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Valentine’s Day ideas in Boston

Our guide to Valentine’s Day ideas in Boston covers everything from noncheesy gifts to florists and romantic restaurants

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Whether you’re a lover or a fighter, February 14 can be a fairly stressful day. You’ve got to come up with the perfect gift, the perfect night and, if you’re feeling confident, a romantic hotel to end it all on—that is if you want the night to end with love songs blaring and not crying alone in your car to classic breakup songs. Don’t stress: we’ve got Valentine’s Day ideas in Boston to make sure your day goes off without a hitch. 

When is Valentine’s Day?

Valentine’s Day falls on Sunday, February 14, 2016.

Dinner and date ideas for Valentine’s Day in Boston

Most romantic restaurants in Boston
Restaurants

Most romantic restaurants in Boston

Planning a first date or a Valentine’s Day bonanza? Cozy up in one of the most romantic restaurants in Boston.

Top florist picks in Boston
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Top florist picks in Boston

From classic roses to dramatic bouquets to succulent arrangements, we've got the perfect florist to fit your style

The best Boston restaurants
Restaurants

The best Boston restaurants

From well-established favorites to the latest hotspots, these are the Boston restaurants you need to know about

The best wine bars in Boston
Bars

The best wine bars in Boston

Mad for Merlot? There are a bunch of great wine bars in Boston—here’s where to find the city’s best.

Valentine’s Day gift ideas

20 awesome last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts
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20 awesome last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts

These kick-ass last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts, from jewelry to quirky clothes, are sure to make them swoon

Funny Valentine’s Day cards for unromantic people
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Funny Valentine’s Day cards for unromantic people

For the special lady or gent in your life, these funny Valentine’s Day cards say “I love you” without the “Ew”

Valentine's Day ideas for him under $100
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Valentine's Day ideas for him under $100

If there’s one thing years of scanning gift guides has taught us, it’s that recommendations for men are often absurd. It’s not that we think guys won’t appreciate decorative baseball bats, diamond-studded money clips and fashionable axes. It’s that we know they won’t. Before rolling your eyes at another over-the-top list, have a look at our far more reasonable selection of stellar Valentine’s Day ideas for him. Round out the night with dinner at one of Boston’s most romantic restaurants and a bottle of wine.RECOMMENDED: Valentine’s Day ideas for Boston

Valentine's Day ideas for her under $100
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Valentine's Day ideas for her under $100

Win her over with thoughtful twists on the (often overplayed) classics: Think saltine toffee in place of chocolate, tabletop diamonds and other inspired gifts. Traditionalists can also call on the city’s best florists and reserve a table at one of Boston’s most romantic restaurants.RECOMMENDED: Valentine’s Day ideas for Boston

Anti-Valentine's Day ideas
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Anti-Valentine's Day ideas

Whether you’re newly solo, happily single or filled with the burning rage of a thousand exes, these anti-Valentine’s Day ideas will convey the proper sentiment. Forget theromantic restaurants and florists—we’ve got all the bitter sweets and tool bags you need.RECOMMENDED: Valentine’s Day ideas for Boston

Shopping in Boston
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Shopping in Boston

Due to the city’s small size, shopping in Boston is a pleasure. You can easily cover several prime areas in a day—Newbury Street in the Back Bay and Charles Street on Beacon Hill, for example, before ending up in the chic South End, which also happens to have some of the city’s best bars for a post-shopping pick-me-up. In addition to these retail-rich areas, you’ll find standout stores all over the city—Louis, one of the best clothing stores in Boston, is out on a limb in the Waterfront district. A university town at heart, Boston is also home to many street fashion, vintage and thrift stores and, of course, legions ofbookstores.

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