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Lesley Haenny is the Seattle Editor for Miss A. She is an Air Force wife now living in the Seattle area. Prior to living in Seattle, Lesley spent 7 years in Washington, DC, working as a Congressional liaison. She grew up in a small, mountain town in Southern California, sandwiched between an older sister and a younger brother. Her two hard working parents taught her to always go for the clearance rack, bring your lunch everyday, work hard for what you have, and always take the opportunity to travel and play outside. Lesley has been actively involved in various charities such as the Animal Resource Foundation, Komen For the Cure, Prevent Cancer Foundation, American Diabetes Association and the Race for Hope (benefitting the National Brain Tumor Society and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure).

Seattle Valentine’s Day Gift Guide And Chance To Win Gift Basket

The day filled with the colors of reds and pinks, roses, hearts and chocolates is almost upon us and Miss A Seattle is here to help you find that perfect gift that says “I love you!”

Comment on this article for a chance to win a gift basket filled with these goodies from Cupcake Royale and evo! (Photo Credit: Lesley Haenny)

Comment on this article for a chance to win a gift basket filled with these goodies from Cupcake Royale and evo! Gift includes: t-shirt, beanie, stickers, coffee mug, travel mug and $10 gift card to Cupcake Royale. (Photo Credit: Lesley Haenny)

One lucky Miss A reader will win a free Valentine’s Day gift basket, filled with goodies from Cupcake Royale and evo! To enter, comment below with your favorite Valentine’s Day memory by Friday, February 7. Miss A Seattle will pick a winner and contact the winner for their mailing address so you can receive your gift basket by Valentine’s Day!

(Photo Credit: Cupcake Royale)

Deathcake. (Photo Credit: Cupcake Royale)

Cupcake Royale
Once a year, Seattle’s very own Cupcake Royale bakes up their cult classic “death by chocolate meets Cupcake Royale,” also known as Deathcake. The cakes may be small and sweet, but one bite will send you to the chocolate trauma room. Locally made Theo Chocolate fused with Stumptown Espresso ganache and a simple red heart accessory create the look of innocence, but your taste buds will think otherwise. Deathcakes are available until February 14 and are sold as singles for $3.25 each or wrapped in a 3-pack for $9.50. You can purchase them at any Cupcake Royale locations, or order them online and have them shipped to the one you love.

You can find Deathcake at all the Cupcake Royale Seattle locations!

Capitol Hill
1111 East Pike Street
Seattle, Wa 98122
Ph. 206-883-7656

2052 NW Market Street
Seattle, Wa 98107
Ph. 206-883-7656

1101 34th Avenue
Seattle, Wa 98122
Ph. 206-883-7656

108 Pine Street
Seattle, Wa 98101
Ph. 206-883-7656

West Seattle
4556 California Avenue SW
Seattle, Wa 98116
Ph. 206-883-7656

21 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, Wa 98004
Ph. 206-883-7656

CHARITY: Not long ago, a mysterious stranger walked into Cupcake Royale’s Ballard bakery and cafe and handed the barista a $100 bill and told them to cover everyone’s cupcake orders until the money ran out. Since that day, Cupcake Royale has encouraged everyone to SHARE LOVE and participate in Random Acts of Cupcakes (buy one, give one), envisioning a happy planet filled with the gift of a cupcake for someone who does something good.

(Photo Credit: evo)

Limited Edition Lynsey Dyer T Shirt in Tri Orchid. (Photo Credit: evo)

For the person in your life that really isn’t all about diamonds, roses and chocolates, let Seattle’s leading supplier of all things action sports and streetwear help you! evo offers Valentine’s Day gifts that give back!! evo offers TOMS shoes ($48-$89), and with every pair you purchase, TOMS will donate a pair to a child in need. For $299.99, you can purchase the Armada CRJ Edition Solo Jacket, with proceeds from the sale benefitting the CR Johnson Healing Center. For $21.95 for the 600ml bottles or $24.95 for the 800ml bottles, one dollar of each MiiR bottle you purchase provides one person with clean water for one year. evo also offers limited edition Lynsey Dyer t-shirts ($24.95 each) and hooded sweatshirts ($39.95 each). The proceeds from the t-shirt sales will all go to Lynsey Dyer’s non-profit, SheJumps. SheJumps mission is to increase female participation in outdoor activities by building upon a supportive community that inspires its members to reach their highest potential.

3500 Stone Way N
Seattle, WA 98103
Ph. 206-973-4470

Paloma's Crown of Hearts Watch (Photo Credit: Tiffany & Co.)

Paloma’s Crown of Hearts Watch (Photo Credit: Tiffany & Co.)

Tiffany & Co.
With three locations throughout the Seattle area, Tiffany & Co. offers gorgeous pieces for those with an exquisite taste. For Valentine’s Day, why not purchase something from their Hearts of Tiffany collection? Tiffany’s offers many beautiful pieces that can fit any budget. For $100, the Tiffany Notes “I Love You” Tag Charm is adorned in elegant script, inspired by handwritten invitations, stating how much one is loved. For $675, the Heart Locket Pendant is sterling silver with round, brilliant diamonds will look dazzling with any outfit. For $1,950, the sterling silver and diamond “Return to Tiffany” Heart Tag Bracelet is based on the 1969 design ensuring that lost items could be returned to Tiffany & Co. For $5,500, wow the love of your life with the Paloma Picasso Crown of Hearts Watch. With a heart for every hour of the day, the 18k rose gold with quartz resonator is sure to be a conversation starter.

Tiffany & Co.
Seattle – Pacific Place
600 Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98101
Ph. 206-264-1400

Seattle – University Village
4618 26th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98105
Ph. 206-522-1000

Bellevue Square
105 Bellevue Square
Bellevue, WA 98004
Ph. 425-451-8844

CHARITY: Each Tiffany & Co. store in Seattle donates throughout the year to a variety of charities, events and auctions. The Tiffany & Co. Foundation focuses on bigger global projects.

Bastille (Photo Credit: Bastille Cafe & Bar)

Bastille (Photo Credit: Bastille Cafe & Bar)

Bastille Café & Bar
Looking for a nice, French cuisine inspired dinner to celebrate your love? Bastille is ready to help make the evening romantic and delicious. Bar manager Erik Carlson will be offering two of his creations to guests. For those not in the most joyous of moods, he offers Brown and Bitter, made with Rye, Cognac, Rhubarb Amaro, Grapefruit Cordial, and Bitters. Bright and Bubbly, made with Gin, Cucumber, Aperol, Lime, and Sparkling Wine, will be poured for those who are ready for some romance. Bastille will also be offering some delectable, straight-from-the-ocean-to-your-plate dinner specials including:

-Manila and Varnish Clam Ceviche with Meyer Lemon, Celery Heart, and Piment Fort
-Dungeness Crab Salad with Kohlrabi, Watercress, and Lime
-Hama Hama Oysters on the Half Shell
-Grilled Octopus with Tarbais Beans, Tarragon Vinegar, and Chicory
-Mussels with Lamb Merguez Sausage, Leeks, and Parsley Root

Thursday, February 14, 2013. The bar opens at 4:30 p.m. Dinner menu will be available starting at 5:30 p.m. Reservations are HIGHLY recommended.

Bastille Café & Bar
5307 Ballard Avenue NW
Seattle, WA 98107
Ph. 206-453-5014

Bastille has helped raise money for Community for Youth. Community for Youth (CfY) serves Seattle students, in the most vulnerable schools, who have shown the potential to rise above their circumstances and provides them with support and development of the social, emotional and academic skills needed for graduation and beyond.

Paper Flowers - Red Rose (Photo Credit: West Elm)

Paper Flowers – Red Rose (Photo Credit: West Elm)

West Elm
For the love in your life that enjoys quality pieces for the home, think past the chocolates and roses and look towards West Elm! West Elm offers beautiful hand-painted and affordable dishware from the artist collective, Potter’s Workshop, based in Muizenberg, a suburb of Cape Town, South Africa. For $8-$12, you can purchase workshop tableware in a variety of different and rich colors. West Elm offers a variety of products that also give back. You can help support St. Jude Children’s Hospital by purchasing West Elm’s St. Jude Ceramic and Mercury Owls. For each owl sold, $5 of the purchase price goes toward the hospital. For the more traditional gift, West Elm also has elegant Valentine’s day décor, such as a set of 36 paper roses for $36, a lacquer jewelry box in two different sizes ($49-$79), and a fun heart shaped pillow for $34.

West Elm
2201 Westlake
Seattle, WA 98121
Ph. (206) 467.5798

Travel Clutch - Arrow (Photo Credit: basik855)

Travel Clutch – Arrow (Photo Credit: basik855)

basik 855
One can never go wrong with hand-crafted gifts to show how much you love someone. basik 855 offers one-of-a-kind exquisite, hand-woven pieces that are very unique and have that true sense of personal touch. When you purchase a piece from basik 855, 10% of the profits help bring fresh water to their artisan weavers. basik 855 has a variety of distinctive purses and bags, such as the City Clutch or Travel Clutch for $49, the tribal mint Crosstown Tote for $65 and the Crosstown Duffel bag for $79. They even have a variety of fine-looking soft iPad cases for $39.


Woodland Park Zoo Orangutan. (Photo Credit: Woodland Park Zoo)

Woodland Park Zoo Orangutan. (Photo Credit: Woodland Park Zoo)

Woodland Park Zoo
Sometimes, the best Valentine’s Day gift isn’t receiving something; it’s seeing adorable animals receiving something! On Saturday, February 9, take your love to the Woodland Park Zoo between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to watch the animal ambassadors like the jaguars, wolves, orangutans, elephants and penguins (to name a few!) receive Valentine’s Day treats! Heart-shaped ice pops, heart-shaped steaks and herbal bouquets are a few of the gifts the animals will indulge on! Your visit to the Woodland Park Zoo helps their mission to save animals and their habitats through conservation leadership and engaging experiences.

Saturday, February 9 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Woodland Park Zoo
601 N 59th St
Seattle, WA 98103
Ph. 206-548-2500

The Valentine’s Day event is free with zoo admission at the gate.
Adult (13-64) $12.75
Child (3-12) $8.75
Toddler (0-2) free

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