Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: All You Need From Macarons To Diamonds!

There’s so much to love about MacKenzie Limited’s Valentine’s Petit Fours from the moist cake to the sweet fillings to the adorable adornments. A mix of vanilla and chocolate, they are lovingly hand-decorated to celebrate the holiday of love. Choose from one or two dozen Valentine’s Petit Fours. Each order of one dozen serves up to 6. The box of 12 is $29.95 while the both of 24 is $49.95. I also recommend you buying a box for yourself to eat in private just because they are THAT GOOD! Order here: Valentine’s Petit Fours.

Mackenzie’s Sweetheart Macarons are also a romantic and sweet touch for your V-Day celebration! The lovely heart-shaped macarons feature almond pastry filled with a creamy ganache in two delicious flavors, vanilla and raspberry. These are the perfect treats to celebrate V-Day with your special someone or to simply enjoy yourself. Choose from one dozen or two dozen Sweetheart Macarons; each order serves up to 6. A box of 12 macarons is $29.95 and a 24 macaron box is $54.95. Order here: Sweetheart Macarons.

Leave it to Super Jeweler to have the best prices on fine jewelry for Valentine’s Day and beyond. Their prices on diamonds and other precious stones cannot be beat anywhere in the US—not even at New York’s famous Diamond District. Very often you get a free mystery gift with your purchase. Picture above is the ultimate diamond heart necklace simply called the 1/4 Carat Diamond Necklace In Sterling Silver. It features 40 sparkling white diamonds in J-K color with I2 clarity. Total carat weight is 1/4 carat. This necklace is in sterling silver and comes with an 18 inch box chain with a spring-ring clasp. Order here for only $69.97 (use the promo code Val4 at checkout): 1/4 Carat Diamond Necklace.

Does this ring have a super “wow factor” or what? Super Jeweler has both amazing natural and created stones and this ring is one of the best examples of their super high quality created stones. It is simply called the 1 Carat Pear Shaped Created Ruby And Double Halo Diamond Ring In Sterling Silver and it features one 7x5mm pear shape created gemstone. The spectacular super red created ruby is surrounded by 62 sparkling diamonds totaling 1/3 carat in I-J color, I1-I2 clarity. The double halo of diamonds comes in at approximately one carat. The metal used is sterling silver. And yes…the diamonds used are real! Order here for $179.99 (and get 20 percent off this price if you used the code Love20): 1 Carat Created Pear Shaped Ruby Ring.

Sanders, the legendary caramel and chocolate confection company, has an amazing product lineup for Valentine’s Day! I am particularly in love with the Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Hearts in Raspberry! These hearts feature Sanders’ high-quality chocolate and famous slow-cooked, small-batch caramel with a sprinkle of sea salt and they are highlighted with a limited-edition raspberry flavor! These treats are available in a variety of festive packaging sizes, perfect for gifting your sweetie! Sanders Valentine products are available in retailers nationwide now and at www.sanderscandy.com. Here is the link to order my personal favorite pictured above in the seven-ounce size pouch for only $7.99: Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Hearts In Raspberry.

I was so excited to be invited to the exclusive press launch of Initio Parfume Privés‘ latest indulgence in the Carnal Blends collection, Narcotic Delight. I joined the Initio product development and publicity team in experiencing an irresistible journey of desire and seduction. I now nominate Narcotic Delight as the ultimate unisex fragrance gift for Valentine’s Day 2024. Narcotic Delight is not just a fragrance; it’s a symphony of seduction, enriched with an overdose of Hedione to awaken your carnal desires. The wearer will overdose in its intoxicating blend of vanilla, pink pepper, cognac, and more. I suggest that you visit your local Saks Fifth Avenue or Neiman Marcus where you can try all the exotic and intriguing Initio Fragrances in one place. I want to add that Initio, while expensive, is the most long lasting fragrance that you will ever use and a very little dab goes a long way. It also is said to be a aphrodisiac based on actual scientific research by the Initio powers-that-be! That is because Initio uses a special patented oil formulation that really stays on your skin and does not dissolve like most regular EDPs! Order Narcotic Delight in the 90 ml size here on the official Initio site for $380 and get two free sample vials as a gift: Initio Narcotic Delight.

Gelato Pique’s Fluffy and Cozy Bedroom Slip-On Shoes are the epitome of comfort and style in loungewear. This series of at home footwear, crafted from Gelato’s classic material, is a warm welcome for both newcomers to Gelato and long-time enthusiasts. The Gelato Bedroom Slip-On Shoes are more than just footwear; they’re a testament to the Gelato experience. Slide your feet into a world of high-quality fluffiness where every step is a pampering delight. With their simple yet elegant design, these shoes are not only a treat for your feet but also an ideal gift, especially for housewarmings and Valentine’s Day! What sets these shoes apart is their versatility. Coordinate them effortlessly with clothing made from the same beloved gelato material, creating a harmonious loungewear ensemble that embodies both comfort and fashion. These slippers are in the timeless colors of beige and navy, as well as the exclusive online limited edition pink which we think is perfect for Valentine’s Day when you just want to be comfortable at home with your loved one! Order here for $62.10: Gelato Bedroom Slip-On Shoes.

Nothing looks classier to wear on V-Day then a double breasted red jacket with a Baldwin vibe! This boyfriend blazer will add a sleek and sophisticated look to complete your outfit. Liverpool Los Angeles meticulous tailoring and stretch fabric will truly elevate your look! The luxe stretch fabric is woven (not knit), lightweitht and boasts a subtle sheen! This lined boyfriend blazer simple called the Double Breasted Blazer on the Liverpool site will add a sleek and sophisticated look to complete your outfit. This fabulous blazer pairs beautifully with denim or pair it with the matching Kelsey Flare Trouser for the perfect workwear or night out look! Order here for $129.00 and also get free shipping: Double Breasted Blazer.

There is nothing cooler than a great Moto jacket to update anything from an old plain black dress to fitted jeans with a tee! This one simply called the Denim Moto Hybrid Jacket from Liverpool Los Angeles has a generous cut plus the high drama of the faux leather sleeves, dark denim body and frayed hem all together totally rocks! Best of all, it is easy care—you wash it inside out with your machine set on cold and then you tumble dry it on a low setting. This Moto jacket is a little bit “biker” and a little bit “New York sophisticate” which makes it so intriguing and elevating. Order here for $139: Denim Moto Hybrid Jacket.

Wow! I was very impressed at Swim USA’s press preview this morning in their Garment District offices. They have a new line of suits going into Kohl’s including mix and match bikini separates for about $52 each but pictured here are some of the latest styles from their legendary Miracle Suit line! Swim USA also owns Magic Suit, Ralph Lauren Swimwear and Longitude! I wanted everything that I saw in the Swim USA offices. All the Swim USA brands provide great support and are made to resist discoloration from chlorine. Pictured above are some of the newest Magic Suit items including some new classic high neckline styles great for water aerobics! Check out the official Swim USA site for a view of the full range of their suit styles: SWIM USA.

Fragrances are typically on the top of wish lists for Valentine’s Day, and one of my newest fave scents is ENCELADE from the renowned Parisian brand Marc-Antoine Barrois which can be found at Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus. ENCELADE is a powerful and captivating perfume that features a main accord of rhubarb, cedar and vetiver to express the smell of Earth. It also has green and woody notes to mingle with the crash of smoked leather. I love that it is unisex and ultra long lasting. It has both a natural and sophisticated vibe at the same time and I guarantee that oodles of fragrance fans are going to come up to you and ask what you are wearing. If you are someone who prefers to order scents online, you can do so here on NM’s website (the price is $150 for a one ounce bottle): ENCELADE EDP.

One super nice thing you can do for your loved one on Valentine’s Day is to load up their fridge with all their favorite go-to foods including frozen entrees that can be ready to go in six minutes or less but pack plenty of flavor and nutrition! Saffron Road believes food is a gateway to wonderful experiences in life. For adventurous eaters who are curious about different foods and better ingredients, finding options with this amazing socially conscious frozen food company is a win-win. With Saffron Road, foodies can explore international cuisines that combine bold flavors with high-quality, ethically sourced ingredients. Their wide selection of delicious meals are made with fresh, wholesome ingredients and follow time-honored recipes, making it easy to explore better. They started out their road to success with highly acclaimed frozen Indian entrees including the best Butter Chicken that you will ever try and then they added in Thai and Mexican dinners that are equally amazing. At this point in time, new international cuisine products are being added. Saffron Road’s motto is Journey to Better® and they really live up to it. Some of my favorite Saffron Road dinners are pictured above and I need to add that the Pad Thai had five star ratings no matter which site that you research it on! I am highly impressed by that. (They also feature non-frozen item items like Simmer Sauces in several international flavors, by the way.) You can find Saffron Road frozen dinners for about $6.49 at most mass market food retailers like Stop & Shop and Whole Foods. You can also order them online via Whole Food’s connection with Amazon. Here is a link for ordering the Chicken Pad Thai for $6.49 on Amazon: Saffron Road Chicken Pad Thai.

What’s Valentine’s Day without champagne? The legendary Moet Chandon has great picks for any budget! Here are our top four “champs” and sparkling wine choices that will make your special day spectacularly romantic! Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial ($63): Moët & Chandon’s Rosé Impérial is a spontaneous and romantic expression of the brand’s style, distinguished by bright fruitiness, floral nuances of rose and a slight hint of pepper. Order here: Rose Imperial. Moët & Chandon Nectar Impérial Rosé ($62.99): Moët & Chandon’s NIRO is a bright coral color with intense rose gold reflections. On the nose, the intense fruitiness of mature red fruits, strawberry soup, raspberry and pomegranate balance notes of sweet spices (vanilla, brown sugar) and hints of fresh mint. Order here: Nectar Imperial Rose. CHANDON Rosé ($23): This aromatic, dry Sparkling Rosé reveals a gorgeous shade of pink in the glass with aromas of fresh strawberry, watermelon and cherry that proceed through the palate and finish. Try this Valentine’s Day pairing—drink Chandon Rose with chocolate candy with nuts or berries. Order here: CHANDON Rose. CHANDON Étoile Rosé ($65): Étoile Rosé offers a hint of the fruit-forward quality of a red wine married with the delicate structure of a white wine. This is an elegant and opulent wine that’s the ultimate effervescent expression of Rosé from CHANDON. Our suggested Valentine’s Day pairing: having Étoile Rosé with chocolate covered strawberries. Order here: Etoile Rose.

I was lucky enough to attend Roku’s fabulous Super Bowl party at Crown & Torch Brewery in Tribeca recently and not only was it great to see the latest Roku devices on display and play games to win Roku merchandise but the incredible eats were by the one and only Emeril Lagasse. My favorite items were the Jalapeño poppers and chicken wings in unusual flavors including Grapefruit Habanero that almost set my tongue on fire, LOL! (These amazing wings were paired with beers made right there on the premises). More people watch the Super Bowl via their Roku more than any other device, and I do not have to tell you that as time goes on, this innovative company comes up with groundbreaking items like Roku TVs that have more features than the last. I have pretty much used the basic Roku streaming stick since it’s inception and the new one I am trying now makes a great Valentine’s gift in the Under $100 category—it’s the Roku Ultra which is the company’s fastest and most powerful Roku player ever! It now includes their best remote with hands-free voice controls. Enjoy a seamless, cinematic experience with a lightning-fast interface and their best Wi-Fi®. The rechargeable voice remote makes it easy to enjoy Headphone Mode, set shortcuts for your favorite apps, and even find your lost remote. Being able to find a lost remote without pulling all the cushions off your couch alone makes this an amazing gift, LOL! By the way, you also get free one month trials of Starz and AMC+ on the Roku Channel when you buy the Roku Ultra. Order here on sale for $79.99: Roku Ultra.

If you’re on a budget, nothing beats the Roku Express 4K+ which is only $29 on Amazon at the moment! Roku Express 4K+ is the easy way to start streaming in brilliant 4K picture and vivid HDR color. Enjoy a smooth streaming experience with faster wireless performance, even with multiple streaming devices connected to your network. Power up your TV, adjust the volume, and control your streaming with the included Roku Voice Remote. Use your voice to quickly search, turn captions on, and more. Most remarkably, Roku streaming gives you a massive selection of free and live TV, and a customizable home screen with your favorite channels front and center, like Netflix, HBO Max, Disney Plus, Prime Video, Freevee, YouTube TV, Apple TV+, Sling TV, and Hulu. You can’t miss with this—it gives you a ton of bang for your buck. Order here for $29 before the price goes back up its full retail price of $39.99: Roku Express 4K+.

I love Vegamour products for getting volume and fullness and think that the ultimate starter set would be to purchase both the original GRO Revitalizing Shampoo and Serum. Vegamour’s GRO Hair Serum is already at legendary status in both the professional and consumer realms of the haircare world—it’s a clean, vegan hair serum that leaves hair look thicker, fuller and healthier in as soon as 90 days. It increases appearance of hair density and reduces signs of shedding and fallout, leave hair feeling and looking healthier, stronger and more resilient! You can learn more about the Vegamour Hair Serum (usually $64 per one ounce bottle) and even get discounts when buying multiples: Vegamour 6 Pack GRO Hair Serum. Learn more about and order the GRO Shampoo (usually $48 for an eight ounce bottle) here: GRO Revitalizing Shampoo. There other products in the line as well (including the GRO Conditioner pictured with the shampoo and serum above), delicious gummies that increase hair density and a dry shampoo that increases fullness while having a beautiful powdery scent!

Last but not least is the most amazing hot hair tool set that I have come across in the past year! It’s a hair dryer and hair styles all-in-one solution. With Luxx Air Pro™ 2 Set, you can have a professional hairdo anytime, minus the cost! In the box, you will find the following:

  • Luxx Air Pro™ 2 Hair Styler: Your all-in-one hair styling solution, including a hair dryer and hair curler.
  • 2 x 1.20” Curling Barrels: Elevate your styling game with these auto-wrap curlers.
  • Volumizing Brush: Achieve added volume and bounce with ease.
  • Smoothing Brush: Effortlessly straighten and smooth your hair.
  • Pre-Styling: Get your hair prepped and ready for your favorite looks.
  • Heat Assistant Glove: Your safety and comfort are our priorities.
  • Handmade Leather Storage Case with gold-finished hardware
  • Heat-resistant mat: To safely rest your appliance during use.

Every item included is fast and highly efficient but I am especially impressed that the Air Pro™ 2 packs a real punch. It’s small and yet it has remarkable power and speed for ultra-fast drying. I love the fact that you can style your hair effortlessly as you dry it, all without causing extreme heat damage. So, now is the time you get your salon-style hair at home with Luxx Air Pro™ 2 Set and rock it all day, every day! This is one of the best V-Day gifts that I can think of for the lady with style in your life! Order here on sale for $239 (it is usually $299): Luxx Air Pro 2 Set.

Article by anne241

Hardcore NYer who loves to enjoy the good life here in the Big Apple and beyond!