03 Feb

…and if you want to make an impression these gifts will help. These gifts show you’ve given it some thought and gone beyond the “usual suspects”.  I think it’s safe to say, most of us don’t need a big ol’ box of sugar and carb-laden candy filled with cremes, nuts and fruit.  Most people have watches, or they’d rather pick their own anyway. Flowers, well they’re nice, but they die within days.  You get the idea.

Some of you have Valentine’s Day covered, but this post is for those who need some creative examples. Bonus: All these suggestions are under $50US.  However, time’s running out to to order. 


So, as a different take on the chocolate idea, consider, Figs In Chocolate with Walnut and Orange.

Luigi's Figs in Chocolate

This beautifully packaged presentation is from Calabria, in Southern Italy where the fig is king. That alone could spark lively conversation. Once your recipient
tastes one, there might be too much ooohing and ahhing going
  on for intelligible talk. Each ‘Dottato’ fig is stuffed with walnuts and a piece of candied orange peel, then immersed in dark chocolate. Figs, walnuts and dark chocolate? Love with a side of healthy. All prettily packaged in a wooden box tied with a generous ribbon. Now, that’s a memento. Available atLuigi’s of London ,  300 g – £12.95 (Currently about $20US, but use a converter, such as for exact pricing if you purchase. ) 
To continue on the healthy, yet memorable, theme. How about the Bronze Japanese Koi Teapot?  This also is a conversation piece, not only at presentation, but at later small gatherings with friends. At any rate, even if your recipient isn’t trying to drink more healthy tea, this teapot works a great addition to any decor. The enamel coating interior in this beautiful, classic cast iron teapot ensures it won’t rust. Cast iron means the water heats evenly. A removable stainless steel tea filter is included. The Koi insignia on the teapot symbolizes perseverance, courage, and good fortune.  Now, that should give you something to talk about over drinks.  And if you’re really astute, you might Google the history of the Japanese teapot and tea. Knowledge is not only power, it’s endearing. Just remember a little goes a long way on these occasions. Maybe, it’s a better idea to print off the information and present it in a frame or bound nicely. Oh, and don’t forget to pick up a nice green or black tea to go with your gift.Check out the Koi teapot at Enjoying Tea for $46US

Especially for the couple with children or one on the way: the family sculpture.  

Family Sculpture

Bonus: If your recipient is into sustainability and free trade, this gift hits both marks.  The sculpture’s available through Serrv.Org for $40US

                                            HEART IN POCKET

Isn’t it lovely? She’ll likely think so, too; and smile every time she checks her appearance in the red Compact with Jeweled Heart. Smile because she’ll be thinking of you. She’ll easily find this beautiful  mirrored compact in her purse.  And get admiring looks as she uses it. The compact is almost a piece of art. 

Get it for $28US at Beautiful Wishes.   


Know a Doctor Who fan? Or some similar iconic figure? Check out this Doctor Who TARDIS Talking Cookie Jar. A series fan will go bananas over it. The light and sound effects will tickle them.   Fill it with their favorite type of cookies (no one said you had to BAKE them! That’s why God made bakeries), with a promise of more in the future. Nothing says love like: I understand and respect your obsession.

$33 at BBC America Shop

Doctor Who Cookie Jar



Does your loved one love to visit a certain city or miss one because of relocation? Get them hand-drawn globes that depict a single city (e.g. Los Angeles, Rome, San Francisco, Paris, NYC). The globes include descriptions of landmarks and points of interest in the chosen city, as well as the usual map detail. Includes informational booklet elaborating on the historic and tourist sites illustrated on the globe. Comes in 4″, 6″ and 9″ sizes. starting at $31 from Pylones-usa

If you visited, or love the same, city, then this is a gift you both can enjoy. And one  that evokes great memories.


Does he or she ramp up  for the tailgate party every other weekend? Do they love to hang out at the beach or love to camp? The Grande Chef Portable Chill and Grill BBQ Set with Chiller is a great gift for this type.  This two-in-one grill and cooler combo has heavy-duty insulation and lots of room. The grill is portable and easy to store. It even has an ash catcher.

$26 at Amazon


And well, what’s Valentine’s Day without a sensual option.  This is a gift to give yourself for both of you.The Bijoux Indiscret L’Eau à Deux – Romantic Bath Kit creates a most intimate romantic experience. A kit that includes bath milk, a romantic jazz CD and, one of the well-known symbols of sensual love, rose petals.$42 at A Romantic Gift

These are just a few suggestions. If they don’t quite fit your recipient, they’ll hopefully get your creative juices flowing to think outside the candy heart. You, of course, still want to make certain that the “unusual” is something that will delight the recipient.  And if you must do the roses and chocolate thing, do consider going the sustainable, free trade route.
Best wishes on your quest!
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Posted by on February 3, 2012 in Consumer, Economic, Uncategorized


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