L.O.V.E. – isn’t it grand? The four-letter word that has everyone dreaming up the most perfect ways to surprise loved ones this Valentine’s Day. There’s still plenty of time to bring out all the stops and give thoughtful gifts that are straight from the heart. Whether it be a hand-picked bouquet, a handmade box of candies, an elaborate dinner, or any other creative idea for that matter, one thing is for certain - it's best to get your gifts local. So how about we jump right into our top list of things to surprise your Valentine with this year?


Nothing says, "I love you" quite like a surprise bouquet and there are a ton of beautiful flower shops conveniently located all around the Rockford region. Flowers on River Park, boasts over 25 years of experience, crafting premium arrangements for Loves Park, Rockford, and nearby areas. Cherry Blossom Florist, a family-owned establishment on Main Street, takes pride in creating custom-detailed bouquets tailored just the way your honey likes! Order today to secure an enchanting arrangement for your cherished someone. Another great option is Greenlight Floral, which offers exquisite bouquets perfect for any occasion. With fresh flowers, elegant home decor, and thoughtful gifts, they deliver to 13 towns, ensuring convenience.




Chocolates & Sweets

Give your sweetie the gift of handmade…SWEETS of course. There are a ton of delicious desserts made with lots of love and attention to detail in our region. Wonderland Sweets has a knack for wrapping up robust flavored candies and chocolates along with a variety of other yummy treats. You are sure to impress with these as a gift. Check out the Wonderland Sweets and Bakery website for Valentine's deals. 

Wonderland Sweets candy

Mary’s Market Cafe and Bakery is also a Rockford staple, lovingly serving up gourmet designer cookies, cupcakes, and chocolate-covered strawberries every Valentine's Day. Stop in one of their two locations (E. State Street and in Perryville) or order online to make your special someone smile. 

Mary's Market Cafe and Bakery Valentine's Day Sweets

Sugarjones is famous for cupcakes, but they also bake delectable sugar cookies, handcrafted edible cupcake adornments, and irresistible loaded pies. Visit the bakery or sugarjonesinc.com for your Valentine's treat today! 

Sugarjones cookies

Halo Bakeshop provides a delectable array of treats including cupcakes, bars, cookies, cake pops, and exquisite cakes crafted with care. Customers can purchase these delights in-store or order from the Halo Bakeshop website with ease.

Halo Bakeshop, Cake


Boutique Fashion & Accessories

Shop local at Edgebrook, Rockford's charming neighborhood outdoor mall, where you're sure to find something unique for your special someone. Explore Roxy Carmichael, a women's apparel boutique established in 2007, to pair stunning jewelry with a trendy handbag. Right nearby, B Jones awaits with a collection of top-tier fashion from designers like Citizens of Humanity, Central Park West, and ECRU. If your special someone is a runner, the family-owned and operated Fleet Feet is the go-to spot for the perfect pair of shoes and stylish athletic apparel. Visiting Edgebrook offers a convenient one-stop shopping experience, making it easy to check off all the items on your gift list! 


Fleet Feet Sunglasses

Exquisite Dinners

How does the saying go? The way to a person’s heart is through their stomach. If you love to eat (and support) locally, there are plenty of Valentine’s Day foodie specials. Franchesco's Ristorante, a Rockford staple featuring Italian cuisine, seafood, steak, and famous pizza, is sure to make any experience unforgettable. Whether you choose to dine in or carry out, the food truly speaks for itself. Be sure to reserve a table in advance!

Two fantastic spots in downtown Rockford are offering fantastic Valentine's Specials. Tower Kitchen & Bar presents a special 3-course Valentine's Dinner, and The Top Rooftop Bar & Lounge sets the stage for romance with a chef-curated dinner for two. Enjoy delectable cuisine and soak in the stunning views of Rock River as you celebrate love at these exceptional restaurants.

Franchescos dinner


Custom Screen Printing

Express your love in style! Dive into the world of custom screen-printed apparel and accessories at Rockford Art Deli, where every piece tells a unique story. Check out their Valentine's Collection or order fun and original screen-printed items online. There’s no crying in baseball or on Valentine’s Day either! Don't miss out on their exclusive Rockford Peaches shirts and the eco-friendly "All Made" t-shirt line, crafted from 50% recycled plastic water bottles, beech trees, and organic, US-grown, combed ring-spun cotton. Wearing your heart on your sleeve takes on a whole new meaning with Rockford Art Deli's comfortable, durable, and environmentally conscious fashion.


RAD Vday

Book a Hotel Stay

Plan a weekend getaway and enjoy a change of scenery at The Embassy Suites by Hilton Rockford Riverfront and Rockford Conference Center. Revel in the picturesque views of downtown Rockford from exquisite rooms, and make sure to experience the unique ambiance of The Top Rooftop Bar & Lounge. It's the ideal time for a well-deserved staycation.

emassy valentines

For other Valentine's Day ideas in the Rockford region check out the Top 5 Ways to Share the Love in Rockford!