Treat Yo Self: Valentine’s Day Gifts to Buy Yourself
It’s all about self-love, brother.
Valentine’s Day is getting a reboot as we shift attention away from cheap milk chocolate and synthetic fluffy bears, allowing ourselves to get lavish and practice self-love. Here’s a list of treat yo self gifts that show just how much you love you.
Whether your single or in a relationship, selflessness is overrated this time of year. XOXO you.
The Dandy Bear Grooming Comb
We were inspired by the simple romantic flavor of this bronze metal and coconut wood Dandy Bear grooming comb (normally $145 but sliced to $74.99 just for Valentine’s Day on Touch of Modern). Reminiscent of a tool from the late 19th century (you know, when beard maintenance was a freakin’ art), the Dandy Bear is heat tempered and hand-carved uniquely for moving with your manly face. (And it is a handsome face, isn’t it). Sure, you could buy a comb at Walmart for $1, but it’s Valentine’s Day; splurge a little.
Bulgari Octo Finissimo Skeleton
In the ultimate striptease, high-fashion timepiece designer Bulgari peeled away the layers of its Octo watch model to show what lies ticking underneath. The result gets our blood pumping as this version of the Octo Finissimo features a skeletonized face that shows the mechanical movements within manual winding and small seconds. It’s bare as can be. The 40mm extra-tin steel case is treated with black Diamond-like carbon and 19 karat pink-gold bezel with a transparent case back and alligator band. The overall look is stripped and simple, yet hypnotizing. Exactly how your Valentine’s Day should be. Keep in mind bad boy isn’t sold online, but in select Bulgari retailers since its price tag is around $27,000.
JohnnyFly Leather Rolltop Backpack
Be still our whiskey-laden hearts. This naturally lightweight yet strong, Moroccan leather rolltop pack looks as sexy as it feels on. (We’d rather cuddle with this soft leather than a SO anyways.) Tanned without chemicals or dyes, the treatment for this pack pulls from a centuries-old regimen using only salt water and sunlight. The brilliant tawny color of the leather becomes richer and darker the more you use it. And $174.99 (normally $280) ain’t nothing but a G thing for an upscale leather pack you’ll own for a lifetime. Creator Johnny Freeman designed the rolltop with the intent for it to be artwork for your back. (Also looks killer in the board room or on weekend getaways.)
Dale of Norway Cortina Sweater
Woven with 100-percent Norwegian wool, the Cortina unisex sweater ($299) is a thick-knit throwback to 1956, when Dale of Norway was tasked with designing a sweater for the Winter Olympic Games in Cortina d’Ampezzo. The look works today as a throwback piece made with super high-quality wool (not your average thrift store sweater) and the red and white colorway is vibrant and fun— especially for Valentine’s Day. We feel like both Biggie Smalls and James Dean alike would love this piece. Pair with a dark denim jean and boots for a romantic solo dinner at your favorite lounge.
To’ak Chocolate Rain Harvest Dark 2015
Luxury Ecuadorian chocolatier To’ak is notorious for its cask-aged chocolate that is out of this world. Their Rain Harvest Dark concoction was produced in craft batches to yield only 250 limited-edition bars, which adds an intimacy and exclusivity to the simple Valentine’s Day act of purchasing a bar of chocolate. Harvested from cacao beans carefully matured during the dry season, then treated to plenty of rain, but limited sunlight while ripening, the sublime flavor profile is intense… but that’s the way we like it. Certified USDA Organic & Fair Trade TSA, To’ak chocolate is presented in handcrafted Spanish Elm boxes and made to savor. The 80.5-percent cacoa, 1.76 oz bar is well worth the $270 to display and taste.
Vuarnet Edge Sunglasses
French heritage sunglass brand Vuarnet is playing with our emotions with its new Edge line ($310-$350). Made up of three silhouettes (round, pilot, and rectangle) and 17 overall options, we’re planning a ménage a trois and getting more than one pair, since they each look so distinctive. (Yes, they come in black also.) The design variety comes from French contemporary artistic director, Christophe Pillet, whom the brand enlisted to inspire the line. What is consistent throughout are the stainless steel frames, deep acetate rims, and hyper-clear mineral glass lenses— which you can literally take a key to and won’t scratch.