Think outside the box for Valentine’s gifts
By Patrice Stewart
It’s time to make that annual trek to the (insert your usual here: florist, candy store, jeweler, drugstore, card shop, dollar store, grocery store) to purchase something to show your love.
Valentine’s Day is Wednesday, so get busy now to avoid the last-minute run on cards, flowers and chocolates.
To help you “think outside the chocolate box,” The Daily did some research and came up with a few ideas.
A singing valentine delivered with rose and card by The Singing Commodores barbershop quartet, $35 to $45, call 353-5000 or 353-1228 to schedule (see photo, C12).
Valentine baskets with goodies and wine or sparking cider, $30, a benefit for Hospice of the Valley, call 350-5585.
Adult and youth T-shirts with a heart and red lettering: “Somebody in Alabama Loves Me,” $9.95 and $8.95, Lynn’s Hallmark.
Flowers of all types, from arrangements of roses or mixed pink flowers to lucky bamboo, miniature roses and green plants in beaded red planters, $3.99 up at florists, groceries and discount stores
Boxes, baskets, planters and mugs in all shapes and sizes, and even small red bustiers, ready to go or ready to fill with your choice of candies and nuts, such as Cupid Crunch, heart-shaped chocolate lollipops, English toffee, almond clusters and even sugar-free peanut butter pecan, $2 up, Morgan-Price Candy Co.
If you tell her you love her with jewelry, she’ll need a case to keep it in: Red leather heart-shaped, two-tiered jewelry case, $49.95, Jimmy Smith Jewelers
“Grandmothers hug with the heart” red pillow, plus some for moms and others, $3 to $10.95, Lynn’s Hallmark
Delicate gifts such as the Swarovski crystal 2007 Valentine’s Day heart, $75, 14K gold and Venetian enamel heart necklace, $675, white Lenox china heart-shaped box, $8, silver heart-shaped box, $13, red and white inlaid Galassi alarm clock, $39, and many wearable ideas, Jimmy Smith Jewelers
Custom gift baskets with candles, sachets, lotions, lip gloss, candy, naughty notes, even a red fur apron, range of sizes and prices, Chel’Den’s
Singing travel cups that say “Hot Stuff” or “Hit the Road Jack” and play tunes to match, $14, heart-shaped photo frame, $8, green frog that opens to hold love tokens, $10, and place your gift in a hot pink talking gift bag that plays “Wild Thing” when it’s opened, $4, Lynn’s Hallmark
Decorative holders for scented oils, “I Love You” pillar candles, transparent bars of soap with “Key to My Heart” inside, chocolate body paint and brush, heart-shaped bread basket, planters and other gifts to stuff with goodies, $4.98 up, Morgan-Price Candy Co.
Heart-shaped pendant with diamond on 14K chain, $59.95 at Gary K Jewelers in Colonial Mall, Decatur
Brighton heart necklaces and business card holder, pill box, mirror, key ring and other items decorated with hearts, $19 up, Parisian
A movie for a quiet evening at home, including recent releases such as “Date Movie,” “Heart Stopper,” “Kisses and Caroms” or the TV show “How I Met Your Mother, a Love Story in Reverse,” priced to rent or buy at various stores
Red Hot Love Story, an all-in-one body wash and shampoo, $8, Bath & Body Works
Mr. Goodbar, Snickers and other candy-bar bouquets, containers of candy with balloons, or arrangements of a dozen red foil-wrapped chocolate roses in a decorative planter, $11.99 to $19.99, Southern Family Market and other stores
A mood-setting gift box with Sweet Cravings perfume, massage oil, lotion and candles for $15 when you buy $50 of lingerie, Victoria’s Secret
Accessories and fragrances from Dillard’s, such as non-edible magnet candy in a heart-shaped box for the dieter, $35; “Love Rules” and other socks by Legale, $5; heart-decorated Fossil coin purses and wallets, $18 to $32; and romantic perfumes and colognes in a wide range of prices, such as Amor Amor by Cacharel, Happy Heart by Clinique and Romance by Ralph Lauren
A bottle of Alize Red Passion, a blend of passion fruit, cranberry and cognac that can be mixed with champagne, $12.49 to $27.99; DeKuyper Strawberry Passion Pucker, $10.99; or Absolut Ruby Red vodka, $21.49 to $21.69; ABC Store
Heart-shaped cookies iced with sayings such as “I Love You” and “Be Mine,” all sizes and prices, Great American Cookie Co.
Gift certificates for massages, facials, manicures, pedicures and other treatments available at spas and salons all over town
Cruise or trip to a Caribbean retreat, Las Vegas, Los Cabos, London or Paris, at whatever price your budget allows, through a travel agent or online services such as Travelzoo or Worry-free Vacations
Red and white scarf and gloves (Auburn colors available, too), $8.95 and $9.95, Lynn’s Hallmark
A new cell phone or iPod in seasonal pink or red colors, phone and electronic stores.
A bottle of wine, perhaps a red or rose for Valentine’s. Try Ballatore Rosso sparkling red spumante, $8.99, or Lindeman’s Reserve Limestone Coast Cabernet Sauvignon 2004, $13.49, grocery and package stores and wine shops
Hot pink and black animal print nightie by Jasmine & Ginger, below, $22, Dillard’s
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