FLOWERS; jewellery or chocolate?
Those are the top three gift choices for Valentine’s Day next week.
Local businesses are gearing up for what will be a busy period.
Carolynne Hore at Wild Orchid has already had more than 1500 long-stemmed red roses delivered and will spend many late nights preparing.
‘‘Bears and chocolates are also popular on St Valentine’s Day,’’ she said.
‘‘But for people who don’t like roses, lilies are also a long-term favourite and mixed flower bunches are also available.’’
In preparation, pre-orders are preferred so Valentines are guaranteed to get what they want.
‘‘The night before we would finish at about midnight to wake up and start again at 5am,’’ she said.
At Prouds, the sales have already started with gold, silver, diamonds and coloured stones available.
The Echuca Chocolate Company has hampers available as well as its well-known chocolate roses and heart lollipops.
But a favourite with consumers are the raspberry ganache hearts.
For $34, your Valentine can buy a hamper with Especially for You written on a chocolate plaque.
But that’s not all, in the same hamper there are also heart lollipops and roses both made out of chocolate as well as raspberry jelly, oh, and don’t forget the bottle of wine from St Anne’s.
Hampers can be specially made to order.