This Valentine’s Day, Show Your Love with a Twist

Tired of the same old gifts for Valentine’s Day? If you’re stuck in the typical roses, perfume, and boxed chocolates rut, never fear…we’ve uncovered 9 innovative brands that offer clever TWISTS on the classic Valentine’s favorites for both men and women.

moonglowmoonglow jewelry twists the idea of personalizing jewelry by taking  a special moment in time and depicting what the moon looked like on that day. This line of handcrafted and made-to-order jewelry is designed in Montreal by local artist, Luc Rouleau. Pick a date you want to commemorate – first kiss, wedding, anniversary – and find the exact moonphase through their moonphase calculator.

 

godiva2GODIVA’S Chocolate and Coffee of the Month Club steps up the traditional chocolate gift by pairing two strong favorites, coffee and chocolate – and curates them so you can give a gift that keeps on giving. This collection includes up to three months of Chocolate Truffle Coffee paired with a favorite GODIVA treat. It’s the perfect way to rev up your relationship for months to come!

 

 

mms

Personalized M&M’s are a whimsical and fun way to express your unique “couple” brand. Mars twists their iconic favorite, M&M’s, by letting you custom design your own candies. You can choose your colors; put a portrait or special photo on them and imprint your own special words and affections. Your honey will never tire of seeing your XO’s, hearts, special dates, or… perhaps even a proposal?

 

boomf

With boomf magical marshmallows you can twist your memories into a romantic adornment for your cup of hot cocoa. Personalize marshmallows with your favorite Instagram pictures. Turn photos of you and your sweetie into a romantic, sweet and fluffy gift. Created by James Middleton, brother of Kate Middleton, it boasts a royal romantic touch. Free shipping to Europe and North America.

 

beerkit

Mr. Beer – Beer, Cider and Root Beer Brewing Kits puts a twist on the micro brew trend by giving you everything you need to turn your fridge into a micro brewery. With its reusable brew keg and screw-top bottles, Mr. Beer creates up to two gallons of beer or cider in just 14 days. There’s nothing like kicking back and enjoying a home-made, lip-locked toast together.

 

 

ChocolateDipped-Wine

Champagne Dipped in Chocolate – Literally. The duo of chocolate and Champagne always enhances a romantic setting.  But here, Guittard Chocolate has twisted these favorite gifts by literally combining them. They dip the bottle of Champagne (or wine) in a rich, decadent Guittard dark chocolate. This creative indulgent gift available through GiftTree.com is the perfect touch to any romantic evening.

 

 

bemineA rose is a rose… but a Love Is In The Air Plant lasts and lasts and is practically care-free. Give your Valentine a twist on the usual red roses. Air Plants are trendy and unique. This gift from Gifts.com features a tillandsia air plant and rocks within a glass globe that can be placed hung indoors or outdoors. The heart shape makes sure your loving intention is clear.

 

 

perfume

For women: Fragrance Republic adds a twist to the standard perfume present with their fragrance enthusiasts club that gives exclusive access to original fine fragrances as created by world-class perfumers. Each month members receive an exclusive new fragrance delivered straight from the FR! lab free of charge, right to their door. Membership includes connection to an online community where you can rate and vote for favorite fragrances; exclusive invites to launch parties, speaker events and discounts.

 

scent

For men:  Scent Monthly – Does your hottie wear the same cologne, every season, every day? Help him twist out of that scent rut with a membership to Scent Monthly. They deliver two fresh, premium fragrances each month, and each fragrance is handpicked for the season. Sign up for a  three or six-month subscription or a trial one-month membership and your guy will be thanking you throughout the year.

 

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Sweeten Your Brand’s Impact with a Meaningful Cause

Can a product brand have a higher purpose and not seem like it’s just jumping on the “cause” band wagon? Well, we believe that sweetriot has made the cut with grace and impact.

sweetriot makes chocolate candy. Sounds simple enough, but they have taken their brand to another level altogether. They are a mission-based business that wants to “create a more just and celebrated multicultural world for our next generation”. They embrace this idea throughout their company and in every area of brand expression.

How do they succeed in clearly defining their brand promise to make their product and purpose stand out?

Their name says it all. sweetriot immediately implies they are making their voice heard, that they welcome others into the process, and they do it while creating a sweeter place, literally and figuratively. In their own words: “A sweetriot is a joyful celebration of culture, diversity, and understanding — it is the opposite of a civil riot, which is dangerous, violent, and oppressing.”

They are consistent and creative with their use of verbal identity. CEO, Sarah E Endline, calls herself the “Chief Rioter.” Customers are asked to “Join the riot.”  Their chocolate treats are called “peaces.” Their copy reinforces their dedication to fair-trade and social causes that better the communities from where their materials are sourced.Their tagline is “Fixing the world one ‘peace’ at a time. Sweet for the world & sweet for you.”

Their mission is integrated as a part of every aspect of their business – it is not an add-on. It is integral to their products, partnerships and people. They walk the talk.

Their logo helps tell their story. Their logo is a thumbprint and also the globe. Immediately we know sweetriot is aware that they are leaving their personal mark on the world and it serves as a reminder to us that we are, too (everyone has a thumbprint and everyone lives on Earth).  Based in NYC, USA, sweetriot’s brand colors of red, white and blue reflect their company’s origin.

Their packaging is social and unique. sweetriot supports the emerging artists community by featuring works that embrace sweetriot’s culture on the candy wrappers. Works of art to be featured are selected by votes from website visitors.

sweetriot put a creative twist on their brand by directly involving their market and community and by consistently reminding their customers that when they purchase a sweetriot product they are doing more than simply satisfying a chocolate craving.

If executed with authenticity and care, your customers may respond with loyalty and enthusiasm when they realize that by connecting with your product they are in turn contributing to a larger community. Identifying associations that resonate on a meaningful level with your target market takes strategic thinking. Incorporating your promise into your brand identity takes planning. At Brand School, the highly effective, premier branding program, we deliver the tools and steps you need to sweeten your brand and its connection to your market. Receive more information about Brand School’s next session and get free brand-building tools and tips when you join our mailing list.

This post is part of our Brands That Twist series celebrating innovative brands. Read about other breakthrough brands and more ways to grow your business and brand here.

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Death by Chocolate

My name is Julie and I am a Chocaholic.

Not to belitte anyone else’s addiction, but this is a serious problem for me.

And it’s become virtually impossible to control, because I am not sure if you’ve noticed, but right now chocolate is EVERYWHERE!! It’s in Holiday gift boxes sent to my office, from well-meaning friends bringing over hostess gifts and perhaps most importantly and most surprisingly in EVERY SINGLE DRUG STORE AISLE IN THE FORM OF VALENTINE’S GIFTS.

What did I miss?

Since when does Valentine’s Day start on January 4th?

Hello. We should at least have a 2-week grace period until January 15th. Right?

I know retailer’s are hard up…but trust me there is just not that much love to celebrate.