This year, let the valentines in your life know just how special they are with thoughtful or surprising gifts … something to recall a special occasion or create a fond, lasting memory. Take a look at our picks for the best V-day gifts in the Tristate.
 
Touch Give a little “touch”
Glide through albums, flick through photos and zoom in and out of web pages with the touch of a finger with the Apple iPod® Touch. Available at Apple Store, Kenwood Towne Center. 8GB: $299; 16GB: $399.
www.apple.com
Pampering Ultimate pampering package
This gift from SIA Spa includes a 60-minute Swedish or sports massage, a 60-minute pedicure and a 30-minute manicure. Available at SIA Spa, Montgomery Road, Kenwood. $155. Lunch can be included for an additional $10.
www.siaspas.com
Tickets Tickets for the theater lover
Take your date to see Ella at the Playhouse in the Park, which depicts Ella Fitzgerald as she prepares for one of the most important concerts of her career. April 22 through May 25. $43-$56.
www.cincyplay.com
Scarf Keep your Valentine warm
This men’s scarf is the perfect combination of lamb’s wool and cashmere. Available in Tailgate Teal (shown) and Olive at Banana Republic. $49.50.
www.bananarepublic.com
math buff In love with a math buff?
This limited edition watch by Oris commemorates the 300th anniversary of the birth of the great Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler. It has Euler’s portrait on the case back and a Sudoku-themed dial. (Sudoku is based on Euler’s Latin Squares.) Available at J Peck Jewelers in O’Bryonville. All Oris watches: $700 to $4,000.
www.jpeckjewelers.com
Diamonds You can't go wrong with diamonds
Show your sweetheart how much you love her with this 18 carat white gold Charles Krypell pendant containing 11 round brilliant cut diamonds. Available at James Free Jewelers, Main Street, Montgomery. $2,000.
www.shopjamesfree.com
Sweet tooth Satisfy a sweet tooth
These Graeter’s mints are covered in the same delicious dark chocolate used in the hometown favorite’s chocolate chip-flavored ice creams. Available at Graeter’s Ice Cream. Box of nine: $8. Box of 18: $16.
www.graeters.com.
Hoops Heart-racing hoops
Treat your favorite college sports fan to a University of Cincinnati men’s basketball game for $24 a ticket, or to a UC women’s basketball game for $5 a ticket.
www.uc.edu/athletics
Toast A toast to your love
This light, crisp, sparkling chardonnay is barrel-fermented and aged for nine months Sur Lie Style, then fermented a second time in the bottle for 18 months. Available at Henke Winery, Harrison Avenue, Westwood. Bottle: $26.50. 
www.henkewine.com.
Flowers Fragrant beauty
Don’t just rely on the usual roses this Valentine’s Day. The Pure Elegance bouquet features a display of roses and stargazer lilies created by professional floral designers. Available at Adrian Durban Florist. $80-$150.
www.adriandurban.com
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Pure Romance picks
This pheromone-based unisex spray can be used on the body or in the home to create a more romantic atmosphere. Spray it on your sheets and feel like you’re sleeping in satin. Choose from three Between the Sheets scents: Island Breeze, Ocean Mist or Pear Blossom. Available through Cincinnati’s own Pure Romance. $10.50.

This soapy treat is infused with pheromones and champagne to make your skin soft and touchable. Romance Bubbles can be used as a bubble bath or shower gel and come in Island Breeze, Ocean Mist or Sensual Citrus. Available through Pure Romance. $12.
www.pureromance.com

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Jerry Hagerty Ballroom Dancing in Northside offers lessons in foxtrot, waltz, swing, salsa and more. One-hour private couples lesson: $30. Call 681-9235 for more information.
BMW For the car lover
If your lover’s heart says “vrooom” in response to all things BMW, give this 100 percent cotton polo. Available by order at The BMW Store, Stewart Avenue, Silverton. $45.
www.bmw-online.com
Rose A rose by any other name...
Treat your loved one to natural fragrances made locally by Possets Perfumes. Ault Park: A feminine scent like a park in full spring bloom, with roses at the forefront. $20. Orion: This masculine scent is reminiscent of rare smoked woods and vanilla. $10. Available at select Bigg’s locations.
www.possets.com
Skating

An adventurous date
Visit Perfect North slopes or the Fountain Square ice rink.
 
A Perfect North flex ticket buys eight hours of skiing or snowboarding. Make it a romantic evening: The slopes are open 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on weekends. Perfect North Flex ticket: $43. Additional four hours: $10. Flex rentals: $22. Night skiing tickets: $35.
www.perfectnorth.com

Fountain Square Ice Rink admission: $2. Rentals: $2. Private rental of the rink: $200/hour.
www.myfountainsquare.com/icerink

Heat

Turn up the heat
Make her feel elegant in this bra and boyshort panty set by Simone Perele. Bra: $75; Panty: $55. Available at La Silhouette Lingerie, Miami Avenue, Madeira.
www.lasilhouettelingerie.com

Clock

Time for romance
This clock from the Double Heart Collection is adorned with Swarovski® crystals and can be engraved to really make it special. Available at Things Remembered (Five Tristate locations). $50.
www.thingsremembered.com

Speaker

Set the mood
The Zeppelin™ stereo system for the iPod® uses simple design and leading technology to provide rich detail and lifelike sound. Available at Entertainment Solutions in Rookwood Commons and Crestview Hills Towne Center. $600.
www.esolutionstv.com