Creative Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day

A New York Kind of Love

praying mantis valentine!

Whether you have someone to tongue wrestle or plan to spend the day shouting Fatal Attraction quotes at strangers, February 14 is coming.

Card Games
Hand-cut paper Mantis religiosa ($9) from Brooklyn are the antisaccharine sentiment. Unlike their real-life counterparts, they won’t bite off their mates’ heads during copulation.

lasagna!Wine and Dine
Add deeper layers to your relationship with Brucie’s decadent lasagna service ($55-$65). Drop off a pan, wait a day, and then feast on house-made noodles, ricotta, and mozzarella with seasonal fillings like mushrooms, sage, and goat cheese or butternut squash and pulled pork.

Sweet Desire
Score seats at Compose’s new dessert tasting ($60 with pairings) before V-Day. Starting Thursday, chef Micah Phillips (Noma, Jean-Georges) will lead guests through ingredient-specific courses (roots, chocolate, and milk) bookended by an amuse and mignardise (blond ale, chervil; hazelnut cake, salted chocolate ganache, brown butter). Day-of reservations are available.

gold ring heart!The Small Things
Heart-themed jewelry generally triggers our gag reflex. However, Kiel Mead’s dainty gold, silver, and platinum rings ($50-$720)  look like thoughtfully twisted pretzels — giving the sweet notion and shape some much needed salt.

Past Presents, Perfect Future
Reheat past relationships without getting burned: Designer Jill Platner will melt old gold jewelry for store credit.

Bright Idea
Turn each other on with a ReMade USA lamp crafted from antique and vintage doilies ($850). The orb casts sexy, lacy shadows — no negligee required.

gray teddy!Nether Land
But in case you do, for the next two weeks, guys can pick up a hot Araks teddy ($220) in sheer packaging at men’s shop Odin.

Photo: Courtesy of X♥; Dalboz17 / Flickr; Courtesy of Kiel Mead; Courtesy of Odin

valentine’s day gift ideas!Find 55 more ways to set their hearts aflutter in our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide.

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