10 Romantic Gifts
By Barbara Bowman
love the ornate heart necklaces handmade by Sarah Castro Jewelry.
Sarah’s artist father, Gilbert Castro, creates the sterling
silver and 14-karat gold pieces that Sarah crafts into one-of-a-kind
necklaces made with serpentine, pearls or aqua quartz. Jade
and coral are used on the necklace pictured here. The necklaces
can be custom-made with other silver or gold shapes, or without
any at all. $70-$500 each. For more information or to order,
email Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 510-409-0755.
BOOK OF LOVE
funny and smart, Love Notes by Amy Maniatis, Elizabeth
Weil and Natasha Bondy covers all facets of amour, from
infamous love poems and how to say "I love you" in verious
languages to information about oxytocin ("the love hormone")
and how to choose a mate based on the shape of his or her head.
Find a good Champagne cocktail recipe, learn about the anatomy of
the human heart and read the legend of St. Valentine’s Day
in this fact-packed reference guide. For those who are curious about
facts and find fun in the unconventional, Love Notes is
sure to tickle the funny bone. Chronicle Books, $12.95. Available
like staying in this holiday? Get him (or her) a steamy movie,
light some candles, and Lights, Camera, Action! With a focus
on the sexy, perhaps even the scandalous, find out which films
are still titillating even after all these years.
out our Top
10 Sexy Movies.
For those who delight in the playful, we recommend Smittens—mittens
meant for holding hands. Rather than as two individual pairs of
mittens, Smittens come with two regular mittens and one large one
that two hands can fit in. Made of fleece, Smittens are sure to
keep hands and hearts warm. The old saying "Cold hands, warm
heart," may just melt away. $32-$36. To order yours, visit www.smitten.com.
your tea in the tub, alone or as a twosome with Tub Tea from
Bath by Bettijo. An all natural mix of herbs and botanicals,
the tub tea comes in invigorating Eucalyptus Spearmint or
calming Lavender Chamomile. Just stuff the tea infuser with
the tea and drop in a hot bath. Contains enough for 30 baths.
$24. For more information, visit www.bathbybettijo.com.
the red rocks of Sedona to the waterfalls of Costa Rica, find the
right destination to serve as the backdrop with your significant
other in our Top
Ten Romantic Destinations.
Be sure to check our Specials section for great upcoming romantic travel packages!
seems to be standard when giving sweets to a sweet on the day
of love, but sending baked yum-yums from B&G Cookies in
beautiful valises (a fancy way of saying suitcases) sends that
loved one a message that being with them is like a journey.
Read the full
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and sexy, the new Volvo
C70 T5 is both a sedan and a convertible with
its hard-top that converts within 30 seconds. Wind through the hills
with the wind whipping through your hair in this evolved, state-of-the-art
Coloniali is a line of natural body products by J&E Atkinsons,
one of the world’s oldest perfumers, who were highly popular
in the early 19th-century in London for selling rose-perfumed bear
grease for the hair. I Coloniali products, such as the Deep Massage
Body Cream with Myrrh, are inspired by the Orient. The cream contains
small granules that become entirely absorbed into the skin while
massaging. Perfect for an evening alone with a loved one. Although
not readily available in stores in the U.S., I Coloniali products
are for purchase on Amazon.com.
$48-$90. For more information, visit www.icoloniali.com.
(Updated: 10/25/12 SC)