The Ultimate Valentine's Day Gift Guide from Luxist and AHAlife
Before you go overspending on Valentine's Day gifts that will surely be returned, peruse this gift guide from Luxist and AHAlife, "where discerning taste meets an inspired life." We teamed up with AHAlife's careful and creative curators to bring you the best Valentine's Day Gift Guide you'll find, whether you're looking to spend $100 or $5,000. Below, you'll find images and prices for each item on this special list, as well as our reasoning for recommending the items. It's easy (and free!) to join AHAlife, so don't hesitate at the signup page. Close your other tabs and dig in; your Valentine's Day shopping is finished. Here are the Top 10 Best Valentine's Day Gifts for 2011 from AHAlife and Luxist:
1. Camel Bone Jewelry (above) - from $230.00
This exotic collection is so stunning, few women could open it without an audible gasp. There is a certain powerfulness in the femininity and boldness of these rare camel bone pieces. Giving one of these to your loved one is more than an observation of custom; it implies a respect for her primal strength.
At last, a box beautiful enough to contain your loveliest treasures -- and to keep on display without feeling like you're sacrificing taste for convenience.
3. Heart Prints - $75.00
These arty, striking prints are more than just mosaics; they're pieced together from tiny squares which each contain a sketched heart. What a perfect Valentine's Day gift.
4. Luxe Stingray Belts - $920.00
Tell your lover that Samurais use this same tactile, malleable skin for armor, and watch the enchantment grow.
5. Ghurka Getaway Bag - $1,595.00
Naturally, this charmingly preppy bag is best given as an accessory to the promise of a terrific getaway.
6. Collectible Fairytale Book - $195.00
These new fairytales from Visionaire were created with love by some of the fashion and art industries' leading artists, from Jo Ratcliffe to Kirsten Dunst. The old-timey bookstrap adds to the old-school charm, and makes this collection a perfect gift for someone with a young heart (or for a particularly discerning child).
7. The Standard Hotel Black Bathrobe - $125.00
This sexy black robe, made of microfiber and stretch terry to achieve the ultimate sleekness and fabric weight and density, is normally available only from The Standard Hotel -- but you can snag one (or five) this V-Day from AHAlife.
8. Kenyan Necklace - from $2,325.00
These stunning necklaces are a million trends in one. Though clearly African, they call forth Victorian and Goth images, and complement even more looks with grace and gusto. These are statement necklaces worth buying outfits to match.
9. Avant-Garde Wallet - $199.00
"Icelandic design rebel" Sruli Recht created this masterpiece of moneykeeping in lush African perch. You rarely find a wallet with such intricacy and panache. Don't miss this one.
10. The DVF Canon G12 - $625.00
Who could resist a terrific camera with the signature Warholian lips of Diane Von Furstenberg stamped on it in Swarovski crystals? No one. And she added a chic little carrying bag for good measure.
See anything that strikes your fancy? Visit AHAlife and Luxist's Valentine's Day Gift Guide to shop.
Images courtesy of AHAlife.