Red Hot Gift Guide

February 7, 2014  
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Wrap your Valentine up in a luxurious silk floral robe from Soffia B.

By Sharon Moseley

Take heart. Valentine’s Day is almost here, and there are plenty of ways to say “I love you” with gifts for anyone on your list. Instead of the traditional chocolate and roses, get a little creative. Here are some ways to up the style factor:

Go for luxury lingerie. She’s probably been living in those cozy flannel pajamas for the last few months, but that doesn’t mean she won’t appreciate some luxurious silk. You can go the Victoria’s Secret route, but check out the gorgeous goods at websites like SoffiaB.com. Or try a local store such as Aristelle in Burlington. Who wouldn’t want to lounge around in a beautiful floral robe inspired by the Old World bedrooms of the British gentry? Downton Abbey anyone?

And if you prefer a girlier gift, Piperlime (Piperlime.com) has pink patent pumps with black and white striped heels — perfect for spring days ahead. There are also plenty of local shoe stores with a wide range of fun styles and colors including New Balance, Lenny’s and Stella Mae. As for me, flip-flops are always a great gift. The Daisy Duck thongs at Havaianas are perfect for the young at heart.

Love those Tees. Who doesn’t love receiving fun tops emblazoned with hearts and roses? Big lips dominate the T-shirts at Aeropostale (Aeropostale.com); hearts at Old Navy (OldNavy.com) and “Amore” shirts at bebe (bebe.com). Add a pair of red hot boxer shorts and you’ve got a winning duo. “Make Love Not War” is the message on Haute Hippie’s T-shirt at NeimanMarcus.com.

Sparkle with jewelry. Another V-day winner. You can always add to someone’s collection. For Pandora (Pandora.com) fans, there is a whole new collection available just in time for Valentine’s Day. Or if you prefer something a little different, check out the X’s and O’s at KrisNations.com. The stud earrings make a great gift. And if the love of your life has a penchant for red, then the jewelry at Ippolita.com will be sure to impress her. Local stores with beautiful options include Argento Laraine Fine Jewelry in Williston and numerous stores in downtown Burlington including Tick Tock Jewelers, Designers Circle and Tradewinds.

Smell the marshmallows. This is one for the guys and girls on your list. Everyone loves a new fragrance … whether it’s a gunpowder green tea candle from OnassisClothing.com for him or the latest Poppy Freesia Blossom scent from Coach (kohls.com). For something local, try Vermontage from Shelburne Country Store.

One of my favorites this year: Smile Lip Balms. These scented moisturizers come in pear, orange blossom and mint flavors complete with Shea butter, apricot seed oil and marshmallow extract. Yum! Originating in the gardens of botanist monks in the South of France, these lip balms are the bomb for only $11 (usa.lecouventdesminimes.com and Ulta Beauty stores). Local options include Mirror Mirror in Burlington and you can also find Autumn Harp lip balms – made right in Essex Junction — at various local stores. – CNS

 

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