Valentine’s Day dinner is romantic and holding hands and whispering sweet nothings are sure to make your sweetheart smile, but the perfect gift can really make the night one to remember. While true love isn’t contingent on lavish presents, it’s a gesture that shows that you care; a reminder of how loving your relationship is. And besides, giving gifts is just as much fun as receiving them. Here are a few suggestions to find your perfect Valentine’s Day gift.
1581 Selby Ave.
St Paul, MN 55104
From goofy to romantic, you’ll find a gift to suit any personality type at Patina. Is your date a dog-lover? This shop even has gifts for pets. Specialty chocolates (even bacon chocolate) are offered next to themed board games to add an element of fun to any evening. Spend an afternoon at Patina and you’re sure to leave with the perfect gift for your Valentine. Multiple locations around the Twin Cities make it easy to pop in and find that last-minute present, but it’s best to give yourself plenty of time to look through everything the store has to offer.
652 Transfer Road
St. Paul, MN 55114
Chocolate is always a great gift, but never more so than on Valentine’s Day. The finest in chocolates comes from a small, easily overlooked shop in St. Paul’s Midway neighborhood. From traditional milk chocolate to key lime truffles, each delectable piece will melt your loved one’s heart after it melts in their mouth. Mary, Celeste’s owner, is friendly and helpful; ask for recommendations and she’ll help create the perfect gift box. If you want to give your loved one the highest quality (ingredients are locally sourced), most delicious, exquisitely handcrafted chocolates for Valentine’s Day, Chocolate Celeste is the place to go.
177 Snelling Ave. N.
St Paul, MN 55104
Flirt, billing itself as a “sexy-sweet lingerie boutique,” offers the finest in romantic undergarments and hosiery. A gift from Flirt is a gift that keeps on giving: she gets sexy new lingerie and he gets to enjoy her in it (as long as he plays his cards right). Flirt carries jewelry and bath amenities, and even a few tasteful adult items. It’s fun to peruse through the items in the intimate store, located on Selby Avenue in a quaint shopping district, so perhaps a gift card, allowing a couple to shop together, is the best way to go.
Spruce Flowers And Home
4751 Chicago Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Flowers are such a classic that they might be considered cliché. But you don’t have to show up with a dozen roses to express your feelings on Valentine’s Day. A bouquet of fresh flowers, especially in a cold, barren Minnesota on February 14th, can really brighten the day and say “I love you.” At Spruce Flowers, you can work with the professional staff to create the perfect arrangement, so the fragrant gift will be truly one of a kind. If you want to stick to the traditional red roses, that is no problem. The fresh flowers will arrive on time with the reliable delivery service. The store also features jewelry and other gift ideas, so you’re sure to create the best Valentine’s gift possible.
1262 Grand Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105
You can never go wrong with giving jewelry on Valentine’s Day. A beautiful necklace, bracelet or set of earrings is classic, classy and sure to impress. Charlemagne offers the finest selection of jewelry, and the quality and craftsmanship is guaranteed. You can either choose from the unique selection of jewelry or work with the designers to create a custom, one-of-a-kind piece for your loved one to show off. A selection of hand-blown glass, hand-beaded purses, carvings and more are also available. If you want to get the best for Valentine’s Day, this store has got you covered.
Adrian Schramm is a resident Saint Paul writer with a passion for all things local. Through his work with Saint Paul Almanac and Minneapolis Examiner at Examiner.com, as well as in the kitchens of bars and restaurants around town, he has discovered what truly makes the Twin Cities tick.