Set your lady's heart aflame with unique and thoughtful Valentine's Day gifts this year. Heads above the tired flowers and box of chocolates, these displays of love will both warm the heart and inspire effusive "thank you's" and kisses.
Deluxe Chocolate Truffle Making Kit
Recreate a chocolate-version of the movie "Ghost" with this sweet DIY treat for the baker in your life. Or let your lady put her feet up while you make them. Whatever you do, don't expect her to make them for you.
She Believed She Could Cuff
Show your special lady support and encouragement with this heartfelt bracelet from MantraBand. Available in rose gold, silver, and gold, other engravings include "Live What you Love" and "Be True. Be You. Be Kind."
Love Poems Set
For your romantic bookworm, this five anthology set features the love poems of William Shakespeare, E.E. Cummings, W.H. Auden and Christina Rossetti. The books are arranged into love poems, love songs and sonnets, love letters, Indian love poems, and sonnets from Dante to present.
$85, Juniper Books
Pick out your sweetheart's neighborhood for a scen-terrific gift. Candle location themes include San Diego (made with pomegranate oil, grapefruit, lemon, and sage), Del Mar, Carlsbad, Hillcrest , La Jolla and Ocean Beach. Candles can be found at Urban Girl Accessories, Pilgrimage of the Heart Yoga and Hillcrest Farmers Market to name a few, or you can always purchase from the online shop.
$17, SoCal Candle Co.
Long distance mugs
Keep love alive no matter what the distance with these heart-worthy mugs. Custom designs are available, so inquire for your own unique gift.
$28, The Lettered Co.
Sunset & Champagne Balloon Ride in Del Mar
Is there anything more romantic than a San Diego sunset? Couple that with bubbles on this romantic treat for lovers. Rides last 45 minutes to one hour.
Valentine Beer Label
For your craft beer gal, surprise her with a gift basket full of her favorite brews adorned with these labels including the phrases, I Love You Beery Much, You Tapped Into My Heart, Hoppy Valentine's Day, and Will You Beer My Valentine?
$12-16, Paprika Paperie
Valentine-themed Bath Bombs
Draw your lady a sensual bath with a variety of bath bombs including the Lover Lamp, with vanilla; the Cupid, with berry; the Sex Bomb, purported to be an "Aphrodisiac jasmine soak"; and finally the tongue-in-cheek Over and Over, with lemony cocoa butter.
$5.25-$8.95 each, LUSH, located at Fashion Valley Mall and Westfield UTC Mall
Romantic Gondola Cruise
Create your own version of Venice here in San Diego with a private gondola ride through Coronado Cays. The 50-minute trip includes blankets, ice buckets and wine glasses, so bring your Valentine's red or bubbly for an enhanced ride.
$165-195, Gondola Company
Valentine's Jewelry Pop-Up show
Take your art-loving gal to this special Valentine's Day-themed show for that perfect and unique piece of jewelry. Collections include international and local artists Maru Lopez, Indiri Collection, and Tammy Spencer. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb, 10 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11.
Various prices, Mingei International Museum