It’s almost February – you know what that means. Valentine’s Day is almost here. Although it’s always nice to give flowers to your special someone, maybe it’s time to think outside the box. Especially considering the premium you’ll pay for a dozen roses on February 14th. Here’s our round-up of the top alternatives to flowers when you want to show the one you love how much you care.

Handmade and vintage treasures

Does your bae love handmade goods or vintage curiosities? Then head to the Sweethearts Bazaar on Sunday, February 10th. This Valentine’s Day version of the Grand Bazaar NYC is the place to score lovely gifts from local artists and antique dealers. It’s also a great place to take a date. This is NYC’s largest weekly market and 100 percent of the profits are donated to four local public schools. The market is located at 77th and Columbus and admission is free.

The Big Love Ball

Is your significant other the kind of person who’s hard to buy for because they have everything? Then the Big Love Ball from the Guggenheim Store is the perfect gift. The Big Love Ball is pretty much what you’d expect — an inflatable ball that has the word LOVE emblazoned across it. It gets shipped in a smartly packaged box, which includes an inflator. This is a truly unique gift, especially for art lovers and collectors.


This one seems pretty obvious, but it certainly deserves a spot on our list. Chocolate is almost always the best go-to for any occasion, especially Valentine’s Day. Win extra points by gifting artisanal chocolate from one of the city’s many excellent chocolatiers. Varsano’s Chocolate in Greenwich Village specializes in delicious homemade, hand-dipped chocolates. Score some tasty handmade bonbons at Kee’s Chocolates. They have two locations in Midtown. Or indulge in champagne truffles from Jacques Torres Chocolate – they have several locations throughout the city.


Sometimes you want to give more than just a simple gift. You want to give an experience that expands your love’s knowledge on a certain subject. Guess what? There are TONS of places in NYC to do just that. Discover what love is according to neuroscientist Bianca J. Marlin at SciCafe: Science of Love at the American Museum of Natural History. Learn how to make your own glass sun catcher at Fires of Love – Valentines Day Workshop at UrbanGlass. Or learn how to fly at the Trapeze School of New York City. One of the best ways to show someone how much you love them is to gift them an experience that makes lasting memories.

Renew your vows

Finally, what could be more romantic than renewing your vows in Times Square? Nothing, that’s what. It beats flowers every day. Head to Love in Times Square and marry your best friend all over again. There will be a group Vow Renewal Ceremony on Duffy Square’s Red Steps.

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