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5 Budget Valentine’s Day date ideas that are super romantic

Valentine’s Day is a totally overhyped holiday…that I totally love. I can’t help it! I know it’s turned into a day that’s totally about commercialism and not about love and romance. And while I’m all for a spendy V-Day of wining and dining, that’s not in everyone’s budget. And limited funds really don’t mean that you have to limit your Valentine’s romance at all. Here are five very budget friendly V-Day dates that are just as romantic as the most expensive five-star meal! Read more

5 Valentine gift ideas for the woman who has everything

February 14th is a high-pressure day for men. You have to deliver big time if you want your lady to be happy, but it can be tough to figure out what to get your girlfriend or wife when it seems like she already has everything. Well, I have some fantastic ideas to help you figure out how to make Valentine’s Day a very special evening for both of you. I say book a reservation at her favorite restaurant or plan a romantic meal at home that you cook or order…and clean up yourself. (The cleaning is a very important part of the romance if you choose to spend the evening at home.) And then top the night off with one of these special gifts.
  1. Art
Not a lot of people think of art as a gift, but it can be a very personal and romantic present. Think about what might mean a lot to her. Maybe you can get an antique map of one of your favorite vacation spots framed. Or you could get a professionally painted portrait of her puppy. What does she love and how that can translate to a custom art piece? Once you figure that out, work with an artist to create the piece of her dreams. Trust me, she’ll love all of the thought and effort you put into this one!
  1. Necklace
Jewelry isn’t a new idea when it comes to romantic gifts, but it’s an option that always delivers. And when it comes to romance, I think a necklace is as good as it gets. (Well, aside from an engagement ring, duh!) I just love the feeling of a man putting a necklace on me. So sensual! Of course, the right necklace depends on your lady’s style. Personally, I love when romantic jewelry gifts can be worn regularly and aren’t just for black tie affairs. So, I’d suggest leaning towards the dainty side. For example, this Yossi Harari Lilah Smile Bar Pendant Necklace is perfect to wear any day of the week, but still a stunner with its handcrafting and pavé diamonds.
  1. Lingerie
Now, not every woman would appreciate a gift of lingerie. After all, it’s just as much a gift for yourself as it is for her. So, if you don’t think your lady would be into lingerie, why not combine it with something else on this list? That way, there’s definitely something special and romantic for her, as well as for you! If you’re looking for a specific recommendation, you can’t go wrong with Natori. Check out this Sheer Lace Camisole. Super sexy, right? Put this in a box with black panties, a silk robe and maybe even a pair of heels you know she’s had her eye on and you’ll have a very lovely, and very sexy, package for her.
  1. Private chef
There isn’t a person on this planet who doesn’t love an evening with a private chef catering to their every culinary need. This type of treatment always feels special. Work with the chef to create a menu that’s centered around aphrodisiacs like chocolate, red wine, truffles, saffron and oysters to make the night heavy on romance.
  1. Night away
Wisk your woman away for a special night out of town, or even just a night in a really plush hotel. I love the idea of setting up a treasure hunt for your girlfriend or wife to follow until she gets to the plane or hotel room. Make sure that part of the treasure hunt is telling her to pack an overnight bag and what kind of clothing to bring. She’s sure to love something that takes this much thought and planning. You’re going to get a million gold stars for this, and probably a special treat in the sack, too! Happy Valentine’s Day, my men! Good luck making all of your ladies’ dreams come true on February 14th!

5 Valentine gifts to get your millionaire man

How many bags of Conversation Hearts have you eaten so far this Valentine’s Day season? I’m going to plead the fifth on my number. It’s embarrassingly high. I tell myself that eating Conversation Hearts is basically a job responsibility for me. Anyway, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and if you’re dating a rich, successful man, I bet you’re struggling with what to get him. Well, you’ve come to the right place. I have 7 ideas for gifts that will make the man who has everything feel like a million bucks.
  1. Cufflinks
This is a tried and true dude gift that never fails. Sure, every businessman has cufflinks, but there’s always room in a guy’s collection for more. It’s a really safe bet. If you’re looking for something nice, David Yurman always has amazing designs with classic appeal. For this gift guide, I found these amazing Tateossian Mechanical Watch Cuff Links that actually keep time. Awesome, right? He’ll definitely get compliments on them and think of you every time someone tells him how cool his style is.
  1. Scotch tasting
Scotch has always been a staple drink for classy men, but I think it’s having a real moment in the sun right now. I credit that to Mad Men. Anyway, almost every man would want to know more about scotch, so organizing a scotch tasting is a great gift idea. I found several options in my area just by Googling “Scotch tasting Los Angeles.” Look in your area and see what quality options are available. You could also talk to your country club about setting up a tasting or just chat with the lead bartender at the bar of his favorite steak house. It could also be fun to turn it into a social event and have several of your girlfriends give their men scotch tastings for V-Day and do the tasting as a group.
  1. A strip dance
Give your man something he’ll never forget, a very sensual strip dance. If you’re comfortable, just go ahead and do it. But, for most of us, a little instruction and choreography wouldn’t hurt. So, look up strip classes in your neighborhood or get a private burlesque tutoring session and practice your routine. This is a priceless gift that he’ll be very, very grateful for.
  1. Lingerie
Ah, the age old question…is lingerie really a gift for him or you? I say, who cares! It makes you feel sexy and him feel, well, all kinds of things! In my book, La Perla is hands down the sexiest, most luxurious lingerie on the market. And why not treat yourself to the best when you’re treating him, right? The Maharani Chemise is super sexy and guaranteed to make this a Valentine’s Day, or more likely night, to remember!
  1. Deluxe aphrodisiacs
Aphrodisiacs come in all shapes and sizes…and prices! There are some very luxurious and expensive aphrodisiacs out there that can add up to a really special gift for your man. You can customize an aphrodisiac basket to your man’s tastes, but if you’re looking for some suggestions, I have two deluxe options for you—saffron and white truffles. Saffron is one of the most expensive ingredients on the planet and, as it turns out, can be a real turn on! White truffles are another hard to source aphrodisiac that are delicious and apparently, sexually stimulating. Add these to some honey, for eating or body painting, high quality chocolate, his favorite red and a homemade version of sexy truth or dare and you have the perfect customized aphrodisiac basket for your millionaire boo. Hope that helps you ladies who are dating men who have everything. They’re a hard group to shop for! And no matter what gift you get him, if you make him feel special in the bedroom on Valentine’s Day evening, he’ll be very grateful that Cupid shot you two with the same arrow.

Should you tell your man what you want for Valentine’s Day?

Valentine's Day is right around the corner. I’d love to wax poetic about how romantic the holiday is, and I do think it is, but the truth is most people view Valentine’s Day with dread and anxiety. And even though I’m a total softy and romantic at heart, I can’t blame them! Valentine’s Day is fraught with emotion, expectation and, all too often, disappointment. So, the big question is…to avoid the negative parts of Valentine’s Day, should you just straight up tell your man what you want on Valentine’s Day? Some people will tell you no, but I’m going to say a big old YES! Yeah, you should tell your fellow what would make you happy on Valentine’s Day. Here’s why. He’s not a mind reader Your man is a lot of things, but I’m guessing he’s not a psychic. (If he is, then I guess just skip this paragraph. Actually, skip this whole post! It doesn’t apply to you.) Even if he is the person who knows you best in the entire world and you’ve been together for umpteen years, there is no way he knows 100% of what you’re thinking and feeling. So, instead of expecting the impossible from him, why not give him a break and let him know what would make your Valentine’s Day as special as possible? Sometimes you need to teach people how to show their love for you in the way you appreciate most. Just because they needed that lesson, it doesn’t mean their love for you is any less or greater. Screw surprise Who cares if the nice thing your dude does for you is a surprise or not? I sure don’t. I just care that he did it. The not knowing about it before it happens isn’t the important part of a romantic gesture. The effort and emotion behind it are. Guessing what you want and surprising you with it is just the same as knowing what you want and giving it to you exactly how you expect it. He still wants to make you feel great, which is all that counts! So, don’t value surprise as much and your Valentine’s Day will be a much happier and emotionally healthier holiday. Romance is as romance does Yeah, I don’t quite get what that means either. But, it worked when Forrest Gump’s mom said it. So, I’m assuming it works here. Basically, you get to decide what’s romantic to you. Just because Hallmark and Kay Jewelers and romantic comedies tell us that in order to be our soul mate, a man has to know our deepest desires before we do and surprise us with special treats to be romantic, that doesn’t mean that it’s the truth. You can decide that your system of telling him what you want and then him giving it to you is romantic. And guess what? It really is! You’re not cheating here. You’re just taking back the definition of romance. Empowering, right? So, happy Valentine’s Day to everyone. And in case you’re wondering what I want for Valentine’s Day, I’ll tell you! A home cooked meal and a big box of dark chocolate would make my V-Day complete. Anyone going to make it happen for me?