I (Heart) Valentine's Day

Before I met my husband, I was kind of indifferent to Valentine's Day.

The day was never a downer - but it just didn't always seem relevant to me.

Happily, the day has now evolved into a time to celebrate everyone important to us - not just romantic relationships.

For some cute gift and treat ideas for everyone in your life, I am excited to partner with several companies for my Valentine's TV tour.

Candy has never been this cute - customize your M&Ms with personal photos and sweet messages. (Photos courtesy of M&Ms).

Little girls will (heart) these sparkly Skechers (unfortunately, they don't make them in my size). (Photos courtesy of Skechers).

For fashionistas, this Michael Kors watch is a gorgeous statement piece,  while music lovers will love these red Beats headphones - both available on eBay. (Photos courtesy of eBay).

Think outside the chocolate box, with healthy, kid-friendly treats that are sweet, seedless and easy-to-peel. You can also use these Wonderful Halos in yummy Valentine's Day recipes. (Photo courtesy of Wonderful).

Don't forget tasty all-natural treats for your four-legged friends ($6.39) from CANIDAE. (Photos courtesy of CANIDAE).

For a “Gal-entine’s Day” gathering with girlfriends, this festive Yellow Tail Pink Moscato ($7.99) pairs nicely with chocolate.  For the guy who enjoys whiskey, a bottle of Redemption Rye ($29.99) is an elegant addition to his bar. (Photos courtesy of Yellow Tail and Redemption).

Teleflora's bouquets come in unique vases that can be used long after the flowers are gone. The Lovely Hearts bouquet (far left) is perfect for your mom, sister or best friend, and includes this adorable over-sized mug - perfect for long talks over coffee or tea. (Photos courtesy of Teleflora).

Since we got married, Scott and I have always cooked dinner together at home on Valentine's Day.  We love going out to dinner at other times, when New York restaurants are less crowded and noisy - and they don't inflate prices compared to a normal night!  For an easy and elegant dinner, this "Romantic Dinner In" package ($84.99) from Omaha Steaks includes Chateaubriand, Lobster Tails, Smashed Red Potatoes and Sea Salt Caramel Brownies for dessert.  Yum! (Gorgeous food styling by Kat Barrott of Food Styl Tampa Bay). 

Creative, Affordable Gift Ideas

Gadgets and expensive electronics grab the headlines, but you can find fun and creative holiday gifts that are also affordable.  Here are a few ideas I shared on behalf of Bed Bath and Beyond, The Vermont Country Store, Stella & Max, AHeirloomOmaha Steaks, Blue Nile, Personal Creations, Skechers and Shutterfly on several TV segments. 

Mastrad Mini Macaron Kit from Bed Bath and Beyond

Hai Karate Aftershave and Flannel Sleepwear from The Vermont Country Store

Clutches, Wristlets and Crossbody Bags from Stella & Max

Garnet Halo Stud Earrings and Swiss Blue Topaz and White Sapphire Ring from Blue Nile

Customized State Cutting Boards from AHeirloom

The Tasteful Gift from Omaha Steaks

Personalized Stockings from Personal Creations

Kids' Light-Up Shoes from Skechers

"Family Yearbook" Photo Book from Shutterfly

 

* Photos courtesy of Bed Bath & Beyond, The Vermont Country Store, and AHeirloom.