Top Spots For Unique Valentine’s Day Gifts In Denver

February 5, 2013 6:00 AM

Wax Trax (credit: CBS)

With Valentine’s Day coming, it’s time to start thinking about what you are going to give to your significant other. Sure, there are the tried-and-true standbys (wine, flowers, jewelry, candy), but thinking outside of the box and doing something unique can score major brownie points. By choosing a gift that is specific to your sweetheart’s personality, you can show just how much you love him or her and have been paying attention. If you’re not quite sure what type of gift to get, here are a few suggestions.

Cooking Class
The Seasoned Chef Cooking School

999 Jasmine St., Suite 100
Denver, CO 80220
(303) 377-3222

First off, by taking your sweetie to a cooking class, you are not implying anyone is a bad cook. You are merely showing that you are adventurous and want to try something new. Still, this gift can be taken as an insult, so only do it if cooking is something that she (or he) loves to do. Taking a class together will allow you to do something creative and fun while learning a new recipe that you can then make whenever you want. You can even create your own signature dish as a couple.

Teaching Denver residents to cook since 1993, The Seasoned Chef Cooking School has a wide variety of classes from which to choose. From cooking basics such as knife skills, roasting and grilling to more specialized classes, amateurs and pros alike can learn new tricks in the kitchen. The school also offers classes from top chefs around the city, and there are also several baking classes for those with a sweet tooth. Classes average about $80 each, and the school provides all of the equipment.

Custom Hoodie
Indy Ink
84 S. Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
(720) 937-9722

Sure, you can get your sweetie tickets to the game or a gift card for some MP3 downloads, but you can also give something to use every day. Hoodies are pretty much a staple for Denver winters, so find a design and have one specially made especially. It’s a gift of love and warmth.

This custom silk screening shop features pre-made apparel, along with customizable pieces and art from local artists. Custom-made pieces are reasonably priced – you only pay for the shirt and the printing costs. The shop itself offers a laid-back shopping atmosphere and doubles as an art gallery. If you can’t think of anything to print on a hoodie, Indy Ink offers several pre-printed hoodies. Featuring unique and creative designs, you will not find these items in other stores.

Personalized Perfume
Scented Studio
215 Detroit St.
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 333-3315

If none of the brand-name scents on the market scream her name, make one that does. Custom fragrance shops are an emerging trend on the beauty scene, and they are a great way to give a gift that is thoughtful and personal. Start by investigating which scents she usually wears so you can get an idea of her preferences. Then visit a custom perfumery and get to work.

One of Denver’s most popular perfumeries, Scented Studio has everything you need to make a personal scent for your lady. With more than 400 essential oils, you can be sure to find just what you need to make a fragrance. If you are unsure of where to start, keep the list of scents that she normally wears, and a staff member should be able to point you in the right direction. Prices range between $15 to $25, and you choices are not limited to perfume. You can also create body butter, bath oil, sugar scrubs and candles, among others. Start with one product or make a couple and put them in a romantic heart box. She will be sure to think of you whenever she spritzes the scent.

Related: Best Places to Make Your Own Perfume in Denver

Wax Trax (credit: CBS)

Wax Trax (credit: CBS)

Vintage Vinyl
Wax Trax Records
638 E. 13th Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 860-0127

Anyone can throw a mix CD together, but if your love is a music buff, how about classic vinyl? Music purists typically prefer vinyl due to its sound quality and clarity. Make sure to check the music library so you don’t end up with a duplicate! Denver’s burgeoning music scene has an avid following, and there are plenty of music shops to choose from. Finding something original and appropriate shouldn’t be difficult.

With an extensive selection of music from all over the dial, Wax Trax has something for every “ear.” The shop features a separate vinyl shop, and the employees appreciate good music. Choose from an eclectic mix of classics, rarities and local artists. The shop also offers used records, so you may spot something unique and out of the blue. Most of the vinyl in this store is reasonably priced, so you can get creative and make a vinyl bouquet. Ask one of the store employees for help with creating a themed bunch, or simply pick songs your sweetie will love. Either way, it’ll show that some thought and effort went into the gift.

Related: Top Music Stores in Denver

Guided Mountain Climbing Trip
Denver Mountain Guiding
(303) 884-2755

Outdoor buffs flock to Colorado for its majestic peaks and gorgeous scenery. Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to plan a guided tour of some of these destinations. Whether you are expert climbers or are still learning your way around a harness and a carabiner, there are several options to get out and enjoy the wilderness together. Be it snow shoeing or a guided climb, you and your honey can have an adventurous day together in the brisk mountain air.

Offering half-day and full-day outings, Denver Mountain Guiding is a great way to get to know the Front Range. The instructors are experienced and patient, so they can help make your outing safe and fun. The trips offered are all located within 30 minutes of Denver, so you won’t need to make a weekend of it if you choose not to. Along with climbing trips to locations such as the Flatirons, Garden of the Gods and Clear Creek Canyon, among others, Denver Mountain Guiding also offers snow shoeing trips if climbing isn’t for you. Snow shoeing trips also include chocolate fondue in the woods, so you can still get your Valentine’s candy fix. Excursions are structured based on ability, so you won’t end up on a mountain that you don’t have the skill set for.

Alaina Brandenburger is a freelance writer living in Denver. Her work can be found at