RVANews Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Whether you like it or not, V-Day will be here before you know it, and that means you may have some shopping to do. Don’t go straight for the dozen roses yet; RVANews brings you another helpful gift guide for all you love-birds.

You can almost hear the groans as January turns into February. The weather is frigid, there’s another month of winter ahead and Valentine’s Day is right around the corner.

Whether you like it or not, V-Day will be here before you know it, and that means you may have some shopping to do. Don’t go straight for the dozen roses yet; RVANews brings you another helpful gift guide for all you love-birds.

On the cheap

Just because you’re pinching a few more pennies this year doesn’t mean you can’t still show a little appreciation. Here are some budget-friendly choices for your lovely valentine.

Candy galore: $20

Candy tends to be a safe alternative on Valentine’s Day, but this ain’t your ordinary box of chocolates. For the Love of Chocolate in Carytown offers a whole store stocked to the brim with sugary sweets. From the homemade chocolate truffles to the wall full of Jelly Belly’s you can’t go wrong with a selection of their mouth-watering candy. My personal suggestion: any of the delicious chocolate-covered pretzels. For around $20 you can be sure to satisfy any sweet tooth with a glorious 2 pounds of candy.

Pick your poison: Get 2 pounds of candy for about $20 at For the Love of Chocolate.

A night of dancing: Free!

You’re going to be bouncing off the walls after consuming a whole conversation of candy hearts. Use some of that energy and head over to The Dance Space on West Broad Street. They are offering a romantic night of dancing on Friday February 12 from 8pm to 10:30pm. Admission is free, so grab your partner and show off some of your moves.

Carytown Valentine’s Weekend Raffle: $5 per ticket

More of a gamblin’ man? Sign up today to enter the Carytown Valentine’s Weekend Raffle. For only $5 a ticket, you’re entered in the drawing for an all-inclusive weekend including a night’s stay at a local Bed and Breakfast, a couples massage, a Carytown shopping spree,as well as lunch and dinner at a local restaurant. Tickets can be purchased online at the Carytown website.

Donate blood together: Free!

While it may not be the most fun thing on your V-day list this year, donating blood is free helpful and rewarding. There aren’t too many gifts out there that can do all that, so grab your partner and sign up for a blood donation. Going with someone else will help ease those nerves, and between the two of you, you could save up to 6 lives! Yay! Check out the Virginia Blood Services website to learn more.

Gourmet Cupcakes: $16

Located just off Cary Street, Carytown Cupcakes offers a wide variety of tasty treats. Each week you can find a new set of flavors, along with the classics. My suggestion: do not pass over the Hummingbird cupcake! For Valentine’s Day, they are offering a gift box filled with a dozen mini cupcakes dipped in chocolate and served with candies on top ($29) Or you can create your own box (1/2 dozen for $16)

Priced just right

So, there’s still a little money left from that Christmas bonus? Here are a few moderately priced gifts that are sure to impress your mate.

Night of music: $15 per ticket

If you’re not into the mushy dinner date scene, try checking out a concert for Valentine’s weekend. The National is hosting Corey Smith on Saturday, February 13 at 9pm Known as a modern country musician, Corey Smith boasts laid-back lyrics and fun songs. Most of his shows are sold-out, so grab your tickets while you can and enjoy an evening of live music.

Sushi couples dinner: $45

Even the most die-hard sushi fans would go overboard with this amount of raw fish, so grab another couple and reserve a spot at Carytown Sushi to split their Loveboat Sushi entrée. For $45 you can enjoy 20 pieces of sushi, 10 pieces of sashimi and 3 hand made rolls all served in a giant wooden boat.

Sushi set: $29

In the mood to stay in? Visit the Tokyo Market and get one of your own sushi sets. Order your favorite sushi and set up a dinner for two on your living room floor. Splurge for one of their cute, characterized Sake sets and keep the night going strong. Sake-bombs away!

sushi set
Sushi set, Tokyo Market, $29

Thai Yoga massage: $45 per couple

You’ve been working way too much and those little back-rubs just aren’t cutting it. Head over to Yoga Source with a partner and enroll in their Thai Yoga Massage workshop. ($45/couple) The class is offered on Saturday, Feb. 13 and will teach you and your partner flowing movements, deep stretching, and rhythmic massage leaving you relaxed and ready for the romantic evening ahead.

If you’re looking to splurge…

If you feel like dishing out a little more moola this year, here are some great options for your oh-so-lucky valentine.

Flower Arrangement: ($30 – 100)

Nothing beats a classic and a bouquet of flowers is still a great way to tell someone you are thinking of them. Strawberry Fields Flowers and Gifts offers a wide range of unique flower arrangements and they are more than willing to help put together an unforgettable bouquet for your ‘someone special.’ Order online or visit the store to see their complete collection of flowers. Prices vary depending on the arrangement.

Flower arrangements like this cost $30 – $100, depending on the size of the bouquet and what flowers are included.

Day at the spa: $100

This is one of those gifts that just never gets old. Score some major points by giving your girl a day at the spa. Legends Salon and Spa is offering a great Valentine’s special, a Swedish massage and Facial for $100. Let someone else work out those tensions, leaving you with a clean slate for the next year.

Couples’ massage: $150

Want one yourself? For only fifty more bucks, you can enjoy complete relaxation too. Ava’s Day Spa offers a Couple’s Therapy Massage for $150. This is bound to be one great couple’s therapy session.

Get in shape together: up to $150

Really get in the Richmond spirit and sign up for the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k together on Sat. March 27. To get ready, visit the Road Runner in Carytown for a complete selection of running shoes, then hit the pavement and start training! (Prices vary, $80-150)

For the Love of Chocolate
3136 W. Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23221

The Dance Space
6004-A W. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23230-2222
(804) 673-3326

Carytown Cupcakes
2820 W. Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23221-3550

The National
708 E. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219-1836

Carytown Sushi
2923 W. Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23221

Toyko Market
2820 West Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23221

Yoga Source
3122 W. Cary Street
Suite 220
Richmond, VA 23221

Strawberry Fields Flowers and Gifts
423 Strawberry Street
Richmond, VA 23220-3421

Legends Salon and Day Spa
3148 W. Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23221-3504

Ava’s Day Spa
9127 W. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23294-5830

Road Runner Running Store
3002 W Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23221-3502

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Lindsey Norment

Lindsey Norment is a freelance graphic designer currently living in Richmond and working for a local law firm. During the week, she spends her free time occupying space at the gym so she can continue to binge on any food containing cheese. On the weekends, you can find her hanging out with her usual crowd around the Fan. She loves discovering new websites and spends hours reading and shopping online.

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