When you ask people to tell you what was the worst Valentine's Day gift they ever received, you hear some real doozies.
A cheesy greeting card? A teddy bear? Um... a pizza cutter? Or how about this (courtesy Janine's Twitter follower): "A book from your dad called 'How to Find Mr. Right.'"
Crikey! Now, obviously I know YOUSE GUYS would nevah gift anything so lame (because you read here and are therefore awesome, smart, gorgeous people). But we all need to do our part to gently guide our loved ones into making the right shopping decisions so that we end up with what we really want... not a toaster oven.
SO. Here to help you with that (along with yours truly) are 10 bloggy friends with excellent taste. Coming right up: a damn fine selection of 11 V-Day gift ideas. And I'll go first...
1. BEAUTY EDITOR's Pick
"Smell like a boy (in a good way), whether or not there's actually one in your life this V-Day. Designed by actress Kate Walsh, this new fragrance captures the scent of a guy, on a girl."—Michelle from BEAUTY EDITOR (that's me!)
The Boyfriend Kit, US$95 (at Sephora.com)
2. At Home with Kim Vallée's Pick
"Your guy will earn points if he brings you breakfast in bed on Valentine's Day. To make it easy for him, he could get the heart-shaped egg rings and serve your eggs with a warm French croissant and your favorite berry jam. He can make you a tasty cup of coffee, serve you a chilled glass of Veuve, and then finish the meal with a heart-shaped whoopie pie."—Kim from At Home with Kim Vallée
Heart-Shaped Egg Fry Rings, US$15 (at Williams Sonoma); Bodum Chambord 3-Cup Coffee Press, $34.99 (at Amazon.ca); Veuve Cliquot Ponsardin Rosé, $77.40 (at LCBO); SVALKA Champagne Glass, $6.99 for six (at Ikea); Red Velvet Whoopie Pie Mix, US$8.95 (at Crate & Barrel)
3. BeautyGeeks' Pick
"For him, Gillette Fusion ProGlide and Kiehl's shave oil together deliver the closest. shave. ever. The Dermalogica buffing cloth is a bracing a.m. body wake-up and exfoliating superstar. For her, the LoveFresh gift box, with delish Pomegranate sugar scrub and body butter, is loaded with natural oils and moisturizers for silky, luscious limbs."—Janine from BeautyGeeks
Gillette Fusion ProGlide Razor, $14.99 (at drugstores); Kiehl's Close Shavers Shaving Formula 31-0 Shave Oil, $26 (at kiehls.ca); Dermalogica Ultimate Buffing Cloth, $24 (at dermalogica.ca); LoveFresh Body Goodies Scrubalicious Gift Box, $42 (at lovefresh.com)
4. ChickAdvisor's Pick
"Nothing says sexy time on Valentine's Day like a shower. We can't get enough of these cheeky Soap & Glory products. The flirty scents contain delicious notes of citrus, bergamot, mandarin, jasmine and freesia on a mix of musks, sandalwood, vanilla and amber. As for the Sexy Mother Pucker lip gloss, the name alone is enough to make us want it."—Claire from ChickAdvisor
Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Gloss, $9.99; Soap & Glory Clean, Girls Body Wash, $9.99; Soap & Glory Scrub 'Em & Leave 'Em Body Buff, $14.99 (at Shoppers Drug Mart)
5. Coco&Lowe's Pick
"The most delicious way to anyone's heart has to be through their tummy, so why not indulge them with customized cake or cookie pops? Made lovingly by PrettySweet Boutique [in Toronto], these delish pops come in any colour combo and can be made to say anything you like to your love, bestie, co-worker or even to yourself!"—Coco from Coco&Lowe
PrettySweet Boutique, Toronto (prettysweetboutique.com)
6. Gifted's Pick
"A little something for your special someone (or current makeout partner). This Valentine's Day, if you're feeling a little shy, let the pillow do the talking."—Allie from Gifted
Let's Make Out Pillow, US$89 (at etsy.com)
7. I Want I Got's Pick
"The DaLish Cosmetics and Jessica Jensen collaboration is the perfect makeup duo. Choose from five limited-edition kits, [each] including a selection of DaLish Cosmetics and a pink embossed ostrich-leather cosmetic bag. Look for my favourite lipstick colour, Ruby Red, in the Berry Delight kit."—Anita from I Want I Got
Be My Valentine Kit, $48 (at dalishcosmetics.com and shopjessicajensen.com)
8. I'm the It Girl's Pick
"Roses are predictable but Roseros are certainly not. French luxury perfumiers Diptyque pay homage to the 'opposites attract' love between Beauty and the Beast with a duo of candles, and with help from famed French illustrators Kuntzel+Deygas. One is Rose, a romantic garden rose, and the other, Eros, its spicier counterpart. Together they create a perfect harmony, hence the name Roseros."—Anya from I'm the It Girl
Diptyque Kuntzel+Deygas Roseros candles, $94 for the pair (at Holt Renfrew)
9. Sweet Potato Chronicles' Pick
"For those who are new to our site: we're all about healthy family food. Scratch the surface, however, and you'll find pancakes. Every kind you can imagine and more in the works. You could say we're a little obsessed. So if our sweethearts wanted to spoil us this Valentine's day they could whip up a batch of these Pumpkin Gingerbread pancakes...
"...and make them in these sweet molds. Oh, and let us sleep in."—Ceri from Sweet Potato Chronicles
Valentine Heart Pancake Molds, $5.95 (at Crate and Barrel)
10. The Style House's Pick
"The only thing more delightful than a little love note is something sparkly."—Afiya from The Style House
Lanvin necklace, price upon request
11. Well.ca's Pick
"Have your man try something new and shave the old fashioned way! Use shave soap with the shave brush to get a more comfortable, quality shave. You can also warm up together with Cocoa Camino's yummy-licious array of indulgent cocoa products, or with an Aura Cacia aromatherapy bath."—Sameera from Well.ca
Natural Grooming by Herban Cowboy Shave Soap, $5.95; Organic Grooming by Herban Cowboy Shave Brush, $7.47; Cocoa Camino Dark Hot Chocolate, $8.59; Aura Cacia Aromatherapy Lavender Foam Bath, $3.59 (at Well.ca)
What do YOU want for Valentine's Day?
Any of these gifts strike your fancy?
What's the worst V-Day gift you've ever received?