2013 Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Believe it or not, there is something for everyone from your hubby to your daughter to your mom on this editor-approved list of Valentine's Day gifts. Read on to see our favorite product recommendations for this holiday, and celebrate with a meaningful gift this year.

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Sports Authority has loads of great gift ideas for the woman who loves to work out, or look cute and comfortable while she goes about her day. Allison and Jen loved the Asics GEL-Kayano 19 Running Shoes – the fun colors of teal and hot pink will be great for Spring and Summer. The Women’s SOYBU Yoga Bombshell Tank will become a staple in your workout and casualwear wardrobe because the fit flatters every body type, and the cotton is breathable and comfortable.  A built-in bra makes this top the ultimate for convenience. The women’s SOYBU Yoga Allegro Leggings in black are the new sweatpants – comfortable and practical but updated with a chic cut that flatters and tones your butt and legs. Any workout pro or comfort loving lady would love these gifts, we promise.
Criquet Shirts: Nothing says I love you more than making sure your man has clothes that make him look and feel dapper. We love Criquet Shirts newest shirt, The Long Sleeve Players Shirt because it’s great for layering on cold days and perfect for rolling up the sleeves on warmer days! Plus, they’re American-made, so who can complain?

Ecotools Six Piece Day-to-Night eco-friendly set includes five brushes and a carrying clutch, both made with responsible bamboo and recycled materials. You know that moment when you’re fumbling for a makeup brush that’s the right size for the task at hand?  Look no further than this affordable kit, with great brushes for blush, foundation, bronzer, eye shadow, and even liquid eyeliner. This would be a perfect gift for that girl in your life who loves to apply makeup, since girls can always use a new set of brushes!

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Tru bloomsChicago is a limited edition perfume developed by the company Tru Fragrance that would make a thoughtful gift for your lady who loves Chicago. Since we can’t say it better than the makers of the perfume, here is the lovely description that will accompany your bottle: “This bright floral perfume is made of elegant sheer rose, traditional lavender, and sensuous violet.  Sparkling watery fruit accords, reminiscent of a day along the shores of Lake Michigan, create the perfume’s first impression. Blonde woods and skin musk, which speak to the city’s vibrant nightlife and blues heritage, produce its long-lasting beauty.”

As a Chicagoan, I couldn’t agree more with the perfume’s description. This scent is versatile and lends itself to a walk on Michigan Avenue to a day in Millenium Park, just as much to a night out at the House of Blues. Enjoy it, and give it to a lucky lady in your life.
MOSCOT Eyewear: It’s like the saying goes, “Glasses are the frame to your face,” so make a statement. The eyewear from MOSCOT is so beautifully retro, and there are a whole range of styles to fit any face shape or fashion preference. They’re our favorite eyewear brand!

 

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Chapstick is the perfect formula for healthy kissable lips and let me tell you that getting a new flavor of it is an automatic smile-inducer. New flavors for Chapstick include Velvet Cupcake and Cake Batter, both of which smell fantastic and work wonders in the winter chill. Give one to your favorite girl this Valentine’s Day. They especially make great toppers for Valentine cards.

 

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Sweepstreet is a great location to get great jewelry for a bargain. Traditionally high priced jewelry from designers such as Dolce and Gabana, Miriam Salat, and David Yurman are listed for up to 60% off retail. Visit Sweepstreet to see what deals they have today! We loved the Miriam Salat Bubble Ring in pink because it’s the perfect festive accessory for Valentine’s Day. David Yurman’s Garnet Cable Studs make a great gift for the lady in your life who loves to wear red in a more subtle way.

 

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Bobble has many great gift ideas for all the people in your life. From their fun water bottles to useful pitchers, bobble gifts are colorful, practical, and healthy. Bobble filters reduce the taste and odor of chlorine and sediments in regular drinking water, giving you that fresh spring taste. This water pitcher we got to try is even better because you can use it as a chic serving pitcher at your picnic or family dinner. No other pitcher with filter can say that!

 

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A Parker Pen is a great gift for any working man or woman, or really anyone with things to do and places to go! Having a great pen is really an undervalued commodity, considering how aggravating it can be when a pen doesn’t work or the ink looks of low quality. With Parker, you can choose your mode (roller ball vs ballpoint vs Parker 5TH vs Fountain) tip size and/or the finish, meaning it's custom to your preferences and writing style. This is surely a quality pen that is beautiful to look at. We especially enjoyed the new red Sonnet pen, a gorgeous Valentine’s Day gift.

 

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KIND bars make a perfect Valentine’s Day gift – they’re kind to your body and kind to the world!

KIND PLUS: KIND Plus bars provide an all-natural boost of nutrients like protein, fiber, antioxidants or omega-3 fatty acids. Flavors include Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew.

KIND Nuts & Spices: KIND Nuts & Spices bars are made with spices like cinnamon, ginger and Madagascar vanilla, and fiber and protein-packed whole nuts. Spice, everything nice, and only 5g of sugar or less. Flavors include Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt and Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Pecan.
The Art of Shaving’s 4 Elements of the Perfect Shave Kit: If you’ve got a man in your life, make sure he doesn’t look like Moses. We love the natural scent of the lavender kit. It comes complete with pre-shave oil, a shave brush and shave cream, and after-shave lotion. It’s a throwback to when shaving was actually an important part to men’s routines, and we love it!

 

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Keds tennis shoes make an amazing Valentine’s Day gift. The great thing about Keds (especially these red ones) is that they fit every personality type. From preppy to vintage to boho, every girl can find a way to wear Keds that embraces her style and the clothes already hanging in her closet. With the new product collaborations like Keds for Kate Spade New York and Keds for Madewell, there are even more fun patterns and colors to choose from.

 

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Do you have a Valentine’s Day date or special event coming up, but you want to skip the expensive salon blowout? Go thick, bold and beautiful with Aquage Thickening Spray Gel, ideal for fine, thin hair that lacks body. Instantly thickens and strengthens as hair is styled while delivering long-lasting volume and style retention. 

 

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I don’t usually get compliments on phone cases, but ever since I put this “Love is Mixtapes” cover on my iPhone, the positive feedback has been pouring in. This unique phone case is a serious homage to earlier times, when spending time making someone a mixed tape or CD was a very personal ode to friendship and even love. There’s sure to be someone in your life who would also like to bring back these fond memories, and this gift is perfect.

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FIT Popcorn is a better-for-you snack that allows you to satisfy cravings without the guilt. It really is delicious! Just one cup of the Sea Salt variety has only 37 calories! We loved the Parmesan and Herb as well as the Sea Salt varieties, but there are many more to choose from! Look out for them in your local grocer.

 

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Ginny Bakes’ Cookie Lovers Grand Basket is the perfect health-conscious Valentine’s Day treat. The gift includes one box each of six fresh-baked organic, gluten-free indulgences:  chocolate chip love, coconut oatmeal bliss, naked love butter crisp, double chocolate happiness, chocolate chip macadamia and chocolate chip oatmeal bliss. We were seriously surprised by how much we liked many of the cookies including Chocolate Chip, even though they were so good for us!

 

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How often do you go out of the way to buy yourself a new razor? Especially a nice one? We’re guessing it doesn’t happen all too often. Many times when I use my razor, I tell myself, next time I’ll remember to switch out the blade! That’s why Schick Xtreme3 razors make a great addition to the Valentine’s Day goodie bag you give your kids and family. They come in fun colors and give a quality shave. The Schick Xtreme3 Hawaiian Tropic scented razor has a scented handle spiked with exotic botanicals and three blades that flex and pivot with Aloe, Vitamin E and Jojoba to deliver a close, comfortable and convenient shave.

 

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Sprout offers eye-catching timepieces made from sustainable materials such as cork and bamboo, and the collection is complete with conflict free diamonds. With a variety of colors and styles, these dazzling diamond timepieces are also affordable. Whether the style is traditional classic or trendy, there is a watch for everyone! We loved the water-resistant model we tried. The minimalistic design, large numbers, and well-conceptualized color schemes make these watches chic and perfect for wearing anytime.

 

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Personalization Mall has so many amazing gift options for Valentine’s Day! Whether you have a hard to please guy or you just want to get something cute for your kids, any of these personalized gifts will last well beyond Valentine’s Day and for the rest of the year, and they’re useful, too! We absolutely loved the Heart Felt Personalized Keepsake Pillow, which had a great texture that lends itself to decorating any room from your living room to your bedroom.
G-Star Raw Correct Flemming Bow Tie: Bow ties are coming back, and one of our favorites is this one from G-Star. It’s just enough formality without taking itself too seriously. We think this would go great with a denim button down, or even better yet, a Criquet shirt!

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The “Bold as Love” by Jimi Hendrix Scarf is a perfect gift for any rocker guy or girl. Seriously, who doesn’t love the  music of this legend? Perfect for him or her, your significant other will love this scarf with Jimi Hendrix’s handwritten lyrics to “Bold As Love.” We absolutely loved the texture of this scarf, and the fact that it is soft, not itchy. The neutral colors mean that you can wear it with everything from your black leather bomber to your jeans and favorite cotton tee. You can find this scarf at Bloomingdales or at the link above.

 

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That's Caring, an eco-friendly online gift company, provides consumers with “a greener way to give,” from locally sourced, organic and fair trade products to sustainable packaging. Our gift arrived in a beautiful two-tone green box made of sustainable paper that was handmade in the Philippines. Inside the gift box was a beautiful bottle of Redwood Creek Chardonnay, two organic fair trade chocolate bars, and natural crisps and cocktail party toasts perfect for topping with the Chardonnay Havarti and Merlot Cheddar cheese spreads. This gift is perfect for anyone who loves to entertain, or even snack with an eco-conscious state of mind.

Run on Clouds this Year – These Cloudsurfer Prism Edition running shoes weigh only 9.2 oz. We loved how light and flexible they were, with the minimalistic color scheme. The design of the bottoms of the shoes are unlike many other brands, and getting a lot of air under the shoe helped reduce impact and ease of running for us. For any fitness-loving individual in your life, we love these shoes!
Computer Apparel Daypack: We love Computer Apparel, because they make being a nerd chic and practical. Our new favorite item of theirs is the daypack. Multiple compartments mean there’s enough room for your laptop AND your tablet. It also has a waterproof rain hood for the less than ideal situations. As a bonus, head over to Computer Apparel and use code FITFAB30 for 30% savings!

 

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Tequila Herradura comes in 4 expressions. Varying in taste, aging process and price, with tequila Herradura you can find the perfect gift for a new relationship or a partner of 20+ years. With varieties aged anywhere from 45 days to almost 50 years, pick the bottle that symbolizes your relationship and share it with your partner.