Valentine's Day is a time to show that special someone how meaningful they are in your life. Actions speak louder than words, so giving someone a thoughtful, heartfelt gift is essential during such a special day. The following are some decadent gift ideas from across the United States and Western Europe. These goodies are meant for both singles and couples to enjoy throughout dinner preparations, the surprise post-dinner soiree, and the magic to come the night of. All are PdM approved and represent our favorites this Valentine's Day. As the French say, donner, c'est recevoir.
Nous savons que vous les aimerez.
A savvy, passionate blend of rock and soul create the rhythms and ballads in No Drive-By Love by Mercedes and Social Circus. Mercedes is a singer, song writer, captivating performer, and voice that strives to bring people together. Inspired by such artists as Al Green, Prince, Tina Turner, and Aerosmith, among others, her music defies the conventional and captures both the mind and soul. The perfect touch to an intimate Valentine's Day dinner, No Drive-By Love is a comfortable mix of ballads, symphonic sounds, and lyrics reflecting a wide-range of life, love, and learning experiences. The tracks bring a little something for all musical tastes, especially those who need a rejuvenating beat in the middle of the day. We recommend track 7, "Release Me", as it is one we cannot stop playing around the office! ($10, Mercedes)
Ateevia Botanica, Ateevia PRIME
A guy has to look good for his special someone, so working out and hitting the fitness room hard is essential. After a much-needed workout to pump the energy levels for Valentine's Day dinner and fun, one has to ensure that both body and mind are prepped for anything. Ateevia PRIME alleviates aches and discomforts in an all-natural manner. 86% of those who use the formula, which is formed from raw botanical ingredients, immediately feel the anti-inflammatory properties working. After going strong, apply the cream over the sore, affected area - preferably in the morning or evening - and massage for a few seconds. Soon after, a great sense of relief is felt and a guy's ready to take on the evening (or late night). ($19.99, Ateevia)
Germany-based brand Emeshel debuted its first fragrance for men and women in the USA this past fall. Whether you are enticed by the aromatic floral essence of Emeshel X: Scent of a Woman or grab a hint of the textured lavender scent of Emeshel Y: For the Modern Man, the hand-crafted experience both bring will attract that special someone. Emeshel X, created by international perfumer Dominique Preyssas, is beautifully ornate with notes of petit grain, peach, and Neroli and includes aromas of jasmine, orange blossom, and osmanthas. Emeshel Y, crafted by Karine Dubreuil, was designed to appeal to the modern, masculine, and seductively sensual man who knows what he wants. High-quality notes of sandalwood, vanilla, and lavender were gathered to create a balanced, dramatic effect. In conjunction, both fragrances foster harmony that will surely attract the lucky office boy or that sexy CEO you spot daily. After taking in such fragrant art and admiring the exquisite-designed bottles, you may want to skip dinner and jump right into dessert. (Emeshel X and Y, 3.4 fl. oz. / 100 ml eau de parfum, $150 each, Emeshel)
This winter, stay warm and represent your school with pride (and style). The Campus Team Shop is one of select online boutique centers within the Prep Sportswear brand that offers high-quality, fun sportswear, including t-shirts, sweatshirts, and hoodies. Each item is custom-made and found in thousands of colors, designs, and activities. Launched in 2005, the company was built on a simple idea of giving fans the opportunity to support and share in the spirit and accomplishments of their favorite team. Available in sizes from S to XXL, these are perfect for that special guy - or gal - in your life. After a nice dinner and a glass of wine (or two), snuggle up this Valentine's Day in true comfort while staying true to the alma mater. ($67.98, Prep Sportswear)
Il ya un beau parfum dans l'air, et je crois que je suis amoureux! A wonderful dose of sweet, seductive, and glamorous magic awaits as one opens Jus d'Amour. The soothing coco palm with notes of high-quality pedals and Tahitian vanilla wraps around your hubby like je ne sais quoi. Even the tiniest of doses will make a special night out a grandeur event to remember. Both sexy and mysterious, Jus d'Amour is not for the girl next door. Rather, it is for the it girl who knows what she wants, how to get it, and - ultimately - how to make life happen for her. Available in three distinct sizes, this perfume oil is so addicting it should be a sin to not wear it for a glam night out. This Valentine's Day, the sassy violets and jasmine will snuggle you and your hubby into bed to remind both of you just why l'amour is the greatest gift of all. Have fun, ladies (and gents). (1/8 0z, $44, Jus d'Amour)