Top Fifteen Gifts and Ideas for Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is coming and the shops at Stony Brook Village are a great place to find the perfect gift for your loved ones, with quaint and unique shops and businesses offering sweet treats and thoughtful ideas.
Stony Brook is also a romantic place to bring your loved one for Valentine’s Day). You’ll find dining in some really special restaurants, live music at local venues and even a Valentine’s Getaway Package at the historic, waterfront Three Village Inn.
Following is a list of tips and ideas to show your Valentine how much you care:
Shop for high quality chocolates.
Distinctive hand-made Belgian chocolates and flavored truffles at Chocolate Works in Stony Brook are a sure way to melt your lover’s heart. Small and larger gift boxes are available, and you can pick your own flavors. The chocolates are individually decorated with beautiful imprinting and are far different than what you’d find in a local convenience or chain drug store. Chocolate Works also has a unique selection of themed heart and romance chocolates, and chocolate dipped strawberries for Valentine’s Day. You can also create your own unique gift by choosing what your loved one loves most from 100 filled bins on the shop’s candy wall; or shop and order edible fruit arrangements online through 1-800- FLOWERS.
Consider a colorful mixed bouquet of flowers.
Of course a dozen red roses from Village Florist in Stony Brook is the perfect gift but you could also consider creating a fragrant and cheery combination of different flowers in a range of vibrant colors and textures, according to Village Florist owner Amanda Haggquist-Lamariana. The assortment is sure to brighten someone’s day, especially during the cold winter. You can also pre-order online, or come in and you’ll find cards, gift items, pre-made bouquets and live plants.
Don’t forget your little loved ones.
You’ll find the cutest Valentine’s Day outfits, sweaters, hair bows, bibs and more at Cottontails in Stony Brook. They also carry a sweet collection of books, including the adorable, I Love You Already, along with stuffed animals and other children’s gifts. Cottontails can also customize gifts with screen printing on some items and embroidery on pillows, blankets, towels and more. “Don’t forget that special little someone in your life,” said Cottontails owner, Julie McGuire.
Heart Healthy Infused Olive Oil and Aged Balsamic Vinegar.
The Crushed Olive in Stony Brook has some flavorful combinations of extra virgin olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar that make a perfectly thoughtful Valentine’s Gift. For example, the shop pairs a bottle of Dark Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar with a bottle of Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar in an attractive gift wrap. Or customers can choose from an assortment of over 55 flavors like Chipotle, Wild Dill or Tuscan Herb olive oils and Fig, Honey Ginger and Cranberry Pear balsamic vinegar. You can find inspiration from simple recipe cards available in the shop. There’s also a fantastic selection of flavored honey including apple, blueberry, cinnamon and amazing jams and jellies that make tasteful little gifts.
The Must-Have Styles in Jewelry.
Micro mini necklaces are the latest trend in jewelry and you’ll find an assortment at Rocky Point Jewelers in Stony Brook. These delicate necklaces have little geometric shape accents, including infinity, bar, heart and other shapes. They’re available in different metals and “are very sweet,” according to Anne Maria Bon Giovanni at Rocky Point Jewelers. The Infinity Heart micro mini necklace “symbolizes your never ending love without saying a word.” The shop also carries everything from Tiffany and other designers to a collection of watches and vintage jewelry.
‘Here’s to the Ladies’ Jazz Night.
The Jazz Loft in Stony Brook is a cool place to celebrate Valentine’s Day. A special night of music will be performed in two sets on Feb. 14th, which includes an amazing line-up of musicians for a perfect “warm and fun kind of evening in an intimate setting,” according to Director Tom Manuel. Tickets include champagne and chocolate. Purchase tickets in advance. Unplugged acoustic performances are also scheduled on Feb. 15th and 16th.
A Relaxing and Soothing Massage or Facial.
Who wouldn’t love to have a massage or facial (get 10% off gift cards purchased 2/1-2/14) for Valentine’s Day. You can choose from a number of treatments including deep tissue, aromatherapy, hot stone and Reiki. Facials include detox, peels, microdermabrasion, Hydrafacial, restorative and clarifying treatments. February specials include a Winter Rejuvenating Massage and Winter Rejuvenating Facial. And there’s a full-service salon on-premises for hair, manicures, pedicures and waxing (if you want to get ready for your Valentine’s date). Specials in February include a Lashes and Lips treatment including a Hydrafacial Perk Lip Treatment for $15 with any lash appointment. “What’s better than giving the gift of relaxation,” said Kait Brenna, esthetician. “Giving someone an hour of peace and pampering is one of the most loving things you can do.”
Stony Brook Village Gift Certificate.
A Stony Brook Village gift certificate is a great idea for a Valentine’s Day gift. There are over 30 shops and restaurants at the Village Center and the gift certificate can be used at any of the shops in any combination. You can order a certificate at the WMHO main office (111 Main St.) Or call: 631-751-2244. The Gift Certificate comes in a burnished gold gift envelope and will be sent out within 24 hours of your request (excluding weekends). The administrative offices are open Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Valentine’s Getaway Package.
Stay at the historic c. 1751 Three Village Inn overlooking Stony Brook harbor. Enjoy a of bottle Lessing’s Sparkling Point Sparkling Celebration and chocolate covered strawberries in room, a free drink at the Tavern Bar, Valentine’s price fixe dinner for two at the acclaimed Mirabelle restaurant and tavern, and complimentary breakfast. Very romantic.
Valentine’s Dinner by Chef Guy Reuge.
Enjoy a dinner for two by renowned Chef Guy Reuge at Mirabelle Tavern. The price fixe, three course dinner includes an amazing selection of thoughtfully prepared food such as Cream of Celery Roots and black trumpet mushrooms or Cheese Ravioli, parmesan cream and bacon nuggets to start; Pan-Seared Steelhead Trout with orzo caponata, Roasted Diver Sea Scallops, fennel and potato purée and saffron sauce, or Spaghetti Fra Diavolo with shrimp for the main course; and specialty desserts such as Rum Baba and rum crème anglaise or Raspberry Mousse Cake. Many more selections available. Call ahead to reserve seating in the formal dining room, the Stony Brook room or the tavern.
Famous Couples Menu and Live Music.
What’s more romantic than the historic Country House restaurant decorated with flowers and hearts in a full Valentine’s theme throughout the c.1710 inn. Country House has been voted “Long Island’s Most Romantic Restaurant.” The special Valentine’s menu served from Feb. 8th to Feb. 17th includes Kermit & Miss Piggy sliced tenderloin of pork; Prince William and Catherine prime dry-aged filet mignon; Brad & Angelina surf and turf and more. On Feb. 14th Samantha, who’s been performing for 39 years at the Country House, will sing torch and love songs on the piano.
My Valentine Sundae.
Sweet Mama’s is offering a special price fixe Dinner for Two, including a three course menu that includes a choice of delicious appetizers like crab cakes or chicken, biscuit sliders and more; main course choices including pasta primavera, chicken cordon bleu, shrimp or salmon; and a choice of dessert including pies, Reeses chocolate cheesecake or a special ‘My Valentine’ shared sundae. Two spoons included! Special Valentines drink specials include Peppermint White Russian, Chocolate Old-Fashioned, Amarreto Cranberry Kiss and more.
Romantic Shared Plates.
Going out to dinner and ordering tapas (or small plates) are an intimate way to share the flavors of a meal and Pentimento in Stony Brook has plenty to choose from. These include House-Made Meatballs, Baby Back Ribs, Manila Clams and Sautéed Wild Shrimp. They even have a large assortment of vegetarian small plates to share. Or you can order your own full plates, enjoy drink specials for Valentine’s Day and enjoy the intimate candle-lit setting.
A Casual Date for High Tea.
Robinson’s Tea room offers high tea featuring Valentine’s inspired flavors like chocolate and strawberry tea. It’s the perfect spot to bring a new friend or beloved old friend, or a family member and kids. While here you can enjoy their famous scones and other sweet and savory dishes.
Chocolate Flavored Coffees.
Village Coffee Market can create custom chocolate lovers themed gifts for Valentine’s Day. Some of the amazing specialty flavor coffees include chocolate cherry cordial, red velvet cappuccino and white chocolate truffle! You’ll also find chocolate loose teas and a selection of hot chocolate flavor combinations including s’mores and peanut butter. The shop has pre-made gift basket combinations, or you can choose your own flavors and add in gift items such as a “Be Mine” mug, tea pots, hand towels and more. You’ll find an incredible selection of over 180 different K cup flavors that you can pick pick from to create a thoughtful gift for your loved one.
All of the shops are located in the Stony Brook Village Center on Mains St. In Stony Brook. Parking is always free. Find more information, including store addresses and hours at: www.stonybrookvillage.com