It's better late than never when it comes to Valentine's Day gifts.
Here are a couple creative ideas for gifts—including some that you can pick up locally and others you can order online.
GIFTS FOR HIM
1. SOMETHING TO WARM UP THOSE COLD WINTER NIGHTS...
Consider a fine sipping liquor for your gentleman. Cardinal Fine Wine & Spirits, 305 W. Virginia St. in Crystal Lake, and Binny's Beverage Depot, 844 S. Randall Road in Algonquin, and can recommend something great. Village Vintner, 2380 Esplanade Drive in Algonquin, and Exclusively Napa, 35 N. Williams St. in Crystal Lake, has a wide selection of fine wines.
Jetstream Jimmy's Detailing, 8304 Pingree Road in Lake in the Hills, and Turtle Wax Car Wash,161 Liberty Road in Crystal Lake, offers car detailing. If you're not sure what your guy would like, a nice gift certificate to an auto store could work, too.
4. THE WAY TO A MANS HEART…
Why cook? Select a complete gourmet dinner at one of Crystal Lake restaurants . Can't decide where to go? Patch.com has a list of five fabulous Crystal Lake restaurants to check out this Valentine's Day.
5. A SHARED EXPERIENCE...
Is his favorite band coming to the area this summer or perhaps, he wants an excuse to check out a Chicago Blackhawks' game? Spring for two tickets to a game or a concert and you can both share in the experience together. Another great idea would be for two tickets to Second City in Chicago or to the Hockey City Classic at Soldier Field this weekend.
GIFTS FOR HER
1. BIG THINGS IN LITTLE PACKAGES
2. DATE NIGHT
Why go out on a cold winter’s night? Instead surprise her with a romantic movie date at Regal Showplace 16, 5000 Route 14 in Crystal Lake. Check out their schedule for upcoming films here.
3. DAY OF RELAXATION
Give her a day of relaxation with a gift certificate to one of Crystal Lake's many salon or spas.
4. CAN’T FIND THE RIGHT WORDS?
Consider a book of love poems or a classic love story. The folks at the Barnes & Noble in Crystal Lake and the Books of Southwind, a used book store at 4069 West Algonquin Road in Algonquin, have a wide selection of literary gifts to tickle her funny bone or play on her heart strings.
5. GO TRADITIONAL WITH FLOWERS, CHOCOLATES AND CARDS
If you are looking for specialty chocolates, check out Morke's Chocolate in Algonquin, the newly opened Wicked Chocolates in Algonquin or Fannie May Candies in Lake in the Hills. And, of course, if you really run out of time, there is always CVS, Jewel-Osco and Walgreens, which will have all the traditional Valentine's Day chocolates and goodies.
Above all, remember: it's truly the thought that counts!