Most guys dread Valentine’s Day. If you’re feeling a lot of pressure but sweet on a girl, don’t get caught up in the overly hyped aspects and drama. Just be real and have fun. In the market for a gift? Here are some ideas from yours truly.


(above) Get the party startedsexy Green Goddess eco lingerie $84 at Eberjey. Perfect for anyone, especially the home body who likes to play in her skivvies.


(above) Set the right mood – GenevaS Hi-Fi docking station for the iPod, connects to all other MP3 players and plays CDs as well; built-in speakers. Comes in red, white or black. @ Hot, for the music lover.


(above) Perfect for the lover of Mother Earth – sponsor one or more Andean Walnut trees and help fight deforestation in the Amazon; £3.


(above) Another mood enhancerOrigins vanilla and lavender candle made of natural essential oils & vegetable wax; cotton wick. $30


(above) Experience divine intervention – devour or treat your skin to a delicious array of chocolate-based treats from coco-zen.


(above) When things heat-up – go natural & kiss those synthetically derived potions good bye, get Eco Sexy $64 at Babeland. (I don’t know about you, but phthalates scare the heck out of me.)


(above) Express your affectionwith customized, beautiful handmade jewelry from 100 percent recycled silver @

bktree.jpgnow, for the book lover

Eco-libris has the skinny on a hot topic: which is more planet-friendly e-readers or printed books? If you’re sold on the idea of going digital, we’ve heard good things about the Sony Reader Pocket Edition and sales of Amazon’s Kindle are through the roof. You can compare and pick your fave on

Readers love to write, here are some nice eco journals to savor one’s thoughts and life stories…perhaps even pass along to future generations. These come either lined (with soy ink) or blank; and no trees were harmed in the process. The paper is fabricated from renewable hemp. You can also find planet-friendly cards and wrap at Greenfield Paper Companyl.

Whether a classic or new best seller, zoom-in on her interests. Fashion, music, architecture, biographies… I just finished reading Loving Frank (Lloyd Wright) by, Nancy Horan – a good read.

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