Jewelry, lingerie and accessories are always great gifts. The following stores offer the best of each.
- Tiffany & Company
727 5th Ave. (near 57th St.), 755-8000
Don't be intimidated by the dazzling jewelry that surrounds you as you step into this bastion of brilliance. If just thinking of the price tags tucked discreetly out of sight makes you sweat, then head to the elevator and visit the upper floors that house the more affordable collections of silver jewelry. Your love's eyes will light up when s/he sees the little blue box with the white satin ribbon ; )
- Tourneau and Gorevic Collection at Tourneau
635 Madison Ave. (near 59th St.),832-9000
Though you could probably find better prices if you shopped around enough, Tourneau has a large selection of watches from all major companies. They will trade in your old watch for a credit toward a new one. A watch is a wonderful gift because not only is it practical, it's also a daily reminder of your love.
- Victoria's Secret
If you're planning on getting some sexy little number for that special someone, but you've never shopped for lingerie before, Victoria's Secret is the place to start. The store's popularity lies in the ability to provide both sexy and functional items; this is key if you want her to look beautiful and be comfortable at the same time. Speaking of comfort, you should find out her size before you go to the store. Once you're there the friendly sales staff will help you find something just right.
- 34 E. 57th St. (between Park & Madison Ave.),758-5592
- 565 Broadway (between Prince and Spring),274-9519
- 1240 3rd Ave. (between 71st and 72nd St),717-7035
10 W. 56th St. (between 5th and 6th Ave.), 247-5656
Felissimo is store within a town house that sells accessories, bed and bath products, gifts, some clothing for men and women, table-top items, and unusual furniture. The top floor, after a series of curving marble staircases, is a cozy little tea room where you can recover from the shock of the prices of some of the items. If the person you're shopping for is into Asian-influenced decorations, there are many Zen-inspired ornaments here.
35 Spring Street, 431-3285
Sandra Dupal's beautiful new shop is filled with wonderfully unique jewelry and home furnishings. Her fabrics are lush and decadent and a small silk pillow would make a perfect Valentine's Day present. Other romantic gift ideas include candles, like the ones pictured above, featuring male and female nudes, and elegant jewelry.
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