Flowers and candy are always a safe bet for your Valentine but here a couple of last-minute V-Day ideas that sizzle. – Kim Kuhteubl
Forget the tightie-whities, these sexy briefs from 2(x)ist hug him where you love him but they’re also practical. The collection is made of a breathable cotton blend with super strong bindings and waistband. $14
Use this chalkboard candle to leave him a love note. Then wipe it clean and leave him another one tomorrow. $22
If your favorite guy is into board games, pick up Dirty Minds, the ultimate tease. The dirtier your mind, the worse you will be at playing because although the clues are naughty, the answers are innocent. Here are a couple of sample clues. I’m a four letter word. I’m a name for a woman. I end in u-n-t. If you didn’t answer Aunt, you have a dirty mind! $32
8625 Melrose Avenue
West Hollywood, CA 90069
1609 Victory Blvd.
Glendale CA 91201
Snookie’s has a Valentine’s Day Package aptly named, “Mr. Right”. It has 18 cookies, 4 chocolate brownies and a chocolate cigar, all wrapped like a suit with a pocket scarf and a bowtie. $34.95
Stock Car Ride-A-Long
Cloud 9 Living/Auto Club Speedway
9300 Cherry Ave. Fontana 92335
1 866 525 6839
Get him on the fast-track – literally – when he learns to drive a stock car racer. He’ll go through a brief orientation to learn about the car, the track and basic maneuvers. Then he’ll suit up to ride 3 or 4 laps with a certified driver at speeds over 180 miles/hour. Packages are also available if he wants to drive the car himself. In that case, a coach is on the headset talking him through the “race”. And who says he has to do it alone? This is fun way for both of you to spend a weekend afternoon. Cloud 9 also offers instant email certificates and printable certificates (right after checkout) which are very popular for last minute gifting.
Ride-A-Long: $119 (4 Laps) $229 (8 Laps) Driver: $499 (12 Laps) 16 – 26 (Call For Pricing)
Art For The Soul
210 Marine Ave. #A
Balboa Island 92662
272 Forest ave
Laguna beach 92651
Give her a piece of your heart to wear beside hers. When broken apart, these all-silver puzzle pieces are two separate necklaces. Los Angeles based designer Kathy Bransfield has an entire line of beautiful pieces with hand-stamped quotes that are meant to capture her trust in human faith and life’s complex beauty. $110
The Candy Chef
27 West Main St. Sweet C
Alhambra, CA 91801
(In the walkway right next to The Boiling Crab)
It’s too late to get a custom candy cake or bouquet –- you need lead time for that — but you can pick up a big container of sour belts for your sweetie. $19.99
644 North Robertson Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90069
310 360 9400
This organic flower boutique features a flower cooler like no other. Buy a box of petals – which are also edible – and draw your honey a rose petal bath. The box has a tiny silver heart inside that she can keep. Or chose from a stunning vintage vase collection and send her an arrangement of garden roses. Flowers are grown locally in California with natural pesticides and because of that, are big, luscious and gorgeous.
Petals: $30 Flowers: $75 and up.
Panties By Post
Panty By Post
PantyByPost.com is a subscription service where women (or men) receive a pretty panty every month in the mail. Choose from their Signature Line (Blush Lingerie) or Bridal Line (Hanky Panky Thongs) or if your shopping skills suck, ask owner Natalie Grunberg to choose them for you. Boxes of panties include a handwritten note, tissue and beautiful packaging and they’ll express ship your item to arrive in time for Valentine’s.
Subscriptions: $30 (1 Pair) $40 (2 at once) $55 (3 at once) $198 (All Year Long)
Date Night Extraordinaire
Ojai Valley Inn And Spa
905 Country Club Road
Ojai CA 93023
1 805 646 1111
Ojai, which means “Valley of the Moon” is a vibrant artistic community that is known for natural beauty. In fact, the area was photographed to represent Shangri-La in the 1939 movie, The Lost Horizon and you’ll love staying in the deluxe Shangri-La Fireplace Guest Room named in its honor. Start with a bath in a deep soaking tub and then rinse off in your separate glass shower. Enjoy dinner at the Maravilla Restaurat and then watch a movie – popcorn will be delivered – in your room. Have breakfast in bed the next morning or enjoy it in the restaurant.
Weekdays: $510 Weekends: $560