Sure, the historic snow storm that teared through the region could be used as an excuse to why you didn't get a superb Valentine's Day gift for your significant other, but, it's a stretch, and why bother going through the hassle?
Head into the village centers this afternoon and net a perfect, one-of-a-kind gift for your Valentine.
GIFTS FOR HIM
1. SOMETHING TO WARM UP HIS COLD WINTER NIGHTS
Consider a fine sipping liquor for your gentleman or a robust glass of wine. Urban Grape or Murray's can recommend something great, including old favorites, new finds, and a few distilled locally.
2. THE WRITE IDEA
Papyrus or The Paper Tree offers stationary and pens for all his important hand-written documents, which with any hope will include a love letter or two – to you!
Consider the gift of relaxation and stress relief with a 60-minute gift certificate for a massage. Try La Residencia or Elements.
Frankly the Best Auto Detailing offers car detailing. If you're not sure what your guy would like, a nice gift certificate to an auto store could work, too.
5. THE WAY TO A MANS HEART…
Why cook? Select a complete gourmet dinner at one of Newton's many restaurants or if he loves to cook, get a gift certificate for Sur La Table in the Mall at Chestnut Hill where he can buy all the cooking supplies he needs.
GIFTS FOR HER
1. BIG THINGS IN LITTLE PACKAGES
You can't go wrong with jewelry. Check out Adamas Fine Jewelry or Pageo for a great gift she will love. And don't forget the card -- Just Next Door has plenty to choose from.
2. DATE NIGHT
Why go out on a cold winter’s night? Instead surprise her with a romantic movie date at the West Newton Cinema. Check out their schedule for upcoming films here.
3. DAY OF RELAXATION
Give her a day of relaxation with a gift certificate to one of Newton's many spas and salons.
4. CAN’T FIND THE RIGHT WORDS?
Consider a book of love poems or a classic love story. The folks at Newtonville Books or the New England Mobile Book Fair have a wide selection of literary gifts to tickle her funny bone or play on her heart strings.
5. GO TRADITIONAL.
CVS and Walgreens have the traditional Valentine's Day chocolates and goodies. If you're looking for a something a bit fancier, check out Indulge! or Bread & Chocolate for a spin on the sweets gift.
Above all, remember: it's truly the thought that counts!