In case you’ve lost track of time, Valentine’s Day is already right around the corner. Instead of running to your corner pharmacy for last-minute candy to share with your loved ones, consider ordering your gifts from local businesses. We’ve rounded up 14 local businesses to shop from that will make your Valentine melt.
1988 Fragrance and Candle Co.
1988 Fragrance and Candle Co. supplies fragrances, candles and body butters, all of which make thoughtful gifts. Make your partner melt by wearing a new sultry scent, or gift some that you’ll both enjoy. Visit www.1988fragrance.com to learn more about 1988 Fragrance and Candle Co.
Black Pepper Paperie
Black Pepper Paperie is a mixed-media art and design studio selling the works of local artists. Their offerings range from handcrafted jewelry and ceramics to prints and apparel. Gift your special someone designs just as beautiful and unique as them.Visit www.blackpepperpaperie.com to learn more about Black Pepper Paperie. Follow them on Facebook @blackpepperpaperie, Instagram @blackpepperpaperico and Twitter @hadiyaw to stay up-to-date on all offerings.
Chaos Candle Company
Is there anything more romantic than a candlelit dinner? How about a candlelit night in? At Chaos Candle Company, you can make any room a romantic getaway with their luxurious, naturally scented candles. View all of the Chaos Candle collections at www.chaoscandlecompany.com. Follow them on Facebook @chaoscandleco, Instagram @chaoscandlecompany and Twitter @chaoscandle.
Cherry Blossom Creative
Cherry Blossom Creative designs colorful and fun maps celebrating the local community. This Valentine’s Day, get your partner a map of where you first met, your first date or your favorite spot to go together in the city. Find out more at www.cherryblossomcreative.com, or by following Cherry Blossom Creative on Instagram and Twitter @cherryblossomhq and Facebook @cherryblossomcreative.
Cindy Liebel Jewelry
Cindy Liebel sells delicate jewelry handcrafted from recycled materials. While all of their bits and baubles are beautiful, the new CLJ Hearts collection is perfect for Valentine’s Day. View the full collection at www.cindyliebel.com. Stay in touch with Cindy Liebel by following them on Facebook @cindyliebel and Instagram @cindyliebeljewelry.
Grab yourself a lovely organic wine from Domestique Wine to go with Valentine’s Day dinner. Domestique prides itself on only working with those who practice organic and biodynamic agriculture to make the best wine. If you or your partner is a wine enthusiast, consider joining their wine club to discover and sip on new wines every month. Learn more by visiting www.domestiquewine.com or by following them on Instagram @domestiquewine.
Femme Fatale is a D.C. favorite, offering health and wellness goods as well as art, home goods, accessories and apparel. This Valentine’s Day, show some self-love by buying yourself the Self-Care Gift Set. Or, surprise your partner with The Sex Oil by The Sacral House. Visit www.femmefataledc.com for more on their offerings. Follow them on Instagram @femmefataledc to stay up-to-date.
Glitter Gurl Cosmetics
Whether you’re celebrating with a partner, your galentine or yourself, Glitter Gurl Cosmetics has fun and flirty finds for the upcoming holiday. Check out their Valentine’s Day gift box that includes oils, scrubs, body butter and even candy for an added sweet treat. Learn more about Glitter Gurl Cosmetics’ handmade products at www.glittergurlcosmetics.com. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram @glittergurlcosmetics.
Founded last year by two local women, Grounded is a plant subscription service with a mission to boost your mental health. Grow your love for plants and your partner by subscribing to Grounded for new plants monthly, making a one-time purchase of any of their beautiful leafy greens, aesthetic plant holders or a gift card. Order online at www.grounded-plants.com. Learn more about Grounded by following them on Facebook @groundedplants and Instagram @groun.ded.
Though we still can’t go on real adventures, you can take your partner to another world by gifting them new books from Loyalty Bookstore. Reading is sexy, and supporting local bookstores is even sexier. Check out Loyalty Bookstore’s online shopping at www.loyaltybookstores.com. Multiple locations. Follow them on Instagram and Twitter @loyaltybooks.
If your love is long-distance, fear not: The Outrage has you covered with their Valentine Candle Gift Box. The set includes a candle made by Queer Candle Co. and a postcard that reads “I can still love you from here.” The Outrage will handwrite any note for you on the card, so make it personal and let your loved one know that no matter the distance, you’re still thinking of them.Visit www.the-outrage.com for more gift options. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram @theoutrageonline, or Twitter @its_the_outrage.
Poppy is a local, female-founded flower shop dedicated to delivering quality flowers at a reasonable price. With multiple handcrafted bouquets to choose from, there’s no need to rely on the same old roses that you probably go for annually. Up your floral game with the Poppy At Home subscription, because why only treat your partner to one bouquet when you can make them smile monthly? Use discount code DCFRAY for 5% off delivered Poppy arrangements. Order from Poppy online by visiting www.poppyflowers.com. Follow them on Facebook @poppyflowers, Twitter @yrpoppyflowers and Instagram @yourpoppyflowers to stay up-to-date on all offerings.
Shop Made in DC
If you can’t choose just one local artisan to support, choose them all at Shop Made in DC. All products come from local makers, ranging from jewelry to clothing to edible goods. For Valentine’s Day, check out Shop Made in DC’s Valentine picks and pre-made bundles. For a full list of offerings, visit www.shopmadeindc.com. Multiple locations. Follow on Instagram @shopmadeindc.
If you’re in search of gifts for the fashionista in your life, look to Tree Fairfax. Tree Fairfax specializes in handcrafted leather goods such as bags, belts and wallets. The timeless styles can be loved and worn for years to come. Visit www.treefairfax.com to shop their styles. Follow Tree Fairfax on Twitter and Instagram @treefairfax.
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