Love it or loathe it, Valentine's Day is here. Our lovely associates in the MCA Store put together a list of gift ideas for last-minute shoppers, or for any-day-of-the-year gift givers—because the romance shouldn't die after February 14.
on chiming heart bolo necklace
This adorable necklace made by Chicago-based designer (and former MCA staff) Michael Savona sounds as good as it looks! Whether this musical pendant is for you or your partner, it's a great addition to any outfit, and will fill your lives with sweet sounds this Valentine’s Day or any day. Whether you’re single or have a sweetheart, you’ll enjoy the simple, clear music from the chime.
on the bonsai forest
I’ve been reading up on the art of bonsai. The methods and philosophies behind the beautiful, tiny trees are fascinating. So much thought and patience goes into cultivating the twist of the trunk and the bend of the branches. One of the most profound elements of bonsai (or penjing) is that the trees can outline several generations of caretakers, and for one of these potted, living sculptures to achieve full expression, one really needs to develop their long-term vision. Those qualities make it a meaningful Valentine’s gift for my little family—my toddler might be keen on the idea of stewarding a miniature redwood forest. Hopefully her values towards ecological preservation will grow along with the trees.
on the f this ruler
Valentine’s Day? Let’s just say I’m not a fan. That’s why this year I’m planning to surprise my sweetheart with an F*** This Ruler. Romance, schmomance: We’re clinging to late middle age, discreetly taking advantage of every senior discount we can. At this time in our lives, what we need is accuracy and a bargain. For only $6.95 the F*** This Ruler totally delivers. When the big night rolls around, me and my honey will raise our annual Peach Kefir-tini Toast (that’s Peach Schnapps and plain Kefir, in case you’re wondering) and spend the evening measuring our resentments, both personal and collective, because nothing says love like an F*** This Ruler. Also available in F*** That.