We could all use a little TLC about now. Luckily, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Even if you’re not the type to celebrate the holiday, it’s a great opportunity to brighten someone’s day during this difficult time. Rather than wait until the last minute, here are some gift ideas to share the love sans stress.
With a name like Norman Love Confections, this Florida-founded chocolatier seems like a good place to start. Its Valentine’s Day-themed boxes of bonbons and truffles that are also edible works of art range from 5 to 50 pieces. Choose from all types of chocolate and a variety of classic and gourmet flavors like pink champagne, honey lavender and bananas Foster. normanloveconfections.com
Travel back to the sounds of Louis Armstrong courtesy of trumpeter Troy Anderson’s spot-on tribute to the great jazz legend. The South Florida-based musician and his band are performing on Valentine’s Day at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. Tickets include a delicious boxed dinner and sunset cocktail. Rosé from Chateau d’Esclans will be flowing among the fronds and flowers, too. mbgarden.org
Lingua Franca NYC, a cashmere knits brand with a Palm Beach boutique, suggests wearing your heart on your sleeve literally. Its Sweetheart collection features lovey-dovey, embroidered sweaters, scarves, patch pins and other items for the whole family. Select from several styles and colors. Pieces with custom embroidery and monograms must be ordered online by February 3 for V-day delivery. linguafranca.nyc
A rose candle lasts longer than a dozen roses. Treat your valentine with a Diptyque candle in the romantic scent. Other fragrances like tuberose and fig tree come in limited-edition, clear glass holders with black geometric graphics. Shop the e-commerce store for convenience, and note there are Florida boutiques in Bal Harbour and Brickell in case items are sold out online. diptyqueparis.com
As West Coast ice cream maker Salt & Straw puts the finishing touches on its pending parlors in Wynwood and Coconut Grove, it’s collaborating with Miami’s Salty Donut for a specialty pint pack. Five flavors include brown sugar rum ice cream with sticky bun donuts and praline pecans. Order for nationwide delivery while supplies last from Salt & Straw’s website. saltandstraw.com
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South Florida’s answer to New York’s hugely successful Popupflorist, Zoom Bloomz is a roving European flower stall that pops up in high-traffic zones from shopping centers to beach clubs. In addition to surprise locations, it operates three permanently parked flower carts at Lincoln Eatery food hall in South Beach, and Miami Ironside and the Midtown Garden Center on the mainland. zoombloomz.com/coming-soon