Patch Picks: 5 Unique Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

From homemade cards to TV shout-outs, here are five ways to celebrate on Feb. 14.

Looking for that special gift to pay homage to your honey? Here are five ideas to cut costs, and create a memorable gift that can’t be fully store-bought.

Bring a Restaurant Home: If you want to avoid the crowds lingering at restaurants on Feb. 14 - and create an unique experience - put together your own menu that offers a few selections for appetizers, dinners and deserts. You can even bring it to a local Kinko’s to laminate it or print on special paper. Stumped for ideas of what to cook? Look for specialized classes in your area, such as those at Whole Foods in  and .

Or, if you want to give your honey his or her favorite restaurant meal, but in a private setting, consider bringing home take-out! Order food ahead of time from his or her favorite restaurant and bring it home, serve it on your best china, and add a vase of flowers and a candle for two, and it's like you have the whole restaurant to yourselves. Why not choose a Palo Alto restaurant from our article last week - .

Create a Card: Making cut-out Valentine’s cards isn’t reserved just for kids. Here are some examples of homemade cards that are easy to assemble and likely more memorable than the store-bought variety. Look out for craft stores in your area, such as in Palo Alto and in nearby Mountain View.

Proclaim Your Love, On Air: On the days leading up to Valentine’s Day, local radio stations often have a feature where you can make a shout-out to your sweetie.  in Mountain View is taping a night of Valentine’s Day, where the public is invited to broadcast a 15-second message to their significant others.

Give the Gift of Experience: Want an excuse to take a vacation, be it an overnight in San Francisco or a week's escape to Paris? Many travel agencies, such as  in nearby Los Altos, prepare  vouchers. Or, you can do a DIY coupon voucher, promising a trip in the coming year.

Assemble a Photo Montage: Purchase a piece of poster board, and decorate it with photos (or print-outs of photos) of you and your significant other. You can also create a border with the photos, and write a Valentine’s message inside. Or, you can often find large frames with pre-made slots inside to create a more professional montage. Remember, you can find crafty supplies at , or visit specialty framing stores right here in Palo Alto, like , , or .


sarah February 11, 2012 at 07:18 PM
i think all the ideas above are great and creative :) another way to add a little extra touch to any of these is to create something like a mobile scavenger hunt (there's a tool out there called www.textclues.com that is pretty sweet). then, you can incorporate a letter or card into the scavenger hunt, and then have it lead to the home made dinner. super sweet :)
Jennifer van der Kleut February 11, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Awesome idea, Sarah! Thanks for sharing!
Jessica Witenstein-Weaver February 15, 2012 at 01:41 AM
I really like the, 'bring a restaurant home ' suggestion Rachel


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