February 6, 2014

Gift Guide: My Fabulous Valentine


Valentine’s Day goodies for moms and dads, picked by Lyss Stern

By Lyss Stern


On the most romantic day of the year, go beyond chocolates and flowers and give something truly luxurious to the special mom or dad in your life—nobody deserves it more. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • Bon appétit: Get something sweet for your sweet! French patisserie Ladurée—the crème de la crème of macarons—is offering this festive, limited-edition Amour Collection box filled with eight delectable macarons in a red fruit flavor. It also comes with a heart-shaped card—the perfect place to pen a romantic Valentine’s Day note. $24, laduree.com

  • Sparkle central: Add some glamour to her holiday with Dannijo’s bright-pink, Swarovski crystal-adorned studs. These gorgeous brass-plated earrings are the ultimate gift for the fashionista mom—just make sure to present them to her early in the day so she can show them off all day long or work them into her date-night ensemble. $150, saksfifthavenue.com

  • Sealed with a kiss: Rebecca Minkoff’s leather wristlet is red-haute! For Valentine’s Day, the hip New York City-based designer (and chic mama) has created this Love stamp-inspired accessory that is just perfect to use while running errands or heading to the gym with just a few essentials. It can also be filled with smaller items and tossed into a tote so that lipsticks, hair elastics, pens and other must-haves don’t get buried at the bottom of a big bag. $98, rebeccaminkoff.com

  • Underneath it all: This gift is comfortable and sexy—what man wouldn’t love that? Show him how much you love him with a pair of Gap’s 100 percent cotton Valentine’s Day boxers, which come in a cupid-heart print (with either a red or black background) and—our fave—a kiss print. $12.95, gap.com

  • Simply scent-sational: Hugo Boss’ Hugo Red cologne is just as much a present to the giver as it is to the recipient. The handsome, masculine scent features heat-filled accords of cedar wood and hot amber, which combine superbly with the bitter fresh scents of grapefruit and rhubarb to create a rich, metallic-inspired fragrance. $52-75, 
    hugoboss.com

  • In the bag: Fred Perry’s leather-trimmed canvas shoulder bag is the ideal gift for any dad on the go. It works well for a casual day at the office or while running around town with the family on weekends. The interior zip pocket, adjustable shoulder strap, zip closure, and exterior slip compartment—not to mention the smoldering burgundy shade—make it the ultimate marriage between function and fashion. $95, saksfifthavenue.com

  • All the small things: They say that good things come in small packages—and nothing proves that more than the just-bigger-than-a-dime-sized Tiny Letters by Leafcutter Designs. The customized—and made-to-order—notes include a tiny Valentine with a message printed in 3-point font in a mini envelope (complete with a red wax seal). Each letter comes sealed in a coin case and packaged in a glassine envelope which includes a magnifying glass. $9.75, leafcutterdesigns.com

  • Beau_Ties_Toscanini_Bow_Tie_$45
    Your heart’s content: Dress up your Valentine with a handcrafted bow tie from Beau Ties Ltd. of Vermont.  Celebrate love in the cheerful Balendin or Tino ($40).  Serious bow tie enthusiasts will love the Valentine’s Day Collection, a set of three different candy or heart-inspired designs ($85). beautiesltd.com

Lyss Stern is an Upper East Side mom of two (with a third on the way), the founder of DivaLysscious Moms— a luxury lifestyle company catering to well-heeled and trendsetting moms everywhere, and co-author of If You Give A Mom A Martini…100 Ways To Take 10 Blissful Minutes For Yourself.

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