Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Romantic Hissing Roaches? Five Weird Valentine's Day Gifts

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Romantic Hissing Roaches? Five Weird Valentine's Day Gifts

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A marriage proposal by drone. A surprise trip to Europe for an anniversary gift. A simple-yet-adorable photo booth proposal.

Thanks to the Internet's penchant for sharing the utterly and over-the-top romantic, it's getting harder to find ways to impress your special someone. And with Valentine's Day (Feb. 14) just around the corner, the hunt is on to find that perfect present.

Here are five unusual suggestions for those who are willing to think out of the box during this "season of love":

Name-A-RoachPerfect for the conservationist couple. Since 2011, the Bronx Zoo has been letting interested patrons name one of their Madagascar hissing roaches after a person of their choice.

This Valentine's Day, name one of our Madagascar hissing cockroaches for your special someone! Bronx Zoo (@BronxZoo) February 5, 2015

Customers receive a certificate of honor featuring the name of their roach for just $10, according to the zoo's website. The money goes to helping the zoo "conserve species big and small, beautiful and damned" via the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Their tagline? "Seal it with a hiss."

Body-part jewelryNothing says "I want to be with you" like a necklace made of hair - unless it's a ring made of teeth. Artist Polly van der Glas specializes in both, along with a number of other pieces of jewelry and miniature sculptures made with real human hair and teeth.

Designed and handcrafted in Melbourne, Australia, each piece consists of raw materials that are filed, shaped, and sterilized before being cast in sterling silver or gold.

Van der Glas makes most of her work from donations of hair and teeth, but customers who want to send her their own for commissioned pieces receive a 10 percent discount.

Han and Leia hand towelsIt's probably the most romantic scene in the original Star Wars trilogy: As debonair pilot Han Solo descends into the pit that will freeze him in carbonite, the beautiful Princess Leia says, "I love you. …

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