My Italian grandmother lives by the motto that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. To this day, she makes sure that every possible hunger pang of my grandfather is dealt with quickly. That includes setting a beautiful and often whimsical table. Nonnie has never met a salt and pepper set that she doesn't love. When she travels she often comes home with them as souveniers.
As the holidays approach, she gets out the correct salt and pepper shakers. This includes Valentine's Day salt and pepper shakers. Whimsical hearts, love birds and teddy bears hold hearts are all a possibility. Of course my grandfather figured this out early in their relationship. When he didn't know what to give he gave her salt and pepper shakers.