Live uptown? You don't have to go far to get your Valentine something delightful. From traditional flowers to an unexpected treat, here are some local gift ideas that are sure to please.
bouquet of Flowers from La Fleur d'Harlem
Whether you're looking for a more informal, organic-style bouquet ($85 and up) or a classic dozen red roses ($145), La Fleur d'Harlem has got you covered. The actual shop is located on 144th Street, but it delivers anywhere in Manhattan.
Sparkling Wine from Hamilton Wine House
You won't just find the usual fancy bottles of Champagne at Hamilton Wine House–although it's got that too. From affordable American sparkling wine to organic Prosecco, the bubbly selection at this 9-month-old shop aims to please a variety of tastes and budgets. A fun pick for Valentine's Day: Lini 910's Labrusca Rose Lambrusco ($18), an Italian sparkling in a charming pink hue.
A box of confections from Choc NYC
Woo your Valentine with a sampling of Choc NYC's handmade chocolate bonbons ($2 each), ranging from the dark chocolate salted caramel truffle to its latest confection, a truffle featuring milk chocolate cherry nougat covered in dark chocolate (above).
Al Green's "I'm Still in Love with You" from Cinderblock People
If you're searching for some of the sexiest music of all time, look no further than Al Green. The re-release of his classic soul album "I'm Still in Love with You" ($19) can be picked up at indie Harlem record store Cinderblock People, which also sells a range of old and new soul, R&B and jazz that's sure to put anyone in the mood.
Sugar Hill Creamery's Ice Cream Sandwich of the Month Club
Got a sweetie with a sweet tooth? Sign them up for Sugar Hill Creamery's ice cream sandwich club ($65), which entitles members to a different flavor every month for a year (you have to swing by the ice cream shop to get your 'wich). This month's treat features rose water gelato nestled between two red velvet cookies and coated with cocoa nibs.
Earrings from Hecho en Harlem
Geometric and simple, these Toni earrings from Hecho en Harlem ($35) make a simple yet striking statement. Bonus: they're surprisingly lightweight. (Items are made-to-order so place your order soon.)
Josephine candle from Harlem Candle Co.
Inspired by legendary singer and dancer Josephine Baker, this long-burning soy candle ($45) from Harlem Candle Co. combines notes of bergamot, Moroccan rose, Indian jasmine, and amber. And what could be more romantic than red?