AFFORDABLE BLING. Too cash-strapped for carats? Pick up this metallic violet that would make your girl’s nails shine. NARS Diamond Life, P995, available at Rustan’s The Beauty Source
PULL A KYUN-WOO. One of the sweetest things that Korean character did for his Sassy Girl was exchange shoes with her when her own hurt her feet. We get it–you like your trainers and you can’t walk in heels. Settle for the next best thing–get your girl really comfy shoes. We promise, she’ll want to live in them. Yosi Samra ballet flats, prices range from P2295 to P3295. Available at GAS, Greenbelt 3 and Trinoma Mall
A DOSE OF KINSELLA. A book? For Valentine’s Day? Really? Yes. Especially if your girl is a Sophie Kinsella fan. And the best part? The book’s official release is on February 14. You’ll get plus points for freshness. Sophie Kinsella’s I’ve Got Your Number, P655. Available at National Book Store and Powerbooks
CHOCOLATES NEVER FAIL. Stuck with a significant other who already has everything? Chocolates always work. Villa Del Conte’s sweet offerings were a huge hit last Christmas and these chocolates from Padova, Italy would make the perfect Valentine’s gift too. Pick a box size and choose from their array of praline balls and sticks. Our favorites? The milk chocolate praline ball with hazelnut cream filling and cereal and the milk chocolate with banana cream filling. The bonus? Their packaging is super pretty. Find Villa Del Conte at Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Greenbelt 5, Trinoma and Resorts World Manila.
FOR THE TRAVEL NUT. Give each other this cute scratch map and make a list of places you want to visit and scratch each goal off when you’re done—this will serve as a reminder of the wonderful memories you’ve created together around the globe. Available at Quirks
IT’S IN THE BAG. If your girl is the type who likes lugging around everything but the sink, stop complaining. Instead, pick up a nice tote that will give her more than enough space for her essentials. We love these slouchy leather totes from Katre, P4500. Visit www.katrebrand.com.
FOR THE COFFEE FAN. Nescafe’s Dolce Gusto is a caffeine addict’s dream come true. This multi-beverage coffee system helps you prepare hot and cold Italian coffee recipes by popping in any of your chosen capsules—Caffe Lungo, Chocoino, Mocha, Cappuccino, Vanilla Latte Macchiato. Two kinds of machines are available—Piccolo (P3999) and Circolo (P6999). Capsules come in boxes of 16 for P400. Available at SM Supermarkets, Appliance Stores and Department Stores, Landmark, Rustan’s Supermarkets, Robinsons Supermarkets, S&R, Shopwise and Metro: Market! Market
LOVE IN A BOTTLE. Majolica Majorca Majoromantica. The name alone says it, Majoromantica is a fragrance that looks like mysterious love potion in a bottle, promising romance and more.
Majolica Majorca at SM Dept. Stores
POPPY LOVE. If your gal loves designers and pretty things to add to her burgeoning vanity table, get her a bottle of Coach Poppy—this floral designer fragrance is dainty and pretty. Plus, because it’s floral, you don’t need to buy her a bouquet when this one will last longer.
Available at Rustan’s
HEART ON A SLEEVE. Let your loved one carry her iPad in style, thanks to Fino’s sumptuous leather iPad sleeves. Choose from classy caramel, playful aqua or a pop of bright pink to brighten her day. If you’re feeling generous, you can provide her an iPad to slip in the case, too.
Available at Fino boutiques
LISTEN TO YOUR HEART. mix tapes are a thing of the past, but you can still let him listen to longs that mean a lot in your relationship. Make him a playlist on his iPod and give him stylish Timbre gitara headphones to listen to it with.
FUR-FECT COMBINATION. If your animal lover girlfriend or boyfriend wants to cuddle with someone lovable when you’re not around, give her a puppy! An adorable furball is guaranteed to make him/her melt, just make sure you know that you are also giving him/her a rival for your affections. Ask your other animal loving friends where to find reputable breeders but make sure you and your girlfriend have time to devote to the new pup because caring for a pup requires a lot of time and patience.
SWEET (COUCH) POTATO. Give your TV-addicted boyfriend a TV tools tray which you can fill with his favorite snacks so he doesn’t have to get off the couch the whole weekend. Available at Quirks
Look out for your one and only’s health by making sure he gets his recommended daily water intake. Plus, he’ll think always think of you when he’s thirsty.