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Unique and Local Gifts for Valentine's Day

Feb 12, 2014 08:27PM

Certainly, chocolate and roses will dominate many gift choices for Valentine’s Day. If you’re looking to go a step further for your significant other and supplement either traditional expression of love or take a more unique and creative path in gifting, consider some of these possibilities.

The Playful Soul, in Broad Ripple, is a boutique filled with books, candles, crystals, art, jewelry, clothing, pottery, organic soaps, oils and lotions, just to name a few of their offerings. The emporium recently doubled its size and created a gathering place complete with a fireplace, a perfect space to flip through a book and sip coffee.

The Wandering Peacock, in Westfield, offers beautiful, unique, handmade gifts from 28 local artists, including paintings, jewelry and the owner’s hand-thrown pottery. Schedule a date night with your significant other to throw and take home your own pottery with personal instruction from the owner for just $30 per person. Treat your whole family, friends or just yourself to a pottery class with Erin O’Rear.

Essential oils are powerful plant extracts that can be used on or around the temples, heart and for massages. Using certified, therapeutic, food-grade essential oils that are 100 percent pure can also be a healthy alternative for flavoring foods and beverages when cooking. Be aware that the majority of essential oils sold in the U.S. are either synthetic or grown with pesticides or herbicides, so research various brands to learn about the origins of the plants harvested, as well as the growing and distilling methods.

Gift cards or certificates to local businesses make great gifts. Along with the aforementioned locations, giftworthy options encompass restaurants, health food stores, yoga studios, fitness facilities, chiropractic care, massages, housecleaning services and more.

For more information: The Playful Soul: 6516 N. Ferguson, Indianapolis, 317-253-0499, ThePlayfulSoul. com. See ad on page 20. The Wandering Peacock: 141 S. Union St., Westfield, 317-385-0994, TheWanderingPeacock.
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