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If your sweetie needs ideas for a great Valentine's Day gift, send him or her a link to one of these design-friendly finds. Will you choose the heart-shaped mirror, the little kumquat tree, the cake stand, or the crown? To retain some element of choice and surprise, create your own mini ideabook with a few favorites and share the link however you see fit. It's a hint that can't be missed, right? You'll find out Feb. 14.
Items selected and compiled by Margaret Everton, Lily Gahagan, Becky Harris, Susan Herin and Rebekah Zaveloff
While in my heart of hearts I'm dying for a full collection from Australia's Dinosaur Designs, I'd more than happily settle for one little piece to start my collection. A platter in bright red would do the trick nicely.
Give the gift of a beautiful crown to your "King" or "Queen." Decorative crowns look great placed on a stack of books on a book shelf, atop a dress form, or anywhere calling for a touch of whimsy. This metal crown has a vintage feel and includes lots of wonderful detail.
Sweethearts experiencing those crazy snowstorms in the Eastern U.S. might appreciate a little extra something to warm up with, like this wool throw. I can't complain about the weather in California at the moment, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't gladly accept this pretty blanket too.
I love the contrast between the ceramic and the horn handles. I could see this tray sitting by my cooktop as a home for olive oil, vinegar, salt and spices that are used everyday. Elevates the everyday to something special.
To come home to a sweet treat balanced atop this gleaming cake stand would definitely put the cherry on top of my Valentine's Day.
When there are no sweets to be had, anything from apples to a stack of books would look infinitely better on this bright red pedestal.
Valentine's Day falls right on the last gasp of winter, when we're all dying for a sign of spring. This little kumquat tree would be a thoughtful harbinger of the season to come. It also smells great and even provides a few citrus-y treats.
Let the kid in you howl in delight at this cute plush dog. Long tendrils of salvaged newspaper create a great coat for this Hungarian herder. Give it to a loved one or (we won't tell) keep it for your own dog-lover self.
If the key to a man's heart is through his stomach, then the key to a woman's heart has to be with the gift of chocolate. Handmade La Maison du Chocolat chocolates, from the legendary Paris shop of the same name, come in a darling heart-shaped gift box.
This stunning ceramic sea urchin box is the kind of thing I love but would never buy for myself. It's a perfect accessory for a coffee table and a great gift. People don't buy themselves items like this ... they think "what do I need it for?" But accessories aren't about "need."
This stunning stoneware and porcelain serving dish is oven and dishwasher safe. There are also other items in this collection including round bowls and dishes, each one unique, that are all equally stunning.
I have a thing for tile and pattern, and this book caught my eye along with another one from Portugal. Books are objets d'art as well as research material and a way to travel to exotic places without leaving home.
For art and history lovers, this awesome National Geographic look at DaVinci and his Renaissance world is divine. Not only does it provide for hours of good reading, but it's a nice large size perfect for adding to an intelligent coffee table collection.
Add an industrial chic vibe to a space with this Gearworks table. As unromantic as it sounds, I would gleefully spend hours beside this new home addition, reading or placing tea on it. Cast iron pairs with a beautiful wood tabletop to provide a piece of art that can serve as a side or night table. Such individuality.
This amazing coffee table offers a refined edge to rustic simplicity. I would put my feet up or drinks directly onto the surface without stress. Thick steel frames wood planks above a welded, distressed steel base. What a great way to add love and warmth in a home as friends gather around it.
I adore letters, but individual ones are hard to find. These rusty letters add a bold and modern individuality with a hint of years past. What a fun and unique gift. Combine them into fun phrases like "why not" or "q & a."
Wouldn't you be so tickled to receive this as a gift from someone who knows that you're a citizen of the world at heart? Add chic individuality to your storage with this handwoven basket. Made of grass by the Hehe women of Tanzania, this beautiful artwork keeps clutter in check with style.
If you're looking to give unusual art to a beloved, this might be it. Not too expensive yet incredibly unique, this tongue-in-cheek print will have guests humorously fascinated. Such a great way to add a splash of color.
Thrill the bird lover in your life with this house. Patterned after an iconic Philadelphia home, this beautiful birdhouse provides comfortable apartment-like accommodations for your backyard birdies. Each house features a weatherproof corrugated cardboard interior perfect for nesting. Even when empty during winter months, this is a fantastic piece of outdoor art.
Create a completely unique wall of art with this print. Inspired by the favorite figures that The Small Object has ever made, this 11 x 14" print will provide countless hours of fascination. Whether for a loved on or yourself, this will fill a space with goodwill. An excerpt from the bottom reads, "Today is a wonderful day. I will meet many amazing people today. Today I might meet an astronaut, a teacher, an accountant, a graphic designer or an international pop star. You never know. I might just meet the person who dares to dream big enough that they change the world in two years. it is entirely possible. Anything is possible."
Add simple panache to your home office with this unusual print by The Small Object. A favorite artist of mine, this print offers small phrasing on each hand-drawn pencil, and adds uniqueness to a space without overpowering and distracting. As a professional who works from home (and loves old-school no. 2s), I'd be thrilled to receive such a personal piece of art.
Who doesn't love the gift of seeing her own initial elegantly etched into beautiful Austrian crystal? This set of two monogrammed Riedel Chardonnay Wine Tumblers would make a wonderful gift for any occasion.
For a gift that will go straight to the heart, surpise your loved one with a favorite photo of the two of you, beautifully displayed in a Waterford Lismore frame. Waterford is known for unsurpassed quality, and this frame in the classic Lismore design will be a cherished piece for many years to come.
Craving some snuggle time with your special someone? Surprise him or her with the "Mason" Cuddle Chair. This chair is large enough to share with the one you love or just right for relaxing in style with your favorite book.
The legendary artistry of Herend is known the world over. This sweet pair of Herend bunnies, hand-painted with Herend's signature fishnet pattern, would make a delightful gift that is sure to increase in value with each passing year. Each figurine is carefully adorned with 24-karat gold accents on the rabbits' paws and noses.
Give the gift of a weekend getaway for you and your sweetheart and announce it by giving him or her this romantic set of Britto Heart Luggage. Finding your luggage at the airport will be a breeze with luggage designed by world renowned pop artist, Romero Britto.