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    Valentine’s Day 2023 Gift Guide by Shaena Engle

    Shaena Engle brings you a Valentine’s Day 2023 gift guide. Here is a list of gift ideas your significant other, bestie, or a little something for yourself this Valentine’s Day.

    Chocolates for Your Better Half

    See’s Candies
    See’s Candies is offering a variety of options for the sweet tooth in your life, including Milk Peanut Butter Heart, with milk chocolate and peanut butter; Dark Chocolate Raspberry Heart with raspberry buttercream and dark chocolate; Milk Chocolate Bordeaux™ Heart with brown sugar soft center in See’s classic milk chocolate; Assorted Chocolates box full of See’s favorites and their Sweet Indulgence Heart, a giant heart filled with two pounds of See’s milk and dark chocolate. See’s also has bags of hot and sour heart candies and strawberry and dark chocolate truffle hearts, https://www.sees.com.

    La Maison Chocolates (PIC tompkins@curichweiss.com)
    La Maison du Chocolates is celebrating Paris with their Valentine’s chocolate collection including a variety of Sunset in Paris gift boxes of chocolates and macaroons, starting at $35, as well as a beautiful Flamboyant Heart featuring a red Paris cityscape, $36 and their heart collection gift box at $55, all available at www.lamaisonduchocolat.us.

    K + M Chocolates
    Give the gift of chocolate from one of America’s best chefs with Thomas Keller’s K + M chocolates, including a variety of yummy bars, hot chocolate, chocolate covered nuts and other goodies, prices vary at https://www.kellermannichocolate.com.

    Lovely Libations

    Atian Rose Gin
    This beautiful pink gin is both pretty to look at and delicious, perfect for Valentine’s Day cocktails with your sweetie, $74.99 at https://wineonlinedelivery.com.

    Belle Glos
    Known for their terroir-driven Pinot Noirs, Belle Glos offers red wines with a balanced finish, perfect for a romantic dinner, Belle Glos Dairyman Pinot Noir and Telephone Pinot Noir, $55 at https://www.totalwine.com.

    Grand Centenario Cristalino Tequila Anejo
    Gran Centenario is Mexico’s #1 tequila and is family owned and founded by Lazaro Gallardo, the first ever Master Tequila Distiller in history in 1857. Their tequila anejo is aged in new American oak barrels for a smooth finish, with notes of toasted oak, chocolate and caramel, $83.99 at https://www.totalwine.com.

    Dos Hombres Mezcal
    Created by Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, this mescal is perfect for a Valentine’s Day cocktail, $54 at https://www.totalwine.com.

    Santa Teresa 1796 Solera Rum
    This rum from Venezuela is perfect straight up, on the rocks or in a cocktail, $48.99 at BevMo! stores.

    Oxley Gin (PIC
    This pure, crisp fresh flavored gin is great on its own or mixed into cocktails, $36.99 at https://www.wine.com.

    Slow & Low Whiskey

    Slow & Low Rock & Rye is a hot peppery whiskey with hints of rock candy, honey and citrus, great for sipping together, $34.98 at https://www.totalwine.com.

    Sipsmith Gin

    Sipsmith Dry Gin is a traditional London dry gin distilled from English barley with ten added botanicals adding a burst of juniper and citrus to drinks, perfect for a gin and tonic, $33.99 at https://www.totalwine.com.

    Maestro Dobel Diamante Tequila

    This blend of reposado, anejo and extra anejo aged in Europeon oak barrels is crystal clear, known for its smoothness, $55.98 at https://www.totalwine.com.

    Martini & Rossi Non-Alcoholic Aperitivos
    Martini & Rossi has delicious non-alcoholic aperitivos including vibrante with complex citrusy flavors and floreale with refreshing floral flavors, $18.69 at Drizly.

    St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
    Perfect as an after dinner drink or to add in champagne, St. Germain is a great gift to bring to Valentine’s dinner, $33.49 at https://www.totalwine.com.

    Sono 1420 Vodkas
    Sono 1420’s flavored vodkas are handcrafted in small batches using gluten free spirits with fresh ingredients, flavors include  blood orange, lemon, herbaceous and other flavors, $22.99 and up at https://sono1420.com.

    Vilarnau Cava
    These Spanish Cavas are wrapped in colorful designs and are perfect for Valentine’s toasting with notes of lemon zest honeysuckle and brioche, $14.95 at https://www.totalwine.com.

    Chandon Brut
    Chandon is perfect for Valentine’s Day sipping with your significant other or at a Galentines celebration, offering traditional Chandon Brut, Etoile Brut or dry Rosé. All available at https://www.chandon.com.

    San Felice Il Grigio Chianti Classico
    Made from Sangiovese grape, this Chianti is a great red blend pairs well with steak, spaghetti and burgers and also is great to sip before dinner, $29.99 at https://www.vivino.com.

    Dry Farm Wines
    This monthly wine service provides wines made from organic regenerative and dry farming practices with no pesticides or herbicides. Choose your varietal and size and receive great tasting wines to your doorstep, a perfect gift for any wine lover, $101 at https://www.dryfarmwines.com.

    Fresh Vine Wines
    These premium low-cab and low-calorie gluten free wines by Nina Dobrev and Julianne Hough include Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc and Brut Rosé, available at Drizly.

    Bamfi Rosa Regale Sparkling Rosé
    This semi-sweet rosé sparkling from Piedmont has notes of grapefruit, orange and ripe melon, perfect chilled and as a base for cocktails, $19.99 at

    Beau Joie Brut
    French for beautiful joy, this brut has less sugar with 50% Chardonnay, 40% pinot Noir and 105 Pinot Meunier grapes and has a beautiful copper bottle design, $60 at https://shop.beaujoiechampagne.com.

    De Soi
    These sparkling non-alcoholic aperitifs from Katy Perry are great for those wanting to keep Dry January movement going, 12 pack for $83 at Amazon.

    Coffee and Teas

    TAZO Teas
    Tea lovers will adore TAZO’s wide variety of teas in tea bags, loose teas, lattes and iced tea mixes, K Pods, and bottled teas, prices vary available at most grocery stores. Also look for their holiday Gingerbread Spice Latte.

    Tea Forte
    Tea Forte has a variety of  gift tea packages, including their new Ruby assorted teas with aromatic florals, vibrant fruits and hints of chocolate, their mini petite box includes five teas – chocolate fondue, orange jasmine, cherry blossom, strawberry hibiscus and Darjeeling quince, $10, also great for gifting is their pretty pink café cup, $18  at https://teaforte.com.

    Pukka (PIC Julie.murphy@edelman.com)
    Perfect for sharing with someone special or with gal pals, Pukka Herbs Selection Boxes of teas are great for any tea lover. Featuring teas focused on relaxation, calm and immunity, $21.99 at Amazon.com.

    Bean & Bean Coffee
    Coffee lovers will enjoy Bean & Bean Coffee’s NYC Top 4 Bundle, featuring Peru Las Damas, Indonesia Sumatra, the Downtown Blend and a surprise coffee, $80 at https://beanbeancoffee.com.

    NUMI Tea
    Numi has a great variety of teas, candles and even drinking chocolate, we love their Self Care Sampler with 40 herbal tea bags with aromatic botanicals to stay healthy and improve sleep, #32.99 at https://shopnumitea.com.

    For the Foodie

    Rao’s Sauces and Pastas
    Rao’s has a huge online and in-store variety of their famous pasta sauces and dried pastas, their pasta and sauce sampler make a great gift for any pasta lover, it includes six jars of different sauces and six different pastas, $80 at https://ww.raos.com.

    PureWine Allergy Eliminator
    Pure Wine purifiers eliminates histamines and sulfites while enhancing wine’s natural taste, aroma and color, starting at $11.99 at Costco and BevMo! Stores.

    Runamok Cocoa Bean Infused Maple Syrup
    Perfect for Valentine’s Day breakfast in bed, Runamok makes a variety of great maple syrups straight from Vermont, we love their cocoa bean, strawberry rose and sparkle syrups, $18.95 at https://runamokmaple.com.

    Murray’s Cheese
    Murray’s Cheese offers a pretty and delicious Valentine’s Day gift box with three cheeses, a chocolate bar with pink cherry mousse filling, chocolate covered almonds and oatcakes, $75 at https://www.murrayscheese.com.

    Colavita Products
    Foodies will love Colavita’s pastas, olive oils, olives, canned and bottled specialty foods and tomatoes, perfect for an Italian themed Valentine’s dinner, prices vary available at grocery stores.

    LEVO Infuser
    The LEVO Infuser makes it easy to infuse herbs into gummies, oils, baked goods, topicals, dressing and much more,  we love the soft lavender color, $349 at https://levooil.com.

    Olivo Amigo
    Great in any dish, Olivo Amigo makes olive oils, vinegars and spice blends that every cook will love, we like the Aperitivo Gift Set, $56 at https://olivoamigo.com.

    Kuli Kuli Bark
    Kuli Kuli is a tasty low sugar dark chocolate snack in a variety of flavors including sea salt peanut, raspberry chia, peppermint and mint, we like their Valentine’s SuperBark Gift Pack, $12.99 at https://www.kulikulifoods.com.

    For the Fitness Minded

     Nathan Sports Limitless Run Sling Collection
    Give the hiker, biker or exercise enthusiast a Nathan Sports Limitless Sling with built-in hydration perfect for travel, walking and hiking, $120 at https://www.nathansports.com.

    ZICAM Gummies
    Keep your sweetie healthy during the colder months with ZICAM’s Zinc + vitamin C & D gummies, available with melatonin to aid in sleep, $15.99 at Target and pharmacies.

    Athletic Greens
    One daily serving of AG1 provides a multivitamin, minerals, probiotics, adaptogens and more, including 75 whole food sourced nutrients in an easy to drink formula, $79 per month at https://athleticgreens.com.

    KIVA Confections
    KIVA offers THC/CBD and CBN-infused gummies, chocolates, chews and mints that not only help  with sleep, anxiety, and pain but also increase feelings of creativity and  calm, prices vary available at https://www.kivaconfections.com.

    Lemon Perfect Water
    Half an organic lemon goes into every bottle of this hydrating water, with flavors including original lemon, dragon fruit mango, pineapple coconut, blueberry acai, peach raspberry and kiwi star fruit, variety pack $27.96 at https://lemonperfect.com.

    Combining cardio dance choreography with strength training, a membership to Jazzercise is perfect for those looking into getting a bit more fit, $24.99 per month at https://jazzercise.com.

    Orlo Nutrition
    Olo Nutrition uses microalgae to provide protein and nutrients for stronger bones and nutrition benefits, starter kits at #39 at https://orlonutrition.com.

    Cosmetics, Hair, Fragrance and Body Care for Your Beauty

    Philosophy Hair, Body and Skin Care
    Philosophy’s holiday sets are perfect for anyone on your list, filled with holiday fragranced shampoos, shower gels, fragrances and moisturizers, prices vary at https://www.philosophy.com.

    Macadamia Beauty Hair Products
    Keep hair radiant over winter months with these paraben and sulfate free hair products, which show results after just one use. Their hair restoring oils and repair masks are full of macadamia and argan oils leaving shiny healthy hair, prices vary, available at https://www.amazon.com.

    Pisterzi Italian Grooming Art
    This Italian line of beauty and grooming products is dedicated to shaving and skin wellness.  Products include serums, beard sprays, fragrances and moisturizers, $36 and up at https://us.barberpisterzi.com.

    COTY Fragrances
    COTY has a fragrance for everyone, including Burberry Her, Burberry Hero, Tiffany & Co Rose Gold, Calvin Klein DEFY and Daisy by Marc Jacobs. Available as stand-alone fragrances or in gift bundles, prices vary, all available at local department stores.

    Knesko Face Mask and Heart Qua Sha
    Knesko Skin offers results driven skincare collections infused with reiki charged ethically sourced minerals and gemstones. Their collagen face masks leave skin bright and hydrated and their heart gua sha tool feels cool on skin while promoting lymphatic drainage and increasing circulation, $65 for set at https://knesko.com.

    Beekeeper’s Naturals
    Beekeeper’s Naturals provides vitamins and supplements to benefit gut health, improve the immune system and relive brain fog, prices vary, at https://www.beekeepersnaturals.com.

    Laboratories Filorga
    Packed with restorative ingrediants, Filorga products mirror the effectiveness of injectables, leaving skin radiant and plump, we like their face and eye set, $44.50 at https://us.filorga.com.

    Dubois Beauty & Wellness
    Dubois makes a variety of skincare products including cleansers, mists, hydrating masks and moisturizers, we love their Self Care Kit, $181 at https://duboisbeauty.com.

    Truffoire Gourmet Skincare
    Spoil your significant other with the gift of glowing skin, Truffoire’s truffle infused serums, moisturizers, cleansers and creams leave skin glowing and radiant, prices vary at https://truffoire.com.

    Something for the Fashionista

     Maui Jim Sunglasses

    Maui Jim Sunglasses combines industry leading technology and the culture and spirit of Hawaii, offering a variety of sunglasses for every occasion. We especially love their pink mirror coating on the MAUI Sunrise designs,  prices from $199 and up, at https://www.mauijim.com.

    Ibkul Shirts
    Stay stylish on the golf or tennis court or anywhere with Ibkuls colorful shirts. We love their cooling thermal material and UPF 50+ sunscreen protection, for women and men, prices vary, at https://ibkul.com.

    Pair Glasses
    These fun customizable glasses start at just $60 and come in a wide variety of heart and red add on top frames, prices vary, https://paireyewear.com.

    True Classic Menswear
    Give the men in your life the gift of style and comfort with these classic tees, polos, henleys, jackets and activewear, prices vary at https://trueclassictees.com.

    Vionics Shoes
    Give the gift of comfort this year with Vionics shoes, choose from comfy and stylish sandals, sneakers, slippers, dressy shoes and boots, all at https://www.vionicshoes.com.

    Kyte Baby
    Kyte Baby makes sleep bags and baby apparel to keep young ones in style. They also make adult pajamas made out of bamboo, including their BFF Heart Shirt, $40 at Amazon.com. danica@teamchicexecs.com)

    Ibiza Passion Jewelry 
    Give a simple and beautiful gift of jewelry with Ibiza’s unique faith inspired necklaces, bracelets and earrings, including a pretty line of heart inspired designs, starting at $24 and up, at https://www.shopibizapassion.com.

    Matouk Milagro Robe
    Matouk’s Milagro robe is the perfect gift for those who want to remain cozy and warm, anytime of day, 100% cotton and super soft, $165 at https://www.matouk.com.

    Ritani Jewelry
    Ritani creates beautiful necklaces, rings, earrings and bracelets in gemstones, diamonds and lab diamonds, with a great Valentine’s Day selection, prices vary at https://www.ritani.com.

    Build A Love Nest

    Cozy Earth
    Treat yourself or your better half to Cozy Earth’s wide range of bedding or loungewear products, including sheets, comforters, blankets, pajamas, joggers, socks, and towels, prices vary at https://cozyearth.com.

    Cariloha Bamboo
    Cariloha Bamboo makes a wide variety of sheets, robes, socks, underwear and loungewear in soft and sustainable materials providing eco-friendly alternatives to traditional fabrics, prices vary at https://www.cariloha.com.

    Rose Box NYC Flowers
    Rose Box roses allow your sweetie to enjoy a bouquet for months. They have a variety of colors and styles to fit every mood, including pretty heart boxes, centerpieces, wooden vases and boxes, and mini boxes starting at $109, all at https://roseboxnyc.com.

    Granitestone Kitchen Cookware
    Granitestone Kitchen offers chefs and home cooks a wide variety of cookware to create a delicious Valentine’s Day dinner. Their 2 in 1 heavy-duty cast iron Dutch Oven includes two cast iron pieces, a pot and a skillet, for just $79.99. Their Granitestone Diamond non-stick aluminum 20-piece set provides skillets, bakeware, pots and more, $199, both at https://granitestone.com.

    Smithey Cookware
    Smithey makes beautiful hand forged iron cookware, we love their 12” carbon steel farmhouse skillet. Forged by hand by an artisan blacksmith, it’s perfect for any chef, $295 at https://smithey.com.

    Fortessa Kitchenware
    Fortessa’s La Jolla pink glass cereal bowls are inspired by sea glass with white spirals in a pink glass translucent body, each piece is unique, $32 for set of four at https://www.surlatable.com. Fortessa also offers beautiful Zwisel glassware and unique flatware.

    Revolution InstaGLO R270 Toaster
    This is a toaster on steroids, perfect for anyone who loves bread. Using smart technology, it toasts bread quickly with a preferred browning and crispness level, and offers 34 different bread options, $399 at Williams Sonoma.

    Silpat offers a range of non-stick oven baking products resulting in perfectly cooked sweets, bread and savoury food. The cooking inserts provide even heat distribution for no sticking or burning, prices vary at https://us.silpat.com.

    Kuhn Rikon Cookware
    Funboy Rainbow Chaise Lounge
    Funboy provides a variety of floats to enjoy in backyard pools, oversize and in bright colors, perfect for summer lounging, we love the Rainbow chaise, $75 at https://www.funboy.com.

    Blue Kazoo Puzzles
    Homebodys who love puzzles will delight in a gift from Blue Kazoo, with artfully designed puzzles in fun and modern designs, ranging from easy to really difficult, $35 at https://bluekazoo.com.

    Viking Cookware
    Any home or professional chef would love a piece of Viking Cookware for Valentine’s Day, with multi-layer construction and the finest stainless steel and aluminum, prices vary at https://vikingcookwares.com.

    Beautiful Cookware
    This pretty cookware from Drew Barrymore includes cookware sets, Dutch ovens, griddles, frypans and more, all great bargains, prices vary at Walmart.

    Aspen Cleaners
    This eco-friendly line of laundry detergent, dish soap, cloths and cleaners are perfect for keeping the house spic and span, prices vary at https://www.aspenclean.com.

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    Shaena Engle
    Shaena Engle
    Shaena Engle is a food, lifestyle and travel writer for a variety of publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Pasadena magazine, AOL, The Daily Meal, The San Diego Union Tribune and PokerPro magazine. She has interviewed top chefs including Lidia Bastianich, Michael Chiarello, Hubert Keller, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Jose Andres, and many others. She has authored three books, The Cheap Bastard’s Guide to Las Vegas (Globe Pequot Press), The Best Places to Kiss in Southern California (Beginning Press, a romantic travel guide) and Silver Linings: Triumphs of The Chronically Ill and Physically Challenged (Prometheus Books).  She is also an amateur magician and often writes on gambling, poker and magical happenings.  She also is a freelance consultant on restaurant, food, travel and hospitality public relations and marketing efforts.


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    1 month ago

    I enjoyed that list, but don’t you have to have a “special someone” in order to celebrate Valentine’s Day? And aren’t you valentine shaming all the single people, who sit home all alone on Valentine’s Day, wondering why no one loves them?

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