Shop for everyone on Valentine’s Day

One of Lisa Vanderhoop's Valentine-themed cards. — Photo by Lisa Vanderhoop

Valentine’s Day is upon us, and I like to think it’s not just for couples. It’s a great day to spread love and appreciation to those around you, especially in the middle of winter. Who doesn’t enjoy bringing a smile to someone’s face?

Kids are not the only ones that can enjoy the boxed sets of Valentine cards. They are available at Rose Bud Balloons in Oak Bluffs, where you can also find some fun novelty gifts for those closest to you. While there, you might also choose some great holiday-themed garlands, balloons, and other special decorations to put up in the office to make your co-workers smile.

For those with a big heart, bring home some gift bags to fill with such delights as assorted chocolates or homemade heart cookies. LeRoux at Home in Vineyard Haven has a large selection of specialty cookie cutters, cupcake tins, and colorful decorations to make the most amazingly decorated sweet treat.

Mardells Gifts & Jewelry Shop on Main Street in Vineyard Haven is also a great stop to find boxed cards, specialty cards, and some great boxes of Russell Stover candies.

If you have a love that is indestructible and your special someone is attached to a tech device throughout the day, you might want to choose a gift that will be with them all the time. MV Tech, on State Road next to SBS in Vineyard Haven, has just what you are looking for with their new G-Form Extreme sleeves or covers for laptops and iPads, with various models and styles to choose from. If you haven’t yet heard about this amazing line of product covers, you might want to check out the store to see firsthand the covers that tout being able to make your iPad bombproof and have been shown to be run over by a car with no damage to the computer. If you are still not sure, you can check out some of their demos on by typing in G-Form demo. Don’t delay for this testament of indestructible love, as they are only available on the Island at MV Tech, and with the large number of people in need of such a product they could just fly off the shelves. For more information, call them at 508-693-3178 or visit them on the web at

If you would like a more traditional Valentine’s gift, with a special meaning, purchasing your red or pink roses from the sixth graders at the Tisbury School could be your option. This class fundraiser will offer red roses at $5 for a single; $50/dozen, and pink roses at $4/single; $40/dozen. For more information and to order your roses (for pick up on Monday, Feb. 13, or Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the Tisbury School Playground between 2:30 to 4 pm), call organizer Esther Teves at 508-696-6500 or email her at on or before Friday Feb. 10.

Looking for a special Valentine for the animal lover? Lisa Vanderhoop of the well-known Vineyard Seadogs calendars is here to help. She is hosting an art show at the Chilmark Sovereign Bank now through March 2, and she has a large selection of new, special Valentine’s Day cards ready for you to take home. Along with her Seadogs, she has incorporated cats and other animals to offer a larger variety. Ms. Vanderhoop has also developed a new line of humorous, if not racy, cards that depict such greats as Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, and 1950s housewives. To view her animal cards, along with her new line of cards, visit her show during bank hours — Monday through Thursday, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm and Fridays ’til 4 pm — or call her directly for special orders at 508-645-3201.

Along the animal lines, Island Alpaca on the Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road in Oak Bluffs is offering a great deal this weekend, February 10 through 12th. If you bring a non-perishable food item in to donate to the Island Food Pantry you will receive 15 percent off your purchases, excluding items already on sale. With the groundhog’s prediction of another six weeks of winter, a warm Valentine gift made from Island Alpaca could be a welcome treat.

While up Island getting your cards, if it is on Thursday through Sunday from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm, you could swing into Chilmark Chocolates to get their delectable treats for loved ones and yourself.

As always, you may also find a wonderful assortment of flowers to be picked up or delivered from Morrice Florist in Vineyard Haven ( and Donaroma’s in Edgartown (, as well as delivery from MV Florist ( If you are going for the delivery option, please make sure to order early to ensure a timely delivery.

Whatever and whomever you choose to bless this Valentine’s Day, know that your efforts will brighten their day. Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone.