Do you love Missoula? I know I do. Why not celebrate the things that are great about this town? The I Love Missoula Auction is a great way to do this and it’s just in time for Valentine’s Day, too.

If you are one of the many who struggle with what to get your sweetheart for this lover’s holiday, then we can help you dazzle your loved ones and not break the bank. Items up for auction range from spa treatments and restaurant gift cards to ski and stay packages and even a bed and breakfast stay with a chef’s dinner. You can also think outside the heart-shaped box for the non-romantic types with oil change packages and tires.

If you don’t have a special someone, don’t worry the auction items make great gifts for yourself. After all don’t you deserve something nice? Haven’t you worked hard? Maybe you can get started on that New Year’s resolution with a gym membership or a certificate to get your house professionally cleaned.

The auction begins at 8 a.m. Friday, February 7 and ends at 5 p.m. Monday, February 10, but you can get a sneak peak at all there is to bid on beginning Monday, February 3. Winning bidders can pick up their items beginning Tuesday, February 11, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

These amazing items are discounted by up to 60 percent of their retail price, and range in value from $50 to $1,500.

All bids and payments must be made through the auction website.

Stay tuned for more information and a preview of auction items.

Joy Larson is a mother of four boys, graduate of the University of Montana, animal lover and writer.