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Jens Top 10 Valentine's Day Edition!

Valentine’s Day is less than a week away! Do you know what you are getting your Sweetie yet? Check out our TOP 10 Local Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day.

1.      Flowers, of course!

Colonial House of Flowers is known for their effortless beauty and style when it comes to flower arrangements. Call CHOF to whip up a classic dozen red roses or they can create something more modern and whimsical – they do it all! Colonial has been the staple for Valentine's Day flower delivery for many years in the Boro and this year is no different. Their quality speaks for itself, but owner Christy and her team have come up with yet another way to set CHOF apart from the rest – they are having this year's Valentine's arrangements delivered by Georgia Southern Eagle football players! Is your sweetie a football fan? Georgia Southern graduate? This is the perfect way to show your love for the Eagles AND your love for your Valentine! Call Colonial today to place your order and have your flowers delivered by one of the True Blue members of the GSU Eagle football team!


2.      Designer Cupcakes

What is Valentine’s Day without the sweets?! If your SWEETheart has a SWEET tooth, look no further than CAKE Bakery in downtown Statesboro. CAKE carries delicious homemade cupcakes that are just as impressive to look at as they are to eat! The indulgent flavors are designed and made from scratch each day. The “Gold Digger” cupcake is my personal favorite, but they have so many flavors, it’s hard to choose! The ladies at CAKE are also whipping up some chocolate-covered strawberries for Valentine’s Day. I promise you these indulgent and artful cupcakes are the sweetest gift in town.


3.      Chef prepared meal

Who needs a fancy restaurant? Bring the special meal home to your Valentine! A cozy dinner for two is a perfect retreat for couples this Valentine’s Day. Stay in with your honey and let Scratch Made Catering do the work. Scratch Made has some amazing specials going on for the holiday and I promise, you will not be disappointed! Professionally trained Chef Jimmy Melton, has more than 10 years of experience with gourmet catering. Jimmy has worked at some of the best establishments in the south and his take on chef-inspired recipes made to go is becoming extremely popular in the Boro. Entrees like, shrimp & grits, sashimi tuna, and meatballs pomodora are sure to impress. Chef Jimmy has created some special desserts for the occasion – be sure check out his homemade Snickers bars! You simply place your order on Monday and pick up on Wednesday. It doesn’t get easier than that!

Questions? Call Chef Jimmy at (912) 481-5178 or contact them on Facebook!


4.      Jewelry

What lady in your life wouldn’t love something with a little sparkle? Bernard’s Jewelers is the premiere jewelry store in Statesboro. Now with two locations and tons of gorgeous inventory, you are sure to find the perfect something to romance your Valentine this year. With popular brands such as, Coast diamond engagement rings, Chamilla and Citizen watches, you can’t go wrong with a visit to Bernard’s. Look for a pair of lovely diamonds studs or check out their heart beat collections. Be sure to drop by and see their new location in the Market District. If you plan on buying jewelry this Valentine’s Day, Bernard’s is, hands down, the best place to shop.


5.      Balloon Bouquet

This is such a cute and creative alternative to flowers! These are perfect for anyone on Valentine's Day! Need a surprise for a kiddo, teacher or your sweetheart? These fun and colorful bouquets are customizable with theme or adorable character Mylar balloons. You can choose from an array of colors or just stick with the classic reds, whites and pinks that are totally fitting for this holiday of love. Cyndi Louz Balloons in downtown Brooklet has a large assortment of stuffed animals, candies and more that you can add to your balloon bouquet for that special someone. They also deliver! (For free in Brooklet!) I have gotten balloons from this shop that lasted weeks, and the prices are great.  Simply call and ask for Cyndi and she will help you customize the perfect surprise that is sure to impress.


6.      Hot Air Balloon Ride

Talk about a HUGE romantic gesture! If you are really looking to “wow” your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day, THIS will definitely do the trick!  Just imagine flying high over Bulloch County with your love…what a Valentine’s Day to remember! Southeastern Balloon Services gives private flights as well as tethered rides. Owner Cameron Jones is an expert pilot and I can assure you this surprise would be the Valentine’s gift of a lifetime! A champagne toast in the clouds? Does it get more romantic than that!? If you are planning to pop the question, or really just want to show that special someone how much you love them- this is a big way to show your devotion! Contact Cameron for details on a custom ride or see where he will be flying next.


7.      Massage and Spa Day:

A full day of total relaxation and pampering? Sign me up! I can speak for any working mom (or anyone for that matter!) that this gift is sure to please. Serenity Day Spa has a full service spa as well as massage therapists. Serenity is an Aveda concept salon (I’m obsessed with their Rosemary Mint shampoo!) and they offer an array of facials, nail services, body wrap treatments and more. You can also choose gift certificates for services and there is something to fit any budget. If you need a last minute idea, Serenity sells gift certificates online 24/7 (see the link below!) You can also visit the salon for advice on the perfect gift for you Valentine. Find Serenity on Facebook or call (912) 489-3883.


8.      Homecooked Valentine’s Meal

Nothing says “I love you” quite like a home cooked meal! And everyone loves a good steak, right? Well, how about kicking that up a notch and serving your sweetie a HEART shaped steak this Valentine's Day! Guys, just think how impressed she will be that you got romantic with the grilling this Valentine's Day. And ladies, what would your sweetie love more than a delicious steak from a local meat market. Ellis Meat Market in Statesboro is carrying heart shaped steaks this year. It's a cute and delicious way to make a special supper for your special someone. Check out what all they have to offer and directions to the store on their Facebook page.


9.      Tickets to the Theatre

A romantic date to the theatre is a thoughtful gift for the art and theatre lover in your life. Luckily, the Performing Arts Center at Georgia Southern University has a perfect show coming up in February. Surprise your Honey with a couple tickets to see “The Young Irelanders” and you’re sure to inspire a song in his or her heart! The Young Irelanders is a group of eight performers who have traditional Trish music, song, and dance running through their veins. This group has performed for US presidents, heads of state, they have performed at Radio city Music Hall and shared the stage with Bono. This is a performance that you do not want to miss. Tickets to this show are super affordable and would make a perfect date night for couples. Treat your Valentine to a special night of music and make this Valentine’s Day a memorable one! To buy tickets to this show or see what else the PAC has to offer, click the link below!


10.   Run the Chocolate Run together

The couple who stays fit together, stays together, right?!

I’m not sure that’s how the saying goes but what a cute and fun way for couples (or girlfriends!) to celebrate the month of love together. You could sign up for the Chocolate Run 5k with your friends or your significant other. Also, helping a local cause raise funds to serve the community is a super great way to show your community some love this Valentine’s Day. The Chocolate Run 5k benefits the Open Hearts Community Mission. It’s a local charity devoted to helping homeless folks in the community get back on their feet. If you aren’t a runner (like me!) you can walk or check out this year’s Fun Run for families and kiddos. Oh, and did I mention they serve CHOCOLATE at the end of this 5k?! Nothing says Valentine’s Day quite like chocolate! Register at the link below.

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