Olive and Cocoa Flowers

I have ordered floral arrangements from Olive and Cocoa numerous times and they never never never disappoint. They are beautiful, classy and a step up from the norm. A floral arrangement would be sure to bring a smile to your Valentine this year.

They have a variety to choose from, along with other items from tasty treats to jewelry, but here’s my favorite this year for Valentine’s Day:

Image from Olive and Cocoa

Image from Olive and Cocoa


Succulent Love

Adorable and easy to care for succulents are right on trend at the moment, and it is easy to see why! Here are some great gift options we found that you can send straight to your loved one!

From The Sill

You can select a trio in a variety of pots and in a variety of colors to find the perfect set for the recipient!

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From Succulent Box

Surprise a loved one this Valentine’s Day with 2 adorable succulents, already potted and ready to be enjoyed.

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From our partner, Food52.

Send it to someone you know will love assembling it and caring for these little fellows OR make it yourself and present it all ready to be hung. You could even paint the frame if you felt really creative.

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Make your own!

Pick up a pot and a succulent or two or three, some soil (depending on the size of your pot) and some paint to make a one of a kind creation.

This is one my daughter made at a birthday party. Today she further embellished it with plant cutouts glued to toothpicks stuck in the dirt. I just love it.

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Ovenly "Conversation" Cookie - 8"

Famous for their Brooklyn Blackout Cake, Ovenly, is offering a special Valentine’s Day treat that can be delivered straight to the door of your loved one anywhere in the US through Goldbelly.

Shhhh…don’t tell him but I have one going to my husband at his office next week!

Image from Ovenly

Image from Ovenly

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Experience: Cooking Class at Haven's Kitchen (NYC

So far I have taken 2 cooking classes at Haven’s Kitchen and they have both been amazing. Both time were with a group of friends. It was so fun to spend time with friends doing something other than just dinner and drinks. Even though I cook a lot and am not a newbie to the kitchen, I left each class with some new found knowledge and inspiration. They are also great for those of you who are not so confident in the kitchen.

I love the idea of experiences and time together as gifts versus the typical physical item. If you think your loved one may be up for a class, then treat them to one for their birthday, for Valentine’s day or your anniversary!

Read more about this EXPERIENCE and how to sign up here.

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Experience: Tea Tasting (NYC)

One of my favorite mornings ever was spent with some good friends and Elena, of Te Company, at Elena’s Introductory Tea Experience. We sat at a table right by the window with beautiful light streaming in and tasted teas, and snacks as Elena walked us through the history and process of tea production and answered our many questions. The entire experience was just amazing and so enriching.

Treating a loved one to your company and a morning at one of these classes would be a truly delightful gift. It would also be sweet for a bunch of friends to do together for a birthday, just for fun, or how about for “Gal”entine’s Day?

Check out my full write up on the EXPERIENCE and more photos here.

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Weak Knees Gochujang Sriracha Sauce

Yes, you read that right. These 2 amazing sauces have come together to blow our minds even more. This sauce is a delectable, finger licking, umami bomb. A bit spicy, a bit funky with a hint of sweet. It is heavenly on most things, but in particular egg dishes and rice dishes. A great gift for the foodie in your life (you should treat yourself too!).

A super cute Valentine’s Day present too! You could include a note referencing someone making you “weak in the knees” every time you are near them or “some hot sauce for a hottie”. Cheesy…yes…awesome…yes, that too.

Made and bottled in Brooklyn, NY with locally sourced ingredients.

 
Image from Food52.

Image from Food52.

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Personalized Night Sky Prints

What a sweet way to remember a special date, whether it be a first date, a wedding date, special anniversary or the birth of a child. Finch and Cotter, an Etsy shop, offers a number of different sky, caption and framing options so you can find the perfect one for your special occasion. It would make an amazing Valentine’s day present.

Here are 2 of my favorites:

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Minted Heart Snapshot Mix

I love love love these heart shaped collages you can make with our partner, Minted. A few years ago some friends and I chipped in with money and photos to create one of these for a family who was moving back to London. We were going to miss them dearly and hoped the collage would bring them fond memories of their time here in the US with us. It would make a sweet gift for so many occasions from Valentine’s Day, to Mother’s/Father’s Day, to a special anniversary or engagement gift.

Start making one today with your own photos! It is super easy. Once you decide to go ahead, I recommend collecting a bunch of photos you like and putting them in a folder on your desktop so they are easy to get to and upload into Minted. Then play around with placement to see which photos work best in which spots. Have fun with it!

Image from Minted

Image from Minted

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Clever Jewelry for the Science Lover

There are a number of Etsy shops offering creative and beautiful science related jewelry. Perfect for the science lover in your life!

Here are a few of our favorites:

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Serotonin Molecule Necklace

From Mignon and Mignon on Etsy

Serotonin is known as the happy chemical!

From McLaughlin Creations on Etsy

From Molecular Motifs on Etsy

From Spot Light Jewelry on Etsy

Wine Molecule Necklace

From Molecular Motifs on Etsy

A Resveratrol Molecule which is found in the skin of grapes, and thus in wine.

Dopamine Ring

From Jewelry RB on Etsy

In sterling Silver, White Plated, Gold Plated.

Dopamine - the feel good hormone!

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All images above are from the sellers.

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Scratch Off Map Poster

My 10 year old daughter has now gone a number of fun trips with us, is learning more and more about the world and how everything relates and becoming quite the travel enthusiast. So I decided to finally get her on of those Scratch Off Maps I have seen over the last few years. It will be a super fun way for her to document her travels and daydream about future trips, all the while getting a better sense geography wise.

I researched and researched and have decide to go with a Landmass World Map. I wanted a world map that also included the US States and Canadian Provinces. This Landmass Scratch Off Map also comes with stickers to further annotate your map. But one of my favorite features is that they also see a magnetic wood frame for the maps making it easy to hang, yet still open for future scratching.

The combo would make a fun, educational and interactive gift for any child or really anyone who loves to travel.

The 17x24 Map is $28.79 and the corresponding hanger is $29.99.

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Christmas Themed Children's Books

When we had our daughter we started a tradition of giving her a new book, so far always Christmas themed, on Christmas Eve that we read together that night. Now that she is just a couple months away from turning 10, I'm a little hard pressed to find a Christmas themed book that would be interesting for her (though I think I just found one). While thinking about options, I recalled all the great ones we gave her over the years. Here are some of my favorites should you be looking for something for your young child this holiday season. 

Olive the other Reindeer

This one is my favorite. A fun adaptation of a familiar story. Olive is the very sweetest dog.

The Christmas Wish

We gave this to our daughter just last year. Even though she is reading much more advanced books, the illustrations in this one make it worthwhile even for slightly older children.

The Polar Express

A beautiful classic

Bear Stays Up

Another sweet one

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Another classic and a very fun read.

Snowmen at Night

Not exactly about Christmas but rather the season. Super cute for little ones. I always enjoyed reading it to our daughter.

All images courtesy of Amazon.

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Pyro Pet Candles

We first came across these fun candles while poking around in gift shops in Iceland. My daughter immediately asked if she could have one. The idea of a cute animal candle melting to reveal an inner skeleton gave her great amusement. I have to admit I love them too.

They would make the perfect gift for anyone that likes something a bit out of the ordinary. The novelty factor is sure to be a hit with young adults and tweens and teens alike.

They come in various animal forms, colors and price points.

All photos courtesy of Amazon

All photos courtesy of Amazon

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Super Cute Avocado Plush

A super fun gift for any avocado lover. It is super soft and beyond cute.

The 15” is large enough to be impactful but not oversized to take up too much room. My daughter loves avocados and adores this stuffy.

There is also a 7” size available if you want a smaller option, or prefer the lower price point.

 

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