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Area Retailers Offer Creative & Thoughtful Gifts for your Special Valentine

by and on February 06, 2014 7:00 AM

Finding the perfect Valentine’s Day gift to show your sweetheart how much you care about him or her isn’t always easy.

Your valentine deserves only the best and that can make it difficult to find a gift that measures up. To make hearts flutter this February 14, think unique but classic, heartfelt and local.

If you and your dear have a passion for music or share a special song, have the Nittany Knights Barbershop Chorus sweep your valentine off his or her feet with a special serenade. Serving primarily the State College and Bellefonte area, Singing Valentines can be delivered to work or at home on Thursday, Feb. 13 or Friday, Feb. 14. For $30. The chorus will sing three love songs to your sweetie. A Deluxe Singing Valentine complete with three love songs, a small sampler of chocolates and an instant photo to capture the musical memory is also available for $45. To order a Nittany Knights Singing Valentine, call Bill at (814) 355-3559 or email

For valentines who love to celebrate with wine, look to local wineries for the perfect gift. Mt. Nittany Vineyard & Winery offers various dry, semi-sweet and sweet wines including Nittany Mountain Blush, Lion Country Blush, Montmorency Cherry and Mountain Rose.

Seven Mountains Wine Cellars features numerous wines including Redtail, a blend of Marechal Foch and Chancellor with hints of cherry and strawberry and Tickled Pink, a wine with a grape tasting on the front end and a cotton candy finish. These two sweet wines are the perfect colors for Valentine’s Day dessert.

Two specialty fruit wines from Happy Valley Vineyard & Winery, Red Raspberry and Blue Luna pair perfectly with Valentine’s Day staples like chocolate, fruit and other sweet desserts.

Stop at local sweet shops like Gardners Candies or the Boalsburg Chocolate Company for chocolate truffles, chocolate covered strawberries and chocolate covered pretzels to pair with your wine. With its famous Peanut Butter Meltaways and Valentine’s specials like foiled rose stems, Valentine’s Day Oreos and customizable heart-shaped box assortments, Gardners has something for every valentine. Head to the Boalsburg Chocolate Company and bring home chocolate peanut butter cups.

If your valentine likes to shine and sparkle, local jewelry stores have many gift options. From earrings and necklaces to watches and cufflinks, Moyer Jewelers, Kranich’s Jewelers and Aurum Jewelers & Goldsmiths offer unique and special Valentine’s Day gifts for both men and women.

To surprise your valentine with a unique and locally-made gift, the Gallery Shop celebrates the arts and crafts of Central Pennsylvania. With quality gifts of two and three dimensional art and functional crafts, shoppers can find the perfect gift for their valentines in the form of jewelry, pottery, painting, weavings, scarves, clothing, woodwork and quilting.

Flowers, especially roses and carnations, are a classy way to say ‘I love you’ on Valentine’s Day.  Surprise your sweetie with a beautiful bouquet from Avant Garden or Woodrings in State College. Prices vary depending on size and flower types. Long stem red roses remain the most traditional among bouquets given for the love holiday, but don’t be afraid to branch out. Get a bouquet of your valentine’s favorite flowers or flowers in his or her favorite colors. Also think about purchasing a live plant that your valentine can keep for years to come, reminding him or her of your eternally blossoming love.

To pamper your valentine and remind him or her how cherished he or she is, send your love to one local spas for the day. Whether for just a massage a day trip or the total weekend spa experience complete with hair treatment, body wrap, manicure and pedicure and aromatherapy treatment, spas and salons like ESSpa Kozmetika at Carnegie Inn & Spa, Designer’s Denn or Dragonfly Therapeutic Massage and Day Spa, your valentine will thank you for thinking of their mental and physical well-being.

This story was produced by the staff at the Centre County Gazette. It was re-published with permission. The Centre County Gazette is a weekly publication, available at many locations around Centre County every Thursday morning.

Sam is a correspondent for the Gazette.
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