Best Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

 

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We are going to tackle the age old question” What do I get her/him for Valentine’s Day? It’s an important decision. You might want to do something different this year or you simply have no clue what s/he likes and want to keep it safe but romantic.

Here are some of our favorite gifts for her:

  1. Flowers. You can never go wrong with flowers. Send them early to set up the romantic weekend. Call your local florist and send them to her job so her coworkers can ooh and aah and go green with envy that she has such a romantic honey that sends her flowers early. Says she is on your mind and couldn’t wait to send her these flowers to  tell her how much you care. Major brownie points for you. You will reap the fruit come March 14th. Note: get hold of a great florist that will get the job done, this is not a day you want to mess up. Trust us, we would know. Those dog house flowers are way more expensive.

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  2. Jewelry. Yup, this one’s an oldie but a goodie too. They do say women love things that shine and glitter and we couldn’t be more offended. Women like things that shine and glitter AND have meaning and substance behind it. Meaning: don’t buy a cheap metal you picked up from the corner store. Have it mean something. Maybe her birthstone or that bracelete she’s been eying or those earrings she saw in the magazine that she earmarked and left on the breakfast table next to your toast “by accident”. We’re not saying you need to spend a ton of cash for it, we’re simply saying that it needs to mean something to her.
  3. A gift card for a spa day. Nothing says I care about you like a day of pampering and luxuriating in fluffy robes having that knot on your shoulders rubbed out. No one will ever put you in the dog house for gifting a day of rest and relaxation.
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And here are some fabulous ideas for him:

  1. First up is the jewelry equivalent to a man. Just like the gifts for her, make sure that they have meaning. We recommend a watch with a  message engraved in the back. this is something he will wear almost every day if not everyday and something he will look at throughout the day. Another great option is a tie clip or cufflinks with a design that means something to him. Either with his favorite sport or team or hobby.
  2. His favorite drink. Is he a Scotch man, perhaps he likes Port Wine or maybe he would prefer Cognac. Whatever it is he likes get that top shelf bottle for him. This is something he will show off to his buddies and impress his bosses with.
  3. Men love some RR&R (rest, relaxation and romance) too. So spoil him. Hist gift could be a nice romantic massage for two (wink wink), followed by a fabulous dinner at his favorite restaurant.

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Make Your Own Valentine’s Day Tradition

 

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Planning a new and special Valentine’s Day every year can be taxing on one’s imagination and creativity. That is why we are here to help you. We’ve already established that Valentine’s Day, should be celebrated. And we have many holidays we celebrate throughout the year. We also have certain traditions on how we celebrate those holiday. So why should Valentine’s day be any different? We make special dishes for thanksgiving and eat special desserts for christmas, paint our eggs a special way every easter, Bar-B-Que every memorial day and so on. Those days wouldn’t be the same if we didn’t have our special thing, right? Well we can apply the same philosophy to Valentine’s Day.

Establishing a tradition for this day will help you as the planner in simplifying the day and the recipient of your love and romance’s expectations. it will create consistency in your relationship. You will be that one person that s/he knows will never fail at recognizing the glorious day for what it is and will say that we are solidly in this relationship together. It will communicate to each other that “we have our own way of loving each other and caring for one another and celebrating this love day the way we enjoy!”

Here are some examples of great Valentine’s Day traditions:

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  1. Lets say on your first valentines day together you sent her/him a dozen red roses. You could add one more rose for each year there after that you celebrate the day together. And if you work with a great florist, they will keep your past order on file to help you keep the numbers right, we know how memory goes.
  2. Let’s say you send your honey a beautiful mix of bright colored fresh cuts on his/her birthday and a dozen red roses on the anniversary. Your Valentine’s Day flowers can be different: like red roses and white lilies or red roses and gorgeous pink and red tulips. And give her/him those every year. Those will be YOUR Valentine’s Day flowers.

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  3. If your honey loves jewelry (who doesn’t, right?), you can give her one charm every valentines day to add to her neckless or her charm bracelet that is symbolic of your love for her.
  4. If he has a particularly favorite dessert he lives that doesn’t or can’t always indulge in, let this be the day you make it for him. Nothing says love like your babe by your side and you favorite dessert in your tummy.
  5. Every Valentine’s Day could be the day you stay off the grid. No cell phone, no internet, no facebooking, instagramming and twittering, no emails, no TV, no movies, no radio, no nothing. cover the clocks so no sense of time. Just you and your honey luxuriating in each other’s company and drowning in the love you have for each other.

So traditions make your job easier and will make your honey feel that constant love and affection you have for him/her. It’s a win win.

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Valentine’s Day Dates Vs Regular Dates

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Dates are fun. No doubt about that. But there are dates and there are DATES. Valentine’s Day Dates are DATES. The super bowl of dates. The date you work hard all season long to make sure you come out with a W at the end of that date.

Yes, yes, we’ve heard it before. Valentine’s day is a Hallmark holiday created for businesses to take money from poor folk by manipulating their heart …blah blah blah. We all know that there shouldn’t be ONE day of the year to celebrate your love. That’s a given. You should celebrate your love every day of the year. Think of it this way: there is a National Pancake day and a National Doughnut Day. We celebrate these by gorging on these yummy treats, don’t we? Are you saying that LOVE doesn’t deserve to have it’s own day? Are you?!

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With that said, let’s remember that your celebration of love, on this specific day, much like your celebration of pancakes, should be multiplied by 100. This is not where you play safe. This is where you pull out all the tricks and magic out of your hat and deliver the best possible “you are my valentine” message possible.

This doesn’t mean that you have to cash out your 401K to fund your master date. It only means that you’ll need to make a special effort to wow your honey. You know him/her better than anyone, so you know what will knock his/her socks off. So get to it and start planning.

A regular date out is all about getting to know each other or simply spending more time with each other enjoying one another. And that’s great. Think of it as your “regular season” date. Where you hone your skills and learn each other’s likes and dislikes. Try out different restaurants and romantic locations so that you know once you come to the playoff season and ultimately the superbowl you already know how your honey will respond to your various plans.

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Valentine’s day dates are the the dates that top all dates. The culmination of a year long plan and intel collected for the soul reason of knocking the aforementioned socks off the feet of the babe. This is were everything’s a go. You can be as corny, as embarrassing, as over the top as you like with your dating game and no one will judge.

So, there is a difference between a regular day and a Valentine’s day date so don’t treat them the same. You don’t want your honey’s feelings hurt because a. you didn’t make any special efforts more than the date you had the other day b. his/her friend’s date put a lot more thought in it than you did. Not all dates are created equal.

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Romantic Dining In DC

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When planning a romantic evening to celebrate your love on Valentine’s Day, the item on top of your list may be a romantic dinner at a posh restaurant. And guess what, it is most likely to be on top of the list of many many many people’s plans. If you haven’t booked your reservation by now, know that most top restaurants are pretty much booked for that evening. Unless you have connections with the restaurant’s maitre d’, you are either eating your dinner at 10pm or later or you are going to have to get creative with a Jambo slice.

One, however, must never give up. There is still some hope that there would be some cancellations or karma from something great you did in the past is coming back to reward you with a table for two at a fine dining establishment.

Here are our favorite restaurants you can look into:

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If you’re looking to recreating the “Lady and the Tramp” spaghetti kissing scene with a plate of italian yummyness go to Ristorante Piccolo, Filomena Ristorante and Ristorante La Perla. Food is great and the atmosphere and decor screams romance. Desert is a must. Sweets for your sweetie.

If vous parlez francais and want to show off to your date, go to Bistro Cacao and order everything in french, also, let us know how many wine bottle you counted…you’ll see what we mean when your get there. Another choice is La Chaumiere. This restaurant is so charming, so rustic, so cosy, and so french you feel the warm and fuzzies. It also has a fireplace, just sayin’.

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If you are a pro with the chopstick and have a penchant for Kobe meat, sashimi and sake head on over to OYA. The ambiance, the slick decor, the delicious food are all recipe for romance. And if you just want to treat your honey to a celebrity designed menu (Wolfgung Puck anyone?), hop, skip and trot on over to the Newseum. Yes, the Newseum, home of the The Source (restaurant).

If the good ol’ fashion, safe and trusted deliciousness is the key to your hearts, mosey on over to the 1789 Restaurant. With a menu far from ordinary, it’s sure not to disappoint. As the environment is key, The Prime Rib, will not fail you with its sitting fit for royalty and a menu fit to satisfy the carnivore in you. Just, drooool.

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Now, these restaurants are prepared for all the love struck couples that will come to celebrate their merging heartbeats. But it is up to you to make this evening more personal and memorable. Plan ahead. How does a florist play into all this, you ask? Simple. Have flowers delivered to the restaurant. Here is a scenario: your hostess leads you to your table that is beautifully set with all kinds of glasses, utensils, plates and what-nots and right in the middle is an arrangement of flowers. Your honey probably thinks it’s part of the decor until she looks around and realises that your table is the only one with beautiful flowers, then she sees the card in the bouquet with her name on it. Imagine the look on her face. How does it make you feel? See. Let us help you.

Valentine’s Day: Men’s Perspective

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Lets face it, Valentine’s Day, like anniversaries, is all about the ladies. The pressure is on the men to make the day super special. Men know that women have high expectation during this day. All the “we don’t have to do anything”, “we don’t have to go anywhere”, “you don’t have to get me anything”, “I really don’t care”s are tests. Tests men will be graded on, judged on, compared with, and tests men should want to pass with flying colors. There is, however, an element that hinders their ability to succeed. And that stumbling block are women. The big pile of complicated enigma that women are, assume men should know what they want from them without actually telling them. Because, naturally, men can read minds.

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Valentine’s Day is a day that causes men to scratch their heads and figure out what exactly women want and what they mean when they say “I don’t need anything”. It’s a day they’ll need to think of a way to up their ante and do something spectacular where their every day wooing and romancing pales in comparison. This is not August 3rd or June 5th or November 20th. This is February 14th. The day they know their honey has little hearts in her eyes and has great expectations despite of her protests. They know that she wants to receive those gorgeous red roses and teddy bears and candy at work so she can show off. They know that she wants to go to work or call her girl friends the next day to brag about what her man did for her. They also know that their plan needs to be better than their last one. Ignoring the day and not doing anything is not an option, or making up for it will be doubly expensive. Yes it is stressful. Trying to figure out what their woman wants IS exhausting.

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Here is where a good florist comes in handy. A good florist facilitates. Beautiful roses? Got’em. Cuddly stuffed animals? Yup! Balloons declaring your love? Duh! Delicious gourmet chocolates? Of course! Deliver them to her job and allow her to boast what a loving, thoughtful, romantic, and totally deserving of her heart baby she has? Totally! But, the key word here is a good florist, not one that will take your order, your money and promises you the world to only find that she didn’t receive her flowers on the right day and when she did get them, they were in a cardboard box so she’d have to arrange it herself taking the magic of all of it away. And on top of all that, they never contacted you to tell you. Do your research, know who you are dealing with. Better yet, call us. We got your back Mrs Man.

 

The Ultimate Guide To Romantic Movies.

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Tissue paper? Check. Blanket? Check. Adult onesie? Check. Popcorn, hot cocoa (or a glass of wine)? Check. Your honey by your side and your pet at your feet? Check. You are now ready to binge on the most fantastic, tear inducing, giggle-while-sobbing causing, that will make you fall in love or want to fall in love movies ever made.

No doubt, that there are great romantic, love story movies made in this century. They are great. But there is something to be said about the ones made in the last century. The classics, the ultimate love stories that made use weep and fall in love with the characters.

Let’s start with the 1939 classic, Gone With The Wind. She loves him but he loves someone else, then someone loves here but she doesn’t love him but when she realizes that she loves the other guy he, well frankly, doesn’t give a damn anymore. Isn’t that just how it always goes.

Next we like the one and only, Casablanca. I mean, come on, Humphrey Bogart and  Ingrid Bergman. It can’t go wrong. That scene at the airport in end, waterworks.

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Our favorite RomCom with Gene Kelly where he sings and dances in the rain. Yup, it’s Singing In The Rain. That movies is so entertaining and so sweet it may give you cavities.

When we think about the 60s look, it’s hard not to think about the sophisticated elegance of Audrey Hepburn in her 1961 Breakfast at Tiffany’s. That movie will make you want to just simply love.

And for those of us that feel so pretty, oh so pretty, we feel pretty and witty and bright, and we pity  anyone who isn’t us tonight, we suggest West Side Story and sing and dance to our heart’s delight.

Some evenings require a loooooong movie that can afford us a quality cuddle time. For those occasions we give you, Doctor Zhivago. Watching Omar Sherif walking through all that snow and cold for love, yup, tears.

Barbra Streisand can act love like no one can. In her movie with Robert Redford in the The Way We Were, she outdid herself. It is hard not to feel all the love and emotions she felt. Watch it, seriously, and tell us you don’t feel exhausted by the end of the movie. So. Much. Feeling.

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When we think of New York we think Woody Allen, and when we think Woody Allen we think romantic comedies, and when we think about Woody Allen’s RomComs we can’t not think of Annie Hall. You laugh, you think, you cry, you fall in love with the characters and the city. It’s beautiful. Just beautiful.

So here are our favorite classics. They are the most! We promise. and when you are done with those we suggest you watch or rewatch: When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in  Seattle, Ghost, Love Jones, Pretty Woman, and Dirty Dancing. We promise you will love them the same way you loved them when you first watched them. Sniffle…we did. And Valentine’s Day being around the corner, this will help you set up a great date night before the day (especially if this is your first Valentines Day together, this will set it up perfectly). And if you are spending the Love Day at home, cuddled up, then lets just say you can’t go wrong with any of these movie. With that said don’t forget to order your flowers early. Seriously…the closer you get to the day…well you just don’t want you to find out.

 

 

Five Things You Need for the Perfect Romantic Evening

891359-young-couple-sharing-a-glass-of-red-wine-in-restaurant-celebrating-or-on-romantic-date-1024x683Planning your Valentine’s Day, or just want a few tips for putting together a romantic evening?  There are five things that all perfect romantic evenings need.  If you want to wow her, here’s your checklist:

1.    A great meal.  That old saying about the way to a man’s heart being through his stomach can apply to women as well.  Wow her with her favorite meal or take her out to her favorite restaurant.

2.    Set the tone with some romantic music.  Pick something you know she enjoys.

3.    Make sure the location is perfect.  If you’re at home, make sure everything’s cleaned up and organized.  If you’re going out, pick a place you know she likes.  Also think about reservations, especially for Valentine’s Day.

4.    Give her a token of your appreciation.  This can be something simple like a bouquet of flowers or something more extravagant like jewelry (or both!).

5.    Give her the gift of your time and attention.  Turn off your phone and actually focus on her.  In today’s fast paced world, this personal connection often gets overlooked and put on the back burner.  Be in the moment!

Let us help with the flower part of this list!  We have some amazing romantic flowers in Washington, D.C.

What Happens When you Order Early For Valentine’s Day?

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People (especially florists and jewelers) often recommend that you make your Valentine’s Day orders as early as you possibly can.  But what are the benefits from doing so?  Here’s what happens if you order early for Valentine’s Day:

•    You don’t have to worry about ordering flowers that day.
•    You don’t need to fight your way through the stores looking for chocolate or to pick up the necklace you bought her.
•    Your choices aren’t limited to what’s left after everyone else has had their pick.  You can lock in those gorgeous roses!
•    You may not pay as much.  Pre-orders are often cheaper.
•    There’s no danger of not getting what you want.
•    You know she’s going to be happy with your purchases.
•    There’s no stress—you know you’ve got everything done for the holiday.  Now you can enjoy your romantic date!

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Our Favorite Romantic Movies

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Valentine’s Day is full of all things romantic, including romantic movies.  There are a lot of different movies that fall into this category, but here are some of our absolute favorites.  Are they your favorites, too?

Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  This classic Audrey Hepburn film has been a favorite of romantics for years.  It still tops lists of favorite romantic films even today, decades after its release.

An Affair to Remember stars the handsome, dashing Cary Grant.  He whisks away a beautiful singer played by Deborah Kerr for a romantic cruise from Europe to New York, even though they’re both engaged to others.

Casablanca.  Even if you’ve never seen this classic movie, you’ll recognize a number of quotes from it.  Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman are the quintessential romantic couple.

Dirty Dancing.  “Nobody puts Baby in the corner!”  This romantic musical starring the late Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey will forever be known for its amazing music and dance sequences, especially the finale choreographed to the song “The Time of My Life.”

Emma.  Gwyneth Paltrow stars in this adaption of Jane Austen’s novel.  Emma’s well-meaning attempts at match-making lead to some humorous misunderstandings but end with Emma herself finding love.

These five romantic movies are classics.  What other romantic movies should be on this list?

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Planning the Perfect Romantic Evening

romantic dateValentine’s Day is almost here.  Do you have your romantic weekend planned?  If not, you need to get on it—things book up and sell out pretty quickly.  Some of the most in-demand, romantic restaurants may already be full.  If you want to have an amazing Valentine’s Day, you’ve got to have a plan so you don’t miss out on a restaurant, activity, or that special gift you’ve been meaning to buy but just haven’t yet.  Here are a few tips for planning that perfect romantic evening so nothing goes wrong.

Make your reservations as early as possible.  If you don’t, you may have to go with your third or fourth choices because things will be sold out.

Think through the entire evening.  If you’re going to a fancy restaurant, make sure what you’re doing after dinner doesn’t require different clothing.

When are you planning on giving her gifts or flowers?  It can be romantic to do it at dinner, but is she then going to have to carry things around with her for the rest of the evening?  That can be awkward.

Don’t forget to factor in extra driving time on Valentine’s Day.  There’s likely to be more traffic, and finding parking can be a problem.  Be ready to pay for parking in some areas.

If you plan on returning to your place at the close of the evening, make sure you’ve cleaned up.

Don’t forget flowers!  Let us help you with your romantic evening by creating the perfect Valentine’s Day bouquet in Washington, DC.