Each Valentine’s Day lovers everywhere are besieged with long-stemmed roses and heart-shaped boxes of chocolates — not that there’s anything wrong with that. Who doesn’t enjoy flowers and candy?

But both are temporary, fleeting signs of your love. The flowers will be in the trash can before the week ends and the chocolates will get devoured before you can say “Godiva.”

So this year, present your Valentine with a gift that will last forever, or at least beyond Feb. 15.

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Bejewel her

Trade in live flowers for one that lasts forever. “The Language of Flowers” collection at Erwin Pearl has been endorsed by the New York Botanical Garden. Twenty-two karat, hand-painted French enamel pendants of jonquils, buttercups, blue bells and more delicately hang from a 14K gold serpentine chain. We think the red rose fits this occasion most appropriately ($215).


Forgo live roses for this lovely gold and French enamel rose pendant from Erwin Pearl.

(Erwin Pearl, The Quarter at Tropicana, 2801 Pacific Ave., A.C., ErwinPearl.com)

Give her your heart in the form of this genuine red sea glass and fine silver heart pendant by designer Aileen Cabral ($69), found at Whale’s Tale. Fun fact: sterling silver is 92.5 percent silver; fine silver is 99.9 percent.


Aileen Cabral’s fine silver heart pendant can be found at Whale’s Tale in Cape May.

(Whale’s Tale, 312 Washington Street Mall, Cape May, WhalesTaleCapeMay.com)

The layered look is in. So show her how on-trend you are with Swarovski’s “Crystal Wishes Heart Pendant Set,” two necklaces of interlocking hearts ($119). The red crystal pave heart “fits” into the cutout in the white pendant. The contrasting metal combination makes these pieces even more stylish.


This layered necklace set by Swarovski is very on trend right now.

(Swarovski, The Quarter at Tropicana, 2801 Pacific Ave., A.C., Swarovski.com)

If you’re looking for something a bit unique, the handmade, two-toned 14K gold and silver diamond heart necklace ($250) was created specifically for Valentine’s Day by Tom Harris Jeweler.


Tom Harris created this pendant and necklace specifically for Valentine’s Day.

(Tom Harris Jeweler, 6504 Ventnor Ave., Ventnor City, KenyaGemCo.com)

It’s better to wear your heart on your wrist than on your sleeve. Your gal can do just that with the silver-plated faceted heart cuff ($80) by Los Angeles-based Rossmore Jewelry. Rossmore has also been featured on Fertitta’s “Billion Dollar Buyer,” and the handmade pieces, created on the premise that “life is full of imperfections,” can also be found at Style + Trend at Golden Nugget.


The dichotomous silver heart cuff by Rossmore is edgy and cool but with a soft touch.

(Style + Trend, Golden Nugget Atlantic City, Huron Avenue and Brigantine Boulevard, A.C., GoldenNugget.com)

Bedazzle her

Seagrass, which always has the latest in-store when it comes to high fashion, now has a limited-edition line of hand-beaded, pop art-inspired clutches by St. Xavier. For Valentine’s Day, we like the colorful bags that state “Muah,” implying a kiss ($90), or “Ti Amo,” Italian for “I love you” ($95).


(Seagrass, 1055 Shore Road, Linwood, Seagrass Boutique.com)

Bewilder her

A work of art that’s also practical — and, believe it or not, comfortable — these Julian Hakes Mojito high heel, peep toe shoes ($398) found at Renee feature an eye-catching sculptural curve in a vibrant red color that simply screams Valentine’s Day. Don’t think too much about walking in them and you’ll be fine.


These red shoes from Renee will knock her socks off.

(Renee at the Playground, 1 Atlantic Ocean, A.C., Facebook.com)

Charm her

Give your sweetheart flowers and chocolates — without giving her or him flowers and chocolates. Willy’s Curiosity Shop has original production drawings on mylar animation sheets from Disney’s “Puppy Love,” a short film from 1933. We thought the one of Mickey happily on his way to bring his beloved Minnie — you guessed it — flowers and chocolates is most fitting for this holiday ($350).


This sweet Disney illustration from 1933’s ‘Puppy Love’ is an adorable Valentine’s Day gift idea.

(Willy’s Curiosity Shop, 2572 Route 9, Ocean View, Facebook.com)

Astound him

Lazyjack Press, a cool men’s accessories line, has been featured on Tilman Fertitta’s CNBC TV show “Billion Dollar Buyer.” Two items that are perfect for your guy for Valentine’s Day are the tongue-in-cheek “Chick Magnet” socks ($24.50, left) or the bright red, Italian silk “Ball and Chain” tie ($89, right). Both can be found at Style + Trend at Fertitta’s Golden Nugget.


(Style + Trend, Golden Nugget Atlantic City, Huron Avenue and Brigantine Boulevard, A.C., GoldenNugget.com)


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