Valentine’s Day is almost here! Flowers, jewelry, and candy are considered the red standards for February 14 gifts, but why not try something different this year? Make your beloved’s heart melt with a thoughtful gift that is truly outside-the-box (of chocolates)! Here are some ideas I featured today from on KTVI Channel 2’s 11am News.
Gifts for a special man
Golf-putter set (Earthbound Trading Co., $39.95 on sale): Score a birdie by giving your man a mini putting set packaged in a gorgeous wooden box.
Beer-bottle clock (Fusion, $25): Celebrate happy hour anytime with this clock cleverly constructed from a bottle of beer. If he likes a unique type of beer, bring the bottle to the store and the artist will create a custom-made clock!
Refurbished metal Glitterbug (Fusion, $64): Shopping for a quirky guy who isn’t bugged by insects? This one-of-a-kind, creepy-but-cool desk accessory is creatively repurposed from keys, knobs, and hinges.
Handmade wine stopper (Fusion, $25): For the wine sommelier, buy an artistic, glass-blown wine stopper and a bottle of his favorite wine.
Retro video game package (V-Stock: RetroDuo system $59.99, SNES game $24.99, mints $3.99): Resurrect those old-school NES and SNES games with a retro gaming system. Earn a one-up mushroom by adding a game and some candy mints in a Nintendo controller tin!
Classic monster movie Blu-ray box set (V-Stock, $121.99): Forget mushy romances – why not get scared together on Valentine’s Day with a classic horror film marathon?
Action hero gift set (V-Stock: comic book $45, vinyl figure $11.99): Show your man you think he’s “super” with a Superman figurine and a hard-to-find vintage comic book.
Engraved money clip (Things Remembered, $20):Hit a home run with this money clip that keeps cash secure in a stylish way. For an extra base hit, fill it with tickets to his favorite sports game!
Engraved iPhone charger keychain (Things Remembered, $40): If the two things closest to his heart are (in no particular order) you and his phone, he’ll be amped about this ingenious gift: a keychain with a hidden phone charger, LED flashlight, and USB plug-in.
Art class or workshop (Chesterfield Arts, starting at $30): Allow your man to unleash his creativity with a class in photography, glass fusion, or painting. Sign yourself up, too!
Gifts for a special woman
Worry doll notebook (Earthbound Trading Co., $6.95): Once she writes down her worries in this special notebook, the colorful Guatemalan worry dolls will take them away.
Wall art (Earthbound Trading Co., $19.97 on sale): Tell her the lovey-dovey owls in this endearing canvas painting represent the two of you.
Dove messenger (Earthbound Trading Co., $4.95): Deliver a heartfelt, hand-written message with the help of this cute little dove.
“4000 Questions for Getting to Know Anyone and Everyone” by Barbara Kipfer (Francesca’s, $14.99): Get to know the lady in your life better by taking turns answering the questions in this book, like, “Have you ever fallen in love at first sight?”
Friendship bracelet making kit (Francesca’s, $14.95): Crafty and caring gals will have a blast making bracelets for all their friends, you included.
The Daily Mood Cards (Francesca’s, $9): Tired of trying to keep up with your lady’s ever-changing moods? This flip chart has 47 mood cards so she can tell you exactly how she feels – and you can behave accordingly!
Gourmet tea and infuser (Teavana: strawberry rose champagne tea $12/2 oz, Perfectea tin $6, blue peony infuser mug $19.95; Francesca’s infuser, $12): Delight her palate with a luscious tea blend, pretty mug, and adorable duckie tea infuser.
Engraved piggy bank (Things Remembered, $35): Help her save up for a tropical vacation with a piggy bank. For a limited time, add the word “love” to your inscription for free!
Pink e-reader case (Charming Charlie’s, $7.99): Your beloved bookworm will enjoy protecting her Kindle in this bright pink e-reader case. Why not buy her an e-book, too?
Gifts for a special little girl or boy
1. Bitty Baby Doll (American Girl: doll with teddy bear and book $55, little hearts outfit $26): This 15” doll is a sweetheart! Available in different skin tones, hair, and eye colors, she comes with a tiny teddy bear and the “Welcome, Bitty Baby” memory book. Your big girl can dress her baby doll in a pretty pink dress, peep-toe shoes, and wide-brimmed hat, and curl up with the “Bitty Bear’s Valentine Hearts” book.
2. My American Girl Doll (American Girl: doll $110, I Love Pets PJ collection $60): Let your unique little girl create a one-of-a-kind, 18” doll! The future BFFs can enjoy a sleepover with matching pajama outfits of pink tunics and fun cropped leggings.
3. Personalized “Goes To the Zoo” book (Things Remembered, $35): Your favorite little boy can star in his own story with this 16-page hardcover book featuring his name and vivid zoo photos!