Gift Guide: Green Valentine's Day
Gift Guide: Green Valentine's Day
A collection of lush-hued presents to give your favorite humans
Whether you buy into Valentine's Day or not, there's nothing quite as satisfying as giving your favorite person—or people—a gift that's just right for them. Because green is one of our favorite colors and because it's associated with growth and a sense of calm (plus it's the color of envy and money), we decided to gather some of the best gifts in the hue for Valentine's Day. Regardless of whether you're spending time with your life partner, husband, girlfriend, sidepiece, best bud, family or if you just want to offer up a little self-love, there's a present for everybody in our Green Valentine Gift Guide.
Ernest Hemingway Signature Set
It's impossible to deny the importance of Ernest Hemingway's work within the world of American literature. The author would produce novels, short stories and essays that impacted people's perception of the early 20th century and beyond. Nine of those works—including "For Whom The Bell Tolls" and "A Farewell to Arms"—are being rereleased in a beautiful collection ($395), designed by Juniper Books to be kept and consumed together.
Alba Dunaway Silk Pajamas
British designer Olivia von Halle creates sleepwear and loungewear that is—like a lazy day in bed itself—ultimately luxurious and lavish. This tropical yet subtle 100% silk pajama set ($475) is comprised of a button-up long-sleeve shirt and matching shorts that feature contrast trim. The emerald green, black and dusty pink pattern makes for an ensemble you'll want to show off in more places than just the bedroom.
Kan-no-shiro Matcha Powder
More than just a tea shop, Kyoto-based retailer Ippodo Tea Co. has specialized in the cultivation and blending of matcha, sencha and other Japanese teas for nearly three centuries. Their Kan-no-shiro 40g can of matcha powder ($15) is ground from shade-cultivated leaves and soothes with its full-bodied flavor and mellow sweetness. It’s an unfailing choice for green tea aficionados and newcomers alike.
Exfoliating Body Bar
Made with the essence of cedarwood and oakmoss, Baxter of California's exfoliating body bar ($17) offers a luxurious and hydrating experience. Thanks to the pumice, jojoba meal and crushed olive seed, the paraben-free soap smooths out skin—which is especially useful in dry, blustery winters.
Jonas Wood Parrot Pattern Scarf
Brooklyn-based Massif Central has just launched their latest collection of artist-designed scarves and has again worked with LA-based Jonas Wood. His aptly named "Parrot Pattern" scarf ($350) is 100% silk (like all MC's creations) and depicts the boldly colored, sweet birds perched on various lush greenery. Wear it or frame it, it's sure to brighten any gloomy day.
With notes of palm tree leaves, dew mist, white musk, green pepper and coriander seeds—to name a few—this “Amazingreen” unisex fragrance ($103) from Japanese label Comme des Garçons emits the alluring scent of the jungle, cut with the bitterness of spice and gunpowder. Made in France and available in 50mL, it comes bottled in a sleek metallic green container almost as attractive as the fragrance itself.
Psychic Stone (Nature)
For those who like a little mysticism or spirituality in their homes, LA-based artists Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III (both of fine art collective FriendsWithYou) conjure every Psychic Stone ($800) with a custom spell. The amulet (or desk accessory, depending on your viewpoint) is made from green resin and inside a host of sacred objects are housed. Every Psychic Stone is a little different, taking into consideration the buyer's desires.
Crafted from the lower portion of recycled Bordeaux bottles, The Green Glass Co.'s Forest Tumbler set ($36) upcycles more than materials—it brings along the nostalgia and charm of great wine. Each glass in the set of four holds 10 oz portions of your favorite beverage. It's a product that demonstrates that the eco-conscious Milwaukee, Wisconsin company behind it all strives to make useful, responsible items.
Suspended Arc Ring
Made as a mirror image, this striking and delicate ring ($409)—available in either 14k yellow or rose gold—by Brooklyn studio wwake boasts two bright green opals on both sides. The natural stones unusually give off the illusion of being suspended. And if the fine lines and tasteful size of the ring isn't enough, there's a tiny (almost secret) diamond at the base—which will most often only be known to the wearer.
Three-Month Bouquet Subscription
Breaking free from traditional florists and mega-sites, UrbanStems offers fresh-cut bouquets to city-dwellers at an affordable price point. Their three-month subscription ($95) delivers a different floral arrangement each month—with flowers harvested from Rainforest Alliance Certified and Veriflora Certified farms—making sure recipients will enjoy their flowers long after the holiday. They’re currently operating within NYC and Washington DC.
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