#TheListLassies Valentine’s Day Edition
Not sure what to get your special someone (OR YOURSELF!!) for Valentine’s Day? Not sure what to ask for? Not sure what you should treat yourself to on this historically romantic day of love (don’t worry – we all do it 😉 )? Let’s go beyond chocolate and flowers! (although we love those too!)
The List Lassies are here to help!! Lori Ann Bailey, Eliza Knight and Madeline Martin put together our favorite things and shared them over 10 days on our FaceBook pages.
Now that the 10 days are over, we’re all going to be sharing this list on our blogs to make it quick and accessible for you to check out 🙂
***Please note prices are subject to change – we are putting the prices they are as of this article***
Your kids reach a certain age where teddy bears and chocolates don’t always reflect who they are. This gift is perfect for older boys in your life…. (great for girls too, but Lori’s idea for them is Item #4)
Every year, Lori gets together with my friends from college for game night. UNSTABLE UNICORNS was a huge hit with her forty-something year-old friends, her teenage son, and her ten-year-old. Even though the box says 14 (mildly disturbing cards and a little complex) you can play it younger if you learn how. Lori’s ten-year-old has been teaching it to half the boys in her neighborhood. Her teen has also been taking it to friends houses to play.
You do have to invest a little time learning how to play, but once you know it’s lots of fun. Think Sorry with a fun twist for older kids and grownups.
A Jar of Love
This can be done for your children, you parents, your friends, your partner, even yourself!
- Get a cute jar and little pieces of paper.
- Write something on the paper – whatever you want – about that person. Things about them that make you smile, or happy memories with them – things that will warm their heart to read.
- Seal them all (usually with a sticker or something) and put them in the jar for them to open every day. It can be as many or as little as you like.
Price: Cost of the paper, jar and stickers mentioned above, or if you prefer a kit already assembled, $37.95
I love Audible. I can listen to amazing stories all while doing the dishes, laundry, vacuuming, and that makes doing those chores SO MUCH BETTER! *Hint — I even wear my headphones while grocery shopping!* Wouldn’t you rather spend the time you would be doing mundane tasks “reading”? Now you can! Get an Audible package!
Price: Free for 30 days!
Alex and Ani, Lunar Phase Necklace
This is the Lunar Phase Necklace and is perfect for anyone who loves something sparkly or someone you are proud of. Lori sent one to her college-aged daughter. In the message, it said, Aim for the moon, but if you miss you’ll land in the stars.
Price: $128.00, but use code WELCOME15 for a discount and any order of $75 ships free
Sprocket Bluetooth Printer
The sprocket printer prints out on sticker paper (about the size of the palm of your hand) and connects effortlessly to your phone via bluetooth. It doesn’t require any ink and the refills are relatively low cost. It’s great for on-the-spot printing, but it’s also great for scrapbooking or leaving little pictures for your loved ones to find.
The Gift of Pampering! As a busy mom and more than full-time writer, I often forget to take care of myself! For me one of the best gifts (besides a clean house!) is a massage or bath products to relax in the tub with a good book and a glass of wine!
Ask for a gift card to Massage Envy, and get a massage anywhere! (over 1K USA locations).
~Herbivore Botanicals – All Natural Coconut Milk Bath Soak https://amzn.to/2GlHJtX
~Ahava Eucalyptus Dead Sea Mineral Bath Salt https://amzn.to/2WJ8aiV
~Sheamoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Dead Sea Salt Muscle Relief Mineral Soak https://amzn.to/2MQmUI5
Hallmark, Paper Wonder, Pop-up Cards
Today is all about your significant other and for this, Lori went old school with a twist.
HALLMARK, PAPER WONDER, POP-UP CARDS – These intricately cut-out cards look like a work of art.
Lori’s always been one to appreciate the thought put into a gift. If you listen to the History, Books and Wine podcast on the 14th, you’ll find out why.
Her husband is truly amazing, but she never finds the time to tell him. So occasionally, Lori writes him an old fashioned love letter to tell him how much she appreciates everything he does. This year, Lori found this perfect card. She had to get it and she’s usually not a card person because she likes using her own words. But, this one fit perfectly and she’ll include a personal note on the inside.
Lori will give it to him when they sit down to enjoy his favorite meal, Eggplant Parmigiana, which takes her three hours to make. He only gets it on special occasions. She’s also going to try to feed the kids early and talk them into letting her and her husband eat alone in the dining room with candles and music on the china they never use.
There’s nothing better than a foot massage for the love of your life…that you don’t have to do yourself. That’s why this gift is so fabulous!!
If you’re looking for a gift that will keep on giving and keep the love of your life happy, I give you: The Shiatsu Foot Massager.
The Gift of Time for Your Partner — selflessness. The most meaningful gift my husband seems to enjoy from me is when I say I’ll do something with him that he’s been wanting to do that I don’t want to do — like go see the Predator movie (LOL), or a car race, or watch football, etc… He never asks me to do these things with him, though I know he wants to, because he knows I will loathe every minute. So for him, when I volunteer (as tribute ?) it’s showing him that I love him and I’m willing to do things that are boring or uninteresting, because I’m interested in HIM and his hobbies.
So this year, as a gift to your other person, is to volunteer to do something they like, and smile the whole time you’re doing it.
*I do not endorse anything that might get you hurt or worse, like no way in heck will I be shark diving, but I’ll take a pic!*
Book and Wine Paired Perfectly
Eliza Knight, Lori Ann Bailey and MadelineMartin have come up with the perfect wine and book pairing for our books:
Eliza’s Book: The Highlander’s Hellion https://amzn.to/2SD5tA3
Lady Greer, daughter to the Earl and Countess of Sutherland, was a hellion. If one were to jumble up all the deeds in her life and make a fair assessment, one would see it was true. Greer preferred to think of herself as spirited. After all, to be called a hellion was not very flattering, now was it?
Paired With: Italo Cescon Pinot Noir. “Pinot Noir is one of the oldest grape varieties to be cultivated for the purpose of making wine and is often described as being a “difficult” grape… great Pinot Noir creates a lasting impression on the palate and in the memory.” ~ From the makers of Italo Cescon
Lori’s Book: Highland Deception https://amzn.to/2tdtgbz
A secretive lass on the run, a laird determined to keep his clan safe. When the two meet, the desire igniting between them is heady like the finest wine. As the layers of deception are peeled away, will he find out she’s the healer his people need or the spy sent to ruin him?
Paired with: Josh Cabernet Sauvignon, North Coast Reserve – This North Coast Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon bursts with plum and blackberry flavors, layered with smoky vanilla wood, roasted almonds and hazelnuts, finishing long with fine firm tannins. A wine that is bold and expressive but unassuming and approachable.
Madeline’s Book: Earl of Benton https://amzn.to/2TI85Ko
A Scottish whisky smuggler who begrudgingly accepts his inherited English Earldom. An heiress whose uncle is determined to kill her. All that and an affable dog who will make your heart smile.
Paired With: Apothic Inferno When reading about a whisky smuggling earl putting his life on the line for one last run, what better wine to drink than a bold red blend that has been aged in whisky barrels?
We hope you enjoyed our list as much as we enjoyed putting it together and hope you were able to get some great ideas from it as well. Feel free to comment with your own gift suggestions!!
Also, make sure you stay posted on our FB pages as we’ll be doing another fun round of List Lassies for Mother’s Day!