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Gifts to please your beloved on Valentine’s Day

By Staff | Feb 12, 2009

The economy is rough and uncertain. There is strife among political and religious entities around the world.

Be that as it may there is still love.

Despite the doomsayers and analysts whose predictions can cast a pall on days like Valentine’s Day – love still endures.

With this in mind, finding a gift – or token of one’s affection – for their love this Valentine’s Day could act as a panacea for the ills of the world right now.

The Islander has out together a brief list of gift ideas and suggestions beginning at a cost of nothing.

Catching the mysterious and dazzling green flash of the sunset on a Captiva beach is sure to amaze and touch your partner. And the bonus is it’s free. Mother Nature still does not have a price tag.

For those looking for something charming and functional check out the Polish Pottery Shoppe in the Village shopping center on Periwinkle Way. Owner Skinny Branstetter has a handmade hand-painted heart shaped dish by Kristina Deptulwa. The one of a kind dish costs $56. And for a modest $9.50, the cozy shoppe carries petite sized hearts.

For those wanting to pamper their swain or sweetheart a bit – Head to Toes by Tina – has handmade gift baskets filled with luxury chocolates, candles and other high-end baubles. The baskets can be fetched for $35.

“There’s everything you need for pampering your lover from head to toe,” said owner Tina Daubenspeck.

The nail salon can be found in the Village shopping center.

Custom made baskets and gift certificates are available.

Anyone who wants to spend a quiet, romantic evening home with their beloved can check out Sanibel Tropical Wine’s list of fruity, elegant wines and champagnes.

Owner Ben Miles recommends Millenium Gold – a strawberry cream sherry. Miles said the libation is considered great as a after dinner drink. The shop located in the Village shopping center also carries handmade truffles.

And for those who want to express their love with some bling and sparkle take a drive over to Lily & Co. Jewelers located on Tarpon Road across from Bailey’s.

The upscale shop features a variety of sweet confections to express yourself to your partner. Lily’s carries the Nanis line, a rich collection of sweet inspired necklaces, earrings and more. The heart shaped pieces come in sterling silver and 18 karat gold.

“It’s one of the nicest heart-shaped jewelry I have ever seen,” said co-owner Dan Schuyler.

And for the true romantic Lily’s has a heart-shaped pink amethyst ring with diamonds set in 18 karat gold for $1,735. There is also a matching pendant for $1,585. The line is designed by Charles Krypell.