Valentine’s Day Gifts

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February 14th is a test. Prove your love. Or else. Since enduring love is all about a winning equation, I crafted a few material formulas to keep you from heading to a freezing cold doghouse. 

WOMEN

For the Decadent one:

Massage at Mario Tricoci $95 + more cupcakes “moresels”

More elevates the cupcake to new heights of decadence with cupcakes that showcase lavish flavor combinations and couture styling

 

For the Romantic:

Crystal candle ($75)+ ELVIS 75th  anniversary Box Set which takes us from first personal recording to his last hit.($39.99) amazon.com

For the Foodie:

JULIE & JULIA DVD ($18.99) + never needs sharpening  Santoku Henckles  knife set ($19.99) and hot red Heuck Dutch Oven from Amazon ($59.99)

For the Princess:

AMAZON Beauty Basket/Sets about $35

For the Sexpot:

HANKY PANKY Undies in a heart set- $50 + VOSGES

Sweet Coquette Truffle Collection-$90/ The Aphrodisiac Hatbox-$100

For the Harried Mom:

Sittercity.com Gift Certificates: 1 month $39.98-+Philosophy, Unconditional Love Collection- $50.00 About $11-$14,Just plug in zip code, number of children, age of sitter

years of experience

 

 

FOR THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE:

 

SARAHS CUSTOM CHOCOLATES+ John Derian “LOVE” paperweight

 customize her favorite nuts, fruits, crushed graham crackers, marshmallows, peppermint chunks into an artful mélange of chocolate candy with a sweet note.

 

MEN:

FOR THE IMPOSSIBLE TO GIFT ROMEO IN YOUR LIFE:

  • Coach Heritage Commuter Card Case- $68

 

  • Mad Men Seasons 1 ($29.99) and 2 ($17.99) give him the gift of drama
  • Starbucks in bed- Bosch Tassimo Coffee Maker- $129.99-$199.99. coffee, decaf, tea, hot chocolate, real milk cappuccino, latte, espresso in 60 seconds – one after another with first-cup freshness every time with T DISCs, barcode, press the

 

NIGHT ON THE TOWN

 

PROVINCE-$50 pp exotically prepared  meal of prime rib, butter poached lobster at eco friendly, super chic West Loop eatery that supports local farms, breweries and sustainable wineries 2 apps, 2 entrees and dessert for two

DETAILS:

FOR HER

John Derian LOVE Paperweight- decoupaged glass, $75  www.jaysonhomeandgarden.com

 

SPA SERVICE-MARIO TRICOCI:

For couples massages ask for a Duo room.  Couple massage prices are the same price per person as single messages.

Good-To-Go Massage express 25-minute massage for $50, Signature massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Got Stone Therapy Massage are all $95 for 50 minutes and $142 for 80 minutes.  Swedish massage $78 for 50 minutes or $120 for 80 minutes.

Gift Certificate Bonus Package January 17-February 14:

Purchase $100 in gift cards and receive a bonus certificate for $15

 

MORE CUPCAKES

Holiday "moresels," more’s mini cupcakes that will be offered in a heart-shaped box reminiscent of a classic Valentine’s box of chocolates.  Each box will contain 3 “moresels” including the Valrhona chocolate cupcake, the Chocolate Champagne Truffle and Chocolate Raspberry.

Available for in-store purchase or by delivery beginning two weeks prior to Valentine’s Day.: One East Delaware Place, Chicago, Illinois 60611

 

For the Foodie:

JULIE & JULIA DVD + knife set  + Dutch Oven from Amazon

Julie & Julia starring Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, and Chris Messina.- $18.99 on Amazon.com

J.A. Henckels International Eversharp Pro 2-Piece Santoku Set- $19.99 on Amazon.com

Heuck 33030 Porcelain Enamel Cast Iron 5 Quart Dutch Oven, Red- $59.99 on Amazon.com

 

For the Romantic:

CRYSTAL CANDLE ($75)+ Elvis Box Set ($39.99)

Quartz Votive Holder for $75 at www.jaysonhomeandgarden.com

Elvis 75: Good Rockin’ Tonight Commemorates 75th Birthday of Elvis Presley on January 8, 2010.

4-CD Overview of entire recording career- from 1953’s “My Happiness” to 1977’s Moody Blue Tracks.  100 digitally restored masters, deluxe 80-page photo booklet, and 7,000 word essay.

Available at both physical and digital retail outlets and on www.amazon.com

 

For the Princess:

AMAZON Beauty Basket/Sets:

Serendipity Frozen Hot Chocolate Trio

Chocolatress Shampoo and Conditioner, coco-laden bath and shower gel, and Hot Chocolate foot cream for $35.00 available at www.Amazon.com/beauty

 

Upper Canada Soap and Candy Body Truffles gift set

Includes full size 8 ounce bottles of both Body Crème and Bubble Bath in a chocolate strawberry scent for $24.99 available at www.Amazon.com

 

Kama Sutra Lover’s Paintbox

Contains Milk Chocolate, White Chocolate, and Dark Chocolate flavors

Price: $34.99 available at www.Amazon.com

 

For the Sexpot:

HANKY PANKY Undies in a heart set- $50 + VOSGES

Heart Box with 3 Low Rise Signature Lace Thongs

$50 at www.hankypanky.com

 

Sweet Coquette Truffle Collection- Includes different aphrodisiac mild, dark, and white chocolate truffles in a black a heart-shaped box. 

$90 available at www.vosgeschocolate.com/

 

The Aphrodisiac Hatbox

Includes: 1/2 lb Red Fire Toffee, Red Fire Tortilla Chips, Red Fire Candy Bar, Oaxaca Candy Bar$100 at www.vosgeschocolate.com

 

SARAHS : Custom chololate (about $8 per bag or $35 per pound)

Gift baskets ($3.75-$125 depending on basket)

Specialty cakes ($18-$165 depending on serving)

With just 48 hours notice, Sarah’s Candies’ will hand blend milk or dark chocolate

Also has online ordering, 70 East Oak , 3126646223

For Mom:

Sittercity.com

Gift Certificates

1 Month Gift Certificate- $39.98

Chicago babysitters generally charge between $11-15 per hour.  To calculate the rate in

Beauty Products: Philosophy,

Philosophy Unconditional Love Collection ($50)

Buy online at www.philosophy.com

 

Men:

Coach Heritage Commuter Card Case- $68

Leather, one credit card pocket and back id window

Sells for $68 on www.coach.com under the Men’s tab

 

Mad Men Seasons 1 ($29.99) and 2 ($17.99) on DVD

www.amazon.com

 

Bosch Tassimo Coffee Maker

§         This Tassimo Home Brewing system is the perfect gift for the “coffee loving” man in your life. It brews all types of beverages – coffee, decaf, tea, hot chocolate, real milk cappuccino, latte, espresso – one after another with first-cup freshness every time.

§         And it’s so simple – slip in one of the T DISCs, the machine reads the T DISC barcode, press the button and it’s ready in 60 seconds.

§         Enjoy your TASSIMO machine and sampling of beverages from Gevalia, Twining’s® and Suchard.

For more information about the brand or to purchase visit TassimoDirect.com

LCS Premium Brewer (T65)- $199.99

Tassimo Home Brewing System- $129.99

Tassimo Suprema Home brewer System (in black and red)- $169.99

T-Discs- Starbucks Breakfast Blend ($10.99), House Blend ($10.49), Colombia ($10.99), Café Verona, Africa Kitamu

 

 

PROVINCE Valentine’s Day package for $50 per person

161 North Jefferson 312-669-9900 for reservations www.provincerestaurant.com

Features a choice of two appetizers, two entrees and a dessert for two for $50 per person.

First-course selections are a salad of butter-poached lobster and hearts of palm with roasted red peppers, or a seared Wagyu beef salad with red endive, piquillo peppers and spicy red wine vinaigrette.

Entrees are spice-crusted prime rib with roasted garlic confit potatoes and house steak sauce, or a Spanish-inspired seafood paella with scallops, shrimp, mussels, crab, chorizo and olives.

Dessert is an indulgence built for two: rich and creamy chocolate mousse cake with blood orange sorbet and chocolate sauce.

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