valentine pretties + giveaway

Here’s a little list of some fun Valentine goodies I found for every type of gal on Valentine’s Day, which by-the-way I can’t believe is right around the corner!?

valentine pretties

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1.  Love this little Chevron number on sale for such a steal!

2.  Deja Vu is my go-to for fun fashion here at the beach.  I’m serious when I tell you their store is addictive!  Proceed with caution.  Their new bejeweled leather cuff totally knocks it out of the park.


3.  Hello most adorable burlap monogrammed tote ever.  This is by another addictive boutique called Number Four Eleven.  Over here.  Shockingly only 28 bucks. LOVE!


4.  Love this newfound eco-friendly polish by Scotch Naturals.  The logo design is so chic that I would intentially leave it out on my vanity tray just to look pretty.  They have 38 gorgeous shades.  Their classic creme red could be the perfect statement for a romantic V-day dinner.  I also love their shade, Smoky Martini, meow!  


5.  Peter brought me home heart shaped Bavarian cream donuts from my favorite guilty pleasure resource the other day.  I thought it was so romantic!!  In my book, you can never go wrong bringing sweets to your love.

6.  I kind of cringe when I see the packs of store-made Valentine cards for kids because let’s face it, they’re not very original or pretty.  And they always come in packs of 18…yet we all know most classrooms have 20 – 25 kids.  Do they think we don’t notice we’re getting gypped?  So each year I hunt down cute free printables for my little Valentines and let them pick out fun favors somewhere like Target…then we hot glue them onto the card.  It’s actually a DIY I always look forward to doing together with my kiddos.  This year we chose these cuties.


There are nine different card designs, in red, light blue and pink, all adorable.  You can download them free right here.

Also love this free printable Valentine Bingo game for kiddos.  Which is over here.  What a fun idea to bring in for a class game at your child’s Valentine party.

7.  I’ve blogged this one to death, but Chanel’s Rebelle is still my very favorite red lipstick!  

8.  The glassbaby candleholder, in the color “smooch,” has a lot of heart.  Over here.  Can’t believe it takes four artists to make just one of these beauties!  I have the turquoise and cashmere and love their usual soft glow…but especially love the glassbaby story and their endless charity to those battling cancer.  Founded by a three time cancer survivor, glassybaby has donated more than one million dollars to charities helping people heal.  Check out all of their 135 different colors here.  A quick glimpse of a few of their pinks and reds…




Leave a comment telling me the CRAZIEST Valentine gift you’ve ever received to enter the giveaway.   The giveaway is a surprise that will come from moi.  Hint:  it’s a little pretty item that I’m sure you will love.  

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  1. Allison McClymont says:

    My husband once created a “Zen” garden for me, entirely out of Nerds candy. At the time, it was my favorite sweet treat, and somehow, without my knowing, he found the time to empty what must have been dozens of boxes of Nerds into a HUGE tray…I think it was 3 x 2 feet in size! It came with a little rake, fake plant, and to make sure I didn’t succumb to a lifestyle of sugar-induced fatigue, an actual gift certificate for Yoga lessons at the Rec Center. It was the perfect combination of over-the-top whimsy, decadence, and real treasure…and I loved it!

  2. Jessica says:

    The craziest gift I’ve ever received is an ironing board. I’d been needing one for a while and for whatever reason, husband decided V-day was the appropriate day to give it… Men… lol!

  3. Janice says:

    My craziest valentine gift was a ride in my boyfroend’s stunt plane! He was a pilot and performed in air shows using vintage planes ! What a ride! And actually quite romantic in a risky-adventure sort of way :) That was loooong ago but remembered fondly.

  4. Rachel says:

    A zoo membership. My husband and I had just moved into our home a month and a half before and the zoo is only a few blocks away. I thought it was crazy at the time, but now I am so thankful. On the weekends when we’ve finished our chores we’ll grab a drink and head to the zoo to spend a few lazy hours strolling and looking at the animals.

  5. Kate S. says:

    My old boyfriend got me a rug. Yes, a rug. Like for in front of your door – to wipe your feet on. It wasn’t even a cute one!

  6. Kelly says:

    Goodness gracious, I don’t think I’ve ever received a “crazy” Valentine’s Day gift. The craziest (and not very original) thing I’ve ever gotten is a teddy bear dressed in a tux. Um, not fun. Luckily, I was still young enough to laugh it off. You get me that now, and I’d seriously have to reconsider our relationship – unless of course, you’re five and my nephew!!

  7. Lori H says:

    A gym membership..maybe it doesn’t sound flattering but we had been talking about it. Nowadays, I always ask for a biiig bunch of tulips and a little bit of dark chocolate. :)

  8. tobi d says:

    A dust vac. Needless to say we are no longer together.

  9. Allegra Parker says:

    The craziest Valentines day gift I’ve ever received was from my parents, who decorated our house from top to bottom the night before. I remember my 8-year-old mind being blown waking up to Hershey’s kisses, cinnamon hearts, confetti, heart-shaped pancakes and (craziest of all) ridiculous cupid costumes from my aunt. It is still such an amazing memory, because I remember the cards we exchanged with my parents and how heartfelt they were, reminding us that we were blessed to have each other, and that is what Valentines day is (or should be) really about.

  10. Laura B says:

    A screwdriver. Handy? Yes. Appropriate for Valentine’s Day? Not so much…

  11. Cindy Aiton says:

    Tires!! Yes, tires. My boyfriend actually gave me four brand new car tires for Valentine’s Day. I am thankful for any gift he gives me, but I do wish he would have included a tiny box of chocolates or a sparkly something. *sigh*

  12. Maureen says:

    I received a bowl. It wasn’t a bowl out of crystal or any special material just a bowl. I was told it would make a great mixing bowl for when I make cookies or a salad when guest came over. Yipee.

  13. Leila says:

    Maybe not super crazy, but in 2nd grade a boy in my class have me a teddy bear and box of chocolates. I tried to give them back because I didn’t like him but my teacher made me keep them and tell him thank you. :)

  14. Jeannine says:

    Two tulips, stolen from a garden.

    I was in college and for some reason, the idea of him hopping a fence to steal those flowers meant more to me than getting a dozen roses would have.

    That was a long time ago and I’ve lost touch with that guy, but I still prefer tulips to roses. :)

  15. paige says:

    well at the risk of being totally cheesy….my first born was due february 28th. but i told everyone i hoped she’d be a valentines baby.
    well, my water broke at 11:50pm on 2.12
    i thought oh dear….after all that she’s going to come the day before!!
    well, 24.5 hours later and 2.5 hours of pushing, she actually did come on valentines day!!
    she’ll turn 20 this year ;)

  16. Marcia Smith says:

    Craziest gift ever- I give my husband heart underwear every year- he ran out of clean undies while in the Navy and had to wear the red heart underwear under his whites!!! Everyone could see he was Loved!!! Ha!!!

  17. sydney85 says:

    Many years ago before being able to order things online my husband phoned the manager of a candy store in Australia to see if he could send some of my favorites to me in Texas. I had not had these candies for a few years so they were a delight to get. I laughed at enjoying black licorice for Valentine’s Day.

  18. sarah says:

    i told my husband i was craving chocolate particularly m and m’s several days before…..we don’t do gifts for valentines (just cards) so i was surprised when he came in with a big pounder bag of every kind of m and m!! yikes….alot of chocolate…..but it was sweet.

  19. Leslie b. says:

    A kitten!
    The boy isn’t around but the cat still is, 14 years later!

  20. Gloria says:

    My craziest Valentine’s Day gift was a coffee maker from my then boyfriend. The crazy part is that I don’t drink coffee, but he does! Twenty-five years later I still have the coffee maker and the ever-practical boyfriend is my husband!

  21. Devon says:

    The only “crazy” that I can come up with is the time my beloved husband flew home from London on Valentine’s Day and got off the plane with a beautiful little red velvet box. He surprised me with a lovely little diamond band that I had eyed a few months earlier. Maybe I can call it “CrazyLove”. :)

  22. nicole h says:

    The craziest thing I ever got was my Ex husband waiting for me in the bedroom wearing MY edible thong underwear and telling me to enjoy the Valentine treat… um NO THANKS!!!!

    (I should clarify that he wasn’t my ex at the time LOL and the edible undies were a gift I had received from my bachelorette party but had never opened) but STILL. The image still burns my eyes 7 years later!!! :0

  23. Tina says:

    My husband and daughter once decorated a still standing bare Christmas tree with all of the
    inexpensive, but cute Valentine decorations that they could find at a drugstore. There were even
    strings of red heart lights. It was waiting for me when I got home from work. It was so spontaneous and funny. It gave me a lot of joy.

  24. Aunt Pat says:

    In 6th grade, a pack of index cards + a pack of gum. Passed quietly to me/no fanfare in the hall at school. He was pretty shy. :)

  25. Anna Ferguson says:

    I was living and studying law in Oklahoma with my boyfriend, who was in the Army. We were both training for a marathon and so I thought I would get us both massages for Valentine’s Day. I saw an ad in the newspaper for a place called Millenium Day Spa and called to book our appointments, but was told that no appointment was necessary (clue #1). When we arrived at our surprise destination we walked in and the man at the front desk was smoking, had a gray beard, and was wearing overalls (clue #2). I asked for a menu of services and he pointed me to a handwritten white board (clue #3). I purschased a 60 minute massage for each of us. As we were walking back to our rooms, I saw a tired looking blond woman walk by in a short burgandy velour dress (clue #4). I walk into my room by myself and see that the only massage lotion in the room is a big, big bottle of vaseline lotion (clue #5). I start to get undressed and then I see it . . . a sign in the room that reads “Real Men Tip Big.” (ding, ding, ding!) Needless to say I throw on my clothes, run out of my room, grab my boyfriend and high tail it outta there! We were in a massage parlor, like where you can pay extra for a happy ending! Little did I know, being from Ohio and only in Tulsa a month, that massage parlors are rampant there (or were at the time). Oh, I cried and cried, so embarrassed. My boyfriend laughed and laughed. We went and got onion rings and root beer and it was the most memorable Valentine’s Day gift we (thankfully!) never got.

  26. Kim says:

    A garage door opener! My husband and I were newlyweds and moved into a new home in Jan 1988 and spent money only on practical things. One of my best gifts ever!

  27. Angie says:

    My husband has always been a last minute shopper. He got stuck at his office waiting for a salesman and didn’t get to the store for a card, much less a gift. So, he started looking around for things to make something. He came home later with a card made of a folder piece of copy paper with a flower staples to the front that he made by cutting an ear plug into slices. He decorated the card with different colored highlighters and Bible verses extolling the worth of a good wife. He also colored on a piece of paper with a red pen and cut it in a spiral and made me a rose. I still have those and they are still me favorite!

  28. Amy Orvin says:

    The craziest gift I’ve ever received was a phone call at 12 am the night before valentines day. It was my boyfriend at the time saying “It’s a officially valentines day, I love you.”

  29. Nicole says:

    A final coherent day with my dad before he passed away on the 16th of February two years ago. Sorry to sound like a downer… it is actually one of my most beautiful memories. :)

  30. Courtney says:

    My boyfriend (at the time, now he is my husband) gave me a FURMINATOR. For those that don’t know, a furminator is a dog brush. His intentions were good, knowing that I am a big dog lover, but probably the LEAST romantic gift a guy could think of! At least we can laugh about it now.

  31. Taylor Horan says:

    Craziest gift would have to be a surprise trip to NYC from my love :)

  32. Judy says:

    i have the monogrammed burlap tote that i picked up last year in savannah at the fabulous No. 411….Jennifer from that shop had contacted me and asked me to please stop by for a visit when we came for vacation…my daughter loved mine so much she got one too when she was in savannah the next month!

  33. Marika says:

    A fur flower. Definitely random. And sadly lost.

  34. pve says:

    craziest gift. a trip to the ER with one of my kids for stitches. really shows you how love can cut straight to one’s heart. Love my kids.
    I mean 3 kids, we have had lots of trips, but those ER trips are memorable.

  35. Catherine S says:

    The craziest gift I ever received was a new refrigerator…I do love it though. Especially the ice maker. I am in love with that burlap bag above though…it is so cute!

  36. Kimber-Leigh says:

    i honestly can’t think of a “crazy” valentines gift I’ve received…but i do remember one given to my roommate & best friend in college…a gorilla stuffed animal that sang “Hunka hunka burning love”. we all died laughing every time we heard it accidentally go off…and we still laugh about it today. :)

  37. Elaine says:

    21 years ago….It’s was our first as a married couple, and he bought me a cappaucino maker! Of course we both loved to drink cappaucinos but I clearly was thinking & I am sure it was expressed on my face sadly…this is not romantic…I never got another appliance on valentines day again..he has made up for it over the years and I can laugh about it now. It was sweet because he knew how much I was loving them, only I was too naive to see the beauty in his thoughts at the time. Thankfully I have grown!

  38. Sarah Mc says:

    In elementary school, my valentine buddy got me a fancy necklace…It is not weird now but at that age it was very weird!

  39. Claire says:

    Well, Valentine’s Day gets lost in Mardi Gras madness here in New Orleans, so we are usually focused on other things. Last night, we were out at the Muses parade and my husband caught a shoe (the MOST coveted throw at Muses, and arguably, one of the most coveted of all the parades). He gave it to me and told me it was my Valentine’s gift. Knowing how hard it is to catch one of those, I think it’s a pretty great gift. It’s going to look great in my office.

  40. Kristina says:

    In college an old boyfriend has a pizza delivered to my sorority house in the shape of a heart!

  41. Traci says:

    I received a pair of reindeer pajamas from a boyfriend In High school, clearly a clearance item from Christmas!

  42. Carol Ann says:

    I had a boyfriend in high school who was thoughtful and caring and didn’t have a dime to spend on something special for Valentine’s Day. That didn’t stop him from going to the local pet store and buying me a $2.99 goldfish (on sale!). He found an old glass bowl in his grandmother’s basement,
    filled it with water, dumped that fish in and left it on my doorstep with a card explaining why the fish did not have any colored pebbles at the bottom of the bowl or a mermaid figurine to keep him company or a castle to swim through. That goldfish was Amish.

  43. Jodi says:

    I had begged for a cat for the longest time and my husband insisted we didn’t need one. One Valentine’s Day he surprised me with just that. Cuddles was fully litter box trained and very well behaved (so the previous owners said). We had dinner reservations that night with friends and left Cuddles to relax at his new home. I had baked earlier in the day and had about a dozen custard pies covered with plastic wrap sitting on the kitchen counter. We came home to find the innocent little kitty had taken a bite out of each and every pie (curiously most bites were almost in the center of each pie and through the plastic wrap). Additionally, one of our friends went to use the bathroom prior to going home and came back asking if we had a German Shepherd. I didn’t know what they meant until I saw the massive piles Cuddles left at various places around the house. All that from one little cat? So much for the fancy charcoal filtered litter box. I spent the anticipated romantic evening cleaning my carpet and picking up shredded toilet paper from all over the house. Seems little Cuddles had a dark side and didn’t appreciate being left alone.

  44. Melissa says:

    An ex boyfriend of mine got me a wall calendar on Valentine’s Day – featuring nothing but pictures of Basset Hounds. Not only was the calendar somewhat tardy (who needs a new calendar the middle of February?) but when he gave it to me, he told me that he picked the low-slung dogs because they would be “guaranteed to make me feel skinny” when I looked at them. Needless to say, that was our first Valentine’s Day – and our last!

  45. Molly says:

    My boyfriend (now husband) made me a vase with our picture on it. It was so sweet and cheesy!

  46. Sherry F says:

    The craziest Valentine’s gift I ever got was a Gorillagram in the 80’s. Security wouldn’t let him into my work so I had to come to the lobby. He handed me some chocolates and a rose and then picked me up and carried me out of the building…..I was laughing so hard I couldn’t stop him…..the Gorillagram guy never said a word. He just carried me a block from my work and then put me down and gave me a card. The guy who did it wasn’t memorable but the the gift was!

  47. Sydnie says:

    My boyfriend decided to give me a Nerf gun. Probably the worst gift ever. I promptly returned it to Walmart (without him knowing) and I brought myself some perfume.

  48. Pamela says:

    Chocolate dipped strawberries …..two days after VDay! They were practically dripping out the sides of the container!

  49. CArolyn says:

    My college boyfriend gave me a huge slab of swiss cheese shaped in a heart. He knew I loved swiss cheese and I thought that was amazing!

  50. Stephanie says:

    My boyfriend “rasterized” Ghirardelli chocolates on my dorm room desk to spell out our initials and a heart. It was hilarious and super super cute.

  51. Elise says:

    My boyfriend travels a lot for work and I only get to see him 48 hours/week at most. Last year for Valentine’s day, he framed all of his hotel keys that he had kept from the year (which was A LOT) as his way of telling me that he thought about me and missed me every time he traveled. It’s sweet, but doesn’t always go with the decor scheme in the house…plus, I wondered what all the hotels thought when he never returned his key and kept a shoebox full them under the bed for a year!

  52. Lauren says:

    A few year ago my mom gave me a gift card to Kroger (a grocery store) for Valentine’s Day. I appreciated the grocery funds, but it certainly was a strange Valentine’s present!

  53. rachel says:

    I haven’t received anything too crazy! Probably just an interesting kind of chocolate. I remember getting makeup once

  54. Teri says:

    I don’t think I have ever had a crazy Valentine’s gift but my then boyfriend/now husband once gave me a hooded sweater that wasn’t really my style for V Day one year! It was a sweet thought but not really the perfect Valentine’s gift! Despite the ugly sweater, he was a keeper:)

  55. Ingrid says:

    A fondue set which I already had so I have a look of great disappointment on my face because i never used the one i had (my husband had a video of my reaction) but inside there was a diamond necklace. I was so delighted and he got exactly the reactions he wanted.

  56. Danielle T says:

    i received a pizza one year lol

  57. N. Sue says:

    I received a wonderful weding from my soul mate. Every year it gets better!! Love to all

  58. cpk says:

    craziest gift … trip to thailand!

  59. Annie says:

    The craziest v-day gift I ever got was not really crazy as it was a little extravagant for such a silly holiday. All seven seasons of Star Trek Voyager on DVD! Yes, I’m a Trekkie!

  60. Shelly says:

    Right before I met my wonderful hubby, I briefly dated another guy. He was so excited when Valentine’s came around and he told me he had gone ALL OUT for me and he couldn’t wait to give me my present because it was so me. So on Vday I expected something fabulous as he had pumped it up so much. On the day his big surprise was taking ME grocery shopping to pick out something to make US for dinner (WHAT!?). And a 4″ mini fern…still in the plastic container. A FOUR INCH fern and ME making dinner for him. That was my gift. Umm, no thanks guy. It lasted about two or three weeks more and I was over him completely to say the least.

  61. pam says:

    A shovel. But I love to garden and my husband knew I wanted a small, narrow one to use in tight spots. Very thoughtful, but not at all romantic…..

  62. Kate says:

    a candy heart necklace :)

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