Cue brief spate of curmudgeonly grumbling. Valentine’s Day, like Christmas at its nadir, has a bad habit of turning substandard stuff into “gifts.” I mean, if you didn’t want the bouquet of blackening roses and baby’s breath on February 13th, you probably don’t want it on the 14th either. So say Sturdy Gals.
However, give us something useful, we’re yours. If it’s also sweet, soft, sensual? Were yours for life. So how to transmute Valentine’s dross into red glitter? To whit.
1. Chocolate. Given the gourmetization of bar chocolate, i.e. hot pepper, ginger, and bacon flavors lining grocery shelves, one does not perhaps need boxed chocolates. However, Sturdy Gals know that one of the best ways to keep their waistlines in, well, line, is to deceive the cravings for cake and brownies with hot chocolate in 1% milk. And that Dagoba makes incredible cocoa powder. A tin of Dagoba, and a new mug, now that could warm the Sturdy February heart.
2. Flowers. I confess. If I am Grande anywhere, it’s with flowers. Significant Husband has sent me 3-Dozen-Red-Roses-No-Filler on Valentine’s Day, via 1-800-Flowers, for the last several years. The extravagance might be because I said anything less than 3 dozen wasn’t worth the effort. Unless that was some other diva talking.
3. Underwear. What’s with the giving of uncomfortable underpinnings? The usually tractable Sturdy is apt to stomp around when presented with scratchy anything. Stabby underwires add injury to insult. But a pair of Swiss cotton somethings? As in, from Hanro? They last 5 times as long as Fruit of the Loom from Big Chain Store. Trust me.
All right then! And shipping with Amazon Prime is both practical and gratifying.
4. Silk pajamas? No again. Sturdy Gals wear pajamas to get the mail, take out the garbage, and, occasionally, deadhead rose bushes in the wee morning hours. Give us flannel. We will pay deference to the holiday by forsaking a matching top for a stretch cotton-blend camisole. We’ll even pink ourselves up something fierce.
5. Bedding. For the ultimate in practical Valentine’s Day presents, why not just buy us a whole new bed? That’s where this is all going, right? Sturdy Gals can occasionally be blunt. How about organic cotton sheets, and a reclaimed wood headboard? More pink, courtesy of the house. Via Coyuchi.
6. And finally, because High WASPs have extraordinary powers to convince themselves that jewelry is useful, let’s pause for a reminder that Beladora’s code, New Year, for $150 off any purchase of $750 and over, is good until the 14th. A sapphire heart for $1450. Raw and fancy, both. Or, because pretending is often as good as the real thing, an emerald by Asprey & Garrard for $18,850.
Or, I say, go kiss somebody. Surprise them. Sturdy Gals love to say that’s a perfectly sufficient present, in and of itself.