range from $18 to $26.
Gary Poppins Sampler Pack: What would Valentine’s Day be without a good gorging session? Garry Poppins makes the BEST (repeat, BEST) popcorn I have ever had. Pick your favorite sampler pack combination with flavors ranging from the cheesiest cheese, to chocolate Oreo. Packs are available at GaryPoppins.com (here), starting at $28, and can be shipped internationally.
Romantic Films: How to Steal a Million and Charade are classic Audrey Hepburn films with a slight romantic twist that is appropriate for both couples and the notorious “Single Girls Party.” The former is a heist romantic comedy, while the latter has been dubbed “The best Hitchcock film Hitchcock never made.” Both feature stunning soundtracks: Charade was composed by Henry Mancini with lyrics by Johnny Mercer (the same team behind Breakfast at Tiffany’s “Moon River”), while How to Steal a Million was scored by yet another iconic composer, John Williams. Films are currently available on Netflix’s instant stream.
Adult Craft: Long gone are those days of gifting homemade valentines to your classmates (and saving the crappy ones for those you favored least :) Joy Deangdeelert Cho, blogger extraordinaire behind Oh Joy! created a how-to for floral friendship bracelets, an adult version of the craft. Find the tutorial here.
Valentine’s Tunes: Tegan and Sara’s aptly titled album, “Heartthrob,” features songs from love gone right and horribly wrong. Highlights include “I Was a Fool,” “Love They Say,” and “Closer.” $9.99 on iTunes.
*Featured image is a Cinemagraph by Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg.