2017 Unique Valentine’s Day Ideas

For some, the pressure of finding that perfect Valentine’s gift can get to be too much.  In an effort to keep the focus on love this year, here are a few fun, traditional, and unique gift ideas to help get you in the mood.


Sweets for Traditionalists

Sometimes it’s best to keep it simple.  You know what your significant other likes, and so flowers and chocolates are all you need.  Here are a few places to think of, or visit, when picking up those sweet treats.


Cocoa Blue


Pease’s at Bunn Gourmet


Specialty Cakes


Incredibly Delicious



Stay the Night

A romantic night alone or away may be just what the doctor ordered.  Here are a few places offering holiday discounts, specials, and locations that are not too far from home – making them convenient for a night or short weekend away.


Crowne yourself – Crowne Plaza Hotel, Springfield, IL


Valentine’s Day Special: You and your sweetheart will enjoy deluxe accommodations, breakfast for two and a late checkout.  All guests will receive two drink tickets to indulge in our specialty cocktail, Love Potion #9, champagne in the room, flower petals, chocolate covered strawberries and Bunn Gourmet Chocolates.  Packages start at $125/night.
Package Available 2/10/17-2/18/17


Historic stay - The Flagg Farmstead, Sherman, IL


February:  All rooms are 50% off the second night of a two-night stay.

Address: 500 Old Tipton School Road Sherman, Il.  62684

Reservations call: (217) 816-8569

Email: flaggfarmstead@yahoo.com (Please include your phone number)

Office Hours: Monday - Sunday 8am to 9pm


Fit for a queen - Market Street Inn B&B, Taylorville, IL


Stay in the historic 1892 Queen Anne Victorian home.

Valentine Month Savings: Book any whirlpool room with a fireplace for two nights and receive a 10% discount on your stay during the month of love.  Also receive a complimentary bottle of wine.  Call 217-824-7220 early to avoid disappointment (discount not available via on-line booking).

Special occasion add-on package
This $100 package is perfect for a honeymoon, anniversary, birthday, or just because. Add this package to the cost of any room you choose. Includes:

·      Bouquet of fresh flowers

·      Premium chocolates

·      Two Market Street Inn Bed & Breakfast collectible mugs

·      Vows renewal option: add additional 100.00 ($200 total add-on cost)


Sleep in a barn – The Loft, St. Petersburg, IL


To inquire about a reservation, call between 8am and 9pm.

Phone: 217-306-0803

Phone: 217-632-2888

E-mail: thefarm94@gmail.com


Try something new

Reaching for fresh ideas or maybe something that takes you a little out of your comfort zone?  Here are a few new things to try – if you haven’t already – that could make for a celebration you won’t soon forget.


Dinner’s a zoo

St. Louis Zoo


Seating Times:

Friday, February 10. 2017 6pm to 10pm

Saturday, February 11, 2017 6pm to 10pm

Lakeside Café


Journey into abstraction

Illinois State Museum - Manierre Dawson: Journey Into Abstraction


Illinois State Museum

502 South Spring Street


(217) 782-7386

Museum: Monday to Saturday: 9am to 4.30pm and Sunday: 1pm to 4.30pm


Underwear streaking for a cause

Cupids Undie Run – Chicago, IL

One-mile fun run benefiting rare genetic disorder neurofibromatosis (NF) research


John Barleycorn Wrigleyville

3524 North Clark Street

Chicago, IL 60657

February 11, 2017 at 11am

$35 – space is limited



Fancy sharing libations? Here are two gift ideas that keep on giving and could help you get the right amount of tipsy!


Make your own booze

From beer to gin, these uncommon goods gifts have you covered.




Wine around the world

Subscription for wine lovers with personalized taste profiles through winc.




How about something that could help the one you love?  Making life easier is always welcomed and doesn’t have to cost a fortune or be a home appliance.


Don’t lose it

Always know where your keys and wallet are with tile.



Tame the beard

It’ll feel good on his face and yours! Try these Detroit Grooming Co. products.



Whatever you decide to do, we hope you have a blast and remember that it’s a holiday founded on love, so enjoy your moments together.