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Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

This Valentine’s Day, two local companies box up the romance for you.


By Nicolas Jimenez

Flowers in a Flash

Looking to wow your partner this Valentine’s Day? Take a tip from Roseshire cofounder Nasim Pakmanesh: “[Order] four dozen roses. Could you imagine receiving a package like that at work?”

By Nicolas Jimenez

Roseshire—founded by Pakmanesh and his business partner, Don Hotton—delivers pristine roses overnight. The Concord-based company hand selects and manicures the roses, which are ordered only 24 hours in advance so they don’t have to sit in the fridge. Each rose arrives individually hydrated and ready to bloom. The bouquets should last up to 10 days.

Beginning February 1, Roseshire will exclusively offer black boxes with red interiors for Valentine’s Day—you choose the number of red roses that arrive. Starting at $115, roseshire.com.


Courtesy of DateBox Club

Date Night on Demand

Don’t get me wrong: My boyfriend and I love to go out on the town, but we don’t mind having the occasional excuse to stay home, either.

Enter DateBox Club, a monthly subscription box service that delivers fun bonding activities to your door. Designed by Lafayette husband and wife Mike and Maureen Birdsall, the boxes include ideas that range from playful to a little therapeutic, such as an exercise in communicating to your partner his or her best qualities.

From the comfort of the couch and in our sweats, the boy and I opened our first box. Inside, we found instructions for mapping our ideal road trip. The objective: Build a puzzle of the United States, and plot your points of interest. Write down places to visit, people to see, things to bring, and your playlist musts.

We spent two hours building the puzzle, drawing our route, and dreaming up bucket list items: eating at every restaurant Man v. Food has visited (mine), and stopping at a brewery in every major city (his).

“You know I’m expecting us to actually do this road trip, right?” he asked me.

I’d say DateBox was a date night success. $34.99 per month, dateboxclub.com.

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