Valentine’s Day may well be the most maligned holiday of the modern greeting-card era. From archaic pagan ritual to overpriced lingerie to restaurants filled with tables-for-two, it can seem a bit, shall we say, off-base. But not really! Even the biggest misanthrope’s gotta love someone, even if it stems from total narcissism. Henceforth, our shopping guide for February 14, for everyone from the cute girl you’re crushing on in the library to the friend-with-benefits to the unlucky object of your next break-up. Plus, a chance to win three of our top picks. UPDATE: Winners announced.
Last but not least, we’re giving away three of our favorite selections from the gift guide, featured below. All you have to do is spill your most cringe-inducing Valentine’s memory. Put ’em in the comments, and heal thyself. Nope, contest closed! See our winning entries here.
One brass handcuff lariat necklace courtesy of jewelry designer Erica Weiner.
One 22′ x 28″ limited-edition (from a set of 65) “Love Me” print by Curtis Kulig, exclusive to Poster Child Prints.
And the denouement: one carved stump ring (plus custom engraving) from Digby & Iona.