I know Valentine’s Day makes some people sick. Singles hate it for obvious reasons. But there’s even those of us in committed relationships who feel like we’re fixing to OD on all the sentimental sappiness prevalent at this time of year.
And then there’s those of us who don’t exactly go in for all the symbolic mainstream Valentine’s Day gift gestures. Chocolate, flowers, and wine are fine, but some of us gravitate towards the offbeat, macabre, and unusual.
Like me. I like the romance of vintage Victorian as well as newfangled funny things.
Below are 13 of my favorite gift ideas. I’d be happy if Wayne gave me any. Maybe they might enchant you and/or your Valentine if you share my macabre and unusual sensibilities?
1. Lost Lore: A celebration of traditonal wisdom – Haunt Jaunts Emporium, $16.47
If the love of your life delights in gathering unusual knowledge, they might love receiving a book such as this one. It’s packed full of “amusing anecdotes and historical extracts which illuminate the beliefs and knowledge of our ancestors.”
2. Rock Bat – Signals, $19.95
Nothing tells the one you love your batty for them better then, well…a bat! This one would delight eco-friendly garden lovers. The iron wrapped around the rock is recycled. And we all know how good bats are for the environment. (Even not real ones. They’re a good reminder of how precious those little winged creatures are to the ecosystem.)
3. Cheese to My Macaroni Plaque – Signals, $24.95
Signals really calls it the “You are…Plaque” but I think of it as the “Cheese to My Macaroni Plaque” because that’s how it starts off and I think that’s so awesome. Especially because it’s the rare week that goes by that I don’t eat mac and cheese. I love it! If I could marry it…poor Wayne. That’s about the only competition for my heart he has in life.
4. Meditating Gargoyle – Signals, $29.95
Show the goyle in your life how much you love her by giving her this little guardian to watch over her. Truly, it is. There’s a Chinese character for “Guardian” etched on its back and everything.
5. Burnie the Dragon – Potpourri, $29.95
Nothing says I love you more than a wing flapping, head swaying, mouth lighting up with red “flames” dragon singing “Burning Love.”
6. For Love So Sweet Poesy Ring – What on Earth, $29.98
Francophiles will swoon over this ring. Its inscribed with old French “Pour amour say douc” (For love so sweet) and is set with a heart-shaped cubic zirconia.
7. Sterling Silver Marcasite and Garnet Colored Heart Pendant – Amazon.com, $39.00
Heart necklaces are a dime a dozen, especially this time of year. This isn’t your typical heart necklace. That’s why I liked it. It’s got personality, and, dare I say…heart!
8. Scrying Necklace– Gaelsong, $56.00
Both light and dark are represented. One side is black onyx, the other mother-of-pearl. A gorgeous gift that imparts balance to the one its bestowed upon.
9. Smoky Quartz Love Ring – Catalog Favorites, $59.95
Smoky quartz is rumored to be a “balancer of sexual energy.” Frame that in hearts studded wit marcasite and you’ve got a ring sure to make any finger more sexy. (And likely make the wearer feel sexier too.)
10. Aztec Scrying Mirror Necklace – Pyramid Collection, $79.95
This is a more elaborate and intricate scrying necklace that has a rotating center. On one side is a magnificent black Swarovski crystal, on the other an Aztec calendar. Divine divining!
11. Anatomical Heart Locket – Signals, $79.95
This is definitely not your standard heart locket. Talk about literally giving your heart to someone! And what’s revealed when you open it? Why, the chambers of the heart of course.
12. Nesse the Garden Dragon – Signals, $99.00
If your love loves cryptids like the Loch Ness Monster, why not give them one for their very own? It can “float” around their garden or backyard. Sure to bring a smile and warm thoughts of you every time they look at it.
13. Canterbury Chain Necklace – Signals, $139.95
I really, really want this necklace. I think it is such exquisite vintage romance. I have no idea where I’d wear it even if I could afford it, but that doesn’t stop me from coveting it!