Red is the color of love, passion and life. So when it comes to Valentine’s Day, there’s really no substitute.
Instead of roses, we bring you a dozen alternative gift ideas. All red. From products that pamper to swoon-worthy accessories, these gifts have the wow factor that your sweetheart will love.
1. Radiant and Romantic
Soothing aromas and the soft glow of candlelight will help your sweetie unwind and feel at ease. The hand-poured Jardins du Seda France 2-Wick Candle diffuses an elegant fragrance of natural oils. Handpainted with chinoiserie imagery, the ceramic jar can be admired even after the candle burns out.
2, 3. Perfectly Pampering
The Red Flower Gift Set from Canyon Ranch is like receiving a spa day at home. The beautifully packaged set includes a comforting Moroccan Rose Petal Topped Candle plus a unique combination of all-natural purifiers, scrubs and crèmes that exfoliate, detoxify and moisturize skin.
Keep the spa theme going with an amazing new Turkish Cotton Robe. Also part of our Canyon Ranch Collection, this robe has the traditional honeycomb spa weave that is exceptionally soft on the skin. A crimson monogram adds that heartfelt touch.
4. A Ruby Jewel
Nearly as fanciful as it is functional, the Quilted Jewelry Box – made exclusively for Frontgate by Wolf – is a gift she’ll open every day. Handcrafted with premium leather, the box has a LusterLoc interior that helps keep jewelry gleaming like new. Gorgeous on its own, it’s even better if you tuck a little bling inside.
5. Cashmere Crush
Curling up with a cozy throw on a chilly night can be as enchanting as it sounds, especially when the throw is made of cashmere. Our simple cable knit version is woven of exquisite 12-gauge, 2-ply Mongolian Cashmere that drapes ever so lightly, gracefully and warmly.
6. Retro Espresso
Like a little red Corvette, gleaming Espressione Café Retro Espresso Machine is guaranteed to make a java lover’s heart race. As easy to use as it is on the eyes, this little dynamo delivers coffee-shop quality cappuccinos, lattes and delicious espresso beverages right at home.
7, 8, 9. Red, Red Wine
Sipping a delicious red wine is a heady experience, especially when sharing a bottle over a romantic meal. Start with our wine of the month, the HJ Fabre Malbec Reserva 2012 from Argentina. (Read more on this wine and get a delicious chocolate cake recipe at One Single Wine. One Unforgettable Meal.)
This wine is delicious right out of the bottle, but you can take an artful approach by decanting it in a stunning crystal decanter from Riedel.
Your sweetheart might also appreciate the nuances that come forth by using the Vinturi Red Wine Aerator. This simple device instantly opens up the wine and releases its full aromas and flavors.
10, 11, 12. Let the Music Play
Dig out all the old LPs and take a spin down memory lane with the Crosley Executive USB Portable Turntable. This gift breathes fresh life into favorite vinyl records by converting them into digital files.
Then, he can enjoy the music using his high-performing and comfortable Beats Studio headphones. If the gift is for her, rock her world with the Swarovski studded iWave Crystal Headphones, set with 6,500 hand-applied crystals.
For years, the mere mention of down bedding has had allergy sufferers running for cover.
The joy of snuggling all cozy and warm under lofty down blankets was just a pipe dream for many. But that was then. Now, even the most allergy-sensitive sleepers can indulge, thanks to patented Ultra15Clean™ purification technology.
Setting out to reduce the allergy symptoms associated with down was ambitious. But a meticulous cleaning process proved to be the answer. We start with premium white goose down, then wash it an astounding 15 times using biodegradable soap in water that is purified for each round of washing. The result? Down for all.
So lay your head on a cushy down pillow, pull that downy blanket high up under your chin, and prepare to wake up bright-eyed and clear-headed. It’s like a dream come true.
Getting under the covers is something most of us look forward to every night. Filled with the most pristine down, our All Seasons Luxury Down Comforter has a 650 fil-power that makes it supremely warm, snuggly and satisfying, even for those with allergies.
Life is too short not to love your pillow. Especially since you sleep with it every night. With their lofty and pure 650 fill-power, these snowy white Luxury Down Pillows also have a 2" gusset for extra neck support, helping you get the most restorative night’s sleep possible.
Cradle your body in the refined and quiet comfort of our Luxury Down Featherbed. The dual-chamber design is filled with Ultra15Clean white down and unique Mini Feathers™. No more than 1 ½" long with a smaller, more pliable quill, these special feathers eliminate the rustling sounds normally associated with a featherbed, so you’ll sleep quietly and breathe clearly.
While you’re creating the bed of your dreams, why not also splurge for “Sheets that Make a Fashion Statement?”
Like a dynamic work of art, a statement rug captures attention. Bold color, dimensional texture and an eye-catching pattern instantly transform a room.
A real showstopper, our whimsical Peacock Area Rug is a rug you build your room around. It struts its stuff with fabulous detail. Peacock plumes – a symbol of wealth and beauty – are fashioned of pure wool in shades of emerald and sapphire.
Graceful geometric designs and new-again shag rugs assert themselves without being overbearing. Geometric rugs draw upon classic and often very symmetrical patterns, yet feel spontaneous and full of energy. Shag adds irresistible texture, especially to modern interiors that emphasize straight lines and hard edges.
Layering a smaller statement rug over carpet or a solid-colored rug builds captivating dimension. Imagine the effect when you top a neutral, rectangular rug with the black-and-white, asymmetrical Zebra Striped Cowhide Rug. Or by simply framing a desk with a patchwork hide rug, you transform the ho-hum home office into a vibrant workspace.
For more tips on how to choose a rug, read “Decorating with Rugs: Softness and Style Underfoot.”
When the AFC’s top-seeded Patriots take on the NFC’s top-seeded Seattle in The Big Game, it promises to be one of the greatest battles on the gridiron.
It’s a classic old guard vs. new guard matchup. And we’re not talking football here. Sure, the game contrasts an imposing offense with a daunting defense, and pits a venerated quarterback against a young gun. But it’s more than that.
It’s Northeast vs. Northwest. Dunkin’ Donuts vs. Starbucks. Cheers Frasier vs. Frasier Frasier. Italian meatballs vs. Sockeye Salmon.
So we give you sliders fitting for such a contest. Yes, sliders. This mini burger has evolved from late-night diner fare to exalted bar snack. And both cities do this haute comfort food right. When Food & Wine came out with it’s “Best Sliders in the U.S.” list, Seattle and Boston both made the cut.
Made for convenience, this ultimate finger food is a great matchup with beer and scores big with a crowd. Serve alongside a beverage tub brimming with full-flavored craft brews from either city.
Courtesy of Cooking Light
These little burgers deliver big flavor. Melted mozzarella and savory meatballs are nestled within a fluffy water roll. Marinara sauce replaces the ketchup and basil serves as a sub for lettuce. You might just have a new party favorite.
Serves 6 (two sliders each)
¼ cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
1½ Tbsp. minced fresh basil
½ tsp. kosher salt
12 ounces ground sirloin
1 large egg
1 garlic clove, minced
12 water rolls, halved lengthwise
4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cut crosswise into 12 thin slices
1 cup lower-sodium marinara sauce (such as McCutcheon’s)
12 fresh basil leaves (optional)
Preheat broiler to high. Gently combine first six ingredients in a large bowl, being careful not to overmix. Divide beef mixture into 24 equal portions; gently shape each portion into a meatball (do not pack). Arrange rolls, cut sides up, on a heavy baking sheet; broil 30 seconds or until very lightly toasted. Remove roll tops from pan.
Arrange meatballs on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray; broil 3 minutes or until browned. Turn meatballs over; broil 2 minutes or until desired degree of doneness. Arrange two meatballs on bottom half of each roll; top each slider with cheese slice. Broil 1 minute or until cheese melts.
Place marinara sauce in a microwave-safe dish; cover and microwave on high for 1½ minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring once. Place two sliders on each of six plates; spoon about 1½ tablespoons sauce over each sandwich. Top each slider with basil leaf, if desired, and bun top.
Transfer to a Hot-Cold Tray to keep the burgers warm throughout the game.
Courtesy of Coastal Living
These Sockeye Sliders pack a punch thanks to the spicy Wasabi-Ginger Aioli.
Serves 9 (two sliders each)
½ cup mayonnaise
1 tsp. wasabi paste
1 Tbsp. minced or grated fresh ginger
1 tsp. rice vinegar
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
1 (1½ lb.) sockeye salmon fillet, skin and pin bones removed
¼ cup bottled sweet chili sauce
18 mini buns
½ cup packed arugula
Preheat broiler. Combine first five ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
Cut salmon into 18 (1½” x 1½”) pieces, and place on a lightly greased aluminum foil-lined baking sheet. Brush with chili sauce. Broil 3 to 5 minutes (for medium) or until desired degree of doneness.
Spread 1 tsp. wasabi-ginger aioli on bottom of each bun. Layer with salmon, a dollop of aioli, arugula and the top buns.
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