Valentine’s Day is like coconut: you either love it or hate it. As I’ve said a million times, I once had the worst Valentine’s Day ever (lonely, slushy) only two weeks before meeting Alex and falling in love. So the day always reminds me of how something great might be right around the corner. If you’re looking for a little treat for someone special (or yourself!), here are a few fun ideas…


Animal cheese card holders, $26, plus a stinky cheese to share.

Olive Kitteridge show, $36, because Sharon says it’s amazing and we’re in love with Frances McDormand. Also, NPR says it “may be the best depiction of marriage on TV.”

The most delicious sea-salt caramels, $10.

Champagne coupes, which feel so sexy and elegant, $24 for two.

French briefs, $25. (Or this, if you’re really going for it.)

A cute card, $5.


What I Love About You, which is admittedly cheesy, but also so, so sweet. $10.

A kite to fly together, $28.

A black truffle—the ultimate aphrodisiac—to shave over pasta, eggs, even pizza. $60.

Dirty Dog soap, which smells like a peppery old cigarbox. $8.75.

A love note, $5, and a kiss.

P.S. How to keep the sparks alive.

(Photo by The Selby)