The Eight Best Things You Can Have Delivered In Los Angeles For Valentine's Day
It's almost Valentine's Day, a made-up holiday dedicated to love, capitalism and deep-seated feelings of inadequacy. Last year, we featured the 14 most romantic restaurants in Los Angeles but this year we decided to do things a little differently. Here are eight of the best things you can have delivered to your valentine (or longstanding unrequited love interest, if you're feeling like rolling the dice) right here in Los Angeles, including singing telegrams, rented puppies, and artisanal blooms.
Selection at the Cheese Store of Beverly Hills. (Photo by Jonnathan B. via Yelp)
Nothing says "I love you" like a nice, stinky cheese. The exquisitely curated, high-end Cheese Store of Beverly Hills offers a number of top-notch baskets (starting at $70) that can be delivered around Los Angeles. The Cheese Store's delivery options extend far beyond the pre-made baskets though, and they are more than happy to customize cheese trays to your (or your valentine's) liking. Delivery prices vary by location. You can order online or give them a call to place a custom order.
The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills can be found online here, or reached via phone at (310) 278-2855. The brick-and-mortar store is located at 419 N Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills, if you'd like to make your selections in person.
Yes, you can really send someone a singing telegram. It costs $200 and comes with a rose or chocolate and "a balloon filled with purple haze of all the great rock stars," according to Jeff Silverman of Rockstar Singing Telegrams. They can sing a variety of songs, though standbys include "My Girl," "Stand By Me," and "You Are So Beautiful" (full list here).
Rockstar Singing Telegrams can be ordered at their website or by phone at (323) 762-5417.
Wild Vase's butcher paper bouquet. (Photo courtesy of Wild Vase)
We get it, you eat artisanal kale salads and you wouldn't be caught dead calling in a bouquet from 1-800-FLOWERS. So, where should a locally-minded aesthete order their blooms? Wild Vase floral design studio specializes in seasonal, local, and organic flowers, and the company's founder Alice Goldsmith works with area farmers to source her arrangements. The arrangements are simple but wild, and have serious California vibes. Their Valentine's Day selections start at $45 for a bouquet of seasonal blooms and greens in brown butcher paper, along with a couple of larger arrangement options.
Wild Vase is based in Silver Lake and flowers can be ordered on their website.
(Photo courtesy of Puppies And Reptiles For Parties)
Are you looking to go big, but not quite skywriting big? How about having ten adorable puppies show up for an hour? The trusted team at Puppies And Reptiles For Parties (yes, that is actually what the business is called—it's a family owned kennel in Torrance) will bring ten dashing pups to wherever you are, plus food and toys for you to feed the dogs and play with them. Prices start at $200 for the first hour (it's $60 for every 30 minutes after that). And, as you might have guessed by the name, they also do reptiles, but that's separate.
Puppies And Reptiles For Parties can be reached at their website or via phone at (310) 328-2040.
(Photo courtesy of Soothe via Facebook)
Soothe offers on-demand massages, delivered to your home, office, or hotel. All of their therapists are licensed, background-checked, and thoroughly vetted. Also, they bring their own massage tables, clean sheets, oils, and music. Prices start at $99 for a 60 minute massage, and they offer a variety of massage techniques, including Swedish, deep tissue, couples and pre-natal massage.
We lied before. Forget the taleggio cheese, nothing says "I love you" like the delivery of live ladybug larvae that will grow into real ladybugs and then ultimately either be set free or die. Your ladybug larvae will arrive in a special shipping tube complete with food and everything else you need to watch them transform into pupae and then live ladybugs. This could be a good test run if you are considering starting a family with your valentine, and it only costs $24.95. Buyers are encouraged to "enjoy" their ladybugs in captivity for three to four days before setting them free in the outdoors "where they can begin the ladybug life cycle all over again." According to a representative at Insect Lore, delivery of ladybug larvae takes two to three days, so make sure you order ahead of time.
Original Ladybug Land With Live Larvae can be purchased for delivery from InsectLore's website.
A selection of two dozen "Mini Snobs." (Photo courtesy of Donut Snob)
Carefully crafted in small batches and hand glazed, Donut Snob makes some seriously good doughnuts. The delivery-only doughnut shop prides themselves on their high-end ingredients, like pure Belgian dark chocolate, fresh locally sourced citrus and all natural Madagascar vanilla beans. L.A. Weekly has called them "the freshest and most thoughtful yeast-raised doughnuts in the city." Deliveries start with the signature dozen for $38, which includes a sampling of their regular-sized standard, fresh fruit, and seasonal doughnut flavors. They also offer a "Mini Snobs" option, which includes an assortment of two dozen of their mini donuts for $42. There is a flat $10 delivery fee within their L.A. radius, which covers most of the city (map here). Orders must be placed by 2 p.m. the day before delivery, though given the potential for a Valentine's Day rush, we'd recommend placing even earlier if you can.
There is literally nothing hotter than someone who is a card-carrying member of the ACLU. Purchasing a gift membership to the American Civil Liberties Union is a fantastic way to not only support a good cause but also make your valentine 10x more attractive to themselves, you, and the world at large. You can easily purchase a gift membership on the ACLU's website for $35 (or donate more!). Unfortunately, it will take several weeks for the actual membership card to arrive in the mail, but the ACLU gives you a PDF version upon purchase... So you can print it out yourself and hand-deliver it to your valentine yourself, or just forward it via email if you're feeling extra romantic. Another option would be to pop that lovely PDF on a flash drive and visit your local FedEx Office store (formerly known as Kinko's) where you can get that card printed and laminated, professional-style.
If you are planning to propose this Valentine's Day, we highly recommend also purchasing an ACLU membership and putting that in the box as well. Free prank idea: put the ACLU card on top, so when he/she first opens the jewelry box they'll think that's all that is in there. And then after they take it out, they'll realize you just put civil liberties and a ring on it! Mazel tov.