As the day itself approaches, though, I confess I start to fall for the whole stupid romantic mess (just a little)—which is why my last column was about non-awful ways to celebrate Valentine's, without buying dumb junk that'll just end up in a landfill in a few years. So I just wanted to remind you all (especially those of you in north Brooklyn) of a great gift idea: Audrey Spa. Not only are their services top notch (great facials!), Audrey is currently donating $5 of every gift certificate to BARC, Williamsburg's legendary animal shelter.
So this gift really is a multiple threat: it creates very little garbage, helps out a charming local business, benefits a deserving charity, and provides a great service.