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Published on: February 8, 2017

Creative Valentine’s Day gift ideas

By DANA DITTMAR

Next Tuesday my husband and I, like most other couples, will try to find a way to show more affection for each other just because the calendar says it’s Feb. 14. I’d almost rather stay in bed, and let the whole day pass unnoticed. There’s something that feels forced about this holiday to me.

But many of you will be facing the unenviable task of finding that “perfect gift” for your beloved this week. Some of you may even enjoy the experience.  But more often than not, it is a nerve-wracking experience. So let me offer you some tips on navigating the landmines that make up Valentine’s gift giving.

More than likely, you will want to play it safe with the old standby of flowers. We are lucky to have Oops a Daisy! and Harriet’s Flowers, each with a huge variety of blossoms to fit every taste.  You can’t go wrong with even a small bouquet of spring flowers or tropical blooms. They are appropriate for the casual newly-dating situation or for the 50th anniversary couple. Flowers are classic and always appreciated.

For something really unique, visit the Bulk Food Superstore and create a basket of their favorite candies, nuts, spices, pastas, rice and cooking oils.

Jewelry, for those of you who are really serious, is always a good choice. Bracelets, earrings and necklaces are perfect for the more casual situations, whereas rings are usually reserved for totally committed couples. Our local experts are at Boggs Jewelers. Looking for something sparkly? Touchstone jewelry is made with Swarovski crystals.

For the ladies, how about a facial at the Texture Room or a massage by Connie’s Classic Touch?  Or something that smells nice from Mary Kay? How about a romantic sunset dinner at Little Harbor?

Is your guy into golf? How about a round at one of our courses with a gift card to Bunkers Pub? Want to give him a well-deserved weekend off? Hire one of our great handymen to take care of his job jar list.

But suppose you want something a little more pragmatic and useful?  Believe me, there are women and men out there (me included) who would love a year’s worth of oil changes or a book about their favorite hobby. I wouldn’t give them a gym membership, unless they have asked for one — you don’t want to send the message they need toning up. But a gift card for a manicure or pedicure or accessories for their cell phone might be nice.

If they’re into music, get them something new from Fletcher Music. Are they overwhelmed with clutter and important papers?  How about an hour or two with Clutter Chasers to get them organized?

There are so many options of creative gifts for Valentine’s Day. But don’t forget – you can also give gifts to your beloved any day of the year, just because you love them for any old reason.

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