Just as the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping is finally over, it’s time for that other winter holiday – the one about LOVE that happens every year in the middle of February.

Sure, it’s safe to stick with the predictable heart-shaped box of confections and a bouquet of soon-to-be-wilted flowers. But this Valentine’s Day, why not go for gifts that make a lasting impression?

First up: A sure-to-please lacy, red negligee by perennial favorite Hanky Panky, or a silky camisole and tap pants combo from Commando.

Or give the gift of optimism with a pair of heart-adorned flip-flops that are not only stylish but provide a much-needed reminder that warmer days are ahead.

A pair of love birds by Baccarat are not only timeless but family heirlooms that can be passed down to future generations.

Let your hubby know you care by keeping his head warm with a cozy knit hat from Psycho Bunny and help him look his classiest with an ultra-chic Zianetti tie.

You’ll avoid any misunderstandings when you spell out your love with a Zoe Chicco diamond-flecked XO ring or necklace. In the unlikely event that a lovers’ quarrel does ensue, a Roberto Coin white gold and diamond necklace is the perfect make-up gift.

After the most romantic Valentine’s Day ever, break out the champagne and toast your love with a pair of Michael Aram flutes that are almost too beautiful to use.

Hanky Panky chemise $83, Necessary Secrets 

  Commando tank $58 and Commando tap pants $58, Necessary Secrets

Zoe Chicco diamond XO necklace $510, Radcliffe

 Roberto Coin 18k white gold open heart necklace $300, Radcliffe

Zoe Chicco diamond heart necklace $860, Radcliffe

Roberto Coin white gold and diamond love necklace $1,100, Radcliffe 

 

Stephanie compact $25, Necessary Secrets

Ipanema flip flops $26, Necessary Secrets

Sleep mask $25, Necessary Secrets

Kamasutra Oil of Love massage oil $22, Necessary Secrets

Emily McDowell art print $24, Becket Hitch

Tammy’s Creations trivet $35, Necessary Secrets

Michael Aram champagne flutes $135, Radcliffe

Baccarat love birds $360, Radcliffe

Jonathan Adler coasters $78, Becket Hitch

Psycho Bunny hat $37, JS Edwards

The Art of Shaving kit $30, JS Edwards

Zianetti ties $87.50 each, JS Edwards

Laurie Legum is a Baltimore-based freelance writer.

Photos by Vince Lupo

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