We know it can be tough to find just the right thing for your main squeeze. Time runs out, panic sets in and you find yourself eyeing the forlorn single roses at the gas station. But wait, there's still time to get the perfect gift, one that will do all you need your gift to do: show you are a loving, caring person who has sensitively thought about the perfect Valentine's gift, impress your Valentine with your forethought and, most importantly (let's just be honest here) make you look good. To help you out, we're counting down the days ‘til Valentine’s Day with 13 fantastic gift options available at Pike Place Market.
13. For the Star Wars Lover in Your Life
AT-AT Love Zip-up Hoodie from Ugly Baby ($50)
The mission was to bring down the rebels' shield generator, but these rogue All Terrain Armored Transports (AT-ATs) went on their own mission—a mission of love! Ink printed on a light gray zip-up hoodie. Sizes are unisex, so women may want to order one size smaller than usual. Available at Ugly Baby & La Ru in the Market, or online through Ugly Baby's etsy shop.
12. Spice it Up with Burlesque
French Kiss Performance at Can Can Kitchen and Cabaret (Tickets starting at $55)
Spice up your Valentine's dinner date with a burlesque show between courses. In celebration of the season of love, Can Can unveils its most ambitious show yet—French Kiss, featuring classically trained dancers, original choreography, fabulous sets and costumes that are sure to get your love meter ticking up… Reserve your tickets online.
11. Can't Go Wrong Classic
Cherry Heart Box from Chukar Cherries ($24.95)
Because you can't go wrong with chocolate and sometimes being risk adverse is the right play. This elegant Cherry Heart Box is filled with a quartet of milk and dark chocolate cherries, including Amaretto Rainiers, Cherry Bings, Cabernet, and Classic Milk Cherries. Available in the Market and online.
10. Because Sometimes You Have to Go Big
One-Night Stay and Massage Package at The Inn at the Market (Starting at $355)
Whether you're planning on getting engaged, been hanging out in the dog house or just need to earn an extra gold star, sometimes you just know you have to go big. Surprise your sweetie with a staycation package at the Inn at the Market (combine with #2 to go REALLY big) that includes overnight accommodations, valet parking, a fresh fruit basket from Pike Place Market, and a one hour in-room massage for one or two 30 minute massages for two ($135 value). Check availability and reserve online.
9. Dîner Romantique Française
Gourmet Valentine's Day Dinner at Maximilien ($100/person)
Transport yourselves to Paris for a romantic date on February 14th featuring a 6-course prix fixe menu and live accordion by Bonnie Birch. Say "Je t'aime" while soaking in gorgeous views of Puget Sound. Reserve your table at maximilienrestaurant.com.
8. Give Rubs, Get Love
Natural Body Collection from Moon Valley Organics ($27.97)
The cold days of winter call for a bit of pampering. Give the gift of rub with this delectable gift set from Moon Valley Organics. Gift set includes a Foot Rub, Moon Melt Lotion Bar (Vanilla Lemon) and Herbal Lip Balm (Vanilla Lemon). Beautifully packaged in a natural pouch which is 100% biodegradable. Available at the Market and online.
7. If You're Going with Flowers, Get Local Tulips
Bouquet of Fresh Tulips from a Market Farmer ($15)
Flowers are a given at Valentine's Day. Bypass the standard bouquet of roses and gain extra points for grabbing a bouquet of locally grown tulips. Not only are you getting the first flowers out of the ground in 2016, you're supporting a local Washington farmer. Sebastian Farms, Alm Hill Farms and other Market farmers have colorful tulips available in early February. Get a mixed bouquet or a dozen of single stems that are his or her favorite color, match her hairstyle or his cat. Your pick. Available daily at the Market.
6. Leave the Baking to the Pros
Chocolate Trifecta Cheesecake from The Confectional ($5.25)
Spoil your special gal or guy with not one, not two, but THREE layers of chocolate! Let’s break it down: White chocolate, milk chocolate and extra dark chocolate all sit atop a signature chocolate crust. Topped with playful hand drawn chocolate hearts, the Trifecta Cheesecake is a simple and sweet way to say "I love you." Available February 1-15 in the Market.
5. I <3 Handmade Jewelry
Handmade Heart Pendant by Nature's Twist (Starting at $155)
Designed and created with love by husband and wife duo Megan and Alan Carlisle, each piece from Nature's Twist is one of a kind. Heart shaped stones are encased with intricate trees made of hand-twisted copper wire. Contact: 206-235-3065
4. Fasten Your Sweet Belt
Hand Forged Belt Buckle by Steel Toe Studios ($60 and up)
Combining traditional blacksmithing techniques with renegade materials and ideas, designer Erica Gordon focuses on making modern, functional accessories primarily from recycled and repurposed steel and brass. Each piece is hand forged, welded and finished by hand with a protective wax coating. Available at the Market and online.
3. Let’s Get Cookin’
Tojiro Zen Knife Set from Seattle Cutlery ($148)
For over one thousand years, Japanese sword and knife makers have been renowned for crafting the world’s sharpest, hardest, and most refined blades. Tojiro, one of Japan’s top knife makers, still follows ancient techniques handed down by generations of master smiths to handcraft knives for the 21st century. This gift set includes Tojiro pairing and Santuko knives, and Gari bamboo cutting board. Custom knife engraving available ($30). Available in Seattle Cutlery's Market showroom.
2. The Perfect Pairing
Bottle of Pinot Noir or Brut Rose from Pike & Western Wine Shop ($20.99 and $47.99)
Nothing says Valentine’s Day like a great bottle of wine. 2014 Evesham Wood Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley Oregon ($20.99) is a beautifully balanced, silky smooth, richly flavored wine that will make any dinner you make for your Valentine taste better. R.Dumont Brut Rose ($47.99) is a small family grower whose rosé Champagne is a beautiful dusky pink. The wine is dry with delicate strawberry fruit and will pair beautifully with a meal or delicious on its own.
1. The Most Charming Gift of All
Personalized Market Charm in support of the new MarketFront ($180)
Add your personal message to a ribbon of Market Charms that will dance and shine on the new Pike Place Market MarketFront. One charm alone will be uniquely yours. Together, they will raise the roof on the final piece of Pike Place Market. Made of 2" diameter galvanized steel and suspended from the outer railing of the new MarketFront with a view of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains beyond. Your loved one will receive a card in the mail personalized with your Charm inscription. Design your charm at PikeUp.org.
"For Valentine's Day, I'm giving my hubby a Valentine we can enjoy every time we visit the Market together. We're so excited to have a Market Charm for The Bigelows hanging in the new MarketFront as this place will always be a part of our lives!" - Cortney Bigelow (Read the full story here.)