Here are 8 sure-fire ways to keep, or even obtain, a lover on Valentine’s Day. The date that strikes fear into the heart of most men need not be filled with strife. Be bold with the help of one of these sexy, charming, yummy, thoughtful, over-the-top, wonderful, mah-velous, gifts. Don’t worry if it doesn’t work. There’s plenty of time to start planning for next year.
Here’s what tops my list for a successful lover-ly Valentine’s Day:
What woman hasn’t dreamed of being given the gift of sexy French lingerie on Valentine’s Day? The San Francisco-based Enclosed makes it easy to make your woman’s wish come true. Sign up for “membership” and your true love (or even temporary love) will receive a pair of knickers specially chosen by Enclosed. For $50, send one pair. Forget the fruit-of-the-month club! Sign up for a three-month or a six-month commitment and let your love show. The French lingerie house Maison Lejaby are among the suppliers of the knickers. The panties arrive swathed in fragrant rose petals. Lingerie or Valentine’s Day skeptics’ hearts will melt when they receive a gift from Enclosed. Platonic buddies can send lingerie with the message, “Friends don’t let friends wear ugly underwear.”
Diamonds are always a man’s best friend! One of the first Internet sites to capture the jewelry market, BlueNile.com is well-respected and offers up the simple yet classic design of a Garland Diamond Eternity Ring in Platinum (2.5 ct. tw.) It is round-cut diamonds set in prongs, placed in pairs around the ring for a continuous or “eternity” effect. Starts at just under $4,910 depending on the weight of the diamonds. If an eternity seems too long, go for chic diamond earrings. With diamonds, even a little says a lot.
Cocoa Canard is the adult-version of hot chocolate. A “spooning chocolate” drink that is divine. Comes in a gift set of a spooning mug and ceramic spoon that nestles perfectly into the handle. Leave some of the chocolate rounds by the side of the mug and you’ll be nibbling all night. You’ll win kudos with Cocoa Canard! Gift set is $24.95. Cocoa Canard is $17.95.
Try the literary approach. Can’t afford a trip to Paris: The City of Love? Cara Black’s latest installment from Soho Press, Murder In Pigalle, is set against the backdrop of Paris’ seamier side. The book scheduled release date is Mar. 4 but pre-ordering is possible. Don’t like to go out of order? The first in the mystery series is Murder in the Marais where readers are deftly introduced to the kick-ass female detective Aimee Leduc. As with the best detectives in literature, Leduc is emotionally scarred mourning the loss of her father in a tragic terrorist attack. Her path to redemption? Solving crimes is her way to help avenge his death. Available for $20 from Amazon.
It’s the right time for love! Watches are always a winner when it comes to Valentine’s Day. The “Sweet Valentine” Swatch is design-heavy and a statement watch if there ever was one. A transparent, wide-open heart is engraved on the inside of the glass. At $80 it is a steal sure to win hearts. .
For a heftier investment, Citizen’s Jolie Eco-Drive at $325 never requires a battery and is a solid sign of affection.
A gift of luggage signals “come away with me” and is as romantic a gift as the traveler’s day is long. Lipault’s patent red, four-wheel, 26″ packing case is just the ticket. Larger than a weekend carry-on, it signals your lover is more important than just a two day commitment! Satchels start at $125.
Grooming products are always an intimate way to say, “I Love You, I Like You, I Desire You.” The sleek and sexy TRYM II is rechargeable and works wonders on the most unkempt patches of hair. Need I say more? It’s less than $40 on Amazon.
Lavazza coffee jump-starts love perfectly. Bring coffee in bed to your Valentine with this swanky Deluxe Barista set. Everything you need to keep the passion burning through the winter. Includes a Bodum Chambord French Press, four bags of premium coffee, a Lavazza cappuccino cup and saucer set, an I Love Coffee! book with 100 coffee drink recipes and a box of Baci Perugina chocolates. $99 for the set.
-Thea S. Klapwald, Los Angeles, February 2014