If anyone is still scrambling for clever and/or practical Valentine's Day gift ideas, the following local merchants likely are eager to help. Call ahead to confirm supplies before making a quick dart to any retailer over lunch hour! And simply use the hyperlinks provided to go to the Patch directory listings for quick directions.
A variety of name-brand vases, pink fuzzy socks, perfumes, after-shave fragrances, tights, chevron desk accessories and other personal items can be pursued at area Tuesday Morning locations—all at 50 percent to 80 percent off retail prices:
- 9656 Olive Blvd., Olivette Shopping Center, 314-872-1716
- 9626 Manchester Road, St. Louis, 314-918-7317
For shoppers looking for children-related Valentine's Day gifts, Tuesday Morning stores have quite a selection of that age group, too.
Why give traditional colored roses when a new type are available? Nina's Produce, 105 E. Fifth St., Eureka, has "rainbow roses" this year. Because each rose is multicolored, buyers do not have to decide on which color to select to portray that one, exact sentiment.
A gift certificate to Massage Envy can put a smile on most guy's faces. Area locations include:
- Creve Couer, 12528 Olive Blvd., 314-744-7779
- Manchester/Kirkwood/Des Peres, 12123 Manchester Rd., 314-965-7779
- Webster Groves, 220 W Lockwood Ave., 314-292-5040
Some sweets from 112 N. Kirkwood Rd., 314-965-6615 are sure to impress.
Area Walmarts have lots of children-appropriate items, themed candles, boxed champagne glasses, gift cards to other local stores, wines and themed wine gift packaging bags and silk rose petals, plus some really cute stuffed animals. Area locations include:
- Eureka, 131 Eureka Towne Center Dr., 636-587-9836
Bookstores, such as Webster Groves Book Shop, 100 W Lockwood Ave., 314-968-1185, can give a gift that keeps giving beyond one special day.
How about heart-shaped boxer shorts, love mirrors, or wine glass sets from Walgreens? Or take 20 minutes and produce an instant print gift from the photo department. Walgreens' stores also offer up to 50 percent off of gift sets, especially in the cosmetics department. And, of course, they have novelty cards. Area locations include:
- Creve Coeur,
- Kirkwood, 866-825-3227
- Webster Groves,
- Webster Groves,
If funds for gifts are limited or it's time for something sentimental, consider writing customized poetry. Special stationery paper from The Write Impression, 9909 Clayton Rd., Ladue, 314-991-5333 will complement pretty prose.
If you can't get reservations to your favorite restaurants, allow 13331 Manchester Rd., Des Peres, 314-821-6767, to assist from their selections of premium steaks, red and white meats, gourmet foods, appetizers, sides and desserts.
Desserts range from New York cheesecake, carrot cake, molten lava cakes, creme brulee and more. Or select the just right steaks, chops, chicken or fish to grill from Dierbergs locations in Ellisville, Des Peres, Chesterfield, Creve Coeur, Manchester and Wildwood. Combine that with a variety of colorful veggies to also throw on the pit.
Scarves are in fashion, especially for teenagers, and the staff at Ladybug's, 54 W Moody Ave, Webster Groves 314-962-5239, can help with hunts.
For pets on V-Day gifts lists, several stores have great products:
- Pet Supplies Plus, 15311 Manchester Rd., Ballwin, 636-686-7181
- Treats Unleashed, 36 Clarkson Wilson Ctr. Chesterfield, 636-536-5900
- PETCO, 1791 Clarkson Rd., Chesterfield, 636-536-6515
For bird and wildlife lovers: Wild Birds Unlimited, 1739 Clarkson Rd Chesterfield, 636-537-5574