5 Romantic Gifts To Wish Your Boo A Happy Valentine’s Day

Let’s talk about love.

Last year, you sent your boo a few heart-eye emojis as a valentine and called it a day. Bad idea. Let’s just say she was seeing red—and for all the wrong reasons.


Don’t make the same mistake this year. We’ll help you out, with five totally unique tokens of love to give your special someone that go way beyond the typical cardboard chocolate boxes or stuffed teddies. She’ll totally heart how much effort you put into doing something a little different (especially if you also throw in dinner and Champagne).


What’s not to love?


honolulu community college copper rose
Photo: Courtesy of Honolulu Community College


Every year, we get obsessed with a new way to give your lady the classic rose that doesn’t involve thorns and gardening shears. This year, we’re obsessed with Honolulu Community College’s stunning handcrafted copper roses, beautiful creations made by sheet metal students to raise funds for the program. $15 each or four for $50, available at the Honolulu Community College sheet metal shop (Building 17) on Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 9:30 a.m. until supplies last.


paper chase paper tokens


We squealed out loud when we caught sight of these too-cute-to-be-real little love tokens from Paper Source. These genius little “tickets” award your lover redeemable date nights, a weekend getaway and more. You can even add in your own special, unique “prizes.” Our favorite? The “control of the TV” coupon. Yes! $12.95, papersource.com.


chocolea chocolate nuts


Dove chocolates are nice, but the cheeky Valentine’s-inspired theme of this “Nuts About You” gift box from Choco le‘a definitely takes the V-Day cake. Oh, and talk about good taste: This half-pound of goodies includes strawberry almond mac-nut bark and red-velvet white-chocolate macadamia nut clusters. $19.99, available for preorder, 2909 Lowrey Ave., chocolea.com.


flotsam & co. necklace


All the fun of conversation hearts, none of the chalky unpleasantness, this customizable stamped necklace from Flotsam & Co. is the perfect way to tell her how you feel in your own special way—whether that be with a Star Wars quote, a Shakespeare line or an original quip. Starting at $32, Flotsam & Co. Ward Village Shops, flotsamand.co.


shop toast frog


A plush critter clutching a balloon that declares “I love you” is a nice touch, for sure—but gift us this sweet little frog prince kokeshi for which we’ve fallen head over heels instead, and we’d be ecstatic. Or, go with the Shop Toast boy prince (or girl princess) version for when you want to be more straightforward with the “your prince has come” message. $15, Shop Toast, 3434 Wai‘alae Ave., #3, shoptoast.com.


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