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No matter your thoughts on Valentine’s Day, you have to admit there’s something sweet about a day devoted to love (or even a really strong “like”). To me, the best part of any holiday is the gift-buying experience — and supporting a small designer or artist spreads some good old-fashioned love even further.
Here’s a collection of gifts for the special people in your life.
For the Girl Who’s Just Not Into It
Beautiful gifts are a dime a dozen, but a present that’s practical, too? That’s pure joy. Take this reversible handmade scarf from my favorite Etsy designer, jillaikoyee. One side is bold, the other a little shy. Sound familiar?
Also great for the girl who’s just not that into Valentine’s Day: this hand-dyed leather fold over clutch from Giftshopbrooklyn; a vintage silk kimono from Prettylittleworldvtg; a beautiful photograph from Yvetteinufio; these vintage deco earrings from Cnicole; or these girl and boy pillow cases from Jennidesmond.
For the Manly Man
Also great for the manly man in your life: these deep space wood organizer boxes from Mclovebuddy; some delicious dark chocolate cappuccino chip treats from Nicolestreats; a set of two hand-painted stemless wine glasses from Maryelizabetharts; this vintage Kodak Junior Six-20 camera from Mclovebuddy; or a Sessa Carlo backpack haversack from Mclovebuddy.
For the Woman Who Started It All
Also great for amazing moms this Valentine’s Day: this handmade Super Mom card from Storeysho; a vintage, hand-stamped “I Love You” spoon from Olivespoonstudio; or this metallic leather brush case from Giftshopbrooklyn.
For the Friend You Can Always Count On
As the great Marlene Dietrich once said, “It’s the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.” This print from Birdandbloke reminds me that friends are sometimes the only remedy for a heartbreak. Thank her (or him) for taking that late-night call.
Also great for those special friends: this scrabble tile photo from Birdandbloke; some beautiful nail art from Kate Broughton; this rose gold pyramid stud ring with black crystals from Tinyarmour; or this functional canvas tote with leather straps from Cocosheaven.
What will you be giving this Valentine’s Day?