CRANFORD, NJ – Valentine’s Day is a just over a week away, show the one you love how special they are, with an out-of-the-box gift idea. You do not have to travel very far, they are right here in your own neighborhood. Downtown Cranford and the surrounding area are full of unique gift options.

  1. Give a gift for a cause, Augusta Mae Boutique sells Chavez for Charity, a collection of colorful beaded bracelets. A portion of the sale goes toward a charity, such as; breast cancer and violence against women awareness.

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  2. Take your sweetheart, a bottle of wine and your painting skills to Couples Canvas Night at Fire Me Up Studio, Feb. 12 7-10 p.m..


  3. Unplug from the world for a little while, escape and relieve life’s stresses with your sweetie at Flic Spa and enjoy their Couples Royale Valentine’s Retreat.


  4. Customize homemade treats for the love in your life with heart-shaped bakeware and candy molds from Sweet and Fancy Emporium.


  5. What says “I love you,” more than a homemade valentine? Belladonna offers locally made valentine cards.


  6. Who wouldn’t love a snapshot in time? Casual or dressed up, it is a treasure that lasts a lifetime, give the gift of a portrait from Torrin Photography.


  7. Make a connection that is passionate, intimate and full of life with your love, take Tumimambo salsa lessons at Beyond Dance.


  8. Did someone say sweets and cocktails?  The Red Knot at Galloping Hill is offering a Valentine’s Day Sweet Treats cooking class on Feb. 13, 7-8:30 p.m., a Cocktails class on Feb. 12., 6:30-8 p.m. or Wine 101, Feb. 19, 6:30-8 p.m..


  9. What could be more romantic than dancing cheek-to-cheek with that special someone? Slow things down and move your feet to the music of ballroom dancing, take a class at Arthur Murray in Kenilworth.


  10. Pamper your valentine with scented body butter, a soy lotion candle or some heart-shaped handmade soaps from the Atlantic Beach Soap Company.