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Michael’s Top Ten Romanticisms

Some of us love it, and some of us resent it. It’s Valentine’s Day, and it’s here to stay whether you hop on the bandwagon or not. So why not make the most of it? Below are my top romantic items and services, ranging from small and thoughtful to over-the-top, to help you celebrate love’s only officially recognized day.

10) Sleigh Ride, Wine, and Cheesecake

The old-school Casanova will be all over this romantic sleigh ride that includes wine, cheesecake, and warm blankets to catalyze the cuddling process. Complete with a heated, candlelit cabin to warm up your knickers up post-excursion.

9) Paper Hearts Booklet

Don’t be fooled by the snowflakes on this books cover. It promises to deliver 23 different designs, including angels, hearts, and flowers. Perfect for getting youngsters into the spirit of the 14th.

8) Light Hearts

They’re big, and dare I say tacky, but think of all of the romantic stunts you could pull with these glowing hearts. I’m thinking you could make a pretty great impression by setting these up in your garden around a dinner table for two. That’s a one of a kind Valentine’s Day evening.

7) Valentine’s Day Plushies

V-day cliché or a pleasant present? If stuffed animals are your thing, check out this lot of brand new plushies, which includes the classic teddy bear and a musical, moving giraffe. Sold.

6) Romantic Comedies

If you’re not looking to make a huge deal of Valentine’s Day you might want to go casual with a few classic, romantic comedies. Check out this DVD box set with You’ve Got Mail, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Music & Lyrics, and Two Weeks Notice. A movie marathon will give you an excuse to stay at home and enjoy a little TLC with your favorite person, or even some friends.

5) Picture Frames

I’m not sure if these picture frames are inherently romantic, but the potential is there to fill them with something that is. Most people these days shoot digital and rarely develop their film, so it’s becoming more and more thoughtful to hard copy your photographs for the people you love. Plug your picture into a festive frame and you have an inexpensive, but romantic gift.

4) Cookie Bouquet

Pink and delicious. This bouquet of cookies, which can be custom designed to your liking, marries the best of both the flora and sucrose worlds. They won’t wilt or die, but they will most certainly “melt in your mouth,” according to this user.

3) Silver Necklace

I received some great feedback on a blog post a couple of weeks ago when I asked you whether or not it was acceptable to give your partner a used Valentine’s Day present. The consensus was that, “it’s the thought that counts.” I agree, especially when the used item is as impressive as this cubic zirconia flower necklace that came all the way from London, England.

2) Natural Soap

Check out these homemade bath bombs, body butters, and mists. They’re made from shea butter imported from Ghana, Africa, and contain only natural oil extracts. I think they’d make a pretty great gift for someone who enjoys silky smooth skin, and they’re pretty to boot.

1) Chocolate Factory

When I was searching for items to add to this list I was hoping to find a box of chocolate hearts. I think I did one better. Behold an established and successful chocolate business and dessert/coffee shop. It might be beyond the price range of the average V-day shopper, but it’s got spunk and my guess is that among the 1000 chocolate moulds there’s a heart shape or two. Now that’s romantic.

Have a great weekend and a happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

– Michael

As the social media and community coordinator at, Michael is the voice you hear when you phone our 1-800 number and the text you read skim three days a week on our blog. Keep up with his antics on Twitter @MrConkin.

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