If you’re in a Valentine gift-giving rut, consider something that’s twice as nice — one you can both enjoy, or personalized gifts that reminds them every day how much you love them. Here’s our list of 8 Valentine’s gifts that are sure to please.
Always on my mind
Does the one you love always have an electronic device nearby? Make that work in your favor with a personalized case from Toast. The Portland studio creates personalized covers for cell phones, tablets, laptops and even gaming consoles from real wood or leather. The covers offer a sleek and slim profile by adhering to the device with 3M adhesives. After selecting the specific model, choose the material, color, design and text for a personalized message for the one you love, like a love note, favorite quote, Bible verse or picture. Cost varies by product ($48-$84) with an additional fee for added text. The case ships — after design approval — within 3 to 5 business days. Leather pint glass cuffs are also available for personalization. 503-206-7398, www.toastmade.com.
Do you have several bottles of specialized bath products in your shower, for him and for her? Declutter your shower with this Rosemary Mint body wash from Aveda. The invigorating aroma is the perfect scent combination to please both men and women — not flowery or masculine. The certified organic rosemary and peppermint ingredients awaken the senses, but won’t overdry your skin, even if you shower often. Besides, clearing out room in the shower makes it easier to share. The 33.8-ounce bottle is $66. www.aveda.com.
Two’s company, four’s a delight
Woodhouse Day Spa is offering a Duet Massage in a room built for two. Encouraging unity and connection, two therapists will perform side-by-side Swedish massages. Pricing is $200 for 50 minutes or $300 for 80-minute massages. Need more? The Two’s Company package includes the Duet Massage followed by Organic Discovery Facials and Warm Agave Nectar Pedicures for each of you. Who doesn’t love having their feet rubbed? Both you and your special someone will come out feeling renewed, refreshed and re-energized. The 2 1/2-hour treatment is priced $550. 1621 River Run, Suite 161, Fort Worth, 817-338-1772, www.fortworth.woodhousespas.com.
Room for romance
Ashton Hotel, a boutique hotel in downtown Fort Worth, makes it easy to spend a romantic evening alone with the one you love. The historic hotel in Sundance Square offers a number of “romantic escape” packages including Romance in the City and the Ashton Escape, and can include a private, two-person Jacuzzi bath, Champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries on arrival, and a made-to-order breakfast. There’s a complimentary wine hour Friday and Saturday evenings, and several fine dining establishments within walking distance, including the hotel’s own Six 10 Grille. 610 Main St., Fort Worth, 817-332-0100, www.theashtonhotel.com.
This year, instead of matching robes, find luxurious comfort at your feet in “his and her” UGG Scuff and Scuffette slippers. The sole is made from rubber and cork, and the water-resistant suede upper is lined with sheepskin wool for a durable yet cozy fit and feel. Available in neutral colors like black, espresso, gray, chestnut and sand, the Scuffette slipper sports a pretty fur collar to make it a little more girlish. Men’s slippers priced $80; women’s slippers priced $85. www.UGG.com, www.dillards.com.
Dallas-brand watchmaker Jack Mason features versatile everyday looks for men and women that won’t go out of style. For women, the Issue No. 1 Classic 38mm watch has a vintage-inspired design that combines a tan Italian leather strap with bold Art Deco-inspired numerals and details. The watch is priced $225. For him, the Aviator Automatic 42mm features a stainless steel case, black dial, unfinished Italian leather straps and a strong, sapphire crystal to protect it through everyday wear. The watch is priced $495. The Aviator Automatic 42mm is compatible with any 22mm strap so for a matching look, swap out the straps for a matching “his and her” pop of color. 800-314-0191, www.jackmasonbrand.com.
Bling Clean Shin
Let your love, and the symbol of that love, shine bright with the Bling Brush from Dallas-based Baublerella. This portable jewelry cleaner contains a natural formula that gives your gems and precious metal an instant shine, made brighter when rinsed with water and polished with any dry fabric. Just remove the cap, twist the bottom to release the formula and brush on, working it under the gem when necessary; it’s safe on all jewelry stones. Drop the on-the-go pen in your purse, suitcase, car or desk. Available locally at Hale House for $19 or online at Baublerella.com and other retails.
Love is in the oil
Each Valentine’s Day, Aveda offers Love Composition Oil — a nourishing aromatic for bath, body and hair — in loving tribute to founder Horst Rechelbacher. The oil contains the sensual aromas of Australian sandalwood, jasmine and frankincense, scents which Rechelbacher himself loved to wear. In honor of their founder, Aveda donates $4 for every bottle sold to the National Audubon Society for their fight against climate change. Seal in moisture, see instant radiance and smell fantastic while doing it, all while helping the environment. What’s not to love? The 1-ounce bottle is $30. www.aveda.com.