Looking for some Valentine’s Day trinkets for your love? Sweets for your sweetie? They can be found right here in town:
Sweet Home Montclair (623 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ, 07043) has a selection of cards for your sweetheart, which offer much more wit than your typical Hallmark card:
Culture Couture (53 Church Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042) is offering fair trade art cards from Africa that do more than send a message of love. They help protect our environment and help families across the globe get jobs and provide for their families:
For Your Man
Give your man these two sets of Pico Design cufflinks, which may be inspired by sculpture and architecture, but remind us of Xs and Os. He’ll love them so much, he may cover you with hugs and kisses. (xoxo) (Pico Design is based in Montclair. Orders can be placed online here)
For the man who appreciates fine craft beers, wine and spirits, Amanti Vino (30 Church Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042) can put together special Valentine Combo pairing gift basket sure to please.
For Your Lady
Flowers, especially red roses, are a traditional Valentine’s Day gift, but we think that the Pure Perfection arrangement from Clores Flowers (590 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ, 07043) is, well, pure perfection. Hydrangeas, roses and more in shades of white, pink and green are an elegant way to say I Love You.
Capture your love in a portrait by Phil Cantor Photography. She’ll love a gift certificate for a photo session, which comes beautifully boxed with a ribbon, you’ll love the free bottle of champagne with all gift certificate purchases before February 13.
Help the kids show Mom how much they love her with a Custom Paper-Cut Silhouette Print of her children. Parcel (559 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042) can create a gorgeous print for you for $50. Just give Parcel a photo of the kids (profile, bust, or full-body images are welcome) and they will give you a silhouette presented as a paper cut, mounted on a neutral matting.
This simply stunning Sorrelli (20 Church Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042) “Delicate Dazzle” gift set features a dainty pendant and French wire drop earring that are perfectly paired and ready to wear. They’ll add just the right amount of sparkle to her outfit. ($115)
For Your Cool Kid
These Hello Shiso hair clip’s sold at Dirt & Noise (43A Church Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042) will be the coolest accessories in your kid’s wardrobe. Go traditional and get the hearts, give your little star the stars, or go for some sparkly bling.
We think books are the best gifts and putting together a “reading” gift basket for your child is a perfect Valentine. Head to Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042) to get a couple of books (the staff is the best at choosing the perfect for book for any age) or buy a gift card. Then pick up these super cute felt Heart Bookmarks at Sunshine Sam (40 West Passaic Avenue, Bloomfield, NJ)
Gifts That Give Back
Give your love some pampering (there’s no better way to help someone get in the mood) with a gift certificate to Bangz Salon & Wellness Spa(23 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042)—your gift will give back. For every Bangz Gift Card purchase of $100 or more made between February 1–15, Bangz will sponsor a woman and provide them with a wash, haircut, style, and makeup. It’s part of a special Valentine’s Day partnership with the Essex County Family Justice Center to honor survivors of domestic violence. A true gift that gives back—now that’s love.
Sweets & Treats For Your Sweetie
Nothing says Valentine Day more than chocolate and Gina’s Bakery (110 Walnut Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042) has luscious jumbo strawberries dipped in Callebaut chocolate.
Speaking of chocolate, Dolce Federica (Montclair owned) offers handmade gourmet Belgian chocolates with an Italian flair. Chef Federica has teamed up with Olive That and More (246 Bellevue Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07043) to create chocolates featuring olive oil, balsamic vinegar and sea salt from the specialty shop. They’re available at Olive That and More, which will hold a sample event this Saturday, February 7 from 11 am – 1 pm. A foodie’s dream.
For the coffee lover in your life, we think a Java Love Coffee Roasters (244 Bellevue Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07043) gift set paired with this Montclair Made pouch for refill money (or a Java Love gift card) will get you an energetic thank you from your sweetheart.
If your love loves tea, Cha Ma Gu Dao (17 Church Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042) has the perfect gift. The Valentine’s Day Sampler is a beautiful 3-Tier canister, each filled with it’s own love filled flavor: Sweetheart—a chocolate, vanilla and strawberry heart-shaped flavored tea, St. Valentines—a blend of black teas with natural chocolate flavoring and accented with rosebud, and Romeo & Juliet—the finest white teas blended with jasmine and rose petals.
Give your hot chocolate lovers of all ages a unique and delicious cup of cozy with Popbar Dark Hot Chocolate on a Stick, sold online at locally owned The Chocolate Path. Simply steam milk and put your Hot Chocolate on a Stick in your mug and stir!
Surprise your Valentine with breakfast in bed from The Little Daisy Bake Shop (622 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ, 07043)! This sweet box includes bake-at-home cinnamon rolls, muffins, a quarter pound of Red House Roasters coffee beans and a rose cookie. Pre-order for pick up Friday afternoon/night. $20. Quantities are limited!