Ten Unique Valentine’s Day Gifts

Valentine’s Day: The holiday conjures up images of flowers, stuffed animals, and of course chocolates encased in a heart-shaped box. Well, this year, think outside of that heart-shaped box and buy the loved ones on your list unique gifts from any of these wonderful shops – they will not disappoint!


The Little Soap Shop:Custom Gift Baskets

Vivian, the owner of The Little Soap Shop, strives to provide her customers with pure, all natural products that they feel good about using. She offers a wide variety of skin care products made from nature’s finest ingredients. For Valentine’s Day, she is offering a special boxed set that includes body oil, a chocolate covered cherry soy candle and soap. She also makes custom boxes, and every box made between now and Valentine’s Day will include complimentary chocolate. Everything is 100% vegan and her products are packaged using 100% recycled or reusable materials.

Contact: (718) 704-4408, or visit their website.


La Guli:

La Guli is legendary in Astoria. This 75 year old, family-owned establishment bakes up delicious Italian treats daily, as well as pies and custom cakes. If your sweetheart is a marzipan lover, this is the place to go!

Where: 29-15 Ditmars Blvd., Astoria 11105, (718) 728-8225


The Chocolate Swirl:

The Chocolate Swirl offers a delicious array of Valentine’s Day goodies from red velvet cake pops to double decker heart-shaped brownies. Check out the “Valentine’s Day 2012” on their website for their entire selection of holiday delicacies.

Contact: On-line orders only, (718) 407-0034



Site consistently stocks wonderful, quirky items for the quirky love of your life. In addition to their regular selection, they are offering special gifts for Valentine’s Day: Chocolate Bon Bon Lip Gloss, Conversation Heart soaps, Boho Candle Pots, and more.

Where: 35-11 34th Avenue, Astoria, (718) 626-6030


New York Spa Castle:

Why not treat your significant other to a day of romance at Spa Castle? Enjoy the saunas, mineral pools and other relaxing features. They are also offering special packages such as a chocolate mud wrap and lavender facial or a single, double or triple luxury packages. Ask them about romantic couple services, too!

Where: 131-10 11th Ave., College Point, (718) 939-6300


The Art of Ribbon Roses Workshop at the The Voelker Orth Museum

Cost – $10 ($8 for members) Registration is required; If you are the crafty type who would prefer a Do-It-Yourself Valentine, you will love this workshop. Learn to make ribbon roses to add a touch of elegance to any craft. Participants will create their own ribbon roses, and all materials are provided. The workshop is taught by floral art expert Natalie Carbone.

When: Wednesday, February 8, 2012, 2:00 – 3:30pm
Where: 149-19 38th Avenue, Flushing, (718) 359-6227

Little Oven:

They’re sweet, they come in a box, and they’re a great gift, but they’re not chocolate. They’re macarons! Not to be confused with the coconut macaroons, macarons are delicious creams, caramels or chocolates sandwiched between delicate almond wafers. They also come in enticing colors that will make any sweet tooth tingle. They are offering a special Valentine’s Day Gift Sampler, which includes: Honey Lavender, Strawberries and Cream, Love Bites (a blend of cinnamon and chili pepper), Caramel Fleur de Sel, Dark Chocolate and Rose. You can stop by their new storefront or have them delivered. This is a great gift for a long distance romance!
Where: 1207 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, (718) 440-9438,

The Sunday Night Dinner in Astoria:

Whether you want to surprise your sweetheart with a romantic catered dinner for two or take them out for an enjoyable evening at a supper club, Tamara, creator of The Sunday Night Dinner in Astoria, can make your Valentine’s Day special. The supper club is a unique experience. There is a maximum of 20 people dining together, and the meals are served family-style, so it can be a fun way to meet other food-lovers. You can purchase tickets on her website, and the next dinner is on Valentine’s Day. Despite the name of her business, not all of Tamara’s dinners are on Sunday nights, so be sure to check out the schedule. Events can sell out quickly, so be sure to purchase your tickets well in advance!

Contact: Visit The Sunday Night Dinner

Slovak-Czech Varieties Store:

While this might not seem like an obvious place to shop for Valentine’s Day you can find wonderful wooden toys for the little loves of your life. You will also find unique, beautiful glass art and Slovak crystal.

Where: 1059 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, (718) 752-2093


Anasa Day Spa:

This cozy little spa in the middle of Astoria is a welcome escape from the craziness of daily life. They are a full service spa, and offer many wonderful packages so you can have a day of relaxation. For Valentine’s Day they are offering a gift card special: purchase a gift card of at least $125 and receive a free $25 gift card! This deal is only available until February 4th, so act fast!

Where: 31-09 Newtown Ave., Suite 409, Astoria, (718) 777-7720


    By: Megan Ross