Dazzle her with this 14k gold and labradorite ring from Gem.

The following fun gifts can be found in town, and the shops listed are all open for Valentine’s Day.

I’ll admit it. My sweetie and I like to hold hands. And there came a day this winter when it was just too cold for either of us to hang on, so we tucked our paws into our respective pockets.

It was then that I thought: Wouldn’t a mitten for two be nice? It was just a random thought, the way I think it would be nice to meet Tom Petty one day. But then it happened! No, I have yet to meet Mr. Petty, however, a local artist has hand knit the perfect little mitten for two. You can find this quirky gift, along with other handmade delights, at the Oak Park Women’s Exchange (839 S. Oak Park Ave.) Visit www.opwe.org for more information.

Dazzling Jewelry, Shimmering Baubles

If you’re still looking for a unique and original gift for your sweetheart, you needn’t go far. You can find beautiful baubles, uncommon and vintage-inspired treasures, for her right here, right now at Gem Jewelry Boutique (109 N. Marion St.). Visit gemjewelryboutique for a gallery of remarkable pieces, including rings, necklaces, earrings, and more) or stop in to view their extraordinary collection of jewelry. 

Engrossing Gifts (Books, Glorious Books!)

My personal favorite: The Book Table (1045 Lake St.). If you have a little Valentine (by this I mean children), you’ll find sweet reads for tots and teens. If your Valentine loves fashion, you’ll find very cool apparel for him and for her hosting the titles of some of your favorite classics (think To Kill a Mockingbird and Catcher in the Rye). If your Valentine has a favorite magazine, pick up a copy and surprise them with a year’s subscription. They have a fantastic selection of books, and if you’re still lost, simply ask and the wonderful staff will provide direction – free of charge!

Sweet, Chocolate Delights

And what would Valentine’s Day be without chocolate? La Maison Bon Bon of Forest Park (7353 W. Madison) offers an amazing selection of gourmet chocolates to satiate my, that is, anyone’s sweet tooth. Trust me, you’ll be back again and again for their sweet confections – domestic and imported fine chocolates abound in this charming, pint-sized shop. Visit lamaisondebonbon for hours. 

Say It With Flowers

A single stem or a bouquet of blossoms, charm him or her with wild flowers or traditional roses from local florist, D. Michael Floral Design in Oak Park (212 Marion St.). Great service and great selections make it easy to pluck the perfect blooms. Visit dmichaelfloraldesign for hours.

Here’s hoping everyone’s day is filled with sweet treats and lots of love this Valentine’s Day!

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