On-the-Air: Los Angeles

I made a quick trip to L.A. this week (if you can define a "quick trip" as consisting of two five-plus hour flights, both of which had extensive delays) - to chat about Valentine gifts at CBS L.A.  

I absolutely love working with the people at the "KCAL News at Noon" - and always look forward to catching up with everyone!

Pro tip for TV appearances: show up with lots of treats!  In this case, two gorgeous rose bouquets, three dozen gourmet brownies and several bottles of wine - along with other fun and creative gift ideas for your Valentine.  

Here is the full segment from Tuesday.  For details on everything shown, check out this Valentine gift guide.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Valentine Gift Guide

The first year we were married, Scott and I established a Valentine's Day tradition that we still follow nine years later.  Instead of going out that night, we stay in, avoid noisy restaurants, and cook a special dinner together.

Our gifts vary from year to year, however, and I always have a great time pulling together fun and colorful ideas for TV segments!  Here are a few ideas I am showing for several companies on segments during the next couple of weeks.

Valentine's Day is on a Tuesday this year, so you score extra points by having flowers delivered to her at work. While it's always good to plan ahead, many of FTD's arrangements - like this Pure Romance Rose Bouquet and Hold Me In Your Heart Bouquet - are available for same-day delivery. Even better, since these artisan-designed, hand-crafted arrangements are delivered by a local florist, they arrive looking fabulous and ready for her to show off to co-workers and friends. (Photos courtesy of FTD).

Have you ever returned a personalized gift?  Me neither, and Personal Creations has one-of-a-kind gifts that let you share memories among yourselves or with others.  For Valentine's Day, you can totally customize this Message of Love Photo Canvas with two photos and text.  This adorable pair of square mugs - with a half-heart design - shows the world that you complete each other. How cute is that? (Photos courtesy of Personal Creations).

For a different twist on the traditional box of chocolates, these rich, fudgy brownies from Fairytale Brownies come in different sizes and in yummy flavors like chocolate chip, walnut, peanut butter, espresso, cream cheese, my personal favorite - caramel - and more. (Photos courtesy of Fairytale Brownies).

If you are planning a romantic dinner, Barone Fini Pinot Grigio is a food-friendly white wine that pairs well with seafood, pasta and a wide variety of other dishes.  For a heartier menu like steak - and a great pairing for chocolate - try a full-bodied Napa Valley red such as Joseph Carr Cabernet Sauvignon.

If your holiday plans include a "Galentine's Day" party with girlfriends, stock up on the super-festive, yummy and affordable Yellow Tail Bubbles to make any gathering a celebration. (Photos courtesy of Barone Fini, Joseph Carr Wines, and Yellow Tail).

For people who love to DIY their gifts, the P-Touch Labelmaker from Brother makes it easy to add a personal touch. Transform basic gift bags from drab to fab - or create cute wrappings and tags for gift boxes, candy jars - the possibilities are endless!  Start with any of their colorful tapes - red and pink are perfect for Valentine's Day - and personalize them with a wide variety of fonts, borders and symbols. (Photos courtesy of Brother).

For people on the go, watches are always fabulous gifts - and eBay has everything from this stylish Bulova Men's Marine Star Chronograph Black Stainless Steel Watch to the Apple Watch Series 2 watches.  eBay also has amazing "experiences" you can book for you and your Valentine, ranging from romantic hot-air balloon rides to cooking classes for two to a romantic dinner cruise. (Photos courtesy of eBay).

Finally, people on the go often tote water or coffee with them, and S'well bottles are a super-stylish way to keep coffee piping hot for up to 12 hours and water cold for 24 hours.  They have tons of colorful designs, including vibrant red and heart-themed motifs - perfect for your Valentine love. (Photos courtesy of S'well).

Happy Valentine's Day!

 

 

"Love Note Concierge"

I love surprising people with flowers.  But when I am standing at the counter in the florist's shop and faced with fitting a message onto the tiny card that accompanies them, I tend to get writer's block.

The same thing happens when sending a gift from an online registry - and the moment comes to enter a perfectly-worded greeting onto a single line (no pressure, right?)

Sharing your most heartfelt thoughts in a space about the length of a Tweet?  Well, it can be daunting.

Since I am apparently not alone, Teleflora has a brilliant idea for Valentine’s Day.  From February 3 through 12, they have a “Love Note Concierge” who will come to your rescue!

You call 844-IT-IS-LOVE to talk to their writers.  Just tell them what you want to share, and they will craft a perfectly-worded message to go with your flowers.

Better yet, the service is totally free – and Teleflora will give you 20 percent off of any bouquet you order when you use it.  Here are a few arrangements I am sharing for them for Valentine’s Day, but you can choose from even more options here.

* Photos courtesy of Teleflora.