OK, you know the traditional gifts for Valentine's Day. Candy, flowers . . . But you can vary the gifts; and it's never too late to send a gift of affection. Here are some ideas:
Something hot. If you don't mind being late (say a couple of days), try heart-shaped wreaths made from fiery habanero chilies. Frieda's, importer of specialty produce, is selling a 13-inch wreath shellacked to last indefinitely and is packaged with a bag of dried habaneros and recipes to spice up the home kitchen. The wreath package is $28 (including Federal Express second-day service) and is available by calling (800) 241-1771. Call the same number to get a copy of Frieda's by mail catalog.
Bighearted. Again, for belated lovers. Supergram, a company in Denver, offers foot-high banners printed with any message. Each giant Supergram is custom printed and comes in a choice of colors. They are sent by first-class mail and cost $9.95 for the first 48 letters and spaces (about 15 feet long), and 20 cents for each additional character up to 100 (more than 33 feet long). Orders placed before noon are shipped the same day, and afternoon orders are mailed the next morning. OK, this is Valentine's Day, so what good does this do you? Try "Emergency Service for the Forgetful," for next-day delivery nationwide via one of the overnight express services. Call Supergram at (800) 322-6637.