Non-traditional Valentine’s Day gifts

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Looking for a low-key Valentine’s Day celebration? According to a recent survey from RetailMeNot, a lot of other people are too. One-third of women surveyed said they would rather stay home and order takeout than go to a restaurant, while 65 percent of  total respondents said they would rather a low-key dinner out than dinner at a fancy restaurant.

Couples are planning to spend an average of $148 on each other and while the usual gifts top the list, why not spend your cash on something a little different? Here are a few ideas for something other than flowers, cards, candy and an expensive dinner:

The World Needs More Love Letters Fold-and-Mail Stationery by Hannah Brencher (Potter Style; $12.99): Forget the cards and say I love you with a letter. This collection of 40 fold-and-mail letters comes with prompts to help you find the right words. The letters and ideas can be used to compose love letters, letters of gratitude, and more. Buy it for yourself and write your loved one a letter or buy it for someone else and inspired them to write letters of their own.

Shake Shack milkshakes: Shake Shack is offering a BOGO on shakes. When you buy one shake, get one free and choose from handspun vanilla, chocolate, caramel, black and white, strawberry, peanut butter or coffee. Shake Shack is located at Buckhead Atlanta, 3035 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta. Hours are 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sunday – Thursday; 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Friday & Saturday.

Valentine’s Day Skate Atlantic Station: Head to Atlantic Station for a few fun options including the Sweetheart Skate, Feb. 14 -1 5, 7 – 10 p.m.; Singles Skate Night, Feb. 13, 7 -10 p.m.; or Dinner & Skate, in which couples can choose from three different date-night packages featuring a romantic dinner for two, a spin on the ice, and a treat from Kilwin’s.

The XOXO package is $45 and includes a prix fixe dinner at California Pizza Kitchen, two skate tickets and chocolates from Kilwin’s.
The Cupid package is $75 includes a prix fixe dinner at Strip, two skate tickets, chocolates from Kilwin’s, parking validation and two Atlantic Station-branded mugs.
The True Love package is $95 and comes with a $70 gift card to The Pig & the Pearl, two skate tickets, chocolates from Kilwin’s, complimentary valet and two Atlantic Station Skate scarves.

The Concierge at Atlantic Station, located near escalator six, will help those purchasing the Cupid and True Love packages with securing dinner reservations. You can call 404-410-4010 for more information.

Braves Valentine’s Day 4-Game Plan: From February 2-14, get two tickets to four games and a post game on-field photo opportunity for $88, a savings of more than 50 percent. Games included in the Valentine’s Day offer are Saturday, April 11, versus the New York Mets; Thursday, April 30, against the Cincinnati Reds; Saturday, May 23, against the Milwaukee Brewers; and Tuesday, June 9, as the Braves take on the San Diego Padres. You can select one of the games for their on-field photo opportunity during the online purchase process. Visit to purchase now.

Starbucks World’s Largest Date: On Friday, February 13 at participating Starbucks locations around the world,  join the World’s Largest Starbucks Date. Participating company-operated and select licensed locations in the U.S. and Canada will feature a special pairings menu. In the U.S., the menu will feature a selection of coffee and treat pairings available for $5 from 2 p.m. to close:

  • Caffé Verona Coffee Press for Two and a Double Chocolate Chunk Brownie
  • Tall Flat White and Chocolate Croissant
  • Grande Raspberry Mocha or Grande White Chocolate Mocha and Heart Cookie

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