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When it comes to finding Valentine’s Day gifts, there are plenty of shops and stores to choose from, but finding a truly great gift is a different story. These five choices offer the best there is in each of the top five Valentine’s Day gift categories, and if you want something not on the list, these shops can accommodate you.

Westborn Flower Market
21755 Michigan Ave.
Dearborn, MI 48124
(313) 274-6100

First up is flowers and there are very few places that have the selection and imagination of the Westborn Market Florist Shop. You will find bouquets, planters, single flowers of all sorts and fantastic arrangements. There are two floral designers on staff, each with 30 years of experience, that can help you put together an arrangement that will dazzle. And, of course, there are roses to show your love for her or him, because after all, guys like flowers too.

Noir Leather
124 W. 4th St.
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 541-3979

Next on the list of the top five gifts is sexy lingerie. There is nothing new about buying sexy clothing as a Valentine’s Day gift, but skip the everyday and head over to Noire Leather in Royal Oak for a truly out-of-the-ordinary experience. Noire Leather has a long history in Royal Oak and has been offering a wide variety of “sensual” leather items for years. The shop is known for its rather “outrageous” clothing, play things and basically items for wherever your imagination takes you. This is not a place for the faint hearted or those looking for something traditional and “cute,” but if you are looking for hot, really hot, then this is the place to go.

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Moose Jaw
1275 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 938-3605

Third on the list of most popular gifts on Valentine’s Day is sports gear and if you are in the downtown area, you have to stop in at Moose Jaw, which offers a huge variety of gear that anyone would love to receive. Is your love into biking or running? Then check out the selection of gear for him or her. The store offers items for just about any sport you can think of and when you give a sports gift, you are giving your loved one something that addresses their passion.

The Natural Market
204 E. Grand River Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 915-0533

The fourth most popular gift on Valentine’s Day involves pampering your loved one’s skin and body with oils and lotions. At The Natural Market in downtown Detroit, you will find custom-made products that will bring joy to your loved one. In the words of Victoria, who founded Natural Market, the products offer a “multi-sensory reaction while motivating you with confidence to move forward.” Choose from custom soaps like pomegranate or grapefruit tangerine to strawberry whipped Shea body butter or essential oils with names like “peace” or “reflection.”

Diamond Vault of Troy
801 W.Big Beaver Road, Suite 103
Troy, MI 48084
(248) 244 0600

There is nothing like giving something as beautiful as a diamond to the one you love. From diamond stud earrings to diamond rings, solitaire pendants and bracelets, there is nothing that says how much you care like a diamond. The Diamond Vault of Troy has time and time again come out on top when it comes to service and value, and when you are looking for that big Valentine’s Day gift, you should be looking to the Diamond Vault.

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Award winning freelance writer and photographer Lawrence DiVizio is based in Southeast Michigan and works to convey in words and images the world around us. His work can be found at Examiner.com.