This rosy-red holiday celebrates love in all its forms, and gratitude for friends, family, and significant others. Recently, I spent a rainy Sunday with my five year old—and many sheets of construction paper, glue, and heart stickers—creating valentines for the special people in our lives. Even as an adult, I’m partial to this sort of handmade sentiment, but below are a few additional gift ideas for those you appreciate most.
Spring & Mulberry chocolate bars offer a little bit of a different taste, since they’re sweetened with date sugar. The particularly pretty Garden Party Collection from the Raleigh chocolatiers features three flavors: mixed berry; lavender, bee pollen, and rose petal; and pure dark chocolate. $45; springandmulberry.com
Display a sweet treat for your sweet under this marble and glass cloche from Sur la Table to create a piece of art for the countertop. $70; surlatable.com
Why gift cut roses that fade in a week when you could give a luxurious, fragrant English climber like the Claire Austin from David Austin Roses. Just remember to plant it in a spot where it will soak up morning sun and be protected from harsh afternoon light. $32–$35; davidaustinroses.com
For a completely unique splurge, customize the Kentucky-based Brit & Blue’s signature jacket—which combines the refinement of a sport coat with utilitarian duck cloth—right down to the lining color and button style. $1,295; britandblue.com
This mix and pour set of bowls by Waco, Texas’s Magnolia have the look of pieces handed down through generations and are just the thing to upgrade a Southern cupboard. $70; magnolia.com
No one does a monogrammed bag better, in my opinion, than Leatherology in Dallas, Texas, and this particular shade of green leather with trapunto lettering has spring written all over it. $240; leatherology.com
Most bath bombs come full of added fragrances and chemicals, but that’s not so with the offerings by the new clean beauty brand Klei, such as this calming lavender and spearmint scent formulated with essential oils. $9; kleibeauty.com
These cabochon drop earrings in pure amethyst by San Antonio’s Hazel Smyth feel like a just-right token of love for all the Aquarius (and February) babies out there. $300; ggfieldshop.com
Straight from the wish list of our editor in chief David DiBenedetto, the Meatcrafter blade by Benchmade combines the power and skill of a fillet knife, a boning knife, and a trimming knife in one tool. $300; benchmade.com
Consider this a virtual fountain of youth in a bottle from Georgia’s One Love Organics—or close to it, thanks to a super-gentle exfoliant sourced from the cockspur plant and nourishing vitamin A. $78; oneloveorganics.com
A new Spice House collection from the James Beard Award–winning pitmaster Rodney Scott allows you to sample his talents on a home grill. This set of four rubs includes his garlic butter pepper herb, Carolina fire chile, smoky sweet chile hickory, and green chile lime citrus mixes. A little secret: The garlic butter pepper herb is great on popcorn, too. $48; thespicehouse.com
This new, super-soft pajama set from J.Crew debuts just in time for the red-and-pink holiday in a Liberty-esque floral that gets better with every wash. $118; jcrew.com
Jacobsen Salt Co.’s hefty jar of confections will satiate the salty and the sweet tooths in your house for a long time to come. $120; jacobsensalt.com
When it comes to the perfect surcee for kids, or really, for any holiday, I always turn to the imaginative creations from Super Smalls. Their stickers, baubles, and crowns are the stuff of dreams for littles, and this new sheet of heart stickers is right on for Valentine’s Day this year. $5; supersmalls.com
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