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This Valentine’s Day, give your love a gift that he or she will remember for years to come. Be bold and think outside the heart-shaped box. Instead of flowers that will wilt or chocolates that melt, consider something unique. It may be a gift item or an experience that will never be forgotten.

Pajama Party Cruise
Starfleet Yachts
280 Grove Road

Kemah, Texas 77565
(281) 334-4692

Price: $69 / person
Hours: Feb. 15 and Feb. 16 – 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Forget a standard dinner at a restaurant. Give the gift of a fun time to your loved one. Go wild and invite your partner to a pajama party cruise. Yes, you will both dress in your PJs and dance the time away while enjoying buffet snacks and complementary drinks, including wine, beer and champagne. There is even a special cocktail for this event at the cash bar – the pink pillow martini. The event is for adults only, so leave the kids at home while you and your partner have fun on this cruise of Clear Lake and Galveston Bay.
Film Buffs Membership
Houston Museum Of Fine Arts
1001 Bissonnet Drive

Houston, Texas 77005
(713) 639-7300
www.mfah.orgPrice: $85 / individual; $150 couple

If your loved one is a movie buff, a package to see 10 films at the Museum of Fine Arts should be in your Valentine’s Day plans. Many of the movies shown at the museum’s Brown Auditorium Theater are vintage classics like “Dracula” and “Pillow Talk”. There are also premiers of critically acclaimed modern masterpieces. Valentine’s Day weekend films include “Pillow Talk,” the comedy for which Doris Day garnered her only Oscar nomination, and a presentation of the 2012  Academy Award nominated short films.

Related: Best Art Museums In Houston
Frito Brittle
The Chocolate Bar
2521 University Blvd.

Houston, Texas 77005
(713) 520-8888

Price: $8.95 / small;  $18.95 / large

Forget boxes of unidentifiable chocolates. Give her (or him) something that has Texas written all over it. Frito brittle combines the saltiness of Frito corn chips with the sweet creaminess of chocolate. For anyone who likes chocolate-covered pretzels, this will be an enjoyable treat. The Chocolate Bar has two locations and both have this brittle on hand. You can also find a wide assortment of other goodies in either store, including chocolate ice creams, cakes and their famous frozen hot chocolate that is decadence in a glass.
Cooking Classes
Urban Chef
3651 Westlayan St., Suite 204

Houston, Texas 77027
(713) 504-1700

Price: $75 / person

For Valentine’s Day, you can help your loved one spice things up in the kitchen. A gift card for cooking classes from Urban Chef lets him (or her) pick and choose the classes to take. There are even date night classes that both of you can attend. For many whose hobby is cooking, a hands-on class is a gift that will continue to give as he or she tries out newly learned techniques in your home kitchen.
Cupcake Hat Box
Sugarbaby’s Cupcake Boutique
3310 S Shepherd Drive

Houston, Texas 77098
(713) 527-8427

Price: $12, plus the cost of one dozen cupcakes

Anyone can buy a bouquet of flowers or a box of chocolates, but why not combine the two and present your loved one with a hat box filled with a dozen colorful, handmade cupcakes from Sugarbaby’s? You can choose the 12 cupcakes you want to put into the hat box, and by picking only his (or her) favorites, you create a custom gift. The flavors of cupcakes change daily, but there is a menu on their website listing their current offerings, and don’t think that the hat box will go to waste. The stylish hat box is durable enough for reuse as a storage container for papers, knickknacks or hats.

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Crystal Hessong ia a freelance writer and a lifelong, fourth generation Houstonian. She is currently covering Home & Life. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.