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5 Valentine's Day Gifts That Go Way Beyond Flowers and Candy

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11.02.2019

While there's nothing wrong with the classic flowers-and-chocolates combo for your valentine, it's not going to win you any points for originality. Looking for something more unusual and memorable this year?

Here are five quirky gifts that say "I love/like/appreciate you and I have an imagination"--along with their origin stories, from the (mostly) small businesses that make them. ​

The recreational use of marijuana is now legal in 10 states. Denver-based company 1906 New Highs--1906 was when the Wiley Act passed, a law that began the prohibition of cannabis--is one venture that has jumped on the opportunity. Since its launch two years ago, the company has stocked more than 200 Colorado dispensaries with its eccentric edibles.

"Valentine's is like Christmas for us," says Peter Barsoom, CEO of 1906 New Highs. A product called High Love--"an aphrodisiac that will make your bed levitate"--is the most popular item come February.

Barsoom says the edible is composed of five aphrodisiac strains of cannabis to enhance pleasure. One aims to reduce stress and increase libido. Another is known as the "Viagra of the Amazon." He claims the strains combine to produce a feeling quickly, "because most people don't have six hours to have a date with an edible."

This year, the folks at 1906 are producing High Love in a "Lover's Edition." It's a big chocolate heart, scored down the middle and each side etched with "me" and "you," packaged in what looks like a regular chocolate box. It retails for $20.

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