Posts tagged with "Valentines Day"

Swatch Launches Valentine’s Special

Valentine’s Day is within reach and so is Swatch’s TRIPLE LOVE! At long last, there’s a clear way to light up February 14th with zesty romance.

Does (s)he or doesn’t (s)he? What’s for sure is that there is TRIPLE LOVE on the wrist. This beauty features three transparent printed hearts in shades of red and pink, visible through a clear transparent dial and finished with a semi-transparent patterned bracelet. Delicately wrapped in distinctive heart- covered packaging, this limited and numbered edition of 5.143 pieces is a rare gift for that special someone. If only true love were this transparent!

DONNA MISSAL

DONNA MISSAL PERFORMED ‘KEEP LYING’ ON NBC’S LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS

 

PROM-THEMED ‘THIS TIME’ TOUR STARTS FEBRUARY 14 – TICKETS ON SALE NOW

 

DEBUT ALBUM ‘THIS TIME’ OUT NOW

(HARVEST RECORDS)

LISTEN

“THIS TIME”

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LONDON LIVE DEBUT

01/23 – The Moth Club – London, UK

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

02/14 – Chop Shop – Chicago, IL

02/15 – The Ready Room – St. Louis, MO

02/17 – A&R Music Bar – Columbus, OH

02/20 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY

02/21 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA

02/22 – The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA

02/24 – U Street Music Hall – Washington, DC

02/26 – Neighborhood Theatre – Charlotte, NC

02/27 – Aisle 5 – Atlanta, GA

02/28 – The Basement East – Nashville, TN

03/16 – House Of Blues, Peacock Room – Houston, TX

03/17 – 89thStreet OKC – Oklahoma City, OK

03/18 – Dada Dallas – Dallas, TX

03/20 – Marquis Theater – Denver, CO

03/21 – Soundwell – Salt Lake City, UT

03/23 – Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR

03/24 – Neumos – Seattle, WA

03/26 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA

03/29 – El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA

03/30 – The Casbah – San Diego, CA

  Following a whirlwind 2018, rising American singer-songwriter and musician Donna Missal dives head first into 2019, making her late night television debut on NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers with what’s certain to be a riveting performance of her breakthrough single, “Keep Lying.” Tune in to NBC tonight at 12:35/11:35 central. 

 

The performance comes a little over a month before her announced 2019 headline tour, which kicks off Valentine’s Day (February 14) in Chicago. The 20 date ‘This Time’ Tour, is prom-themed and takes Donna across North America, making stops in St. Louis, New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, DC, Atlanta, Nashville, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and more before concluding in San Diego on March 30.

 

Donna recently explained the concept of the tour in an Instagram post: “I was homeschooled. I never had a school dance or a picture day or a graduation. THIS TIME TOUR is your invitation to the winter and spring formal I never had. If you had a shitty time in school and want a re-do, or maybe you loved it and want to go back to that feeling, THIS TIME is your time. VIP packages will be available so you can take your very own NEW yearbook photo by Muriel Knudson and be a part of our CLASS OF ‘THIS TIME’ yearbook.”

 

In addition to her North American headline tour, Donna will bring her live show to the UK for the first time, making her London debut January 23 at The Moth Club. For tickets and more information, go to http://www.donnamissal.com. 

 

Having spent much of 2018 on the road, including two special album release shows in LA and New York, an appearance on MTV’s TRL, her debut festival appearance at Austin City Limits and prominent supporting slots opening for King Princess, Bishop Briggs and Sir Sly and Joywave, earning legions of new fans along the way—now Donna Missal is taking the reins, bringing her energetic and fiercely passionate live set to a city near you, in support of her debut album (and tour namesake), This Time.

 

The tour will see Donna Missal playing songs from her debut album, This Time, out now on Harvest Records. The eleven-track album infuses Missal’s timeless, fiery vocals with scorching production by Tim Anderson (Solange, BANKS, Halsey), harkening back to the heyday of classic soul music, all the while creating something fresh and contemporary. Including standout cuts like “Driving,” “Transformer,” “Girl,” “Thrills” and current focus track, “Jupiter,” an impassioned anthem with a driving bassline and massive chorus. Watch Donna deliver the goods in this live version of “Jupiter” HERE, filmed exclusively as part of Vevo’s DSCVR series

 

The album also includes her latest single “Keep Lying,” which has been steadily climbing the charts at Alternative radio. Following Zane Lowe’s premiere of Missal’s original demo version of “Keep Lying” on Beats 1, the song shot to the top of the Spotify Viral and HypeMachine charts.

 

Blending elements of soul, hip-hop and rock & roll, Missal shaped This Time’s sonic landscape partly by laying live recordings down on tape, then sampling those recordings to imbue her songs with a fresh yet timeless energy. Much of that live recording took place at the iconic Different Fur Studios in San Francisco, where she was joined in the studio by Nate Mercereau (Leon Bridges). “I really wanted this album to reference my history of playing in bands,” she  explains. “It’s all these very pure, talented musicians playing together in a room, but then we took that and sampled it and altered in a way that creates something totally new.”

 

With its title taken from a track Missal co-wrote with her frequent collaborator Sharon Van Etten, ‘This Time’ is an uncompromisingly honest look at living entirely on your own terms. “I’ve spent most of my life being hyper-focused on time, which I think is something that a lot of women obsess over,”says Missal. “We’re in such a rush to make things happen, when really we should take the time to figure out what we actually want out of life. And even though it’s so fucking hard to have that kind of patience, I think it’s so important to believe in yourself enough to let things develop in a way that feels right to you.”

 

Throughout the album, Missal crafts her lyrics with the kind of idiosyncratic detail that instantly etches each line onto your heart, exploring self-empowerment on tracks like “Transformer”—a fiercely charged anthem about “having the courage to take what you want from life, without apology,”and on “Thrills,” which sees Missal musing on self-love and sexual confidence, her voice soaring over a gently swaying groove and dreamy guitar tones. “‘Thrills’ is about owning what makes you real,” says Missal. “There is a shift happening in our societal standards of beauty and sexuality, and the more we embrace our flaws the closer we become to effecting real change. I’d love for people to hear the song — and not just women, but anyone who feels disenfranchised— and remember that being sexy and confident comes from self-acceptance.”

 

Elsewhere on This Time, Missal infuses social commentary into songs like “Girl”: a stripped-back yet intricately textured track that unfolds with both gentle playfulness and piercing vulnerability. “I wanted to address this idea that women need to be pinned against each other in order to succeed, or need to point out the flaws in other women just to feel good about themselves,”says Missal. “That kind of thinking has been around forever, and it doesn’t feel like it’s going away—but the more we talk about it, the better it’s going to get.”And on “Driving,” Missal delivers one of the album’s most mesmerizing moments, with her flowing melody, hypnotic rhythms, and ethereal vocals merging with a quiet grandeur that’s simultaneously escapist and inspiring. “‘Driving’ is about being on the precipice of taking control over your life—that feeling of seeing something you want in the distance and making the decision to go for it,”says Missal. “It’s about saying ‘Even if it takes a long time, or I hit some bumps along the way, it’s all okay because I’m the one behind the wheel.’”

 

To date, Donna Missal’s songs have racked up more than 23 MILLION COMBINED STREAMS globally, and now with the release of her debut album ‘This Time’, Missal is excited to provide her fans more of what they love so much about her music. “This isn’t a record about love and loss and relationships,” Missal explains. “It’s about taking chances for yourself, figuring out who you are and really standing behind that. I made a point of putting myself out there as a real person navigating this life at this moment in time, because I want to do whatever I can as an artist to help people feel more confident in navigating their own lives. I’d love for the listener to receive the message that you can take your time to learn and love yourself. That’s been the most important discovery that I want to share with this album.”

 

Donna Missal’s is a voice that comes around only once in a lifetime, a tour not to be missed

BARON DAVIS x NBA ALL-STAR WEEKEND

2-time NBA All-Star, Serial Entrepreneur and Master Connector, Baron Davis presented The BIG (Business Inside the Game) Power Summit events during NBA All-Star Weekend.
An invitation-only traveling series of highly-curated summits, workshops, and immersive experiences utilized explore how to create real business and social impact, The BIG Power Summit assembled a network of upper echelon thought-leaders, industry experts, and rising stars from diverse backgrounds to connect, learn, and engage in dynamic, yet exclusive environments.
BIG Lovefest : Wednesday, February 14 @ The Jeremy Hotel
The Summit began with the BIG LOVEFEST Valentine’s Day Women’s Networking Luncheon at the Jeremey Hotel at West Hollywood, hosted by ESPN Sports Center Anchor, Cari Champion and sounds by DJ, television personality, and fashion model DJ KISS. The event honored women in business, sports, and entertainment including motivating speeches by Los Angeles Sparks President/COO, Christine Simmons, ESPN Sports Center Host, Cari Champion, and Baron Davis.
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Baron Davis with ESPN Sports Center Host Cari Champion

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ESPN’s Jemele Hill
Welcome to LA : Thursday, February 15 @ The London Hotel
Curated to set the tone of celebration for the weekend with music provided by DJ, producer and photographer DJ D-Nice, who began his career in the mid-1980s with legendary hip hop group Boogie Down Productions.
Attendees include: Ice Cube, Retired NBA Champion Matt Barnes, executive producer of VH-1’s reality TV series, Basketball Wives, Shaunie O’Neal, Lil Wayne’s manager/Maverick Management, Cortez Bryant (Young Money), retired NBA player Amare Stoudemire, NBA “super fan”; James Goldstein, and two-time NBA All-Star MVP, Allen Iverson.
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Ice Cube with Baron Davis

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Allen Iverson, James Goldstein, and Baron Davis
The BIG Summit : Saturday, February 17 @ The London Hotel
Panel attendees were treated to thought leadership at the highest level brought together to exchange future-forward ideas around how to create real business and social impact, collaborations and opportunities that live at the intersection of sports, media, technology and culture, disrupting industries, and enriching our communities. Panelists include: Rapper, Actor, Producer, ICE CUBE, NBA All-Stars Chris Paul and David Robinson, Co-founder and President of Lyft, John Zimmer, and others. A viewing party of NBA All-Star televised events immediately followed the panel.

Additional panelists include: Film Producer, Scott Budnick, Philadelphia Eagles, Jay Ajayi, and Passionflix CEO, Tosca Musk (sister of Elon Musk).

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Ice Cube, Hamet Watt, and John Zimmer

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Scott Budnick, Jay Ajayi, David Robinson, and Chris Paul

Spencer Dinwiddie

UMe’S NEW INTERACTIVE PLAYLIST APP MIXLIST LAUNCHES TODAY AT MIXLIST.COM

This Valentine’s Day, Spencer Dinwiddie of the Brooklyn Nets is swiping right on his favorite love songs to create the perfect Spotify playlist to soundtrack his evening.  In a new video that launched on February 14th, the NBA point guard built his ultimate playlist via the new interactive app MixList by choosing songs by swiping left or right. As Dinwiddie got ready for the big night at the barbershop, he added classics from The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Barry White and others, showing how easy it was to create a unique personalized playlist with the swipe of a finger. Check out the video here.

MixList, which UMe launched at MixList.com, is as simple as selecting a genre and then choosing from hundreds of songs by swiping right for yes or left for no. Users can create their own genre-based Spotify Valentine’s playlists from their phones, then save and share. With MixList, creating your perfect playlist is just a swipe away.

Today, Dinwiddie will compete during NBA All-Star Weekend in the 2018 Taco Bell Skills Challenge.

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VIRGIN RedFestDXB

Written by: Amardeep Singh

VIRGIN MUSICFEST PAINTS THE TOWN RED IN DUBAI

The city of Dubai reels in a slumber usually as the weekends draws closer and closer but something was different last weekend when the city became awestruck at a trove of musicians and artists that wrapped the audience in a frenzy of music and performances.

The country’s number one hit music festival was back for its 5th edition on Thursday 8th and Wednesday 9th at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre held by Virgin Radio 101.4. Among the big names that studded the stage were The Chainsmokers, Russ, Kelli-Leigh and Anthony Touma on Day 1. Day 2 saw the crowd going crazier as artists Kesha, Marshmello, Bebe Rexha and Craig David took on to the stage ascending the profile of the festival to a whole new level.

Popular DJ Dany Neville performed for the closing set as the audience gathered to wish the local radio’s most popular figure-Kris Fade, a very happy Birthday.

Last year, the lineup consisted of Grammy Award winning and multi-platinum-selling singer/songwriter Chris Brown who had made his sixth No.1 album entry on the Billboard R&B and Hip-Hop chart with the album titled ROYALTY.

Supporting him was artist Daya with her debut single “Hide Away” and the Australian band-The Veronicas. Electropop, a pop rock duo from Brisbane also made their debut in Dubai last year.

The Virgin RedFestDXB marked a milestone in the country’s history of connecting stellar worldly performances with modern music. The events attracted a massive crowd from both neighboring as well as local regions, full of people dying to catch a glimpse of their favorite social icons and artists.

The Amphitheatre ground was teeming with stalls and sponsors who spent a great deal of time interacting with the attendees, engaging in competitions, drink offs and several other festivities with loads of prizes to give away.

Fans are eagerly looking forward to what the radio group has to offer next year as the performances came to another end.

This is merely the first step. Ricky Martin will be arriving this Valentine’s Day as will Dua Lipa performing some of her biggest hits.

For those in the UAE, the party has just started.

Website Link:-

http://virginradiodubai.com/redfestdxb/

Ebenezer releases ‘Bad Romantic’ EP in time for Valentine’s Day

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Today Ebenezer delivers his debut EP Bad Romantic plus a visualiser for ‘Stats’ featuring Col3trane, Watch HERE. The visual premiered earlier today via Dummy.  The EP arrives just in time as the ultimate soundtrack for Valentine’s Day.

Bad Romantic grips you from first listen and is a project that warrants multiple playbacks, truly showcasing his own signature UK rap aesthetic. An ode to real romance, the EP jumps from energetic deeper trap sounds on tracks like ‘Till I Die’ and ‘Catch Feelings’ and transitions to slower vibes with more emotive tracks like ‘South of France’ and ‘Nostalgia’, overall rounding this project off as a stunning first EP from Ebenezer. Listen HERE.

“I’m a romantic, but not necessarily the best one! Once you’ve had your heart broken it tends to turn you into a savage, but I’m still trying to be a better person for it.

I made this EP to show the battle between the good side of love and the bad side of love, and how in just a moment you can fall in and out of it” explains Ebenezer.

In a few short years Ebenezer has worked with the likes of Craig David, Jeremih, Ty Dolla $ign and Rejjie Snow.With a string of successful tracks released last year such as ‘F**K IT, ‘Survival’ and ‘Cliché’, Ebenezer carved his own unique path – one of emotionally tinged R&B with hints of trap, completely void of the usual pretence that’s flooded the genre. In a way, it could be described as conscious turn-up music, but without a holier than thou message. This project sets Ebenezer apart from everyone else, as someone from London with a story to tell.

In a few short years Ebenezer has worked with the likes of Rejjie SnowJeremih, Ty Dolla $ign and Craig David. With a string of successful tracks released last year such as “F**K IT,” “Survival” and “Cliché,” Ebenezer is carving his own unique path – one of emotionally tinged R&B with hints of trap, completely void of the usual pretence that’s flooded the genre. In a way, it could be described as conscious turn-up music, but without a holier than thou message. The project sets Ebenezer apart from everyone else, as someone from London with a story to tell.

About Ebenezer:

Born in Homerton, Ebenezer spent most of his childhood at a cousin’s house in Hackney along with his brother and sister. While his mother was busy holding down three jobs, Ebenezer and his brother spent most of their free time listening to music, watching MTV Base and learning to produce.

 

Ebenezer “Bad Romantic” eEP

Retail: http://smarturl.it/BadRomantic

Follow Ebenezer: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Soundcloud

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For More Information:

Randy Henderson | Interscope Records | randy.henderson@umusic.com

Imran Malik | Imran Malik | malik@imran-malik.com

BAD VALENTINE

Aussie rock icon, Sarah McLeod, announces the launch of her fashion label, BAD VALENTINE. The range will debut with a small selection of T-Shirts that project bold statements for the brave at heart. McLeod’s single of the same name will also launch with a video clip featuring models Lola Van Vorst, Tuyamaa Tumenjargal (Miss Mongolia), Natalie Sweete in the reimagined Enchantment Under The Sea scene from Back To The Future! Watch here.

With a penchant for embellishing T-Shirts for stage for many years, and more recently making her own T-Shirts for her solo shows and performances with her band The Superjesus, the calling became an obvious one. An overwhelming number of requests from fans wanting to know where they could get the same T’s was the catalyst to bring BAD VALENTINE to life.

Well known for her palpable energy and strong sense of self, Sarah has never been shy of being bold and brave. Adored for her straight up ballsy rock & roll character, she has moved through her 20 plus years in the media spotlight with a pinch of endearing larrikin, and a fistful of authenticity. ”

BAD VALENTINE is a clothing label dedicated to the celebration of self-confidence, empowerment, and freedom of speech. As Queen Latifah once said: “Be bold, be brave enough to be your true self”.

“I want people to feel empowered wearing these shirts. They are tongue in cheek but also a very powerful tool of self-awareness and confidence. I want people to know its ok to be bold and its ok to be confident and its quite alright to let ‘em all know you feel that way by pasting it across your chest in broad daylight! Yes you may get some funny looks but if you back it up with a smile and spades of conviction, you’ll BE the business.” Says McLeod…

Initial collection consists of the following 7 shirts (in Women’s and Men’s sizes)

BAD ASS
BAD MUTHA FUCKA
WHO’S BAD?
FUCKIN’ UNREAL
BOSS
BAD VALENTINE 69
BAD VALENTINE SKULL LOGO T

BE BRAVE. BE BOLD. BE BAD. BAD VALENTINE

Available at: https://www.badvalentine.com.au

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Sarah is also gearing up to take Australia by storm in her role as St Jimmy (shared with Grinspoon’s Phil Jamieson, and Magic Dirt’s Adalita) in Green Day’s award winning Broadway phenomenon American Idiot. Check out her knockout performance at the Australian Open recently.

Del Frisco’s Grille

Del Frisco’s Grille Announces An Enticing Limited Menu Item To Enjoy With Your Sweetie This Valentine’s Day

Share The Love At Del Frisco’s Grille Santa Monica With A Decadent Steak Dinner Available Feb. 10-18

WHO:
Del Frisco’s Grille Santa Monica

WHAT:
Couples looking to sit back, relax and indulge with their significant other on Valentine’s Day can visit Del Frisco’s Grille Santa Monica to enjoy a 12 oz. Wagyu Bone-In Steak topped with a decadent truffle butter.

Available only Saturday, Feb. 10 – Sunday, Feb. 18 for $59, lovebirds can cozy up in a booth while sipping on swoon-worthy wines like Portillo Malbec and Aquinas Cabernet Sauvignon off the Grille’s award-winning wine list to pair. The Grille’s full dinner menu consisting of sharabale apps, savory entrees and delectable desserts will also be available on Wednesday evening for guests to enjoy.

WHERE:
Del Frisco’s Grille
1551 Ocean Ave. #105
Santa Monica, CA 90401

WHEN:
Friday Feb. 10 – Sunday Feb. 18

ABOUT DEL FRISCO’S GRILLE:
Del Frisco’s Grille is an American steakhouse located across from the Santa Monica Pier that combines the atmosphere of an exciting bar with upscale entrees, an extensive wine list & handcrafted cocktails. Del Frisco’s Grille Santa Monica is the first of three locations in Southern California, including Pasadena and Irvine. Taking the classic bar and grill to new heights, Del Frisco’s Grille draws inspiration from bold flavors and market-fresh ingredients. The energetic bar, a destination in itself, creates a buzz throughout the restaurant and sets the stage for an amazing night out.

Located at 1551 Ocean Avenue, on the corner of Ocean Avenue and Colorado Boulevard, Del Frisco’s Grille is open Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. with brunch on Saturday and Sunday. For reservations, call (310) 395-7333 and for more information visit http://delfriscosgrille.com/santa-monica/.

Gifting Gear for Valentine’s? Pair It with an Adventure

-Joe Jackson

Gear generally makes a lovely gift for your adventurous guy or gal, but better to pair it with an experience where they can actually put it to use. Here are five ways to bring some of our favorite tools on your date.

I tested the Igloo Daytripper backpack last year, and while it’s a bomber cooler in its own right, the pouches for stowing cutting utensils, a corkscrew, and a Kindle-size cutting board (all of which come included) really stole my heart. It carries just enough food for a full meal and is plenty comfortable for sporty full-day hikes if you so choose. Stuff the Daytripper with your partner’s favorite bottle of wine and ask a cheese specialist what to pair it with. (Splurge. It is Valentine’s Day, after all.) Ideally, prescout your hike and pick a perfect landing spot for your picnic. Make sure to time it with a spectacular sunset, or at least check what the weather is doing so you don’t end up getting caught in the rain.

Leus Towel ($32) and Falcon Guides Hiking Hot Springs Book ($20) for a Soak in the Hot Springs

Despite the occasionally farty sulfuric smell and potentially colorful (read: dirtbaggy) locals, nature’s hot tubs are infinitely more romantic than their man-made chlorinated counterparts. They’re also prime relaxation spots after climbing, skiing, or backpacking trips. For this gift, keep the hot springs in the forefront and plan a trip specifically to hit one or a few in a weekend. Get one of Falcon Guides’ solid regional hot springs guides—I love this one for the Pacific Northwest—and put a bookmark in a few spots and the date you plan to visit. Couple it with a big towel, like one from SoCal company Leus, in a fun print.

BUY NOW (HOT SPRINGS BOOK) BUY NOW (LEUS TOWEL

Black Diamond Apollo Lantern ($60) and Fugoo Tough XL Speaker ($200) for a Weekend of Car Camping

The difference between a romantic car-camping trip and one that reminds your partner of the forced family fun trips of their childhood can be summed up in one word: ambience. In the past, I’ve used Ticla’s Good Love lantern to set the mood, because it can dim to a sultry seven lumens. But since Ticla’s gone under, I recommend the BD Apollo for its frosted lens that produces a nice soft light. Pair it with the Fugoo Tough XL Bluetooth speaker that can deliver the depth of Barry White’s lovely voice, making your tent feel like a French chalet.

BUY NOW (LANTERN) BUY NOW (SPEAKER)

The North Face Base Camp Duffel ($169) for a Flight to Belize

Anticipating your partner’s needs can make or break Valentine’s Day. Say your boyfriend or girlfriend wants to get away from it all for a vacation. Preempt their impending burnout with a round-trip ticket to a Caribbean country (or somewhere else that’s warm in February). But you have to make sure all their precious stuff survives the trip, too. The Base Camp Duffel is the most-used carry-on by Outside’s staff, thanks to its perfect mixture of durability and heavy-packer friendliness.

BUY NOW

Smartwool PhD Seamless Boy Shorts ($40) and Darn Tough Merino Crew Cushion Socks ($21) for a Backpacking Trip

Though lingerie is an extremely popular Valentine’s Day gift, buck the trend and go for merino wool underwear and socks for your partner, along with a plan for a nice long backpacking trip. While they may not fit the traditional romantic aesthetic, Smartwool’s Boy Shortsand Darn Tough’s Merino Crew Cushion Socks are a lot better at mitigating odor than whatever they’re making fancy underwear out of these days—and they still look good, to boot. They’ll make both of you much more desirable tent mates after a long day of hiking something like the Mountains to Sea Trail in North Carolina (a good route for hitting those romantic vistas).

BUY NOW (BOY SHORTS) BUY NOW (SOCKS)

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Gifting Gear for Valentine’s? Pair It with an Adventure

-Joe Jackson

Gear generally makes a lovely gift for your adventurous guy or gal, but better to pair it with an experience where they can actually put it to use. Here are five ways to bring some of our favorite tools on your date.

I tested the Igloo Daytripper backpack last year, and while it’s a bomber cooler in its own right, the pouches for stowing cutting utensils, a corkscrew, and a Kindle-size cutting board (all of which come included) really stole my heart. It carries just enough food for a full meal and is plenty comfortable for sporty full-day hikes if you so choose. Stuff the Daytripper with your partner’s favorite bottle of wine and ask a cheese specialist what to pair it with. (Splurge. It is Valentine’s Day, after all.) Ideally, prescout your hike and pick a perfect landing spot for your picnic. Make sure to time it with a spectacular sunset, or at least check what the weather is doing so you don’t end up getting caught in the rain.

Leus Towel ($32) and Falcon Guides Hiking Hot Springs Book ($20) for a Soak in the Hot Springs

Despite the occasionally farty sulfuric smell and potentially colorful (read: dirtbaggy) locals, nature’s hot tubs are infinitely more romantic than their man-made chlorinated counterparts. They’re also prime relaxation spots after climbing, skiing, or backpacking trips. For this gift, keep the hot springs in the forefront and plan a trip specifically to hit one or a few in a weekend. Get one of Falcon Guides’ solid regional hot springs guides—I love this one for the Pacific Northwest—and put a bookmark in a few spots and the date you plan to visit. Couple it with a big towel, like one from SoCal company Leus, in a fun print.

BUY NOW (HOT SPRINGS BOOK) BUY NOW (LEUS TOWEL

Black Diamond Apollo Lantern ($60) and Fugoo Tough XL Speaker ($200) for a Weekend of Car Camping

The difference between a romantic car-camping trip and one that reminds your partner of the forced family fun trips of their childhood can be summed up in one word: ambience. In the past, I’ve used Ticla’s Good Love lantern to set the mood, because it can dim to a sultry seven lumens. But since Ticla’s gone under, I recommend the BD Apollo for its frosted lens that produces a nice soft light. Pair it with the Fugoo Tough XL Bluetooth speaker that can deliver the depth of Barry White’s lovely voice, making your tent feel like a French chalet.

BUY NOW (LANTERN) BUY NOW (SPEAKER)

The North Face Base Camp Duffel ($169) for a Flight to Belize

Anticipating your partner’s needs can make or break Valentine’s Day. Say your boyfriend or girlfriend wants to get away from it all for a vacation. Preempt their impending burnout with a round-trip ticket to a Caribbean country (or somewhere else that’s warm in February). But you have to make sure all their precious stuff survives the trip, too. The Base Camp Duffel is the most-used carry-on by Outside’s staff, thanks to its perfect mixture of durability and heavy-packer friendliness.

BUY NOW

Smartwool PhD Seamless Boy Shorts ($40) and Darn Tough Merino Crew Cushion Socks ($21) for a Backpacking Trip

Though lingerie is an extremely popular Valentine’s Day gift, buck the trend and go for merino wool underwear and socks for your partner, along with a plan for a nice long backpacking trip. While they may not fit the traditional romantic aesthetic, Smartwool’s Boy Shortsand Darn Tough’s Merino Crew Cushion Socks are a lot better at mitigating odor than whatever they’re making fancy underwear out of these days—and they still look good, to boot. They’ll make both of you much more desirable tent mates after a long day of hiking something like the Mountains to Sea Trail in North Carolina (a good route for hitting those romantic vistas).

BUY NOW (BOY SHORTS) BUY NOW (SOCKS)