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Gift GuidesShare the Love on Valentine’s Day

Looking for Valentine’s Day ideas this year? We have a few suggestions for gifts to show your loved ones – from your sister to your mom – that you care.

KiraKira exudes femininity from their elaborate luxe jewelry to their timeless, wearable pieces. We love rose gold and what better way to say I love you (even if it is to yourself!) than with this Rose Vintage Key Pendant ($89).

Preppy Plates is a perfect place to find classic home accents with a twist. We were wowed by their custom plates, platters, trays and coasters available in both primary and bright colors as well as traditional and whimsical fonts. Our heart skips a beat for their Summer Picnic with interlocking monogram set of 50 pressed paper coasters at $74 (add $10 for the additional acrylic holder).

CHANEL’S GARDÉNIA scent is irresistible, especially for lovers of flowers who may not have a green thumb. Sweet and romantic, this intense fragrance of vanilla base, gardenia petals accented with coconut. Available in a collectible 2.5 oz. flacon ($110), perfect for travel or 6.8 oz. ($210).

Post-it personalizes their classic notepads in two different sizes starting at $6.95. We had fun choosing from their over 3,000 different styles that can be customized for any occasion so give it a try for yourself or your sweetie-pie.

Rosena Sammi Jewelry shows their love with their pink Sitara wrap bracelet in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. Feel good this Valentine’s Day by spoiling your val-pals with adorable wrist-wear and a 30% donation to the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer research campaign for $49.99

BeautyTranquil with Waterworks

Are you on a staycation over the holidays or in need of a perfect hostess gift for the friend with the cozy chalet? Say thank you and spoil someone rotten with Waterworks’ luxurious giftables. We love the Tub Tranquility Set, taking you away with uplifting fragrances of Lemon Verbena, and soothing sea salts for a spa-like soak. Included is one oversized, natural sponge to cleanse and exfoliate, fragrant Lemon Verbena Candle and Hand Soap, Tub Tea to soothe every muscle and a lavishly long looped terry tub pillow for a soft spot to rest your head.

All packaged in a Palm White Wash Tray for $150 at  www.waterworks.com.

AccessoriesKeep Warm in Missoni

Far from the average Christmas scarf that disappoints year after year is Missoni’s ombré crochet-knit scarf. Soft in both texture and hue, this scarf transitions beautifully from fall leather jacket weather to thicker layers come wintertime. A blend of wool, mohair and nylon, this luxurious scarf will keep you cozy all season long.

Retails for $440 at Net-a-Porter.com.

BeautyMs. & Mrs. Minimergency Kit for Moms

Give your mommy friends not only an adorable gift but a practical one this holiday!  This cute kit will be sure to keep mom sane, especially during the craziness of the season. The new Minimergency Kit for Moms by Ms. & Mrs. is a survival essential to help avoid melt-downs. Contained is an amazing assortment of 17 personal (and kid-friendly) care items to avoid disasters on-the-go: lip balm, breath freshener, dental floss, emery board, clear elastics, earring backs, mending kit, stain remover, deodorant towelette, pain reliever, caffeine gum, facial tissues, adhesive bandages, hand sanitizing towelettes, thermometer, mini crayon set, mini playing cards.

Retails for $16 at www.msandmrs.com.

Accessories, JewelryLockett Jewels

We can’t get enough of Lockett Jewels! From friendship bracelets to bridal headdresses, we want it all. At the top of our long list are Lockett’s great necklaces in a wide variety of motifs including our favorite bows and anchors. They are also available customized names for everyone on your holiday list, and in your preferred metal – sterling silver or 18K gold fill. Get them at: www.LockettJewels.net.

Paper GoodsCandy Girl Greeting

Bonnie Marcus brings us stylish holiday cheer with a wide variety of greeting, thank you and invite cards for every occasion. Whether you’re hosting a festive fete or just want to drop someone a jolly holiday note – the Candy Cane Girl cards are playful and always in good taste with a portion going towards The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Get 25 5×7 cards and matching white envelopes, printed on recycled stock for $37.50 – perfect for sending out all your holiday greetings to your loved ones!

FashionStocking Stuffers for Everyone

Do you have lots of stockings to fill this holiday? We have some ideas for everyone on your list!

Mom: Though we may be in a digital era filled with culinary apps, nothing makes a kitchen feel cozier than cute, custom recipe cards. Help your mother keep her secret family recipes beautifully organized with Invitation Consultants’ personalized recipe cards in a variety of styles (10 for $15).

Dad: Prefect for that dapper dad that prides himself in the fine state of his footwear!  He’ll be looking sharp with this complete Croft & Barrow set packed in a convenient case including brown polish, black polish, 2 applicators, shoe brush, edge brush, polishing cloth. $25.00 now on sale for $17.50 available at Kohl’s.

Dog:  Give your pooch the second best thing to a real lobster dinner with Boots and Barkley Plush Lobster Dog Toy. This will keep your family Fido occupied for hours with joy in every chew! Available at Target (prices vary by store).

Brother: For your brother who committed to Head & Shoulders years ago and is afraid to make the switch– treat him with the Redken For Men Classics Gift Set. This gift set includes some of his soon-to-be favorites: Go clean daily care shampoo, Grip tight holding gel and cleanse acid-balanced cleansing bar. Suggested retail price: $20 at Redken.com.

Sister: Paul & Joe Ornamental Self Select Eye Color are not only gorgeous jewel-toned shades but are perfectly packaged in a paper lantern to add to the tree and disguise the little present inside! Control the shade intensity with this easy to apply creamy powder shadow that she will be sure to love.  Available for $20 at B-Glowing.com.

BF/Hubby: We have lost far too many of our own lip balms to keep sharing. Luckily for us, Jack Black is proudly introducing the latest collection of bestselling balms with two new flavors! Moisturizing and complete with SPF 25 these four flavors will keep your sweetie-pie’s pucker in tiptop shape. Four full-size tubes for $25 available at GetJackBlack.com.

Paper GoodsBack to School Cool

Back to school cool! Our favorite time of the year; who doesn’t love the smell of fresh new binders and pens?  Revamp your desk, home office or study with a few key pieces that we just can’t live without. READ MORE

Accessories, JewelryLace, Pearls, Studs…

Reminiscent of our Grandmother’s vintage treasures, we can’t get enough of these subtle stud earrings from Kevia.  The 22k gold vermeil pearl earrings are set in breathtaking lace bezel. At a mere $30, these are perfect for bridesmaid gifts or as always, that great gift for you just because you deserve it.

Beauty, Skincare, TravelTravel Away

If you’re heading out of town for a summer vacation (the latest east coast heat wave has sent everyone packing!), we’ve got a couple travel essentials for you:

By now, we’re all used to slathering or spraying ourselves up with a minimum of 30 SPF before leaving the house. What about all those overexposed areas like your lips, nose and ears that need touch ups throughout a steamy hot and sunny day? Ideal for any sun-worshipper or cautious nature-lover during the summer – Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream Targeted Sun Defense Stick SPF 50 fits the bill!

What better way to accessorize your beat-up suitcase or weekender than with LaLucca’s leather luggage tags? Available in seven bold colors (with hot pink lining!), these little leather tags will help set your luggage apart while you travel in style. Available at www.lalucca.com for only $31 each.

The Daily Obsession draws from the expertise of a coast-to-coast editorial team offering dedicated readers reports of the most luxurious products and trends. We provide sophisticated and relevant angles on the latest fashion trends, must-have beauty products, insider interviews, travel destinations and of course, our current obsessions.

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