Flowers and candy are the traditional symbols of love for celebrating the season. This year, why not jump out of your comfort zone with these unique gift ideas ... and you don't even have to leave Mar Vista!
The Mar Vista Farmers' Market is holding a Valentine's Day Celebration on Sunday, February 13, starting at 9:30am. See the performances, listen to the musical guests, smell the flowers, taste the chocolate and create homemade Valentines with the Mar Vista Arts & Crafts Collective.
Here are 5 Places to tempt the senses with gifts for Valentine's Day:
, 12310 Venice Blvd, 310-391-5047
Hours: Mon - Sat, 11am - 6pm; Sun, noon - 5pm
What you'll find: A warm, inviting bookstore with new and used books, autographed items and much more.
Why books: "Books deal with essential things," says owner Bob Klein. "Who we are and what we'd like to become."
, 12228 1/2 Venice Blvd, 310-398-8333
Hours: Mon - Fri, 9am - 6pm, Sat, 10am - 5pm, Sun, 10am - 4pm
What you'll find: All natural soaps and candles, as well as specialty items just for Valentine's Day.
Why soap: Soaptopia's "chocolate makes me thorny" soap is healthier than truffles and smells good too.
, 12255 Venice Blvd, 323-600-5050
Hours: Mon, noon - 7pm; Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm; Sun, noon - 4pm
What you'll find: Guitars, amps, records and vintage items for the music lover you love.
Why music: What's cooler than a guitar for Valentines Day!
, 12625 W Washington Blvd, 310-482-3975
Hours: Mon - Fri, 6am - 9pm; Sat - Sun, 8am - 4pm
What you'll find: Small membership-only gym that emphasizes personal training.
Why a gym membership: Working out makes you feel good. Give the gift of good health.
, 12453 W Washington Blvd, 310-391-4557
Hours: Mon - Fri, 10am - 6pm; Sat, 10am - 5pm
What you'll find: Bakeware - regular and heart-shaped, ingredients, tools, decorating supplies, recipes, books and DVDs.
Why bake: There's nothing like a special dessert, made and decorated with love.