Velentines for love

Valentine’s Day is about showering your special someone with extra love. For many though, there is pressure to make the gesture perfect and the gift just right. I am here to say, relax. Know that whatever you do will be appreciated. If that doesn’t help, here’s plan B — some suggestions for your special someone.

Yes, it is true that women love jewelry. We do however have a limit on how much we can wear and appreciate. For those of us who have been blessed over the years to receive many sparkly gifts, you might want to think about starting with a charm bracelet. I assure you it will be a gift that keeps giving for both you and your lady.

CB Stark, on Main Street in Vineyard Haven, has jumped into the charm bracelet market with a wonderful line of Vineyard Charm Beads that fit their own bead bracelet, as well as the ever popular lines of Pandora, Chamilia, and Troll Beads. With their newest charm beads — the Seaglass Drop, Edgartown Lighthouse, Handmade Wampum, and a slew of new hand-blown glass beads — you can be assured of giving something new.

Men will appreciate an Island-inspired gift from CB Stark also. With their large selection of men’s accessories ranging from cufflinks to money clips, you will have a tough time making a final choice. If you are looking for something else, but you’re not sure what, their sales staff is second to none and will help you to choose the perfect gift from their wide selection of amazing jewelry, including the lover’s paradise of engagement rings that will sparkle for an eternity.

Other wonderful jewelry stores on-Island include Claudia’s and Vintage Jewelry, in both Edgartown and Vineyard Haven, along with the unique offerings at Moonstone and Sioux Eagle Designs in Vineyard Haven.

Flowers are always welcome and traditional. But, you can spice it up with some specialty choices. Instead of the usual dozen roses — careful here, make sure you are comfortable with the fact that your lady doesn’t actually want roses — try a potted orchid instead. It can last forever. Donaroma’s in Edgartown has an amazing assortment.

For a unique perspective, plan your flowers around an event or theme. Choose an arrangement that has the same flowers as in her bridal bouquet, or make a basket to share together. Your basket could recall a picnic or spa trip that you shared. Fill a basket with your favorite wine, cheese, blanket, glasses, and candle, with a bouquet of wildflowers. Or plan a spa basket with massage oils and some rose petals to sprinkle in the bath. Let your florist know your theme, and they will help to make it magical.

And remember, surprises are always successes, so sending flowers to work could increase the sentimental impact of your gesture. Ensure success by planning ahead and ordering your flowers early. Along with Donaroma’s fabulous selections, you can also choose your flowers from some of our other fantastic florists, such as Morrice, MV Florist & Gifts and Nochi, all in Vineyard Haven.

Happy Valentine’s Day, and I hope you enjoy your special day of love.