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Valentine’s Day is almost here, and for many in Atlanta, that means the same old song and dance. In 2013, it doesn’t have to be that way. While flowers, chocolates and a stuffed bear are safe gifts, maybe it’s time to think out of the box and get something unique for your significant other. Thankfully, there are many boutique and specialty shops in the metro area that have gift items you won’t find anywhere else. Use this guide to make Valentine’s Day 2013 special and unique.

The Beehive
1250 Caroline St., Suite C120
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 581-9261

The Beehive is where modern design meets handmade craft, and it’s also where you can get your loved one something they have never seen before. The Beehive showcases the best in Atlanta’s independent designers when it comes to apparel, jewelry and accessories. Malene Davis started The Beehive back in 2004 with the goal of creating a retail environment where customers could come relax, shop and see what Atlanta’s best designers have come up with. For a special Valentine’s Day gift, wander on over to The Beehive.

Miller’s Rexall (Credit, Rick Limpert)

Miller’s Rexall

87 Broad St. S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 523-8481

It may seem a little strange to suggest that you go to a drug store to do Valentine’s Day shopping, but Miller’s Rexall in Atlanta is much more than a place to get your prescription filled. From remedies to curios and exotic medicines, Miller’s has that special gift that will put a smile on your loved one’s face. Get your man some “Forever Young” or “Testo Powder.” Your wife or girlfriend will get a chuckle out of “Fire Up for Females” which is said to put the passion back in your love life. If Valentine’s Day is a bust, get some “Run Devil Run” potion. It will send the negativity out of your life.

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248 W. Ponce de Leon Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 371-0100

Heliotrope sells the best in upscale home and personal accessories, from the simple candles and candle holders to kitchen gadgets and tech products. Some of the gifts expected to be popular this February 14th include jewelry stands, vases and Pre de Provence Shea Butter Soaps. If you show up anywhere with a Heliotrope bag, they know you put some thought into your purchase and it’s going to be quality. You will find what you need and more at Heliotrope in Decatur.

Heart-shaped Valentine’s Day cake (Credit, Rick Limpert)

Piece of Cake

3215 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 351-2253

Looking for that perfect non-traditional Valentine’s Day present? Look no further than something that can satisfy the sweet tooth of your loved one and also will make quite a statement. With five locations around the Atlanta area, Piece of Cake will make that perfect cake for Valentine’s Day, or any occasion. It has been featured on “The Today Show” as a perfect gift for any occasion. The heart-shaped cakes for Valentine’s Day are always one of the best sellers, so order yours today.

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4285 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 252-7979

Swoozie’s is Atlanta’s gift shop that has it all. Men love shopping at Swoozie’s and women love getting gifts from this Chastain Park institution. You can get her that cosmetic bag and travel case that will accompany her on that surprise trip you have planned this spring. Swoozie’s also offers personalized and engraved gifts for the special people in your life. Swoozie’s has been around for over a decade and it promises to keep making gifts a priority for loyal customers and new shoppers.

Rick Limpert is a freelance writer/photographer in Atlanta and he loves covering anything Falcons-related. His work can be found at Examiner.com.