Flowers, a box of chocolates and jewelry. Don't get me wrong, they're all great gifts but they all seem to be on the list of 'standards' when it comes to Valentine's Day gifts. If you're looking for something unique to give this year for Valentine's Day and you want to make it 'hometown-related', maybe you can change things up with a gift certificate or a visit to one of Lansing's many one-of-kind experiences.

The Greater Lansing Convention and Visitor's Bureau has a list of 150+ things to do in and around the Lansing area. They even designed a 'checklist' for people to print so they can keep track of their experiences. You can see their 'Lan150 Bucket List' by clicking here. I realize that there are MANY more options like the Abrams Planetarium, Impression 5 Science Center and all the local breweries but to keep it a little simpler for Valentine's Day, here are 5 gift ideas and/or things you can do in the Lansing area to change things up this year.

 

 

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    Curious Book Shop

    The Curious Book Shop is a used and rare book store located in downtown East Lansing. Originally started in a basement in 1969, the store has since expanded to three floors of over 50,000 well-organized books, magazines, and other paper items. (This is one of my co-workers favorite places to go. He says to be sure to check out the basement.) Click here to see their website.

     

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    Le Chat Gourmet Culinary Arts

    Know someone that likes to cook? Le Chat Gourmet Culinary Arts in Eaton Rapids offers a wide selection of "hands-on" cooking classes for cooks of all levels of experience, from casual beginners to serious foodies. Gift certificates are available. Click here to find out more.

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    Michigan Princess

    Warmer days are just around the corner...right?! The Michigan Princess hosts themed parties and entertainment events throughout the year including Murder Mystery Dinners. The regular cruising season will start in March. Click here to see more about their events.

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    Goat Yoga Michigan

    Nothing says "Happy Valentine's Day" like a yoga session with goats! And the goats will be back in April at the Original Goat Yoga MI at Hilltop Views Farms. Click here to find out more.

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    Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University

    If you've never been, The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at MSU is dedicated to exploring global contemporary culture and ideas through art. The museum presents groundbreaking, international contemporary art across all media, and thematic exhibitions throughout the year. Click here to see more.