Shopping for Valentine’s Day? There’s no need to stick with the same old flowers-and-a-bauble routine (unless you just love tradition).
We’ve found some of the trendiest and most thoughtful ideas to match the interests of everyone on your gift list.
From an iPod Shuffle stocked with love songs to the world’s best hot chocolate, it’s all right here in the latest edition of our weekly fashion and beauty update.
OK, so tech toys aren’t romantic. But your widget-lover will LOVE your gift, and isn’t that what it’s all about? The littlest ones will go bananas for the Gap camouflage jacket equipped with WildPlanet gloves that light up, grip, give directions and more ($49.50). For the gamer, try the Plantronics GameCon Halo 2 Headset ($49) that turns Xbox play into a major experience (this is the same company that creates earpieces and headsets for NASA). And for the true gadget guru, the Fossil Wrist PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) has arrived to rave reviews. It’s a wristwatch with a built-in Palm-compatible organizer ($299).
Want the hottest tech toy around? The new iPod Shuffle wins, hands down. It’s the size of a pack of gum, holds 120 or 240 songs ($99 to $149), and plays them in random order for up to 12 hours without a recharge. Load it up with love songs, and you’ve got the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day 2005!
Say it with pictures
There’s nothing more wonderful to capture on film than true love (and we don’t mean the Paris Hilton kind). Make it even more special with the gift of a special photo album dedicated just to the two of you. Or pick up an assortment of pretty picture frames and stock them with your favorite photos. If you’re crafty, a handmade collage or scrapbook stuffed with photos and mementos is truly straight from the heart.
If you find you don’t have enough photos of your time together, consider a new camera as a Valentine’s Day gift. The Rollei Rolleiflex MiniDigi ($349) is a digital version of the world-class Rolleiflex camera and is highly recommended. For the ladies, the sleek new GE GlamCam is a webcam (and, if necessary, independent camera) complete with built-in mirror so you’ll always put your best image forward.
Chocolate? Say no more. This is the ultimate holiday for chocoholics, so let’s indulge. It’s hard to pick favorites, so here’s a roundup of the world’s very best confections beloved by both A-listers and your average fan alike. Fran’s Chocolates, from Seattle, are considered the best chocolates in the U.S. by many. We love the chocolate-covered figs, orange peels, apricots and ginger. Meanwhile, New Yorkers can’t get enough of Jacques Torres. Not only are his confections out of this world, he also built a chocolate factory right in Manhattan where you can watch them being made!
Prefer hot chocolate? Then you should know about MarieBelle’s Aztec Hot Chocolate. Made from single-origin Venezuelan cocoa (63 percent to 72 percent cocoa solids available), it is quite possibly the best hot chocolate in the world.
Pink is just right for Valentine's Day and is oh-so-fashionable right now, so there are lots of fun and fabulous gifts to give and to get. How about a pink mink cell phone holder (Vivre.com) or fabulous "Love" scarf (Coach)? Or think about a pink iPod case (eBags.com) to match a pink iPod (Apple) or to tuck into a hot pink crocodile-embossed handbag from Dooney & Bourke (Nordstrom). Or plan the ultimate romantic evening with hand-painted, pearlescent pink dinnerware and the glow of pink glass votives (Crate & Barrel).
Pick up two of spring's hottest trends in pink and you'll have a head start on the season. We love the idea of a pretty-in-pink cropped twill peacoat (Gap), and as must-haves, the pink floral wedges and ballet flats (Shop Kitson) are a shoe-in.
What’s more romantic than a Valentine’s getaway for just the two of you. Too last-minute? No way! There are tons of wonderful vacation packages available, whether you want to stay close to home or jet around the globe. Paris, of course, is one of the most romantic cities in the world — and for a weekend, it can be yours! Or think about a bed-and-breakfast interlude, a weekend adventure hang gliding or bird-watching, or a quick dip in the tropical seas. Do a little research online and you're sure to find a package that's just right for you.
Can't get away? Then do consider bringing the celebration right to your home in the form of some extra-special attention. A personal chef can arrive with menu in hand and prepare a mouthwatering meal for you (and take care of clean up!). As an alternative, an in-home massage therapy session for two could be just what the doctor ordered.
Judy Gordon is a New York-based style consultant and the “Today” show’s style editor. She has been covering the fashion and beauty beat for the past decade. To learn more about Gordon, you can visit her Web site, TheTrendReport.com, which highlights style trends in America and across the world.
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