Sweet treats and awesome eats for the sweetheart

Skylar Wright 

Features Editor 

Gift ideas and date choices are always tricky in relationships, and no holiday makes that more obvious than Valentine’s Day. Standbys like jewelry, flowers, chocolates, cards, dinner and a movie will usually do the trick, but if you really want to impress the one you love, give them something a little more thoughtful than a heart-shaped box of sugary sweets.

Valentine proposal illustration

Valentine’s gifts can be even scarier if the date comes in the beginning stages of a relationship. If you’ve only been dating a short time, giving her a diamond necklace or him plane tickets six months in advance could get you in trouble, or you might have an awkward moment on your hands.

Local date ideas

Some date ideas for Bricktown would be to eat at “The Melting Pot” with some ice cream from “Marble Slab Creamery” afterward. If you want to go to a wine bar and bistro, “The Mantel” is a great choice. Italian food is always a great choice, so maybe “Zio’s Italian Kitchen” would fit your date’s expectations.

Know your date and if you don’t know what they like, ask! If they don’t like Mexican food, don’t eat Mexican.

A great way to make the night memorable would be with the horse and carriage rides available outside of “Spaghetti Warehouse.

Gift ideas

As for gift ideas, it’s good to know your date or loved one well. Keep your ear out for little things they might mention they want. The days of cassette tapes are long gone, so give the modern version with songs on a USB stick. Homemade thoughtful wall art almost always makes a great gift. Get quality square canvas prints of your favorite photos that they’ve snapped and arrange them on a canvas.

You can also make a romantic coupon book full of your ideas. You could have one coupon saying date night, then maybe one that says free back rub, to be used whenever they want. If you aren’t in touch with your creative side, the traditional flowers, card and teddy bear are still great.

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