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Be Mine, Valentine

By Lisa Schaefer

heartsIt feels like just yesterday we were ringing in the New Year and now it’s almost February! Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and it can be easy to get trapped into buying your significant other the standard dozen of red roses. Why not try something outside the box of chocolates and snag your Valentine something unique, personal and purchased with love? Below are my top recommendations for original gift and date ideas that scream, “Be Mine!”

Gifts That Show The Love

  • For the lady in your life: From home décor to children and pet accessories, has the one-of-a-kind finds that are sure to add a “spark” to your relationship. Spark Living is a Chicago-based company specializing in unique, eclectic gifts that infuse functionality and personality to any space. The wine lover in your life will be sure to appreciate a Vignon Wine Set with Decanting Pourer + Waters Corkscrew ($49.95), perfect for a romantic evening in, and the Double Twist Candleholder ($169.95) is a modern twist on a traditional home staple that is sure to set the mood.
  • For the guy that makes you swoon: The great writers throughout time wrote handwritten letters to their sweethearts. But now the pen itself has a story to tell. Allegory Pens ($75-$125) are designed and built with recycled, reclaimed wood, each with a story behind the craftsmanship. These pens make for a great conversation starter and are a gift to cherish through the years.

It’s A Date

  • A stroke of genius: Located in the Lakeview neighborhood, Bottle and Bottega allows you to uncork your inner Matisse with your Valentine or friends.  Enjoy painting and creating lasting memories with a glass of wine in a fun, intimate setting.  Be sure to call in advance to secure a spot. To make reservations for you and your date call (773) 313-9133.
  • Relaxing romance: Indulge in a lavish salon & spa services that will take the stress away from planning the perfect date. From hot stone massages to microdermabrasion, Johnathan Breitung Salon and Luxury Spa has it all, including medical spa treatments. February specials are available, so stop in to pick up a gift certificate or make an appointment and call (773) 348-1800 for you and your special someone.

Now that you’re in the know on what to buy and where to go, this V-Day just got a whole lot sweeter.

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