To help you pick the perfect gift for your sweetie this Valentine’s Day, here’s our list of fun and frisky ideas that you can pick up locally.
Cork Market (1805 14th St., N.W.) holds champagne tasting the evening of Feb. 14. Sample champagne while enjoying bite-sized treats prepared by Cork’s own chef. If you want to re-create a tasting of your own for your loved one, purchase a bottle of sparking rosé champagne ($26-45) and pair with various jams, breads and chocolates all available for purchase at Cork. Champagne tasting requires a reservation. (corkdc.com)
Flowers on 14th
Flowers are a classic gift for Valentine’s Day. Gay-owned Flowers on 14th offers high-quality flower arrangements for that special day. Their popular Valentine’s bouquet “Always True” ($53.99) combines red roses and carnations with fuchsia mini carnations and greens in a clear vase. They also provide custom arrangements and decorations to suit your partner’s individual taste. (flowerson14th.com)
I. Gorman jewelry
The perfect piece of jewelry can make a Valentine’s Day to remember. I. Gorman Jewelers (1133 20th St., N.W.) holds a vast collection of one-of-a-kind jewelry in all styles. Their Margoni aquamarine ring ($895) is an attention-grabbing statement piece for an extra spark on your sweetheart’s hand. Or choose more classic bracelets, cufflinks and bands. (igorman.com)
Spark your partner’s imagination with a gift from Secret Pleasures Boutique (1510 U St., N.W.). From Naughty Bubbles bubble bath ($18) to Karma Sutra Edible Honeysuckle Dust ($15), there is sure to be something to fuel you and your partner’s adventurous spirit.
TuSuva Body and Skincare (2701 Ontario Rd., N.W.) offers couples’ massages ($160-300) for those that want to relax together. Choose from their signature or deep tissue massages for 60 or 90 minutes. Through Feb. 23, the couples’ massage includes complimentary champagne and chocolates. If you want to get your other half a gift just for him or her, individual massages are also available for a half hour to 90 minutes in a variety of massage types. ($50-150; tusuva.com.)
Gay greeting cards
With Lambda Rising and Pulp now gone, it can be harder to find old-fashioned gay greeting cards in D.C. But never underestimate the power of a simple card. Poder Cards (must be ordered) provides cards that cater to the LGBT community and multi-ethnic couples and families. Find a card that expresses your love in a sweet and simplistic way. Use code SHIP for free shipping. ($4.95; podercards.com)