Get Cultured — January 31, 2014 at 4:35 pm

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Lovers and Friends


Can you believe it’s almost February? That’s right, we will welcome the new month over the weekend and that means Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it. Don’t half ass it this year and buy something last minute. We have 15 awesome gift ideas for your significant other, friend, or family!


Sweets mixed with booze? That’s the key to anyone’s heart. Tipsy Scoop, a company that specializes in homemade boozy ice cream, is offering a mouthwatering Valentine’s Day boozy ice cream party pack. Their pack included three V-Day inspired ice creams, including Intoxicated, Fat & In Love with Red Velvet, Booze, Ice Cream & You! (made with cake-flavored vodka, Frangelico, cherry liqueur and chocolate liqueur), Deep Dark Chocolate Depression & Salted Caramel Whiskey Tears (made with whiskey, dark chocolate liqueur and swirls of sea salt caramel), and Red Hot Drunken Pseudo Lover (made with creme de cacao, Peppermint Schnapps, Bailey’s and Kahlua). Each ice cream packs a punch, as each is made with 5% alcohol. It is $45 for three pints of ice cream, plus free delivery in Manhattan.


Having trouble relaxing? MonthlyExpress has your seductive solution. For those looking for a little more ‘ME’ time in their lives, MonthlyExpress caters to your needs. Each month, members will receive a shipment of goodies including self-nourishing products from boutique, hard to find, and limited supply, high end products from around the world. A membership costs $129 per month, but single packages can be purchased, as well. There’s no better gift than pampering!


If you want to make a statement this Valentine’s Day, do so with one of the gorgeous special edition watches by Seiko. The company is supporting the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement with two Tressia watches, one in stainless steel ($425), and the other in rose gold ($495). Both watch are adorned with 22 diamonds and $25 of each watch will be donated to the AHA.


Men can be tough to buy for, especially on Valentine’s Day. Make it easy by getting your scotch-loving boy toy a high-quality whisky. Auchentoshan Single Malt Lowland Scotch Whisky, the only single malt to triple distill every drop, just introduced a Virgin Oak limited release, perfect for your man. This complex non-chill filtered expression is Auchentoshan’s first whisky to be exclusively matured in virgin  North American oak casks. The exclusive limited release is available for $129.99.


Valentine’s Day often inspires people to indulge in chocolates. Mix it up this year by gifting some sweet cookies, instead. Modern Bite offers a fun twist on your typical cookie, allowing customers to customize their cookies! Add a photo of you and your beau or add on a ‘marry me.’ With yummy flavors like toffee peanut pretzel and chocolate truffle, the recipient will surely love their gift. Prices start at $15 per dozen, so get creative with your cookies.
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BEXnyc, an intimates lifestyle brand, is the perfect place to shop for V-Day. Way better than a candy-gram is the Bex Panty-Gram ($35), which includes a pair of signature Le Fumeur lace panties, a Bex $20 gift card and a personalized Valentine’s Day card. This will surely make your lady blush. Want to amp it up a notch? Get your hands on their Naughty Nightstand Gift Set ($75), which includes an antique hideaway book containing a pair of signature Le Fumeur panties an a chic cigarette box and a latex condom hidden in a matchbook. This secret hideaway will be totally unassuming on your nightstand for years to come.
While your typical bouquet of flowers may wilt after just a few days, we’ve got one that will last way longer. Paul & Joe Beautés Spring 2014 collection is all about florals. Mix and match your girl’s favorite lipsticks and nail polishes ($16) into a bouquet of its own. Their polishes have moisturizing ingredients like chamomile extract and orange flower water. We love Buttercup and Hyacinth to make a statement. Their lipsticks are also extremely moisturizing and come in gorgeous colors such as Poppy and Peony. 
Rowallan of Scotland makes beautiful, high-quality leather goods and we have a feeling your man is going to dig their Fraser Flask ($48), made out of stainless steel and wrapped in black oak-bonded leather. Different from your typical flask, this one makes an impression and will be something he will hang on to for a lifetime.


Looking for a gift for your bestie? Pulse Laser & Skincare Center has the perfect gift for your favorite gal pal or girlfriend. Their Sweetheart Facial ($95), available the whole month of February, incorporates chocolate, cherries and wine all into one moisturizing treatment. Antioxidants in cherries and chocolate will exfoliate the skin and reduce inflammation, while their Blushed Wine Gel will moisturize and make your skin dewy. As if that’s not enough, anyone who receives this facial will also get a complimentary small rose gold necklace.

Sometimes a name says it all. Norman Love Confections has created eight delectable heart-shaped chocolates, all inspired by famous love songs. They will be available through Valentine’s Day and come in fun flavors like Peanut Butter Marshmallow (Wild Thing) and Sugar Cookie (Sugar Sugar). You can order them in a variety of different sized assortments, from $13.25 to $95.


We may never quite understand why guys love their gadgets so damn much, but why not feed their desires? Sony has an incredible Wireless Headset ($129.99) that allows the user to move around uninhibited by the tangle of wires that often accompanies headphones. They are compatible with any Bluetooth device. And hey, maybe he’ll even listen to love songs on them! 


Maybe you want to go the traditional, romantic route this Valentine’s Day. Pictures on Gold is the perfect sentiment for your loved ones. This company can permanently laser photos inside a gold or sterling locket, making sure your memories last forever. You can choose from lockets, necklaces, bracelets and even keychains. Prices vary depending on your purchase, but start as low at $24.95. This will be a gift that will be hard to top next year!

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V-Day isn’t just about the ladies. Get your man something fun and playful, like a pair of boxers from Web Undies. This online company has more designs to choose from than you’ll know what to do with, from tuxedo print and handcuffs to sugar daddy and more. Best of all, they won’t break your budget ranging from $10-$13.50. The hardest part will be choosing only one pair!

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If you’re looking for something romantic, but a little different, we love Mela Artisans, a brand that creates sustainable products in rural communities around the world. Here you can purchase truly unique and special items, from jewelry to home goods. Get clever with your gifts, like buying a beautiful piece of jewelry and accompanying it with a gorgeous jewelry box to put it in!


Is your guy a baseball fanatic? We’ve got the gift for you (to give to him)! Red Envelope has some clever items in their stores and we love this MLB Money Clip Wallet ($89.95). On each clip is part of an actual baseball used during a game. You can choose what team and look up what game it was played in. It doesn’t get much cooler than this.

Now get shopping before it’s too late!

Twisted Talk: What’s your favorite gift from our list? What’s the best Valentine’s Day present you’ve ever received? Discuss below in the comments!

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