Talkin’ Bout My Girl
You know, I always feel weird writing about Valentine’s gifts before February has officially hit – but the reality is, if I only write about gift ideas on the day (or the week leading up to) when they happen you’d probably be more than a little ticked off with me. That’s why I start coming up with Valentine’s ideas in December, and posting them in January, to give you plenty of time to pick your favourites, track ’em down, and have them ready & wrapped for gifting on the big day. This year I’ve picked out five fantastic Valentine’s gifts, all of which fall into the typical of realm of gifts for your one true love – but often with a special twist.
Grand Heart Box of Chocolates – $46 @ Indigo
It really doesn’t get much more traditional than a box of heart-shaped chocolates on Valentine’s Day. But wait, before you get too easily distracted, recognize that these are so not your dime store box of waxy, mass-produced bites. In fact, these sweets for your sweet are crafted by Vermont’s Lake Champlain Chocolates, with luxury ingredients and both milk and dark chocolate finishes. Fair warning, this particularly pre-wrapped present may cause some tension between you and your spouse – after all, you’ll be hard-pressed to give up even a single bite of these heavenly truffles and chocolates.
Archetype Rising Large 3-Wick Candle – $42 @ Objects With Purpose
I could probably write an essay on how awesome Objects With Purpose is. While their candles may seem simply lovely at first sight (and smell), and perfect for creating a romantic atmosphere for you & yours, it’s the little secret within that makes me really love this brand. Namely, the fact that each non-toxic candle is meant to be worn. When hot & flickering, the melted wax (infused with coconut, apricot, and shea butters as well as essential oils) can be used as a body butter for intimate massages or to nourish your skin after a candlelit dip in the tub. When cool & solid, simply use your fingers to collect the scent and wear it as a perfume. While I’ve featured the earthy Archetype Rising (a blend of peony, cucumber & fire wood) above, there’s a rather large range of scents (and sizes!) to choose from, each of which contains a harmony of fragrance notes from sandalwood and sage to fig and lychee.
La Vie En Rose Spring 2013 Collection – $19.95 – $49.95
I’m not sure whether to love or loathe La Vie En Rose at the moment. I say love because they offer a huge range of sexy-yet-sweet lingerie and lounge options to get his heart racing this Valentine’s Day…but I also say loathe because there might just be one too many options for me to narrow it down for your (or let’s be realistic, my own) wish list. I handpicked the three ideas above because I adore the idea of being able to show a little or a lot of skin, depending on your lifestyle and your personal comfort level. If you want to thrill him simply by getting dressed in the morning, the lilac-and-peach Roses Push-Up Bra ($39.95) and matching Brazilian Panty ($19.95) is a promising hint of what’s to come at night. Meanwhile the Giada Satin & Lace Set ($49.95) allows for full-coverage and pushes up the girls, all while enveloping you in a soft-and-slippery satin material. And I love my rompers, so the ultra-soft, ultra-precious Modal Romper (available in 3 colours – $29.95) fully wins my vote for cute sleepwear to take you through the transitional spring weather. Now if only my list of loves ended there…
Love Me Tender & Love Me Sweet Shower Gel / Bath Duo – $29.99 @ Elizabeth Grant
Bath products are always a huge seller during the Valentine’s season – I don’t know if it’s because the promise of a steamy shower together is too fun to resist, or if it’s simply way to give back to the lady that gives you her all with a sweet pampering treat. Either way, you can’t go wrong with this delicately fragranced duo of luxurious, moisturizing shower gels from Elizabeth Grant. The vanilla-tinted Love Me Tender channels a relaxing day at the spa (or a morning at home in the arms of your spouse), with lush notes of Wild Briar Rose, Bergamot (a personal fave), and Spice, while the sweet-as-strawberry-shaded Love Me Sweet is an alluring blend of Juniper Berry, Sandalwood, and Patchouli. While each gel is available on its own for $20, stock up & save (and have a ready-to-gift box in your paws) by buying the gift pack.
Kiss Everlasting Gel Polish Collection – $11.97 – $34.97 @ Wal-Mart
The beauty world has been abuzz for the last few years on the advent of gel manicures – heavy-duty polish that nixes chips and provides a high-gloss finish. For those that aren’t so spa-inclined, brands like Kiss have hit the scene with a range of at-home products to give yourself that gel polish finish. Start by stocking up on one of the Colour Gel Starter Systems ($29.97) which include a base gel with a built-in primer, a colour gel, and a top gel (to prevent yellowing), as well as essential tools like a gel cleanser, buff block, manicure stick, mini file, and lint-free wipes. If colours aren’t your thing, you can also opt for the French Manicure Kit ($34.47) which includes all of the essentials for a perfect classic look. Of course, you’ll also need the PRO LED Gel Lamp, which cures gels quickly and evenly and has an insane battery life of 50,000 hours – or a lifetime of gorgeous hands. Finish things off with one of fifteen get-gorgeous, super shiny, chip-free gel polishes that soak off in mere minutes for whenever you want to reset your look. Having tried the whole system firsthand, I can tell you it’s ridiculously simple, and so worth the one-time investment. The colours are beautiful and easy to apply, and the sleek look for days on end is amazing. This is a fantastic gift if your girlfriend is constantly complaining about chipped tips, or if she’s hoping to cut back on her spa spending in 2013!
I’m SUPER excited about today’s post you guys. Not just because I adore – I mean it, adore – every last one of these ideas, but because I’m giving ONE of you the chance to win all FIVE items featured today! Well, specifically I’m giving away:
– 1 Grand Heart Box of Chocolates from Indigo to snack on with your sweetheart (or not…)
– 1 Archetype Rising 3-Wick Candle from Objects With Purpose to relax, unwind, and smell sensational
– 1 $50 gift card to La Vie En Rose to pick out the perfect mood-setting ensemble
– 1 Love Me Tender / Love Me Sweet Shower Gel / Bath Duo to lather up together
– 1 amazing Kiss Everlasting Gel Polish kit including three individual Everlasting Gel polishes, the French Manicure Starter Kit, the Colour Starter Kit, and the LED Lamp
This amazing prize package is valued at over $300, and if you want to win it, here’s how:
1) Leave a comment by February 18th with your favourite ladies’ gift idea featured in this post.
2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around February 19th to select the winners, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.
3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible to participate in this promotion.
4) Bonus Entry: You can earn up to FIVE bonus entries on this post, simply by hooking up with each of our featured brands through Facebook, as per below. Note: If you don’t do as I’ve said and simply ‘Like’ a Page, you won’t earn the bonus entry. You gotta comment kiddies.
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