Want to treat the one you love, but February 14 suddenly snuck up on you? Forget cheesy cards and cheap chocolates from Duane Reade and go for one of these New York City based gifts this Valentine’s Day. These last-minute ideas are so lovely, you may even pull off looking like you shopped weeks in advance for the perfect gift. By Sarah Shaker.
Couples can celebrate Valentine’s Day with luxurious pampering at the Guerlain Spa in the Towers of the Waldorf Astoria New York. The “Love the One You’re With” experience features two side-by-side 50 ($425) or 80 ($545) minute massages and reserved time in the exclusive spa treatment suite equipped with dual rain shower heads and private steam room, champagne and decadent truffles. Ladies who don’t have a significant other can celebrate their singledom with “Just for the Girls,” a choice of luxury manicure and pedicure, 50 minute massage or facial and two Kir Royale cocktails for $175 per person to enjoy with a friend. All Towers of the Waldorf Astoria guests can use the Guerlain Spa’s complimentary makeup refresh service before going out on Valentine’s Day to look their best before going out. You can also purchase a Guerlain Spa Gift Card with a 30% savings on all Gift Cards over $250 every Friday beginning Jan. 17th and leading up to the holiday.
Jacques Torres Chocolate
Jacques Torres Chocolate will be adding a 5th brick and mortar chocolate shop to its collection this month with an Upper East Side store opening. The tentative opening date is slated the week of Valentine’s Day – just in time to grab last minute romantic and playful chocolates. From clever heart-shaped puzzles and naughty “do not disturb” door hangers to classic bon bons and hugs and kisses, Jacques’ confections are the quintessential Valentine’s Day gift for anyone’s beau with a sweet tooth.
Brew Lab Tea
Owl’s Brew, NYC based tea mixers, is running an adorable OwlGram Valentine’s Day program. The Owl will be “flying” through the city delivering 8oz mini’s with a pink rose for $28, packaged in a chic bag with ivory tissue paper with a personalized OwlGram message for your Valentine. Cut off time for orders will be 10:oo a.m. on the 14th, so it’s the perfect last-minute surprise for the one you love!
Blue Olive Market's Himalayan Salt
New Greek and Mediterranean marketplace Blue Olive Market offers a variety of curated, all-natural artisan products perfect for the Valentine who loves to cook – or just loves to eat! Available for purchase in the marketplace or online, one of the purveyors Saltopia offers gourmet pink Himalayan Salt packed with minerals and sold in a cute mason jar with junks of fresh sea salt and a grater to season as you dine for $24.95. This gourmet salt is sure to season up your foodie Valentine.
Eli Zabar offers a fantastic selection of chocolates, artisanal products and even breakfast in bed packages for your Valentine. Go luxe with Chocolate Caviar for two-ounce caviar jars filled with little chocolate granules to sprinkle on absolutely everything for $35 or take the one you love on an Italian picnic with La Dolce Vita Basket featuring round Tuscan bread, Italian olive oil, Eli’s private label pasta, chunk of aged Parmesan, salami, parmesan toast, biscotti, fresh garlic and basil offered at $150 or $250. Or just stay inside all day celebrating your romance with the Breakfast Basket complete with freshly baked croissants and babka, granola, pancake mix, house blend coffee, teas, syrup and jams for $100 or $150.
On Feb. 13 and 14, when you buy 1 dry-aged steak at Whole Foods, you get a lobster tail free, giving you the chance to treat your sweetheart to a romantic dinner at home for two. Their dry-aged steaks are raised with no antibiotics, ever, and no added growth hormones, so you can feel good about this indulgent holiday meal. For local specialty gifts and gifts that give back, Whole Foods Markets offers Mast Brothers Chocolates, Good Batch Cookies and Sweets, and Chavez for Charity, locally made bracelets and necklaces from Montclair, NJ, where the company donates 25% of the gross profits from the sale.
As the only chocolate company in the world privileged enough to directly reflect the fashions of Mr. Giorgio Armani himself, Armani/Dolci delights both New Yorkers and tourists with seasonal offerings, including luxurious pralines, chocolates, teas, jams and biscuits. Valentine’s Day chocolate lovers can select the 16-piece praline set for $38, featuring an assortment of refined chocolates, all of which Mr. Armani himself has tasted for approval. Or you can go classic with the beautiful heart-shaped gift box set of 4 chocolates, including both dragées and chocolate squares for $18, presented in a shantung to wrap up the romantic holiday offering.
Sarah Shaker is the founder of the blog Bright Lights, My City.