Hot Spots & Intimate Favours
It's time to shop for your Valentine. But we've all been missing the point on this gift giving occasion. This is not the time to buy him the latest best seller or her a new kitchen gadget. Unless, that is, a new juicer really gets those juices flowing...
Whatever you buy should be part of an overall effort to create romance and set the stage for intimacy and some good times between the sheets.
So that might mean you pick yourself up some new lingerie and practice your strip tease, or it could mean making a reservation at that new hot spot she’s been wanting to go to, just to show you’ve been listening.
If you’re looking for gift ideas that send the right message, here are a few suggestions that’ll help set the mood:
Money’s no object: Dolce & Gabbana gold-plated coin necklace. $1900 (USD). For the woman who is trendy, sexy, strong, Italian.
We just started dating and I’m in serious like with you: Tiffany’s black onyx bracelet. $360. What girl doesn’t love seeing a little blue bag with her name on it?
My lover’s a little kinky: Heart pasties. Agent Provacateur, $90. Requires a sense of humour.
My lover’s a class act: A silk and lace slip. I like Stella McCartney’s Clara Whispering Silk version. $300. Silk is never boring.
I thought this through: Sexy shoes. Which pair can only be decided by you, but I like the Saint Laurent Tribute two suede patent pumps, $795, at Holt Renfrew. You’ll have to find out her size, which is sexy in and of itself. Deliver them the day before with instructions on where she should be on Valentine’s Day and for her to wear the shoes. Sexy shoes is a very sexy gift. It screams confidence on the part of the giver.
My lover works too hard: A day at the spa. Let us know what city you’re in and we’ll recommend a local spa. A few suggestions:
My lover likes the finer things: Champagne. Charles Heidsieck Rose. $82. Liquor stores. If you’re good maybe she’ll share it with you.
My lover appreciates the experience: Make a special dinner! This never fails. Go the extra mile to set the mood with candles and music and don’t worry too much about getting the food exactly right. It’s supposed to be about the journey. Crack open some nice wine and get her involved in the cooking, making it something you do together. There’s nothing worse then one person stuck in the kitchen when the other’s alone on the sofa. Doing it together is sexy. This gift is my personal favourite and it never hurts to combine it with something from above!
And whatever you do, don’t buy your Valentine Lululemon pants. I love them for going to the gym, but when an old boyfriend gave me a pair for Valentine’s Day, to me it screamed: “Your butt’s too big! Go to the gym!” So I went to the gym, but somehow on the way there, I lost his number.
What about you?
What’s the worst present you ever received on February 14th? Thanks to everyone who entered our giveaway! Use the comments below as inspiration what NOT to give your sweetheart this year. Happy Valentine’s Day!
Congratulations to our winner Helen C.! She won an ILIA Make-up Gift Pack featuring four of our favourite products!
Retail value approximately $116 CAD. Enter by Friday, Feb. 8, 2013!
#VDayGiftFail: Brief Jerky Edible Underwear
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