Last Minute Valentine's Day Gifts: Ideas From a NYC Pop-Up Shop

I know, I know, it's a holiday with questionable historical significance and propagated by the gift and greeting card industry to make money, and you're not going to participate. And even if you do go along with it and celebrate your love a little bit more on this randomly-chosen day, you don't need a materialistic token to represent it. You'd be overjoyed with a sweet little love note or, God forbid, a home-cooked meal from your honey. Me too! But who doesn't also like a little gift now and then?

LOVE is the first installment of STORY, a recurring pop-up shop in NYC that will switch out themes and merchandise every four to six weeks. This first theme is devoted to showcasing only items espousing l-o-v-e. Here are some gift ideas to consider if you're gonna give in to "The Man."

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  • A Sweetheart Photo Shoot: For $5 you can step into this classic photo booth and forever immortalize your four best poses for your honey to cherish forever; or share a couple's shoot and have a lasting momento of the day.

  • Tom's Shoes is known for their commitment to donating one pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair purchased. They offer a ton of comfortable styles and in several prints commemorating this special day. Adults sizes begin at $44.

  • Project Peace Bomb crafts bracelets, keychains, cufflinks and other items out of bombs and other scrap metals found in Laos. Each purchase supports artisan households, village development and the clearance of unexpected bombs in the region. Items begin at $23.

  • A Game of Chocolate Masquerade by Vosges Chocolate includes a set of two chocolate, monarch-carved masks elegantly presented with a guided chocolate tasting, an aphrodisiac menu with recipes, pearl dust for making champagne elixirs, a tickling feather and a few more surprises; $80.

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  • Mo's Dark Bar marries the unexpected and delicious flavors of 62% dark chocolate, hickory smoked bacon and alderwood smoked salt; $7.50.

  • Want to share your chocolate experience? Explore your artistic side with Sweet and Naughty Chocolate Body Paint by Dylan's Candy Bar; $14.

  • D.L. & Co. crafts candles with decadent scents and housed in luxurious blown glass containers. This heart-shaped box containing 3 votives in red glass buds is $40.

  • The Jambox portable speaker by Jawbone has received accolades for its sleek style and powerful audio capabilities. It's the perfect accompaniment to a mix tape of your favorite love songs; $199.

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  • PACT manufactures socks, underwear and t-shirts in organic cotton and whimsical designs, including these hearted varieties. Purchases of PACT items this Spring helps raise money for community projects in Uganda, India and America. Socks are $10 and underwear start at $22.

  • The sweet yet tough Love Knuckle ring is by Loud Love Jewelry, an LA-based company by jewelry designer, Sarah Jackson. Sarah's designs reflect her loud personality and love for eclectic and one-of-a-kind pieces; $283.

  • Baking for Good makes sweet treats and supports great causes. Order treats online and 15% of the net proceeds from your purchase will be donated to a charity you choose; boxed heart cookies are $36.

    LOVE (the first STORY)
    144 Tenth Avenue at 19th Street, New York City
    Current theme continues until mid-March
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    (Images: Chad Schroer)