Fashion & Beauty

Gifts With a Heart

Clockwise, from left to right, the hearts have it: A balm-y gloss, a retro postcard puzzle from Liberty, an arty shoulder bag and a stress reliever.

By Janet Kelly

DEEPEST, darkest, frigid February doesn’t offer much delight, so the ancient Romans (don’t quote me on that) gave us Valentine’s Day. If you haven’t yet noted this date on your calendar, it’s next Tuesday, February 14. That means you have time to look for something sweet to give your significant other, best friend, sister or favorite teen. Flowers are always welcome, but we’re thinking beyond the bouquet. From a squeezable stress ball to a glamorous Prada pendant necklace, below are our picks for presents that have heart.


Am I the only one who’s seeing a renaissance of heart-shaped jewelry? On MSNBC’s “The Eleventh Hour,” anchor Stephanie Ruhle expertly layers two necklaces with large hearts. For a more subtle touch, we like these Elsa Peretti-designed, open-heart stud earrings in yellow gold. They come in two sizes—7 or 11mm for $750 or $1,075, respectively, from Tiffany.


This heart-shaped rose balm (a moisturizing, alcohol-free bar with beeswax, almond and jojoba oils and rose fragrance) doesn’t even need water to lather. When it’s gone, you’ll still have a ceramic soap dish or a place to stash jewelry. Besides rose, other soothing scents include lavender, lemongrass and fresh linen. It’s $20 at Uncommon Goods.



Spoil your Valentine with this 16-piece box of multi-hued chocolates, handmade by artisan chocolatiers. Each little heart-shaped “artwork” is infused with a blend of flavors, including key lime, honey lavender, passionfruit vanilla, vanilla crème brûlée and pistachio ganache. $48 at Artful Home.


What, you or anyone you know, stressed? Put troubles in perspective with this squeezable foam toy that reimagines the work of illustrator Adam J. Kurtz into an everyday, useful object. It’s $12 from the Museum of Modern Art.


You click the bottom of Kaja’s Heart Melter Lip Gloss Stick ($19, Sephora) to swipe on a high-shine, flush of color that’s infused with moisturizing organ and plum oils. Besides this bubblegum pink, it comes in cherry red, mauve, fuschia berry and four other kissable shades.


Made from acetate in translucent red, EyeBuyDirect’s statement-making Suki glasses are not for the shy and retiring. Lenses can be made for distance or reading. They’re $42.



Italian label Coperni’s heart-shape leather tote in lipstick red and pink (on the reverse) is sold out in most places. But the streamlined bag that fits snugly against the body is available in glossy black for $446 at Farfetch. And in a pretty pastel blue ($533)—for spring— at Mytheresa.



Breakfast for two on February 14 or any old day. This handy-dandy appliance makes an 8-inch heart-shaped waffle in minutes. It’s $29.95 at Sur La Table. For a smaller, easy-to-store option, Dash also offers a Mini Waffle Maker ($9.99, Amazon), which makes 4-inch hearts.



Filled with lavender from Provence, these cotton hearts with Liberty London patterns ($36.99) are useful as well as nice to look at. Stash them in a sweater drawer to prevent moths or put them under your pillow and let the scent soothe you into a sound sleep.



Go big for this Prada’s choker with its oversize pendant in recycled 18-karat yellow gold on an old-fashioned velvet ribbon. The small is 3cm wide by 2.5 cm high; the medium is 4cm wide by 3.5 high. It’s price on request for these baubles that are handmade in Italy in limited quantities.



Roses are red, violets are blue, if you love gorgeous jigsaw puzzles, this is for you (or someone you like a lot). Liberty’s special edition, extra-large (17.5-by-14-inch, 302-piece) puzzle, $135, is made from photos of vintage Valentine postcards that are printed on wood and then laser cut into whimsical shapes.


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One thought on “Gifts With a Heart

  1. Nancy G says:

    Love all of these suggestions, maybe because I love all things pink or red. Absolutely agree with the analysis of the beginnings of Valentines Day, btw.

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