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Hey, guys: 8 gift ideas to ensure you get lucky on Valentine's Day

Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede
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kate weiser chocolates
Photo courtesy of Kate Weiser Chocolates
Cebolla Fine Flower
Photo courtesy of Cebolla Fine Flowers of Dallas
Puff heart notecards from Bell'Invito
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krug, champagne
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couple massage, hiatus
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kendra scott
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Charlotte Max clutch at Canary in Dallas
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Listen up, fellas. Shopping for Valentine's Day gifts is not rocket science. Whether your girl is into floral, food or fragrance, it's perfectly acceptable to buy her a typical token of your affection — if you do it right. The sooner you realize that all flowers, candies, perfumes and jewelry are not created equal, the better off you are.


Jo Malone London Peony & Blush Suede Cologne ($120 for 3.4 oz.)
This dainty, delicious fragrance is fool-proof, with hints of red apple, jasmine, rose and gillyflower. I always receive compliments on this scent when I spray it on before hitting the town. Pick up a bottle at Neiman Marcus, where you can also find accompanying shower gels, lotions and candles.

Kate Weiser Chocolates (call for pricing)
Your wife or girlfriend will love you forever for gifting her with these edible pieces of art. Kate Weiser's everyday chocolates are some of the finest in Dallas, so when she molds them into hearts, there's no question where you should place your sweet-toothed sweetie's Valentine's Day order.

Cebolla Fine Flowers (prices vary)
My husband gifts me with flowers often because he knows I love them. When he moved to Dallas, Cebolla Fine Flowers became the go-to for all of his (my) floral needs. Cebolla creates impeccable arrangements at all price points, and they are always on-trend and worth every penny An awesome arrangement is A-Okay as your only gift if it's done right (i.e., not a grocery store bouquet).

Tip: Call at least a week in advance to make sure you get great flowers and a timely delivery.

Love Puff Stationery from Bell'Invito ($52)
These hand-engraved puff-heart cards and lined envelopes speak to the hopeless romantic — especially if she lives to write notes. Step up your game and write her a sweet something on the top notecard. Designs can be customized and monogrammed and come in packs of 12.

Krug Grande Cuvée ($165)
Impress your lady with your bubbly knowledge with this refined Champagne from one of France's most famed producers. It's a bit hard to track down, but you can score a bottle (or two) if you're lucky at Spec's or Central Market.

Love on the Rocks at Hiatus Spa ($289)
If your special someone simply wants quality time with you, consider a couple's hot stone massage from Hiatus Spa. This 75-minute treatment is paired with seductive heart chakra-balancing aromas to whisk you away to a stress-free land of romance if only for a spell.

The treatment ends with bubbles and chocolates, so you can kill three birds with one hot stone.

Kendra Scott "Ellen" drop earrings in ivory pearl ($225)
It seems like most of the men I know are saving for an engagement ring, recovering from buying one or saving for the next substantial piece of bling to add to his lady's collection. But if you're a man in one of those in-between stages, these simple, tasteful Kendra Scott pave crystal earbobs are the way to go.

You also will score points for knowing about Kendra Scott without her having to take you into the store.

Charlotte Max clutch at Canary ($595)
Does your gal appreciate a beautiful handbag? Show off your gift-buying savvy by selecting this covetable pink and silver clutch, available at the Lovers Lane boutique. Take it one step further by slipping a sweet note, gorgeous pair of earrings or delicious chocolates inside.

If pink isn't her color, the clutch comes in a variety of hues; some styles can even be monogrammed.