2013 Valentine’s Day Guide

Gift ideas to change your tune


It’s the same old song — buying V-Day gifts is a yearly stress fest. Ignore the chorus of naysayers and seek out inspired presents that will put a spring in your love bug’s step.

Kiss from a Rose
Seal the deal with a floral arrangement from Forêt. Visionaries Erin Heath and Rose Mattos forgo staid bouquets for dramatic blooms and herbs arranged in rustic wooden boxes or on Gothic stone pedestals (order by February 11).

Dress You Up
He lacks style (that’s what all the girls say). A gift card for a custom suit from online atelier Indochino buys you a $50 discount at Bow & Drape (through February 14). A ticket to Jason Wu’s ICA appearance in April should further whet his sartorial appetite — or at least his love for Michelle.

stewed!Some Like It Hot
Others sweat when the heat is on, not your beloved. Honor kitchen prowess — and fend off still-debilitating winter temps — with the braising-and-soup-centric Stewed cookbook from Sweet Basil chef Dave Becker.

Sowing the Seeds of Love
No tears, no fears: Learn to open your own aphrodisiacs with the Take Me Home & Shuck Me package, which includes three dozen bivalves, gloves, and a shucking knife, from Island Creek Oysters.

harvard sweet boutique!The Sweetest Taboo
Get gooey with a s’mores bouquet from Sweet Lydia’s — the new storefront in Lowell lets you taste-test with impunity. The Manly Brownie Sampler from Harvard Sweet Boutique includes twelve decadent, oversize squares of fudge, mint, and raspberry.

Love Shack
Signs say to get away, fool. The Sweetheart Escape at The Charles Hotel includes sparkling wine, breakfast in bed, and skating passes to the on-site rink. Revere Hotel eschews PG-13 shenanigans for a late-night boudoir photography session as part of its Midnight Ride package.

hirotaka!Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend
A kiss may be grand, but you’re in between smooches this year. Gift yourself refreshingly affordable baubles by Japanese designer Hirotaka (available at Louis).

More than Words
A picture is worth a thousand cheesy cards. The new gift plans from TurningArt let you adorn your dude’s walls with three, six, or twelve months of borrowed artwork. African penguins at Mystic Aquarium produce aw-worthy footprinted canvases.

Sing it, sister.

valentine’s day!From our heart to yours, here are more Valentine’s Day picks.

Photos: Courtesy of Foret Design; Courtesy of Sweet Basil; Courtesy of Harvard Sweet Boutique; Courtesy of Hirotaka