With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to pull out all the stops for your sweetie, whether you’re going traditional with flowers and chocolate or looking for something a little more unique. Consider this list of great places to shop as our Valentine’s gift to you.
A Card from Barnes & Noble
The best gifts are ones that come from the heart. If you struggle with telling someone exactly what they mean to you, you might want to pick up a prewritten card from Barnes & Noble. Touting a wide variety of options with funny sayings, as well as sentimental tear-jerkers, they are sure to have a card that will resonate with you and your loved one. And while you’re there, you might also want to pick up a relationship journal or date night idea book. Our recommendation: Valentine’s Day Greeting Card Favorite Things ($6.50).
Barnes & Noble
152 Miracle Mile
Candles from Ben & Giules Concept Store
Did you know that scent is our most powerful link to memory? That’s why a whiff of apple might take you back to cooking pies with your mom as a kid. Or why a passerby’s cologne might send you spiraling over an ex who used to wear the same fragrance. So, what better way to commemorate Valentine’s Day 2023 than buying a special aroma just for the occasion? Leave it burning all day and you will forever associate that smell with a special time spent with the one you love. Our recommendation: The Intention Candle ($30), with four options: love and light, harmony, moonlight, and abundance. Name your game!
Ben & Giules Concept Store
290 Miracle Mile
Flowers from Belle Fleur Coral Gables
In merry old England, Victorians used bouquets of flowers to telegraph their feelings in a hidden code known as floriography. Today, red roses, which symbolize love, beauty, and romance, are still among the top V-Day gifts. For both simple and extravagant arrangements, we turn to renowned floral designer and educator Mario Fernandez at Belle Fleur Coral Gables, whose works have adorned the homes and events of celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Will Smith, and Madonna. At Belle Fleur, you can find anything from a simple bouquet of tulips (starting at $125) to the Royal Septenary Arrangement of 700 roses ($7,500). Our recommendation: Modern Style Roses (starting at $200).
Belle Fleur Coral Gables
333 Alcazar Ave
Lapels from Sartori Amici/My Grooms Room
No matter if it’s an upscale Valentine’s Day date night or a black-tie event, dressing to code is crucial. If your partner is of the suit-wearing type – or if you’d like him to be – a notch lapel by The Lapel Project, found at Sartori Amici/My Grooms Room, is a solid go-to gift. Featured on Shark Tank, these lapels transform any suit into a tuxedo in a matter of seconds. They are available in a variety of colors and fabrics, from black velvet ($69.99) to golden alligator print ($99.99), and are easy to use. Our recommendation: The Classic Black Satin Notch ($59.99).
Sartori Amici/My Grooms Room
255 Miracle Mile
Jewelry from Jae’s Jewelers
Classic. Timeless. Everlasting. Jewelry is a special keepsake that can not only be worn every day but can also be passed down and treasured for generations to come. If you’re looking for a gift that says “forever,” we suggest popping into Jae’s Jewelers and picking out a piece that speaks to your loved one’s personal style. They have some sparkling steals for under $1,000, but if you’re ready to splurge, our recommendation is the 18-karat yellow gold multicolor sapphire and diamond dome ring ($6,995).
225 Miracle Mile
Chocolates from Chocolate Fashion
Whether it’s your first or 50th Valentine’s Day together, you can’t go wrong with chocolates. Looking for something extra decadent? Chocolate Fashion has an extensive assortment of sweet treats, from heart-shaped chocolate boxes that are actually made from chocolate ($19.25) to rose petal macaroons, and everything in between. Our recommendation: the six-inch chocolate lovers’ cake ($34).
248 Andalusia Ave
Gifts from Violetas
If you want to give a gift that you know won’t go to waste, a home accessory might be your best bet. Violeta’s is one of our favorite shops for high-end, one-of-a-kind pieces that bring any room to life. Their colorful wool “Buddy Throw” from Missoni ($475) is perfect for the always-freezing fashionista. Or perhaps the luxurious multicolor glass goblet set from Vetrerie di Empoli (six for $1,010) is a better fit. However, our recommendation is the Baccarat crystal picture frame from the Eye collection ($500). Our memories are precious, so why not display them in something equally special?
257 Miracle Mile
Wine from Wolfe’s Wine Shoppe
A good bottle of wine can make any evening memorable and romantic. No matter if you’re a connoisseur of rich reds or a devotee of sweet whites, Wolfe’s Wine Shoppe has a bottle suitable for your flavor palate. Popular bottles include Lapierre Raisins Gaulois 2018 ($20), a simple Vin de France made from organically or biodynamically grown grapes (with little intervention of chemicals and additives), and Occhipinti SP68 Bianco ($30), a dry white with a sweet grapefruit aroma. However, for a celebration of love, our recommendation is a bottle of bubbly like Raventos i Blanc De Nit, Conca Del Riu Anoia 2018 ($29).
Wolfe’s Wine Shoppe