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11 Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas from St Pete

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Valentine’s day is coming up, and that means it’s time to think of a gift for that someone special in your life! Do you have an idea of what you’re going to get for them already? If you haven’t, then worry not! We’ve put together a list of 11 ideas of what to get or do for your partner that are sure to be a hit on the big day.

1. Flowers

Fresh flowers are an underrated gift – after all, everyone likes a bouquet to freshen up their space. Instead of getting the traditional roses, however, why not opt for a more creative choice? 

Find out if your partner has a favorite flower or a floral scent that they particularly love. Match that scent, and you’ve got an extra romantic gift!

Another idea would be to look into the Victorian Language of the Flowers to express yourself. Whether you show your passion with a yellow Iris or demonstrate your attachment with Indian Jasmine, there are tons of different messages you can send your loved one. Some are even surprisingly specific, so have some fun with it!

2. Chocolate

No one says no to chocolate for Valentine’s day. But don’t buy the supermarket Valentine’s day chocolate. Instead, treat yourself or your loved one to some fine chocolate. 

Look up a chocolatier nearby and get something really fancy. If you are living in the St. Petersburg area, check CocoAddiction for lovely local bonbons and chocolate bars that are luxurious enough for a special occasion. For the adventurous at heart, it also offers must-try treats in a range of tropical flavors.

3. A Fancy House Plant

Remember to keep your audience in mind when you are picking your present. Maybe your partner likes the usual trappings of Valentine’s day, or maybe they would like something a little different. If your loved one sounds like the latter, consider getting them a house plant. 

Compared to flowers, a house plant will live on for longer than a few days, showing the depth of your love and commitment. Take it a step further by getting a designer or exotic plant, such as myrtle or miniature roses. Alternatively, if you don’t live near a nursery, you can buy an ordinary plant and put it in an extraordinary pot.

4. A Quality Timepiece

If you and your loved one have been together for a while and you are looking for something extra special to give them, then it might be time to invest in a gorgeous watch. Watches may seem like a practical piece of jewelry, but that’s the point – your partner can use them every day. Plus, they can even be engraved with your initials for an extra special touch.

Browse through Diamonds Direct Fine Jewelers for some fabulous watches in all styles and price ranges – they make a great gift!

Deco Madison Stainless Steel Diamond Complete Watch: $2,195.00

5. Man Crates And Other Curated Boxes

Is your partner into beef jerky and whiskey? Or are they more into artisanal wines or cheeses? These days, there seems to be a specialized curated gift box for just about any palette! So if your partner is a certified foodie, why not splurge on one of these fancy gift boxes?

6. A Succulent

Just in case your partner is terrible at taking care of plants, then a succulent might be a better choice as they’re much easier to maintain. There are tons of different kinds of succulents to choose from, and most of them are decorative but easy to care for. Just remember that presentation is everything with succulents, so put it in a cute pot before you give it to your partner.

7. A Mini-Holiday

Treat yourself to a weekend of unplugging and recharging together! Spend the Valentine’s Day weekend in the lap of luxury, and book a vacation for you and your partner. Plan a weekend with activities, whether it’s something relaxing like pampering or active like skiing. It can even be a staycation where all you do is get take-out and do puzzles. If you share hobbies with your partner, consider enjoying them as part of your “you time”. 

8. Cook Them Dinner… And Clean Up After!

If you are not the primary cook in the relationship, cook your partner dinner. Let them take the time to relax for once – they’ll be glad for the break. 

Come up with a fun menu and practice cooking a special dish. You can also find out your partner’s favorite dish and cook that for them. Finally, don’t forget to clean up afterward! It’s not very romantic to get saddled with the dishes. 

9. Something To Commemorate Your Time in Florida

Whether you’ve just moved to Florida or are a St. Petersburg native, local accessories can make for an extremely thoughtful present. Thankfully, Diamonds Direct has the perfect thing for a St Pete Valentine’s gift!

Pandora Compatible St Pete Pearl Charm $99

You can get a St. Pete pearl, a Pandora-compatible pearl charm carved with the words St. Petersburg on it. Or consider the St Pete Bangle or the St Pete fish hook bracelet – when the hook is pointed inward, it means you’ve been hooked by your partner. These pieces are fun playful gifts anyone would be glad to receive on Valentine’s day.

St Pete Bangle and Sundial pendants. $199+

10. Give To A Charity In Their Name

If your partner isn’t the materialistic type and doesn’t want to celebrate Valentine’s day, do something different and give to charity in their name. There are a ton of people who are in need this year, and everyone could use a little help, so be a part of the solution. To make it extra special and romantic, give to a cause that’s close to your partner’s heart and not just your own.

Check out our list of LGBTQ non-profit organizations to support in Florida.

11. Jewelry

When in doubt, jewelry is always a good idea when it comes to gifts for Valentine’s day. There are some beautiful choices at Diamonds Direct Fine Jewelers, from wallet-friendly sets by Alex and Ani to designer pieces by Beverly K and Gucci. And don’t forget the large selection of gems and diamonds. Rubies and yellow diamonds always say “I love you – A LOT!”

Our suggestion is the Sunshine Cut Pendant, created by and exclusively sold at Diamonds Direct. Named after St Pete, 40 more facets than a round brilliant diamond, making it shine brighter, like the sunshine city. The pendant is set in white gold and has a double halo mimicking the sun’s bright rays.

Final Thoughts

Start the year off on the right foot with your partner by giving them an incredible Valentine’s day gift. It’s not about price or luxury – when it comes down to it, it’s the thought that counts. No one knows your partner better than you do, so choose something that’s sure to speak to their soul and make their heart soar – regardless of the price tag.


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Also, while we do our best to highlight LGBTQ-friendly destinations and businesses, info provided is based solely on personal experience and recommendations by community partners. We hope that nobody experiences discrimination or homophobia while visiting Florida, but we make no guarantees. Please inform us if you experience discrimination or homophobia while visiting any destination so we can make updates to our recommendations.

Written by Rachel Covello

Rachel Covello is an award-winning speaker, writer, diversity consultant, and LGBT advocate. She was the Founder of LGBT Equality Alliance, a Chester County, PA nonprofit organization. She is currently the Publisher of OutCoast.com and Producer of the OutCoast TV YouTube Channel, both of which highlight LGBTQ welcoming destinations in Florida.


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