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18 Out-of-the-Ordinary Valentine’s Day Gifts

Jan 23, 2015

by Aleksa Brown handmade and vintage goods

Valentine’s Day might conjure up thoughts of pastel-colored conversation hearts, plush teddy bears and red roses by the dozen, but that doesn’t mean you have to follow the crowd. Honor the one-of-a-kind nature of your beloved – and your love – with something out of the ordinary. Need some ideas? We’ve got you covered. From existential art prints and anatomical heart pillows to fire pits and DIY cheese kits, here are 18 unique and unexpected gifts to get you started.

How are you showing your valentine love this year?

This national park checklist poster will help you catalog past adventures — and plot out new ones.

Request a standing dinner date (for the next several decades) with a beautiful set of mid-century modern flatware.

Cement your big spoon/little spoon status with a screen-printed tee set from Blackbird Tees.

A phone case reminds them that you’ll always be there when they call.

Embrace your urge to be cheesy — and learn a new skill in the process.

For the one who lights your fire: a beautiful, hand-finished, solid steel fire pit.

Give her the moon – the moon on the night you met, to be specific. This custom necklace is made by hand to reflect the moon phase of any date you desire.

Grope your way through life’s mysteries together, with a print from Fickle Fate.

Use a pair of cloudy oven mitts to show your valentine that they’re your silver lining — rain or shine.

For the center of your universe: a solar system ring.

Honor the weird pet names you have for each other (what, you don’t call him your little hedgehog?) with a felted miniature.

Does your valentine have a sweet tooth? These candy feathers will tickle their fancy.

Handmade in Japan, this furoshiki is fit for a love that could move mountains.

If this miniature house were a song, the chorus would say, “Home is wherever I’m with you.”

An arrow embroidery kit from Miniature Rhino is, like your love, a work in progress.

Admit you’re wrapped around her finger with a ring cast in golden brass.

Put your heart out there – unprotected, unadorned, and in pillow form.

A state-shaped cheese board shows that anyone else, anywhere else, just wouldn’t cut it.

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