February may be the shortest month of the year, but it does include one of the most important — and certainly the most romantic — holiday of all: Valentine’s Day. Needless to say, uncovering that one, special gift for Valentine’s Day can be more challenging than buying for the year’s other holidays combined. Goodies for your sweetie need to fit certain criteria — thoughtful and heartfelt — while also connecting with whatever relationship stage you and your significant other fall under. Most of all, they need to offer your own, personal touch.

Around the Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Aberdeen area, there are plenty of homegrown stores, boutiques and service providers to help you find that homerun gift for the one you love. Here are a few of the finest:

Bella Spa & Nails
50 Market Square, Pinehurst

Consider giving your better half a gift card for a treatment or two at this comfortable, quaint nail spa on Market Square in Pinehurst. Very Zen-like, serene, clean and friendly, avoiding the typical hustle and bustle of other salons — perfect for a manicure-pedicure. Special services for children 12 & under and nail art are included. Features a wide array of reasonably priced services. Attentive staff always offers a complimentary glass of wine or other beverages. Qualified and knowledgeable professionals dedicated to perfecting the art of nail and skin care.

Cool Sweats in Pinehurst, NCCoolSweats
105 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst

Established in 2001, this family owned, west coast casual, ladies lifestyle boutique in the Village offers beautiful clothes — think soft cottons and cashmere. Everything from linen pieces such as pants and blouses to colored denim to yoga wear, with new color palettes every season. Based on the philosophy that you can look good and be comfortable, CoolSweats is a state of mind that reflects effortless elegance and timeless style so that you feel good while living your life. Exclusive, timeless and chic.

Eloise Trading Company
111 West Main Street, Aberdeen

The motto at this interior design studio in historic Aberdeen is: “Shop, laugh, fall in love.” Come by Eloise Trading Company (ETC) and let the good folks there put together something special for your better half: Candles, jewelry, faux fur … you name it. For jewelry, think popular Sheila Fajl earrings — very popular with teens through adults. ETC also has a fun selection of items that can be personalized — everything from corkcicles to stem-less wine glasses and much more. And ladies, they have plenty of men’s gifts, too.

Jack Hadden Floral & Event Design
120 W. Main Street, Aberdeen

Of course, everyone wants only the best and freshest flowers for their sweetheart on Valentine’s Day or special occasions. Jack Hadden Floral & Event Design has exactly what you need. An experienced team possesses a diversity of creative skills including a true passion for flowers and attention to detail. Offers a wide selection of arrangements and other beautiful gift items to make every occasion memorable. Located in historic downtown Aberdeen, Jack Hadden allows you to customize each order. Delivers to Aberdeen, Carthage, Pinehurst, Southern Pines, West End and Whispering Pines.

150 E. New Hampshire Avenue, Southern Pines

Feeling beautiful is a luxury every woman should enjoy. At this cozy lingerie, loungewear and intimate apparel store in downtown Southern Pines, luxury comes in a wide array of silky shades. Knickers offers hands down the area’s best lingerie — very specialty and specialize in bra fittings for mastectomy and breast cancer patients. Fittings are accommodated during a private appointment or regular store hours. This 360-degree shop has filled a niche in the Sandhills. Also offers nursing and maternity bras, and a full line of sports bras.

Gifts at Mockingbird on Broad in Southern Pines, NCMockingbird on Broad
240 NW Broad Street, Southern Pines

Started by a military wife, this adorable boutique is conveniently located in the heart of the downtown Southern Pines, directly across from the train depot. Mockingbird is chock full of eclectic, carefully curated gifts: From beautiful perfumes, candles, children’s gifts and much more — particularly good for funny and snarky items. Find unique and perfect goodies for everyone on your list, displayed by a knowledgeable, friendly and inviting staff.

The Spa at Pinehurst
180 Barrett Road E, Pinehurst

The area’s ultimate in relaxation is always enjoyable, particularly around Valentine’s Day as a couples outing. Attentive and professional resort staff accommodate your every need. Any tension will dissipate as you fill your senses, renew your spirit and feel the healing power of nature invigorate your body. Enjoy complete tranquility with a full-day package including a lap pool, sauna, steam room, hot tubs and meditating in a comfort zone. The locker rooms are like a spa within a spa offering everything imaginable, including all luxury bath products — pure Southern tranquility in the Village of Pinehurst.

Learn more about these and other shopping options around the Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Aberdeen area at www.HomeOfGolf.com/shopping/.