Valentine’s Day is just over two weeks away and while some of us may think it’s a silly “holiday” unworthy of acknowledgment, let alone celebration, I say it’s a wonderful excuse to share some tokens of love and affection with the people you care about. Whether you’re shopping for a significant other, a family member, a best friend — particularly one who could use a little middle-of-winter-pick-me-up — or yourself, here are some a few Valentine’s Day gift ideas for women in your life (check back tomorrow for a gift guide for men).
Echo Design Women’s Touch Ruched Gloves
I bought these as a belated Christmas gift for myself (I got them in turquoise) and I love them. They’re warm without feeling bulky, stylish, and totally practical if you’re like I am and always pulling out your iPhone for one thing or another — texting, checking the time, Google mapping the nearest donut shop. Give them to your sugar dumpling — or yourself — so she’ll be better able to stay in touch and not freeze her fingers.
Fruit Punch Mixed Leather Bracelet for Women
If you’d like to stick with a pink theme but want to avoid anything too girly-girly, this leather bracelet is a lovely way to nod at the sweetness of Valentine’s Day while still keeping things a little edgy. And the great thing about a bracelet like this is that it begs to be stacked with other bracelets, which guarantees you gifts ideas for the next four or five special occasions.
Forget about wearing your heart on your sleeve; it’s so much cuter to wear it on your finger. (You can join Fab.com here to purchase this ring or any of their other great Valentine’s Day gifts, some of which are NSFW.) I also like this ring, this ring, and this ring.
L’Artisan L’eau D’Ambre Perfume
Ages ago, I worked in a flower shop, just feet away from the perfume counters of Saks. Every day, I would spray myself with L’Artisan perfume. I was too poor at the time to afford a bottle of my own, but years later Drew bought me one for Valentine’s Day. I still have half a bottle left, but to this day, if I pass through a cosmetics section of a fancy mall, I have to go find the L’Artisan fragrances and spray myself with one. They are at once sweet, seductive, and subtle enough not to suffocate everyone in the vicinity.
Mini Exotic Chocolate Bar Library from Vosges
There’s chocolate and then there’s Vosges chocolate, the former being perfectly nice and the latter being basically an out-of-body experience. I’m a fan of their truffles, for sure, and would never ever kick them out of bed, but I like how you get a little more bang for your buck with the chocolate bar collection, like this one, which includes: Black Pearl, Red Fire, Naga, Amalfi, Barcelona, Woolloomooloo, Oaxaca, Bapchi’s Caramel Toffee and Milk Chocolate Bacon Bars. Yes, please.
Sexy Lace-Up Stockings
I have similar stockings that I wore to a Christmas party (photo here) and got so many compliments on them. The pair I own is sold out, but these are very similar. Super sexy without being trashy (not that there’s anything wrong with trashy now and then…).
It’s sleek, it’s waterproof, it’s fully rechargeable for up to four hours, and it has a handle. Enough said.
Skull Soap (in a heart-shaped box)
Sure, if you want to go the bath-and-body route, you could go for something more traditional like this, or even this, which are both great, but, dudes, this collection of skull soaps comes in a heart-shaped box.
QSW Nouveau Deco Dress
Technically a dress-dress, this silky slip of a thing seems more like a nightie to me, or something you might wear around the house instead of yoga pants or an oversized t-shirt when you were feeling elegant. The great thing about it though is that it IS actually a dress, so you could always just throw on some tights, boots and a cardigan and head out into the wild in your silky nightie and no one would be the wiser. Isn’t it pretty?? [via Outblush]
Stemless champagne flutes
Champagne is a lovely gift — one of the best, if you ask me — but if a woman is anything like I am, she’s always a few flutes short of a full deck, you know? Champagne glasses are just so dainty and easy to knock over and break, but the stemless flutes are so pretty and just a wee bit easier to hold after a few too many sips of the bubbly. I like these Libbey glasses, and they’re a steal at over 50% off.
For more gift ideas, you can also re-visit my holiday gift guide for women.