Think Outside the ‘Box’ for Valentine’s Gifts
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. This year, don’t just give your special someone roses or a heart filled with Whitman chocolates. If you still haven’t found the perfect gift for your loved one, we have some ideas that are a little outside the box for him or her.
Capital Candy Jar
Capital Candy Jar is bringing its sweet treats to Union Market Feb. 9-14 with a variety of Valentine’s Day-theme goodies like chocolate covered Oreos or chocolate covered pretzels. You can also pre-order chocolate covered strawberries to pick up on Valentine’s Day.
Boss the Scent
Boss the Scent boasts an exclusive ingredient from Africa: the aphrodisiac Maninka fruit, evocative of passion fruit and rum. However, the Maninka also evokes something deeper and more profound: the tug of desire and the pull of memory. Set on a virile leather base, its effect is potent, original, never to be forgotten. Boss the Scent is available exclusively at Macy’s for $85 for 100ml.
Clarins Joli Rouge
Clarins Joli Rouge has a creamy, moisture-rich formula that delivers intense color and a delicate satin sheen to lips in 16 new shades with six hours of non-stop moisture and hold. Available for $27 at all Clarins counters and online.
When in doubt, go for chocolate. The Shameless Chef’s DreamBites are chocolate delights, perfect for sharing, hoarding or gifting. The individually dipped cake bites from Sandie Diamond will have a pop-up at Union Market Feb. 11-14 during regular market hours.
Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 Rouge
Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 Rouge harvests a triple blend of spices at the heart to create this energetic scent. The fragrance is introduced with a refreshing, colorful blast of iced red tea, spiked with spicy mandarin liqueur and juicy mango. It is available at department stores including Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s for $72.
The 4 Elements of the Perfect Shave Full Size Kit
The 4 Elements of the Perfect Shave Full Size Kit combines high quality products, handcrafted accessories and expert shaving technique to provide optimal shaving results while helping prevent ingrown hairs, razor burn, and nicks and cuts. The kit offers pre-shave oil (2 fl. oz), shaving cream (5.0 oz), after-shave balm (3.3 fl. oz) and a handcrafted badger shaving brush. The kit is available for $120 at The Art of Shaving Stores.
Hugo Woman is for women who are independent and live their life on their own terms. Notes of heady white lilies, crisp apples, subtly sweet peaches and berries are combined with black tea, creating a feeling of fresh sensuality. A hint of ocean air revitalizes the senses and strikes a perfect balance for the modern sophisticate. Hugo Woman is available at Hugo Boss stores for $72 for 75ml.
Lab 1270 Valentine’s portraits
Celebrate love with a portrait session with Union Markets Lab 1270 between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Valentine’s Day. For 15 minutes, you can dance, kiss, laugh hug or cry, and photographer Emma McAlry will capture it all in three hi-res downloadable images. Sessions are $82.99.
Righteous Cheese class
Spend an evening with Righteous Cheese in Union Market in an intimate class dedicated to discovering and savoring seasonal, artisanal cheeses. You and your loved one will explore the world of cheese pairing by tasting four cheeses with four unique Champagnes, along with a bounty of chocolate accompaniments. Classes are Classes are available from 6:30-7:30 Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $79.06 each.
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