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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2012 

Heart to Handle
Whether your loved one has a heart of gold or glass, there’s a gift that will gladden it.
Constructed of rosewood and inlaid with camel bone, this lockable box is the perfect place to store dried roses or billet-doux, $250 at Discoveries Furniture & Finds (120 E. Morris Blvd., Hammond, 985-569-0310; 318 N. Rampart St., 569-0310; www.discoverieswholesalewarehouse.com).
This sparkling wine, the Roederer Estate Brut Rose, boasts a delicate salmon tinge and an elegant blend of 60 percent pinot noir and 40 percent chardonnay, $26.99 at Martin Wine Cellar (714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, 896-7300; 2895 Hwy. 190, Suite A-1, Mandeville, 985-951-8081; 3500 Magazine St., 894-7420; www.martinwine.com).
Designed for the woman whose cups runneth over (it comes in cup sizes D through HH), this coral plunge bra, $70, features embroidery and button detailing . Detachable garters on the matching panty take the look from sultry to sizzling, $36 at Old. New. Blue. (6117 Magazine St., 655-0863; www. oldnewblueshop.com).
Set in sterling silver and 18-karat rose gold and framed with diamonds, this pink amethyst is as brilliant, beautiful and multifaceted as your beloved, $1,520 at Wellington & Company (505 Royal St., 525-4855; www.wcjewelry.com).
A rich burgundy hue and faux crocodile exterior make this laptop case a hip alternative to a stodgy briefcase, $69.99 at Rapp’s Luggage and Gifts (3250 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-6536; www.rapps.com).
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Harness the seductive power of the olfactory sense with this soapstone oil warmer, $18. Heat essential oils of vanilla, $25, or cinnamon bark, $30, or try the jasmine and sandalwood “love potion,” $11, all at The Herb Import Company (citywide; www.herbimport.com).
A chubby resin heart necklace, $58, is topped by a detachable brooch, $42, featuring lovebirds who will happily alight on a lapel, hat or handbag. Necklace and brooch by Hotcakes Design, both available at Plum (5430 Magazine St., 897-3388; www.plumneworleans.com).
Choose a sentimental print or have this aluminum panel customized with a meaningful 5x7 photo of your own, $47 for the photo panel, $11.99 for the stand at Lakeside Camera Photoworks (2121 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, 985-626-1776; 3508 21st St., Metairie, 885-8660; www.lakesidecamera.com).
With its tiny heart print, this sassy red bustier screams V-Day, but worn under an unbuttoned blouse or paired with high-waisted jeans, it will look cute well into the spring and summer seasons, $38 at Hemline Metairie (605 Metairie Road, Metairie, 309-8778; www.shophemline.com).
Thanks to an Aztec print, these tangerine-teakwood scented soy candles smell as good as they look, $14.95 for the small and $31.95 for the large candle at Earthsavers (Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 140, Metairie, 835-0225; 3414 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, 985-674-1133; 5501 Magazine St., 899-8555; www.earthsaversonline.com).
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With top notes of mandarin, cardamom and black pepper and base notes of leather, musk and myrhh, Endymion cologne by Penhaligon’s, a 141-year-old London perfumery, weaves a web of enchantment, $80 for a 50-mL bottle at Aidan Gill For Men (550 Fulton St., 566-4903; 2026 Magazine St., 587-9090; www.aidangillformen.com).
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Constructed of rosewood and inlaid with camel bone, this lockable box is the perfect place to store dried roses or billet-doux, $250 at Discoveries Furniture & Finds (120 E. Morris Blvd., Hammond, 985-569-0310; 318 N. Rampart St., 569-0310; www.discoverieswholesalewarehouse.com).
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