Even though Valentine's Day is a Hallmark-created faux-liday which represents everything that is shallow and rotten in our consumerist society, you can't just gift her your essay lamenting that fact -- that was last year. So try these local gifts instead.
Catherinette Snap Wallets
DC artisan Catherinette wants to ensure that when your pretty little thang borrows some cash, she'll have a nice $40 single-snap upcycled leather wallet to keep it in.
GingerRootDesign.com has them in-store and online
1530 U St NW; 202.567.7668
Local author and chef Monica Bhide partnered up with the everything-sweet experts at Co Co. Sala to infuse this line of four luxury chocolates with aphrodisiac spices (like saffron, green cardamom, and rose preserves), which they're calling SpiceSutra, so prepare to sexily serve them to your GF in all sorts of weird positions and over the course of like seven hours.
$30, only available online at CoCoSala.com Feb 4th-6th
My Fair Valentine
The "boutique emporium of epicurean delight" has thrown together an all-pink package that'll have her
getting a horribly short haircut and leaving you for Carey Hart being really appreciative in no time. Pink bubble bath, pink cake, and pink sparkling wine.
The $65 package is available at SocietyFair.net and at their Alexandria location
277 S Washington St; Alexandria; 703.683.3247