SWEET VALENTINE'S OR GALENTINE'S DAY GIFTS

by Marisa Marcantonio


Items festooned with hearts (especially mini hearts of the D. Porthault variety) always seem to win me over. Without appearing to be too sweet, there is something to be said for Valentine and Galentine gifts that get the message across while staying in the realm of good design. Following that lead, I have created a roundup of some of my favorite nifty gifties, sure to put a smile on your face. Go classic or emblazon the words across your chest and shout it out- love is love, and it’s worth celebrating!

Image courtesy of Bloomingdales

Image courtesy of Bloomingdales

Send a love note. Sugar Paper makes some of the best paper goods, from stationery to desk accessories, they design clean and pretty pieces.

Image courtesy of Urban Stems

Image courtesy of Urban Stems

Send blooms! This UrbanStems arrangement is designed by every New Yorker’s favorite “Flower Flash” phenom, Lewis Miller. Everything he does makes me smile. His sidewalk flower installations pop up in unexpected places and dress up garbage cans with heartfelt explosions of floral beauty.

Image courtesy of Paul Lange

Image courtesy of Paul Lange

Or, send a bloom that will live on forever. One of my favorite photographers Paul Lange has a series of striking flower images called Big Blooms that are just gorgeous. This gift is sure to wow.

Image courtesy of Williams Sonoma

Image courtesy of Williams Sonoma

Williams Sonoma makes the best gummy candies for every holiday. Not only are they tasty, they look good in a pretty bowl and add that extra something.

Image courtesy of Moda Operandi

Image courtesy of Moda Operandi

Why wear one heart when you can wear two? Rebecca de Ravenel and her earring empire continues to introduce terrific new designs, and these gold hearts are no exception.

Image courtesy of Sleepy Jones

Image courtesy of Sleepy Jones

Pink and white gingham is always a favorite, so when Sleepy Jones uses the darling check on pajamas, It’s a win win

Image courtesy of Tory Burch

Image courtesy of Tory Burch

Say it out loud with Tory Burch’s performance cashmere sweater that gets straight to the point.

Photo courtesy of Mansur Gavriel

Photo courtesy of Mansur Gavriel

Each season Mansur Gavriel launches covetable new handbag designs, this bucket bag with a bit of fringe has a bit of detail but delivers on their clean, minimalist design aesthetic the brand is known for.

Image courtesy of Janet Gregg

Image courtesy of Janet Gregg

A chic cameo ring from Janet Gregg is a great addition to any look- I love wearing one chunky piece of jewelry as a statement piece.

Image courtesy of Net a Porter

Image courtesy of Net a Porter

Don’t try and reinvent the wheel. This Nars Dragon Girl red lip pencil has stood the test of time and is a clear winner amongst red lipstick fans.

Image courtesy of Net a Porter

Image courtesy of Net a Porter

A shade of classic red nail polish that looks good on everyone is possible with Tom Ford’s Scarlet Chinois.

Image courtesy of Kule

Image courtesy of Kule

Socks are the new standout accessory. Kule has you covered with with LOVE sports socks with stripe detail.

Image courtesy of Bloomingdales

Image courtesy of Bloomingdales

So I am not a mules person, but I’d wear these heart-adorned slip on’s from Stubbs and Wooton.

Image courtesy of West Elm

Image courtesy of West Elm

Cause heart prints are sweet, Love is Love Mugs from West Elm