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Valentine’s Day is well known for celebrating love between two people. I feel Valentine’s Day isn’t just for lovers, but for friends and family, as well. After all, these are people you love and cherish. Why not show your love and appreciation for them? Try our selection of Valentine’s Day gifts that are sure to brighten up everyone you love!teagsmg1000037835_-00_a-stash-of-love-gift-set

If you have a tea loving friend or family member, while tea is a good gift, but why not an accessory or an essential? By essential, try a tea kettle or a teapot. One can never have too many of those? If one ever breaks, you can always have extra! As always, our English Tea Store teapots come in many colors and you can choose from 2 cup or 6 cup teapot!

Perhaps the person you love is from the other side of the Pond? Wouldn’t you like to give them a taste of Home? We’ve got our selection of British sweets and chocolate to start off with. Some of our most popular candies include the world famous melt-in-your-mouth Cadbury Dairy Milk and the gooey but heavenly sweet Walkers Toffee. Let your love show their patriotism with their favorite items featuring the Union Jack. Give them a travel mug to sip their tea from or let the world know where they’re from with they’re shopping bag. Or surprise your Across the Pond Honey with a flag of Home! Great Britain, Scotland, and plenty more! Hang it in the kitchen or living room, it will bring a smile!

You can always put a steasvbf1000033494_-00_the-romance-of-tea-valentine-gift-basket_2urprise package together but if you’re strapped for time, try our gift baskets. They’re easy, convenient, and best of all, there’s just about one for everyone! If you know someone who is a fan of mint, we have a mint tea time basket featuring chamomile tea, or someone who is just getting into tea, there is the English Tea Store basket, and then the Deluxe Afternoon Tea for the full English tea experience!

There’s just about something for everyone. Take a look around our site and check out all of our categories!

-CD

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

 

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Don’t know what to get for your tea lover or sweet-eating sweetheart? With Valentine’s Day already here, I have a few picks here that will surprise and wow your sweetheart.

For Valentine’s this year, I gave my sweetie some English Tea Store matcha powder. Since he works at a coffee shop, one of his favorite things is matcha green tea. Very smooth and fine, this powder is very versatile. He admitted that he didn’t think he made it right the first time, so researched it for him and saw that there are directions and various ways to use it right on the ETS page. My fiance wanted to make a green tea matcha latte, so I found these directions:

Use 1/2 teaspoon (1 gram) per 8 ounce (225 milliliter) serving. Add 1/2 teaspoon (1 gram) to base of cup and add 2 ounces of hot water & mix vigorously to make a smooth paste-like liquid. Top with freshly steamed milk (or substitute like soy) and sweeten to taste. Maple syrup or honey are good sweetener suggestions.

There are also the traditional green tea ceremony style method and to make an iced green tea latte.

Wonka Randoms

Wonka Randoms

British Randoms 2

Roundtree Randoms

Along with the matcha powder, I also gave the fiance some Rowntree’s Randoms. One of my favorite things from English Tea Store, I knew I HAD to send him some of these! Now, these sweets are very different. It is an endless gummy variety. Each pack is different, so you never know what you will get. You may get a smiley face or even a tractor! The first item I ever got when I had my first pack was, ironically, a teapot! There is an American version made by Wonka but it does not have blackcurrant flavor (boo!) nor the foamy sweets! I love the Rowntree’s version because the foamy sweets! British RandomsThey are incredibly different from what I’m used to. It’s like a marshmallow but much sturdier. These are pastel colored and they come in shapes like a padlock or an ice cream cone. You will have lots of fun eating these!

Wonka RandomsI was lucky to receive a box of Cadbury Roses from my sweetheart, and these are the kind of Roses I prefer! Like Cadbury Heroes, it’s a variety box but unlike Heroes, Roses has a very unique variety of sweets. I was surprised to find not ALL the sweets in this box are Rose shaped. Instead, there are various shapes and sizes, not to mention flavors, ranging from the standard Rose truffle, Hazelnut Whirl, and even a surprise favorite, Strawberry Dream! Each sweet is individually wrapped in brightly colored paper. The next time someone asks you what kind of Roses you want for Valentine’s Day (or whenever, really), ask for Cadbury Roses.

~CD

Editor’s Note – I also prefer the Rowntrees for the same reasons. Foamy, blackcurrent.

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January has come and gone and everything seems to have returned to normal after the holiday excitement. Christmas lights are down and there is a chill in the air. Everything seems blue but one thing that is around the corner will definitely warm your heart. Valentine’s Day.

As much as people say that Valentine’s Day was totally made up, Valentine’s Day is

much more than hearts, cards, and chocolate. Valentine’s Day is to celebrate in the memory of Saint Valentine, who was a martyr and lived his life for love. February 14th was a feasting day in Saint Valentine’s honor. Valentine’s Day is celebrated around the world to this day and the United States and Britain are no exception!

I grew up in the US where I have seen so many flowers, cards, and sweets given to loved ones, along with packed restaurants booked to the brim with reservations. Britain has the same customs but unlike the Americans, many Brits write poems, sonnets, and more to pay a tribute to Saint Valentine.

The children of Britain also get to be a part of the celebrations! When I was growing up, the only thing I did was give Valentine’s Day cards to my classmates along with some candy hearts. The children in Britain sing special songs and are given treats and money in return. In some regions, tasty Valentines buns with plums, raisins, or caraway seeds are enjoyed as well. These buns are also eaten in honor of the birds. Valentine’s Day is dubbed “Birds Wedding Day” because February 14th is the time for birds to begin looking for a mate. Geoffrey Chaucer even wrote a poem about the birds: “For this was on St. Valentine’s Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate.”

Mid-February in Britain also signifies the changing of seasons from winter to spring. With the birds and everyone rejoicing, it certainly adds a spring-filled cheer!

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Image courtesy of zole4 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Of course, not all the gifts have to be the standard flowers and candy. Tea lovers enjoy a nice cuppa, perhaps even with their date! English Tea Store’s Lover’s Leap can be purchased by itself or as part of a number of samplers (Tea Lovers being one). The Lover’s Leap is a black tea which can be enjoyed during a nice Valentine’s Day tea. The Lover’s Sampler is also a nice variety for your V-Day tea, letting your guests pick which tea they want to try! Don’t forget to whip up some fresh scones, too! Home baked goods are always the best gift of the heart!

~CD

February, known for Groundhog’s Day where we see how much more Winter weather we’ll need to endure, is thankfully punctuated in the middle with romance. Valentine’s Day on the 14th is an occasion to say “I love you” in a number of ways that have become traditional through the years – some date it as far back to the 3rd century BC in Rome. Exchanging cards (including some charming “olde tyme” ones), gifts of candy and flowers, candlelit dinners, and even marriage proposals are most usual. But a Valentine’s Day tea time is another event that is becoming fairly common.

Snuggle up to this cushy teddy bear while you nibble on those chocolates! (ETS image)

Snuggle up to this cushy teddy bear while you nibble on those chocolates! (ETS image)

Start with a gift basket, something that can set the mood with a cute plush bear and/or plenty of chocolates, like one of these:

Time to select a tea to go with your gift basket. Depending on the type of chocolates included, you will want a certain type of tea. Here are some pairings that tea and chocolate lovers have found good:

Tea Goes with
Pai Mu Tan (White Peony, Bai Mu Dan) milk, dark, and white chocolate
Silver Needle white chocolate
Dragonwell milk and white chocolate
Genmaicha milk and white chocolate
Gyokuro dark and flavored/filled chocolate
Hojicha (Houjicha) milk, dark, white, and flavored/filled chocolate
Jasmine Green Tea milk, dark, and flavored/filled chocolate
Matcha milk, dark, and white chocolate
Sencha milk, white, and flavored/filled chocolate
Oolong teas in general milk, dark, bittersweet, and flavored/filled chocolate
Bai Hao Oolong rich in Honey notes dark chocolate
Ti Kuan Yin and other floral Oolongs dark chocolate
Wu Yi Oolong milk chocolate
Oolong such as Dung Ti white chocolate
Assam white, milk, and dark chocolate
Darjeeling teas in general milk, dark, and white chocolate
Earl Grey dark, milk, and flavored/filled chocolate
English Breakfast Blend milk chocolate
Keemun dark chocolate
Lapsang Souchong and similar smoked teas dark and flavored/filled chocolate
Pu-erh in general dark chocolate
Yunnan Black Tea milk and white chocolate
Masala chai (spiced tea) milk, white, and flavored/filled chocolate
Vanilla Cream Tea dark chocolate
Citrus flavored tea citrus flavored chocolate
Fruit flavored tea fruit flavored chocolate
Floral scented tea floral flavored chocolate
Herbal infusions milk and white chocolate
Spicy ginger yerba maté milk chocolate

Be sure to set the stage with a lovely teapot, delicate teacups, a vase of flowers, candles, and some nice mood music to suit your tastes. Then, get set for an evening that will start out sweet and go…well, who knows!

See also:
Selecting the Perfect Valentine Tea Gift
“Valentine, Sweet Valentine!” Tea Time and Beyond
Valentine’s Day Postscript — Tea-for-Two Sets Revisited
5 Ways to Add a Touch of Romance to Your Valentine’s Teatime
How to Prepare for the Perfect Valentine Tea Time
Taking Tea to Heart — A Tea Gift for Your True Love
Teas That Say “I Love You”
Teddy Bears and Chocolates and Tea — Oh, My!
Seeing Red at Tea Time

See more of A.C. Cargill’s articles here.

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Heart2Pardon my play on words. Obviously there are various meanings to the words heart and hearty but with Valentine’s Day falling in this month it seemed as good a time as any to look at some hearty teas. Even if Valentine’s Day wasn’t nigh, it’s still winter in the Northern Hemisphere (a relative concept here in southern Arizona), which always seems like a great time to turn to the sturdier types of tea. Here are a few of them.

Assam
I probably overdo it with my never ending praise for Assam tea, one of my all-time favorites. But it’s almost become a cliché to refer to this Indian black tea as malty or robust. So when it comes time to choose a hearty tea this one should be considered.

Lapsang Souchong
Real Lapsang Souchong is Chinese black tea that’s been “flavored” by curing it over the smoke from a pinewood fire. It’s something of an acquired taste and one that I have yet to acquire. But the hearty smoky flavor makes it a rather logical choice for when the cold is nipping at your ears and there are actually fires burning in fireplaces all around.

Keemun
Keemun is another Chinese black tea with a somewhat robust flavor. But while many varieties of this tea have also have a smoky flavor, the ones I’ve sampled have been much more understated – and palatable – than the aforementioned Lapsang Souchong.

Pu-erh
You could almost say that the puerh tea is a world unto itself, with fanatical connoisseurs of the stuff who gather to discuss it in great detail. It’s a type of tea I’ve had limited experience with but I can say that I’ve yet to meet one that I like. Which might just mean that I’ve never met the right one. It’s seems that I rarely read any commentary about puerh that doesn’t mention the word earthy and the ones I’ve tasted certainly fit the bill. You could just as easily substitute hearty for earthy.

(some) Oolong
Oolong tea runs the gamut from lightly processed varieties that have a subtle taste that’s not that far removed from green tea to heavily processed ones that are closer to black tea. If you’re looking for something hearty, an oolong in the latter vein might do the trick.

Gunpowder
When I think about hearty teas, green tea is not the first thing that comes to mind. But there are a few varieties that probably fit the bill and I’d nominate gunpowder as one of them. Distinguished by its shape – small round pellets – gunpowder is one of the stronger green teas I’ve sampled and might not be for everyone.

Kukicha
A curious form of Japanese green tea, kukicha is unusual for the fact that it is made from pretty everything else but the leaves of the tea plant. It has a strong flavor that not quite like any of the other Japanese green teas I’ve sampled.

See more of William I. Lengeman’s articles here.

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Saying I Love You with Tea (image by Sarah Rosalind Roberts, all rights reserved)

Saying I Love You with Tea (image by Sarah Rosalind Roberts, all rights reserved)

by Guest Blogger Sarah Rosalind Roberts

You walk through your door after a long, hard day. You’re tired, itching to put the kettle on, but instead you hear six, beautiful, little words. “Do you fancy a cuppa tea?” The sheer delight at hearing this, and even just thinking about it, fills me to the brim with warm fuzzy feelings.

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, so whether you or a loved one is a tea aficionado or novice,  there are many ways you can say ‘I love you’ with tea, and here’s some inspiration for you.

1 Send flowers

Giving flowers to say ‘I love you’ is a tried and tested way to display affection. Why not turn this tradition on its head and give a beautiful flowering tea? These stunning teas literally blossom in your teapot right in front of your eyes. Best enjoyed in a clear glass teapot they are guaranteed to make any heart swoon! There are several different types of flowering teas out there, but here’s one of my favourites: Flowering Tea – 3 Flower Burst – Green Tea

Flowering Tea - 3 Flower Burst - Green Tea (ETS image)

Flowering Tea – 3 Flower Burst – Green Tea (ETS image)

2 Brew the romance

What could be a better way to say ‘I love you’ than giving the gift of a romantic afternoon tea? Whether it’s at a posh hotel or at home where you’ve baked your own scones, afternoon tea can be a truly romantic setting. Be sure to enjoy top quality leaves and perhaps indulge in a charming tea with rose petals, like this one: Sencha Kyoto Cherry Rose Festival Green Tea

3 IOU tea vouchers

Some of the best gifts I have ever received have not actually been physical presents. Giving your loved one IOU tea vouchers is a great ‘get of jail free’ tea making card for the future. I’d definitely appreciate receiving some for those times when you would like a cuppa tea to magically appear on your table! Use your imagination to make the vouchers really unique and personal for the person you’re giving them to.

A wise person once said that a cup of tea is like a hug in a mug, which is even more reason to make sure you say ‘I love you’ with tea.

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Yes, it’s already time to start preparing for the perfect Valentine tea time. The best events need a little forethought, and since a lot of other people will also be preparing for that perfect tea time for their loved one, you may need to order early to assure you get the items that you want.

Have a heartful tea time with your Valentine! (Photo by A.C. Cargill, all rights reserved)

Have a heartful tea time with your Valentine! (Photo by A.C. Cargill, all rights reserved)

It’s more typical for a man to prepare that special occasion for the lady he loves, but there is no reason whatsoever that the lady can’t prepare for the man she loves. The basic approach is the same either way. The real gift here is your time and effort and thought spent in each aspect of the event.

Some Seductive and/or Romantic Teas

Teas with floral flavors seem to have a romantic quality. Rose petals are the most common choice. Cornflowers seem to pop up quite a bit in tea blends these days, too.

A few options:

Left to right: Cinnamon Sibu, French Blend, China Rose Petal, Sencha Kyoto Cherry Rose Festival (ETS image)

Left to right: Cinnamon Sibu, French Blend, China Rose Petal, Sencha Kyoto Cherry Rose Festival (ETS image)

An Attractive Teapot for Serving

Keep that floral them going with a floral-patterned teapot and either matching or a mix of other floral patterns on the plates, teacups, and saucers.

Romantic Rose Fine Bone China Teapot (ETS image)

Romantic Rose Fine Bone China Teapot (ETS image)

The best things about flowers is their promise of new life springing into being. Nature re-awakens after the slumber of Winter. Flowers have represented the budding of love as well. Pouring your tea from that floral teapot will say, “My love is in every drop.”

Some of the more well-known floral teapots:

Some Traditional Bonbons to Pair with the Tea

Top of the list: CHOCOLATE! Next on the list: CHOCOLATE! Let’s face it – chocolate is the bonbon of choice for Valentine’s Day. So much so that many think that chocolatiers made up the holiday. Maybe so. I, for one, am rather happy about that.

Cadbury Roses and Terry's Dark Chocolate Orange (ETS image)

Cadbury Roses and Terry’s Dark Chocolate Orange (ETS image)

Some chocolate choices:

A Romantic Setting

This day can set a mood in your relationship with your beloved that might last for days, weeks, months, or even longer! Flowers, soft lighting, comfortable seating, and the right background music (in accord with your personal taste) are the main ingredients. A reference to a favorite poem may seem a bit old-fashioned but could convey your feelings very well. Traditional colors are pinks, reds, and whites, but you can go with what appeals to you, preferably in pastel shades or in colors that are different from the holiday seasons in October through December. A fairly clean and inviting appearance can start with a crisp white tablecloth that will also serve to show off your floral teapot.

Carrying Out the Plan

The most important part of any plan is the implementation of it. Otherwise, there is just the plan and nothing else. Vapor. Nothing. Poof! But how do you carry out this romantic Valentine Day Tea Time plan?

  • Secrecy – Keep your plan under wraps. Just tell your loved one “Be here on this date/time” (it doesn’t have to be on Valentine’s Day, but this year it’s on a Friday, so you’ll probably want to have your tea time then).
  • Preparation – Have everything ready, including the tea (but be sure to keep it hot), and have that background music playing loud enough to hear but low enough for easy conversation in soft tones (yelling at each other over loud music is not romantic).
  • Greeting – When your loved one arrives, be sure to treat him/her with high courtesy and attention.
  • Enjoying – Serve the tea and bonbons, be sure to listen when your loved one speaks, and make meaningful responses, keep slurping to a minimum (unless that is normal for the two of you).

Above all, treat this as a very special time for you both. Best wishes!

See also:
Selecting the Perfect Valentine Tea Gift
“Valentine, Sweet Valentine!” Tea Time and Beyond
5 Ways to Add a Touch of Romance to Your Valentine’s Teatime

See more of A.C. Cargill’s articles here.

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Roses on a teapot! The Cordelia Porcelain Teapot, that is. (Photo source: The English Tea Store)

Roses on a teapot! The Cordelia Porcelain Teapot, that is. (Photo source: The English Tea Store)

Valentine’s Day has rolled around again (almost), and your head is spinning from the strain of trying to find ways to add a touch of romance to that special teatime. Have no fear — some solutions are here. Five, in fact.

1 Roses

Okay, so this is not exactly new. But you can do more than just shove a bouquet in your sweetheart’s face. You can:

The Petit Teapot adds its glassy sparkle to your romantic teatime. (Photo source: The English Tea Store)

The Petit Teapot adds its glassy sparkle to your romantic teatime. (Photo source: The English Tea Store)

2 Sparkle

Silver and glass teawares really sparkle, adding a great visual touch that just bellows “Elegance!” The sparkle will catch her or his eye as you pour the tea and pass the scones or other sweet treats.

3 Hearts

Again, nothing new, but how you use them can be. A heart-shaped tray for serving that tea is one option. Another is a dish filled with those little heart-shaped candies with their cute sayings. Or a heart-shaped treat such as cute pies in jars (featured in a previous article on this blog).

Love Flourish Teacup and Saucer (Photo source: The English Tea Store)

Love Flourish Teacup and Saucer (Photo source: The English Tea Store)

Other possibilities:

4 Candlelight

For that evening teatime with your sweetheart the flicker and glow of candlelight can be very mood setting. Add in an aromatic tea and something very special to go with it such as caviar and you’ll be all set.

A single flame or a whole row with give your sweetheart a real glow! (Photo source: A.C. Cargill, all rights reserved)

A single flame or a whole row with give your sweetheart a real glow! (Photo source: A.C. Cargill, all rights reserved)

5 Music

Put on something you know your sweetheart will like. I can’t recommend anything specific, tastes being as varied as they are. However, knowing that hubby likes bagpipe music, I could put on a nice CD by The Wicked Tinkers! Hm, maybe not, they do tend to be rather lively, and we want something a little more soothing here. Actually, he could play something on the piano for me. For those of you whose sweethearts aren’t musical, though, just pick something not too loud and not too soft. The music should be in the background, not drowning out the sweet nothings you are whispering into your loved one’s ear while sipping tea.

I left out some cute, cuddly stuffed animal but that would have been six things instead of five. Feel free to include it anyway. Can’t hurt!

Wishing you a loving Valentine’s Day Teatime!

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Valentine’s Gift Basket - Truffle Teddy Bear (Photo source: The English Tea Store)

Valentine’s Gift Basket – Truffle Teddy Bear (Photo source: The English Tea Store)

A Valentine’s Day riddle: What’s plush and cuddly and sweet and hot and steamy? Answer: No, it’s not that… gee, people, this is a family-oriented blog! It’s a Valentine’s Day teatime with teddy bears and chocolates and tea!

What better way to say “You’re my Sweetie” than with sweets and tea (no, that’s not another riddle). Small wonder that chocolate sales skyrocket this time of year, in spite of folks doing their best to be good after feasting at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Don’t forget that New Year’s Eve bash with all those party foods and alcoholic beverages (and all those calories!). So, it’s also no wonder folks tend to pair chocolates with tea. Not only do the two tastes complement each other (when properly paired), but the tea is said to aid digestion and help in keeping your weight down (not sure, though, how accurate that claim is).

I kinda have my eye on that Valentine’s Truffle Teddy Bear Gift Basket with it’s 12” brown plush teddy bear and assortment of chocolates. We can enjoy them with possibly some of that appropriately named Lover’s Leap Estate tea that hubby and I enjoyed awhile back. I have even divvied up the chocolates as follows:

  • Cherry Cream Center Chocolates — 2 for hubby, 2 for me
  • Coconut Cream Center Chocolate — all 4 for me
  • Mint Cream Center Chocolates — all 4 for hubby (I’m allergic to mint, so it’s good to have a hubby that isn’t)
  • Peanut Butter Cream Chocolates — all 4 for me
  • Mocha Chocolate Truffles — all 4 for hubby

Hm… let’s see… that’s 10 for me and 10 for hubby… uh, I guess that’s okay… I mean, it’s an even split… but somehow, I’m thinking that if I ate all FOUR of those cherry cream center chocolates, making it 12 for me and 8 for hubby… yes, that seems a bit MORE fair. Don’t you agree?

As for the tea, we started with that Lover’s Leap tea (a nice 6-cup potful) and then went on to some lovely Ti Kuan Yin, an oolong with a pleasing nuttiness that seems to complement chocolates of any kind, but especially dark chocolates. And, of course, we had a white teddy bear on hand to lend that loving touch to our teatime. He quickly became good buddies with that brown teddy bear from the gift basket, and now they are both hanging out with our gang of teapots. Not exactly what we’d planned, but that’s okay. Let them have their fun while hubby and I enjoy those teas and chocolates!

Some flavorful Lover’s Leap tea and a lovey dovey teddy bear will make your Valentine smile! (Photo source: A.C. Cargill, all rights reserved)

Some flavorful Lover’s Leap tea and a lovey dovey teddy bear will make your Valentine smile! (Photo source: A.C. Cargill, all rights reserved)

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The Biltmore Vanderbilt Teapot (Photo source: The English Tea Store)

The Biltmore Vanderbilt Teapot (Photo source: The English Tea Store)

I want to make one thing very clear: my dear husband doesn’t need a special day to surprise me with flowers, candy, or other little gifts. But in case he should happen to want to get me a nice little something for this lovers’ holiday, I’m happy to help him out with a few suggestions …

He could start with a beautiful seagrass basket from a local gift shop. I have several of these in my tea room/library already, as you can see in the second photo here, and can always use another. And then he could fill the basket with:

  • This teapot from the Vanderbilt collection that will remind us of our fifteenth wedding anniversary visit to the Biltmore estate in Asheville, North Carolina.
  • A tea cozy in a pretty blue pattern of cranes in recognition of my love for origami.
  • Tea towels for tucking things into the basket. Perhaps this one featuring a teapot composed of tea names, or another one embellished with a charming embroidered teapot. Or both – you can never have too many tea towels!
  • A pair of bright pink Moroccan tea glasses. Perfect for elegantly sipping our morning tea together.
  • At least one package of scone mix. I’m particularly fond of the oatmeal variety. And a bag of chocolate chips or chocolate-covered raisins to mix into the scones. Because what would Valentine’s Day be without chocolate? The scones will be especially good baked in this heart-shaped baking pan.
  • Lots of “shalom” with this pretty heart-shaped silver necklace.
  • These toasty warm socks with hearts knitted right in for a chilly February morning.
  • Several little Victorian style heart-shaped soaps, or heart soaps with embedded images of cats or dogs.
  • Speaking of cats and dogs, we need something for the kitties – perhaps these heart-shaped catnip toys. And for the dog, of course – like this toy heart that squeaks “I love you.”
  • Finally, there must be tea. Like this Spring Pouchong with its wonderfully floral bouquet, or a rare white Darjeeling White Tips to show me how rare and precious I am to him … and he is to me.

Have a lovely Valentine’s Day everyone!

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