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A Valentine’s Day Survival Guide for Atlantans

Gifts, date ideas, and singles fun

v-day gift guide!

No matter your mantra, you’ll live to tell the tale thanks to these foolproof gifts, experiences, and merrymaking ideas.

Shop for Your Beau Without Panic
Browse some of the coolest guy goods in town at Chrome Yellow Trading Co.Brixton driving caps and fedoras ($34-$52), framed Methane Studio prints ($45), Prospector Co. grooming products ($5-$20), Pendleton Portland Collection wool plaids (on sale for $150), Forage ties ($68 and up), and much more. If you get overwhelmed, take a ping-pong break in the back or peruse clothing (including Raleigh denim) and accessories (Dream Collective Jewelry) for yourself in the unisex, vintagey boutique.

Boycott the Holiday and Stay in Your Sweats
Satisfy sweet teeth without the cheesy heart box by sampling Memphis-based Shotwell Candy Co.’s handmade caramels in varietals like old-fashioned cocktail, craft beer and pretzel, and five-spice dark chocolate ($10). And nothing says love (or self-love) like a box of Sublime Doughnuts’s heart-shaped pastries (think chocolate dipped and peanut butter filled).

oakland cemetery tour!

Make Your Date One to Remember
Cemeteries need not be creepy. Hear tales of undying love (apologies), read poignant epitaphs, and explore rarely visited parts of Oakland Cemetery during the one-hour Love Stories of Oakland Tour (February 9, 14 & 15, 5 p.m.; $10 per person; meet at Visitors Center). Or opt for dancing, drinking, and blooming romance at the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Valentines in the Garden (February 14, 7-11 p.m.). Tickets ($35) at ticketalternative.com.

Floor Your Fella
He’ll go weak for the new boudoir collection at Camille’s Closet. The Sweetheart lace teddy ($48) is sultry, pretty, and doubles as an outfit (if you’re Beyoncé), while the Good Morning boy shorts ($12) live up to their name when you slip them on before bed. Make the impression permanent with a boudoir photo shoot with photographer Jamie Annarino; she puts you at ease while making you look like a Victoria’s Secret model (she’s magic). Email jamie@redclaypr.com to book.

Scout for Singles
Find your soul mate, a tequila-infused make-out, or just a heap of Mexican grub at El Taco’s Stupid Cupid night (February 14, 5-11 p.m.), where you can feast on the Misery Loves Company dinner of dips, tacos, and desserts for up to five people for $60 (add a pitcher of Rebound-a-Ritas for $20). Prepare for the evening with Savannah-based Kiss My Grits lip scrub ($12), made of Georgia stone-ground grits, essential oils, and vitamin E to soften your kisser.

Pucker up.

Photo: Kemi H / Getty Images; Courtesy of Joan Fountain / Oakland Cemetery

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3096 Roswell Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
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Atlanta, GA 30318
404-897-1801
1186 N Highland Ave NE
@ Amsterdam Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
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248 Oakland Ave SE
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Atlanta, GA 30312
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Atlanta, GA 30309
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