I love Valentine's Day. Even if you don't have a significant other it's the perfect time to spoil someone or treat yourself. I prefer both.
So... here is my V-Day gift guide for all the loves in your life.
Upcycled Sari Robe - Like most ladies, I'm a big fan of lounging. Most weekends you can find me relaxing at home in a cozy robe, slippers, with coffee and book/magazine in hand. With spring on its way (hopefully), I'm switching it up to this colorful cotton sari robe. Each one of these handmade robes is unique and created with reclaimed saris by a cooperative of artisans in a village outside of Rajasthan, India. I discovered this robe perusing Uncommongoods.com, an online marketplace featuring handmade and unique goods from artisans all over the world. Check out their Valentine's Day Gift Guides too--> Gifts for Husbands, Gifts for Wives, Personalized Gifts
Valentine's Day Chocolate. Give the gift of GOOD chocolate. This is a no brainer people. So many local chocolatiers have online shopping available so get your honey the good stuff. Blu Boy Chocolate here in Bloomington, Indiana makes several assorted gift boxes with truffles, salted caramels, and more! Shop here.
Cuff: Jewelry is always a good way to go for Valentine's Day and it doesn't have to be expensive. I'm currently coveting this handmade brass cuff with agate from Cactus Flower here in Bloomington. Shop here.
Craft Beer: Visit your local bottle shop or brewery and pick up a tasty seasonal brew for the beer lover on your list. This Barrel Chested Barleywine from Upland Brewing Co has been keeping me warm all winter.
Beauty Everyday: "a treasure for lovers of the south, nature, quiet moments, and beauty.." 365 photographs of Southern beauty and the most beautiful coffee table book I own. Learn more about Beauty Everyday here.
Herbal Eye Pillow: Filled with lavender, chamomile, peppermint, lemon grass, rosemary, hops and more, this linen pillow is sure to help you chill out. All ingredients are 100% natural and the pillow is made in the USA. Shop here.
Sea Island Forge Oyster Knife: Whether or not they help get you in the mood, oysters are damn delicious but tricky to open. Being a coastal Georgia native, oyster roasts are the norm and having the proper tools is essential. Your man is sure to be the star at the next oyster roast with one of these Sea Island Forge oyster knives. Bonus.. the other side is a bottle opener. Learn more about Sea Island Forge here.
Watch: Handmade in Detroit, Michigan, Shinola makes some sexy leather goods. I met one of one of the Shinola guys in Chicago last summer at ARTCrank and fell in love with their classic watches. Shop here.
BS is for Lovers T: I LOVE The Bitter Southerner. Since moving to the Midwest a few years ago, this weekly newsletter has become part of my Tuesday morning routine. If you aren't a subscriber yet, get on it. They even have their own General Store featuring fine Southern goods including this super soft Bitter Southerner is for Lovers Tee. Shop here.
Happy Shopping and don't forget to spread some love this V-Day.