Spice Up Your Valentine's Day With Creative Gifts

October 20, 2009

(NewsUSA) – For Valentine's Day, nothing says "I love you"
like a dozen red roses, a giant, heart-shaped box of chocolates and a candlelit dinner, right?
Wrong! For a Valentine's Day neither of you will forget, surprise your beloved with one of these
creative twists:

* Order in a heart-shaped pizza for a low-key, romantic evening at home and rent love
movies you'll both like. (See if your local pizza shop will spell out "I love you" in pepperoni.)
For classic love stories, try "Gone With the Wind" or "The Way We Were." For a more light-hearted
flick, check out "You've Got Mail" or "When Harry Met Sally."

* Show up at your honey's door with a gift that marries two of life's greatest
pleasures – rich wine and deep, dark chocolate. Viansa Winery and Italian Marketplace in Sonoma,
Calif., can coat any of their award-winning wine bottles with fine Guittard milk or dark

An ideal combination is dark chocolate with the gold medal award-winning Samuele Cabernet
Franc, with its flavors of juniper and blueberry. Or, choose a bottle of the silver-medal Thalia
Sangiovese; with its ripe cherry and berry flavors, it pairs perfectly with milk chocolate. Peel
the chocolate away, and enjoy alongside a glass of fine Viansa wine. Dipping the wine bottle in
chocolate costs $20, in addition to the cost of wine, tax, and shipping. To order, call
800-995-4740 or visit

* For a more cerebral sweetie, create a
custom crossword puzzle or word scramble. Come up with clues and answers that only the two of you
would understand, such as memories, each other's attributes and events from your relationship. It's
a one-of-a-kind, extremely personal gesture that will be fun for you to create and even more fun to
watch your partner solve.

* To put a twist on the usual dozen red roses, buy 11 red roses and one white rose. On
the card, write "There's always one who stands out in every bunch … and it's you."

* If you're in a long-distance relationship and can't meet up for Valentine's Day, send
your partner a wishbone, gift-wrapped in a jewelry box. Include a handwritten note that says, "Wish
you were here."

* Buy several hundred Hershey's Kisses and remove the little paper strips. Put the
chocolates in a box for your partner, and give him the paper strips, to be used as coupons for real
kisses when the chocolate is gone.