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Lost Track of Time? Last-Minute Valentine's Day Gifts for Your Sweetie

Chocolates, flower and fruit bouquets and books are quick to grab, wrap and give this holiday.

 

My husband came home last week with a Valentine's Day card for me he'd picked up from . When he picked up his twice-a-day coffee, he's seen the work of cartoonist, freelance illustrator and graphic artist Matthew Smigiel, who was displaying his offbeat view of the world.

"I Love You," the card proclaims, as two rather very undead lovers offer each other gifts of the heart — literally. (See Smiegiel's other work at his blog).

For those with a more traditional view of love, these purveyors are open through Valentine's Day to ease your gift-giving anxiety.

Edible Arrangements at 100 Main Street is open at 8 a.m. and, according to Supervisor Vanessa Alvarado, the cooler is stocked with fresh Swizzle Berry and Berry Chocolate Bouquets, arranged in a keepsake coffeemug as a vase.Melons, pineapple, strawberries and grapes are carved into floral arrangements and dipped in black and white chocolates.

"Last year we were open until 9 p.m.," Alvarado says, to satisfy the last-minute Valentine's Day rush.

has red-wrapped chocolate, Valentine's Day cards and chocolate roses from Fascia's Chocolates in Waterbury.

is selling Godiva chocolate hearts and bars and has an entire kiosk of Valentine's Day books for children and adults, including The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, Haiku for the Single Girl, the Lover's Dictionary and I Love Coupons.

has all the makings for a gourmet basket — organic chocolate bars, drinking chocolate mix, gourmet dried pastas and specialty sauces, fresh-baked breads and even roses.

Add that special touch with a bottle of wine or champagne from . They have Cupcake Red Velvet with Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah grapes — a wonderful pairing with dark chocolate. There is an extensive offering of microbrews, Rogue, Victory, Smuttynose Brewing, Dogfish Head, and much more.

And NORA Cupcake Co. is open on Valentine's Day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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