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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Valentine's Day Shopping Ideas

Stumped on what to get your sweetie for February 14th? Well, please, do not splurge on “I love you from top to bottom” toilet paper ( Classy, huh? Try these ideas, instead:


I love the drugstore version of chocolate-covered cherries—the cheaper the better—as a guilty pleasure, but they’re hardly original. Why not try a chocolate brand made from locally grown cocoa, such as Maile Kai? You can order it here at:

If you haven’t yet tried Vosges, a Chicago-based  chocolate company that is truly innovative and feeds the eyes, too, with elegant designs, get yourself to Neiman Marcus. I recently tried the Vosges Mo’s bacon bar, which has porky goodness adding a salty/savory to the sweet chocolate. Yum!

Or pretend you’re French with a box of the delicate, colorful macaroons from Pacific Place Tea at Ala Moana Center. O la la!


If he doesn’t yet have a GPS, that’s been a hot gift this year. Garmin has a pocket version perfect for hiking that is designed to keep a signal, even in deep woods. For more on the eTrex Vista HCx Handheld GPS Navigator ($299), you can see specs here:

Apple has a new version of the Nano ( that you shake to shuffle songs. I suppose if you shake it hard enough you’ll get music and stress relief. 

Even non-metrosexuals want to be pampered; they just don’t know it. I’d recommend the Jack Black line, which smells awesome, yet manly, and offers scrubs, bath soaks, lip balm and moisturizers. You can find it at Nordstrom and Sephora.


A picnic in the park. Order a Valentine’s Day Meal for Two from Whole Foods Market at Kahala Mall. Choose from a vegetarian meal, “Veggies and Spice and Everything Nice” ($34.99) or a “Recipe for Love” ($39.99), with a choice of chicken or salmon. Call ahead to order at 738-0820 and pick it up at the store, then hit the beach or a park for a little al fresco romance.

The Waikiki Artfest at Kapiolani Park is a monthly fest with 75 artisans, plus live entertainment and food booths. Stroll through the ceramics, paintings, clothing, woodwork and more. And the next one just happens to be scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 14.

Sip a cocktail and savor the sunset at Halekulani’s House Without A Key restaurant, which will have romantic items on its menu like the “Moulin Rouge,” with Champagne, Chambord and Canton.


Shoes are such a sexy gift, and easier to size than lingerie. Try Gucci’s sandals, which tap into the fringe trend,

A cosmetic pouch in shiny, punchy leather from Louis Vuitton:;jsessionid=HFYIX1SMNQBR4CRBXUXFAHYKEG4RAUPU?buy=1&langue=en_US&direct1=home_entry_us.

A rocking chair for two, which would also make a stunning wedding gift.


Handmade, natural body butters ($18.50) from Lanikai Bath & Body come in sexy scents like orchid vanilla. Throw in a back rub and see what happens.
Vintage/consignment shopping stores are chicer than ever, due to people being both more eco-conscious and bargain-hungry. Why not tap into this trend with a gift of a vintage hat, classic broach or funky charm bracelet? Try Catherine’s Closet (2733 E. Manoa Road); P’zazz (3057 Waialae Ave.) or The Clothes Chick (2013 S. King Street).

Cinnamon Girl is offering 30-percent off on red clothing, until Valentine’s Day. For locations and phone numbers;


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