Roses are red, violets are fine, but there are other clever ways to surprise your Valentine!
Bryant Goods Co. Gift Box. Just in time for Valentine’s Day comes the launch of a new gift service now hand delivering curated gift boxes in the Twin Cities. Each box includes products hand picked by founder Alyssa Vance—food, household goods, beauty products, mostly from small, independent companies. The gifts come packaged in a wooden crate with cards about the purveyors. Each box has a theme, and this month, its Valentine’s Day. For her, there’s a box with chili chocolate popcorn, lavender coconut milk bath, and toner mist. For him, the box included a teakwood and tobacco candle, hot sauce, and salami from Minneapolis-based Red Table Meat Co. Bryant Goods’ e-commerce site is under construction, but Vance is taking orders for Valentine’s Day delivery. $125 per box. 612-600-9684 or bryantgoods.co
Panty-gram. All you need to know is her address and favorite style of underwear. Room No. 3 will do the rest. The 50th & France lingerie store is partnering with other local companies on a Valentine surprise. It comes delivered as an enormous Frilloon—a balloon with tassel and garland from White Peacock—with a love note from Brown Ink Paper Goods that lets her know she can expect three more deliveries: one pretty pair of panties a month. $125. 4948 France Ave. S., Edina, 952-746-3003, roomno3.com
Frilloon. Perhaps a big balloon is all you need. White Peacock is selling single Valentine frilloons—white heart, red, or white fringe—with doorstop delivery February 12 to 14. $49.99. 612-251-3017 or shopfrilloon.com
Dinner and Flowers. Of course, you can’t go wrong with flowers—especially when they arrive unexpectedly. Spruce Flowers & Home is partnering with neighborhing 50th & France restaurants Mozza Mia, Edina Grill, and Beaujo’s to deliver flowers during to your table on Feb. 13 or 14. Prices start at $50. 612-767-1101, sprucemn.com