02/08/2011 03:35 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Valentine's Day

The question that always comes to mind in February, which seems to creep up oh-so-quick every year, is what to get your significant other for Valentine's Day... something different... something unique... something they will love.

You don't have to spend a lot of money to impress your loved one. Personalizing a gift is one of the best ways to go, and many times it's a much more cost-conscious option.

Below are a few creative ideas I recommend for the big day.

The Romantic at Heart

  • For those who want to rekindle the flame, or just keep the spark going, try to recreate your first date.
  • A candlelit picnic in the middle of your living room watching her or his favorite movie.
  • A romantic drive along a scenic route... stopping to see the sunset or gazing at the stars with a blanket and a bottle of wine.

The Gift Basket Boutique

Guys can't go wrong when they give a gift basket with products that women will actually use.

Organics are becoming a way of life for the who's who of L.A.

The Gift Basket Boutique specializes in everything organic, natural, vegan, botanical, or eco-friendly.

The baskets are very reasonably priced and range from $49.99 to $169.99.

If you want to put a special touch on a basket just for your Valentine, they also offer customized baskets.


Sonja's Scrapbook Spot

One of the easiest ways to personalize a gift is scrapbooking. All you need is a couple cute pictures, and you're half way there. Take them to a scrapbook workshop, and they will walk you through the process of making a scrapbook that your man or woman will love.

Sonja's Scrapbook Spot is the City of LA's only scrapbook store and serves the surrounding communities of Culver City, Inglewood and Santa Monica.

The Empty Vase Florist

If you are really at a loss at what to buy, you can never go wrong with flowers. Red roses are very predictable. To make your flowers special and have more meaning you can add a flower for every month you are together. Your loved one will appreciate the thought behind it.

I've been really impressed with the arrangements and customer service at Empty Vase and I have used them for all of my business and personal flower orders.

The Empty Vase Florist is located in West Hollywood, CA and delivers anywhere in the greater Los Angeles area.