FRIDAY FEATURE: Valentine's Day Gift Guide

FRIDAY FEATURE: Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Valentine's day is just around that corner so it is time to find some amazing gifts for your loved one. We took some time to pick out a few of the amazing pieces that sartorialist in us would love and hope that you will as well!

Jewelry

Everyone loves some wonderful sparkles on this special day and these pieces are sure to delight. The chrysanthemum earrings are from Alex Monroe, a UK based jeweler who hand crafts all of the pieces. These simple studs will make quite the impression and transition well into spring and summer. There is even a matching pendant here

The Baby Bee necklace, also Alex Monroe, is a piece that we have been eyeing for a while. I (Michelle) really have a thing for bees. I took a class on the history of Baroque Rome in college and there was an entire section on Pope Urban VIII aka Maffeo Barberini whose emblem was the bee. Due to his prolific building, Barberini bees adorn many structures in the eternal city. 

The Wolf Circus Femme pendant contains a beautiful etching of the female form, a gentle reminder of the beauty within. Hand made in Vancouver, Canada, these pieces are crafted in 14 karat yellow gold and are a truly unique piece to cherish. 

The persist key chain in the last jewelry like piece that we recommend. I love the simplicity of the pink chain to add to the keys you carry everywhere. It is a reminder that we have to move forward, even in the face of difficultly. We also love that it is inspired by vintage hotel keys. 

Flowers

Instead of something shiny, you may want to spring for something a little bit more fresh to bring some light and sunshine into every day. This weekly flower subscription is the perfect gift idea and ensures that you will have incredible assortments each and every week. They also offer classes in floral arrangement if you are curious about the process behind it. Each week, a fresh assortment is beautifully arranged and sent to Valise Boutique in Saint Paul for you pick up. You can stop buy, pick up the flowers and enjoy some amazing shopping on the way. 

 Photo courtesy of Crocus Hill Studios

Photo courtesy of Crocus Hill Studios

Charity

 Michelle doing humanitarian work in Vietnam

Michelle doing humanitarian work in Vietnam

Instead of the canonical jewelry, chocolate and flowers, you could opt instead for a donation to an incredible foundation with an even more amazing goal. For the cost of less than $100, you can send a Syrian refugee child to school for a year. The gift of education is one we frequently take for granted in the Western world but trust me, having spent time teaching and working abroad, it is not taken lightly in places where it is your only way out of your current situation. They know and value the cost of an education and this gift can mean the world for one child.

The International Rescue Committee is a foundation based out of New York that is committed to providing relief and long term solutions in areas of the world that have experienced crises. I loved this particular foundation because of the commitment to long term solutions in these areas. It is not enough to provide aid for a short period of time and the establishment of long term programs creates a sustainable community that can move forward and assume control of their situation. 

Something Smaller

The great thing about Valentine's Day is that there is such a variety of gifts. Whether you plan on going all-out, just want something simple and from the heart, or maybe you're celebrating being single and loving yourself, here are some fun, festive gifts that are a wonderful little treat for a crush, your true love, or your real #1 (you!).

 

1. 'Cuddle Up' Faux Fur Heart Accent Pillow - I mean, "cuddle up" is IN the name.  2. Quay Australia Heart Breaker Sunglasses - These are totally meant for year-round use.  3. A bird in a beret? With a mustache? Oui oui!  4. French Love Poems - With each poem in original French followed by the English translation, this gift is perfect mon petit chou.  5. Sugarfina Dark Chocolate and Mini Champagne Gummy Bears Chocolate Bar - has there ever been a more decadently fun arrangement of words?  6. Leonardo DiCaprio Earrings - Everyone's first crush.

WHAT WE'RE WEARING: Sorel Slimpack II Boot

WHAT WE'RE WEARING: Sorel Slimpack II Boot

WHAT WE'RE WEARING: Topshop High Waisted Trousers

WHAT WE'RE WEARING: Topshop High Waisted Trousers