Valentine's Day Imaginative Gift Choices ~ Part Deux

Surprise your amour with the unexpected. Bet they've never guessed you'd be this imaginative. And if you're still stumped, we've included some inside tips... 

Everyone loves pampering and on the second floor of the Park Hyatt Los Angeles, the newly opened Kara - an urban spa oasis, treats you to an experience normally reserved for exotic locations. The ultimate in private pampering, Kara transports you into other worldly realms of relaxation with three treatment rooms serving as individual spa villas. Behind closed doors, this Zen inspired oasis boasts outdoor meditation gardens and high-tech villas appointed with Bang & Olufsen sound systems, infinity-edge soaking tubs infused with champagne massage bubbles and relaxation lounge areas outfitted with flat-screen television monitors. Retreating to the private quarters of your minimalist sanctuary, you can enjoy a luxurious interlude from the rigors of daily life with an array of transformational packages referred to as Escapes and Journeys.  Kara Spa  (310) 277-1234

Show your love that you think she deserves star treatment. Glitz is a make-up/eyebrow studio located on little Santa Monica, directly across from the world-famous Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills. Kristin Deasy and Natalie Elkinawy - both young gals who specialize in providing their customers with star treatment at all times. They have worked with celebs like Paula Abdul, Tori Spelling and Lindsay Lohan. They specialize in airbrush tanning, make-up application and eyebrow shaping...and they have their very own make-up product line, Glitz products, that are sold exclusively at Glitz. And, the perfect treat for VDay - they have their very own custom blending perfume bar. With over 30 scents to choose from, surely you can find something that will get your mate's attention.
 
Choose from: The Glitz Lesson ~ This makeup lesson lets you work with your Glitz artist to learn every aspect of a makeup application. This includes shading, highlighting, and choosing the perfect colors for you! Take home a face chart to help you re-create your look step-by-step! (includes $25 worth of product) $125.00 
 

Put On The Glitz ~ A great way to glam up for your special event/night out on the town with that special someone. A Glitz artist will perfect your brows and specialize your makeup look. $75.00
 
Lash Application ~ Get sexy, lush lashes with the individual false lashes. For a more dramatic look choose from our many strip lashes. $35.00             Glitz ~ 9867 Santa Monica Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90212  Call:  (310) 553-6500 www.GlitzBeverlyHills.com

Picture this: You're next to the Love of your Life.  You're both silent.  You're in a darkened room, candles burning in every corner.  Soothing music fills the air around you.  Heaters make the room warm and soothing.  Your eyes are closed, your back is on a pillow, and there is a lavender-scented silk eyebag resting across your forehead and eyes.  You feel like you're floating, but can't recall exactly how you got here. A slow, calm voice pulls you gently from your floating state of consciousness and back to that dreamy music.  "Allow your next breath to become longer and deeper...  Lengthen your arms over your head...  Observe the effects of your practice."  Your lover reaches out and softly grasps your hand.  Ah, now you remember...

     You and your Valentine are here because he bought a Valentine's Couple Gift Certificate for yoga, and you've just completed a mind-centering, spine-soothing, muscle-stretching workout-- all followed by that "final resting pose" you are sorry to be leaving now...  Hmm.  Then again, you are noticing that you pretty hungry, and REALLY feel ready to join your sweetie for a fabulous Valentine's Day dinner... Elegant, wrap-worthy Gift Certificates available at YogaSofia, 1332 Hermosa Avenue, Hermosa Beach. Call 310-798-0377 or email www.yogasofia.com to arrange for Certificate to be created in advance.  Pick-up or request that Certificate be mailed to you (for $3 charge) if pick-up is inconvenient.  Major credit cards okay. Valentine's Day Couple Certificates available through February 14 for this discounted package: 5 classes each for 2 people (10 classes total) for just $99 (or 33% off). YogaSofia offers all levels of yoga, experienced instructors, and a free organic tea bar.  (We cater to newbies at all of our level I classes!)  All classes guaranteed.

Love Perfectors is the ultimate gift for someone you love (or lust!!) this Valentine's. This gorgeous box set includes a bestselling Pout Plump in a limited edition hot raspberry shade 'Forbidden Fruit' with a mini pot of Pout Bustier, Pout's luxurious souffle cream that has a subtle shimmer, aphrodisiac aroma and firming ingredients to enhance the bust. $20

I discovered Pout when I covered the GRAMMY® Style Studio 2006 this past February 4th. They were invited to do make up design on the Grammy nominees. Pout is now officially a celebrity make-up choice for many top international stars. Our outstanding dedication to beauty products has contributed to Pout being recognized as the number one celebrity make-up choice. www.pout.co.uk

On Valentine's Day, candy, cards and jewelry may not be enough to satisfy the technology enthusiast in your life. Samsung's innovative electronics products offer tech aficionados the most unique ways to show that special someone you care. Some of the most distinctive and hottest gifts for your "techie" at heart include:

An Audio Player for Friends and Loved Ones Alike: Samsung offers the YP-T7J player for your music enthusiast. The player combines robust audio delivery with the ability to store and view both text and JPEG picture files, enabling your loved one to view pictures of fond memories together while listening to his/her favorite music. $139.00 (512MB) and $179.99 (1GB)

Sports Camcorder for Your Extreme Adventure Enthusiast: A must-have for your extreme adventurer, the SC-X105L combines innovative design and pro-caliber video capture capabilities with Samsung's latest usability enhancements. $599.99.

 Portable DVD Player for "Entertainment to Go": Give your loved one the gift of "entertainment on the go" with Samsung's 7" DVD-L70 portable DVD player.. Stylish and affordable, the DVD-L70 is currently available for $229.99

LCD HDTV for Both to Enjoy: The LN-R3228W from Samsung is a gift that you and your loved one can enjoy together. With its 32" widescreen LCD HDTV monitor and PC, DVD and TV inputs, this affordable, feature-rich Samsung flat-panel display accommodates the latest demands of every HDTV and home theater enthusiast. Relax with a favorite movie and retreat together with its SRS TruSurround XT(tm), bottom built-in speakers with 10 Watts x 2 audio power and a built in NTSC stereo tuner designed to complement every aspect of the home theater. $2,099.       www.samsung.com

See's candy is a longtime stand-alone favorite. There is a warm familiarity about it. It is a classic must-have. I don't think a holiday would be complete without recieveing some of their yummy chocolate as a gift. For Valentine's Day, they feature:

Garnet Heart ~ This romantic heart-shaped box is covered with elegant, garnet-red satin pleats, then generously filled with a two-pound assortment of See's exclusive milk and dark chocolates. $39.75    Red Hearts with Nuts & Chews ~ A best-seller for decades, their gold-embossed traditional red heart box is the perfect way to say, "Be My Valentine." Each is double boxed and gift-wrapped, then sealed with their signature gold medallions - all at no extra charge. $17.50   Red Hearts with Assorted Chocolates ~ This is one of their most popular choices for Valentine's Day gift giving. These traditional red hearts, with fancy gold trim, come filled with their popular Assorted Chocolates.  $9.15 
 
As a symbol of romance and love, chocolate has never been rivaled.  With See's Candies' new sumptuous selections debuting in 2006, See's has just the gift to hit the mark as surely as one of Cupid's arrows.  In addition to being available at more than 200 See's Candy Shops, these delicious treats can also be ordered by calling (800) 347-7337 or by visiting the See's Web site at www.sees.com.

Your love will be touched by this. Inspired by the power of human touch and aromatherapy, "aromahand" generates a sense of calmness, relaxation and tranquility.  This profound aromatherapy pillow is filled with lavender, sage, organic blends, and flax seed.  Experience this soothing aromatherapy everywhere life takes you.
 
Use "aromahand" for bed, couch, car, desk, massage table, yoga mat, hospital room, purse, underwear drawer, airplane, athletic bag, and more.  Breathe in fully, deeply & slowly.
 
This product makes the perfect gift idea for any occasion.  For more information on creator Brad Newman and "aromahand", please visit http://www.aromahand.com.

Relax your loved one and put them in the mood with Naturopatch Essential Oil Patchs. They work by aromatherapy to bring you the experience of wellness and balance through the senses. Aromatherapy utilizes the effect of aromas on the mind via the body's olfactory system. Smell is the only one of the five senses that goes directly to the brain without first being processed. It works through the limbic part of the brain, which controls our emotions, touch, smell, etc. and seeks to enhance mood.

Inhalation combined with skin contact is the quickest way for essential oils to enter the body. As we breathe in, moist, warm air carries tiny molecules of essential oils through the nasal passages and, via the olfactory system, to the brain, immediately enhancing mood and optimizing a feeling of health and well-being. Inhalation of essential oils can thus bring about a positive approach to common complaints, including everyday stress, feeling down, aches and pains, or over tiredness, while also clearing a stuffy head. Aromatherapy is a wonderful holistic experience incorporating the mind, body, and spirit to help ease and relax on all levels. www.naturopatch.com

Escape for Valentine's Day at Escape Day Spa in Manhattan Beach. Enjoy a full body chocolate sugar scrub this Valentine's Day! For the entire month of February we will offer a delicious and luxurious way to spend the holiday without the extra calories. Hot towels are used to melt the sugar away. Add this to a massage and/or facial and you will definitely feel loved. 25 minutes, $50.00

Of course Valentine's weekend wouldn't be the same without our traditional festivities! Rose petals and candles will be spread generously throughout the spa and each guest over 21 years of age can enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne.

Couples Instructional Massage: Buy your partner a massage that's given by both you and a massage therapist at the same time! Our massage therapist will guide you along throughout the massage. Therefore, your partner will have four hands working on them at once. If you have ever been accused of neglecting to massage, now is your chance to make up for it! Escape Day Spa (310) 937-8883 www.escapemb.com

Take the stress out of gift-giving with Georgette Klinger gift cards. Perfect for loved ones, friends, co-workers or the guy who has everything! Give the gift of peace, joy and pampering. They offer the following gift cards for their spa and salon services and media-spa treatments redeemable at any of their 12 Georgette Klinger, Cosmo & Co., Anushka Spa and Wild Hare locations:

Georgette Klinger Classic Indulgence ~ 4 amazing hours of pampering including their famed Signature Spa Facial, Swedish Massage, Signature Manicure & Pedicure, Spa Lunch & Seaweed Soap. Now just $249 (A $295 value)

 

 As You Wish ~ Personalize a day of beauty, relaxation and pampering. Their Beauty Concierge will assist you in customizing a gift card package for that special someone. Dollar amounts from $50. Spa packages from $120.

 

Retail Therapy ~ Give the gift of beauty products! They carry only the best in their selection to indulge any spa addict's cravings. The gift that can be enjoyed after the gift of pampering. Dollar amounts from $25 www.klinger.com

Say it with wine and appeal to her sweet side. Eternity Botrytis Semillon 2002 is a classy boutique Australian wine grown by Pinical Estate in the Riverina region of New South Wales. Just a small volume of this gold medal winning dessert wine has been imported into the USA by Unforgettable Australian Wines. Eternity can be used to either complement or replace dessert. Its luscious, opulent palate of peach and citrus flavors combines with the botrytis sweetness, finishing with a light touch of refreshing acidity. Usually retailing at $225 per case of 12 ($18.75 per bottle equivalent), buy directly from Unforgettable Australian Wines before February 10th and receive a great discount plus free delivery. Case of 12 @ $200 or min order of 3 bottles for $50. Email [email protected] with delivery address and contact details.

For real chocolate lovers, Bodega Chocolates have a very high cocoa content, and don't have an overly sweet taste. For Valentine's Day, an elegant keepsake filled with an assortment of truffle bars is sure to satisfy. World renowned for its signature Truffle Bars and confections, BODEGA Chocolates is lavished by celebrities, royalty and consumers alike. All of BODEGA confections are crafted using an old-fashioned European-style process and generations-old family recipes from Spain and Italy to create the magical blends of "chocolat" in the finest European tradition. BODEGA Chocolates' luxurious confections are KOSHER-certified and packaged elegantly for the perfect gift.
Toll Free   (888)3BODEGA   www.bodegachocolates.com

Treat your sweet to the ultimate escape and tranquility of an island paradise at Trilogy Spa.  The award-winning, ocean-view spas  in Los Angeles' South Bay artfully combines health, well-being and relaxation with ancient Hawaiian tradition to create an experience like no other. Treat yourselves inside and out with our Valentines Day packages including his and hers exotic body treatments, couples' massage, and complimentary champagne and strawberries for two.

Trilogy is dedicated to pampering and indulging clients with an extensive menu of unique treatments featuring state-of-the-art techniques based on age-old traditions gathered from Hawaii as well as other South Pacific island cultures. Experience the warm atmosphere, the knowledgeable staff and the superior all-natural products and services offered at Trilogy Spa, located in Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Squaw Valley. Visit our website at www.trilogyspa.com to order gift certificates and explore our extensive menu of services and spa packages. For appointments, call (310) 318-3511
 

Turn up the heat this Valentine's Day with a HoMedics HydraGel Infrared Massager.  With its cherry-red exterior, this hand-held massager is the perfect gift for those who don't want to take the traditional candy-and-flowers route.  The technologically advanced massager, which retails for $24.99, transfers energy to the massage head and not the handle, while infrared heat stimulates blood circulation.  This massager is a great addition for any last-minute stories you may be writing on gifts for him or her or unique gifts for Valentine's Day.

"One of the easiest ways to give someone or yourself a back massage is with a hand-held device,' says Marie Scalogna, owner of Spa Chicks.  Marie offers the following tips:

* Select a wide massage area and use the roller surface. Slowly move the head of the massager over the massage area in big, wide circles.

* For areas of soreness or stiffness, change the massager to the pointed surface. Push down on each massage area for about 5 to 7 seconds. Finish with the roller surface again, moving the head around the extended massage area in large, uniform circles.

* Avoid using on cuts, bruises, open wounds or skin rashes.

* When massaging arms or legs, always go up toward the heart, not down the extremities.

* For sensitive skin, apply baby powder or cornstarch before you begin the massage.

* Refrain from using if you have just shaved, as it may irritate the skin.

* If you are pregnant, check with your doctor before receiving any massage.As an added bonus, Marie Scalogna, owner of Spa Chicks, a mobile spa service company, has provided her tips below on how to give a great back massage using a device such as this.
www.homedics.comReceiving a tiny velvet box from their loving man on this most romantic of holidays is guaranteed to make her very, very happy with him. But what kind of jewelry does she really want? Collectibles Today counts down the top five kinds of jewelry women desire the most as a Valentine's Day gift.

5) Specialty Theme Jewelry - Jewelry that evokes something dear to them - Thomas Kinkade art, Disney, cats or dogs, inspirational jewelry - is especially thoughtful and personal.

4) Sterling Silver Jewelry - Jewelry fashion mavens have determined that sterling silver is IN for 2006, beating out gold, white gold and even platinum as the preferred metal for women's fine jewelry.

3) Heart-shaped Pendants with Inscriptions - Heart-shaped jewelry expresses love "straight from the heart." The poignant inscription is certain to inspire a teary-eyed display of gratitude.

2) Fine Diamond Jewelry - Dazzling diamond jewelry is an unforgettable keepsake that celebrates and symbolizes the love of a lifetime. And the number one type of jewelry women desire most as a Valentine's Day gift is...

1) A Diamond Ring - Valentine's Day is the most popular day of the year for marriage proposals, based on diamond jewelry sales from the National Retail Federation.

Collectibles Today is the premier Internet shopping site for unique, quality collectibles and giftware from the finest companies worldwide, offering Collecting Expertise, Excellence and Excitement for collectors as they pursue their passion for collecting. Collectibles Today is the online retail channel of The Bradford Exchange and its affiliated companies, the leading international provider of fine limited-edition collectibles. www.collectiblestoday.com

Did you know that the most wanted gift for Valentines Day is a love letter? But many are too daunted to attempt writing one. SweetLoveGifts offers new approaches that can help anyone write a memorable love letter.

According to a recent U.S. survey by Passion Marketing Research Associates, 62% of the female respondents say 'their most cherished gift on Valentines Day would be a letter in the handwriting of their beloved.' But what are the chances they'll receive one?

To help men and women get what's in their heart on paper, Renee Michaels, owner of SweetLoveGifts, an anniversary gift web site, wrote a simple, online 'how-to' guide that gives different approaches to writing a love letter.

'Most men and women don't feel they can write a meaningful love letter,' says Renee. 'There's thousands of online searches every month for 'free love letters' and 'sample love letters,' but the most wanted love letter is an original one. The recipient will know immediately if a love letter was written or not by their sweetheart. It's not going to mean as much if it's not your own words of love.'

'Too many people think that they need to pretzel themselves into a romantic poet when they attempt to write a love letter and give up before they start. The easiest way to accomplish writing one is to simply be yourself. If you aren't the romantic mushy type, then don't force yourself to write a mushy letter,' she says.

She realizes that there are those who might still feel overwhelmed by writing one and gives alternate recommendations such as creating a 'love list' and provides ideas for that. Another idea she suggests is to take a poem or song and customize it to use either as a love letter or to have a lot of fun and perform their personalized song karaoke style or to recite their poem for a loved one.

Her free, printable love letter and 'Top 10' list backgrounds make it easy for anyone to 'wow' their partner on Valentines Day, an anniversary or 'just because.'

The Love Letter Writing 101 guide can be found at http://www.best-wedding-anniversary-gift-ideas.com/love-letter.html and is also available as a free PDF, so readers can print and use the information offline.

 

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