A little resourcefulness can take the perfunctory out this Hallmark holiday and earn a special place in your Valentine's heart.

A little resourcefulness can take the perfunctory out this Hallmark holiday and earn a special place in your Valentine's heart.

Don't simply bestow the customary troths; send your sweetest on a treasure hunt with those kitschy kids' cards - the ones you got in grade school - as clues that end with a cache of unconventional gifts like:

Dance lessons for two, so next time she asks to go dancing you don't embarrass her with your clumsy stomping. Caution: this gift requires commitment, and nullifies future excuses to avoid the dance floor. Click to the Columbus Dance Centre at columbusdancecentre.com or Fred Astaire Dance Studio at fredastaire.com.

A fully planned trip for a long weekend when the weather gets warmer is something you both can look forward to during dreary winter days. For an adventurous trip, a weekend cabin and the Hocking Hills Zipline Canopy Tour is the perfect thrill. Click to hockinghillscanopytours.com.

Select a few of her favorite romantic movies and enjoy a tender night at home. For an added touch, make it a candlelit dinner with a bottle of wine, a quieter alternative to a crowded restaurant.

For her: Dirty Dancing; Love Actually; Say Anything...; 10 Things I Hate About You

For him and her: Before Sunrise; True Romance; Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Classics: Bringing Up Baby; Notorious; Casablanca