By Emma Sarran Webster | January 30, 2017 | Lifestyle
We’ve just barely recovered from the holiday season, but it’s already time to start getting ready for Valentine’s Day—and, of course, searching for the best gifts to wow our significant others. Need some help narrowing it down? Start with these 12 gift options, including jewelry, home decor, treats, and more.
Classic Leather Tote, CUYANA ($175). cuyana.com
It’s right there in the name: with its simple silhouette and pebbled leather, this tote is the perfect gift for the woman who loves to be both chic and timeless.
Go beyond the typical perfume gift with this limited-edition, Art-Deco bottle from LALIQUE: Each one is numbered and signed, then sealed using the traditional technique of haute-perfumery.
Infinity Scarf, Sophia Reyes ($52). sophiareyes.com
This extra-wide infinity scarf comes in three limited-edition prints (two in 100% soft rayon, and one in 100% silk), and is made right here in Chicago.
“Tiny Treasures” Slanted Heart Diamond Pendant in White Gold, Roberto Coin ($1,080). Marshall Pierce & Company, 969 N. Michigan Ave., 312-642-4299
What better way to tell someone she has your heart (you know, aside from actually telling her) than with this beautiful and classic heart pendant?
Mini Belgian Chocolate Cheesecake Hearts, Eli’s Cheesecake ($40). shop.elicheesecake.com or 800-ELI-CAKE
These heart-shaped cheesecakes made with Belgian chocolate and topped with a crunchy layer of chocolate and hazelnuts are sure to satisfy any discerning sweet tooth. Not only that, but as part of its Valentine’s Day #ShareTheLove initiative, Eli’s will donate cheesecake to Chicago Help Initiative, Joined Hands Food Pantry at St. John’s Lutheran Church, and Top Box, a non-profit dedicated to offering healthy foods at affordable prices.
Chicago Pillow, Catstudio ($168). tabulatua.com
Give the person you love the city he or she loves... on a pillow. This embroidered pillow celebrates Chicago and its many landmarks and unique characteristics in a bright and colorful design.
Diamond Lips in White Gold, New York Jewelers Chicago ($375). 11 N. Wabash Ave., 312-855-4999
It’s a sweet Valentine’s Day kiss in gift form—and a stylish piece of jewelry she can wear any day of the year.
Lover Lamp Bath Bomb, Lush ($9). 859 W. Armitage Ave., 773-281-5874; 1727 N. Damen Ave., 773-227-3946; 3430 N. Southport Ave., 773-525-7945
This festive bath bomb is made with organic, fair-trade cocoa butter, vanilla absolute, and Brazilian orange oil—all of which come together for a decadent, soothing bath. Want to win extra points? Prep the bath for your significant other and have the warm water, candles, and bath bomb ready for a relaxing night in.
Custom Song, Songfinch ($200). songfinch.com
Feel like you’ve exhausted all of the “usual” Valentine’s Day gifts? Think completely outside the box with a custom song from Songfinch. All you have to do is submit a “story guide” with details you’d like included (think: characteristics of your partner, special moments, and the like), the vibe you’re going for, and the type of vocalist you’ll prefer, and Songfinch will record a totally custom, professional song for you to download and share.
Desktop Neon Light Heart, Neon Mfg. ($100). fab.com
Combine trendy home decor with a lovable, Valentine’s Day symbol in this whimsical neon light.
The Bigger Carry-On, Away ($245). awaytravel.com
The traveler in your life is bound to love this suitcase that’s durable, chic, and high-tech: It has a built-in battery to charge any USB device right from the suitcase itself.
Wellness and Vitality Package, IVme ($179). 1347 N. Wells, 312-350-1822
Shopping for someone who's always looking for the best ways to stay healthy and energized? Go with a gift card for the IVme Wellness & Vitality package. The service includes a vitamin-packed IV, a Super B Shot (known to boost energy and increase metabolic rate, among other benefits), and oxygen therapy.
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