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Instead of flowers, send Wildbloom Vert, a new fragrance that's just debuted at Banana Republic. The scent, with top notes of pear, violet leaves and Pink Lady apple, has a lovely blossom on the front of the bottle; $48 at select stores. (Credit: Handout)

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Valentine's Day gifts for your sweetheart

Forget December. When it comes to serious shopping, it's all about February."We don't want to say people don't put thought into their gift giving during the December holidays," says Allison Julius, who with her brother, Louis Marra, runs Maison 24, an eclectic boutique in Bridgehampton and Manhattan. But that time of year can be distracting, or overwhelming, she points out, and customers seem to have less time to make the right choice. Valentine's Day is a different story. We've found options for every price point, from sinfully good mini cupcakes ($3) and chocolate "Hugs" ($8) to Target PJs ($34.99) and a Gucci handbag ($1,890). -- Joseph V. Amodio

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