Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and if you're looking for the right green gift to touch your sweetie's heart, we've got you covered. This V-Day, why not surprise your beau with local gifts made right here in NYC, or skip the materialistic stuff altogether and opt for a stellar experience that the two of you can share forever? Read on for our 14 green and NYC-centric ideas that will make your Valentine's Day one to remember.
SWEET AND SAVORY CHEESE BOX
Impress your beau with this culinary cheese and cracker set accompanied by a custom state-shaped cutting board. Birthed in Brooklyn, AHEIRLOOM is the brainchild of Amy Stringer-Mowat and Bill Mowa who created the cutting boards while planning a creative display of cheese for their wedding. The boards come in all 50 states and are made of bamboo.
“NO ANIMALS HARMED” NECKLACE
For the animal lover in your life, this hand-cut, recycled aluminum necklace is a subtle combination of fashion meets activism. The charming pendant is a design collaboration between Christy Robinson and Leanne Hilgart and sits neatly on a 16 inch sterling silver chain.
MASON JAR ORCHIDS
Surprise your sweetie with flowers that last a lifetime—or at least longer than a bouquet would. This beautiful phalaenopsis orchid, designed by Greenery NYC, is housed in a petite mason jar in a bed of special mixes of moss and soil. Give it a little bit of light and a lot of love.
NAME PLATE HEART EARRINGS
Pick up a pair of these customized, heart shaped, name plate earrings designed by Brooklyn artist Tasha West. Featuring an eclectic mix of yellow brass, brass and sterling silver, these made-to-order beauties are known to stop traffic.
RAW CHOCOLATE LOVE
Life is like a box of (vegan) chocolates – raw, sweet and beautiful with each bite. Especially when you choose to give this 16 piece tried and true Valentine’s Day gift box from Raw Chocolate Love. Each chocolate is handcrafted in Ridgewood, New York and is made sans preservatives, artificial colorings or flavor extracts.
CUPID’S HEART CHARM BRACELET
Designer Carolyn Rafaelian of Alex and Ani designed this bracelet to be an emblematic statement of love and desire. It captures cupid’s heart and features an expandable wire bangle that comes in Russian Gold and a Russian Silver finish.
ROMANCE UNDER THE STARS
Treat your sweetheart to a night under the stars inside the planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History. Join them for cocktail hour, live music and romantic stories of the ancient celestial past.
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Give your special lady something beautiful to hold on to. This Beau Necklace by Prismera Design features a whimsical integration of vintage ribbon, stainless steel and playful geometrical shapes.
RENEW YOUR VOWS IN TIMES SQUARE
Show your love and adoration for your honey in the heart of New York City. Renew your vows in Times Square at West 46th Street and Broadway and have your picture taken in front of the heart sculpture to commemorate the day.
ROMANTIC ICE SKATING EXCURSION
Glide into your loved one’s arms at the world-famous Rockefeller Center ice rink. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned skater, this romantic excursion offers a friendly atmosphere and plenty of memories to be had.
MUSEUM FOR TWO
Enjoy an artful day of love with a tour for two at the Museum of Modern Art. Nothing says romance like long walks through galleries hand in hand.
Give your baby a taste of Baby Cakes NYC—a gluten/preservative/cassein-free cupcake that turns desert into a guilt-free experience. They even feature a variety of vegan options. Drop by their shop in the Lower East Side or have them delivered to your honey for a surprise they’ll never forget.
RUN NAKED FOR CHARITY
You read that right. Strip down to your knickers in the dead of winter this Valentine’s Day weekend and help raise money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation for the annual Cupid’s Undie Run. Last year, the fundraiser earned over $1.3 million. Register early and join hundreds of others as they run pants-less through the streets.
ROMANTIC VEGAN DINNER
Sometimes a great meal says it all. Toast to another blissful year while munching on tasty vegan tapas and organic wine. Whether you decide to dine for lunch or dinner at V-Note Organic Wine Bar and Bistro, the Upper East Side eatery offers a swoon worthy ambiance and array of offerings for the vegan and nonvegan alike.