How to Sweeten Your Valentine's Day!
HEARTS OF DARKNESS
Life should be like a box of chocolates – if those delectable melt-your-heart sweets are filled with soft passion fruit cream and wrapped in lacquer red paper, topped with grosgrain ribbon, courtesy of Armani/Dolci.
Buy It Now!: Armani/Dolci Valentine's Day Gift Box 16 Pralines, $35, armanidolci.com
JUST WRITE FOR ROMANCE
Call us old-fashioned but receiving a Valentine's card on The Day still gives us butterflies. Paper Culture's 100% post-consumer recycled stationary delivers all the key sentiments with an eye-catching selection that, for us, was love at first sight.
Buy It Now!: Paper Culture, $$2.59 per card, paperculture.com
THREE OF HEARTS
If chocolates don't hit the spot, Downtown Cookie Co.'s Valentine's trio of mini heart cookies, heart-studded shortbread and red funfetti cookies (sold separately or in a dozen box) is the sweet finish to any date-night meal.
Buy It Now!: Downtown Cookie Co. Valentine's Dozen Box, $24, downtowncookieco.com
Turn the tables on the standard Valentine's Day dinner – and make a delectable three-course meal from scratch with your sweetie. And put aside those fears of burning the steak or deflating the chocolate soufflé if you and your plus-one sign up for one of Sur La Table's Valentine's-themed classes nationwide.
Buy It Now!" Sur La Table Date Night: Valentine's Dinner, $79 per person, surlatable.com
YOU COMPLETE ME
Your relationship status shouldn't be a head scratcher – so shout it from the rooftops or get the message across with Marc Jacobs's adorable Be Mine heart puzzle, which will make just as memorable of an impression.
Buy It Now!: Marc Jacobs Heart Puzzle, $20, marcjacobs.com
If a romantic trip to Paris isn't in the cards this year, the next best thing is to sweeten the day with French bonbons – the kind that look tailor-made for Valentine's, like Macaron Cafe's customizable box of 24 wafer-crisp, melt-in-your-mouth confections in extravagant flavors like lychee rose, passion fruit and chocolate raspberry.
Buy It Now!: Macaron Cafe Large Valentine's Day Box, $55, macaroncafe.com
CHEERS, SWEET TART!
Inspired by burlesque star Dita Von Teese (and to be served at her variety show, Strip, Strip, Hooray!, over V-Day weekend in L.A.), this blush-colored bubbly, cheekily called Red Stockings, has all the ingredients for romance: Champagne, Cointreau and, for a splash of tartness, cranberry.
1.5 oz. Cointreau
1 oz. cranberry juice
.5 oz. fresh lemon juice
Top with chilled Champagne
Shake all ingredients with ice, except for the Champagne. Strain into a champagne flute. Top with Champagne and garnish with cranberries.