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Calling All Cupids: Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Guys and Gals You Love

February 14th is a day dedicated to love of all kinds—romantic love, self-love, puppy love, loving friendships and love for chocolate. And though we do believe it is the thought that counts, it doesn’t hurt to also say “I love you” with some heart-shaped diamonds or an indulgent, fleece-lined robe—especially if you are both giver and receiver.

Upgrade her bouquet with the rapturous scent of turkish rose, or accessorize him for spring with a colorful beanie. Get in the spirit of the holiday with this adorable Alice + Olivia sweater, or spread the love with something extravagant—both a luxury handbag and a designer belt are gifts on our list. When in doubt, remember that a box of chocolates is a classic for a reason. 

Below, all of our favorite gifts for the men and women that we love (ourselves included).

LOVERS, READ ON

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Foundwell’s Vintage Treasures Will Delight Gentlemen (and Ladies, Too)

Treasure hunting in thrift and antique stores always sounds rewarding, until you’re elbow deep in cast-off kitchenwares and polyester glad rags. Yet, the search for those diamonds in the rough appeals to us largely because true vintage gems elude us. Most simply don’t have the time, patience or knowledge to find something really rarefied.

Alan Bedwell, however, was raised on scouting for silver marks, identifying makers, dating materials and appraising art. His bona fides come by birth: his mother is a longtime antiques dealer in London. Soon after graduating, Bedwell went to work sourcing antiques for Ralph Lauren. More than a decade later, he branched out on his own, establishing his luxury goods company Foundwell in 2009. Foundwell curates fine homewares and accessories from over the last two centuries, specializing in men’s finery and antique silver pieces.

This season, Nordstrom Downtown Seattle is carrying some of his singular discoveries, which can also be found online. We spoke with Bedwell about what attracts his eye and some of his favorite finds—plus what to buy for that tricky guy on your list this holiday.

HIS TREASURE-HUNTING TIPS

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Fashionable Books for Everyone on Your Gift List

Winter is the perfect season to curl up with a good read and a cup of something warm, which makes Christmas a great time for gifting books. In that spirit of bookishness, we’ve collected some of our favorite stylish writings that will appeal to anyone on your list: history buffs, art lovers, non-readers, little one and dudes, too. Because if there are two things we all could benefit from, it’s some quiet time and some fashionable fun.

WHAT’S ON OUR SHELF

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Valentine’s Day Gifts with Heart (and Edge)

Wear Your Heart Everywhere

At one point in your life you were all about the anti-Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Day. Commercially motivated romance was a fraud to be avoided at all costs—even red traffic lights made you avert your course during the month of February.

Then you met your sweetheart—your child, sig other or dear friend—and you couldn’t help gushing, just a little.

To help you show your emotions, we rounded up the coolest, heartiest (as in bearing hearts) Valentine’s Day gifts. But none of these are so sappy as to cause nausea. Even the teenagers on your list will approve.

WEAR YOUR HEART EVERYWHERE: SHOP THESE GIFTS

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Father and Sun: Dad’s Day Gifts for the Summer Months

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Father’s Day is perfectly timed. The holiday comes at the onset of summer, when the days are longer, barbecues are stoked and microbreweries release refreshing new ales. So what to get the guy who pitched our first tent in the backyard, built a campfire on the beach, mastered grilling salmon and shot hoops in the glow of the porch light? (He’s pretty much the best.)

We’ve got you covered with a curated list of gifts that will encourage the dad in your life to soak up the sun in style.

dad_originalmusk_201606Kiehl’s Since 1851 Original Musk bath & shower liquid body cleanser

Refresh Dad’s grooming routine by swapping out his bar of soap with Kiehl’s richly foaming body wash. Its subtle woodsy scent guarantees this will be a gift he uses to the last drop.

SHOP FOR POP: READ MORE

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Grooming Gifts for Dad

Just a little reminder:

Father's Day

In case you haven’t selected something to make Pop feel extra special, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite—and best smelling—grooming products. After all, Dad takes after you: he’s a looker.

SHOP OUR SLIDESHOW

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Heart It Hard: Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him and Her

Even if you know someone intimately, buying him or her a romantic gift can surface a host of anxieties. Will she read too much into it? Is he even going to get you something? What size is she? Does he have any idea what a pocket square is?

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It’s a miracle we all don’t just break up the second week in February.

Don’t fret, however. Our editors’ gift picks for him and her will steer you clear of any unconscious uncoupling.

BE MY VALENTINE’S GIFT: OUR PICKS

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Gifts for Him: Internet Shopping

We’re not suggesting you check his search history, but you can tell a lot about a man by the websites he visits–what he reads, listens to, watches or just ogles. So let his bookmarked webpages guide your gift-giving this holiday season.

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matadornetwork.com: This guy lives to go. He’s always planning his next vacation, road trip or hike. Get him a lightweight Herschel backpack to carry all his (and some of your) travel necessities.

radaronline.com: Though he may not readily admit it, he knows which starlets Bieber and Drake have been spotted with. A pair of Classic Clubmaster Ray-Bans will let him consume the latest celebrity gossip and Twitter blunder with zeal, while incognito.

pitchfork.com: He’s got opinions on albums before they’re released. (But can he tell us when Rihanna’s ANTI is landing?) Get him a pair of Bose headphones and he’ll definitely give you a 10 out of 10.

STILL SEARCHING? READ ON

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Get Invited Back: Bright Ideas for Host and Hostess Gifts

Between Facebook, family and the office, odds are that right now you’ve got holiday-party invites coming at you from all angles. After all, ’tis the season for chitchat and cheese trays. But once you’ve squared away all your RSVPs and made any requisite travel plans, it’s a good time to consider what you’re bringing to the table—on all fronts. While your fetching self is unquestionably appreciated, a hostess gift is a gracious way to thank the party-thrower for a shindig well done.

Hostess Gifts Ideas

Of course, not every social gathering is equal. If you’re headed to the in-laws for an extended visit to celebrate Thanksgiving, Hanukkah or Christmas, a bottle of wine probably won’t do. For any situation that requires overnight accommodations, a personal touch conveys serious gratitude (and helps secure next year’s invite).

SPARQ custom whiskey rocksSend the right message to hospitable cocktail and coffee enthusiasts by presenting these little soapstone rocks upon your arrival. In hot or cold liquids, SPARQ’s personalized whiskey rocks never melt, so beverage flavors remain unscathed.

It’s likely someone scrubbed a tub or two to prep for your visit. Repay the deed in kind with indulgent goat milk bubble bath from Blithe and Bonny. Made in California, the heavenly scented sulfate-free suds come in citrus, lavender, eucalyptus or herb.

READ MORE: Keep on Giftin’

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You Give, We Give: Great News You Can Use About Nordstrom Gift Cards

Giving the perfect gift is right up there on the list of things that feel amazing, but it just got even better. Nordstrom is now donating 1% of Gift Card proceeds to our nonprofit partners. That means when you give, you give twice. You give powerfully.

We believe in connecting with and empowering the communities we are part of, so we’re thrilled to be supporting organizations that positively impact our cities. As part of our 2015 focus on youth and kids, your Gift Card contributions will help Ronald McDonald House, Boys and Girls Clubs, Special Olympics and other like-minded enterprises as they literally change the world.

For a closer look at how one Northwest-based charity transforms lives via a quintessential childhood experience, keep reading.

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