American Apparel scarf ($28) There’s nothing better than spending hours snuggled up in bed with your honey during the cold winter months. For those days that require leaving the bed, keep her warm from afar with a cozy scarf. This classic, two-tone scarf has four color options. It may not be the same as blankets and a warm body, but it’s something.
Dogeared Love necklace ($68) While heart jewelry may be the most overdone Valentine’s Day gift ever, embrace the cliché with style and give her this necklace. A handcrafted stone heart pendant rests at the end of a delicate chain. The heart itself looks vaguely like a fossil, with its hammered surface and slightly misshaped form, which distinguishes the necklace from its generic, often-cheesy cousins.
Fisheye camera ($48) Give her the gift that keeps on giving with this Lomography fisheye camera, which also comes in green, blue, and white. The 170-degree view compresses everything into a distorted circular image. Turn the everyday into art and see the world from a different perspective—together of course. Don’t forget to buy the film ($14).
Kiehl’s Perennial Favorites ($39) Whether your girl is a friend of the environment, is a jet-setter, or loves to pamper herself, this Kiehl’s gift set is sure to please. The travel- and earth-friendly bag is filled with a selection of Kiehl’s favorite products: body cream, lip balm, facial moisturizer, and amino-acid shampoo.
Cashmere kimono bathrobe ($100) When your arms aren’t available, give her something just as good to wrap up in. Free People makes this adorable super-soft kimono-print bathrobe. The robe has a hood, dolman sleeves, front pockets, and tie-sash closure.
Chemistry cocktail set ($36) If your Valentine likes to drink as much as we do, why not buy her this whimsical chemistry cocktail set? Complete with four “test tube” glasses, a glass beaker, a stirrer, one stainless-steel cocktail shaker, and a mental stand, the set makes it easy to have fun with science. Throw a cocktail-recipe book and some liquor into the mix, and spend Valentine’s Day playing the mad scientist.
Fantasy fragrance by Britney Spears ($55 for 3.3 ounces) Okay, we’re a little embarrassed about this one, but we swear, it smells really good! The perfume has notes of red lychee, kiwi, jasmine, musk, and orris root, and it’s allegedly “a magic love potion of sweet temptation.” The scent is manufactured by Elizabeth Arden, so it won’t cause mysterious rashes or erratic behavior, and the pink bottle and name make it perfect for Valentine’s Day, even if your girlfriend isn’t a teenybopper.
Annie Leibovitz at Work($40) This lightweight coffee-table book is filled with iconic photographs by the legendary photographer. Every image has accompanying text that tells the story behind the photograph.
Leopard clutch ($17.80) Valentine’s Day is all about animal instincts. With this funky fold-over clutch, bring out your girl’s wild side. It may not be the most practical item out there, but what’s romance without frivolity?