Photo by Jennifer Baron
Photo by Jennifer Baron

Valentine’s Day is Monday and if you need some last-minute ideas that say I love you (and Pittsburgh), we have you covered.

Photo courtesy of CobblerWorld.

Sweets for your sweet

What is Valentine’s Day without something sweet? But think outside of the heart-shaped box of chocolates. How about giving your loved one a delicious taste of nostalgia with a cobbler? Terina Hicks, the owner of CobblerWorld, learned how to make peach cobblers from her mother. Now she offers cobblers in a variety of flavors and sizes from $35 to $75. (There are pies, cakes, cookies and more as well, but stick with the cobbler.) Hicks will ship the goodness to you, plus you’re supporting a Black-owned business. — Brian Hyslop

Photo courtesy of Yinzer Cards.

Yinzer Valentine’s Day cards

Show your love of Pittsburgh with Valentine’s Day cards from the Yinzer Cards. They are sold locally at Giant Eagle, Market District and Hallmark stores or online. “They are not exactly your grandmother’s Valentine greeting card or candy,” says comedian Jim Krenn, who started the company with radio host Larry Richert and cartoonist Rob Rogers. Yinzer Cards retail for $4.99 with a portion of each sale benefitting Animal Friends. — Brian Hyslop

Photo courtesy of Haunted Hills Estate Scream Park.

Afraid of love? 

Are you so in love it’s scary? Take your main squeeze to Haunted Hills Estate Scream Park in Uniontown for an interactive date night fright that’s also totally romantic. Both of your hearts will be racing as you navigate through two creepy houses bursting with Valentine’s Day décor and demons. The event will be held Feb. 11 and 12. Admission starts at $15 and tickets are available online. — Kristy Locklin

Nathan J. Shaulis
Photo by Nathan J. Shaulis.

A hot date night

Looking for a creative way to spark romance? Heat up your date night to 2,000 degrees and learn a new skill together at the Pittsburgh Glass Center. Glassmaking and relationships both require teamwork. You’ll put your love match to the test as you work cooperatively to create a shimmering sculpted glass flower. By the end of this unique date night experience, you’ll know if you’ve passed the compatibility test — and you’ll have a beautiful handmade keepsake to take home. The private Make-It-Now session includes glassblowing and flameworking demonstrations throughout the evening. Various times are available. $95 per couple. — Jennifer Baron

Lightning Bug Gift Co.
Photo courtesy of Lightning Bug Gift Co.

Snack on these tempting cards

Pennsylvania’s snack game is off the hook, with Hershey’s, Snyder’s, Herr’s and many more calling the Keystone State home. This Valentine’s Day, share your love of snacking and your PA pride with that special someone. Who doesn’t love tearing off those perforated pages and filling out the “to” and “from” spaces like we used to in school? With a PA “twist,” these retro card sets pay homage to PA treats with eye-popping, heart-pumping designs and (savory) sweet nothings like “Just the Two of Utz” and “Meet Me Between the Sheetz.” It’s also the perfect way to support the design duo of Chris Bencivenga and Becki Hollen. Longtime Pittsburghers, the owners of Everyday Balloons Print Shop relocated to Hollidaysburg to open Lightning Bug Gift Co. which focuses on small-batch, locally made goods. Set of eight or 12 cards and envelopes: $15. — Jennifer Baron

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