Can one find love in the Galleria, or rather gifts of love, or rather gifts of love that don’t involve chocolates, scented candles, teddy bears or cookie cakes? Mais, bien sûr! Feeling wordy? Why not pen some love letters—go to Montblanc (713-960-9790) and introduce yourself to the Patron of Art: Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan fountain pen ($9,800), which sports mother of pearl detailing plus solid gold fittings and nib, which is engraved with the coat of arms of the duke himself. After all, it’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.
Or maybe you’re the type to set the mood with a Crosley Cruiser Turntable from Urban Outfitters ($98) along with some vinyl from its predictably precious but otherwise satisfactory collection. (What, no Marvin Gaye?)
We love the Simone Perele Tattoo Bra ($117) from Intimacy (832-397-6960), which is invisibly sheer except for what looks like some well-placed ink, and find it pairs well with the stocking stuffer–ready Divine Night “Prepare for Pleasure” lipstick ($16.50) from MAC (713-629-5566). And what paramour could resist a couple of plane tickets and matching Tumi Tegra-Lite carry-ons ($595 each) from Bag n’ Baggage (713-629-8380)?