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Valentine's Countdown: It's Here!

We've got some ideas to help you celebrate the holiday, but we'd like to hear your plans, too.

Valentine's Day is upon us, so we'd like to provide a roundup of ideas and hear about your plans.

For those seeking a last-minute gift or dinner spot, here are some suggestions:

Write a love letter: collected more than 500 handmade valentines last week to take to DMC Children's Hospital. to find inspiration for your own homemade card.

Read a romantic book: If you and your honey prefer to spend your quiet time together with your noses in your books, for recommended titles from the 's staff.

Go wild: on your loved one's behalf through the Detroit Zoo. It's too late to receive an adoption package, which includes a photo of the creature you adopt along with a stuffed toy. But perhaps you could take your honey for a stroll at the zoo and tell him or her about the good deed you've done on his or her behalf.

Give your sweetie some sweets: in Berkley has been busy hand-packing chocolate boxes and creating special orders ahead of Valentine's Day. Co-owner Lisa Peasley said it is probably the candy shop's third-busiest holiday behind Christmas and Easter. Click here for more suggestions on where to find cupcakes, pies, muffins and more for the sweet tooth in your life.

Woo them with flowers: Barb Fredrickson, who manages the in Huntington Woods, said the shop has extra employees on duty to handle the Valentine's Day rush. "We're going to have thousands of customers come in. We've been taking hundreds of orders," she said. But Thrifty Florist isn't the only place in Berkley and Huntington Woods to pick up roses for Valentine's Day. Click here for more suggestions.

Wine and dine them: has Valentine's Day surprises in store, and has the perfect ambiance for romance. If neither suits your fancy, click here for more ideas of where to go for a meal and a drink.

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