Valentine’s Day gift ideas

It’s February, and the month of love and romance is upon us and the time of year when kindhearted sentiments are articulated from every corner of the globe.

It’s the month that stands apart from all others in length with its fun idiosyncrasies, its time-honored customs and even its leap year traditions that come around every four years. So on this Feb. 29 it’s permissible for a woman to ask for a gentleman’s hand in marriage.

And yes Valentine’s Day, still dubbed the most romantic day of the year, falls right smack in the middle — though it’s effects are felt all month long with lingering reminders like red heart-shaped everything from sweet treats and delicate cards to scrumptious chocolate desserts — and then some.

Dating as far back as the 15th century, the mystique that accompanies Valentine’s Day continues to inspire those lucky enough to know the pleasurable pangs of Cupid’s arrow.

In fact, Valentine’s Day is even extended through Presidents’ Day weekend, affording ample time to start relationships, rekindle old ones or simply remind that special someone just how wonderful they really are.

And while folks probably don’t do the weekend up quite as elaborately as they do in Hollywood, for couples who opt to stay right here on Staten Island, there’s really plenty of romantic activity going on right in our own backyard.

So just in case you haven’t decided on which way to turn, we’ve compiled a list for your perusal that may come in handy.

A GIFT OF RELAXATION

A luxury inspired gift to a spa of choice can certainly be a welcomed change of pace.

Whether your gifted with a body message, a facial, hair and nail services or even waxings, a day of tranquility in a soothing environment might just be what the doctor ordered.

SAY IT WITH CANDY, CHAMPAGNE, FLOWERS AND A HOME-COOKED DINNER

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Valentine’s Day 2020 The FTD Heartfelt Carnation Box starting at $50.00 FTDFTD

PERSONALIZED GREETING CARDS

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Handcrafted Valentine’s Day cards with personalized sentimentsSubmitted photo

Though not as costly as other gifts, surprisingly enough women still have a soft spot in their hearts for personalized greeting cards — and revel in every tender love line.

And whether the sentiments are handcrafted or purchased from the nearest card shop — they’re oftentimes received just as beautifully as a costly present.

DINNER CRUISES

Readily available dinner cruises – are another Valentine’s weekend option.

Departing from Chelsea Piers, folks get to enjoy a leisurely three-hour cruise along New York Harbor featuring upscale cuisine freshly prepared and seasonally inspired by onboard executive chefs.

While dining, guests are entertained by the music of a live orchestra and unobstructed views of the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty and more.

Interested? Google dinner cruises to peruse all your options.

CARRIAGE RIDES AT CENTRAL PARK

Horse and carriage rides in New York City remain a traditional symbol of the Big Apple and are representative of an era when New Yorkers traveled from place to place on horseback or in horse-drawn carriages — before cars, buses and trains were common forms of transportation.

Horse-drawn carriages are still a wonderful way to experience the beauty of Central Park and can be found lined up year-round at the following pickup zones:

Grand Army Plaza: center lane at the entrance on Fifth Avenue and East 60th Street

Sixth Avenue: within the park entrance north of Central Park South

Seventh Avenue entrance: the east curb, about 20 feet from Central Park South

Learn more about how you can register by Googling Horse-drawn carriages in Central Park.

DISCOVER THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING

The world-famous Empire State Building located in the center of Midtown Manhattan boasts a number of amenities, but its 86th and 102nd floor observatories provide unforgettable 360° views of New York City and beyond.

Whether you’re in town for a week or a day, a visit experiencing the top of the Empire State Building with it’s A.M. and P.M. attractions really completes the New York experience.

LAST MINUTE THEATER TICKETS

Whether it’s a comedy, mystery, a good Broadway musical, opera, and or jazz you’re after, explore hundreds of shows and book your next night out with TodayTix.com, where there’s exclusive deals, last minute tickets, discount offers for Broadway shows, and much more.

Visit StubHub, Ticketmaster or SeatGeek for tickets.

A ROMANTIC DINNER IN NEW YORK CITY AND A STROLL IN CENTRAL PARK

With tens of thousands of diverse dining spots in New York City — and on Staten Island for that matter — we’re sure there’s room for two more in many of them — especially if you’re willing to dine a little later in the evening. And in today’s economy, you’d be a welcomed addition to more than a few eateries.

So put on your thinking caps and make a list of your favs and phone as early as you can.

FYI: DoorDash Inc., an on-demand prepared food delivery service, services many local restaurants.

ICE SKATING IN NEW YORK CITY

BRYANT PARK

The Rink at Winter Village is New York City’s only free admission ice skating rink, which is made possible in par by Bank of America. The Rink is open daily, including holidays*, through the season, weather and events permitting. More information visit bryantpark.org

THE ROCKEFELLER ICE SKATING RINK

Each winter at Rockefeller Center visitors skate away at the iconic rink at Rockefeller Center, where New Yorkers and tourists swirl amid bustling crowds and twinkling lights. And with room for only 150 skaters at a time, it becomes as intimate an experience as it’s incredible. Visit rockefellercenter.com

LOCAL THEATER

Check Silive.com for Weekend Alert listings and in the daily Advance for outstanding performances staged at local Staten Island theaters and venues — all of which are well worth the trip.

And remember it’s permissible to celebrate Valentine’s Day throughout the weekend — if you so desire.

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