Out-of-the-Ordinary Valentine’s Day Gifts

Forget candy and flowers. Shower your loved ones with something unique.

There are plenty of ways to spoil your sweetheart on Feb. 14. With just a bit a creativity, that special someone will be smiling ear-to-ear rather than sighing at the sight of another heart-shaped box of chocolates.

V-Day ballet

Photo by Rick Prieur

Sweep her off her feet—get tickets to the performance of “La Sylphide.” The Academy of International Ballet will put on one performance only of the romantic ballet on Saturday, Feb. 13 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The performance will be held at The Salesianum School (1801 North Broom St., Wilmington). Their theater’s stage is the second largest in all of Delaware. Tickets are only $25. Click here for tickets, directions and information. 

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Pampering package


Before-and-after shots

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Photos and hair by Michael Hemphill; makeup by Kristina Ruggerio

Everyone enjoys being pampered, so why not treat someone to a haircut, makeup and photography session at Michael Christopher Salon in Wilmington? Prices vary depending on the hairstyle (a blow-dry is $40, but adding a cut and color treatment will bump up the cost); makeup by Kristina Ruggerio is $65. Stylist and photographer Michael Hemphill of Michael Christopher says the salon has been offering this service for about two years and that it is very popular. “I once photographed a mother and her three daughters, and she gave the photograph to her husband for Valentine’s Day,” he says. The photography session is complimentary, and Hemphill suggests that clients bring a few different shirts for the photo shoot since the pictures are usually shot from the waist up. Hemphill can do the photo shoot in the salon or outside, depending on the weather. And perhaps the best part? The photos are emailed to you by the next day. He also recommends buying the package as a Valentine’s Day gift so that your special someone can make the appointment whenever it suits his or her schedule. “It has become a very successful package for people in real estate, for social media and for business cards,” says Hemphill.

Michael Christopher Salon
2006 Pennsylvania Ave., Wilmington

Gifts galore

​GrassRoots, the family-owned specialty gift shop on Main Street in Newark, has it all. Their jewelry selection is outstanding, but they also carry beautiful picture frames, candles, coffee mugs, scarves and clothing. Some of their standout items include the Love You More stacking mug set ($22) and the marcasite and grey pearl earrings ($32.50). Don’t forget to pick up a cute card while you’re there.

93 East Main St., Newark

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Morning glory

Photo courtesy of Deerfield Golf & Tennis Club

Think beyond dinner and experience over 111 feet of “brunchy goodness” at Deerfield Golf & Tennis Club in Newark.

Enjoy a made-to-order omelet station, with options such as bacon, ham, peppers, crab meat, onions, cheese and much more, a seafood station and raw bar, a meat-carving station and a dessert buffet complete with Deerfield’s famous bread pudding, funnel cake fries and many more sweet treats. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is $38.95 for adults, $9.95 for children ages 4–12 (children ages 3 and under eat free). Make brunch even more dazzling by having a dozen red roses delivered tableside for just $65. Roses must be ordered and paid for in advance, and cannot be ordered the day of. Reservations are not required for brunch, but are recommended.

Deerfield Golf & Tennis Club
507 Thompson Station Rd., Newark

Beach bliss


Photo via www.visitdelaware.com

If you are looking to get away, take some advice from the Delaware Tourism office and head to the beach. Turn the cliché of ‘long walks on the beach’ into something simple yet romantic. Bundle up and take a walk together on Bethany Beach. Enjoy the ocean breeze at Cape Henlopen State Park. Hold hands as you watch the sunset over the bay at Dewey Beach. For more things to do at the beach and to search places to stay, head to www.visitdelaware.com.

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