Valentine’s Day gifts made simple

Posted Feb. 10, 2012, at 11:16 a.m.

OK guys and gals, let’s dish. Valentine’s day is almost here and do you have that special something picked out for your sweetie — guy or gal — yet?

If the answer is “no”, you have five more days before V-day. Here are some ideas to get your loving minds in gear.

1. Make something. Handmade cards are a unique and thoughtful way of telling your valentine how much you care about them. And the Bangor area has some events perfect for the hands-on valentine.

On Saturday, February 11 from 7-8 p.m., the Maine Discovery Museum will be hosting Chocolate Bonbons and Gift Boxes. Participants will learn how to make the sweets as well as a unique gift box to present them in.

On Sunday, February 12 from 7-8 p.m., the Maine Discovery Museum will offer a 3D Cards and Random Acts of Kindness Spinning Wheels. Learn more about both events by visiting www.mainediscoverymuseum.org.

Or, spend Valentine’s Day learning how to make wine together. On February 14, the Central Street Farmhouse, located at 30-32 Central Street in Bangor, will host Winemaking 101. For $50 per couple, the staff at Central Street Farmhouse will hold wine-making sessions at 5-6 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. while also taste-testing truffles from Specialty Sweets and cheese from Old Oake and Tide Mill farms. When the wine is ready, couples will come back and receive two bottles each of red wine, white wine, and champagne. Advance registration is required by calling (207) 992-4454.

On February 14, Blue Seal of Bangor will hold an event specifically for horse lovers. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the staff will help patrons make a free Valentine’s Day treat for their horse. For more information, call (207) 947-6326.

2. Flowers. According to Barbara Frye, owner of Chapel Hill Floral in Bangor, flowers are among the most popular gift for the big day. And while red roses are one of the most popular flowers to gift, your local florist can help you choose the right flower to fit your budget.

But there’s more to picking out a beautiful gift than just saying “send her flowers.” Jazz it up by purchasing a local bottle of wine, truffles, and for the trifecta, consider flowers with wine, truffles, and a card.

3. Satiate the sweet tooth. Go beyond store bought chocolates this year for your sweetie. Locally-made chocolates or candy will always be a hit for the person with a sweet tooth. Visit your local chocolatier for fresh flavors and varieties or for a special mix of sweets.

Not a huge fan of chocolate? Mix it up and pick up a cupcake to satiate the sweet tooth. Cupcakes are the new cake and stores everywhere will be carrying these single-serving treats.

4. Dinner out. In many cultures, sharing a meal is the most intimate of experiences. Choose a special spot, make reservations, and get dressed up for a night out on the town. Consider a night cap at a favorite bar or coffee shop.

5. Find a small way to say “I appreciate you”. Maybe it’s a card, a cup of coffee poured and delivered to your sweetie in the morning, or taking on a chore that they dread. Old fashioned gifts of time and attention are another no-fail valentine’s winner.

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