There are many special women in our lives. Mothers, sisters, best friends, and great co-workers come to mind. While Valentine's Day is a holiday for lovers, it can also be a great time to reaffirm friendships and to show your family and friends how much you care.
Valentine's Day is traditionally a candy and flowers type of holiday but it really doesn't have to be. Although flowers are pretty, they will eventually wilt away and sweet treats will only last until the last bite is gone. This year, try a gift of fashion that will last beyond a few days or weeks.
1. Brooch - Brooches make great gifts and they are so collectible, especially for the sentimental type. Since brooches are a hot fashion item this year, why not pick up a few inexpensive but pretty brooches? You can find these at discount department stores and many other places. To celebrate Valentine's day, try a pretty floral pin or one with multiple hearts. Red is also a key color this season. Pink is nice but might be hard to wear after Valentine's day, especially if it's in the shape of a heart.
2. Clutch - Clutches are great for an evening out or just one of those occasions that require something small and cute rather than a large bulky purse. However, most women won't treat themselves to a clutch because they are afraid they won't get enough use out of it. Give a clutch this year as a gift of fashion. The women in your lives will appreciate it! To ensure maximum usage, stay away from clutches that appear to be too dressy. A nice leather (or faux leather) piece with a small wrist strap should do the trick. Stay with a design or style that matches the aesthetics of your recipient. For example, you'll want something more simple for a woman who usually does not dress up.
3. Fashion Jewelry - While some women prefer to only wear fine jewelry, there are so many looks you can achieve with fashion jewelry that you simply can't with fine jewelry. By giving a special woman in your life a piece of fashion jewelry, you can help your loved one put her best fashion foot forward. Stay away from large statement pieces because these are very individual pieces of jewelry and everyone has different tastes. A simple but trendy bib necklace with lots of chain or a nice long pendant or necklace can make a great gift. Pay attention to the type and color preference of your recipient. Some women will only wear gold while others prefer silver.
4. A Pretty Apron - This is actually the perfect little gift for women who like to host parties and dinners in their homes. I'm not talking about a "Kiss the Chef" type of apron, but an apron that is in a pretty print and has some styling to it. Aprons for hostess's come in trendy prints like polka dots or paisley, and have some sort of fit detail like a scalloped hem or an attractive neck tie or embellishments like ribbons, embroidery, or crystals. You can usually find these in boutiques and fine retail stores. If they aren't available near you, try an online site like Amazon.com.
By skipping candy and flowers this year, you can give a great gift of fashion that will last for a long time. Have a fabulous and stylish Valentine's day!