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02/11/13

Present Tense
Give Her One of These and Thank Us Later

If it were up to you, Thursday would be any ordinary day before a long weekend. But it’s not, and... it’s not. Have no fear: we’ve got your back, with five gifts to save your Valentine’s Day. Thank us later.

FOR THE HIGH ROLLER

Play Side Diamond Necklace

It might be hard to figure out which is more impressive: that you knew about this new designer shop in Pac Heights or that you were cool with giving her diamonds. Said diamonds are arranged to resemble the symbol for “play.” Just so nobody’s confused.
411:
$540, available at Joie, 2116 Fillmore St (between California and Sacramento), 415-400-0367

FOR THE ALL-AMERICAN

Basket-Weave Fold-Over Clutch

A few things make this Clare Vivier clutch... clutch. One: it’s made here in California. Two: the leather’s genuine Italian. If you’re keeping it light and polite, go for the trendy-ish green one, but if you want something with staying power, opt for the timeless caramel. She doesn’t need to know the thought process.
411:
$157, available at Steven Alan, 445 Hayes St (at Octavia), 415-558-8944, and 1919 Fillmore St (at Pine), 415-351-1499
UD - A Personal Scent. Very Personal.

FOR THE OTHERWORLDLY

A Personal Scent. Very Personal.

Meet Yosh. She’s going to ask your date’s interests, favorite color, yada yada... then package together the perfect set of fragrances for her. (We’ll assume you know the answers.) If you’re gifting for 2014, you could also look into having Yosh create a custom scent. Also, you’re planning too far ahead.
411:
Available now by appointment only, Yosh, reserve at 415-626-5385 or email here
UD - Couples Massage at Remède Spa

FOR THE STRESSED

Couples Massage at Remède Spa

This is the kind of gift where everyone’s a winner. It’s an all-day affair that includes: a massage, champagne, truffles and a dip in the infinity pool with views of San Francisco—with the bonus option of a hotel suite and room service. Not necessarily in that order.
411:
$330 and up, available at Remède Spa at the St. Regis San Francisco, 125 3rd St (at Mission), reserve at 415-284-4060 or email here

FOR THE SWEET TOOTH

A Box for the Next Morning...

If you really want to catch her off guard, go with this. Inside a red-camouflage-wrapped box are four treats (shortbread, praline bar, cacao-nib marmalade and strawberry-hibiscus fruit jellies) designed for the morning after. Add a customizable love note, and you might need an afternoon-after box...
411:
$50, available at Craftsman and Wolves, 746 Valencia St (at 18th), 415-913-7713
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