It’s Valentine’s Day, you are in love and would like to keep it that way, however you have put off getting a gift to the last minute. Many who find themselves in similar situations feel lost as to where to go to find a gift that doesn’t scream “I just grabbed something at my nearest drugstore.” Feel lost no more—these five Atlanta spots will help upgrade you to Mr. Charming status this Valentine’s Day.
Tuesday’s Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Carithers has been voted Best Florists Atlanta-Metro for 12 consecutive years. With several locations in the Atlanta metro area, this is the place to go for a superb bouquet of flowers. Whether you want a traditional Valentine’s Day gift of a dozen long stem roses or a more playful bouquet of white lilies or fresh tulips, Carithers will help you chose the right gift for the lady in your life. Last minute shoppers will also be relieved to know that this florist offers same day order and delivery.
Tuesday’s Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m
Prices: $2.50 for individual cupcakes or $28 per dozen
Does your sweetheart have a sweet tooth? A box of mini cupcakes from CamiCakes may be the perfect gift. The newest creation at this bakery is the black and white cupcake. A chocolate cake topped with white chocolate buttercream frosting and capped with a Hershey’s Kiss, this is the perfect edible treat for Valentine’s Day. Those really strapped for time will love that these cakes come wrapped in cute pink boxes with brown ribbon, so no extra stops will be needed to pick up wrapping paper or bows. If you have time to drop by the store, CamiCakes always has ready-made cupcakes to package up. Non-procrastinators can order in advance with 24 hours notice and organized planners can even request some custom decoration on their cakes with enough notice (something to keep in mind for an upcoming birthday or anniversary).
Tuesday’s Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Jewelry is always welcome for Valentine’s Day, and frankly, any other day ending in “y.” The Solomon Brothers, Ivan, Howard and Anthony, were raised in Cape Town South Africa, one of the world’s leading diamond districts. Trained through the Gemological Institute of America, they have served the Atlanta area for over 25 years. Their stores carry loose diamond as well as designer settings, pearls and watches. Whether you are looking for a tennis bracelet or are finally ready to “put a ring on it,” Solomon Brothers has an excellent selection accompanied by expert advice.
Tuesday’s Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Flowers By Lucas is family owned and has been serving the Atlanta Metro area since 1967. A favorite arrangement for Valentine’s Day is the Heart and Soul bouquet for $79. The beautiful floral arrangement is made entirely of red roses in the shape of a heart and surrounded by baby’s breath. Ferns add a splash of green and the bouquet is displayed in a tall red vase decorated with ribbon. If your relationship is a little greener, try the Little Pink Me Up arrangement of pink roses and lilies starting at $67. Every arrangement is available at three price points: as seen online, deluxe and premium.
Tuesday’s Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
If your sweetheart is the Indie type who loves eco-friendly gifts, then a purse from Re-Inspiration Store may be just the ticket. The design company Baabaazuzu takes men’s suits and turns them into one-of-kind handbags that are sold at this Atlanta boutique. Shaped in a hobo style and finished with vintage jewelry and a satin lining, it is a special and unique gift that will be cherished. If she already has plenty of purses, Re-Inspiration sells a variety of recycled items turned beautifully-crafted pieces in the forms of mirrors, make-up bags, lamps, garden art and picture frames.
Now get out there and get a gift for your loved one before it’s too late!
Alicia Edwards received her BS and MBA from Florida A & M University and her Associates Degree in Fashion Studies from Parsons School of Design in New York. She is a freelance writer in Atlanta covering fashion events, trends and interviewing style makers. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.