Guide to Spoiling Your Loved One this Valentine’s Day

January 31, 2012 9:00 AM

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By Mary Wheeler

It’s always nice to receive a gift from your sweetie especially on Valentine’s Day, although just because gift any time of the year will score you big points. Here are our suggestions on how to spoil your special someone with gifts – cliché or original!
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For Sweet Treats
Knipschildt Chocolatier

12 South Main St
Norwalk, CT 06581
(203) 854-4754
Hours: Mon – Tues 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Wed 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Thurs 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Fri 11:30 a.m. – 12 a.m.; Sat 10:30 a.m. – 12 a.m.; Sun 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

You can’t have Valentine’s Day without a little chocolate. Knipschildt Chocolatier has a wide assortment of heart-shaped boxes filled with their most popular decadent treats ($24.00-$29.00). Or for something a little more unusual-try the Raspberry Heart Bark ($15, 8 oz.) a mixture of dark chocolate, dried raspberries and red heart candies-perfect for your sweetie with the ultimate sweet tooth. Can’t decide between flowers or chocolates- now you don’t have to with the Rose Truffle Box, $25.00, an array of dark chocolate truffles with a chocolate ganache filling topped off with edible rose petals.

Another great spot to pick up some truffles is Kent Coffee & Chocolate Company. Offering an array of organic chocolate bars and cacoa products, the Box of 8 Hand-Dipped Truffles, $16.95, will be a favorite for everyone, featuring such rich flavors as Black Raspberry, Champagne, and Grand Marnier.

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For Flowers
Hansen’s Flower Shop

1040 Post Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
(203) 255-0461
Hours: Mon – Fri 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sat 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Since 1920, Hansen’s Flower Shop has been serving up beautiful bouquets for all occasions. Choose from such favorites as the classic Red Roses (12; $84.99) and the Rose Garden Display, an array of cropped red and pink roses arranged in a cute little vase ($139.99). For foodies, Hansen’s also offers fruit and gourmet arrangements including cheese, cookies and snacks, among others.

Looking to stem away from the traditional, Tulips of Greenwich offers beautiful bouquets of hydrangeas’, lilies, and tulips as well as roses.

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For Wine
Sonoma Wine & Spirits

30 Welles St
Glastonbury, CT 06033
(860) 633-2254
Hours: Mon – Sat 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Top off your evening with a beautiful bottle of wine. Sonoma Wine & Spirits will make you feel like your right in the heart of California. With an amazing selection of red, white, sparkling, fruit, rose wines, among many others; you’re guaranteed to find exactly what you’re looking for. For your special day try the Chateau La Tour Figeac Saint Emilion 2005 ($55.00). This red wine is an earthy, sweet mix of black fruits and chocolate flavors. For white wine lovers, try the Domaine Zind Humbrecht Pinot Gris 2008 ($27.36) a nutty texture with cocoa, peach and pears.

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For Downtime at the Spa
Body and Sole Day Spa

192 Park Road West
Hartford, CT 06119
(860) 233-7226
Hours: Tues to Fri 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Treat your loved one to the joys of relaxation. The Body and Sole Day Spa is the perfect retreat for couples. The Lastone Therapy Massage (55 minutes; $90; 125 minutes, $120) uses a technique where smooth hot and cold stones are placed on the back-resulting in a release of muscle tension and improves circulation while the Therapeutic Body Massage (30 minutes; $5; 55 minutes; $80; 125 minutes; $105) helps reduce stress, tension, and focuses on deep tissue detoxification.

A perfect haven for men, The Adam Broderick Salon & Spa offers massages catered just for men and their needs including a Destress Massage (60 minutes; $90) and even a Scalp Massage (15 minutes; $25).

Mary Wheeler is a New York City publishing professional and freelance writer whose work has appeared in Redbook, Hamptons, Aspen Peak, Time Out New York,, and AOL’s Wheeler is a graduate of Lyndon State College where she majored in English and Journalism.

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