Arts & Culture

A 2021 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Celebrate the ones you love with a token of your affection

Around here we’re big on thoughtfulness. There are so many products out there, but we really take the time to test and vet the things we pass along to you. And that’s especially true for Valentine’s Day, when getting it right is particularly important. We’ve included a range of price points here, because you don’t have to spend big to say something meaningful, but if you opt for one of our splurge-worthy recommendations, you can also be assured you’re helping a tiny brand weather these uncertain times—a great way to help spread the love.


The wonderful thing about all of the vessels by Skeem is that they are able to live so many lives. This cloche, for instance, can operate as a traditional terrarium for ferns or other humidity-loving specimens, an odds and ends container, or a vase. $40; 


It’s no secret what a little TLC can do for your health. Pay it forward with the orchid and sea kelp antioxidant mask from Atlanta’s Little Barn Apothecary, one of the South’s leading clean beauty brands. $42;


What happens when the artist John Derian and the designer Todd Snyder collaborate on a collection? Beautiful pieces such as this carnation-emblazoned button-down result. It’s like taking an old-fashioned floral men’s pocket square and going full shirt with it. $228,

Bath Bomb

Spoiler alert: Many fancy, fizzy bath bombs are full of nasty chemicals. Not so with this set by Evenkeel. Instead, the colors come from natural clays and the scents from essential oils. $28; 


There will be a day when we all travel again, and when that happens this handsome collapsible bag by Paravel will be all you need to be on your way. $65;


We’re all for linens that look better the more wrinkled they are, like these double-gauze beauties from Food 52. $89;


Send forever flowers, such as these paper peonies and other specimens by the Washington, D.C. artist Emily Paluska of Revelry Paper Flora, or gift one of the many virtual classes she’s leading this spring. $47 each;


The at-home baking bonanza isn’t going to let up any time soon, so arm the ones you love with real-deal vanilla by Nielsen-Massey. $21;


Organic cotton pajama sets such as the newest pink motif by Printfresh are a surefire win. $138;


This super-lightweight cordless waterproof razor by Meridian can tackle just about anything with gusto (don’t tell them but we put it to the ultimate test: a pandemic dog haircut) and not run out of juice. $60;


The female-led team at Florida’s Campo Collection created this beautiful cotton caftan which triples as a nightgown, coverup, or dress. $440;


The Charleston jewelry designer Hart Hagerty Wrangle of Hart Studio dreamed up a new genius idea for charm-loving Southerners: You choose your chain and charms, and she builds a thoroughly one-of-a-kind gift. From $55;


Snap up a framed fine art print such as this one by the Texas photographer Kathy Van Torne from Minted—they arrive ready to hang. From $38;


It’s hard not to love these bold, polarized white wayfarers by the experts at the Caribbean-based Maho Shades. $170;


Many mail-order cookies arrive in cardboard and taste like cardboard, too. Not so with the delectable treats from Maman, a delicious mosaic of chocolate and nuts. $65 for a dozen;


All of the jams and goodies from Alabama’s Stone Hollow Farm are great, but the turmeric vinegar stands out, as a pairing with olive oil as a vinaigrette (or to enliven vodka or water). $16;


Heels might never make a true comeback, and we’re okay with that pandemic consequence, especially when it means that loafers like the Penny by Margaux have emerged as the new “it” shoe. $248;


Between days in the field and stadium rules, Southerners are natural-born flask collectors, and this leather Tom Beckbe design from Fieldshop is a beauty to imbibe with. $150;

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