You made it through Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. No doubt, you’re in need of a break from back-to-back-to-back holidays. Perhaps that explains why Valentine’s Day creeps up on so many people, leaving them on February 14 with a bouquet of frayed carnations that they picked up at the grocery store on their way home from work.
There’s only so much thoughtful gifting people can do before they burn out.
Still, you have to carry on. Valentine’s Day is coming—whether you’re ready for it or not! Let’s look at some ideas for making that day special for the special people in your life, whether it’s a partner, a close friend, a child, or just someone who needs reminding that they matter. It’s not too late!
- You’re in luck if flowers are on the gift list for your 2018 valentine. Nearly every town in the Upper Valley has a florist ready to help you choose the perfect bouquet for the perfect person. Florists are scarce in the northern parts of the Valley, but they are all over the place in the Lebanon-Hanover-White River Junction hub. A quick Google search pulls up close to two dozen florist options.
- If your love is a chocolate lover, do not surprise them with a giant, red, heart-shaped box of ordinary candies. You can do better with any one of these options. They’ll cost a bit more, and may include a bit of a drive. But the chocolate connoisseur in your life will love you for making the effort.
- “A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thou.” The immortal words of the ancient poet Omar Khayyam still hold true, although on Valentine’s Day, you may skip the bread and concentrate more on the wine. These folks can help you make your selection.
- The Upper Valley has about as many jewelry stores as it does florists, with options ranging from estate jewelry to custom-designed engagement rings to handcrafted necklaces and bracelets. Here are a few places to get started.
- Cloverleaf at 24 Airport Road in White River Junction, Vermont.
- Dutille’s on North Park Street in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
- Amidon Jewelers on Glen Road in West Lebanon, New Hampshire, and at 50 Central Square in Keene.
- T. Ferro on Central Street in Woodstock, Vermont.
- Artisan’s on Pleasant Street in New London, New Hampshire.
- League of New Hampshire Crafstmen on Lebanon Street in Hanover, New Hampshire.
- JoZach Jewelers on Pleasant Street in Claremont, New Hampshire.
- Paul Gross has been making jewelry in Hanover for 40 years. Look for Designer Gold over the Skinny Pancake in the Hanover Park building on Lebanon Street in Hanover, New Hampshire.
- Singing Valentine. The North Country Chordsmen serenade loved ones with a barbershop quartet, a rose, candy, and a memento photograph.