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Gifts: On Valentine's Day have a little heart

February 8, 2011 |  8:29 am

Hamilton 3006_cc (2) This one goes out to a guy after our own heart — and he’s got it now.

Somehow the amorous little monogram has a lot more soul when it’s tucked in to be our little secret, rather than carried on his sleeve. Another option is a “Mine” monogram on a light brown shirt, for more possessive types. And believe us, he’ll thank you for the love when he slips into one of these hand-cut and sewn oxford shirts by Hamilton 1883, crafted in the family company’s Houston workshop with a 125-year-old tradition of bespoke quality ($225 at or call [713] 780-8222). Let’s just say they know a thing or two about what they're doing, so we’re quite willing to put our heart in their hands.

And why not slip a copy of e.e. cummings' poem, “I Carry Your Heart With Me,” into the front pocket for inspired reading? Call us sentimental fools, but no matter how many times we hear those lines, they still manage to make us go weak in the knees.

-- Ingrid Schmidt

Photo courtesy of Hamilton 1883.

We're giving you Valentine's Day inspirations all week. Wednesday: Kindle the flame