2012 Valentine's Day Guide

Gifts for Lovers and Friends

h.s. chocolate co.!

This February 14 you’re with the band.

The Temptations
Give in to H.S. Chocolate Co.’s dark chocolate malt bars and Mexican hot cocoa caramels spiked with cinnamon and cayenne. If it’s something rich and Italian you desire, a traditional candy mix from Amorino (fichi ricoperti, gianduiotti, marrons glaces, filetti e mandorle) hits the spot.

Cut Copy
When a one-liner doesn’t seal the deal, make like the Bard of Avon and try fourteen with a copy of Shakespeare’s Love Sonnets, joyfully illustrated by Brooklyn artist Caitlin Keegan. A trip to the City of Light costs more than Paris Versus New York: a Tally of Two Cities. Save and pair the graphic tome with chocolate peanut butter Paris-NYs from Dominique Ansel Bakery.

En Vogue
choctaw blue charm boxers!If you like it but aren’t ready to exchange rings yet, you should put his-and-hers (or his-and-his/hers-and-hers) stamped brass cuffs on it. Brooklyn’s Choctaw Ridge boxers — made from chambray or a lightweight Japanese linen/cotton blend — don’t beat around the bush.

Guns n’ Roses
Spend tomorrow evening arranging red blooms at Ovando’s design studio (120 West 28th Street, second floor). You’ll leave the two-hour class with two kinds of new buds, both likely to be thriving come V-Day. Use code DCVDAY2012 for 25 percent off.

Passion Pit
Get busy at the Ace Hotel with Jimmyjane’s two-night packages. Each includes instant film, an erotic movie rental, dessert for two, a trove of toys, and — most importantly — condoms for a cause.

mr. boddington’s studio!The Postal Service
Though you’re still happy to receive Ninja Turtles cards, your lover(s) might not be. Brooklyn printer The Great Lakes Goods immortalizes Biggie with a “Hypnotize” quote, while Mr. Boddington’s Studio has sentiments for the whole family.

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

Photos: Courtesy of H.S. Chocolate Co.; Courtesy of Choctaw Ridge; Courtesy of Mr. Boddington’s Studio