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!

 

 

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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?

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

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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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Six Brand-tastic Ideas for Father’s Day

It can be challenging to come up with a gift idea that will be an exciting, original home run  for dad on Father’s Day. We’ve got you covered! Check out these brands that offer curated collections, variety and unique gifts that keep on giving.

Make some noise! With fewer and fewer record stores and an immense sea of online options it’s hard to hone in on which music to sample next. What could be a more perfect gift for a music-loving dad than a subscription to receive a weekly or monthly delivery of the newest independent music releases? Rough Trade will deliver selections from their exclusive  private collection of recordings right to your dad’s email. It doesn’t get much easier than that to stay on top of the latest grooves. Read more about what we think makes Rough Trade a successful brand in the sea of sounds here.

 

Take the high road. Even if dad loves to drive, there are times when he’d really rather not. Navigating a strange city is no easy task. Driving home after a long night out on the town is no fun. We all have experienced how difficult it can be to try to hail a cab in the rain. Give your dad the gift of an easy ride with Uber. Uber provides a reliable car service that’s available whenever your dad needs it at the touch of a cell phone. Sign yourself and Dad up and then you can give a gift certificate directly to his account. See more on what makes the Uber brand stand out from other car services and taxi’s here.

 

 Help your dad be the host with the most. There’s something special about serving and enjoying a great glass of wine. But which wine to choose? With Virgin Wines every wine is a delicious decision. They offer boutique-quality, handcrafted wine from all over the world, delivered right to dad’s doorstep (without the high price tag). You can select wine by the bottle, the case, gift collections and the “Explorers Club” where each month they send a case of 15 individual expertly selected wines. Here’s to dad, cheers!

 

What’s good for the goose… We recommended this as a gift for mom on Mother’s Day and thankfully, Birchbox has awesome selections for guys, too! It’s challenging for busy guys to get into stores to sample new products. So why not make it easier for dad and bring those samples directly to his door? Birchbox does just that. Birchbox bundles several samples of cosmetics, skin care items and lifestyle products and accessories all into a handsome Birchbox and delivers it directly to dad’s doorstep.  Read more about what we feel drives the success of the Birchbox brand here.

 

Give an experience dad won’t forget.  You’ve been hearing about “it” for years, you know that thing that dad has “always wanted to do,” like, drive a race car, pilot a plane, fly in a fighter jet, rafting the river rapids or hot air ballooning over the countryside. Cloud 9 Living has over 1,800 unique experiential gifts in 43 regions across the United States. Select “that one” dad’s been talking about or give him the option of selecting his own with an open-ended gift certificate. The world is waiting!

 

Support dad in growing his business. Is your father an entrepreneur, small business owner, artist, performer, or freelance contractor? Here’s a way to help him take his business and brand to the top! Brand School is our highly effective, premier branding program that will give him the tools and insight he needs to grow a stronger personal, career or business brand. Get more information about the next session and a one-on-one Brand Health Check Strategy Session HERE.

5 Creative Gifts that Won’t Break the Bank

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Holidays, and especially holiday gift giving, can be extremely taxing.

But this year why not take a step back and create something special?

Save the physically draining desperate crawl around the mall.

Pour a  glass of wine or a mug of cocoa and spend a bit more mental energy dreaming up something unique.

You might find it doesn’t take a lot more time, and it definitely won’t cost more.

Plus I always find I get more joy in giving (and getting) creative gifts.

Here are some ideas:

5 Creative Gift Ideas that Won’t Break the Bank

1. Write a Special Letter.
Think about what you love and admire about someone and put it down in writing.

Not to be too morbid, but think about what you would say about them if they were gone and write it now to share with them while they can really appreciate it.