Just do her a kindness.
That’s our official position on Valentine’s Day here at InsideHook.
Don’t fall prey to the Valentine’s Day Industrial Complex.
Instead: just show her you care, in whichever way you’ve agreed, as a couple, to show your affection.
Now, that said. A man could always use some gift ideas.
Ergo, this: our annual Valentine’s Day Gift Guide.
Herewith, you'll find 17 kindnesses — from chocolates to clutches to D'Angelo — for the lady in your life.
The ideal Valentine's Day bag: a pink Chloe. Crafted in Italy with equestrian-inspired top-stitching, antique brass-tone hardware, one slip pocket and one zip pocket in the interior, and rolled, leather-wrapped top handles.
Literary erotica. A translated copy of the famous French novel will be right at home next to her Henry Miller and 50 Shades volumes. Good alternate reads: Vox, Bad Behavior, Baise-Moi, Blue Is the Warmest Color.
Let's make this easy. Luxury rose arrangements, in one of three styles (kiss, red and snow). Arrives in a black box, anywhere you want.
FROM OUR PARTNER
Valentine’s Day is simple.
It’s not a riddle. It’s not Zeno’s Paradox. It’s not Schrodinger’s candy hearts.
You simply need to do your lady a kindness. Show her you care.
41 Ways to Say I Love You — a collection of one-of-a-kind adventures, objects and comestibles from our friends at IfOnly.
IfOnly curates “extraordinary experiences for good,” and come February 14th, they pull all the heart-shaped stops.
1. A 42-piece box of chocolates by Michelin-starred and James Beard-winning chefs like Gary Danko, Michael Tusk and 18 others
2. Or one of their “Pick One Experience" boxes: You present her with five top-shelf options (from a private gourmet meal to a wine tasting for two to a hand-signed special edition of Tory Burch in Color), she picks her favorite
3. A custom 18k yellow gold and rose cut diamond “pet pendant” by Irene Neuwirth (she’ll probably recognize it from pap snaps of Taylor Swift)
IfOnly is usually a members-only club. But they’ve extended our readers access to their entire catalogue of gifts and experiences (41 Ways included) — just use the code “INSIDEHOOK” to get past the velvet cordons.
Words everyone uses to describe the first new D'Angelo album in 15 years: Sexy. Loose. On fire (and, if you or your partner are music snobs, it's garnered more than a few "album of the year" nods). Here's your soundtrack for the night.
Targeted G-spot stimulation, 10 vibration settings and a "come hither" motion that replicates a lover's fingers.
A cool bracelet with semi-precious stones and a discreet, 1.5-inch sapphire touch screen for messages and your calendar. The first luxury wearable.
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Women, as a rule, don’t talk about their age.
They have no problem, however, talking about the age of their jewelry.
Vintage David Yurman earrings. Iconic Cartier bracelets. Tiffany & Co. rings.
Here’s your one-stop shop for all that stuff: TrueFacet, emporium of "pre-loved" designer finds and one-of-a-kind baubles at up to 70% off.
What's more: for Valentine's Day, they’re offering our readers a discount of $100 off any purchase of $500 or more. Just use the code INSIDEHOOK at checkout.
If you're short on ideas, try one of the following (classics, the lot of 'em):
1. The Chanel CC Logo + Three Pearl Necklace: Crystals. Pearls. And the most recognizable monogram in the game.
2. The Tiffany Heart Bracelet: Sterling silver. Heart pendant. Playful inscription. No brainer.
3. Cartier Love Bracelet in Yellow Gold: The rivets. The elegance. The envious eyes from every corner of the room. This is your show-stopper.
Idea: Get her one of the exclusive city scents — only available where there's an LL boutique. Present it with two weekend tickets to that city (LA, NYC, Chicago, SF), plus a plethora of lovely international destinations.
Take a step up from the classic (read: tired) box of chocolates. This French company ships beautiful gift boxes of ganaches, truffles and pralines in dark and milk chocolate.
Tribal-inspired earrings with an "asymmetric chic": the small pearl rests on the ear, while the largest peers out from behind the lobe.
A fashion-illustation-style portrait, hand-drawn from an image you provide. Add messages, initials or other personalized touches.
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Here’s to lingerie. The unmentionables. The old tap pants.
Buying some for your lady is one of those win-win situations.
But only if you execute the purchase properly.
Allow us to help.
One, know her style. If you’ve never seen her wear a thong, don’t buy her a thong.
Two, know her size. Reconnoiter her undies drawer.
Three: shop at Frederick’s of Hollywood, where you’ll find a range of tasteful, seductive lingerie for the woman you’ll be sharing blankets with this February 14th.
We’ve even secured you free shipping on all purchases and 20% off if you spend $75 or more. Just use code FOHSPR20 at checkout. You can't go wrong.
Naughty maybe, but not wrong.
A natural "sensual enhancement oil" crafted from the female flower of the marijuana plant. "It works," says our L.A. editor. Sad note: only available in California or Colorado.
First: Make sure she likes to cook and would appreciate something kitchen oriented. That said, these stretch denim aprons are, somehow, surprisingly sexy and versatile.
This normally private shopping site proffers high-end goods usually reserved for the likes of royal families. Plus, they're offering a free V-Day gift consulting service from Feb. 1st-13th.
Cool downtown girl jewelry you can engrave and, in some cases, customize (with one of the more helpful jewelry gift guides around, too).
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