Etsy is my go-to for special and unique gift-giving (to others and myself!). I had no idea it was also a center for the delicious and decadent too! Thanks to Etsy's daily, "featured seller" column, I uncovered "A Sugar Affair," online bakery run by decorating-extraordinaire Lacie.
Due to overwhelming responses, Lacie isn't taking new custom orders for Valentine's Day, but she has plenty of treats in stock.
* Valentines Goodies--Chocolate-covered decorated Oreos, Love Notes Petite Fours
* Decorated Cookies--Birthday cake, pirates, princess-themed, and more
* Cookies--Regular and jumbo chocolate-chip and jumbo chocolate-chip butter-cream sandwiches
* Brownies--Caramelicious Turtles
* Chocolate Pretzels--Dipped in chocolate and rolled in crushed and whole candies
* Marshmallow Pops--Marshmallows on-a-stick and double-dipped in chocolate
* Cookies for a Cause--Pink Breast Cancer ribbons
Prices: Very affordable! $9-$27
Other delicious sellers include:
The Sweet Spot
Whether you love it, hate it, or just accept it for what it is, Valentine's Day is just around the corner . . . and we have a few ideas for you.
Pink Palm Centro
Any Treo devotee will appreciate the new streamlined design of the Palm Centro. 3G browsing speed, touchscreen, built-in instant messaging app, threaded text messaging, SD card expansion, Bluetooth - it's a fully loaded package in a tiny device. And for women or the truly bold man in your life, the new pink color is a way to stand out from the crowd. $399.99 or as low as $99.99 with a Sprint wireless plan and contract. And stay tuned later this week to see how you can win one from Popgadget. Also available in pink or black. Available at Palm. (Mia)
Clocky gets cuter color!
Raspberry Clocky has arrived in time for your Valentine. Clocky is the adorable alarm clock that runs away forcing you or the one you love out of bed to turn it off. You get one chance to get up, but if you snooze twice, on cue, Clocky will roll off your nightstand and run away on its wheels until you chase it down. Designed and manufactured by new design collective, Nanda, Raspberry Clocky makes a sweet and clever gift for the great sleeper in your life. Price: $49.50 at Delight.com. (Chrissie)
Darkcloud Silver pendants
If your gal or guy has more gadgets than they can use, jewelry is always a good second choice. Darkcloud is the brand of Sydney based artist Nathan Thomas, who creates unique music-based designs, such as the turntable and headphones pictured above. Available at Oy Modern for approx $300 each. (Evan)
For Him – Sexy Collar Stays
Keep your well-dressed man thinking of you all day. This collection of collar stays lets you send him to the office feeling a little naughty because he'll be giving that big presentation while your racy message stares his audience right in the face (they just won't know it). Set of 12 stays available in both the smutty version (with messages like "that tie will be useful") and a PG version (with the likes of "you make me laugh"). Comes in a leather case that can be personalized with his initials. $35 - $40 from Red Envelope. (Brian)
Photo Book from PhotoWorks
If you're the type who can be satisfied only when you make the gift yourself, then a Photo Book would be a great option. Gather some of your cherished photos – maybe your first trip as a couple, a snap of your favorite restaurant. Then get on to the PhotoWorks website and upload the photos along with some personalised text for each photo to create the mush. Voila, you have re-created your love story on a PhotoBook which will be delivered to your love – choose between a glossy soft cover ($19.95 for 20 pages) or hard cover with a customizable glossy jacket ($29.95 for 20 pages). (Kanchana)
Oliver Kita Chocolates
Hailing from just North of Manhattan, chocolatier Oliver Kita's creations belong downtown and in the spotlight. Using superlative, organic French and Swiss chocolates along with fair-trade nuts and other natural ingredients of the highest quality, Kita creates some of the best confections around… and that's not just this gourmand's opinion - Kita took fourth place at November's NYC Chocolate Show. Several Valentine's Day specific creations are available ranging from $7.50 to $110. Definitely a decadent treat for your sweet! (Brian)
If you're reading this on February 13th, a virtual gift is just about all you've got time for. Google Gadgets has this great, red tulip that grows on your dektop when you "water" it and unlike real flowers, lasts forever, or at least until you break up.
It's only a 161KB file; just make sure he/she has Google Desktop 4 or above. Or, if you're on Facebook, you can send all sorts of virtual flowers to your sweetie.
If more relationships than you care to admit have ended because of your unreasonable greed when chocolate-covered Rolo caramels are involved, then I think it's time to stock up on these sterling silver My Last Rolo keepsakes. At £35 (about $70) apiece, it may seem ridiculously pricey, but when you actually sit down and do the math, it's quite a steal.
Think about it. Rather than have to actually give up your last Rolo or (heaven forbid) buy another roll to share with your significant other, you can just hand over this inedible life-size silver version and be done with it for good. Not only have you just saved your relationship from ever being in candy-related peril again, you've also just done something symbolically romantic and given him/her precious-metal jewelry with no ulterior motive (that can be proven) to boot!
While I love a bouquet of long-stemmed red roses and a box of fine chocolate as much as the next person, I don't like them as gifts for Valentine's Day. I suppose they're somewhat romantic in a commercialized or show-off-at-work sort of way, but they're just not for me, especially on the day that thousands of other women are getting the same thing from their special someone.
If you don't want to be accused of being unoriginal or cliche by your sweetie this Valentine's Day, why not skip the flowers and candy and opt for something more unique? Take this heart-shaped mouse, for example. Sure, it's wired (USB) and questionably ergonomic, but creativity that's both functional and one-of-a-kind is hard to pass up for only £25.
Via Tech Digest.
"Chad looked at her and she felt her heart swoon. The sexy nurse and dashing pilot were made for each other."
Whether this makes your heart swoon, or you just laugh out loud, you have to admit a personalized romance novel for your mate is something you probably haven't thought of for Valentine's Day.
The site Romance By You lets you co-author your 160 to 199-page novel by providing the names, features and places that personalize your book. Customize over 26 characteristics - even include your pet. Choose from nine "action-packed" romantic titles, such as "Vampire Kisses," "Pirates of Pleasure," and and "Medieval Passion."
With dialogue like, "Their instant chemistry ignites our heroine’s body and makes her weak in the knees - if only her world of high fashion didn't clash with our hero's high ideals," how can you resist?
For $39.95, this is something you and your partner can laugh about for years to come. For fun, try the personalized preview.