Valentine’s Day can feel like a bright spot in the midst of the dreary winter. However, it does tend to sneak up on us. It seem we have just put away the Christmas decorations when Cupid taps us on the shoulder to get it together before February 14. Because it is sooner than you think, how about a few good ideas to get ahead of the hearts and flowers game this year?
Big or small, unique or tried-and-true, we’ve got you covered. Here are ten ways to share the love with your sweethearts.
For the Romantic
Fat Cork Champagne
This champagne-only club located at the bottom of Queen Anne Hill is a not-so-hidden gem for wine lovers in Seattle. Fat Cork’s retail shop is dedicated to small-grower champagne and hosts tastings and monthly events for its members. In addition to gifting a bottle or two, you might also give someone special a Fantastic Champagne Club membership. The recipient will receive hand-selected bottles of bubbly every other month for a year. Memberships start at $119 per shipment (two bottles). www.fatcork.com
For the Gadget Lover
The HyperChiller is the perfect gadget for the person who has everything. This drink chiller turns any non-carbonated beverage ice-cold in less than 60 seconds. Keep the container in your freezer and the stainless steel double layer turns hot coffee, tea, whiskey, or even room temperature wine ice cold in one minute without ice cubes that dilute the taste. It is even designed to fit under most coffee makers, so you can go instantly from hot coffee to ice ice baby. It is the coffee/gadget aficionado dream design. $29.95 www.hyperchiller.com.
For The Entertainer
Nordic Ware Stovetop Sweetheart Waffle Iron
Brunch is a big deal these days, but can often be a crowded excursion. Skipping the lines and cooking brunch at home can be much more fun with family and friends. Spoil your Valentine with a lovely stack of heart shaped waffles, perfectly made with the Nordic Ware Stovetop Sweetheart Waffle Iron. Pour your batter into the extra-deep hearts, hold it over a gas burner, flipping just once, and you are on your way to making warm hearts. Your favorite cook will love this old fashioned cookware as a gift, too. $53.00 Find it at Food52.
For The Outdoor Enthusiast
flora and henri Kiss Ski Pants
Forget about wearing your heart on your sleeve—these cheeky flora and henri ski pants will have you sporting your love all over the great outdoors. They are double-faced for warmth and sport chic, with gold hardware and zippers. The all-over kiss print will have your skiing Valentine head over heels (in a good way!), making a statement on the slopes with this feminine dash of sporty spice. $338.00 www.floraandhenri.com
For The Fashionista
Comme de Garçons PLAY Double Heart Wool Sweater
The Comme de Garçons PLAY line kind of has Valentines Day in the bag with its cute heart logo. The PLAY Double Heart Sweater doubles the fun with two hearts side-by-side over the wearer’s heart. Layered or on its own, this classic V-neck pullover in super cozy wool is the perfect way to be cool while warming hearts this V-Day. $286.00 www.nordstrom.com
For The Jewelry Lover
Elliot Hunter Jewelry
Inspired by nature and bold femininity, the Elliot Hunter collection is crafted by hand with raw stones and crystals. No two pieces are alike, making for a distinct collection of wearable art by Designer Allison Becker. Becker says, “I started designing when I was 16 with a sliced stone of raw neutral tones agate and a vintage gold chunky chain. It’s like a treasure hunt to find the most beautifully shaped stones.”
You can check out the Eilliot Hunter collection on Instagram or shop the collection in person at her trunk show on Saturday, February 10 at Salua Lingerie. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
For the Cook
Cherry Bombe: The Cookbook
From the co-founders of the indie magazine about women and food, Cherry Bombe, and the Radio Cherry Bombe podcast comes their first cookbook. Inside are over 100 recipes from some of today’s top female chefs, bakers, food stylists and entrepreneurs. Cherry Bombe: The Cookbook is a collection of heartfelt recipes that have personal meanings for their contributors. The book itself is beautifully done, but isn’t just eye candy. Its food for the soul. List price $35.00. www.amazon.com
For The Flower Lover
Coach “Dinky” Flower Appliqué Crossbody Bag
A more original way to give flowers for Valentines Day would be a COACH design from the 1970s reimagined in flowers: Coach “Dinky” Flower Appliqué Crossbody Bag. The blooms with logo-centered flower appliqués and outlined in golden topstitching cover this charming little bag. The style retains the structured silhouette and flap closure of the original, and is topped with an optional chain-and-leather cross body strap. $595. www.nordstrom.com
For The Beauty Addict
Fresh Sugar Kisses Lip Kit
Need a little something for your BFF or favorite co-worker? How about a duo of Fresh Sugar Kisses, all packaged up just in time for February 14. The set includes Sugar Honey Tinted Lip Treatment, a lip treatment in warm nude tint, and the rosy colored Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment. Both are SPF 15, paraben-free, phthalate-free and sulfate-free. Made in France and a Nordstrom exclusive. $24.00 www.nordstrom.com
For The Sweet Tooth
Macarons from Amandine Bakeshop
Amandine Bakeshop is a micro-bakery and café located in the Chophouse Row building in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Chef and owner Sarah Natfly’s shop specializes in regional French and classic English pastries, incorporating locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients through classic pastry technique. Head there to pick from a daily variety of macaron gerbet, or Parisian-style macarons, as well as a selection of viennoiseries, cookies, cakes, breakfast breads, savories, and tarts, made with the shop’s handcrafted doughs. Sharing the love never tasted so sweet. Amandine Bakeshop, 1424 11th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122