Valentine’s Day is supposed to be romantic and wonderful, but let’s face it -- sometimes it is just plain stressful trying to figure out what to buy for that special someone. Here are 10 suggestions (in no particular order) to take the worry out of Valentine’s Day and make it a day to remember ():
1. Dinner and a movie – It sounds simple right? Almost too simple? Date nights are fun. Take her out to dinner at her favorite restaurant and then head to for a movie. If you’re lucky, she’ll want to see Star Wars in 3D too. If not, buy a Coke and popcorn, sit back and just enjoy holding her hand while you watch whatever chick flick she picks.
2. A special photograph – When is the last time you sat for a professional portrait? What about having a portrait made of you and your children? Give your sweetheart the gift of seeing your handsome face on her desk, the wall or wherever with a portrait by Dacula photographer Kelly Dyar. Kelly is offering a Valentine’s special for $75 that includes a 1-hour photo session and one 8x10 professional print. For more information, visit the Amerine Photo website or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Gift certificates are also available.
3. Flowers – Yes, flowers are a go-to Valentine’s gift, but so what? They are beautiful, they are definitely romantic and, unless you pick something she is allergic to, will likely put a smile on her face. Choose carefully though -- . To pick up a beautiful bouquet for your sweetheart, visit or the floral departments at the , the , the , the or the .
4. Lingerie – Give her something the both of you can enjoy. The has a wide selection of sleepwear ranging from comfortable and practical to sleek and sexy. Prices start around $20.
5. Jewelry – Don’t let the thought of buying jewelry intimidate you. Jewelry comes in all price ranges and can be anything from fun costume jewelry to serious heirloom quality purchases. If you are looking for something unique and affordable, check out Stella and Dot. Dacula independent stylist Stephanie Scarborough has a variety of beautiful and affordable items on her website.
6. Chocolates, candies or other sweets – While candy may be another very traditional Valentine’s Day gift, that doesn’t mean your selection has to be boring. Visit for a selection of melt-in-your-mouth desserts.
7. Products to pamper herself with – Your sweetheart may love the idea of a trip to the spa, but may simply not have the time. Why not give her the chance to enjoy a facial at home with Arbonne International products? Swiss-based Arbonne offers botanically based, vegan skin and body care products, cosmetics, health and wellness/aromatherapy, and nutrition. For details, contact Marie Krueger, Arbonne International Independent Consultant at email@example.com or by calling 678-859-3780.
8. A massage – Does your loved one bring home the bacon and fry it up in a pan? Or maybe she spends her day managing the home and family? Regardless, she could probably use a break now and then. Treat her to the relaxing experience of a massage from licensed massage therapist Trish Lowrie. Trish has been in business for 20 years and works from her Dacula in-home studio. Gift certificates are available, rates are $50 per hour. For more information, call 678-234-2194.
9. Hot Date Special at Chateau Elan – Share an evening of romance a short distance away at Chateau Elan in Braselton. The resort is currently offering a hot date special that includes overnight accommodations at the Inn and a breakfast buffet for two in Versailles the following morning. Prices start at $99.
10. Sponsor a dog in your loved one’s name – Who doesn’t love animals? Your sweetheart may already have a pet, but here’s a way to get her another furry friend without actually bringing one home. For $50 you can sponsor a dog in your sweetheart’s name through Operation Second Chance’s Jail House Dogs. Sponsors receive a certificate when their dog is adopted and have their name listed under their sponsored dog’s photo. This is a great way to make your loved one happy while helping our furry friends.
Ladies, what would you like for Valentine's Day? Tell us in the comments.
Originally posted Feb. 2, 2012 at 5 a.m.