Chocolate-free Valentine's gifts


Early February is the sanctioned time for romance to enter every corner of life, as Valentine's Day approaches. On the assumption that your sweetheart might like something that isn't covered in chocolate, here are some suggestions for gifts that are sweet but not edible.

It's time to recall romantic eras

Maximal Art's designer, John Wind, gets inspiration from Victorian, Edwardian and antique French sources. The line features watches, bracelets, necklaces, mezuzot, picture frames and clocks. Small, heart-shaped clocks featuring cupids cost $49. Maximal Art objects are available at Renaissance Fine Arts, 1809 Reisterstown Road in Pikesville (410-484-8900); at Hometown Girl, 1000 W. 36th St. in Baltimore (410-662-4438); and at Sailor of St. Michael's, 214 Talbot St. in St. Michael's (410-745-2580). -- K. M.

A proliferation of ornamentation

Ornament entrepreneur Christopher Radko is noted for his devotion to Christmas; he has decorated the White House and has fans in Demi Moore, Elton John and Whoopi Goldberg. Now he's expanded his line of blown-glass ornaments to Valentine's Day. There are bells, angels, cupids, hearts and traditional balls in Valentine colors and romantic designs. The ornaments cost about $38 each, and are available at department stores such as Macy's and Lord & Taylor. Or call 800-71RADKO to order directly. -- K. M.

Flirting with fanciful frames

Baltimore artist Randi Tannenbaum uses copper, springs, wire, beads and aluminum roofing material, among other things, to create her whimsical "Excavations" picture frames. The springs hold pictures in place. The frames may hang with wires, or sit on hinges that keep them upright on a table. Some feature message charms, including "love," "heart," "passion" and "kiss" for Valentine's Day. The frames come in large (for a 5-by-7-inch photo) or small (for 3 1/2 -by-5-inch photos); prices range from $16 to $80. Excavations artwork is available at Ruby Slippers, 215-A Main St. in Reisterstown (410-833-8183), or from the locally based Art Elements catalog. For a copy of the catalog, call 800-566-6866. -- K. M.


Brookside Gardens Visitors Center will hold an Orchid Festival Weekend from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There will be lectures, demonstrations, workshops for adults and children, and a marketplace with orchids and orchid-related gift items. Brookside Gardens is located at 1500 Glenallan Ave. in Wheaton. For directions and more information, call 301-949-8230. --K.M.

Pub Date: 02/07/99

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