I may not truly buy into the whole idea of Valentine’s Day, but let me be clear, I have never been mad at the idea of receiving prezzies from someone I’ve fancied. Any man I’ve ever dated knows I am not a huge fan of the usual “Hallmark Holiday” gifts that us girls usually receive on February 14th, such as chocolate and lingerie that come after an overpriced prix fix dinner at some midtown restaurant. The way to this unconventional chick’s heart are items that don’t necessarily only need to be used in the bedroom and can be gifted on any day of the day of the year…and really, if you’re in love it should be Valentine’s Day everyday, no? I’ve rounded up some of my fave items (some I actually own) and others that are on my current “Lust List” in hopes to put some cool alternative gifts on your radar…
1. Diptyque Mini Candle Set – $84
There is nothing I love more than a beautifully scented candle. I have purchased all of the cult candle brands from Byredo, Jo Malone, Hotel Costes to Bond No. 9, but I always come back to the classic fragrances made by Parisian company Diptyque. The brand’s website allows you (or your beau) to create your own 3 mini candle set, which are the perfect size for the bedroom, bathroom or when traveling.
2. Charlotte Olympia “Monroe” Pumps $695
Every girl needs a pair of Charlotte Olympia’s in her closet and this classic “Monroe” pump in red suede is a fun and sexy alternative to a traditional black heel. The slight platform increases the comfort level and goes well with both denim or an LBD.
3. Jabra Solemate Mini $100
I have been ranting and raving about Jabra’s wireless options for playing music on the go both on the blog and social media. I use both the Revo Wireless headphones and the Solemate daily when I’m working out and at chilling at home. Just in time for the “Day of Love”, Jabra has introduced the new Solemate mini in red. So mini in fact, it’s practically the size of an iPhone 5 – which means you can literally carry it in your handbag! Small speakers…with a big sound!
4. Miu Miu Biker Quilted Leather Clutch $1,020
Miu Miu, quilted leather and moto inspiration…three of some of my favourite things all rolled into one handbag. The colourblocked red and white colour is super luxe and for a clutch it’s spacious enough to hold all your V-Day date essentials. A snap-fastening pocket on the back of the bag in black is perfect for conveniently storing your ID, credit cards and cash.
5. Birchbox 12 Month Membership $110
I’ve always loved the idea of beauty box memberships – they are the BEST for those of you who are commitment phobes when it comes to investing in an expensive beauty product. It is the perfect way to test out all the latest and greatest products on the market before committing and buying the full size (and often expensive full price) version of a product. Cannot think of a beauty gift for a beauty fanatic.
6. Nadege “Je T’aime” Box of 12 Macarons $26.50
Nadege Patisserie makes some of the tastiest macarons in Toronto. The boutique shop’s almond mini meringue wonders have a delicate crunch to the outer layer and filled with the most delish ganache, flavoured buttercream or jam. It’s a little piece of heaven and if I could eat them everyday without compromising my waistline, I totally would!
7. Cutler and Gross Round-Frame Acetate and Metal Mirrored Sunglasses $565
Aviators are a thing of the past. Get into 2014 with round framed sunnies from Cutler and Gross. Each of the brand’s sunnies are made by hand in Italy. The entire process to make these beauties takes approximately a month with over 30 steps. What better way to look at your lover than through these chic lenses. Taking it to another level, the arms are leather wrapped and the frame is adorned with pearlescent acetate.
8. Nespresso CitiZ & Milk Fire Engine Red $319
Latte and coffee drinkers will LOVE waking up to a fresh cup made with this ultra chic machine. It allows you to make a wide variety of hot beverage options that require frothy milk such as latte macchiatos and cappuccino and the machine looks stunning displayed on your kitchen counter.
I am giving away the cute and powerful Jabra Solemate Mini wireless speakers as a Valentine’s Day gift to one lucky follower. Entering the contest is easy…you must follow both @sashaexeter and @Jabra_US on Twitter and tweet the following to me, “@SashaExeter I want to enjoy my music with @Jabra_US’s wireless Solemate mini #SoleMateMini“. Contest starts February 10th, 2014 and ends Thursday February 13th at 9 PM EST. The lucky winner will be announced on Friday February 14th at noon.
*Contest open to Canadian and US residents only*