Forget the chocolates and flowers this Valentine’s Day. Show your sweetheart how much you really care with a unique gift that proclaims your love and affection. Whether you’re willing to drop some serious cash or just want to make a statement, you’ll find that Orange County is teeming with shops and boutiques where you are sure to find the perfect gift for your significant other.
1580 Disneyland Dr #104
Anaheim, CA 92802
If it just isn’t Valentine’s Day without giving the gift of candy, consider a stop at one of the OC’s candy stores, a major upgrade from a run-of-the-mill drugstore box of chocolates. Better yet, take your loved one on a romantic stroll through the lights of Downtown Disney before picking up a nostalgic, tasty treat at Marceline’s Confectionary. From candy apples, to giant toffee slabs, to chocolate covered marshmallows, chocolate covered honeycomb, and a rainbow’s worth of bulk candies to choose from, all made daily right on the premises, you are sure to find the perfect romantic treat. Park admission not required.
The Vault Fine Antiques
75 Plaza Square
Orange, CA 92866
Victorian-era jewelry and beautiful Art Nouveau glass are just a few of the rare and exquisite items you’ll find at this Old Towne Orange antique store. Come here for one-of-a-kind gifts that are guaranteed to take your sweetheart’s breath away. If you aren’t sure what you’re looking for, the owner can help you browse through his premium collection of silver, porcelain, fine art and even antique watches. Wrap up your visit with an education on fine antiques and jewelry while playing with the shop’s canine mascot, Romeo.
Kush Fine Art
265 Forest Ave.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Downtown Laguna Beach is a wonderful place to shop for the art lover in your life. Surprise your sweetheart with oil on canvas or a bronze sculpture from one of the many art galleries that line Pacific Coast Highway. Romantic surrealist images from famous artists such as Vladimir Kush can help you express your love without having to say a word. Owning a Kush fine art print is not only an expression of your feelings but an investment in your relationship.
80 Plaza Square
Orange, CA 92866
If your sweetheart likes to cook and play hostess to all of your friends on game day, pick up some quirky gifts at this boutique in Old Towne Orange. You’ll find designer aprons, potholders, kitchen towels, fun cookbooks and other playful expressions of amour. If you’re in a fledgling relationship and aren’t committed to sinking a ton of cash into a V-day gift, you may find some nice candles, soaps and fragrances that are thoughtful and unique enough to win you some brownie points.
Mo’s Fullerton Music Center
121 N. Harbor Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92832
For the music lover in your life, Mo’s may be your one stop shop. Load up on some hard-to-find sheet music or surprise your Valentine with an acoustic guitar or other classical instrument. You’ll find all sorts of musical accessories as well as musically-inspired gifts such as T-shirts, pens, jewelry, and posters. Mo’s Fullerton Music Center is a Downtown Fullerton landmark with the toys and tools for those who are band geeks at heart.
OC Animal Care
561 The City Drive S.
Orange, CA 92868
Demonstrate your commitment to your sweetheart by adopting a pet together. You’ll not only provide a loving home to an animal in need but you and your partner will have something to care for and nurture together. Orange County Animal Care is an open-admission animal shelter, taking in tens of thousands of animals each year. Perfectly healthy dogs, cats and other animals come to the shelter each week and just need a second chance at love. Invite them into your family and celebrate a Valentine’s Day you and your significant other won’t soon forget.
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Katie Bodell is the Blog Editor for Trekaroo, the largest family travel website in the U.S. She is also a freelance writer, a happy wife to her best friend, and a mom to three sweet California girls. See more on: Trekaroo | CheapOair | Google+ | Twitter.
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