10 Unique, Local Gifts for Valentine's Day

From a Kenny G cruise to bright pomegranates necklaces and decorations, see what you can pick up in Montrose for your loved one, child or friend.

Forget it. Valentine's Day isn't just for the lovers and you don't need a trip far from home. See how you can shop local on the designated day o' love. 

1. Plan a Kenny G Voyage to Alaska From

There's nothing like sailing the Pacific next to glaciers, your loved one and Kenny G, right? Hear the sweet saxophone during the Montrose Travel exclusive offer. The cruise sets sail from May 17-24, 2013, and although this may be some time away, it's definitely a great gift for the music-lover in your life. Learn more about what you'll eat, see and enjoy on Montrose Travel's website

2. Make Your Own Sugar Creation From

Test out blast from the past candy, make your own sweet creations and check out Hello Kitty, Sweethearts and Jelly Bellies (now with messages). Sugar-lovers can pick heart-shaped boxes which can be personalized and customized with your loved one's favorite chocolate, taffy, sour strings and licorice. Little ones can also pick up cupid puzzles or cards. 

3. Can't Travel to Paris? Find Your Gal a Parisienne Look at

Revelation TOPS offers tons of bling, bling hearts and très mignon pink poodles for ladies. The women's fashion store also offers Valentine's Day lotions and long tunics with funky hearts and messages d'amour.  

4. Personalize a Bright Gumball Machine at

Paper Rabbit is known for its bubbly decorating style and also offers personalized gumball machines that make wonderful gifts for anyone at any age. Heart stickers, funky stuffed animals and candy are available gifts. You can also order online in case the store is moving during the holiday. Visit the site here

5. Bring a Bright, Red Pomegranate Home From

Mankind's oldest fruit with a blossom crown is known for its royal appeal. La Perla displays real pomegranetes encrusted in enamel to bring good luck to locals. See what other jewelry, sparkly clutches or vases might make a beautiful gift for your special someone. 

6. Pick Up the Perfect Card at

Whether your Valetine's Day is romantic or spent with family and friends, find a card that tugs on their heartstrings. Critters has an entire wall packed with cutsie messages and love letters. Check out the candy supply while you're there, too. 

7. Pick a Pretty Bouqet at

Unless your loved one despises colorful flowers, you'll be safe shopping for roses, sunflowers or an arrangement at Montrose's Lordz Flowers. This stress-free, traditionally adored gift might be your saving grace if you're running late and you don't want to disappoint a loved one. Call ahead to request an arrangement at 818-249-1179. 

8. Make Sparkle Your Gift of Choice at

Find everything from rings to bracelets, watches or necklaces for both men and women at Honolulu Jewelery. The locally owned store has been around for more than 20 years and offers gold, platinum and silver. 

9. Paint a Heart-Shaped Plate or Tea Cup at

Pick out a giant ceramic cupcake, heart-shaped plate, vase or coffee mug for your special person and paint it any color they desire. Stop by on Friday night in your pajamas and Color Me Mine will make the regular $10 studio fee a $3 studio fee, which also includes the cost of the item you purchase to paint. Sidenote: this could also make a great date. 

10. Give a Bookworm a Valentine's Day Read at

From Strawberry Shortcake to Curious George, see what literature can bring happiness to your loved one. Stop by the Honolulu Avenue location or visit the online store to make a purchase. Enjoy the time relaxing and reading with your loved one - no matter what age you are! 

Mary Dawson January 30, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Great article Nicole and such nice pics of all the stores. This puts me in the Valentine's mood! So many of our stores have such unique and special things for this day. Montrose and Valentine's seem to go together. Thank you!
Nicole Charky (Editor) January 31, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Thanks, Mary! It was very tempting to write this. I wanted to buy everything! If you have any other ideas just let me know. We also have a Montrose date night planner coming up on Thursday for the lovebirds in town (or just pals, families).


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