Whether low-key or lavish, Valentine's Day is an occasion to tell someone that you cherish him or her. (An ad I saw last year said "Yes, it's a stupid, made-up, commercial holiday. But it's her favourite stupid, made-up commercial holiday."
Some give gifts; my husband and I exchange a card, or he might bake a heart-shaped cake. My Dad once gave my mother a box of Cuban cigars for Valentine's Day but she got him back on his birthday, March 31, with a set of china.
A friend asked for some ideas for her true love, Joe, on a budget of under $100 (not including shipping), in time for Feb. 14 delivery, but these could also be given for upcoming birthdays or other celebrations.
Sateen down blanket from Garnet Hill, double size (was $188, now $88).
Dickie's Duck Blanket lined jacket, $51 from Dickie's.
Bright blooms for your yard
A bag of tiger lily mix seeds, $15, from van Bourgondien.
Half the Perfect World, Madeleine Peyroux, $15.
Brush with fame Frederic Fekkai travel brush, $55 from Bergdorf Goodman.
1958 Pontiac paperweight or desk trophy, $45 from Great Expectations Antiques.
Green Congo Swallowtail (origin, Africa). Wingspan, 31/4 inches, $64 framed from Butterfly Utopia.
Ideal for in-town riding, Rapha Fixed Long-Sleeve Tee, $65,
from La Bicicletta.