Forget flowers and chocolate, and forget shopping online. This Valentine’s Day, surprise your sweetie with a DIY gift box, bag, or basket sourced from businesses here at Smith Mountain Lake. Your Valentine will love it, and you’ll be supporting our local economy. Read on for a mix-and-match guide to a perfectly romantic Smith Mountain Lake Valenstine’s treat.

First, pick your Valentine’s poison and head over to Laker Beverage and Tobacco. Their selection of wine and beer can’t be beat in Franklin or Bedford counties, and the knowledgeable staff will set you up with the perfect bottle or craft brew. This is a great place to start because you can begin building your gift basket here in-store.

Then, try The Cottage Gate for some eclectic extras that will really make your gift basket (or bag or box) pop. There is much to see at The Cottage Gate, so take your time and let the perfect gift find you. Maybe a bookshelf-edition board game for two?

Next, check out what VitaZen has to offer your Valentine. With a huge selection of Bean Pod soy candles, Aura Cacia massage oils, and soothing bath salts, you can really up the romance factor here. Through Valentine’s Day take advantage of “The Little Green Bag” package, which includes a candle, massage oil; and a your choice of a sweet, salty, or spicy granola treat all for $20. Another idea is to purchase a package of Yoga classes for two. There are few things more romantic than experiencing the gift of mind and body wellness as a couple. And it just so happens that VitaZen is offering 25% off of all yoga accessories with ticket purchase through 3/31/12. You’ll find everything you need to begin your practice here, from mats and mat bags to blocks and straps.

Finally, let local photographer Christi Austin capture the perfect image of your romance. Consider a gift certificate for a photo session with your Valentine, or book a “boudoir” session featuring just you.

Put it all together and you’ve got a one-of-a-kind gift that’s sure to impress your better half this Valentine’s day.