This Valentine's Day, Why don't you try...

Posted February 9, 2009

Cape May, NJ - Surprise your honey this Valentine's Day with a Portuguese rooster. The ceramic variety. Did you know these hand painted roosters are given in Portugal as symbols of good luck? And what could be a more loving sentiment in these upside down times. Get the roosters at Cafe Tuscany for $16.95.

No one wants to be predictable, least of all on Valentine's Day. Here are some other ideas to pull you away from those hearts of Whitman's chocolates:

Instead of Chocolates...

Forget the chocolates and spoil him or her with a cheese tray for two. Decadent AND nutritious! Steve at Seaside Cheese will fix you up with a tray of three cheeses plus either fruit or olives for $20. Just add a bottle of wine and it's party time.

Instead of Perfume....

Why spend money on a bottle of perfume she'll rarely use. Instead, give her (or him) a bottle of Bath Time's own soothing Cape May Blends peppermint foot lotion. Throw in a personal foot massage to go with it. The eight ounce bottle is $15.

Instead of Diamonds...

Diamonds are so 2008. Instead, surprise her with beautiful and trendy sea glass earrings. The Whales Tale carries a nice variety of these natural gems. Prices range from $35 to $85. She'll be impressed.

Instead of Roses...

If you want to splurge on flowers, far be it from us to discourage you. But, do it with style.

Send an exquisite green hydrangea, surrounded with lilies and rosebuds. Green hydrangeas are the "it" flower these days. Very hard to come by. Cape Winds Florist will create a tasteful arrangement for $50 to $75.

No matter what you give your sweetie this year, make it a point to buy from a local merchant and spread that love around.

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