2012 Valentine's Day Gift Guide

For When You Don't Have Them at Hello

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Usually, “date night” refers to take-out sushi, and a “sweeping romantic gesture” means declogging the shower drain. This V-Day rekindle the spark with enlightened gift ideas.

(Caution: Proper usage may incite flames of passion.)

Just Deserts
Escape sunny L.A. to sunnier Palm Springs with our exclusive Parker Rendezvous Package at The Parker Palm Springs. A one-night stay ($365 for an estate room, $695 for a villa) brings heart-shaped French toast and mimosas in bed, followed by a couple’s massage at the hotel’s renowned spa. After dark, head to Mister Parker’s for classic French fare (steak au poivre, trio of crème brulee) with a side of hanky-panky.

Take a Hike
Stock up on gourmet picnic grub (charcuterie, cheese, fresh-baked bread) and vino at Farmshop’s new Artisan Market before heading to Malibu’s Point Mugu State Park for a scenic trek around rocky bluffs and river canyons. Starry-eyed lovers can make a night of it at the seaside campground.

Kiss the Cook
You’ve both mastered the art of scoring next-to-impossible reservations, but your stove-top skills leave much to be desired. Move toward domestic bliss with A Romantic Dinner for Two cooking class ($65) at Hipcooks, where you’ll learn to make “sexy bruschetta,” exotic wild mushroom risotto, crème brulee, and more.

Dedicated Followers of Fashion
Put a bird on it (her bag, that is) with Raven Kauffman’s raven-head tassel key ring ($95) from Des Kohan. Symbolize your eternal devotion with Popomomo’s wooden “Infinity” bracelet ($108). For dapper dudes, you can’t go wrong with a Sunny Sports chambray oxford ($95-$180, conveniently on sale through February 14) and a vintage-inspired leather messenger bag ($230) from Platform.

Sweet Endings
Class up the box-of-chocolates act with a Vosges Luxe Sweet Coquette Collection ($75), a decadent melange of aphrodisiac truffles (pearl dust, oysters, rose water) served in dainty silk packaging. Keep your bubbly at ideal tasting temp with Veuve Clicquot’s Le Shopping Bag ($50), a portable chiller that is sure to get the party started wherever you go (and by party, we mean make-out sesh).

Read on for more Valentine’s Day ideas that make us weak in the knees.

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