It’s no secret many men wait until the last minute to shop for their wife or girlfriend for special occasions. And Valentine’s Day holds additional pressure for men to not only find a gift their partner likes, but a gift that is also romantic in nature.
A general guiding principle men should keep in mind while shopping, is that Valentine’s Day is not the time to buy their partner something practical. Remember, this is a day that women generally want to feel special and even doted on.
Following are some gift ideas to help men shopping in the Burlington area that may strike just the right romantic note.
Jewelry: Jewelry is a very popular Valentine’s Day gift. Perrywinkles Fine Jewelry has a large selection of jewelry to meet anyone’s taste and is located in downtown Burlington. They are known for their outstanding customer service. So, if you know you would like to give jewelry as a gift but are not quite sure what to get, their staff will work with you to pick out just the right piece that she will love.
Perrywinkle’s also has a large selection of Pandora jewelry. Pandora bracelets are currently a very popular jewelry trend. A type of high-end charm bracelet, you purchase the bracelet first and then pick out beads or charms to put on the bracelet. This gift idea is very popular with men as after the bracelet is bought you can purchase individual charms as gifts for birthdays and other special occasions thereafter.
Perrywinkle’s is also offering Valentine’s Day promotions including diamond necklaces starting at $99.
227 Main Street, Burlington, Vermont 05401
Telephone: 802-865-2624 or 1-888-889-0017
Hours: Monday – Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 11a.m. to 4 p.m.
Hours through Valentine’s Day: February 13th 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and February 14th 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Chocolate: Lake Champlain Chocolates is a very popular local chocolatier with two locations in the Burlington area, one on Church Street, and the other on Pine. All of their products are made in Burlington. They use Belgian chocolate and a wide variety of natural ingredients including several local ingredients such as honey, butter, cream, and Vermont maple syrup. Their chocolates are made daily, and include a wide range of flavors. A number of interesting flavor combinations are crafted for those who appreciate something out of the ordinary. Some of these include their dark chocolate covered orange peels, organic spicy Aztec chocolate, or dark chocolate sea salt caramels.
The rich quality of their products and care that is put into making them is immediately known after just one bite. One illustration of their commitment to their products can be noted by the process of creating their cherry cordials. A bit more labor intensive, but well worth the wait, their cherry cordials include maraschino cherries soaked in vodka for two days, rolled in sugar paste, and hand-dipped in dark chocolate, where they sit for a another two days so that the ingredients can marinate to a delectable cherry, chocolate experience.
Other products include truffles, fudge, caramel apples, their own hot chocolate mix, and many more delicious treats. Chocolate dipped strawberries are also being made for this Valentine’s Day.
Their packaging is bright and nicely executed in fuchsias, browns and reds. Many Valentine’s Day gift assortments are available including gift baskets, heart-shaped boxes, etc.
750 Pine Street, Burlington, Vermont 05401
65 Church Street, Burlington, Vermont 05401
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Novelty stuffed animals: For something more playful, Vermont Teddy Bear Company offers a large selection of teddy bears which are designed and made in Vermont. Bear costumes come in a wide variety of outfits representing occupations such as a policeman or a doctor bear. Other outfits celebrate special events such as college graduation, or bride and groom bears to celebrate a wedding. Favorite pastimes are also represented, including bears wearing biker gear.
Many Vermont teddy bears are purchased online in the form of bear-o-grams, where your bear is mailed anywhere throughout the U.S., created with an outfit of your choosing, along with a personalized card and gourmet candy.
There are several options for Valentine’s Day gifts including a heart throb bear, a love bandit bear, and even bears as large as 3 to 4 ½ feet tall. Please note, these bears don’t come cheap, with prices beginning at $49.99, and ending around $100 for the 4½ foot bear.
6655 Shelburne Road
Shelburne, Vermont 05482
Monday – Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For Bear-Gram® Gift Orders and Products: 800-829-BEAR (2327)
Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. EST, Sat and Sun: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hours through Valentine’s Day: February 13th and 14th 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Email inquiries are made using the Website’s Customer Service Inquiry Form